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20/09/17

Thank you to our Y11 Parents and Carers who attended tonight's information evening. Your support is much appreciated.

15/09/17

Retweeted From Jon Chaloner

Great to have visited & have 1st Strategy meeting for !

14/09/17

Lovely to welcome so many prospective parents and students to our Open Evening. We hope you enjoyed your visit! https://t.co/UmObZpDvhQ

14/09/17

The hall is all set for Open Evening 2017! https://t.co/SKa3peIVUA

14/09/17

Looking forward to our Open Evening today. Presentations at 5:45pm and 6:45pm. https://t.co/kr54HJS68A

13/09/17

We are looking forward to hosting prospective parents/carers at our Open Evening tomorrow night. HT presentations at 5:45pm and 6:45pm.

12/09/17

Retweeted From de Stafford PE

Great effort from the boys U15 rugby team, who narrowly lost 43-33 in a thriller against 🏉 https://t.co/j60DxrAF7M

08/09/17

Retweeted From de Stafford PE

Extra-Curricular Clubs start on Monday ! Improve your skills, make new friends & have fun! 💪🏻 https://t.co/4LatIrYK7O

08/09/17

Fantastic input from students helping to assess the quality of our catering bids. https://t.co/Dpffv6IHNP

06/09/17

Thank you to our Y9 parents/carers for attending tonight's information evening. As ever, your support is much valued and appreciated.

25/08/17

...and after. The less than welcoming blue fence has gone! https://t.co/G4OZV7uHHR

25/08/17

Before.... https://t.co/GkEyWH36Mp

24/08/17

Thank you to staff, parents/careers and governors for their support in ensuring y11 students achieved so well this year.

24/08/17

Congratulations to our Head Boy and Head Girl on achieving a fantastic set of GCSE results https://t.co/ogHOTK3s7L

24/08/17

Congratulations to our Y11 students who achieved so well in their GCSE exams. Excellent grades but more importantly fantastic young people!

21/07/17

Wishing all members of the school community a safe, happy and restful summer break. See you in September!

19/07/17

Retweeted From de Stafford PE

We've just achieved a Silver ! Thank you to staff, students & coaches for supporting School Games https://t.co/G4TRBERBzS

19/07/17

Lovely to welcome so many parents/carers to our Y9 celebration assembly this morning. Thank you for your support.

18/07/17

Great work from the Student Review Team today who shared their ideas on school improvement with Mr Garner. https://t.co/GTz9vEI8O7

18/07/17

Great feedback given to Mr Garner by the Student Review Team today. https://t.co/Y5MDWyflQz

Head of Department: Mr R 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.

Year 7

Biology

In this unit pupils will study:

  • Cells tissues and organ systems
  • Sexual Reproduction in Animals
  • Muscles and Bones
  • Ecosystems

Chemistry

In this unit pupils will study:

  • Mixtures and separation
  • Acids and Alkalis
  • The Particle Model
  • Atoms Elements and Molecules

Physics

In this unit pupils will study:

  • Energy
  • Current and Electricity
  • Forces
  • Sound

Year 8

Biology

In this unit pupils will study:

  • Food and Nutrition
  • Plants reproduction
  • Breathing and Respiration
  • Unicellular Organisms

Chemistry

In this unit pupils will study:

  • Combustion
  • The periodic table
  • Metals
  • Rocks

Physics

In this unit pupils will study:

  • Fluids
  • Light
  • Energy Transfer
  • Earth and Space

Year 9

Biology

In this unit pupils will study:

  • Specialised Cells
  • Plant and Animal systems
  • Investigating photosynthesis

Chemistry

In this unit pupils will study:

  • Atomic theory
  • Reactivity
  • Impact of chemistry on the environment

Physics

In this unit pupils will study:

  • Speed
  • Weight and Mass
  • Energy Transfers

Biology

In this unit pupils will study:

  • Classification
  • Responses to the environment
  • Problems and solutions to the changing environment

Chemistry

In this unit pupils will study:

  • The earth’s Atmosphere
  • Materials and the earth
  • Acids
  • Obtaining and using metals
  • Fuels

Physics

In this unit pupils will study:

  • Light and the Solar System
  • The electromagnetic spectrum
  • Waves and the universe
  • Electricity
  • The future of energy

Year 11

Biology

In this unit pupils will study:

  • Cells
  • Organisms and energy
  • Organ systems

Chemistry

In this unit pupils will study:

  • Atomic structure
  • Chemical analysis
  • Reactivity
  • Quantitative chemistry

Physics

In this unit pupils will study:

  • Static and Current electricity
  • Forces and Motion
  • Nuclear energy
  • Radioactivity

Extension Science – For separate sciences only

Biology

In this unit pupils will study:

  • Control Systems
  • Behaviour
  • Biotechnology

Chemistry

In this unit pupils will study:

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Electrolytic Processes
  • Gasses and equilibria
  • Organic chemistry

Physics

In this unit pupils will study:

  • Nuclear medicine
  • Medical imagery
  • Radiation
  • Kinetic theory

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.

In Key stage 4 there will also be formal exams at the end of each unit of study to assess their overall science learning, as well as preparing the students for their GCSE’s. Students will also need to complete controlled assessments in Core, Additional and separate sciences which contribute 25% of the overall grade for the subject. These will take place in lesson times and will complement the learning.