Science

The Sciences allow each pupil to develop an appreciation for applying scientific principles to solve technological problems. This is achieved by offering hands-on experiences and an intellectually challenging curriculum.

“Nothing in life is to be feared it is only to be understood.”   Marie Curie

My Learning at The Laurels

Join us to ignite your imagination and be a part of a learning environment which encourages a passion for curiosity and investigation. With a strong emphasis on nurturing enquiring minds we foster scientific enquiry skills, critical thinking, and the proficient use of ICT to develop each individuals’ unique talents.

You will have many opportunities to take part in clubs, quizzes, competitions, practical challenges, presentations, in-depth discussions and debates, while developing knowledge and skills in the subject disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics.

Course Content
Year 7 & 8

Pupils follow a rich and varied Key Stage 3 (KS3) syllabus in Years 7 & 8 which reflects the most recent curriculum changes.  Maths, literacy and working scientifically are embedded throughout the course to develop key skills in preparation for GCSEs. Critical thinking and imagination is encouraged, with pupils developing analytical, enquiry and problem-solving skills during practical projects.

Attainment is assessed though a variety of methods including questioning, online activities, homework, half termly progress checks and end of unit tests. Intervention is targeted where it is needed and mastery levels of attainment can be achieved by pupils who complete stretch and challenge tasks for each unit of work.

Scientific processes and philosophical methods are explored. Some of the questions answered during the Key Stage 3 science curriculum are:

  • What are we made of?
  • What are materials like inside and why do they behave as they do?
  • How do we hear and see things?
Year 9 Curriculum

Pupils follow an accelerated science curriculum based on the core principles in the 9-1 iGCSE course. This bespoke syllabus is context led which allows pupils to take an informed interest in science and scientific developments. 

Themes:

  • Vitamin D deficiency
  • Exterminate mosquitos
  • Ebola & Zika
  • Animal testing
  • To frack or not to frack
  • Electronic cigarettes
  • Death to diesel
  • Big bag deal
  • Text neck

Core Practicals:

  • Investigate food samples for the presence of glucose, starch, protein and fat
  • Investigate how enzyme activity can be affected by changes in temperature
  • Investigate how enzyme activity can be affected by changes in pH
  • Investigate diffusion and osmosis using living and non-living systems
  • Know how to determine the formula of a metal oxide by combustion (e.g. magnesium oxide) or by reduction (e.g. copper(II) oxide)
  • Investigate the electrolysis of aqueous solutions
  • Determine the approximate percentage by volume of oxygen in air using a metal or a non-metal
  • Investigate reactions between dilute hydrochloric and sulfuric acids and metals (e.g. magnesium, zinc and iron)
  • Investigate the motion of everyday objects such as toy cars or tennis balls
  • Investigate how extension varies with applied force for helical springs, metal wires and rubber band
  • Investigate the motion of everyday objects such as toy cars or tennis balls
  • Investigate how extension varies with applied force for helical springs, metal wires and rubber bands
GCSE Examination Board

All pupils study biology, chemistry and physics at GCSE level and can either achieve two GCSEs (double award) or three separate GCSEs (triple award). We teach the iGCSE specification because it is an internationally recognised qualification which is valued for its intellectual rigor which provides an excellent foundations for any study of sciences at an advanced level.

Edexcel iGCSE Double Award
Edexcel iGCSE Triple Award (option subject based on KS3 attainment)

Related Activities

Science Club
STEM Club
Centre of the Cell
Natural History Museum talk
Science Museum
Kew Gardens educational visits
L’Oreal Young Scientist Centre