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 eight 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 Route in year 9 until students chose their options. Students can opt to take Separate Science GCSE. 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.

 

 

Term 1 Term 2 Term 3

Year 9

From 2017

Microscopy, Cells and Enzymes.

Energy Transfers.

States of Matter.

Separation Techniques.

Waves.

The Electromagnetic. Spectrum.

Health and Disease.

Atomic Structure.

The Periodic Table.

Photosynthesis.

Ionic and Covalent Bonding.

Year 10

Combined 2017 Only

Atomic Structure.

The Periodic Table.

Cells and Control.

Energy Transfers.

Waves.

The Electromagnetic. Spectrum.

Natural Selection and Genetic Modification.

Medicines.

Groups in the Periodic Table.

Radioactivity.

Photosynthesis.

Electricity, Electric Circuits.

Acid and Alkalis.

Health and Disease.

Photosynthesis.

Year 11

Combined 2017 Only

Groups in the Periodic Table.

Waves.

The Electromagnetic Spectrum.

Radioactivity.

Animal Coordination. Homeostasis.

Circulatory System and the Heart.

Radioactivity.

Electricity, Electric Circuits.

Magnetism.

Particle Model.

Forces and Matter.

Ecosystems.

Parasitism.

Biodiversity.

Fuels and Atmospheric Science.

Exam revision.

Separate Sciences

Biology Chemistry Physics
Year 10

Cells and Control.

The Brain.

Genetics, Protein Synthesis.

Natural Selection.

Genetic Modification.

Health and Disease.

Development of medicines.

Photosynthesis.

Plant hormones.

Atomic Structure.

The Periodic Table.

Ionic and Covalent Bonding.

Acid and Alkalis.

Groups of the Periodic Table.

Electrolysis.

Dynamic Equilibrium.

Acceleration.

Energy Transfers.

Waves.

The Electromagnetic Spectrum.

Radioactivity.

Astronomy.

Year 11

Animal Coordination. Homeostasis.

The kidneys.

Circulatory System and the Heart.

Ecosystems.

Parasitism.

Biodiversity.

Decomposition.

Food security.

Quantitative Chemistry.

Chemical cells and Fuel Cells.

Fuels and Atmospheric Science.

Hydrocarbons, alcohols, Polymers.

Qualitative Chemistry.

Nanoparticles.

Astronomy.

Electricity, Electric Circuits.

Static electricity.

Magnetism.

Electromagnetic Induction.

Particle Model.

Forces and Matter.

Pressure in fluids.

Outside the Classroom

Team Science is also focusing on science outside the classroom in a variety of ways. In 2016, the Science Protons or Pros (our positive force in science) began! The Pros are a group of keen students who work alongside teachers on project work. In 2017, the Pros visited Cardiff University’s microscopy lab carrying out practical work on cells and DNA. We look forward to building on the success and enthusiasm of the Science Pros by taking part in a national competition in 2017/2018. 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 2017. The team also encourages collaboration with other schools, including Science Sensations at Strode College and a recent visit by Avalon school.

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

Last Updated: July 2017