Science at Westhaven School

Lower school science

Lessons are developed from National Curriculum units for key stages 1 and 2, with additional emphasis on acquiring key practical skills. The students have their lessons in the fully equipped science laboratory. The lessons are delivered in a practical way wherever possible and science is made fun and enjoyable for the students.

Middle school science

Lessons continue to be sourced from the National Curriculum and delivered in the science laboratory. The aim of the lessons in the middle school is to make sure that all students are taught the essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. Through building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, pupils will be taught to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. They will be encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring and predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.

Upper school science

At Westhaven school we are able to offer science at both entry level and GCSE level. From September 2016 new updated courses will be used due to the updating of the National curriculum. The courses are taught at the same time and there is an expectation that the GCSE students will have to complete extra tasks or research for homework.

Entry level

  • The students study the AQA scheme of work
  • Students can achieve Science entry level 1, 2 or 3, with level 3 being the highest level
  • The level the students achieve is based on marks from end of topic tests plus marks from a number of set practical tasks

Science at GCSE level

  • The students follow the AQA scheme of work
  • The Science GCSE is split into the 3 sciences; Biology, Chemistry and Physics
  • The qualification is obtained by sitting exams in each of the 3 sciences at the end of the 2 years of study
  • They also have to complete one extended controlled investigation, which they carry out independently