Science

Science. It’s all around us; real life. It’s not just knowledge or facts. Science is discovery, observation, and understanding. Science is a process that allows us to question and understand the world of the past, present, and future. 

Crispin is home to Team Science: a group of enthusiastic and dedicated scientists. Our team consists of nine passionate teachers and three creative science technicians. We work collaboratively to engage and inspire our students through a mixture of practical based and theoretical learning. The team benefits from having teachers who have worked in the industry, with experience in both lab and field based research.

The team’s focus from September 2016 has been on empowering students to take ownership of their learning. We do this by helping students to see the big picture - why they are learning science and how this relates to real life. We are relentless in helping students to understand what they are trying to learn, where they are in relation to this learning, what they need to do to improve, and how to do this. We want students to have fun whilst doing this.

Key Stage 3

In Key Stage 3, we focus on developing a solid understanding of science and investigative skills that will enable students to be successful at GCSE. Students study a structured mix of biology, chemistry, and physics throughout each year.

 

 

 

 

 

Term 1 Term 2 Term 3
Year 7

Classification.

States and Separation Techniques.

Ecology.

The Solar System.

Cells and Tissues.

Acids and Alkalis.

Rocks and the Rock Cycle.

Sex and Science.

Forces.

Year 8

Going for Gold.

Electric Circuits.

Atoms and Elements.

Microbes and Disease.

Forces and Speed.

Heat Transfers.

Food.

Sound.

Light.

Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4, we follow the Edexcel GCSE in Combined Science or Separate Sciences route from year 9.  Student sit their final exams for either qualification at the end of year 11. For further detail on the specifications please visit Combined Science 9-1 Specification.

Separate Sciences:

Biology 9-1 Specification

Chemistry 9-1 Specification

Physics 9-1 Specification

Further guidance on how the GCSEs have changed from 2016 can also be found at Edexcel Success in Science, Parent Guide

Team Science holds high expectations and aspirations for all our students. We are proud that many of our students go on to study science at A-levels and University. Some of our recent scientists include; Ruby Turner studying Biomedicine at Bristol University, Jonathan Le Hunte studying Chemistry with Biomedicine at King’s College London, Eloise Bagg studying Psychology at Oxford, and Jack Carter-Hughes studying Neuroscience at Cardiff University.

Outside the Classroom

Team Science is also focusing on science outside the classroom in a variety of ways. In 2017, some of our enthusiastic students visited Cardiff University’s microscopy lab carrying out practical work on cells and DNA. We look forward to building on this success and enthusiasm by starting a science extra-curricular club.  Team Science is also joined by a group of Science Prefects who take an active role in the team. Look out for them at Open Mornings and Evening in September 2018. The team also encourages collaboration with other schools, e.g. Science Sensations at Strode College and a science based Community Open Morning.

Team Science colleagues are not just teachers. We play a full and enthusiastic role in school life, as tutors, assisting through Duke of Edinburgh, participating in different school trips, and whole school activities such as the 'Crispmas Show' and House Competitions. We look forward to meeting you and your family!

Last Updated: July 2018