Staffing of the department
Ms K Cruickshanks – Head of Department
Mr A Moore – Science Teacher
Mr B Fisher – Science Teacher
Miss C O'Callaghan – Science Teacher
Mr S Bui – Science Teacher
Mrs L McHale – Senior Technician
Educational philosophy/Aims of the curriculum
The aim of Science at St Ursula’s is to encourage our students to think and work scientifically as young female scientists. Our teaching focuses on building the skills, knowledge and understanding to underpin progression within the subject enabling students to access further education and work in scientific fields. The content is taught across biology, chemistry and physics, identifying the connections between these disciplines
The principal focus of science teaching in key stage 3 is to develop a deeper understanding of a range of scientific ideas in the subject disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. We focus on the big ideas underpinning scientific knowledge and understanding, such as the links between structure and function in living organisms, the particulate model as the key to understanding the properties and interactions of matter in all its forms, and the resources and means of transfer of energy as key determinants of all of these interactions.
Students will be supported in ‘Working scientifically’ and understanding that science is about working objectively, modifying explanations to take account of new evidence and ideas and subjecting results to peer review.
KS3 Programme of study
At KS3 we have developed a curriculum based on the Strategies for Learning and Mastery. The topics are taught and revisited with regular retrieval practise and the home-works are spaced to develop the long term memory. In year 7, we focus on knowing and key recall, building on the core questions around the science topics and in year 8 we begin to interleave the topics to show their connections and develop the students to being able to apply their learning.
Our STEM club provides students with additional enjoyment of science after school and promotes great interest in the students. Science is our passion, teaching is a joy, behaviour is exemplary, results are outstanding and staff are committed, creative and reflective. We have awarded over 300 girls the BRONZE Crest Award and hope to award many more.
Links to useful sites for KS3 students, parents and members of the public