Southam seeks to stimulate pupils interest in science, allowing them to achieve their full academic potential and equipping them with the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to become fully informed young adults able to adapt to challenge of modern society regardless of how far they choose to continue their studies in science.
In support of this mission, the Science Department is committed to provide:-
- Enthusiastic, hard working staff who work closely as a team to ensure the highest standards of teaching and learning possible.
- Interesting, differentiated and challenging lessons which pupils enjoy.
- A curriculum which meets the needs of Southam College pupils.
- A positive working environment which encourages lifetime inquiry, interest and learning.
- Facilities and technology that supports effective teaching and learning.
Extra Curricular Activities in Science
At Southam College we strongly believe that Science should not be confined to the classroom and offer pupils experiences in science in wider contexts. Curriculum enrichment days throughout the year provide the opportunity for a range of experiences for all pupils. Science Club is well attended on a fortnightly basis during lunchtimes and many trips are offered for different Year groups such as museum experiences such as Think Tank in Birmingham, competitions with pupils from other schools and visits to Rugby School lectures and Universities to name but a few. After school sessions are provided throughout the year for pupils to experience science in a very different light by looking at Science topics through another subject - eg. 'Science through Art', 'Science through Film' and 'Science through History'.
Key Stage 3
Key stage 3 science at Southam College is aimed at inspiring and motivating young and active minds. Our course is based on a wide range of engaging topics allowing pupils to develop as enquiring and independent young scientists. We also provide opportunities for skills based practical work aimed at promoting team work and creativity.
At Southam we run the Activate Science course. This covers all three sciences: Biology, Chemistry and Physics throughout the year.
Homework is set on a weekly basis and pupils study 6 lessons per fortnight. Resources are available on the website to help promote the students’ progress and to push them to reach their full potential. These include an online copy of the Activate textbook, revision resources, content checklists and homework activities.
KS3 are currently assessed 3 times a year with an assessed practical assessment at the end of the year. These are in November, February and at the end of the year.
GCSE OCR SCIENCE (YEAR 11)
Key Stage 4 Science is aimed at inspiring and motivating students whilst preparing them for GCSE and beyond if they choose to continue their studies further in Science at A Level or Level 3 BTEC. With this in mind, we offer two curriculum pathways including OCR GCSE Science B & Additional Science B or OCR GCSE Biology B, Chemistry B and Physics B. Our aim is for every student to enjoy all aspects of Science whilst fulfilling their true potential.
Students studying GCSE “Double” Science (11SA4 - 11SB6) have 10 lessons per fortnight whilst those studying “Triple” Science (11SA1 - 11SA3) have 12 lessons per fortnight. Homework is set on a weekly basis.
All GCSEs are externally assessed at the end of year 11 and consist of 75% examination and 25% controlled assessment. Students complete the controlled assessment at the start of year 11 and will also complete a series of internal assessments in to remaining time between now and the end of year 11 to ensure they are as prepared for these external examinations as possible.
GCSE 9-1 SCIENCE (YEARS 9 AND 10)
Key Stage 4 Science is aimed at inspiring and motivating students whilst preparing them for GCSE and beyond if they choose to continue their studies further in Science at A Level or Level 3 BTEC. With this in mind, we offer two curriculum pathways including AQA GCSE combined Science or AQA GCSE Biology, Chemistry and Physics. During Year 9, students begin GCSE combined Science. At the end of year 9, students are allocated onto the most appropriate route for them. Our aim is for every student to enjoy all aspects of Science whilst fulfilling their true potential.
Students in year 9 all have 7 lessons of Science per fortnight. In years 10 and 11, students studying GCSE combined Science have 10 lessons per fortnight whilst those studying separate Sciences have 12 lessons per fortnight. Homework is set on a weekly basis.
All GCSEs are externally assessed at the end of year 11 and are 100% examination based with students receiving a grade on the GCSE 9-1 scale. Students will complete a series of internal assessments throughout years 9, 10 and 11 to ensure they are as prepared for these external examinations as possible.
key stage 5 Science
The Science Department offers 4 qualifications at KS5.
OCR A levels in Biology, Chemistry and Physics, plus Edexcel Level 3 BTEC Extended Certificate in Applied Science.
Students who achieved a GCSE Grade A or above in each separate Science or GCSE grades AA or above in Science double award plus a Grade B in Mathematics can choose to study A Level Biology, Chemistry or Physics.
Applied Science is open to students who have achieve grade CC or above in dual Science, or grades C or above in all three separate sciences.
In all subjects, we aim to broaden and deepen students' knowledge and understanding as well as develop the standard of their practical and scientific skills.
Students are encouraged to work more independently and analyse all research, information and data critically.
All three subjects are taught by specialist subject teachers over 9 lessons per fortnight.
Exams are taken in Year 12 and Year 13, and there is continual practical assessment throughout the courses.
Science Week 2017
Students were able to see and hold some the animals from animal club and some of the teachers' pets. There were corn snakes, guinea pigs, a leopard gecko, a Chinese dwarf hamster and many more.
Today the students were able to dissect mice as well as seeing a pigs head being cut open. There were also demonstrations of lungs and other organs being dissected!
Today the students were able to test out their engineering creations. They were set the challenge on Monday to build the rocket that would travel the furthest distance.
Today the students were able to see some of the teachers trying out their favourite experiments. There were bottle rockets exploding, large explosions and lots of fire!
Today the students were able to walk on the non-Newtonian fluid we know as custard! The substance that acts both as a liquid and as a solid.