|Head of Department:|
Dr H Kyricou
King James’s enjoys an established reputation for the quality of its science teaching. We aim to foster a scientific understanding and interest in the world around us. Strong emphasis is placed on the applications of Science, and investigations into ‘real world’ problems are carried out alongside a wide range of other classroom activities. Members of the Faculty have set up innovative link projects with our family of primary schools and we have strong links with both York and Leeds University Education Departments. We also have links with local scientific establishments such as Harrogate District Hospital, Harlow Carr Gardens, Covance and Doncaster Wildlife Park.
Key Stage 3 Science is delivered using resources adapted from the Exploring Science course. The course is designed to develop the strengths of the Key Stage 2 Science curriculum and ensure progression through to Key Stage 4 particularly now with more emphasis on more challenging ideas in science. The course includes ‘How Science Works’ content and we have a large commitment to developing practical skills throughout Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 to complement the required practical component which accounts for 15% of the examined material for the updated specifications. Knowledge and content is used as a basis for teaching the skills of scientific enquiry, analysis and evaluation as well as the ideas behind the development of scientific theories. The topics covered are chosen to make Science interesting and inspiring for students. ICT is a common feature of Science lessons at King James’s and we have a full spectrum of web based electronic resources including subscription to “Doddle” and “Kerboodle” for both Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4.
At Key Stage 4 the majority of our students complete a combined Science GCSE which covers all three science disciplines. There is an opportunity for students to opt to study the separate sciences in Biology, Chemistry and Physics, which incorporate more subject content from each of the three sciences. We also offer Astronomy in the options subjects. Students are taught by well-qualified specialists in Chemistry, Physics and Biology. These courses provide a broad knowledge of science, whilst providing effective preparation for the many students who choose to study one or more of the separate sciences in Biology, Chemistry and Physics at A Level.