The Science Department here at Caterham High School aim to deliver a varied and dynamic curriculum to meet the needs of our diverse student population. We aim to deliver a fun, engaging and practical subject in a manner that develops critical thinking and independent learners. Science is a core subject and understandably so, as it provides the basic ideas, concepts and thoughts that help explain our surrounding and existence. With the development of science and technology changing at a rapid pace, it is essential that our students gain a confident level of scientific skills and understanding to enable them to access this development of science and technology. We aim to stimulate student’s curiosity about natural phenomena in the world around them and offer them opportunities to find explanations. Creating a purposeful learning environment enables us to engage learners at many levels and ensures pupils make good progress. The opportunity to linking direct practical experience with the ideas that lie at the heart of science, ensures that pupils have a broad understanding of scientific theories and develop their practical and enquiry skills.
We also aim to see our students develop a strong passion for the science subjects, Biology, Chemistry and Physics, and potentially choose a career in this path. Our department highlights the myriad career paths that can be taken on from a scientific field such as scientific research, Medicine and Engineering.
The Science Department consists of 8 fully functioning science Laboratories as well as 3 Preparation room. Amongst other advantages, 6 laboratories in the department have a Promethean interactive whiteboard and an extensive variety of appropriate software. Within the department are an experienced and well established team of 10 members of teaching staff, 3 science technicians and 1 learning support assistant.
Whilst studying science you will be expected to develop the following skills:
· Developing explanations using ideas and models.
· Challenge and collaboration in the development of explanations.
· Developing argument.
· Applications, implications and cultural understanding of scientific ideas, concepts and theories.
· Communication for audience and with purpose.
· Using investigative approaches: planning an approach.
· Using investigative approaches: selecting and managing variables.
· Using investigative approaches: assessing risk and working safely.
· Using investigative approaches: obtaining and presenting primary evidence.
· Working critically with primary evidence.
· Working critically with secondary evidence.
· Use ICT and data loggers in science experimentations.
We expect all pupils to behave in a sensible and safe manner.
We expect all pupils to show respect to other people and treat them in the same way as they would expect to be treated themselves. This includes teachers, fellow pupils and support staff.
We expect all students to complete class work to the best of their ability, taking care with presentation and the quality of work produced.
- Always date your work –underline it using a pencil and a ruler.
- Title your work with chapter and underline it.
- Rule off each piece of work.
- Show clearly where homework starts and finishes.
- Only use a black pen for writing.
- Drawings must always be done in pencil.
- Write necessary information only on the front cover
- Tipp-Ex is not allowed in exams. Try not to use this in class.
- Do not tear pages out of books – you may have to pay for it!
- Keep your work tidy.
We have high expectations of our students and aim to motivate them to achieve the highest grades possible.
We expect pupils to regularly complete the homework that is set.
We expect pupils to arrive to class prepared. This means bringing the correct equipment or resources for that lesson.
We expect pupils to bring a scientific calculator to all science lessons.
We believe that it is important that pupils of all ages can work individually and together in teams to explore and develop ideas.