Overview

Science at Werneth School is an interesting and fascinating subject that aims to explain the world around us. Science is delivered by ten teachers who individually specalise in Biology, Chemistry or Physics. Science is a hands on subject at Werneth School and every opportunity is taken to develop practical and problem solving skills.

Key Stage Three

Year 7 students study Science through six one hour lessons over a two-week timetable. Year 8 students study Science through seven one hour lessons over a two-week timetable. During this time topics are taught in half termly blocks with students studying the fundamentals of Biology, Chemistry and Physics from atomic structure to cells and not forgetting electricity and magnetism.  

Key Stage Four

At key stage four students can choose from two different pathways in Science. A large portion of students choose to study Triple Science in their options and receive fifteen lessons over the course of their two-week timetable. The lessons are split equally between Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Pupils who chose this pathway will receive three GCSE grades. The second pathway enables pupils to study combined Science over nine lessons a fortnight and receive two GCSE grades. All classes at key stage four are taught to specialism and are allocated a separate Biology, Chemistry and Physics teacher. All pupils follow the AQA specification and are assessed by external examinations at the end of year eleven. The examinations require pupils to describe and explain specific practical procedures performed during key stage four as a replacement for the traditional controlled assessment element of the course.

A wealth of support is offered to students throughout both key stages including weekly revision clubs and specific intervention programs. We are a dynamic and helpful department who are dedicated to driving achievement for all students.

TASSOMAI

The Science department at Werneth School have invested in an online learning program called Tassomai for all our students.

Tassomai is an intelligent learning program that helps students achieve outstanding results.

Tassomai uses multiple choice style micro-quizzes to build knowledge, boost confidence and reduce exam stress.

The program will be used in school and can also be used outside of school as an app on a mobile device. All students will receive a daily goal of twenty-five questions to answer.

Rewards will be presented to students who consistently engage with the program outside of school.

For students in years seven and eight the program also includes a Maths and an English element.

The program was piloted with year eleven during the academic year of 2018-19. Students who used the program extensively and improved their accuracy when answering the quizzes achieved some truly outstanding results as illustrated below;

Name

Tassomai Accuracy

GCSE Grades

Yosab Salib

97%

9-9-9

Emily Aughton

80%

8-8-7

Kim Smith

86%

8-8-7

Nadia Hegerty

84%

8-8-7

Matthew Hill

75%

7-7

Rose Warburton

89%

8-8

Alex Charlwood

78%

8-8

Helki Kerrigan

81%

7-6

Abby Foster

92%

7-6

Lauren Smith

82%

6-6

Helen Irons

79%

6-6

Parents can monitor their child’s usage of the app by following the instructions that will be sent by Edulink in due course. In the meantime if you have any questions regarding the learning program please contact the subject leader of science;

mark.brighton@wernethschool.com

Any enquiries about Science can be made by emailing the address below...

science.enquiries@wernethschool.com