Science

General Information

Pupils study Science throughout their time at Hull Trinity House Academy, with Key Stage 3 pupils having three lessons per week and Key Stage 4 pupils having a minimum of six lessons per week. 

The Science Department is located on the fourth floor.  We have five teaching rooms (with practical demonstration areas) and two laboratories (which are used solely for practical work) and one preparation room.

Practical work is an integral part of all of our courses and it is used to enhance learning of the subject matter and to increase understanding of how the world of Science works.

Peer and self-assessments also form an integral part of Science lessons, encouraging pupils to learn from each other and to improve their work based on feedback from both the teacher and other pupils.

 

Staffing

We have six full-time members of teaching staff and one laboratory technician:

Staff Member

Role and Specialism

 Mrs. L. Mackinder

 Subject Leader of Science
 Specialist in Biology and Chemistry.

 Mrs. L. Cook

 Second in Department
 Specialist in Biology and Physics.

 Mr. D. Connor

 Science Teacher
 House Leader of Johnson House
 Specialist in Chemistry.

 Miss G. Calvert

 Science Teacher
 Specialist in Biology.

 Mrs J. Cheesbrough

 Science Teacher
 Specialist in Biology.

 Mr. N. Goodman

 Science Teacher
 Vice Principal
 Specialist in Physics.

 Miss L. Jenner

 Laboratory Technician
 

  

Key Stage 3

Pupils have 3 lessons per week of ‘Science’ lessons.  These lessons are grouped to cover separate Biology, Chemistry and Physics topics. Pupils have regular ‘end of topic’ tests (approximately one per half term) to assess their progress.

 

Key Stage 4

(As with Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4 pupils have regular ‘end of topic’ tests to assess their progress)

 Key Stage 4 pupils have a choice of one of two pathways for studying Science:

1. Trilogy (this was previously known as ‘Combined Science’).

Pupils following this course will have five lessons of Science per week: These lessons will rotate between different teachers who will teach the different areas of the course. Each of the components: Chemistry, Physics, Biology and coursework carry a 33% weighting towards the final grade.

2. Biology, Chemistry and Physics

Pupils have 6 lessons of Science per week and these lessons are divided between the three aspects of Biology, Chemistry and Physics in line with their weighting towards the final grade.

The decision regarding which pathway to follow is the pupil’s choice.  The extra lessons needed for studying the Separate Science course are taken from one of the option groups.

We use the AQA exam board for all of our GCSE Science courses.  The main text books that we use for study are the Nelson Thornes AQA GCSE texts (separate Biology, Chemistry and Physics) and Collins AQA Core Science and Additional Science text books.  Pupils are encouraged to use BBC bitesize and GCP revision guides to help them with their homework and additional learning/revising.

 

Extra-Curricular Activities

Key Stage 4 revision/intervention sessions take place every other week on a Tuesday after school.  These are run by Mrs. Cook and cover aspects of the three sciences in which pupils have shown additionbal help could be beneficial.

In July 2018 some of our Key Stage 4 pupils will be accompanying Mrs. Cook on a visit to Cern in Switzerland.