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15/02/19

Excellent initiative from Y10 GCSE citizenship students raising money and awareness for ⁦ https://t.co/hgeb91PIZX

14/02/19

Thank you , your support is much appreciated.

13/02/19

Retweeted From Julia Church

A recent Ofsted inspection has praised de Stafford School in Caterham and says it is a "good" school - see https://t.co/ETnSgoSjy5 https://t.co/BmgzuugTzF

13/02/19

We look forward to welcoming the parents and carers of our Year 10 students from 4:30pm today

11/02/19

Pupils make ‘strong progress’ at our school, we have ‘well-trained teachers and a caring ethos’ according to our recent Ofsted report. There are plenty of other reasons why we are good - read them in our latest report https://t.co/ldIerXihqr https://t.co/xv396BSWsd

08/02/19

We are delighted to announce we are a ‘good’ school but don’t take our word for it, read our latest Ofsted report here https://t.co/ldIerXihqr

01/02/19

Due to the overnight snowfall we have taken the decision to operate a late start to the school day today (Friday). School will open at 9:30am whereby students should attend SAM time. They should be in full school uniform but may wear footwear more appropriate for the conditions.

31/01/19

Please follow this link to our website for an update regarding weather conditions https://t.co/I7EFkBrsWQ

31/01/19

We are able to open at the normal start time of 8:30am.

31/01/19

We are able to open at normal time this morning but please exercise great care if driving through the school car park. Students should arrive in normal school uniform but may wear footwear appropriate to the icy conditions.

30/01/19

Thank you to all our parents and carers of y11 students who braved the freezing weather to attend parents evening tonight; your support is much appreciated.

30/01/19

We look forward to giving our Year 11 parents/carers a warm welcome from 4:30pm today! Our site team have done a fantastic job ensuring the car park remains accessible despite the current weather conditions. https://t.co/66nxHwqIPZ

30/01/19

Fantastic effort from the site team, working since 5:30am to make the school safe. https://t.co/S1tNqHk04c

30/01/19

The school is open today with a late start for students due to icy conditions. School starts at 9:30am and students are to go straight to SAM.

28/01/19

With heavy snowfall currently forecast for tomorrow evening, we will be monitoring conditions closely. Please check the school website https://t.co/FcOUMuE3r0 or Twitter for updates. https://t.co/wdOi1gaBZc

28/01/19

Don't forget it's Year 11 Parents' Evening this Wednesday @ de Stafford . It's not too late to make an appointment if you haven't already! https://t.co/J9k94p88sO

25/01/19

Retweeted From de Stafford DofE

⁩ DofE students starting off their Fitness session with Mr Harris learning all about setting targets, energy levels on expedition and building fitness! 💪🏻🧗🏻‍♀️🏃‍♂️ https://t.co/oz5gCMBJwL

18/01/19

Retweeted From de Stafford PE

Great creativity in a Y7 Parkour lesson! Today’s focus was balance - students were tasked with making an aeroplane ✈️ https://t.co/ArCqQ6m7bF

17/01/19

Retweeted From de Stafford PE

Well done to the Y7 Netball team for persevering in a tough match against a strong team today! Some excellent interceptions & well done to Phoebe R for a well deserved player of the match nomination! 👏🏻

16/01/19

We look forward to seeing all our Year 8 parents and carers at the Options Evening which starts at 6pm in the Main Hall https://t.co/GZRjMQVdcu

Head of Department: Ross Kelly
email: ross.kelly@destafford.org.uk

At de Stafford we are proud to offer a comprehensive science curriculum that examines Biology, Chemistry and Physics in an integrated and engaging way. All topics involve a considerable practical content where the children are encouraged to think independently, challenge their ideas and test their own hypotheses and discuss their findings with their peers in a supportive and nurturing environment. In science lessons we encourage children to ask questions and seek their own answers.

We use “Exploring Sciences – Working Scientifically”, published by Pearson, to support our lessons. These resources include a significant digital content which the children can access from home through the Frog home portal. The virtual resources can support and extend the children’s learning in lessons and at home and support our ethos of a questioning and open learning environment.

Both the Key stage 3 and 4 courses are tied into the EDEXCEL science curriculum and as such there is a clear progression route from years 7 to 11.

In Key Stage 3 Students are regularly assessed throughout the topics with small written tests that examine their knowledge and application of the subjects that they have just studied, and will be given the opportunity to reflect on their learning through DIRT activities. Students will also be assessed in many other ways throughout the year to allow timely intervention, support and extension to best support their continued learning.

Key Stage 3

Biology

Pupils will study:

  • Cells tissues and organ systems
  • Sexual Reproduction in Animals
  • Muscles and Bones
  • Ecosystems
  • Food and Nutrition
  • Plants reproduction
  • Breathing and Respiration
  • Unicellular Organisms
  • Genetics and Evolution
  • Plant growth

Chemistry

Pupils will study:

  • Mixtures and separation
  • Acids and Alkalis
  • The Particle Model
  • Atoms Elements and Molecules
  • Combustion
  • The periodic table
  • Metals
  • Rocks
  • Making materials
  • Reactivity

Physics

Pupils will study:

  • Energy
  • Current and Electricity
  • Forces
  • Sound
  • Fluids
  • Light
  • Energy Transfer
  • Earth and Space
  • Forces and motion 
  • Force fields and electromagnets

Key Stage 4 Science (Edexcel 9-1 Combined Science)

The course consists of six externally examined papers (2 Biology, 2 Chemistry and 2 Physics) and 18 mandatory core practical investigations. Questions about the practical investigations will be included in the 6 exam papers. Each assessment is out of 60 marks, and consists of 6 questions.

Each paper will include multiple-choice, short answer questions, calculations and extended open-response questions. The assessments are available at foundation tier and higher tier. Students must complete all assessments for this qualification in the same tier. The foundation tier paper will target grades 1–5.while the higher tier paper will target grades 4–9.

Biology

In Biology pupils will study:

  • Key concepts in biology
  • Cells and control
  • Genetics,
  • Natural selection and genetic modification
  • Health, disease and the development of medicines
  • Plant structures and their functions
  • Animal coordination, control and homeostasis
  • Exchange and transport in animals
  • Ecosystems and material cycles

Chemistry

In Chemistry pupils will study:

  • Key concepts in chemistry
  • States of matter and mixtures
  • Chemical changes
  • Extracting metals and equilibria
  • Groups in the periodic table
  • Rates of reaction and energy changes
  • Fuels and Earth science

Physics

In Physics pupils will study:

  • Key concepts of physics
  • Motion and forces
  • Conservation of energy
  • Waves
  • Light and the electromagnetic spectrum
  • Radioactivity
  • Energy
  • Forces doing work
  • Forces and their effects
  • Electricity and circuits
  •  Magnetism and the motor effect
  • Electromagnetic induction
  • Particle model
  • Forces and matter

Separate Sciences

The course consists of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Each science is examined via two exam papers and requires the completion of 8 core practical investigations per Science    Questions about the practical investigations will be included in the 2 exam papers. Each assessment is out of 100 marks, and consists of 10 questions.

Each paper will include multiple-choice, short answer questions, calculations and extended open-response questions. The assessments are available at foundation tier and higher tier. Students must complete all assessments for this qualification in the same tier. The foundation tier paper will target grades 1–5.while the higher tier paper will target grades 4–9.

Biology

In Biology pupils will study:

  • Key concepts in biology
  • Cells and control
  • Genetics
  • Natural selection and genetic modification
  • Health, disease and the development of medicines
  • Plant structures and their functions
  • Animal coordination, control and homeostasis
  • Exchange and transport in animals
  • Ecosystems and material cycles

Chemistry

In Chemistry pupils will study:

  • Key concepts in chemistry
  • States of matter and mixtures
  • Chemical changes
  • Extracting metals and equilibria
  • Separate chemistry
  • Groups in the periodic table
  • Rates of reaction and energy changes
  • Fuels and Earth science
  • Separate chemistry 2

Physics

 In Physics pupils will study:

  • Key concepts of physics
  • Motion and forces
  • Conservation of energy
  • Waves
  • Light and the electromagnetic spectrum
  • Radioactivity
  • Astronomy
  • Energy - Forces doing work
  • Forces and their effects
  • Electricity and circuits
  • Static electricity
  • Magnetism and the motor effect
  • Electromagnetic induction
  • Particle model
  • Forces and matter