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Science

Director: Mrs S Brackenridge

Science at Coppice Performing Arts School is taught to all students in years 7 – 11 with post 16 options available.

During the autumn term, Year 7 students are set by ability, following a baseline assessment. Ability setting is then continued throughout Key Stage 3 and 4. In all key stages, students are assessed regularly and are expected to achieve at least to their target grade. Where students underachieve, a program of effective intervention takes place to ensure all students reach their full potential. KS4 groups are taught by staff within their specialisms.

Learning Environment & Resources

The Science Department is situated within the Discovery Zone and has four fully equipped laboratories and two additional teaching rooms. The department is supported by two Science Technicians.

Schemes of work are designed to enable staff to regularly review progress through formative and summative assessments and provide appropriate feedback, to ensure all students reach their potential.

In common with the rest of the school, all teaching areas have interactive white boards. The department has access to comprehensive ICT facilities, including two class sets of notebook computers and a developing range of data logging equipment. The school network allows both Students and Teachers to access an extensive range of teaching materials for use during lessons or for private study. The department is committed to on-going development of its ICT resources to enhance the teaching and learning of Science.

Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 and 9)

Students at Key Stage 3 have four science lessons each week.

The schemes of work used throughout KS3 are based on the National Curriculum and Framework for Science and are extensively supported by a variety of differentiated resources such as 'Collins Science' and the use of a wide range of ICT resources.

Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11)

Students at KS4 have the following Science Course options:

  • AQA GCSE Combined Science (Trilogy) - students will be entered at Foundation or Higher level, according to ability and will be determined by regular teacher assessments. These students have six lessons of Science each week in year 10 and year 11. External GCSE exams are at the end of year 11.
  • AQA Triple Science – GCSE Biology, GCSE Chemistry, GCSE Physics. Students reaching the required standard at the end of KS3 have the option to study Triple Sciences at GCSE level. The students will be entered at Foundation or Higher level, according to ability and teacher assessments. These students have nine lessons of Science each week in year 10 and year 11. External GCSE exams are at the end of year 11.

Post 16 (Years 12 and 13)

Post 16 students have six lessons for each separate science subject per week. The following options are available:

AQA A Level in Biology, OCR A Level in Chemistry & A Level Physics

Biology A Level and Chemistry A Level is taught solely at Coppice Performing Arts School, whilst Physics is currently taught at our local consortium partner school. Students cover AQA A Level Biology and OCR A Level Chemistry.

Extensive personalised support systems are in place to ensure all students reach their potential on a need by need basis. New schemes of work have been developed to ensure students are able to acquire and apply their knowledge, develop skills and embed competent practical skills. All to prepare them for life beyond school and into the workplace or higher education.

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Science

This course is available to those students wishing to extend their Level 2 studies, stretching them to the equivalent of A Level over two years and is also taught at Coppice.

Extra Curricular Activity

Revision support sessions and coursework clinics are available. Trips to events such as 'Thinktank' and Jaguar Land Rover are organised on a regular basis. After school clubs include 'STEM' and 'Stretch and Challenge'.

Learning Resources

Year 11 Science Revision Programme

A comprehensive revision program will be uploaded onto this website in January. In the meantime, parents were provided with revision packs at Year 11 Examination Support Evening on Wednesday 2nd November 2016.