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Science, ICT & PE

Science

The Science department's aim is to ensure that every student is engaged, makes outstanding progress and grows to have a rational, moral and ethical view of the world based on science.

The study of science fires pupils' curiosity about phenomena in the world around them and offers opportunities to find explanations.  It engages learners at many levels, linking direct practical experience with scientific ideas.  Experimentation and modelling are used to develop and evaluate explanations, encouraging critical and creative thought.  Students learn how knowledge and understanding in science are rooted in evidence.  They discover how scientific ideas contribute to technological change - affecting industry, business, medicine and improving quality of life.  They trace the development of science worldwide and recognise its cultural significance.  They learn to question and discuss issues that may affect their own lives, the directions of societies and the future of the world.

In the science department at Royal Liberty we create a challenging environment which raises standards of progress and the quality of teaching and learning for all our students. We provide a centre of excellence in scientific education, contribute to local and national developments within science and encourage young people to pursue science and mathematics beyond 16 so that they develop the skills needed to be active citizens within an increasingly scientific world and to progress into employment, further training and higher education according to their individual abilities, aptitudes and ambitions. We are active partners in a learning society with our local primary and secondary schools sharing resources and disseminating good practice. We have helped improve science provision in our local primary schools by providin specialist science expertise and equipment to support the teaching and learning of science and we have established links with local employers, colleges and universities to provide relevant scientific based work related learning opportunities for students.

There are five dedicated laboratories (four recently refurbished) and two dedicated technicians to support teaching and learning. All laboratories are wirelessy linked to the school network and have data projectors. Students have access to class sets of Kindle Fires.

Key Stage 3

The KS3 curriculum covers a comprehensive range of topics from the 3 main sciences: biology, chemistry and physics. Students will begin to develop working scientifically through practical activities and experiments. Science also has strong cross-curriculum links with maths, P.E and P.S.H.E.E . 

Key Stage 4

Starting in Year 9, students will begin to cover each of the 3 sciences at GCSE level. The Combined Science Trilogy Course will deliver topics across biology, chemistry and physics in more detail and continue to develop working scientifically and maths skills. For students wishing to study science in more detail with a view to progressing to A-Level and University, the Triple Science Course offers a more rigorous pathway towards achieving this goal. This route is recommended for those interested in future careers in Science and Engineering such as medicine, chemical engineering, pharmacology, forensic science or architecture.