Wednesday, March 29, 2017


The Science department aims to show students and parents the “magic” of Science and how Science is part of absolutely every activity, every day. Science has helped us to know about things from the tiniest sub-atomic particle to the life cycle of the most massive star. We still know so little, though, about most of the universe, and we need to inspire new generations of Scientists to carry out research purely for the sake of knowledge. From this we hope that new technologies will enrich our lives, cure diseases and help us to protect our planet.


Craig Kelly Subject Leader  
Helena Taylor Assistant Subject Leader  
Helen Twyble KS3 Coordinator  
Lisa Clark Teacher of Science
(Head of Barle)
Briony Copsey Teacher of Science  
Helen Cowan Teacher of Science
(Head of Dart)
Naomi McDonald Teacher of Science  
Alison Walker Teacher of Science  
Doreen Pope Science Specialist
Teaching Assistant
Kathy Crocker Science Specialist
Teaching Assistant
Tracey Symns Senior Science
Science Technician  
Beckie Mead Science Technician   


Students at KS3 follow the “Fusion” two year course. The aim is to teach students in a way that allows them for think for themselves and to learn by investigation and research. We also aim to prepare students for the increasing demands of being tested on the work that has been carried out over a longer period of time, and to show them the links between different areas of Science and everyday life. Year 7 begins with the completion of a “Science Skills” course, to ensure that students have the practical skills to make the most of this investigative approach. Scientific method has as high a profile and scientific content.

Students at KS4, which begins in year 9, follow the AQA Science courses. The aim is to teach students in a way that fosters their increasing independence of thought and allows them to continue to learn through their own research and investigation. Students can opt for Triple Science at the end of year 9, if they have gained the equivalent of a level 6 at the end of the year. Triple Science involves the completion of three separate GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Students who do not take the triple science option go on to study all three sciences together, though still taught by specialist teachers, and gain two GCSEs.


Year 7 Year 8 Year 9 Year 10 Year 11

* Measurement

* Cells and Organisation

* The Particulate Nature of Matter

* Experimental Skills

* Scientific Attitudes

* Reproduction

* Atoms, Elements and Compounds: The Periodic Table

* Space Physics

* Forces

* Health

* Gas Exchange Systems

* Pure and Impure Substances

* Energy Changes and Transfers

* Analysis and Evaluation

* Photosynthesis

* Changes in Systems

* Magnetism

* Light & Space

* Ecology

* Our Planet

* Heat & Sound

* Health

* Sorting & Identifying

* Marvelous Metals

* Chemical Reactions

* Energy & Electricity

* Forces & Motion

* Biology

o Keeping Healthy

o Nerves and Hormones

o The Use and Abuse of Drugs

* Chemistry

o The fundamental ideas in Chemistry

o Limestone and Building Materials

o Metals and Their Uses

o Crude Oil and Fuels

* Physics

o The Transfer of Energy by Heating Processes

o Energy and Efficiency

o The Usefulness of Electrical Appliances

* Controlled Assessment

* Biology

o Interdependence and Adaptation

o Energy and Biomass in Food Chains

o Waste Materials from Plants and Animals

o Genetic Variation and its Control, Evolution

o Cells & Simple Cell Transport

o Tissues, Organs & Organ Systems

* Chemistry

o Other Useful Substances from Crude Oil

o Plant Oils and their Uses

o Changes in the Earth and its Atmosphere

o Structure & Bonding

o How Structure influences properties and uses of substances

* Physics

o Methods we use to Generate Electricity

o The Use of Waves for Communication and to provide evidence that the Universe is expanding

o Forces & their effects

o Kinetic Energy - speeding up & slowing down.

* Controlled Assessment

Triple Science

* Biology

o The Living Body

o Beyond the Microbes

* Chemistry

o How Much

o Chemistry out There

* Physics

o Space for Reflection

o Electricity for Gadgets

Double and Triple Science

* Biology

o Photosynthesis

o Organisms and Their Environment

o Proteins – their function and uses

o Aerobic & Anaerobic Respiration

o Cell Division & Inheritance

o Speciation

* Chemistry

o Atomic structure and analysis and Quantitative chemistry

o Rates of Reaction

o Exothermic & Endothermic Reactions

o Acids Bases and Salts

o Electrolysis

* Physics

o Currents in electrical circuits

o Electrical Safety and power

o Radioactive Decay

o Nuclear fission & fusion


Students will use their Science in a range of courses, from Hair and Beauty and Construction to AS and A2 Sciences. A qualification in Science is often seen as evidence that a student can communicate effectively, understand abstract concepts, and cope with analytical and logical tasks.

Students studying triple science are especially well prepared for AS and A2 courses in Biology, Chemistry and Physics at college.

These can lead to a range of degree courses and postgraduate study in subjects as diverse as Oceanography and Astronomy.

Last year the Science department’s first students gained a Bronze Crest Award in Science Club, congratulations to Charlotte Prentis and Rachel Mack.

The Science department boasts two THS Science clubs, currently planning for National Science and Engineering Week in March and the Big Bang Fair in the summer.

In addition 19 students at Rackenford Primary School gained their “SuperStar” Crest Awards with us this year.

THS/Rackenford CREST Awards Club

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