Convent of Jesus and Mary Language College
An Outstanding Catholic School

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 students have four 50-minute lessons a week 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 have homework twice a week which usually takes up to 30mins in Y7 and 40mins in Y8

Key Stage 4 (Years 9 -11) 

Students follow EDEXCEL GCSE Science course in Year 11. We offer Additional and Further Additional Science in Year 11. Both courses comprise of Biology, Chemistry, Physics and controlled assessment. Classes are taught in groups of 28-30 and have six 50-minute lessons a week for Additional Science and a further of three 50-minute lessons a week for students offering Further Additional Science. Some students in year 11 chose Further Additional Science as one of their options. At the end of each topic in both courses, the students sit for a test; the tests are marked according to the GCSE standard.

External GCSE examination is taken by year 11 during May/June 2017.

Students follow EDEXCEL GCSE 9-1 Science course (New Linear Course) in Year 9 and 10. We offer Combined Science and Separate Science in Years 9 & 10. Combined Science comprises of Biology, Chemistry, Physics and eight mandatory Core practicals. Separate Science is one of the options and students choose this to study during Year 9 and 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 10 will be sitting for external exam in May/June 2018. 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 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 five 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 fortnightly.

Students in Year 13 will be sitting for the first external examination in June 2017. They will be sitting for three papers. Paper 1 and 2 are 1hour 45mins long and paper 3 is 2hours 30mins long.

 

Staff 

Mrs M Anthony - Curriculum Leader
Ms A Patel – Assistant Curriculum Leader
Ms B Desir
Mr A Kutten

Dr. H Patel
Mr M. Bangura
Mrs N. Mahmuti

Ms A. Foreman – Responsible for Health & Social Care
Mrs R Padmanathan - Senior Technician
Mr C Lima- Technician
Mr P Pereira - 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: