Science (Biology, Chemistry and Physics)
The Royal School, Wolverhampton has a dedicated team of specialist science teachers who are passionate about their subject and endeavour to instil this passion to all students on a daily basis. The philosophy within the department is to bring a holistic approach to the study of science. We aim to bring an enjoyment and love of biology, chemistry and physics, as well as a knowledge and understanding of the importance science plays within our lives. From exciting experiments in one of our six large and well-equipped laboratories, to purposeful debates and discussions to hands-on collaboration experiences, we aim to make our subject as accessible as possible to everyone who studies it. The course also aims to develop communication skills so that all students can share their scientific experiences meaningfully with others, readying them for university courses and the world of work.
In Years 7 and 8, students are taught in mixed ability groups, building on the knowledge and experiences of Primary School. The flexibility of the KS3 course allows us to explore each pupil’s interests as well as provide the practical skills and broad subject knowledge needed to underpin further studies in science. The topics covered range from plant and animal cells to renewable energy resources, and the pupils can often be found making models to help with their visualisation of difficult concepts. Pupils are more than encouraged to have fun with science, developing their curiosity through investigation, analysis and interpretation.
In Year Nine, science is taught as the separate subjects of biology, chemistry and physics for six periods per week, and starts to prepare the students for their GCSE course. This allows us time to not only investigate each of the topics in more depth but also to help equip students with the relevant skills needed to tackle the written and practical examinations. It is at this point that all students have the choice of studying each science as a discrete course (three GCSE awards) or following the Combined Science Trilogy pathway (two GCSE awards). Both routes combine a mix of knowledge development, promotion of application and analytical skills, and further enhancement of practical science skills. All students follow the AQA examination syllabus at GCSE.
Science resources, including all textbooks from KS3-5, are available electronically via Kerboodle.
All teaching resources, presentations, worksheets and practical guidance are available to pupils via Teams.