The Science department consists of a team of 9: 7 specialist teachers, a Senior Science technician and a Science technician all with relevant degrees in Science and who are committed to further professional development. We are a Stimulating Network school supported by the Institute of Physics and we are supported by the ASE. Science has a recent history of developing outstanding and good trainee teachers and we are proud to have high standards in the dept. We have a new Science block equipped with the ICT facilities to motivate our students. Our vision is in line with the school’s vision of realising greatness in all our students and encouraging them to be curious, well- informed and kind young people. We have mapped out our own curriculum and believe in personalising learning for our students.
Overview of the faculty
Mrs Uzma Sarwar Lead Practitioner of Science
Mr Sean Murphy Senior Science Technician
Miss Anisa Zaman Science Technician
Mrs Suzanne Kay Head of Year 9 with Chemistry specialism
Miss Heather Bateson AHOF – STEM
Mrs Ayesha Ali Teacher of Science with Biology Specialism
Mrs Jenene Johnson Teacher of Science with Biology Specialism
Mr Saboor Qureshi Teacher of Science with Physics Specialism
Mr Danny Evans Teacher of Science
Science (from the Latin word scientia, meaning “knowledge”) is a systematic enterprise that builds and organises knowledge in the form of testable explanations and predictions about the universe.
Science is everywhere, Science is you! Heard of Tim Peak? Brian Cox? Helen Sharman? Isaac Newton? Marie Curie? Professor Winston? Stephen Hawking? They are all Scientists! It is the foundation of an innovative culture and at the core of significant social and political decisions. Understanding Science is crucial for all of us so we can be informed and active in our personal future and that of our country and our planet too. It is all of the above that drives the Science team at Prestwich Arts College to engage our students to be determined in real-life contexts of learning and equip them with knowledge and skills to become more self-aware and responsible young people. Our aim is to develop a future generation who can have respectful, informed conversations and use these to make impactful choices.
What is covered/Curriculum content:
e.g GCSE Specification & board, topics covered at KS3
Our Key Stage 3 Science course is totally unique because we designed it ourselves! We are proud that we have mapped out a five-year curriculum following the National curriculum and building links to KS2 and KS5 to teach a challenging context-driven curriculum.
At KS3 students are taught a range of Biology, Chemistry and Physics topics on rotation all embedded in Working scientifically skills. After each unit, there is a revision period and then the next unit begins, a double unit test follows the completion of both units to enable retrieval practice and recall. During Key Stage 3 students will also have the opportunity to experience areas of science beyond the National Curriculum, these are planned to include subject strands of Astronomy, Sports Science, Marine biology, Geology, Zoology using the expertise of our staff.
Activelearn is the programme we set homework on at KS3 with differentiated choices available and self-assessing quizzes embedded within it, we also encourage the use of SENECAlearning.com to help recap key ideas covered in lessons.
At KS4, students experience a wide range of new topics and skills at KS4 whilst following the AQA Trilogy or Triple science specifications. Each topic strand is linked intrinsically to prior knowledge and skills from KS3 and builds in terms of complexity, skills and application.
Most students study Combined science trilogy which leads to 2 GCSE qualifications at the end of Year 11. The option students opt for Triple Science. All routes in Science are planned with a mixture of Biology, Chemistry and Physics topics taught in rotation and mid and end of unit tests to assess. To support this, the design of Knowledge Organisers has been carefully planned and aligned to the curriculum.
AQA / Science /GCSE /Combined Science: Trilogy
Combined Science Trilogy is part of our science suite, developed with teachers to inspire and challenge students of all abilities and aspirations. These courses are from the AQA ‘Trilogy’ suite of examinations. All the marks for the qualifications are from six terminal examinations which students sit in the summer of Year 11.
6 x 1hr 15min written exam papers
21 required practicals which are compulsory and must be completed to a good standard. These are taught throughout the duration of the course.
AQA/Science /GCSE/Triple Science
Sometimes referred to as ‘Triple Science’ or ‘Separate Science’, these courses cover a broader curriculum than Combined Science and lead to the awarding of three GCSE grades. Students are taught and examined in each subject separately. The grade awarded for each subject is dependent on the score in the two exams for that subject.
6 x 1hr 45 min written exam papers
Required practicals which are compulsory and taught throughout the duration of the course. There will be questions associated with knowledge gained from these practical activities that will count for at least 15% of the assessment marks for each of the separate GCSEs.
Entry Level Certificate
Offered with consultation of our SLT link Mr Taylor, this small number of students also study GCSE Foundation Biology
Externally-set assignment: 45 minutes
each test is worth 20 marks
each piece of coursework is worth 15 marks
Combined Science Trilogy
Entry level certificate
2020 Exam season
All GCSE Science students (both Combined and Triple students) will take a total of six papers, two for each subject, on the following dates:
Biology (Paper 1) 12-May-20
Biology (Paper 2) 01-Jun-20
Chemistry (Paper 1) 14-May-20
Chemistry (Paper 2) 10-Jun-20
Physics (Paper 1) 20-May-20
Physics (Paper 2) 12-Jun-20