Inspiring young scientists of the futures, atom by atom.
Science surrounds us. It is everywhere in our daily lives - all day, every day! We want Science to inspire students to explore the world around them and recognise and understand this. We aim to excite and enrich with the practical applications of the subject, teaching students that doing science develops our ability to ask questions, collect information, organise and test our ideas, problem-solve and apply what we learn.
Science is a platform for building confidence, developing communication skills, and making sense of the world around us.
Importance of Science in Schools
The teaching of science offers students the ability to access a wealth of knowledge and information which will contribute to an overall understanding of how and why things work like they do. Science is able to explain the mechanics and reasons behind the daily functioning of complex systems, which range from the human body to sophisticated modern methods of transport.
Children are able to use this knowledge to understand new concepts, make well-informed decisions and pursue new interests. Science also helps to provide tactile or visible proof of many facts we read about in books or see on the television; this helps to increase understanding and helps children and teenagers to retain that information.
Many students find science extremely inspiring and interesting. Science instills a sense of intrigue and enables students to develop understanding and form questions based both on the knowledge they already have and the insight they wish to gain in the future. Students who excel in science lessons are likely to develop a strong ability to think critically
At Byrchall we believe that a better education in science for your child can also mean better things for society by helping students develop into more responsible citizens who help to build a strong economy, contribute to a healthier environment, and bring about a brighter future for everyone.
All pupils at Byrchall study science through Y7 to Y11. They learn science via topics based in Biology, Physics and Chemistry. All pupils study Key Stage 3 science and this builds on their prior learning from primary school, whilst preparing them for Key Stage 4 (GCSEs). We ensure that pupils are confident with their subject knowledge & understanding and with the skills needed for them to make excellent progress.
At Key Stage Four pupils, at the very least, will study for two science GCSEs. All pupils will be given the opportunity to select the option to study for three separate GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Alongside science lessons there are after school science clubs that your child can join and various trips and visits throughout the year. Revision classes after school and during holidays are also offered at crucial times of the year to support your child further.
Every pupil in year 11 receives a revision guide and workbook to help with their study time at home.
Science surrounds us. It is everywhere in our daily lives - all day, every day! At Byrchall we help pupils see and understand this. Science is involved when we choose what to eat, or choose products with the least impact on the environment or make informed decisions about our health-care.
Understanding science is crucial for all of us, so we can be informed and active in our country's future and the World’s future. Doing science develops our ability to ask questions, collect information, organise and test our ideas, problem-solve and apply what we learn. Even more, science is a platform for building confidence, developing communication skills, and making sense of the world around us. Our knowledge of science comes from the contributions of many different cultures and people. Access to science education develops confidence and positive self-image for all learners, regardless of culture, gender, race, social class or religious beliefs.
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Science homework is an integral part of each students learning journey. Therefore the Science department will issue regular homework. The homework set is designed to:
Allow further research on subjects
Develop and practise essential scientific skills
Provide extra challenge and support for students
At lower school (year 7-9) students will be set one piece of homework per week based on the skills and content that is currently being covered in lessons.
At upper school (year 10-11) students will be set two pieces of homework per week. One piece will be based on the current learning and the second homework will be a piece of recall work to consolidate previous topic and aid revision. Students studying separate sciences will receive three pieces of homework per week but of a shorter duration. Homework is not expected to be completed in isolation and we actively encourage parents or any other person to help and support students while completing the tasks set. If a student is having difficulty completing homework they must bring this to the attention of their class teacher who will arrange a time suitable to go over any problem areas.