Science

Department Staff

Name Job Title Photo Twitter E-mail
Mrs R Severein Head of Science    
Mr B Barker Head of Science    
Mr C Medley Teacher i/c Chemistry    
Ms L Bellamy Teacher of Science
Head of Year 10
 
Miss S Winfield Teacher of Science
Head of Year 9
   
Mrs J Daubney Teacher of Science
QA Coordinator
   
Miss M Styles Teacher of Science    
Mrs A Hilton Teacher of Science    
Miss J MacLean Teacher of Science
Teacher of PE
   
Miss C May Teacher of Science
Assistant Headteacher
   
Mrs J Edwards Senior Science Technician    
Mr C Firby 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

2016 A-Level Results:

  A*-B A*-C A*-E
Biology 17% 33% 100%
Chemistry 50% 75% 100%
Physics     100%

2016 GCSE Results:

  A*-A A*-C A*-G
Biology 5.9% 48.4% 100.0%
Chemistry 6.6%  34.2% 100.0%
Physics 1.4% 37.1% 100.0%
Science     91.7%

 

 

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

YEAR 7

ARC 2

YEAR 7

ARC 3

YEAR 7

ARC 4

YEAR 7

ARC 5

YEAR 7

ARC 6

YEAR 8

ARC 1

YEAR 8

ARC 2

YEAR 8

ARC 3

YEAR 8

ARC 4

YEAR 8

ARC 4

YEAR 8

ARC 6

Years 9, 10 and 11 are Key Stage 4, they have 4 lessons per week.

Most students follow AQA Combined Science 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.

As well as separate A-levels in Biology, Chemistry and Physics, we also offer BTEC National Applied Science Extended certificate. This course comprises of 4 units:

  • Principles and Applications of Science
  • Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques
  • Science Investigation Skills
  • Physiology of Human Body Systems

The course still spans for 2 years, just as with the A-level courses, but comprised of assignments as well as an external written exam.

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