Who are we?
- Ms. Salena Hirons - Director of Science (Biology Specialist)
- Miss Tara Lloyd –Second in Science - KS4 coordinator (Chemistry Specialist)
- Mr. Andy Scott – leading practitioner (Chemistry Specialist)
- Ms. Natalie Carwithen (Chemistry Specialist)
- Ms. Heather Hollett (Biology Specialist)
- Mr. Gareth Williams (Physics Specialist)
- Dr. Anthony Cherry (Chemistry Specialist)
Mr. Jean-Julien Gazet (Biology Specialist)
- Miss Kim Lewis (Chemistry Specialist)
- Mrs. Kirsty Chant (Technician)
Mrs. Mariola Lawani (Technician)
Mrs. Karen Barker (Technician)
Activate is an exciting new KS3 Science course designed to spark curiosity in science and support student on their journey through KS3 to KS4 success. Activate is matched to the new programme of study and includes a flexible but comprehensive assessment package. Resources to support students include a digital textbook, animations, video and presentations which effectively support the practical and investigative work carried out.
Students study a wide variety of topics in preparation for GCSEs across the three Sciences following the new National Curriculum. Topics include disease and how our body protects itself, particles and their behaviour and understanding planet Earth to discovering what lies beyond.
There are two routes available to students at Key Stage 4. Each route involves a three-year course (Year 9, 10 and 11) and is fully supported by digital textbooks and resources (videos, animations, presentations etc. – available through the Cornwallis Academy Virtual Learning Environment – Cornwallis VLE).
Year 9 students study the triple science course, they will sit a school exam in June, and results of this exam will help in deciding the best Year 10 pathway for each student.
Double award Year 10 students will take both Core Science GCSE exams in the summer.
Double award Year 11 students will take both Additional Science GCSE exams in the summer.
Triple award students will take all 6 triple award examinations in the summer of Year 11.
Controlled assessments are an important component of all science GCSE’s.
OCR Gateway Core Science GCSE
OCR Gateway Additional Science GCSE
OCR Gateway Biology
OCR Gateway Chemistry
OCR Gateway Physics
Revision guides for all GCSE courses are available to order from the science department. Letters and order forms for revision guides will be available from class teachers in September.
Students can access online electronic copies of all the GCSE textbooks for revision by clicking on this link (science.futureschoolstrust.com) and using the login supplied by science teachers.
- A Level Biology (Edexcel Salter’s Nuffield Advanced Biology). This course develops students understanding of Biology using a context driven approach. Students start the course with the study of Mark a 15 year old boy who had a stroke and Pete a 55 year old man who as a heart attack despite being very fit. Students explore the Biology surrounding key case studies and issues and develop and excellent understanding of the importance of Biology in the real work.
- A Level Chemistry (Edexcel). This course develops students understanding of organic, inorganic and physical chemistry. Students will study aspects of chemistry that are often in the media and affect their lives. It is important that students have the necessary knowledge and understanding to explain many different aspects of contemporary chemistry. The content of this specification includes the fundamental key concepts of chemistry needed for progression into higher education and employment.
- A Level Physics (Edexcel). The universe is full of interesting phenomena and strange physical behaviours that are often understood with the study of physics. This course allows students to approach this subject using a concept driven approach, studying from the laws upward, to be able to apply their knowledge to any situation that may arise in a greater depth than at GCSE. Students will develop an understanding of motion and material behaviour as well as looking into the finest structures in universe to the universe in it enormity.
Skills gained for the future:
Studying the scientific disciplines in addition to gaining scientific knowledge develops students' skills in logical thinking, planning, analysis skills (interpretation of data and mathematical), evaluative skills (evaluating sources of information and data), research, ICT skills (data logging, simulations, office applications) and communication skills (team work and presentation). The study of the sciences can lead to higher education in many areas but also gives students a sound understanding of science in everyday life - from loft insulation to genetic disorders.
How to find out more information:
For more information about Science at Cornwallis Academy please contact Frances Cator Head of Department by email (email@example.com), Mrs Clare Thorneycroft Head of KS3 by email (firstname.lastname@example.org), Miss Tara Lloyd Head of KS4 by email (email@example.com) or Ms Katie Gent (firstname.lastname@example.org).