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 four full-time, and one part-time, 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

 Science Teacher
 Specialist in Biology and Physics.

 Mr. D. Connor

 Science Teacher
 Specialist in Chemistry.

 Mr. A. Bateman

 Newly Qualified Teacher
 Specialist in Biology.

 Mr. N. Goodman

 Science Teacher
 Vice Principal
 Specialist in Physics.

 Dr. A. Wong

 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. Core and Additional Science (from 2016 this will be a new ‘Combined Science’).

Pupils following this course will have six lessons of Science per week: 3 lessons will be dedicated to the Chemistry and Physics aspects of the course, and the remaining 3 lessons will be for studying the Biology and coursework aspects of the course.  Each of the components: Chemistry, Physics, Biology and coursework carry a 25% weighting towards the final grade.

2. Separate Sciences

Pupils have 9 lessons of Science per week and these lessons are divided between the four aspects of Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Coursework 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

There is a Key Stage 3 ‘Young Investigator’s Club’ which is a hands-on practical after-school club.  This takes place on Thursdays from 3:15 to 4:00pm and is run by Mr Connor and Mr. Bateman.

Key Stage 4 revision/intervention sessions also take place on Thursdays after school.  These are run by Mrs. Mackinder and Mrs. Cook.

We take part in inter-school Science activities such as the Faraday Challenge.

Later this year, some of our Key Stage 4 pupils will be accompanying Mrs. Cook on a visit to Cern in Switzerland.

 

 

Detailed Course Outlines can be downloaded below:

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