Science

Science at Hollingworth will inspire scientific curiosity, engage pupils and provide the skills and knowledge to understand the world around them.

The Curriculum

Key Stage 3

Pupils in Years 7, 8 & 9 receive three 60 minute lessons a week with homework each week, as is the policy at Hollingworth. Pupils are taught in set groups. Progress is tracked and monitored in accordance with agreed procedure. Pupils complete a baseline assessment on entry in Year 7 and will complete three National Curriculum assessments a year.

KS3 Curriculum Plan

Year 7 Curriculum Plan

Year 8 Curriculum Plan

Year 9 Curriculum Plan

Key Stage 4

All pupils study GCSE Science; the Science department follows the AQA syllabus. Pupils will study GCSE Combined Science in Year 10 and Year 11. Running alongside this; Triple Science (GCSE Biology, GCSE Chemistry and GCSE Physics) is chosen as an option and is studied by approximately 25% of the cohort, pupils will complete the remaining units for the Separate Science qualifications.

KS4 and additional Curriculum Plan

Specifications

AQA GCSE Biology (8461)

AQA GCSE Chemistry (8462)

AQA GCSE Physics (8463)

AQA GCSE Combined Science: Trilogy (8464)

Extended Curriculum

Working in collaboration with both the Maths and Technology departments we run a STEM club for our Year 7 pupils.

The Gardening Club ‘Mowtivators’ runs in the Spring and Summer terms for Key Stage 3 pupils.

The Hollingworth Ecology Garden provides a multi habitat environment. The pond is already home to hundreds of developing frogs, the odd newt, water flies and an abundance of micro-organisms. Microscopic study of these organisms takes place during science lessons and pond dipping activities.

An overseas trip to visit the Large Hadron Collider in CERN, Geneva, where Nobel Prize winning Physics experiments are carried out by a team of international scientists is available to Key Stage 4 pupils.

Homework and independent Learning

Pupils are encouraged to demonstrate that they can be independent learners, the Science section of the schools VLE is populated with a variety of resources to support pupils.

Revision

We offer after school support throughout the year for all pupils.

An extensive revision programme is in place for Year 11 pupils to support them with their preparation in the approach to the GCSE examinations.

Enrichment

The department is committed to a broad approach to the subject. There are many enrichment opportunities built into the curriculum for all pupils to access.

In addition, pupils experience a ‘Science Careers’ enrichment event and visits to Chester Zoo, Jodrell Bank and the Big Bang fair feature over the course of the academic year.