Science conveys a profound sense of awe and wonder, connectedness, and optimism about the human condition.

We need to appreciate the critical-thinking tools that science has to offer and be educated in basic science literacy. Understanding science does not require extraordinary intelligence. Scientific rationality and critical thinking are not only good for our physical well-being but also are fully in sync with our highest moral codes.

However, “in the long run, the greatest gift of science may be in teaching us, in ways no other human endeavour has been able, something about our cosmic context, about where, when and who we are.” – Astronomer Carl Sagan, in The Demon-haunted World, 1996

At Warren, we aim to ensure that through their experiences in science, our students:

  • Will be prepared to make their way in the real world as valuable members of society: in the home, in the workplace, in the community and on the planet.
  • Will be able to use process skills to gather information about the world
  • Will be able to use reasoning skills to make sense of the information gathered by fostering an open mind, curiosity, logic, and data-based approach to understanding the world.
  • Will be able to use critical thinking skills to apply information in new situations and in problem solving.

Motivation – We look for current events that excite children and adults like world records, dangers and disasters, and sensational demonstrations such as chemical changes.

Modelling Scientific Curiosity – We use newspaper, TV news articles and other topical information to stimulate discussion, sharing them with our students, and telling them what we find exciting or interesting and asking questions aloud and encouraging students to ask their own..

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Reinforcing Scientific Thinking – We make a “Question Collection” and periodically choose a question to initiate a science exploration or activity. We publish a student Science Quest Newsletter with answers researched by the class.

Assessing Science Skills – We help our students understand what the different kinds of science skills are and the important role they will play in their future.

KS3

Students at the Warren school follow the Activate scheme of work for Key Stage 3. This programme of study, developed in line with the new National Curriculum, is tailored to engage and inspire students in their learning of science and develop the key skills essential for success in GCSE.

During our Key Stage 3 programme students are taught the three traditional sciences as separate units. Year 7 students also complete an “induction” unit of study, introducing lab equipment, techniques and procedures to help facilitate the transition from Key Stage 2.

Beyond delivering the curriculum content, the teaching of these units is intended to develop student’s practical skills in working scientifically, numeracy skills in processing practical data and literacy skills through their quality of written communication in explaining key scientific ideas. Science students at The Warren School also benefit from state of the art interactive technology in every class room.

Student progress is continually monitored and rigorously assessed both summatively and formatively. The progress of our students is further driven by our intervention programme which ensures students are fully supported in meeting their academic targets.

Year 7 areas of study

Cells, Reproduction, Biomechanics, States of matter, Elements and compounds, Simple Chemical reactions, Forces and effects, Waves, The solar system and wider universe

Year 8 areas of study

Nutrition and digestion, Respiration, Photosynthesis, Variation, The periodic table, Reactions of metals, Separating techniques Electrical circuits, Energy, Forces and motion

Year 9 areas of study

Genetics and health, Structures and bonding, Energy and electricity, Life processes, Periodic table and chemical reactions, Forces and motion.

KS4

Our students are taught in sets across year 7 to 11. At GCSE, students have the opportunity to study through a number of learning routes – Separate sciences; Trilogy science (formally known as double award science), and BTEC Applied Science Level 2. Students can progress to A’level courses through any one of these routes. We expect all students to achieve 2 or more GCSEs or equivalent and offer opportunities that best allow them to do so as the routes below shows:

Courses Available at KS4

  • BTEC Level 2 Principles of Applied Science
  • BTEC Level 2 Applications of Science
  • Trilogy science (formally known as double award science)
  • Separate sciences (Biology, Chemistry and Physics – Year 10 & 11)

Student Leadership

At Warren, we believe that students should be given a wide range of opportunities to develop and practise leadership skills in preparation for life beyond school. Students are given the opportunities to be role models in science as science prefects and can be identified by the stylish orange science prefect badges worn on their blazers.

Extra-curricular opportunities

Science STEM club:

STEM club runs in the Science department every Friday lunch time at 1.20pm. It incorporates aspects of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths to give students an interesting context based introduction to scientific topics. Activities vary each week, with a wide range of different challenges to interest every learner. A sample of some of the tasks we have undertaken this year include; bridge building, parachute testing, crystal gardens, the physics of ice hockey, rocket fuel tests and making silver crystals!

All students in years 7, 8 and 9 are welcome to come along and join in. We do individual activities and group activities as well as undertaking some tasks that run for several weeks in a row. Make sure to be on time though, as sometimes equipment is limited!”

The photos represent the crystal gardens the students made

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Every week we will learn how to do a new extraordinary experiment.

1.30pm – 2.00pm every Friday Lunchtime, in Science Room SC4

Homework Includes:

  • Factual questions to reinforce knowledge and understanding of the topic being covered
  • Learning the definitions of key terms
  • Extended pieces of writing to develop the student’s ability to write detailed explanations and apply their knowledge. Students will be given assessment criteria to follow.

Links and how to support your child at home

http://www.aqa.org.uk
http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/bitesize
http://www.skoool.co.uk
http://www.kerboodle.com/users/login
http://www.edexcel.org.uk
http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/btec-firsts.html
http://www.my-gcsescience.com/