Convent of Jesus and Mary Language College
An Outstanding Catholic School

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Science

 


 Welcome to the Science Department

Here in our Science department; we have seven laboratories that are served by a team of experienced technicians. The majority of lessons take place in the laboratories since practical work is integral to the courses. All seven laboratories have interactive whiteboards, and the department has a good range of ICT resources to aid in teaching.

 

 

 

Key Stage 3 (Years 7 & 8) 

 

Students follow a general Science course which comprises of Biology, Chemistry and Physics and it is usually taught by one member of staff. Classes are taught in groups of 30-32. Year 7 and Year 8 students have three 50-minute lessons a week. All KS3 students have access to interactive text books.

 

At the end of every topic, students sit for an internal assessment to consolidate their understanding of the topic. Students in Years 7 & 8 get homework once a week; which usually takes up to 30 to 45minutes.


 

Key Stage 4 (Years 9 -11) 

 

Students follow EDEXCEL GCSE 9-1 Science course (New Linear Course) in Years 9 to 11. We offer Combined Science in Year 9 and both Combined and Separate Science in Years 10 & 11. Combined Science comprises of Biology, Chemistry, Physics and eight mandatory Core practicals. Students will be chosen to study Separate Science in year 10. Separate Science comprises of Biology, Chemistry, Physics and eight mandatory Core practical activities in each of the Sciences.

 

Combined Science and Separate Science students in Year 11 will be sitting for external exam in May/June 2019. There are six externally examined papers. Each Combined Science paper is 1 hour 10mins long and each Separate Science paper is 1 hour 45mins long.

 

Students in Years 9 to 11 get homework twice a week; each piece usually takes up to 45 to 60 minutes.

 

 

 

Key Stage 5 (Sixth Form) 

 

Students follow EDEXCEL GCE Biology B and EDEXCEL GCE Chemistry (new linear course) in Years 12 & 13; they are taught by specialist teachers. Each week students have six 50-minute lessons of their chosen science subjects. Students get two pieces of homework each week. They carry out mandatory Core practical activities in both sciences. At the end of each topic the students sit for an internal test which is of GCE standard. They sit for a quick knowledge base test regularly.

 

Students in Year 13 will be sitting the external examination in June 2019. They will be sitting for three papers. Paper 1 and 2 are 1hour 45mins long and paper 3 is 2hours 30mins long.

 

Students in year 12 also follow EDEXCEL Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Applied Science which is equivalent in size to one A Level. There 4 units of which 3 are mandatory and 2 are external. Mandatory content is 83% & External assessment is 58%.

 

 

 

Staff 

 

Mrs M Anthony - Head of Department Science
Ms A Patel – Deputy Head of Department Science
Ms B Desir
Mr A Kutten
Dr. H Patel - Teacher of Science/Eco and Healthy Schools Coordinator
Mrs N. Mahmuti
Ms V Anastasiou
Ms A. Foreman – Head of Department H&S Care
Mrs K Bornman – Associate Deputy Head teacher
Dr D Espinosa
Mr P Pereira - Senior Technician
Mr C Lima- Technician– Technician
Mrs R Padmanathan – Technician

 

 

 

Expectations

 

 

 

Equipment 

 

Every lesson you will need to bring the following:

 

  • Exercise book
  • Textbook
  • Pen
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Rubber

 

 

 

Presentation

 

  • Underline the date and title
  • Specify whether each work is either class work or homework by writing either c/w or h/w within the margin, at the beginning of each piece of work

 

The Science department has excellent teaching & learning resources available through the school website link ‘Fronter’ to promote independent learning.

 

 

 

Resources

 

  • Specification
  • Past exam papers, mark schemes& examiners’ reports
  • Links to You tube clips
  • Links to Revision websites
  • Lesson resources
  • Lists of recommended reading materials to further knowledge

 

 

 

For Parents

 

In order to satisfy the curious minds of your children, we recommend the following fun and educational visits: