The Science Department consists of 10 teaching staff and is well equipped throughout the Key Stages. We have 12 laboratories all equipped with interactive whiteboards and we are supported by 3 experienced technicians.
We aim to nurture a spirit of investigation in young people through challenging practical work and the introduction of new ideas that help to explain the natural world around us. We encourage pupils to develop their practical skills and to approach problem-solving in an enthusiastic, logical and questioning manner. Pupils have the opportunity to investigate the development of scientific theories by famous scientists, the effect of other influences on the science of their day and their impact on our lives. We aim to develop the ability of pupils to understand the importance of science in our society, in ethics and the decision making process.
The Science Department works closely with the Inclusion Department and receives significant support from EAL teachers to ensure that all students are able to meet their full potential in Science.
At KS3 we hope to engage pupils and spark their interest in Science, as well as build their key skills. The Science curriculum is taught in topics based on 10 Big Ideas of Science: Forces, Electromagnets, Energy, Waves, Matter, Reactions, Earth, Organisms, Ecosystems and Genes. Each idea contains four smaller topics, two of which are studied in Y7 and the other two in Y8. Integrated into these topics is learning about Working Scientifically, particularly developing scientific investigation skills and numeracy skills needed in Science. Pupils complete skills checks and are then assessed at the end of each topic to monitor their progress and achievement and set targets.
Key Stage 4 GCSE Science (Examinations 2018 onwards)
The Netherhall Science faculty believes all students have the potential to excel in Science and therefore should be the given the best support and platform to achieve this.
For this reason, all students begin the AQA GCSE 9-1 Triple Science route in Year 9. The Science faculty over the course of this year will monitor and track each student using a range of criteria including in class performance, progress tests and future intentions beyond Year 11.
From Year 10 onwards, students will then either continue the AQA GCSE 9-1 Triple route or transfer onto the AQA GCSE 9-1 Combined Science route to ensure each student can be given the time, support and opportunities to achieve their full potential.
The Science Department runs a Science Club and makes contributions to the Gifted and Talented programme in the school by offering CREST/STEM awards projects. Visits to local science events such as the Duxford Science festival, University departments and the Babraham institute are organised whenever possible. We also compete every year in the KS3 science challenge at Swavesey Village College.
Homework and Revision clubs operate throughout the year.