The Science Department at PGHS aims to:
- To develop pupils’ understanding of science around them that they can relate to.
- To develop pupils’ questioning, analytical and evaluative approach to scientific problems and issues.
- To promote enthusiasm about science leading to continued study at advanced level.
- Ensure students learn through well organised practical activities.
- Promote good attainment and ensure continued progression for every pupil.
- Encourage pupils to make cross curricular links between science and other subjects in the national curriculum.
Pupils become engaged in their learning, they develop active learning skills and also develop their practical skills through experimentation, following health and safety procedures, data collection, data presentation, data interpretation and in writing conclusions. Lessons have a high impact on pupil learning and with positive outcomes to ensure each pupil achieves their best. A twice weekly Science Surgery allows pupils to further consolidate their learning.
Pupils follow a two year course in Years 7 and 8, enabling them to start the GCSE in Year 9. Pupils follow the Science Progress course, which is highly engaging, inspirational and develops independent learning and communication skills. Books 1 and 2 builds and assesses KS3 Science knowledge, understanding and ‘Working Scientifically’ skills to ensure a solid foundation for GCSE and further science study. All three sciences are taught separately by specialist teachers.
Pupils follow Science Progress, Book 1. Biology topics taught include Cells, Reproduction, Environment, Variation, Photosynthesis, and Digestion. Chemistry topics taught include Particles, Atoms, Acids and alkalis, Chemical reactions, and Compounds. Physics topics taught include Energy transfers, Forces, Electricity, Energy resources, Magnetism and Motion.
Pupils follow Science Progress, Book 2. Biology topics taught include Lungs, Respiration, Muscles and bones, Inheritance, Drugs and health, and Microbes. Chemistry topics taught include Periodic table, Metal extraction, Acids, Reactions, Earth and atmosphere, and Innovative materials. Physics topics taught include Domestic and static electricity, Waves and sound, Light, Applications of forces, Heat transfer, and Exploring space.
The GCSE course is designed to be inclusive, inspiring and support pupils studying the Combined Science or the Triple Science awards. Pupils follow the Edexcel (9-1) Biology, Chemistry and Physics courses, which ensures pupils gain a full understanding of key concepts and explore each topic in depth. This supports the development of the full range of skills and knowledge that is assessed in examinations. The course includes Core Practicals that provides pupils with the key experimental skills necessary and to prepare them in answering practical-based examination questions.
STEM Club allows pupils to develop their interest in this subject, each topic is covered two times to ensure that all pupils can participate in each session. Various educational visits and activities take place throughout the academic year and have recently included the Hydrogen Car Challenge, Living Eggs, Women in Engineering, Fun with flight. Other events are organised in conjunction with scientific trends.