Science

Welcome to the Science Department

We aim to inspire the next generation of scientists through capturing the imagination and natural curiosity of our students. Our well-equipped labs are perfect for a multitude of experiments throughout Biology, Chemistry and Physics. We promote independent learning through the use of revision guides, brainscape revision cards and Revision Monkey YouTube videos. Results in the science department are consistently well above National average:

Overall

65% of students achieved two GCSE grade 5-5 or above (strong pass)

79% of students achieved two GCSEs grades 4-4 or above (standard pass)

Separate Biology

67% achieved a Grade 7 or above

9 students achieved a Grade 9

Separate Chemistry

78% achieved a Grade 7 or above

14 students achieved a Grade 9

Separate Physics

80% achieved a Grade 7 or above

17 students achieve a Grade 9

Key Stage 3 (Years 7 and 8)

The Key Stage 3 course is taught throughout Year 7 and Year 8. Students are taught a range of topics from Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

Key Stage 4 (Years 9-11)

GCSE is taught from Year 9 through to Year 11. Year 9 students begin the year following a “GCSE READY” course which outlines the skills that students need to achieve their full potential at GCSE. Students will then be taught Biology, Chemistry and Physics following the AQA combined or separate science specification.


Frequently Asked Questions

What will science lessons be like for Year 7 students?

We provide a strong foundation for future learning, with key science topics covering Biology, Chemistry and Physics taught alongside lots of practical experiments, to both engage those who perhaps may not have enjoyed science at primary school, and also to develop key scientific skills that will push on our most able.

Do we get to blow things up?

Using fire safely is an important skill that we aim to teach in Year 7 right from the start.  Over time, students get to see or take part in many of the classic experiments that we remember from our childhood, some of which could be described as ‘blowing things up’, but perhaps a little more safely than in previous decades.

Do we get to do animal dissections?

Biology can really be brought to life as a topic through the dissections of organs, such as the heart, the eye, and lungs, amongst other things.  The strangest thing I have seen dissected here was either the bulls heart, which was huge, or the pigs head, in order to see the different sections of the brain.  Don’t worry, no one will be expected to take part in a dissection if they don’t want to.

Why is science a core subject?

Being literate in science and having an ability to understand science in the media is becoming increasingly important.  Science teaches us about the place we live in, from the microscopic world of bacteria and viruses to the macroscopic world of stars and galaxies, and everything in between.  Learning science requires us to improve both our language and mathematical skills, while fostering curiosity and experimentation.

Science

Can my child study science after Noadswood School if they take the Combined Science course?

Most of the students in the country take Combined Science.  As such, colleges are really happy to accept students who have the necessary grades in either Combined Science or Separate Science.