At Newbridge, the science department follows the necessary principle that for students to achieve more they must not only acquire science knowledge but also understand it’s value and enjoy the experience of working scientifically.
Our high quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the Specific disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
We design lessons that sustain curiosity and an eagerness to learn. We help students share in the excitement and satisfaction of discovering new concepts for themselves. We teach science, as far as possible in a practical way – lots of “wow” factor, for example “Did you see that? – I did that, and I understand it!”
We also work hard in lessons to help students see how their own learning is progressing and how this learning is taking place. Our aim being to help students acknowledge their success and enjoy being confident about learning science.
Science at Newbridge is taught as a series of topics, each addressing an area of Physics, Biology or Chemistry. The topics increase in complexity and difficulty through the three years, in order to prepare the pupils fully for their final Science exam.
What our students are saying:
“Science is always fascinating, we go in knowing a small amount, and by the end we come out, our minds are blown with sciency information”
“I think Science is one of the best lessons in the school and you learn things that happen in everyday life; whilst having fun. You learn many new things.”
“Science is very interactive, I look forward to every lesson”
The topics taught in each year are as follows:
|Year 7||Mrs Shepherd||Mr Henry||Mr Francis|
|Autumn Term||Introduction to Science||Introduction to Science||Introduction to Science|
|Particles 1||Particles 1||Particles 1|
|Acids & Alkalis||Acids & Alkalis||Elements & Compounds|
|Elements & Compounds||Elements & Compounds||Acids & Alkalis|
|Spring Term||Sound||Sound||Balanced & Unbalanced Forces|
|Energy Transfers||Energy Transfers||Sound|
|Balanced & Unbalanced Forces||Balanced & Unbalanced Forces||Energy Transfers|
|Summer Term||Skeleton||Skeleton||Reproduction in Plants|
|Reproduction in Plants||Reproduction in Plants||Cells|
|Year 8||Mrs Shepherd||Mr Francis|
|Autumn Term||Introduction / Sc1||Introduction / Sc1|
|Chemical Reactions 1||Earth|
|Earth||Chemical Reactions 1|
|Spring Term||Light||Speed Motion|
|Speed & Motion||Thermal Energy|
|Summer Term||Environmental Science||Nutrition|
|Nutrition||Ecosystems & Adaptations|
|Ecosystems & Adaptations||Environmental Science|
|Year 9||Mrs Shepherd||Mrs Greene||Mr Francis|
|Autumn Term||Breathing & Respiration||Plants & Photosynthesis||Particles 2|
|Particles 2||Breathing & Respiration||Plants & Photosynthesis|
|Plants & Photosynthesis||Particles 2||Breathing & Respiration|
|Energy & Forces 2||Electricity & Magnetism||Periodic Table|
|Spring Term||Chemical Reactions 2||Periodic Table||Chemical Reactions 2|
|Inheritance||Chemical Reactions 2||Inheritance|
|Environment||Energy & Forces 2||Electricity & Magnetism|
|Summer Term||Electricity & Magnetism||Inheritance||Environment|
|Periodic Table||Environment||Energy & Forces 2|
In addition to providing an understanding of basic Science as a whole, the work in these topics also helps develop the pupils’ skills in investigating problems and theories, particularly in relation to real-life examples. It also improves the pupil’s abilities to analyse and interpret information, and make detailed conclusions based on the results of their experiments. Pupils are encouraged to view Science in local, national and global contexts, and appreciate the connections between these.
In the modern world, sustainability is often a key issue in scientific and technological developments, and as such, pupils are encouraged to recognise this, as well as appreciating historical scientific progressions and how they have been communicated and developed into the science of today.
The Science department are now using a piece of software called Activate. Activate is an exciting new KS3 Science course designed to spark curiosity in science and support pupils on their journey through KS3 to KS4 success. Each pupil has their own login details so that they can access their assigned materials at home.