Science

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Science Faculty Staff List
Mrs H Cunningham Head of Science - Physics Teacher
Mrs L Chittick Assistant Head of Science - Head of Biology & KS4 Science Co-ordinator - Biology Teacher (maternity leave)
Mrs A Durak Science Teacher
Mr A Oakley Biology Teacher
Mrs H Price Chemistry Teacher - KS3 Coordinator
Miss K Prescott Science Teacher
Dr P Stanley KS5 Science Co-ordinator - Physics - Chemistry Teacher
Mr D Tentes Physics - Chemistry Teacher
Mrs G Thomas Science Teacher
Mr T Xavier Second in Department - Biology Teacher
Mr T Hayward Biology Teacher - Cutforth House Leader

The Science Curriculum at Leventhorpe

In its broadest sense, Science is the study of the way things work. This encompasses trying to understand how the parts of the physical world interact with each other and the processes that define living organisms and how they interact on the Earth. 

During Science lessons students will study how scientific ideas and theories have developed.   They will use the scientific method to experimentally investigate phenomena, collect data through careful measurement and/or the use of secondary sources, analyse and interpret that data and finally form judgements.  They must then evaluate the data and/or processes involved.

Ideas and concepts central to our understanding in Science also form an important part of the curriculum.   Students will use these concepts to describe, explain and predict phenomena.  The use of scientific models is central to the development of their abilities in this area as is the use of mathematical skills.

Many of the achievements of Science can be best appreciated in the context of their historical and contemporary development.  The impact of Science on the modern world has been and continues to be the defining characteristic of this age.  Students will discuss, argue and form opinions about the cultural and environmental consequences of our relentless quest to improve our scientific knowledge.  In doing so, they will develop the skills needed to judge for themselves the presentation of Science in the media and to form the opinions needed for them to participate in the scientific debates of the day.

Finally, Science is a cooperative endeavour which means that students will develop their teamwork and communication skills throughout their lessons at Leventhorpe.

The faculty is fortunate to have eight fully fitted laboratories, with each one assigned to one of the three sciences.

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Key Stage 3


All content in the KS3 Science National Curriculum is covered in our KS3 schemes of work.  All students in Years 7,8 and 9 are taught in mixed ability classes. Year 9 covers foundational concepts required for GCSE.   There is a strong emphasis on the use of practical work and scientific enquiry skills are embedded in our schemes of work. Assessments are based on exam-style questions as preparation for exam questions in KS4.

Key Stage 4 


We follow the AQA GCSE specifications.
AQA GCSE Combined Science Specification (Double Science)
AQA GCSE Biology Specification (Triple Science)
AQA GCSE Chemistry Specification (Triple Science)
AQA GCSE Physics Specification (Triple Science)
Students are placed in a Foundation Combined Science, Higher Combined Science or Separate Science (Triple Science) group at the start of Year 10.
 
All required practicals are planned into our schemes of work. Assessments at the end of each topic are based on GCSE questions. There are standard home learning tasks that all students are set, these are also based on GCSE exam questions but link back to previous topics studied to build in the opportunity for ongoing revision. We have a fully planned and resourced revision programme which covers maths and scientific enquiry skills as well as science content.

Key Stage 5


We follow the OCR A-Level specifications.
OCR  A-Level Biology Specification
OCR A-Level Chemistry Specification
OCR A-Level Physics A Specification (Year 12)
OCR A-Level Physics B Specification (Year 13)


Students have 9 hours of lessons per fortnight split between 2 teachers.  PAGs (practical assessments) are scheduled in to our long-term plans. Assessments at the end of each topic are based on past paper questions and interleave material from previous topics with new material.

Extra-Curricular Activities and Trips

Year 7 and 8 Science club runs weekly and gives students the opportunity to carry out a range of fun experiments as well as to plan and carry out their own science projects.  We run a range of trips and visits for example Year 11 Physics at Work in Cambridge, Year 12 and 13 Science Live trips in London and Years 9 and 10 to Iceland.


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