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The Science Faculty at Walthamstow School for Girls

Science Year 7-9 Curriculum Overview

Science Year 10 Curriculum Overview

Science Year 11 Curriculum Overview

The aims of the Science Faculty at Walthamstow School for Girls are to:

  • Capture the girls' imagination about the world of Science
  • Demonstrate how Science is relevant to everyday life
  • Encourage scientific thinking and the scientific method through investigation and experimentation
  • Encourage questioning of Science and its place in the world around them

Science is taught in 8 new, purpose built, general laboratories served by three technicians, each having their own preparation room.

Each year group of 180 students is split into eight classes.

At KS3 groups are of mixed ability in years 7 and 8 and are then put into one of two broad ability bands in year 9.

Science at KS3 follows the Exploring Science programme. This was chosen because of its flexible nature, emphasis on How Science Works and the high quality of the teaching resources. Progress is regularly monitored through end of unit tests to ensure that five sub levels of progress are attained over the three years.

At KS4 students have the opportunity to study two GCSEs in Science (GCSE Science in Y10 and GCSE Additional Science in Y11) or take the three separate Sciences (GSCE Biology, GCSE Chemistry, GCSE Physics) in parallel throughout Y10 and Y11. The latter choice would take up one option block in addition to the Science curriculum allocation. Each GCSE is assessed as follows:

Written Paper 1 - 35%

Written Paper 2 - 40%

Controlled Assessment - 25%. This is an extended series of activities involving research, planning and carrying out practical work and evaluation of data obtained.

At KS4 we follow OCR Specification B (Gateway Science Suite). It is expected that all students should attain their Upper Quartile forecast grade and regular testing is carried out to monitor progress.

Members of the Faculty are:

Christopher Kerr (Head of Faculty)

Christiana Oshodi (Deputy Head of Faculty, KS3 Co-ordinator)

Carl Doree (Deputy Head of Faculty, KS4 Co-ordinator)

Katya Brunas

Yasmin Rashid

Natasha Lipko

Farah Kazi

Shamia Atchia

Laura Gocool

 

We welcome communication with parents/careers and all enquiries relevant to the Science Faculty should be directed to the Head of Faculty.

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