At Crispin, Team Science want our students to be curious about the world around them and have an appreciation of how science is relevant to their everyday lives. We also aim to develop students who can make logically informed decisions about science that may affect them in the future. The science faculty also want to help grow self-regulated students, who have developed strategies to improve their resilience, competence and confidence in all aspects of science. Therefore, we start modelling and developing self–regulation strategies alongside the topics. For example, students are encouraged to take more responsibility in their learning, identifying strengths and weaknesses, with teachers modelling how to do this and how to tackle these.
Finally, we want students to enjoy their learning in science alongside their enthusiastic teachers; hopefully some will choose to pursue science beyond Crispin!
To meet these aims, we build an understanding of key scientific concepts from year 7 through to year 11. Topics are taught in an order to facilitate the building of knowledge, intertwining this with relevant practical investigations which develop scientific skills.
Key Stage 3
In years 7 and 8, we focus on developing a solid understanding of key scientific concepts broken down into topics. Students study a structured mix of biology, chemistry, and physics throughout each year. In year 9, we focus on developing a deeper understanding of fundamental concepts across biology, chemistry and physics, like cell biology, energy (physics) and states of matter (chemistry) which students first studied in years 7 and 8. Students develop strategies to help acquire and embed this understanding. They also undertake more complex practical investigations, becoming more competent and confident in their skills, alongside the learning of new scientific concepts.
Key Stage 4
From year 10, students continue to build upon their understanding of key scientific concepts. This base knowledge is then applied to practical investigations and unfamiliar, real-life scenarios. Students are introduced to new topics, and into year 11, study more everyday applications of science in addition to learning about new technologies. Students’ competency and resilience continues to grow with the science team continuing to model strategies to support student self-regulation.
Outside the Classroom
Team Science continues to extend science outside the classroom in a variety of ways. We offer science activities through the enrichment programme as after school sessions. These clubs have varied; some examples include robotics, chemistry, habitats, gardening and first aid!
Eager science students have also taken the lead during Opening Evening and Mornings, by managing practical activities with younger students. They have also supported the Team during year 6 visits to the school. Students have also had further opportunities including visits to places like Cardiff University, Strode College and Millfield School. We look forward to a range of activities to begin again when it is safe to do so.
The Science Faculty enthusiastically pursues relevant, everyday links, to help students gain a greater appreciation of science. We have welcomed guest speakers through STEM to share their experiences of science in industry and giving students an insight on how science can be taken further. We are building more links with post-16 courses so students gain experience of where science could take them. We have been proud over the years to have many students who study science beyond Crispin with some of our students studying at Oxford, Cambridge, Bristol, Cardiff and Kings College universities.
Team Science are not just teachers. We play a full and enthusiastic role in school life, as tutors, participating in different school trips, and whole school activities such as the 'Crispmas Show' and House Competitions.
Last Updated: July 2021