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17/01/18

Great to see such a good turnout from students and parents/carers at tonight’s Options Evening, we hope you found it useful!

17/01/18

Great new signage at the front of school provided by to reflect our exciting new partnership together. https://t.co/xeKBMtQiFk

17/01/18

We look forward to seeing our Year 8 students and their parents/carers at tonight's Options Information event. Doors open at 5:45pm for a 6pm start in the Main Hall.

11/01/18

Some of our Year 10 students enjoyed a very 'cool' science lesson today making their own ice cream. https://t.co/QahFngeY6c

10/01/18

We look forward to seeing parents/carers of Year 8 students at our Options Information Evening on Wednesday 17th January. Click here for further details:- https://t.co/tnYt4vkZTR https://t.co/hEHtUw5yRb

09/01/18

Tickets selling fast for our school production of Alice in Wonderland. Book yours today via https://t.co/wy2VdV98Sn https://t.co/q4Wm7VIAoZ

05/01/18

Retweeted From Freedom Leisure

Welcome to de Stafford Sports Centre. The centre looks great and so do the staff in their new uniforms! Great start to 2018 with #2018 https://t.co/qp5xt2VB7K

04/01/18

Retweeted From Freedom Leisure

We are delighted to announce that today we started working with to operate de Stafford Sports Centre. Freedom Leisure's Operations Director, Matt Hunt, Head Teacher of de Stafford School, Jeremy Garner and mascot Jim Trainer, braved the weather to mark the occasion. https://t.co/fdbVnqe9Ln

04/01/18

Retweeted From Freedom Leisure

Was a great first day at de Stafford Sports Centre. Very excited to be working with . Thumbs up all round! https://t.co/LavJuaeha8

02/01/18

Happy New Year to all our followers! Looking forward to starting a new term tomorrow - remember it will be Week 1 Wednesday!

15/12/17

Wishing all members of the school community a safe, happy and enjoyable festive period. We look forward to welcoming students back on Wednesday, January 3rd.

15/12/17

Read all about this half-term's news in our latest newsletter https://t.co/5jIvHYmurY

15/12/17

Congratulations to all of our award winners in today's celebration assemblies

15/12/17

Retweeted From de Stafford Reads

Well done to our de Stafford readers. The achievement board is bursting with good news! Who will be our first word millionaire? Watch this space... https://t.co/09wkST8XpV

15/12/17

Retweeted From de Stafford Reads

Books wrapped and ready for our Y7 Book Buzz event! Our thanks to the de Stafford PSA who kindly donated the funds so that every Year Seven will receive their very own reading book this https://t.co/I3QbckmkT4

15/12/17

Retweeted From de Stafford Reads

Final numbers of the year! Books read since September = 1,995. Number of words read = 39,989,703. A huge well done to all of our Y7 and Y8 de Stafford readers! https://t.co/v2IEggb4Ag

15/12/17

The December edition of our school newsletter is available to view now at https://t.co/5jIvHYmurY. We would like to wish all our followers a very Merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year.

12/12/17

We look forward to welcoming parents/carers/friends to our Christmas Music Showcase this evening at 6:30pm.

12/12/17

The surrounding roads are clear but please exercise extreme caution when walking on the pavements and entering the school site. Students are permitted to wear footwear appropriate for the icy conditions. The car park is particularly icy so try to avoid driving in to school.

12/12/17

We are open today but to give the site team additional time to grit the worst affected areas we will be operating a late start. Students will be expected in to SAM at 9:30am. Any student arriving early may go to the school canteen.

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.

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