Science

The Caister Academy Science Department has a record of outstanding results. We have a dedicated team of specialist Science teachers, a specialist teaching assistant and expert technicians. We are very fortunate to have six modern and light Science labs with views of the sea!

The Science team are committed to ensure that every pupil is able to achieve to the best of their ability and we demand that the pupils work hard in order to enjoy this fascinating subject. The Science curriculum is diverse to meet the needs of all pupils inclusive of ability, interest and future aspirations.

We offer many extra-curricular activities: We have a Science club at lunchtime and organise many events. Each year we visit London for ‘Science Live’ where pupils get to listen to influential scientists such as Prof Robert Winston, Prof Richard Dawkins and Dr Ben Goldacre describe their latest research. We also attend the triple Science network events ‘Future Science for Future Scientists’ at John Innes Centre and an A level taster day at East Norfolk Sixth Form Centre. We have excellent links with UEA and attend many of their outreach events aimed at enthusing young scientists.

Year 7 & 8

Pupils are taught in ability sets by one teacher. We follow an interesting and varied topic based scheme of work that covers biology, chemistry and physics. Students can access their learning resources at home using the Kerboodle website.

Topics studied:

•  Cells
•  Body systems
•  Reproduction
•  Health & Lifestyle
•  Ecosystems
•  Particles
•  Elements & Compounds
•  Reactions
•  Acids & Alkalis
•  Separation Techniques
•  Forces
•  Sound
•  Light
•  Space
•  Electricity
•  Magnetism
•  Energy

Year 9

Year 9 set one start GCSEs in the three separate Sciences following the Pearson syllabus. The other sets follow a scheme of work devised to bridge the gap between key stage 3 and GCSE before starting their Edexcel GCSE studies in February.

Topics studied:

•  Adaptation & Inheritance
•  Key Concepts in Biology
•  Metals & Acids
•  States of Matter
•  Separating & Purifying Substances
•  Motion & Pressure
•  Vectors & Scalars

Year 10 & 11

Pupils are taught in ability sets. Each set will have three specialist teachers covering Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Set 1 will study for three separate GCSEs and the other sets take combined Science (a combination of Biology, Chemistry and Physics). All exams are with Edexcel. There is regular assessment throughout and targeted intervention is used with any pupils that under-perform. At the end of year 10, our pupils will take an externally assessed exam to check that they are progressing at an appropriate rate. Pupils can access their textbooks and other learning resources with ActiveLearn website.

Information on the course is available at this link.

Pupils with SEND will receive differentiated resources, in-class TA support and coloured paper/exercise books if relevant.



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