Science

 

Staff Quote

Subject Leader

Ms H.Vaughan-Dick


Teaching Staff

Mr M. Damani
KS4 Co-ordinator


Mrs A. Jaffer
Y9 Co-ordinator


Mr I. Ali
Y8 Co-ordinator


Mrs A. Minks
Year Co-ordinator


Mrs S. Arthur
Science Teacher


Mr M. Wiebrand
Science Teacher


Mr M Hale
Science Teacher


Mr C. Keane
Science Teacher


Senior Technician

Mrs S Cooper

Technician

Mr H Hansen
Mrs M Hurl
Mrs A Deansmith


Where the world ceases to be the scene of our personal hopes and wishes, where we face it as free beings admiring, asking and observing, there we enter the realm of Art and Science.

Albert Einstein


In science one tries to tell people, in such a way as to be understood by everyone, something that no one ever knew before. But in poetry, it's the exact opposite.

Paul Dirac


The truth of a theory is in your mind, not in your eyes.

Albert Einstein


Why Study Science?

Science is the basis for the existence of our life. For example, agricultural science dictates how our food is produced, biomedical science keeps us healthy, physics and mechanical science takes us from place to place. We almost literally eat, sleep and breathe science! As the next generation of consumers, voters, creators, and policy makers are bred, it is critical to ensure they are not only comfortable but they are expert in the field of science.



Aims of Science

  • To excite and enthuse children with a sense of awe and wonder at the natural world.
  • To give practical experience of how scientists make observations of the natural world, come up with hypotheses and do experiments to obtain evidence to support or disprove these hypotheses.
  • To cause children to understand the importance of evidence when making decisions and to be able to judge whether the claims of the media, advertisers, politicians, journalists, etc, are evidence-based and reliable.
  • To give pupils enough evidence-based knowledge to be able to make informed personal judgements in order to lead healthy, safe, comfortable and environmentally sustainable lives.


Keystage 3

The course provides students with a fresh, engaging and the complete suite of science, preparing students for examinations at Key Stage 4. Topics taught are:

 

Year 7:

Living system Particle Theory Forces
Food and diet Atoms and Elements Electricity
Plant Reproduction Periodic table Levers, Moments and pressure

 

Year 8:

Space and Waves Everyday Chemistry Ecosystems
Electricity Earth Genetics and evolution
Energy transfer Atmosphere Breathing, Respiration and Circulation

 

Year 9:

Electricity and magnets Photosynthesis Chemical reaction
Energy at Home Health Immunity & Fitness Environmental Chemistry

 

Links to useful websites for KS3:

http://www.doddlelearn.co.uk
http://www.kerboodle.com
http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zng4d2p

 



Key Stage 4

The science department offers the AQA specification. AQA have developed an exciting new suite of seven Key Stage 4 qualifications, but still keeps the experimental activities at the heart of their courses. The specifications we offering at present are:

  • GCSE Combined Science (Trilogy)
  • GCSE Biology
  • GCSE Chemistry
  • GCSE Physics

 

Links to useful websites for KS4:

http://www.doddlelearn.co.uk
http://www.kerboodle.com
http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zrkw2hv

 



Key Stage 5

The advanced sciences taught at The Voyager Academy follow Edexcel specification.

Advanced Level Biology

Edexcel Advanced Level in Biology develops students’ knowledge and understanding of different areas of biology and how these relate to each other. It explores how society makes decisions about biology-related issues and how biology contributes to the success of the economy and society.

Advanced Level Chemistry

Edexcel Advanced Level Chemistry includes plenty of practical experience to increase students’ enjoyment and understanding of chemistry and give them the skills they need to study science at higher levels. Students study important aspects of chemistry including climate change, green chemistry, pharmaceuticals and chemistry research.

Advanced Level Physics

Edexcel Advanced Level Physics lets students study physics in up-to-date, contemporary contexts to motivate and inspires them to extend students understanding of the laws, theories and models of physics. Students develop enjoyment of, and interest in, physics and its applications. They also gain an understanding of the link between theory and experiment, and develop skills in designing and executing experiments.

BTEC Nationals Applied Science

BTEC Nationals provide specialist, work-related learning across a range of sectors. Delivering the knowledge, skills and understanding students need to prepare for their chosen career, BTEC Nationals offer progression to higher or further education or into employment.

Alongside A levels, BTECs are the most widely recognised qualification for admission to higher education (HE) - around one in four of all students starting HE courses in England in 2015 had achieved a BTEC National qualification.

 

Links to useful websites for KS5:

http://www.doddlelearn.co.uk
http://my.dynamic-learning.co.uk