The Science department offers a range of programmes for all students in three sciences.
We encourage students to develop their practical, analytical and investigative skills.
The scientific training that the Biology offers aids the development of clear, logical thought and of a critical approach to evidence. A further bonus is the insight Biology offers into the beauty of Nature, and into human nature itself.
Chemistry allows students to explore the interactions occurring in the world around us. It gives insight into the human body and the earth from the deepest ocean to the highest mountain peak.
Studying Physics helps to think logically and solve problems, gather evidence to prove your argument and analyse and communicate complex ideas. Physics has innumerable benefits in the long-run such as enhanced problem-solving skills.
KEY STAGE 3
Students follow the Pearson Exploring Science KS3 Curriculum. Students spend two years completing fundamental units in biology, chemistry and physics to help prepare students for GCSE. Some of the units studied are:
- Cells and The Human Body
- Acids and Alkalis
- Food and Nutrition
- Metals and Their Uses
KEY STAGE 4
All students start the Combined Science GCSE course in Year 9.Later on, some students can elect to enrol in Triple Science where they study Biology, Chemistry and Physics as separate subjects. Some of the units studied are:
Biology: Cells and Genetics. Health, Diseases and the Development of Medicine. Ecosystems.
Chemistry: States of Matter. The Periodic Table. Atmospheric Chemistry.
Physics: Motion. Radioactivity. Astronomy.
- The Double Helix: A personal account of the discovery of DNA by James Watson
- Lab Girl: A story of trees, science and love by Hope Jahren
- Dry Store room number 1: The secret life of the Natural History Museum by Richard Fortey
- Spillover: Animal infections and the next human pandemic by David Quammen
- Cartoon Guide to Genetics (Cartoon Guide Series) by Larry Gonick
- The Manga Guide to Molecular Biology by Masaharu Takemura
- The Cartoon Guide to Chemistry (Cartoon Guide Series) by Larry Gonick
- Periodic Tales: The Curious Lives of the Elements by Hugh Aldersey-Williams
- The Disappearing Spoon...and other true tales from the Periodic Table by Sam Kean
- Why Chemical Reactions Happen by James Keeler
- 50 Chemistry Ideas You Really Need to Know by Hayley Birch
- Why Does Asparagus Make Your Wee Smell?: And 57 other curious food and drink questions by Andy Brunning
- Chemistry Made Simple by Arthur L. Thomas
- What is Chemistry by Peter Atkins.
- It's Elementary!: Putting the crackle into chemistry by Robert Winston.
- A Short History Of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson.
- Fabric of the Cosmos: Space, Time and the Texture of Reality by Brian Greene
- The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions and the Quest for the
- Ultimate Theory by Brian Greene
- The Manga Guide to Physics by Hideo Nitta
- 50 Physics Ideas You Really Need to Know by Joanne Baker
- 50 Astronomy Ideas You Really Need to Know by Giles Sparrow
- The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. Rebecca Skloot
- The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy “Space is big. You won’t believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it’s a long way down the road to the chemist’s, but that’s just peanuts to space.” ASIMOV
- Isaac I, Robot A classic collection of stories upon which the film was based.
- BRADBURY Ray Farenheit 451 In a futuristic America books are illegal and firemen start fires rather than put them out.
- HUXLEY Aldous Brave New World The ‘brave new world’ of the title is a place where there is no war or sadness, but where human beings are grown in laboratories and have their lives controlled.
- ISHIGURO Kazuo Never Let Me Go Three friends appear to have a happy life at boarding school until they discover a horrifying truth about their existence.
- WYNDHAM John The Day of the Triffids Bill Masen was one of the few people not to be blinded by a meteor shower, but now he discovers that giant flesh-eating plants called ‘triffids’ are wreaking havoc on Earth.
- Do No Harm: Stories of Life, Death and Brain Surgery. Henry Marsh
KEY STAGE 5
Biology: Biology is taught in a context-led approach; storylines and real-life context are used to introduce biological principals. A range of specific core practicals give you the opportunity to develop your investigative skills and to consolidate your learning.
Chemistry: Chemistry is taught with a methodical approach allowing students to build skills so they can investigate theoretical concepts through practical work.
Physics: Physics is taught in a way that helps students develop their problem solving skills. Students are encouraged to use critical thinking skills to dissect complicated concepts and prove them using mathematical skills.
RECOMMENDED READING BIOLOGY
Magazines, Newspapers and Journals
- New Scientist
- Scientific American
- Biological Sciences Review
- British Medical Journal
- Any scientific articles in newspapers (eg the Guardian on Wednesday)
- The Selfish Gene
- The Blind Watchmaker.
- Unweaving the Rainbow
- Climbing Mount Improbable
- The Ancestor’s Tale
- Y: The Descent of Men
- In the Blood: God, Genes and Destiny
- Almost Like a Whale: The 'Origin of Species' Updated
- The Language of the genes
- Genome: The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters
- The Red Queen: Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature
- The Language of Genes
- Francis Crick: Discoverer of the Genetic Code
- Nature Via Nurture: Genes, Experience and What Makes Us Human
- DNA: The Secret of Life
- The Double Helix: Personal Account of the Discovery of the Structure of DNA
- The Lives of a Cell: Notes of a Biology Watcher.
- The Medusa and the Snail: More Notes of a Biology Watcher Barry Gibb: The Rough
- Guide to the Brain (Rough Guides Reference Titles)
Charles Darwin: The origin of species
- Armand Marie Leroi: Mutants: On the Form, Varieties and Errors of the Human Body
- David S. Goodsell: The Machinery of Life
- Ernst Mayr: This Is Biology: The Science of the Living World
- George C. Williams: Plan and Purpose in Nature
- Steve Pinker: The Language Instinct
- Edward O Wilson: The Diversity of Life
- Primo Levi: The Periodic Table
- Richard Leaky: The Origin of Humankind
- Bill Bryson: A Short History of Nearly Everything
RECOMMENDED READING CHEMISTRY
Magazines, Newspapers and journals
- The analyst
- Analytical chemistry
- Chemical science
- Education in chemistry
- Journal of chemical society
- Chemistry world
- Any scientific articles in newspapers (eg the Guardian on Wednesday)
Books about Elements.
- The Elements- a visual exploration of every know atom in the universe: Theodore Gray 2009
- The Elements- the new guide to the building blocks of our universe: Jack Challoner 2014
- Periodic Tales: The Curious lives of Elements: Hugh Aldersey-Williams 2012
- The elements- a very short introduction: Philip Ball 2004
- Nature’s Building blocks An A to Z guide to the Elements: J Emsley 2011
- The Periodic Table: A Field Guide to the Elements: Paul Parsons 2013
- Elements of Murder – A history of poison: J Emsley, 2006
Books about Molecules
- Molecules : Peter Atkins 2003
- Molecules at an exhibition: J Emsley, 1999
- Vanity, Vitality and Virility- the science behind the products you love to buy: J Emsley 2004
- Healthy, Wealthy, Sustainable World; J Emsley, 2010
- H2O – a biography of water; Philip Ball ,2000
- Oxygen- the molecule that made the world; Nick Lane 2003
General Chemistry readers
- Reactions: The private life of atoms – Peter Atkins 2013
- What is Chemistry? – Peter Atkins 2013
- The joy of chemistry- The amazing science of Familiar things: Cobb, Fetterolf 2010
History of chemistry Books
- Mendeleyev’s dream: the quest for elements; P Strathern 2001
- The Big Bang – A history of explosives; GI Brown, 1998
- The Periodic Table. Its story and its significance; EF Scerri- a detailed exploration ofthe development of the periodic table 2006
- A tale of 7 elements. Eric Scerri 2013
More advanced science Readers
- Why chemical reactions happen: James Keeler, Peter Worthers 2003
- Made to Measure: New Materials for the 21st Century by Philip Ball 1999
- Chemical Structure and Reactivity: Keeler and Worthers: a degree level book
- Chemistry³: Introducing inorganic, organic and physical chemistry: first year undergraduate book