Welcome to the Science Department at Bexley Grammar School.
Scientific exploration has formed and continues to shape the way in which we view the world. Identifying the underpinning principles of the biological, chemical and physical world has allowed humans to invent and create technologies that have changed the face of the planet. The modern world is increasingly technologically complex and thus the need for sound understanding of such principles has never been in more demand. At Bexley Grammar School we aim to equip the citizens of the future with the knowledge and skills to make informed decisions and the scientists of the future with the skills and knowledge that will enable them to contribute to the advancement and benefit of humanity.
We enhance our provision for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) through partnerships with the Princes Teaching Institute, The Royal Institution, The Royal Society, other institutions and universities.
Our popular STEM clubs help us to engage students and inspire future scientists and engineers.
All Science lessons take place in modern scientific laboratories equipped with interactive whiteboards. Pupils are frequently able to access the numerous pieces of networked science software during science lessons and data-logging demonstrations are used frequently to investigate the concepts introduced during the courses. Pupils regularly develop their scientific enquiry skills through the completion of practical tasks in small groups.
Key Stage 3
The Year 7 intake follows a two-year KS3 science course.
The KS3 Science syllabus includes topics such as:
- Chemistry: solutions, particles, acids, chemical reactions and metals.
- Biology: cells, reproduction, respiration, microbes, variation and ecology.
- Physics: electricity, forces and space are reinforced, and extends the KS2 curriculum, and pupils also learn the concept of magnetisms, heat, sound and light.
- Apart from the theoretical content, experimental skills are developed throughout the 2 years via practical projects, and practical examinations which are extension of the theory lessons.
- Our pupils are encouraged, and guided to develop independent learning, and study skills, attributes that are vital for their future academic career. They are also asked to identify, and target strengths and weaknesses in relation to their learning, which in turn enables them to develop their full potential.
In year 7, the students visit Wildwoods Wildlife Park to study the indigenous animal population and experience forensic investigations. In year 8, having studied Ecology in the classroom, they are given the opportunity to use their newly acquired biological skills and knowledge to study different Ecosystems at a Nine Acre Wildlife site. This trip equips our year 8 students with certain practical skills required for the GCSE Biology specification, as well as the IB Biology, and Environmental Systems and Societies courses.
A number of opportunities for Gifted and Talented pupils exist, such as attending the Salters’ Festival of Learning, and involvement in careers workshops such as the Marine Engineering workshop.
We have an after school Science Club where pupils get the opportunity to carry out different experiments. By year 8, the students that have keen interest in the sciences are given the opportunity to join the STEM club. A club that uses the ideas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, to partake in a range of different projects and competitions.
We run a KS3 clinic to support those students who may find certain aspects of Science challenging. This has proved to be very successful, as we use are sixth form leaders, as mentors to the students.
Key Stage 4
All students undertake a three-year KS4 science course which further develops both the knowledge & understanding and investigative skills acquired at KS3.
It comprises separate courses in Biology, Chemistry and Physics and culminates in the award of a GCSE in each science.
All three subjects follow the OCR Gateway specifications. Each specification is divided into topics, each covering different key concepts. The teaching of practical skills is integrated within these topics.
Biology: Cell level systems; Scaling up; Organism level systems; Community level systems; Genes, inheritance and selection; Global challenges.
Chemistry: Particles; Elements, compounds and mixtures; Chemical reactions; Predicting and identifying reactions and products; Monitoring and controlling chemical reactions; Global challenges.
Physics: Matter; Forces; Electricity; Magnetism and magnetic fields; Waves in matter; Radioactivity; Energy; Global challenges.
Assessment is solely through written examination at the end of the course.