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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 K Flood

Mrs H Kaur

Miss S Mahmood

Miss E Sherriff

Miss S Chewings

Mr D Anto

Miss S Johnson

Mrs S Atkinson - Senior Technician

Mr D Sheppard - Apprentice 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 the key scientific principles in an ‘Applications of Science' approach. By relating everything to real-life examples, pupils develop an understanding of the relevance of science 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. In year 9, pupils will further develop their scientific enquiry skills and consolidate their knowledge in preparation for Key Stage 4.

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). Year 12 and 13 AS and A2 Level courses are examined at the end of Year 12 (AS-level) or at the end of Year 13 (full A-level). The BTEC National course is modular, with 2 externally assessed units and 2 assignment based units that are assessed within school.

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 ‘how science works' 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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