"You see, wire telegraph is a kind of a very, very long cat. You pull his tail in New York and his head is meowing in Los Angeles. Do you understand this? And radio operates exactly the same way: you send signals here, they receive them there. The only difference is that there is no cat." – Albert Einstein
Here at Shoreham College science is taught in a suite of four spacious and well appointed laboratories supported by three experienced laboratory technicians. Years 7 to 11 take all their science lessons in these laboratories which are also regularly made available to learners from the junior years.
All teachers are fully qualified and enthusiastically teach science up to GCSE.
Following on from Einstein’s quotation above we strive to make our disciplines as practical as possible using an enormous variety of learning techniques. Biology, chemistry and physics are taught as separate subjects throughout Key Stage 3 to students who remain in their teaching groups and once in years 8 & 9 the three areas continue to be taught in the same fashion but our students are placed in sets according to ability.
KS3 learners will receive two periods in biology, two in chemistry and two in physics each week.
In Key Stage 4, Years 10 & 11 students will take either AQA Dual Science or AQA Triple Science, their choice is made during the Year 9 options process.
Dual Science consists of two GCSEs called ‘Science A’ and ‘Additional Science’. Separate grades are awarded for each, and both of these contain biology, physics and chemistry. This award is suitable for those going on to A level sciences. Students receive eight periods of science per week with this option.
Triple Science is the traditional route of three ‘stand alone’ GCSEs with separate grades in biology, physics and chemistry. If science A levels are to be considered then ‘Triple’ is sound preparation but not essential. Students receive twelve periods of science each week if taking this route.
Note: it is a national requirement for biology, physics and chemistry to be taught to all pupils up to the age of 16, hence each route contains all three disciplines.