Plymstock School Science Department
The Science department provides excellent teaching of a subject which benefits everyone in everyday life. The study of Science fires students’ curiosity about phenomena in the world around them and beyond. It offers opportunities to find explanations engaging learners at all levels, linking direct practical experience with scientific ideas. Experimentation and modelling are used to develop and evaluate explanations, encouraging critical and creative thought.
What do Year 7 Students study?
Year 7 students follow a skills-based course based on the National Curriculum. They learn how knowledge and understanding in Science are rooted in evidence.
They discover how scientific ideas contribute to technological change ñ affecting industry, business and 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.
Who teaches Year 7 students?
There are 13 full-time teachers specialising in Biology, Chemistry or Physics and 12 well-equipped Science laboratories and a Computer Room. The department is able to attract well qualified specialist teaching and support staff. Lessons are taught by an outstanding team of experienced and newly qualified teachers.
What enrichment activities are available to KS3 students?
We offer an after school Science Club which links Science to the ‘real world’ in an exciting way, extending students’ understanding and enjoyment of the subject.
A variety of activities are arranged lead by visiting specialists including: the Explorer Dome and Science Shows in National Science Week explaining the science of fireworks. Students also get the opportunity to go on trips which include @Bristol and the Tamar Science Park.
This year, gifted and talented students have worked with students from all year groups on an environmental project which aims to help the school reduce electrical bills and become greener. Students will also be developing their green fingers by getting into the school allotment and out of the classroom.
The Plymstock Science Department hopes that all students get as many opportunities as possible in and out of the classroom to develop their interest and understanding in the world around them to give them the skills to help them succeed in everything they choose to do.
How will Year 7 students be assessed?
Students will be awarded a National Curriculum Level every term. These levels will be based on a number of different tasks including written and practical work. Throughout KS3, assessment tasks may include presentations, videos and podcasts, leaflets and timed tests. Students get the chance to assess themselves so that they know how they can improve and reach their next level.
Gifted and Talented