In this year pupils are introduced to the main elements of science:
- Electricity and Magnetism
- Light and Sound
- Chemical Reactions
- Acids and Alkalis
The work is practically based and includes an introduction to tables, bar charts and graphs. It is designed as a preparation for the remainder of the science curriculum.
Years 8, 9, 10, 11:
Pupils follow the OCR Entry Level Science course leading to a qualification in Year 11. The units followed cover the main areas of biology, chemistry and physics. There are school based tests every few weeks to give immediate feedback of progress and maintain interest. These are supported by assessment of practical skills and a research task.
In year 11 the Entry Level course is developed to allow entry to the OCR GCSE Gateway Science Suite for those pupils who are capable of achieving the qualification.
The school grounds are used to support the science curriculum including a study of the ecology of the school site and using the playground for launching water rockets and measuring the distance travelled.