Welcome to Science!
We are all passionate scientists who believe that understanding scientific thinking is fundamental to making decisions in society that could affect ourselves and others and it enables us to broaden our mind to make informed decisions about all aspects of our lives. We are passionate about the subject as a way of understanding the universe and the excitement and enjoyment it can bring to how we view the world around us. We encourage the study of Biology, Chemistry and Physics equally and separately but recognise the common skills required by all three.
We believe the study of Science give students the skills they need that are useful to them for later learning and decision making whatever subjects they study in the future. The study of Science also paves the way to a vast array of careers and job opportunities whether they require pure scientific knowledge or an application of the skills and understanding gained through the study of the subjects.
Fundamental skills essential for Science include analysis of data, communication of ideas through speech and writing, application of knowledge to explain natural phenomena and make predictions, use of evidence to come to conclusions and the use of practical skills to carry out experiments.
We love our subjects and our aim is to spread this enthusiasm to ensure the next generation of scientists are as prepared as they possibly can be for the world outside Cheam High School.
At each Key Stage we have tailored the Curriculum not only for academic success but also to enrich the lives of the students studying the subject at Cheam. We have designed practical based courses to prepare students for the new generation of qualifications and encourage their engagement with the subject.
At Key Stage 3 students follow a two year course with a large number of experiments split into distinct Biology, Chemistry and Physics units. Students develop their scientific skills through a wide range of activities designed to prepare them for GCSE and to enthuse and excite them about the subject.
At Key Stage 4, students follow the AQA specification and study one, two or three GCSEs in Science over the 3 year Key Stage. Students continue to build up their skills from Key Stage 3 and continue with separate Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Assessment for the new generation of qualifications is 100% by examination and there is no coursework component. Year 10 and Year 11 have a Controlled Assessment Unit that makes up 25% of the qualification.
At Key Stage 5 we offer students Biology, Chemistry and Physics A-levels, we also offer a Level 3 BTEC course in Chemistry and Biology as well as a Diploma qualification which combines both.
Enrichment and extra-curricular activities
In the Science department we run a Key Stage 3 Science club after school which is very popular with Year 7 and 8 students. We also have several extra-curricular catch up clubs for Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5 students who want to boost their learning and understanding.
We celebrate Science week every February with special events and activities inside and outside lessons. We also run a 'Women in Science' event every November where students meet inspiring women who work in a variety of scientific industries to discuss careers and opportunities and other, smaller events during the year.
We run a large number of trips during each term, for example trips to the Natural History Museum and residential trips to Juniper Hall near Box Hill and a trip to the large Hadron Collider at CERN in Switzerland last year.
Support within Science
We provide extensive support for students in each Key Stage within the Science Department. Our team of Learning Support Assistants who are attached to Science and Maths and provide support for students in Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4.
We have two Curriculum Support Officers dedicated to administration and academic support and five Technicians who also provide extra support for the department. The technician team specialise in Biology, Chemistry or Physics and assist with demonstrations and practicals in lessons as well as suggesting designing practical activities for students and classes to carry out.
At each Key Stage we run a large number of support sessions targeting students who are under achieving compared to their expected grades. We send letters home inviting pupils to specific intervention sessions with specialist teachers to work in small groups with pupils to boost their understanding, recall and analysis.