|Head of Department:||Mr N Mastin|
King James’s enjoys an established reputation for the quality of its Science teaching. We aim to foster a scientific understanding and interest in the world around us. Strong emphasis is placed on the applications of Science, and investigations into ‘real world’ problems are carried out alongside a wide range of other classroom activities. Members of the Faculty have set up innovative link projects with our family of primary schools and we have strong links with both York and Leeds University Education Departments. We also have links with local scientific establishments such as Covance in Harrogate and Harrogate District Hospital and Harlow Carr Gardens.
Key Stage 3 Science is delivered using resources adapted from the Exploring Science course. The course is designed to develop the strengths of the Key Stage 2 Science curriculum and ensure progression through to Key Stage 4 particularly now with more emphasis on more challenging ideas in science. The course includes ‘How Science Works’ content and we have a large commitment to developing practical skills throughout KS3 and KS4 to complement the Controlled Assessments which make up 25% of each GCSE course. Knowledge and content is used as a basis for teaching the skills of scientific enquiry as well as the ideas behind the development of scientific theories. The topics covered are chosen to make Science interesting and inspiring for students. ICT is a common feature of Science lessons at King James’s and we have a full spectrum of electronic resources including worksheets, tests, podcasts, video clips and textbooks available through our Fronter VLE.
At Key Stage 4 the majority of our students complete a double award GCSE. There is an opportunity for students to opt to study the separate sciences in Biology, Chemistry and Physics in Year 10. We also offer Astronomy in the options subjects. Students are taught by well-qualified specialists in Chemistry, Physics and Biology. These courses provide a broad knowledge of Science, whilst providing effective preparation for the many students who choose to study one or more of the separate Sciences in Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Applied Science at AS/A2 level.
Mr N Mastin