Science

Science

Mission statement:

Here at The Marvell College we aim to make students engaged and enthused about the wonders of Science. We aim to develop the skills they need to be able to communicate scientifically, with the hope that many of our students will go onto study Science further. We deliver a curriculum which enables all students to learn the fundamental concepts of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. We also understand the importance of students developing the investigative and analytical skills which are essential for many careers within the scientific field.

KS3 Science

In Years 7-9 all students complete the KS3 National Curriculum for Science and we use the Exploring Science scheme of work to deliver our lessons. In Year 7 and Year 8 the classes are taught in mixed ability, in Year 9 the classes are set according to ability.


Year 7
In Year 7 the following topics are taught throughout the year, followed by and end of year test:
7A Cells and Organ Systems
7B Sexual Reproduction
7C Muscles and Bones
7D Ecosystems
7E Mixtures and Separation
7F Acids and Alkalis
7GThe Particle Model
7H Atoms and Elements
7J Energy
7I Electricity
7K Forces
7L Sound

Year 8
In Year 8 the following topics are taught throughout the year, followed by an end of year test:

8A Food and Digestion
8B Plants and Reproduction
8C Breathing and Respiration
8D Unicellular Organisms
8E Combustion
8F Periodic Table
8G Metals and Uses
8H Rocks
8I Fluids
8J Light
8K Energy Transfer
8L Earth and Space

Year 9
In Year 9 the following topics are studied until May, then the students are taught lessons which prepare them for the KS4 courses they will start the following year.

9A Science and Fiction
9B Model Career
9C On the Farm
9D Crime Scene Investigations
9E Building for the Future
9F Sculpture Park
9G Cleaning Up
9H Flying Materials
9I Buying Energy
9J Satellites
9K Record Breakers
9L Dam It

KS4
In KS4 students have 5 hours of Science a week and are taught in sets based on ability. Each class has 2 members of staff teaching them which means they are receiving expertise from different Science disciplines. We use the AQA syllabus to deliver our KS4 curriculum- with most students being entered for the dual science award.  In Year 10 students study Science A, and in Year 11 students study Additional Science. Currently the exams take place for these at the end of each academic year. We have a small number of students who complete the Science A course over 2 years.


Year 10
In Year 10 most students will study AQA Science A. During the year they will develop an understanding of the following topics:
Human Biology
Environment and Evolution
Products from Rocks
Oils, Earth and Atmosphere
Energy
Electricity and Waves


More information about the course, including past papers and the specification can be found by following the link below:
http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/science-a-4405


Year 11
In Year 11 most students will study AQA Additional Science. During the year they will develop an understanding of the following topics:
Cells, Organs and Populations
Enzymes and Genetics
Bonding and Calculations
Reaction Rates, Salts and Electrolysis
Motion and Energy
Electricity and the Atom


More information about the course, including past papers and the specification can be found by following the link below:
http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/additional-science-4408


Extracurricular
We run a popular Science club on Tuesday lunchtimes where students get to do exciting practical work such as building rockets, making volcanoes and dissecting hearts. This is open to all year groups in the Science demonstration area.


We also offer after school revision sessions and catch up sessions detailed below:


Wednesday lunch and after school with Mr Dawson in 3.10
Friday lunch and afterschool with Miss Kingsworth in 2.12


We also schedule GCSE revision sessions after school which will commence in March 2016 to help prepare for the May/ June 2016 exams.

We believe it is important the students at The Marvell College experience how Science is used in industry and within the working world so have run several successful trips including STEM based trips, GCSE Live trip and the Top of the Bench Chemistry competition.

Staff:

Miss Archer- Head of Science, Biologist
Miss Tong- Head of Science, Chemist
Mr Chapman- Assistant Head Teacher, Chemist
Mr Matthews- Deputy Head Teacher, Chemist
Mr Dawson- Physicist
Mr Gent- Chemist
Mr Goldspink- Biologist
Miss Grieves- Biologist
Miss Kingsworth- Biologist
Mr Lynch- Chemist
Mrs Smithson – Biologist
Mrs Lockwood- Teaching and Learning Mentor
Mr Hannam- Senior Science Technician
Mrs Verity- Science Technician