Curriculum » Science
The Science Department is comprised of 15 highly motivated and skilled practitioners. They are all specialists in their own field (Biology, Physics and Chemistry) as well as being well qualified to teach all aspects of Science lower down the school.
The Science Department have a wealth of experience in the scientific community, inside and outside education which can be drawn upon in lessons and in enthusing students about Science. They all have university degrees from various universities, including Oxbridge and several have experience in industry.
The Director of Science - Ms Sarah Albert
Head of Science - Mr John Bayes
Head of Biology - Mrs Fornear and Ms Vuong (acting)
Head of Chemistry - Ms Alison Stanczak
Head of Physics - Ms L Cozens
There is also a highly committed and efficient group of 3 laboratory technicians who enable us to deliver a practically based curriculum.
KEY STAGE 3
Pupils follow a general Science course (Biology, Chemistry and Physics), usually taught by one or two members of staff. The KS3 course is varied and exciting, providing pupils with many opportunities to do their own practical work and develop their knowledge and understanding of scientific principles.
Miss Vuong runs Science club on a Friday after school from 3-4pm in A1A. All year 7 and 8 students are welcome to attend.
KEY STAGE 4 (G.C.S.E.)EXAM BOARD: AQA
GCSE Science is studied by all pupils starting in year 9. Students can choose to take Combined or Separate Science. Students will study Biology, Chemistry and Physics with a specialist teacher. Exams take place in May and June of year 11. Students will achieve 2 grades based on an average of the 6 exams they sit.
Approximately 20% of the cohort takes Separate Sciences at Hayes School. Separate Science students will have a specialist for each subject and will study each unit in Biology Chemistry and Physics in more detail than the Combined Science Students. They will achieve 3 separate grades for each subject.
There is no coursework for GCSE Science.
All Science students must attend lessons regularly and ensure they are conducting the CORE practicals. Participating in Core practicals is a required element of GCSE Science. Students have a place to record their core practical attendance in their work books.
KEY STAGE 5
In the sixth form all three sciences are offered at AS and A2 level. The exciting syllabi studied have led to a steady increase in the numbers studying the subjects over recent years. The courses are made particularly relevant in the context of today’s society and discussion is positively encouraged. All ‘A’level courses have a series of ‘Must Do’ practicals that must be completed and recorded in the provided lab book. In addition, we provide an Applied Science option in which we study all 3 courses in a combination of exam, practical and portfolio.
o Biology –OCR
o Chemistry – OCR
o Physics – OCR
o BTEC Applied Science – Edexcel/Pearson
HOW CAN PARENTS HELP?
Parents can assist in a number of ways. Homework is a key component of all courses, and providing pupils with an environment where they can complete these tasks is particularly important, as well as giving general encouragement. Ensuring pupils have the correct the equipment including 30 cm rulers and calculators will ensure they are able to access the curriculum. Text books are provided in class to help students, but revision guides can be purchased from school. These have proved to be highly beneficial in recent years. Pupils are expected to read ahead and prepare for lessons
In order to complete practical work safely, all pupils will need to wear a protective overall. In the sixth form this must be a white laboratory coat, but in lower years an old shirt will suffice, provided it protects the uniform.