Welcome to Braunton Academy Science Department. The Science Department has a dedicated and enthusiastic team of teachers, supported by an excellent team of technicians.
Together we aim to provide a varied and stimulating science curriculum, in which students are helped to develop the skills they need to become focused independent learners, through the exploration of all aspects of the science curriculum.
Key Stage 3
During Key Stage 3 we focus on building students' scientific knowledge and developing their skills. Knowledge, skills and understanding are taught, and then assessed using the Academy’s new Assessment Framework. Where a concept or skill is not mastered, judgements of ‘securing’, ‘developing’ and ‘emerging’ will indicate how far the student has come in terms of their mastery of the required element.
Formal assessments are also undertaken regularly each term.
Further information can be found in the Academy’s Assessment Policy.
We aim to inspire students and encourage them to develop an inquisitive approach to their science lessons.
Students will study the following topic areas
Variation and Classification
Acids and Alkalis
Forces and their Effects
The Solar System and Beyond
Food and Digestion
Microbes and Disease
Atoms and Elements
Compounds and Mixtures
Rocks and Weathering
The Rock Cycle
Heating and Cooling
Magnets and Electromagnets
Sound and Hearing
Fit and Healthy
Plants and Photosynthesis
Metals and Metal Compounds
Types of Chemical Reactions
Energy and Electricity
Forces and Motion
Followed by an introduction to the GCSE courses from February half term onwards.
During Key Stage 4 students follow the AQA science course. This is tailored to suit students' individual needs, resulting in 2 or 3 GCSE science grades.
A significant number of students opt to choose to study the separate sciences at GCSE level, that is, Biology, Physics and Chemistry (Triple Science).
Take a look at useful links which gives more detail on the combined science (Synergy) and triple science programs.
Students will sit all science examinations in the June examination series of year 11.
Homework / Independent Learning
The aim of the homework we set is to embed and extend the learning that has taken place in the classroom.
Homework is regularly set on the Show My Homework website.
*Homework set could be in the form of a quiz on the “Educake” website (https://www.educake.co.uk/) to which all students have a personal login.
*Revision/ learning homework in preparation for assessments.
*Practice examination questions (KS4)
Extra-curricular and Enrichment Opportunities
Throughout each year students may have the opportunity to take part in a number of extra- curricular activities. As a STEM subject the science department take advantage of the many activities run by external agencies.
Some examples of the activities recently completed include, Space Day, Science week visit to Plymouth University, The Big bang at PETROC, The Wonderstruck Science show.
https://www.educake.co.uk/ (All students will have their own login)
https://www.kerboodle.com/users/login (GCSE Students will have their own login)