The Science Faculty is housed in a suite of eight laboratories, all of which have been refurbished in recent years. Four of the laboratories have extensive computing facilities. A large prep. room, a resource room and an office complete the Faculty accommodation.
At Key Stage 3, pupils study Science for 6 hours per fortnight. Each year group is divided in half and pupils are then placed into sets within each half based upon their ability. Pupils’ progress and attainment are constantly monitored, for example by formal examinations and also by the continual assessment of key scientific skills. Pupils can be moved sets at any time if this is deemed appropriate. Most pupils will have only one teacher per year, who will teach Science across the specialisms.
At Key Stage 4, pupils study Science for 9 hours per fortnight (3 hours per specialism). Pupils are placed into sets based not only on their ability, but also what examination course they choose to study. As a Faculty we currently offer 3 pathways –
- GCSE Biology, GCSE Chemistry + GCSE Physics
- GCSE Science + GCSE Additional Science
- BTEC Principles of Applied Science + BTEC Applications of Applied Science
Where appropriate, however, pathways can be adapted to meet the requirements and needs of individual pupils. As at KS3, pupils’ progress and attainment are constantly monitored, for example by end-of-topic examinations. Coursework is a required element of each course, with pupils being given several opportunities to undertake assignments throughout the year. External examinations must also be sat in the summer of both Year 10 and Year 11. Most pupils will have three teachers, one for each scientific specialism. Throughout their time at Fairfield, our pupils develop an understanding of a wide range of scientific concepts that provide a framework for making sense of the world. Our teaching also has an emphasis on investigative science - the knowledge and understanding which pupils need to become independent learners as they plan, conduct, analyse and evaluate experiments to discover the unknown.
KS3 Topic Lists
Reproduction and growth
Acids and alkalis
Diet and health
Elements, mixtures and compounds
Genes and evolution
Electricity, magnets and electromagnetism
Photosynthesis and circulation
Earth and atmosphere
Moments levers and pressure
Maths for science
Electricity in the home