Trinity High School

Science

Staff and responsibility

Mrs L Green
Head of Faculty

Mrs K Dilay
Head of Biology

Mr M Hopkins
Head of Physics

Mrs V Tapp
Head of Chemistry

Miss S Bray
Teacher of Biology

Miss J Cottle
Teacher of Physics

Mr M Dale
Teacher of Biology

Miss K Ibrar
Teacher of Chemistry 

Mrs S King
Teacher of Biology

Ms C Packett
Teacher of Biology

Dr E Passalacqua
Acting Head of Chemistry

SCIENCE

Science is a vibrant & forward-looking faculty which benefits from the excellent subject knowledge of its teachers.  We work closely together to ensure the best possible learning experience for our students and aim to instil in our students a love of learning and a fascination with the world around them.

Our Science teaching team of 9 is supported by our great Science technicians; we place a high value on experimental work. We have excellent facilities including 9 labs, 6 of which have been recently refurbished. Our four newest labs feature state of the art touch screens with wireless key boards to engage & excite our students.

Year 9, 10 and 11 2018/19

There are two pathways through KS4; students either study GCSE Combined Science (exam board AQA, specification Trilogy, code 8464) or separate GCSEs in Biology (exam board AQA, specification code 8461), Chemistry (exam board AQA, specification code 8462) and Physics (exam board AQA, specification code 8463).

Students will have the option of taking either the Higher Tier (covering grades 4-9) or Foundation Tier exam (covering grades 1-5). This decision will be made early in Year 11 following ongoing assessment.

The Combined Science option will require students to undertake 6 x 1 hour 15 minute exam papers in the Summer of Year 11, each covering a selection of topics studied. Triple Science students will undertake 2 x 1 hour 45 minute papers for each of the Sciences, each again, covering a selection of topics studied.

KS4 Exam success

Science continues to be successful with many students meeting or exceeding their MEG’s this summer enabling progression to A Level, apprenticeships or college courses.

Subject club(s)

  • Revision sessions are held after school and at lunch times for all subjects at KS4 & 5, dates and time vary over the year.
  • Science club activities take place at various times during the year.

Extra-curricular activities in Science

  • KS5 Physics: Trip to CERN to understand how humans are trying to understand the fundamentals of the universe and opportunity to observe first hand, diverse cultures working together for a common purpose.
  • KS5 Sciences: University days to see the more modern methods of studying science.
  • Year 12: Sci-tech Careers & University courses.
  • Year 10/11 Trip to Science Live dealing with cutting edge Science themes, delivered by celebrated Scientists.
  • Year 10 Medical Mavericks.
  • Year 12/13 Trip to Science Live

The following sections are subject specific sections

 

Physics Department

Key Stage 4 (GCSE) Physics

 

 

Physics is the branch of science concerned with the study of the nature and properties of matter and energy across the Universe. We look to inspire our students to be curious about the world around them while developing within them the ability to be think scientifically, including the ability to analyse and interpret evidence and data.

We provide a range of practical experiments over the duration of the course to help enthuse our students while developing the skills they need to be the Scientists and Engineers of the future should they wish to.

A Physics qualification provides the necessary skills to follow any science-related profession. It is also accepted for non-science careers and is seen as a qualification that develop the ability to solve complex problems and is therefore a useful qualification to have in any job application.

We follow the AQA syllabus which includes the following modules:

1. Energy

2. Electricity

3. Particle model of matter

4. Atomic structure

5. Forces

6. Waves

7. Magnetism and electromagnetism

8. Space Physics (Physics only)

9. Key Ideas

With the exception of Physics Unit 8, Space Physics, all students study all the topics listed no matter which route they take, though those studying Triple Science will study extended versions of each topic. Within each topic are Higher and Foundation Tier objectives.

KEY STAGE 5 - PHYSICS

Exam Board and entry requirements.
AQA A - modules will be examined in June of Year 13 through three 2 hour papers covering both subject knowledge and practical skills. Papers include a mixture of short, long and multiple choice questions. There is no coursework at AS or A level. Practical and experimental skills are assessed through the final exams.

Entry requirements are 2 science GCSEs and Maths at minimum grade 5 in the Higher Tier paper, preferably grade 6.

Course Content

The course builds on topics studied at GCSE and introduces some new topics. To gain a full A level, students study nine modules. Module 1 deals with the basics of measurement and error analysis. Module 2 introduces ideas about particles, radiation and quantum phenomena. Module 3 deals with wave motion including stationary waves. Module 4 focusses on materials and builds on ideas about forces and motion. In module 5 you will study electricity. Module 6 involves a study of circular motion and builds on GCSE ideas about thermal physics.  Module 7 deals with gravitational, electric and magnetic fields. In module 8 students study nuclear applications. The final Module is an optional module. Students at trinity take the Astrophysics option. Practical Physics is studied and developed throughout the course through the completion of series of required practical experiments. Knowledge and understanding of these is assessed through the final examinations. .

Useful Subject & Revision websites

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/as-and-a-level/physics-7407-7408

http://hyperphysics.phy-astr.gsu.edu/hbase/index.html 
https://isaacphysics.org/

http://www.schoolphysics.co.uk/age16-19/

www.s-cool.co.uk/a-level/physics
http://physicsnet.co.uk/a-level-physics-as-a2/
http://revisionworld.com/a2-level-level-revision/physics-level-revision

 Contribution to SMSC

  • Lessons on contamination by radioactive waste.
  • Renewable energy sources.

 

Chemistry Department

 

Key Stage 4 (GCSE) Chemistry

Chemistry

Chemistry is a challenging and stimulating subject. It has played a major role in improving living standards and is one of the most successful industries in the UK. In most cases, Chemistry is an essential subject for Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science and some Biological Sciences.

You may benefit from the following resources and facilities:

  • specialised laboratories ideal for practical work.
  • three qualified teachers of Chemistry, with all members of Science staff enthusiastic about teaching Chemistry.
  • a well-equipped department, suitable for the vast quantity of practical work that chemistry requires.

Lessons involve a wide and varied range of activities, placing an emphasis on practical skills. The new scheme of work includes formal presentation of new ideas and concepts, discussion and student presentations and is designed to ensure that learning is enjoyable and enhances a student's enthusiasm for Chemistry and Science, and relevant to contemporary issues by building on previously studied concepts.

A Chemistry qualification provides the necessary skills to follow any science-related profession. It is also accepted for non-science careers such as accountancy and law.

We follow the AQA syllabus which includes the following modules

1. Atomic structure and the periodic table

2. Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter

3. Quantitative chemistry

4. Chemical changes

5. Energy changes

6. The rate and extent of chemical change

7. Organic chemistry

8. Chemical analysis

9. Chemistry of the atmosphere

10. Using resources

11. Key Ideas 

 

KEY STAGE 5 - CHEMISTRY

Exam Board and entry requirements.

AQA external modules will be examined in the summer of Year 13. There will be internal assessments throughout the two year course up until that point. There is no coursework included in the course. Practical and experimental skills are assessed through the final exams.

Entry requirements are 2 science GCSEs at grade 6 (one of which must be Chemistry) and maths GCSE at grade 6.

Course Content

The course builds on topics studied at GCSE and introduces some new topics. There are three modules throughout the 2-year course; module 1 studies physical chemistry, including the structure of an atom, types of bonding and physical properties, and energy in reactions. Module 2 studies inorganic chemistry, looking at trends and groups of elements. In module 3 students study organic chemistry which allows them to have a better understanding of naming structures, and how and why different types of molecules react, on a sub-atomic level.

Students will sit 3 papers at the end of the 2-year course, all of which include all 3 branches of chemistry and practical skills

Useful Subject & Revision websites

www.knockhardy.org.uk/sci
www.s-cool.co.uk/gcse/chemistry
www.aqa.org.uk

Exam success

100% of students achieved a passing grade in June 2018, with 82% achieving A*-B.

Contribution to SMSC

  • Lessons on environmental issues e.g. quarrying, mining, recycling, use of resources, bio-fuels, global warming/dimming, acid rain, CFC’s

 

Biology Department

Key Stage 4 (GCSE) Biology

Biology is a popular subject taken by students with a wide variety of interests. It is the subject of the future. If you want to know the facts behind cancer, cloning and fighting disease, this is the subject to study. This course includes a significant amount of maths and practical skills; it is a challenging and rewarding subject.

You will benefit from the following resources and facilities:

  • three recently refurbished Biology labs with interactive smart boards.
  • specialist Biology teachers.
  • a well-equipped department, suitable for the practical work that biology requires.

Lessons involved a wide variety of teaching and learning styles including dissections, discussions, group work, model making, presentations, practical work and research.

Students who study Biology can go onto Veterinary Science, Medicine, Dentistry, Forensic Science and Microbiology just to name a few. It is also accepted for non-science careers such as psychology and law.

We follow the AQA syllabus which includes the following modules

1. Cell biology

2. Organisation

3. Infection and response

4. Bioenergetics

5. Homeostasis and response

6. Inheritance, variation and evolution

7. Ecology

8. Key Ideas

KEY STAGE 5 - BIOLOGY

Exam Board and entry requirements.
Examination board: AQA..

Three 2 hour papers make up the A level exam. Paper 1 and paper 2 are each worth 35% of the final mark with paper 3 contributing 30%.

Entry requirements are 2 science GCSEs at grade 6 (one of which must be Biology) and maths GCSE at grade 6.

Course Content

Content includes, biological molecules and how they are used to build cells, how organisms exchange substances with their environment in the processes of diffusion, osmosis and active transport.

Genetic information and inheritance, variation between organisms and relationships between organisms, the processes of respiration and photosynthesis, inheritance and selection including the mechanisms of inheritance, control of gene expression and DNA technology, the human nervous system and the mechanism of muscular contraction and homeostasis.

Useful Subject & Revision websites

www.s-cool.co.uk
www.revisionworld.com

Exam success

A level Biology 100% pass rate with 87% achieving A*-C in 2018

 Contribution to SMSC

  • Discussions and debates about the theories of evolution.
  • In Schemes of work.
  • Lessons on the ethics of drug trialling and animal testing.
  • The ethics of cloning and the different ethical stance on cloning.

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