Introduction to Science at Plashet School

Science is at the heart of our lives and it is at the very core of the curriculum at Plashet. We aim to give all our pupils the opportunity to learn Science through discovery, discussion and investigation. Students can then apply this knowledge to their everyday lives. Students have many opportunities to get involved in extracurricular activities in Science.

We run a dedicated homework club for KS3 Science which is supervised by a member of teaching staff and run by the Science prefects. At KS4 we run a wide variety of intervention groups which are aimed at ensuring that all pupils make at least expected progress in Science.

We have a highly successful STEM (Science, Technology Engineering and Math) club which runs weekly throughout the year. Students also get the opportunity to go on many scientific visits to museums, industry and scientific lectures. Science week at Plashet is always an annual celebration of a huge range of fun and exciting activities and performances.

Curriculum Content

KS3

Our curriculum at KS3 is designed to allow pupils to develop the skills and gain knowledge and understanding of how Science works.

At KS3 we study science in mixed ability tutor groups and rotate through a wide variety of topics from understanding cells in Biology, through how atoms combine in Chemistry to electricity and magnetism in Physics, with a key emphasis on discovery through experimenting. We are following the Activate Kerboodle learning platform which is in line with the new KS3 Science curriculum.

KS4

At KS4 we gain a greater depth of knowledge through the application of the skills developed at KS3. KS4 students have the option to study triple, core and additional Science and BTEC Level 1 or BTEC Level 2 depending on which course most suits their attainment. We currently follow the OCR Gateway Specification for all Sciences except the BTECs for which we follow Edexcel.

From September 2015 students BTEC Level 2 will no longer be available but students will have the opportunity to study for a Single Science if that suits their specific needs

Contact Information

Please contact the school on info@plashet.newham.sch.uk for further information.

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