“Equipped with his five senses, man explores the universe around him and calls the adventure Science” – Edwin Powell Hubble
Scientists are an interesting breed of people, they are creative, adventurers, critical, and pragmatic, they tackle the great intellectual challenges of our time and are driven by constant curiosity and inspired to discover the truth!
Science is a fundamental part of culture and society. It involves questioning the world around us and has a large part to play in the development of the pupils at The Hayfield School. The science department provides a solid foundation for developing our students’ understanding of science, its importance and relevance in today’s and tomorrow’s societies and to maintain their curiosity about the world around them.
We aim to encourage a scientific way of thinking and enquiry, to develop independent learners and extend the students’ repertoire of skills through practical experiences that prepare them for life beyond school, so enhancing their experience and understanding of the scientific world that surrounds them.
Through the use of active learning, scientific reasoning and critical thinking we aim to develop the skills of each pupil enabling each child to reach and exceed their own potential.
Within the department passionate staff, experts in the fields of Physics, Chemistry and Biology lead pupils through a 5-year journey to the completion of their GCSE’s and beyond.
Our aims are:
To foster an enthusiasm and passion for Science
To develop an understanding of scientific concepts and the role of science in the world around them
To develop deep thinking and reasoning skills
To develop data collection, handling and analysis skills
To develop independence in researching, analysing and reporting on scientific discovery
We have 8 well-equipped Science laboratories and 8 dedicated, passionate and enthusiastic team members offering a range of experience both from within the classroom as well as from academia and industry.
Teaching Staff are supported by three expert technical staff.
Mr Carl James – Director of Science
Mrs Maxine Langham – 2nd in Science
Mrs Jane Walls – Teacher of Science
Mr Richard Hough – Teacher of Science
Mr Tom Morris – Teacher of Science
Miss Jade Harrison – Teacher of Science
Miss Faye O’Sullivan – Teacher of Science
Dr Louise Caldwell – Teacher of Science
The pupils follow a 5-year learning pathway commencing in Year 7
In KS3 the aim is to create the foundation blocks in knowledge, understanding and skill, introducing pupils to scientific enquiry, science skills as well as mathematic skills for science.
The course is split over years 7 and 8 and is divided equally between the two with 4 key areas being covered: Working Scientifically, Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
Pupils will follow AQA KS3 Science syllabus, supported by the Activate learning programme.
During Year 7 pupils will develop the necessary skills to work effectively in the science laboratory, these skills will be further enhanced and developed as they progress through their time within the department as they follow the learning pathway to GCSE.
In Year 7 topics the covered include; Ecosystems, Matter, Waves, Earth, Reactions, Organisms, Forces, Energy, Genes and Electromagnets. The topics give pupils and strong starting point in the disciplines of Biology, Physics, Chemistry and Earth Science.
In Year 8 pupils enhance and develop their skills in the same topics as the work becomes increasingly detailed and challenging.
In Year 9 pupils study separate sciences in order to prepare them for KS4. Biology, Chemistry and Physics are equally represented in the timetable with topics being covered:
Biology – Cells and Organisation,
Chemistry – Atomic Structure and Chemical Bonding,
Physics – Forces and Electricity.
At each year during KS3 pupils learning is enhanced through the extensive use of practical activities to secure knowledge and understanding of scientific principles.
Pupils will follow a spiral pathway as they progress through the science curriculum re-visiting topics, each with increasing levels of detail and challenge ensuring that pupils maintain curiosity and enthusiasm whilst giving the opportunity to ensure that each pupil is able to reach their own potential with an understanding of scientific principles and content.
There are 2 pathways for pupils to follow at the Hayfield School. We follow AQA pathways with Trilogy being offered to all pupils as a starting point.
Students undertaking trilogy will successfully complete 2 GCSE’s in Science with 100 percent of the qualification being an examination at the end of the course in Year 11 with two papers each in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
Students will undertake a series of required practicals as part of their GCSE completing 6 in Biology, 6 in Chemistry and 8 in Physics.
In Year 10 Pupils will examine;
Biology – Infection and Response, Bioenergetics and Homeostasis
Chemistry – Quantitative Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Chemical Changes and Atmosphere
Physics – Energy and Efficiency, Light and Waves, Particle Model and Forces
In addition pupils will undertake a number of required practicals that support and enhance their learning in each subject.
In Year 11
Biology – Inheritance and Ecology
Chemistry – Further work building on the content delivered in Year 10
Physics – Further work building on the content delivered in Year 10 with additional content in Forces and Motion, Waves and Magnetism and Electricty.
Pupils who do not want undertake double award Trilogy Science are offered the option of undertaking separate science routes with GCSE’s in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Separate science GCSE’s are a platform from which to build on for students wanting to go further and study Sciences at A-level.
Triple science pupils benefit from additional content in all three subjects and more in depth research and practical work. The learning pathway is similar to that of trilogy although all units have additional content, triple Physics also contains units on Space.
Separate Sciences are currently offered at KS5 with a high uptake among our A-level pupils for science qualifications. All A-level qualifications in Science are examined at the end of the study period and qualification is based 100% upon examination.
AQA – GCE Advanced Level Biology
- Biological Molecules
- Organism Exchange Substances with their Environment
- Genetic Information, Variation and Relationships Between Organisms
- Energy Transfers in and Between Organisms
- Genetics, Populations, Evolution and Ecosystems
- The Control of Gene Expression
AQA – GCE Advanced Level Chemistry
- Physical Chemistry (including bonding, energetics, thermodynamics and acids and bases)
- Inorganic Chemistry (including periodicity, transition metals and reactions of ions
- Organic Chemistry (including hydrocarbons, aromatic chemistry and organic synthesis)
AQA – GCE Advanced Level Physics
- Measurements and Their Errors
- Particles and Radiation
- Mechanics and Materials
- Further Mechanics and Thermal Physics
- Fields and Their Consequences
- Nuclear Physics
- Medical Physics
The science department offers a range of enrichment activities including KS3 Science club – open to all pupils in Years 7,8 and 9. The club is very well attended and pupils undertake a range of exciting and informative activities throughout the year developing scientific working and reasoning skills, Science club is based around experiments and competitions.
Crest Award – selected pupils from Years 9 and 10 undertake Silver crest award within the department. CREST gives students the chance to participate in hands-on science through investigations and enquiry-based learning, supporting them to solve real-life STEM challenges through practical investigation and discussion