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Science

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We firmly believe that the study of science brings us closer to our creator Almighty Allah (SWT). As mentioned in the glorious Quran: 

“Verily, in the creation of the heavens and the earth, and in the alternation of night and day, and the ships which sail through the sea with that which is of use to mankind, and the water which Allah sends down from the sky and makes the earth alive therewith after its death, and the moving creatures of all kinds that He has spread therein, and in the veering of winds and clouds which are held between the sky and the earth, are indeed proofs, evidences, signs for people of understanding.” (Qur’an 2:164)

The study of science helps pupils’ understanding of the world around them and offers opportunities for them to find explanations. They are encouraged to link practical experience with scientific ideas. Experimentation and modeling are used to develop and evaluate explanations, encouraging critical and creative thought. Pupils learn how knowledge and understanding in science are rooted in evidence.

Pupils discover how advances in science contribute to technological change – affecting industry, business and medicine and improving quality of life. They learn to question and discuss issues that may affect their own lives, the directions of societies and the future of the world.

According to the Department for Education:

“Learning and understanding activities in science contributes to achievement of the curriculum aims for all young people to become:

  • Successful learners who enjoy learning, make progress and achieve
  • Confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives
  • Responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society. “

Curriculum

KS3 (Years 7, 8 & 9)

At KS3, all pupils follow the National Curriculum for Science in order stimulate their interest in the physical universe. The curriculum consists of an interesting line up of topics taught by an enthusiastic team of teacherswho develop pupils’ skills to engage in, explore and explain the world around them.

Years 7, 8 and 9 are taught in different ability groups and have 4 lessons per week.
The topics covered at KS3 are:

  • Organisms, Behaviour and Health
  • Chemical and Material Behaviour
  • Energy, Electricity and Forces
  • The Environment, Earth and Universe

Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11)

In years 10 and 11 pupils embark on GCSE Science (Core and Additional respectively) taught by Science specialists. The examining body for Science KS4 is OCR; the specifications for Gateway Science B and Additional Science are covered.  By the end of KS4, all our pupils achieve 2 GCSEs in Science. The school will offer separate sciences from September 2013.

Pupils are taught in different ability groups and have 5 lessons per week.

At both key stages, lessons consist of a variety of activities including questioning, discussion, making links, problems solving, decision making and group work as well as independent learning. Practical work is a significant part of lessons and this may be a simulation, role play or lab activity.

Pupil progress throughout KS3 and KS4  is monitored in a number of ways such as homework tasks, practical work, presentations, pupil - teacher discussions, end of topic tests and finally the end of year examination.

Research tasks and Islamic perspectives are incorporated throughout the curriculum for each year group. For example, in year 8 pupils look at the importance of various predator-prey relationships and appreciate the fact that Allah (SWT) is the ultimate provider of Rizq:

“There is no moving creature on earth but its sustenance depends on God: He knows the time and place of its definite abode and its temporary deposit: All is in a clear Record.” (Qur'an 11: 6)

Science Opportunities out of Lessons

The Science department prides itself in arranging various useful and interesting visits to local and national museums, and science centres. The following visits have taken place during academic year 2011-2012:

    • Year 7 Think Tank science museum
    • Year 8 Leicester Space Centre
    • Year 9 Bristol science museum
    • Year 10 Birmingham University
    • Year 11 Think Tank science museum

Pupils have opportunities to participate in:

  • Science clubs for years 7,8 and 9 every Friday in the laboratory
  • Regular external competitions
  • Science links with other subjects to provide cross-curricular learning.

During Science Week (March 2012) the department managed to re-enact “The Weakest Link” testing the contestants’ knowledge of Science in Key Stage 3 and 4 and was enjoyed immensely by pupils and staff alike.

Results

The Science Department has an impressive record of A*-C grades.  2011 results had a 93% A* - C in Additional Science and 64% in Core Science.

Staff

There are four teachers in the Science Department.

Mrs N. Nadeem

Ms A. Begum

Mrs A. Tariq

Ms Z. Siddiqui