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Nottingham Girls' Academy

Science

Mr A Marshall - Head of Department

Miss A Green - Second in Department

Mrs A Kotze - Head of Year 7

Mrs H Kaur

Miss S Mahmood

Miss E Sherriff

Miss S Chewings

Mr S Cox

Miss R Thomas

Mrs S Atkinson - Senior Technician

Science at the Nottingham Girls' Academy takes a look at the world through enquiring eyes, encouraging pupils to investigate for themselves and explain why things happen in the world around them.

Pupils develop a variety of analytical and life skills such as how to hypothesise, predict, observe, measure, record, conclude, evaluate and justify the conclusions they make. Pupils become adept at making their own judgements on claims which are made in the media and elsewhere, using a variety of sources of information. We hope that all pupils will become independent investigators and thinkers who can take a critical look at the world around them and determine how science shapes their lives.

The Science Curriculum

During years 7 and 8, pupils will learn about the "10 Big Ideas" with a Working Scientifically approach. By relating phenomena to real-life examples and incorporating experimental design, pupils develop a curiosity towards sciences in everyday life. Units of study pull together ideas from the three main strands of science and the topics include Electricity, Reactions, Biodiversity, Acids & Bases, and Forces and assessment is by end of unit Topic Tests and teacher assessements. In year 9, pupils will further develop their scientific enquiry skills and consolidate their knowledge whilst studying the fundamentals of GCSE chemistry, biology and physics.

At Key Stage 4 there are two different pathways. These are a traditional triple science GCSE option and a double science GCSE award, both following the new 2016 AQA syllabus. Practical work is a major component, with compulsory practicals assessed throughout. Both of these courses are 100% examination at the end of Year 11.

We offer the three main sciences at Key Stage 5, as well as a vocational science course: OCR Biology, OCR Chemistry, OCR Physics and Pearson BTEC National in Applied Science (2016). The two year A-level courses are teacher assessed throughout but the principal external assessments are at the end of Year 13 (full A-level). The BTEC National Extended Certificate course is modular, with 2 externally assessed units and 2 assignment based units that are teacher assessed within school.

We try to incorporate as many trips, events and special days as possible throughout our science curriculum. For example 6th form students will spend days at the Science Live conferences, specialist career focussed university events and subject specific field trips. At KS4 we offer revision days at the university, STEM activities from visiting experts and visits to agricultural colleges. KS3 students benefit from various excursions that may include the National Space Centre, Shell Design Challenge, Rolls Royce events and visiting speakers.

Our aims within the science curriculum are:

  • To provide a balanced science education for all girls who have equal access to the range of science experiences, enabling them to reach their full potential;
  • To stimulate an interest and enjoyment in science, so academic achievement and expectations may be raised;
  • To incorporate ‘Working Scientifically' into all aspects of science teaching as a way of developing pupils' awareness and appreciation of science in their lives;
  • To develop the skills of analysis and problem solving;
  • To enhance the awareness of past influences, present and likely future implications of science on education, work, leisure and the world environment; and
  • To enable pupils to satisfy the demands of the National Curriculum.

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