Science at Abbotsholme

Science (2) 

Throughout Years 7 to 11 all students study Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

Key Stage Three (Years 7, 8 and 9)

In Years 7 to 9 teaching follows a program of study based on the National Curriculum.  The students learn about concepts and ideas in Science, essential to provide a secure foundation in the subject.  Emphasis is placed on developing skills required to be successful at studying Science in later years.  Practical work is considered to be a vital component and the students partake in experiments whenever relevant to support learning.  A program of investigative work is used to develop independent learning.

Key Stage Four (Year 10 and 11: GCSE)

In Years 10 and 11 the department follows the OCR GCSE 21st Century Science specifications. All students take at least two GCSEs in Science, and some students take a third GCSE.  Most students will take the Higher level examinations, although some students may take the Foundation level if appropriate.  Students are taught in separate Biology, Chemistry and Physics lessons by specialist teachers.  The aim of the course is to develop knowledge and understanding so that the students recognise the impact of Science and Technology on everyday life.  The two Science GCSEs prepare students for further study, such as at A-Level.

Years 10 and 11 have nine timetabled lessons of 35 minutes per week, three each of Physics, Biology and Chemistry. Triple Science pupils undertake an additional two lessons per week.

Sixth Form

In the Sixth Form students can choose to take A-Levels in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.  The department follow the OCR Biology A, Chemistry A and Physics A specifications.  The courses are designed to inspire learning through developing the students’ interest and enthusiasm.  They are taught by subject specialist.  The specifications are content led, leading to a thorough understanding in the subjects.   Whenever possible, practical work is used to further engage the students and develop their understanding.  The courses prepare the students for further study and careers in the relevant Sciences.

Sixth Form have eight timetabled lessons of 35 minutes per week for each AS/A2 level subject.


British Science Week

To celebrate British Science Week, all of Year 9 will be running a Science Fair in the Snell building on Tuesday 21 March. For the last month in their Science lessons they have been working in small groups on their own Science projects. On Tuesday...


Lower Sixth AS Biology

Performing practicals to view the chromosomes in the root tips of onions, observing mitosis in action.


Drama Students visit the Nottingham Playhouse

On Tuesday 20 September, GCSE and A Level Drama took a trip to Nottingham Playhouse to see 'Sleuth' by Anthony Shaffer. We walked down the steps into the theatre to see an elaborate set that represented the outside of an elegant manner house. L...


Climate Change Conference

Year 12 biologists Peter, Alice, Issy & Jade along with geographer Rose were invited to attend a Climate Change Conference at the Stafford council chambers. They heard Dr Ruth Mottram a climate specialist working in the Danish Meteorologica...


AS Biology

Tuesday morning AS Biologists dissected rainbow trout looking at swim bladders, reproductive system but especially the gills as seen in close up .

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