Science

Subject Overview

We want to Instil a sense of wonder about the world in which we live. By having a deep understanding of Science, students can appreciate the world around us and how it works.

We want all students to develop an awareness of the impact science has on our lives and give students the ability to express their ideas about science and make informed decisions on science issues, such as GM food and vaccines, using currently available evidence.

Students as scientists will develop many skills including precision and accuracy, creativity, team work, assessing risks, reasoning skills and the ability to evaluate evidence. They will uncover knowledge in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

Teaching and Learning

Year 7

Students are taught in mixed ability groups

  • Terms 1 and 2
  • Science skills
  • Cells
  • States of matter
  • Terms 3 and 4
  • Space
  • Ecological relationships
  • Energy
  • Terms 5 and 6
  • Atoms elements and compounds
  • Electricity
  • Reproduction
  • Year 8

    Students are taught in mixed ability groups

  • Terms 1 and 2
  • Anatomy and gas exchange
  • Sound waves
  • Separation techniques
  • Terms 3 and 4
  • Heart start (a module looking at first aid)
  • Light
  • Nutrition
  • Terms 5 and 6
  • Periodic table and materials
  • Photosynthesis and respiration
  • Forces and motion
  • KS4 Course(s) offered

    Year 9

  • Terms 1 and 2
  • Physical chemistry
  • Electricity
  • Metal chemistry
  • Terms 3 and 4
  • B1 You and your genes
  • P1 Radiation and waves
  • Terms 5 and 6
  • B2 Keeping Healthy
  • C1 Air Quality
  • Year 10

    We follow OCR 21st Century Science where they will learn Physics (P) Chemistry (C) and Biology (B). Students will have 2 Science teachers. The majority of students will take Combined Science which is worth two GCSEs. Some students will have the opportunity to take Triple Science which is worth three GCSEs. They will move through the curriculum more quickly and be taught extra lesson content.

  • Terms 1 and 2
  • C2 Chemical Patterns
  • P2 Sustainable energy
  • B2 Living Together
  • Terms 3 and 4
  • C3 Chemical of the natural environment
  • P3 Electric circuits
  • C4 Material Choices
  • Terms 5 and 6
  • P4 Explaining motion
  • C5 Chemical analysis
  • B5 Human body
  • Year 11

    Terms 1 and 2

  • P5 Radioactive materials
  • C6 Making useful chemicals
  • B6 Life on Earth
  • Terms 3 and 4
  • P6 Matter
  • Terms 5
  • Revision for final exams
  • Assessment

  • Y7, 8 and 9
  • Students will sit end of module tests (exam style questions) and be asked to complete a written assessment. They will also sit an end of year exam.
  • Students in Y9 will take end of module exams and a Science SAT paper in term 3 which will help determine their GCSE class. At the end of the year they will take a GCSE mock paper.
  • Y10
  • tudents will sit module tests as each is completed. They will sit mock exams at the end of the year.
  • Y11
  • Students will sit mock exams in November and February. In May and June they will sit their real exams-; all grades are based on these exams only.
    Combined Science: Students will take four exams of 1 hour and 45 minutes each. This includes separate papers for Biology, Chemistry and Physics plus a combined paper featuring all three.
    Triple Science: Students will take six exams of 1 hour and 45 minutes each. This will include two papers for each of the three disciplines.
  • Revision study guides can be purchased from reception.


    Homework

  • All homework is set in accordance with the homework timetables:
  • Y7 Homework is set 1 x 30 minute per week.
  • Y8 Homework is set 1 x 60 minute per week.
  • Y9 Homework is set 1 x 90 minute per week.
  • Y10 and Y11 Homework is set 2 x 60 minutes per week.
  • Homework is easily accessible to students through Show my Homework: https://peacehaven.showmyhomework.co.uk

    Teaching Staff

    Dr Mark Cummins, Head of Science: mcummins@pcs.e-sussex.sch.uk
    Miss Lisa Murray, Second in Science: lmurray@pcs.e-sussex.sch.uk
    Miss Sara Connelly, Head of Year 8: sconnelly@pcs.e-sussex.sch.uk
    Mr Philip Skelley, Curriculum Coordinator: pskelley@pcs.e-sussex.sch.uk
    Mr Kane Chapman, Technology Coordinator: kchapman@pcs.e-sussex.sch.uk
    Miss Lynn Somerville, Teacher of Science: lsomerville@pcs.e-sussec.sch.uk
    Ms Catherine Jessey, Assistant Head of Science Teacher: cjessey@pcs.e-sussex.sch.uk
    Miss Rachel Henocq, Assistant Head Teacher: rhenocq@pcs.e-sussex.sch.uk
    Mrs Fiona Taylor, Teacher of Science: FTaylor@pcs.e-sussex.sch.uk
    Mr Ross Bowman, Teacher of Science - rbowman@pcs.e-sussex.sch.uk

    Notices

    Need Help?

    Simply contact the school office via our telephone or email address. During term we aim to respond within 24 hours.

    01273 581100
    enquiries@pcs.e-sussex.sch.uk