Science

Department Staff

Science

Mrs R Severein

Head of Science
[on maternity leave]

Mr B Barker

Acting Head of Science
Teacher i/c Physics

Mr C Medley

Teacher i/c Chemistry

Ms L Bellamy

Teacher of Science
Head of Year 9

Miss S Winfield

Teacher of Science
Head of Year 8

Miss J Dickinson

Teacher of Science

Miss M Styles

Teacher of Science

Mrs A Hilton

Teacher of Science

Miss C May

Teacher of Science
Assistant Headteacher

Mrs J Edwards

Senior Science Technician

Mr C Firby

Apprentice Science Technician

Introduction

At Lincoln Castle Academy, Science is taught as a single subject to Year 7 and Year 8 pupils, and in Year 9 the pupils experience the three ATs with specialist teachers as far as possible. All pupils are put into sets when entering the school, and progress is regularly monitored with termly tests as well as regular assessments. The Double Award Modular Science Course is followed at Key Stage 4 by all pupils whilst A-Level courses in Physics, Chemistry and Biology.

The Science Department comprises a suite of seven laboratories, six of which have been fully refurbished in recent years, and a teaching room. The preparation and storage areas are supplemented by two large staff work rooms where every teacher in the department has a desk and storage facilities for personal use.

The Science Department is led by a Head of Science and has 8 full time teaching staff and two laboratory technicians. The supporting management structure is defined by National Curriculum Key Stages, with teachers in charge of Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4. Currently four teachers take the responsibility to give guidance and leadership in the three specialised subjects at A-Level, as well as being expected to suggest solutions or approaches to teaching at any Key Stage level within their own specialised fields.

Department Successes

2015 A-Level Results:

Biology

%

A*-E

%

A*-C

Chemistry

%

A*-C

Curriculum

Year 7 and 8 are our keystage 3 years.

They have 4 lessons a week which includes 1 lesson of STEM weekly. 

The STEM classes include practical, problem solving and project work to boost aspiration and engagement in Science Technology Engineering and Maths.

Key Stage 3 Topics

YEAR 7

ARC 1

Investigation: burning food
Solid, liquid, gas

YEAR 7

ARC 2

Elements, compounds and mixtures
Forces

YEAR 7

ARC 3

Relationships in the environment
Electricity and magnetism

YEAR 7

ARC 4

Energy resources
Food for life

YEAR 7

ARC 5

Cells and organ systems
Light and sound

YEAR 7

ARC 6

Forces and motion
Environmental chemistry

YEAR 8

ARC 1

Reproduction
Nanochemistry and new materials

YEAR 8

ARC 2

Photosynthesis and respiration
Rocks, the rock cycle and earth science

YEAR 8

ARC 3

Electricity and magnetism extension
Health and disease, genetics and variation

YEAR 8

ARC 4

Space
Reactivity of materials

YEAR 8

ARC 4

Ecology, photosynthesis, respiration
Acids and alkali

YEAR 8

ARC 6

Energy and waves
Rates of reaction

Year 9,10 and 11 are keystage 4.

They have 4 lessons per week.

Most students follow the science combined trilogy, they study all three sciences and sit terminal exams at the end of year 11 to receive two grades. 

The course also includes required practicals which are delivered throughout these are formal practical tasks recorded into assessment books.

Our most able GCSE students follow triple science.

These students receive 6 lessons per week and again assessed through terminal exams however they will receive a qualification/grade in each discipline so three.

Year 9 Term 1-3 Term 4-6
Biology Cell biology Organisation
Chemistry Atomic structure and the periodic table Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter
Physics Energy Electricity

 

 

Year 10 Term 1-2 Term 3-4 Term 5-6
Biology Infection and response Bioenergetics Homeostasis and response

Year 10 exam

Chemistry Quantitative chemistry

Chemical changes

Energy changes

The rate and extent of chemical changes

 Organic chemistry

Year 10 exam

Physics Particle model of matter Atomic structure
Forces

Year 10 exam 

 

 

Year 11 Term 1-2 Term 3-4 Term 5-6
Biology Inheritance, variation and evolution Ecology Revision
Chemistry Chemical analysis Chemistry of the atmosphere

Using resources

Revision
Physics Waves Magnetism and electromagnetism

Space physics

Revision

 

 

All of our students in all three disciplines have only 4 lessons per week.

In the case of biology and chemistry this is split between 2 teachers. In physics this is one teacher. The examinations are terminal at the end of the two year course, in year 13.

Our Ethos and Values

At Lincoln Castle Academy, we value:

Hard work, perseverance and academic excellence

The development of character, compassion and responsible citizenship

Ourselves, each other and boundless ambition