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Pupils

Science

At Reepham High School, all of our science teachers are experienced specialists.

We have a genuine love and enthusiasm for the subject, and in particular our specialist areas. Within the team you will find staff who have studied engineering, physical chemistry, human biology, psychology, cosmology and organic chemistry.

We want students to experience a well-rounded and engaging science curriculum, with plenty of practicals and opportunities to develop depth of knowledge.

We also offer the Youth Stem Award to further inspire and encourage our students into a future in science, technology, engineering or mathematics.

  • Mrs M Beale (Head of Science and Teacher of Physics)
  • Mr T Hull (Second in Department and Teacher of Physics)
  • Miss R Atyeo (Teacher of Biology)
  • Miss A Bradley (Teacher of Biology)
  • Mr B Daly (Teacher of Biology and Physics)
  • Mr C Derrett (Teacher of Chemistry)
  • Mrs F Edwards (Teacher of Biology)
  • Mrs K Lee (Teacher of Biology and Chemistry)
  • Mr P Thompson (Teacher of Biology and Chemistry)
  • Mrs L Gower (Senior Technician)
  • Miss W Bixby (Technician)

Key Stage Three

Year 7 and Year 8

Pupils are taught in mixed ability groups throughout the year. Schemes of work and resources are based on the Key Stage Three National Curriculum for Science.

Year 9

Pupils are taught in mixed ability groups throughout the year. Schemes of work and resources are based on the AQA Science specifications (see below). Students receive six, one-hour Science lessons a fortnight.

Key Stage Four

Exam Specification:
Double Science AQA - Combined Science GCSE (8464)

Triple Science   AQA - Biology GCSE (8461)

AQA - Chemistry GCSE (8462)

AQA - Physics GCSE (8463)

Students are taught by subject specialists in all GCSE’s and receive nine, one-hour Science lessons a fortnight in Year 10 and ten, one-hour Science lessons in Year 11.

In year 9 students will be able to choose whether they take the combined science or triple science GCSE course.


Combined Science

Students can continue to take science A-levels if they choose the combined science course, but they will need to aim for a grade 6 minimum to be accepted on most A-level science courses across Norfolk.

Number of GCSE’s awarded: 2

Tiers of Entry: Foundation or Higher, this has to be the same across all exams

Exams: Six 1 hour 15-minute exams, 2 in each specialist area.


Biology

Students will learn a range of fantastic science concepts including stem cells, many body systems, disease, plants, genetic engineering, complementing a future in sports science, medical services, nutrition, environmental science and agriculture.


Chemistry

In chemistry, students will learn about atoms, the Periodic table, bonding, chemical reactions, organic chemistry, metal extraction, water treatment and the environmental impact of human activities. This will complement a future career in environmental science, agriculture, fuels, food and forensics.


Physics

In physics students will study energy, electricity, particle model, radioactivity, forces, Newton’s laws of motion and waves. This will support a future career in agricultural engineering, architecture, computing, construction, plumbing, electrical work and sound engineering.


Triple Science

Number of GCSE’s awarded: 3

Tiers of Entry: Foundation or Higher, this can be different for each GCSE.

Exams: Six 1 hour 45-minute exams, 2 in each specialist area.

If students have a real passion and love for science, and if they would like to take science at A-level or beyond, then the triple science course would be suitable for them. Triple science will provide a stronger foundation for students who are very keen at learning science in the future. Past students who have undertaken this course have become doctors, engineers, astrophysicists, pharmacists, renewable energy sector workers, environmental science and marine biologist.

Students will learn the same content as the combined science but with some extra content in addition, some of which is listed below.


Biology

The brain, the eye, the kidneys, hormones, fertility, DNA structure, protein synthesis, food security, evolution as well as a deeper study of genetics.


Chemistry

Nanochemistry, deeper quantitative chemistry including atom economy in chemical reactions, fuel and chemical cells, alkenes, alcohols, polymerisation, ion tests and spectroscopy


Physics

Static electricity, gas and fluid pressures, uses and dangers of radioactive substances, nuclear fusion and fission, moments, wave uses and applications, lenses, black body radiation, applications of electromagnetism and space physics.

Key Stage Five

Reepham College offers A-level Biology, A-level Chemistry and A-level Physics. Please see the college website & prospectus for more details.

www.reephamcollege.com/for-students-and-parents/subjects


Accommodation and Resources

Science is taught in eight fully-equipped, modern laboratories. The laboratories form part of a purpose-built Science block (which also includes a large preparation room and office). All laboratories have whiteboards linked to projectors. The Science department is well-resourced. The school has two fully equipped ICT suites with thirty computers in each. The library is well stocked with Science literature.

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Extra-curricular Activity and Trips

The Science department offer a range of events and activities throughout the year.

These include:

  • GCSE and GCE revision days and twilights
  • Lunchtime support sessions for GCSE and A-Level students
  • Science Club
  • Regional competitions
  • Visits and trips
  • Impact Days
  • Visiting speakers
  • Astronomy evenings
  • Workshops
  • Involvement with the local community

* For detailed information on the Science curriculum, please refer to the Parents Guide to the Curriculum.

Our Schools

Synergy Multi-Academy Trust comprises fifteen Norfolk schools serving children between the ages of 2 and 18. Our schools work collaboratively together to raise standards and provide education of the highest possible standard, offering the best of opportunities for pupils. The Trust was initially established in 2015. We believe that all of our schools have strengths and areas to develop, and that all can improve through sharing expertise and wisdom. The Trust understands that there will be excellent practice in each school, and that every school will be able to contribute to the development of the Trust as a whole.

Our Schools

Synergy Multi-Academy Trust comprises fifteen Norfolk schools serving children between the ages of 2 and 18. Our schools work collaboratively together to raise standards and provide education of the highest possible standard, offering the best of opportunities for pupils. The Trust was initially established in 2015. We believe that all of our schools have strengths and areas to develop, and that all can improve through sharing expertise and wisdom. The Trust understands that there will be excellent practice in each school, and that every school will be able to contribute to the development of the Trust as a whole.

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