Science

Ethos/Aims

The Department has a dedicated and supportive ethos with an unrivalled sense of team spirit.  We are committed to teaching and learning and aim to promote innovative practice, both in terms of our teaching and our use of practical activities to enhance learning. 

The science team have a collective commitment to raise aspirations and stimulate and maintain students’ curiosity, interest and enjoyment in Science. 

The Science Department is committed to providing an exciting varied and challenging experience of Science for all students. 

We place particular emphasis on learning through practical investigations and on collaborative learning.
We also place huge importance on developing independent, analytical and critical thinking. In short we aim to inspire and enthuse students and to motivate them to continue into scientific careers once they have left The Vale Academy. 

Science Staff

  • Mr M Court : Curriculum Leader Science
  • Mr A Davey : Assistant  Curriculum Leader
  • Mrs  L Mead: Science teacher
  • Mr M Rutt: Science teacher /Assistant Principal Inclusion/SENCO
  • Mrs R Laws: Science teacher
  • Miss K Bateson: Science teacher
  • Mrs C Bayne: Science teacher / Science Learning Mentor
  • Mrs A Bonser:  Full Time Science technician
  • Mr A Williams: Leading Practitioner for Science and Maths

Resources & Facilities
The faculty has seven large, fully equipped laboratories, with state of the art facilities. 

Each laboratory has a large interactive smart display board, complete with a range of science specific software which put the faculty at the forefront of ICT within the school. A wireless mobile laptop suite is also available in the department along with an extensive range of data logging equipment. 

Key Stage 3

In Year 7 the emphasis is initially upon transition from KS2, building upon the key ideas covered in primary school such as energy and forces, understanding life processes and simple chemical reactions. 

Throughout Years 8 students will be taught further topics in biology, chemistry and physics in order to provide an ideal foundation for progression to GCSE Sciences. Practical work forms an integral part of the learning experience at KS3 enabling students to develop not only their scientific knowledge and understanding but also their practical skills 

Key Stage 4
At KS4 students can follow one of two routes. Biology, Chemistry and Physics as seperate GCSE's or the new Trilogy Combined GCSE which combines all three areas of science and leads to two GCSE grades.

Wherever possible students are taught by subject specialists with a varied and exciting approach adopted in lessons. Students enjoy science at KS4 and many go on to continue their studies at KS5. Student performance has been very strong in Science over recent years, a fact that we are very proud of! 

Key Stage 5
AS and A2 Biology are delivered at The Vale Academy. 

The course followed is AQA Biology, which provides an excellent foundation for a Biology based degree course as well as courses such as medicine, veterinary science and physiotherapy. 

As part of the course students develop their knowledge and understanding of a wide range of biological topics such as biochemistry, cell biology, human physiology, causes of disease, immunity, genetics and ecology. 

Forthcoming events

 

Links to enrichment 

http://www.aqa.org.uk/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education

http://www.cgpbooks.co.uk/apps/

http://www.spolem.co.uk/ 

Extra-curricular activities 

  • GCSE      Exam revision timetable to be confirmed