Science & Computer Science
Members of Staff
Mr T. Beaumont: Assistant Principal and Head of Science
Mrs C. Riley: 2ic in Science
Mr C Thomas: Teacher of Science
Mr C. Chatburn: Teacher of Science
Mr T. Moore: Vice Principal and Teacher of Science
Mrs R. Chana: ITT coordinator and Teacher of Science
Mr D. Barton: Teacher of Science
Mr B. Neal: Teacher of Science
Mrs R. MacDonald: Senior Lab Technician
The study of science ignites pupils’ curiosity about phenomena in the world around them and offers opportunities to find explanations. It engages learners at many levels, linking direct practical experience with scientific ideas. Experimentation and modelling are used to develop and evaluate explanations, encouraging critical and creative thought. Pupils learn how knowledge and understanding in science are rooted in evidence. They discover how scientific ideas contribute to technological change – affecting industry, business and medicine and improving quality of life. They trace the development of science worldwide and recognise its cultural significance. They learn to question and discuss issues that may affect their own lives, the direction of society and the future of the world
Key Stage 3
The learners are put into two bands in KS3, with ability sets in Years 7 & 8.
Years 7 & 8 have 4 lessons per week.
We will be following the Activate scheme of work.
Topics covered include:
- Elements, Atoms and Compounds
- Chemical reactions
- Acids and Alkalis
- Structure & Function of Body Systems
Topics covered include:
- Healthy lifestyle
- Adaptations & Inheritance
- Periodic Table
- Separation Techniques
- Metals & Acids
- The Earth
- Electricity & Magnetism
- Motion & Pressure
Key Stage 4
Learners are put into sets according to their academic ability in Year 9, 10 and 11. All students will study Science in KS4. Most learners will complete the AQA Combined Science: Trilogy, which offers two GCSEs. This is a linear qualification with six 1 hour 15 minute exams at the end of year 11.
A small number of learners who achieve well at KS3 are considered for studying AQA triple science. This will gain pupils three separate GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Pupils must commit to 7 hours of Science per week across KS4. Again this is a linear qualification with six 1 hour 45 minute exams at the end of year 11.
Resources to support your child at home
Exam board – AQA
Exam board resources such as Combined Science/Separate Science specifications, schemes of work and past papers can be found at:
Suggested revision guides to purchase:
Please note – for all revision guides you will need to consider whether to purchase the higher or foundation tier AQA revision guide. Revision guides can be purchased from the Science faculty at the start of term for a reduced price.
Useful websites for home study
Kerboodle requires login details that have been provided to pupils. Once logged on, pupils can access homework tasks set by their teachers.
Members of Staff:
Mr S. Sycamore - Head of Computer Science and Business Studies
Mr A. Damani - Computer Science
Topics Studied at KS3:
We teach Key Stage 3 within two years rather than the more traditional three years. Students have 1 lesson of Computer Science weekly and study a wide variety of units covering the following strands of assessment: Algorithms; Programming and Development; Data and Data Representation; Hardware and Processing; Communication and Networks; and Information Technology.
Topics covered in Year 7
- Baseline Testing
- Unit 1: Under the hood of a new Computer – (Hardware & Processing; Data & Data Representation)
- Unit 2: Think like a Computer Scientist – (Algorithms; Programming and Development; and Data & Data Representation)
- Unit 3: Drawing and Manipulating Shapes – (Algorithms; and Programming & Development)
- Unit 4: Creating an Animation – (Algorithms; and Programming & Development)
- Unit 5: The foundations of Computing – (Hardware & Processing; Algorithms; and Programming & Development
- Unit 6: How the web works (Communication and networks)
- Unit 7: Webpage Creation from the ground up – (Programming & Development; Communication & Networks; Data & Data representation; and Information Technology)
- Unit 8 : Designing for HCI – a hand held digital device – (Information Technology; Hardware & processing; Data & Representation; Hardware & Processing; and Algorithms)
- Unit 9 : Designing for HCI: an operating system interface - (Hardware & Processing; and Information Technology)
- Unit 10: Representing Images – (Data & Data representation)
- Unit 11: Programming a Calculator – (Programming & Development; and Algorithms)
- Unit 12: Programming a Quiz – (Algorithms; Programming & Development; and Information Technology)
- Baseline Testing
Topics covered in Year 8
- Baseline Testing
- Unit 1: Operating Systems – (Hardware & Processing; and Information Technology)
- Unit 2: CMD, the command line – (Data & Data Representation; and Hardware & Processing)
- Unit 3: Binary – (Data & Data Representation; and Information Technology)
- Unit 4: Instruction Set Design – (Algorithms; and Programming & Development)
- Unit 5: Programming using selection statements and Boolean Expressions – (Algorithms; and Programming & Development)
- Unit 6: Connecting to the Internet – (Communications & Networks)
- Unit 7: Sorted – (Algorithms; and Programming & Development)
- Unit 8: How to make a Computer appear smart – (Hardware & Processing; Information Technology; Hardware & Processing; and Programming & Development)
- Unit 9: Recursive Patterns – (Algorithms; Information Technology; and Programming and Development)
- Baseline Testing
Examination offered and studied at KS4:
- OCR Computer Science (Grade 9 – 1) – J276 (Y10 & Y11)
- OCR Computer Science - R354 (from 2016) – Entry Level Certificate - (Y9)
- City and Guilds Level 2 Technical Award in Digital Technologies (601/7242/3) – (Y10 & Y11)
OCR Computer Science Entry Level Certificate:
This is a Vocational IT qualification course which will be delivered to year 9. It is designed to provide learners with a broad understanding of the world of Computer Science and encourage them to develop computational thinking, algorithm and programming skills. It will prepare learners for the GCSE by covering some similar content to the GCSE (9–1) Computer Science and provides a firm foundation from which learners may make informed decisions about progressing onto a GCSE (9–1) Computer Science or alternatively.
City and Guilds Level 2 Technical Award in Digital Technologies (601/7242/3):
The Level 2 Technical Award in Digital Technologies (KS4) will be delivered to year 10 and some students in year 11. It allows students to explore how digital technologies are used in everyday life. It gives learners an insight into how data is communicated in different ways, why we use networks, what to consider when creating web pages and how you can ensure data you gather is of good quality. The assessment for this course will be one externally set, externally moderated assignment; and one externally set, externally marked exam.
OCR Computer Science (Grade 9 – 1) – J276:
This is a GCSE qualification will be delivered to year 10 and year 11. Students will sit two written exams in year 11 worth (40%) each and one Controlled Assessment worth (20%). The exam papers will focus on Computer systems and one will have a focus on computational thinking, algorithms and Programming. Each paper lasts 1hour and 30mins and is worth 40% of the total GCSE. Students will also complete a programming project in the final year of the course that will take a total of 20 hours to complete, and is worth 20% of the final GCSE award.
The Computer Science Faculty has organised various trips and visits in the last few years. Some of these include Sky Sports Studio visit in West London, and Visits to Tablet Academy courses in local schools. This year we hope to organise the Teen Technology Award and various others that will encourage students to make the expected or better progress in their respective courses.
How can you help your child with homework in Computer Science?:
- Homework is set fortnightly via
- Ask if you can help, encourage your child to do their best with their homework.
- You can help them with presentation, spelling and by checking whether the work is complete.
- Homework is set weekly via
- Ask your child if they have any homework.
- Encourage your child to complete homework on time.
- Remind them to put adequate effort into their homework.
Here are some websites that may help with your child’s homework:
BBC GCSE bitesize has lots of useful revision and self testing pages for GCSE students
Ideal for Key Stage 3 revision and short tests.