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The Warriner School

Science

Welcome to the Science Department

Subject Leader

Mr A Turner, Head of Biology

The Team

Dr C Ashton

Mr J Chilvers

Mr J Collins

Dr G Dawber, Head of Physics

Mrs J Goodall

Miss C Gyde

Mr J Knowles, Head of Year 7 

Miss J Lewis

Dr J Mileham. Head of Chemistry

Mr N Smith

Miss A Walker

Mrs D Fell, Senior Science Technician

Miss M Gray,  Science Technician

Mrs F Hewins, Science Technician

 
 

Our Curriculum Intent

Our Science Department is committed to equipping all students with the skills and knowledge they need to help them think like a scientist. Through individualised feedback, challenge and encouragement, we aim to develop our students' understanding of scientific processes and the applications of science today and in the future. 

In Science, high aspirations to progress further and take on new challenges are encouraged and celebrated. We give our students opportunities to explore scientific concepts, be creative and develop problem solving skills. An established system of regular assessments helps students to test their understanding of concepts which underlies scientific facts and helps them to practice and develop scientific skills. We create tangible links for students which help them to identify connections between different scientific phenomena.  

We are also committed to integrating literacy and numeracy in Science (across all Key Stages), particularly by developing scientific vocabulary using Tier 2 (complex) and Tier 3 (science specific) words. This helps to build confidence and prepare students for their GCSE and A Level examinations. 

In order to maximise learning potential, three different routes are offered at GCSE level. Teachers support students to make the correct choice of route, dependent on their ability and their desired direction in their post-age 16 choices. 

Our Curriculum Implementation

Key Stage 3 

In year 7 students will be introduced to the fundamentals in the three Science disciplines as well as the principles of how science works in terms of investigations and using evidence. Students will initially study an introductory topic helping them develop the key skills they will need to be successful in science at secondary school. Students will study topics Cells and Reproduction as well as Body Systems in Biology, Particles, Elements and atoms as well as neutralisation and combustion in Chemistry and finally Energy, Forces and motion in Physics.  

As students’ progress into year 8 they will continue to build on the fundamentals from the three Science disciplines. Students will study topics Ecology and Healthy Living in Biology, Properties of substances and Reactions of the real world in Chemistry and finally Light and Sound, Power and Electricity in Physics.  

In year 9 students are given an introduction into GCSE science to help them choose the right science path for them. They will study the AQA GCSE science course focusing on Cells and Transport, Atomic Structure and the Periodic table as well as Energy and Electricity.   

Key Stage 4 

Students at The Warriner are able to study one of three pathways in year 10 and 11.   

Separate Sciences:  The course provides an opportunity for further developing of an understanding of science explanations in Biology, Chemistry and Physics, how science works and makes particular relevance to the roles of professional scientists.  

Combines Science - Trilogy:  A GCSE course which has a large emphasis on scientific literacy – for students to have the knowledge and understanding needed to engage in science-based issues as informed citizens.  

Combined Science - Synergy:  A GCSE course which has a large emphasis on scientific literacy – for students to have the knowledge and understanding needed to engage in science-based issues as informed citizens.  

At The Warriner we follow the AQA GCSE syllabus.  

Topics covered at GCSE  

Separate Sciences:    

Biology: Cell biology, Organisation, Infection and response, Bioenergetics, Homeostasis and response, Inheritance, variation and evolution, Ecology and Key ideas.   

Chemistry: Atomic structure and the periodic table, Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter, Quantitative chemistry, Chemical changes, The rate and extent of chemical change, Organic chemistry, Chemical analysis, Chemistry of the atmosphere, Using resources, and Key ideas.   

Physics: Energy, Electricity, Particle model of matter, Atomic structure, Forces, Waves, Magnetism and electromagnetism, Space physics and Key ideas.  

Combined Science:   

Trilogy course: Cell biology, Organisation, Infection and response, Bioenergetics, Homeostasis and response, Inheritance, variation and evolution, Ecology and key ideas in biology. Atomic structure and the periodic table, Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter, Quantitative chemistry, Chemical changes, Energy changes, The rate and extent of chemical change, Organic chemistry, Chemical analysis, Chemistry of the atmosphere, Using resources, and key ideas in chemistry. Energy, Electricity, Particle model of matter, Atomic structure, Forces, Waves, Magnetism and electromagnetism, and key ideas in physics.  

Synergy course: Building blocks, Transport over larger distances, Interactions with the environment, Explaining change,  Building blocks for understanding, Interactions over small and large distances, Movement and interactions, Guiding Spaceship Earth towards a sustainable future, and Key ideas.  

Key Stage 5 

A Levels are offered in Biology (OCR A), Chemistry (AQA) and Physics (AQA).

Examination Information 

GCSE: AQA
Biology
Chemistry
Physics
Combined Science Trilogy
Combined Science Synergy

A Level:
Biology: OCR A
Chemistry:  AQA
Physics: AQA