Science (2015 - 2017)
Science at DSLV Senior and Sixth Form occupies the majority of D Floor in the main school block. The department consists of six laboratories and two teaching labs, five of which are newly refurbished, and all contain data projectors and basic scientific equipment. Additional resources are housed in technicians rooms and are ordered on a lesson by lesson basis.
The department has it's own supply of tablets which are bookable for independent research, revision and presentation tasks, as well as a set of Datalogging resources to enhance scientific enquiry (although technology is no replacement for good old fashioned skills - like reading a thermometer).
Science students start learning scientific skills in Year 7 and these develop throughout their time at the school. As the experiments become more complex, so do their skills, and their confidence as young scientists grow.
In Science, students are encouraged to participate equally in classroom activities, expressing themselves freely while respecting and tolerating the views of others regardless of their race, gender or religious beliefs. To ensure safety during classroom practical experiments, students are expected to take personal responsibility for their actions by following the ground rules laid down by their teachers.
In those topics, where it is relevant, consideration is given to the beliefs of others, for example the evolution of life and the big bang theory.
All students have the right to explore and investigate the subject of science, to include its applications, issues and ethics. Where the behaviour of other students does not allow this, the science department follow academy policy, insisting that all students have the right to a calm and purposeful learning environment.
Students in years 7 and 8 follow a streamed scheme of work tailored to the needs of the modern science curriculum and their individual abilities. The course allows students to develop a strong understanding of science in an interactive and practical way. Students are encouraged to ask the questions why and how and develop their abilities as independent learners. Students are assessed using formal assessments at the end of each module, through set tasks during the unit and through independent study projects completed throughout the year.
At the end of year 8 the science department offers students two pathways through KS4 each allowing students to engage in science in a way that will equip them for their chosen career.
Most students will follow the AQA Core and Additional Science course. This course is assessed at the end of year 11 through external exams (75%) and coursework (25%) and provides a good grounding in Biology, Physics and Chemistry. At the end of the course students will be awarded GCSE Core Science and GCSE Additional Science.
Some students will follow the separate science route. This highly popular and very successful course allows students to study the separate Sciences of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Each GCSE is assessed at the end of year 11 through external exam (75%) and Coursework (25%). At the end of the course students will be awarded separate GCSEs in Biology, Physics and Chemistry
Due to significant changes to the KS5 national curriculum, the Science KS5 courses offered by DSLV are still being considered and an announcement will be made by the end of this academic year.
Revision Materials for Year 10 End of Year Science Exams
To help support Year 10 students for next year we have some revision material resources below for them to help them prepare for their final exams. These exams will help us to support your child next year as they prepare for their final exams by allowing us to target our intervention to their particular needs.
We also recommend using SAM Learning and BBC Bitesize. If students do not know how to log on to SAM Learning then they should let their form tutor or science teacher know, both of whom can help.
It is very important that students prepare sufficiently for the exams by spending at least an hour each week between now and July working through these resources. If they have any questions then they should speak to their science teacher in the first instance.