Science KS3 & GCSE
In the early years at Queen Elizabeth’s School, the Science Department places great emphasis on establishing a suitable learning environment, ensuring that boys can both learn effectively and at the same time enjoy the subject.
ICT is incorporated into all the department’s teaching schemes, with interactive whiteboards being used with various pieces of software. Our scheme of work is written to be consistent with Qualifications and Curriculum Authority guidelines. Every student has his own textbook. Revision guides can be purchased through the department in Year 9.
We encourage extra-curricular interest in the subject through our Science Club, which takes place once a week for pupils in Years 7 and 8. There are also Science trips to London Zoo for boys in these years.
Pupils in Year 9 are offered the opportunity to take part in the national Top of the Bench competition.
Additional academic support is provided for Year 9 boys in revision sessions held prior to their SATs examinations in May.
In Years 10 and 11, pupils will follow a course leading either to the award of two GCSE grades (Science and Additional Science) or three GCSE grades (Separate Sciences). Whichever course they follow, they will study all three Science subjects (biology, chemistry and physics), the only difference being whether they are awarded two or three GCSE grades at the end of the course. The route taken by each pupil is decided on the basis of their key stage 3 mark in Year 9 and their subsequent progress through Years 10 and 11.