A high quality education in science provides the gateway to an exciting range of careers in areas from industry and business to medicine. The science department at Dyke House College aims to inspire young people with a desire to investigate, explore and understand the world around them. Learning and activities in science contribute to the development of pupils to become:
- Successful learners who enjoy learning,make progress and achieve.
-Confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives
-Responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society.
The science department is situated at the heart of the college, providing first class laboratory environments to facilitate and enhance pupils’ investigative skills. The modern layout of the department is designed to provide a variety of learning experiences in a safe learning environment. Staff enthusiasm engages pupils to be creative in their development and application of knowledge and skills to maximise their progress.
At KS3 science is taught in content modules to give meaning and explain the world in which they live. The topics range from global warming to IVF and respiration to generating energy by the school’s solar panels and wind turbine. These topics are taught in a manner which develops pupils’ investigative skills and encourages independent learning which will underpin success at KS4.
Currently at KS4 most pupils follow Edexcel Core and Additional Science syllabi. Over two years pupils can achieve two GCSEs, one in Y10 Science and the other in Y11 Additional Science. Each GCSE has two formal examinations and a controlled assessment activity worth 25% of the GCSE marks.
The introduction of the new 9-1 GCSE will impact our current Y9 with the majority of students studying for the duel science award, which is assessed in their final year through two formal examinations. Some students will be entered for the triple science award, whichis assessed by separate formal assessments in each science subject.
The department provides “Super Learning Science Days” and after school progress clubs to support every pupil to reach their full potential and maximise their GCSE grades. A science club provides extra learning opportunities for those pupils who are particularly inspired by the subject.