Taught by: Mrs Manna Naher BSc (Hons), Manchester; PGCE and Ms Widaad Mungly BSc (Hons), Mauritius; QTS
Coordinate science, in accordance with National Curriculum guidelines, is taught to students of years 7 and 8. After the science is split into the three subjects and are taught to years 9 to 11. Currently at the end of year 9, girls choose whether to study the three Separate Sciences or the Core Science in year 10, followed by Additional Science in year 11, following the Edexcel specification.
The specifications followed give the pupils the opportunity to acquire scientific knowledge, to develop experimental and investigative abilities as well as an understanding of the economic, ethical and social implications of the technological and environmental applications of science.
Extra-curricular activities include working on problem-solving at events such as visiting local science museums, gardens and environmental canters, attending scientific lectures, inviting science theatre groups/speakers and Science Club.
Aims & Objectives
We recognise that there are children of widely different abilities in all classes and we endeavour to ensure that we provide suitable learning opportunities for all children by matching the challenge of the task to the ability of the child. We achieve this in a variety of ways by setting common tasks that are open-ended and can have a variety of responses providing resources of different complexity, matched to the ability of the child using classroom assistants to support the work of individual children or groups of children.
We encourage our students to be involved in activities beyond the classroom. This year, students have started a science club. Also last summer, some our students have been lucky to attend workshops at Imperial College and Queen Elizabeth II conference Centre in Westminster where they have the opportunity to participate in the fun Science activities on the campus.
Islam and Science
The most important objective of the department is to present the whole subject from the framework and perspective that Islam teaches and acknowledges as the fundamental realities of the Universe and our existence. This includes discussing with pupils relevant verses from the Qur'an and Hadith, as well as other scholarly works.
Health and Safety
Class teachers are aware of the safety requirements for teaching science as set out in the Be Safe manual which is kept in the science resource area. Teachers are required to do a risk assessment of lessons where necessary, in order to ensure that science activities are safe and appropriate for all pupils.