Hurstmere’s science Department is very proud that the School was awarded Specialist Status in April 2009 in addition to the Specialist Sports Status previously awarded.
Our aim is to engender students with the knowledge and skills necessary to be able to understand Science in the world around them as well as to be able to progress to further Science study should they wish to. We strive to achieve this by ensuring that we engage students in their learning through a variety of teaching and assessment styles. We place a strong emphasis on practical work and visual learning.
Our science department consists of 8 laboratories and a multi-purpose space/dedicated ICT suite. Pupils regularly use ICT in lessons to enhance their learning. Each lab is equipped with a projector and interactive whiteboard to enhance teaching and learning. We have a class set of data loggers and various pieces of equipment to use with these.
Key Stage 3 Science at Hurstmere School
Pupils in Key Stage 3 are taught the National Curriculum for science, the teaching of this is supported by the ‘Activate’ published scheme. The students are taught a variety of topics in year 7, 8 & 9 with each topic having either a Biology, Chemistry or Physics focus. Pupil progress is regularly assessed through a variety of methods including; project based work, practical work and end of unit tests, self-assessment and peer-assessment. Maths, Literacy and Working Scientifically are embedded throughout to develop key skills needed later for GCSEs and beyond. This enables pupils to develop a clear picture of their attainment levels in the different skill areas. During the last 2 terms after Christmas, Year 9 students study a KS3/GCSE bridging course covering key concepts and skills required for GCSE sciences including Maths in Science skills.
Topics covered in Biology: The Human Body, Nutrition, Keeping Healthy and Microorganisms, The environment and The Ecosystem, Animal and Plant Reproduction, DNA Structure, Genetics and Evolution.
Topics covered in Chemistry: The Periodic Table of Elements and Chemical Reactions, Particle Models of Solids, Liquids and Gases, Investigating Acids and Alkalis, The Rock Cycle and Earth and Atmosphere.
Topics covered in Physics: Light and Sound, Space and the Solar System, Energy Resources and Fuels of the Future, Experimenting with Forces and Motion.
Key Stage 4 Science at Hurstmere School
June 2017 GCSE Examinations (current Year 11’s) will be the last year that students study for Triple Science (3 GCSE’s in Science) or GCSE Science and GCSE Additional Science (2 GCSE’s in Science) under the OCR’s 21st Century specification.
From June 2018, All GCSE Science Examinations will be under the AQA GCSE Science Specification (current Year 10 onwards). Students with a keen interest in Science and those who demonstrate the ambition and ability to study Science at AS/A level can opt to take Triple Science (3 separate GCSEs – Biology, Chemistry and Physics). This year, more than a third of Year 10 boys are studying the AQA Triple Science GCSE option for 3 GCSEs in Science.
All other students sit the AQA Trilogy GCSEs in Science (2 GCSEs in Science). Students will study the AQA Trilogy specification.
Year 7 and 8 Science club every week during lunchtimes. It gives the students the opportunity to enjoy a range of activities that range from testing for gases, dissecting squid and turning their hand to crime scene investigation. Year 10 students attend to assist in the running of the club. If you would like to join Science club please speak to Mr Clarke or Mr Sims?
Rocket club saw its first successful year in 2015/2016 and continues this year. Rocket club is a (summer term only) weekly after school club run by our science teachers and our resident rocket enthusiast, Please see Mr Clarke for details.
National Science Week
During National Science week Hurstmere students conduct experiments based on the selected theme, we also invite lecturers to the school to enthuse and engage students. Previous activities include ‘Zoolab Rangers’ visiting the school to deliver memorable and fun animal handling experiences, ‘Whizz-bang’ lecture demonstrations and a range of specialist lessons and other visitors. There is also a competition for students and a prize giving for winners.
We have also introduced the ‘Heartstart’ campaign which aims to teach students emergency life saving skills taught in-house by our trained staff.