SCIENCE DEPARTMENT

The Science Department aims to generate an enthusiasm for science, preparing pupils for an active, responsible role in an increasingly technological society. Our lessons have a practical focus and encourage independent learning to further develop scientific thinking.  We work together as a supportive team, sharing good practice to enhance learning and teaching. All staff have the opportunity to teach all year groups.

How is Science taught at Burscough Priory Academy?

In Years 7 to year 8, students will be taught Science in mixed ability groups. Students will have six lessons of Science per fortnight. The Schemes of Work followed cover topics from all three Science specialisms (Biology, Chemistry and Physics) and have been designed so that students will gain the necessary knowledge and skills needed to progress to KS4. In year 9, students will continue to be taught in mixed ability groups but they are taught nine lessons a fortnight by specialist Biology, Chemistry and Physics teachers.

Throughout all years, students will complete formative assessments as part of each topic and summative assessments at the end of each topic. Years 7-9 will sit end of year internal exams and at the end of year 9 their attainment dictates whether they remain studying the Combined Science course or begin to study Separate Sciences.

Students who study Separate Sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Physics) will attain three separate GCSE qualifications. Students who do not follow the Separate Sciences course will complete the Combined Science Trilogy qualification leading to two GCSE grades in Combined Science. These students will study the same topics as those in the Separates Science course, however the content is explored in greater depth in the Biology, Chemistry and Physics qualifications. The examination board is AQA.

Links

KS3

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zng4d2p

KS4

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zrkw2hv

BPSC Science Youtube Channel

https://www.nasa.gov/

http://www.rsc.org/

General Science

https://www.newscientist.com/

https://www.rsb.org.uk/

https://royalsociety.org/

http://www.iop.org/

 

Science Staff

Mrs Tonge Director of Science Faculty
Mrs Allday Science Key Stage Coordinator
Mrs Blackhurst Assistant Headteacher - Teaching and Learning 
Miss Holcroft House Progress Leader / Teacher of Science
Mr Dicker Teacher of Science
Miss Marshall Teacher of Science 
Mr Clark Teacher of Science

Physical Education Staff

Mr Sheard Lead Teacher of Physical Education
Mr Rimmer Teacher of Physical Education
Mrs Ashurst Teacher of Physical Education