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.
2016 A-Level Results:
2016 GCSE Results:
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
Investigation: burning food
Solid, liquid, gas
Elements, compounds and mixtures
Relationships in the environment
Electricity and magnetism
Food for life
Cells and organ systems
Light and sound
Forces and motion
Nanochemistry and new materials
Photosynthesis and respiration
Rocks, the rock cycle and earth science
Electricity and magnetism extension
Health and disease, genetics and variation
Reactivity of materials
Ecology, photosynthesis, respiration
Acids and alkali
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|
|Chemistry||Atomic structure and the periodic table||Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter|
|Year 10||Term 1-2||Term 3-4||Term 5-6|
|Biology||Infection and response||Bioenergetics||Homeostasis and response
Year 10 exam
The rate and extent of chemical changes
| Organic chemistry
Year 10 exam
|Physics||Particle model of matter||Atomic structure
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
|Physics||Waves||Magnetism and electromagnetism
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: