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Science

Physics, Biology and Chemistry are popular and successful subjects at Furze Platt. The Department aims to provide a supportive, stimulating, dynamic and academically challenging experience for all students. Over recent years, the Department has gone from strength to strength, and standards and students’ results are high.

Enrichment Activities

The Department offers a range of enrichment activities.

There is a weekly KS3 science club and termly after school talks by invited speakers for students in KS4 and KS5. We also regularly enter students into competitions such as 'Science University Challenge' for Year 9 run by Reading University, and the national science 'Olympiads' for our Sixth Formers.

Students are involved in science experiences such as the Smallpeice Trust courses and Salter’s Chemistry camps. There are also strong links with Reading University where students attend courses and are invited to lectures.

Staff and Accommodation

The curriculum is staffed by 11 specialist Science teachers.

The Science Department has 9 laboratories, each with an interactive whiteboard. In addition there is a small computer suite, two sets of laptops and a range of other ICT resources.

The teaching team is supported by two dedicated science teaching assistants and five science technicians, with a range of state of the art equipment.

GCSE Textbooks and Revision Guides

If parents wish to purchase books to help with their child's studying, here is a recommended list:

NEWAQA GCSE Science 9-1 
  ISBN Number Price
Biology    
Biology Separate Science Revision Guide 9780198359401 £4.50
Biology Separate Science Higher workbook 9780198421672 £4.00
Combined Biology Trilogy Revision Guide 9780198359302 £4.50
Combined Biology Trilogy Found. workbook 9780198359340 £3.00
Combined Biology Trilogy Higher workbook 9780198374831 £4.00
Chemistry     
Chemistry Separate Science Revision Guide 9780198359418 £4.50
Chemistry Separate Science Higher workbook 9780198421689 £4.00
Combined Chemistry : Trilogy Revision Guide 9780198359319 £4.50
Combined Chemistry: Trilogy Found. workbook 9780198359357 £3.00
Combined Chemistry: Trilogy Higher workbook 9780198374848 £4.00
Physics    
Physics Separate Science Revision Guide 9780198359425 £4.50
Physics Separate Science Higher workbook 9780198421696 £4.00
Combined Physics : Trilogy Revision Guide 9780198359326 £4.50
Combined Physics : Trilogy Found. workbook 9780198359364 £3.00
Combined Physics: Trilogy Higher workbook 9780198374855 £4.00

Below are the ISBN numbers for the Science GCSE textbooks, which can be bought from Amazon at £18.99:

Chemistry   ISBN    9780198359388

Biology        ISBN    9780198359265

Physics        ISBN    9780198359289

Curriculum

Key Stage 3: Students follow the National Curriculum. Key Stage 3 Science is covered in six lessons a fortnight over two years and therefore is completed at the end of Year 8. The curriculum aims to be challenging and thought-provoking, with scientific enquiry at its core.

Year 9 students have already started their Core GCSE Science course which now runs over 3 years. At the end of Year 8, students now need to express a preference for either Separate Sciences (3 GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics) or Combined Science (2 GCSEs).

Key Stage 4: From September 2016, ALL students will have 8 hours of Science teaching in Year 9. In Years 10 and 11, the numbers of hours depends on whether they are doing Separate Sciences (12 hours) or Combined Science (10 hours).

Key Stage 5: Science uptake in the Sixth Form is extremely high, with two groups for Biology (AQA), two for Chemistry (OCR A) and one for Physics (OCR B) in each of Years 12 and 13.

Overall standards are high. Students regularly progress to study science and engineering at university, including at Russell Group universities and Oxbridge.