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Science

The FHS Science department comprises of eight full time science teachers with specialists in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.  Teaching in our fully equipped laboratory’s, technical support is provided by two full time science technicians.  Our ethos is to instill within our students an enthusiasm for science which will remain beyond their time with us.  As well as providing our students with in depth knowledge, our curriculum aims to encourage independent thought, practical skills and teamwork.

Key Stage 3 Science

Years 7 and 8 follow a two-year Key Stage 3 course, which aims to stimulate interest and underpin the thorough understanding of Science needed to be successful in their GCSEs.  Throughout the course students will gain experience of designing and carrying out their own experiments, researching current and past scientific ideas, and developing interpersonal skills such as teamwork.  At the beginning of Year 9, pupils will begin their GCSE course, ensuring enough time is allocated to achieve success in their science GCSEs.

Key Stage 4 GCSE Science

The Key Stage 4 curriculum is taught from year 9 giving pupils experience of the GCSE sciences before selecting their options later that year.  During Years 10 and 11, students have the opportunity to follow either a Combined or Separate Science GCSE route, the specifications being set by the AQA exams board.  Those following the Combined Science: Trilogy course cover fundamental areas of Biology, Chemistry and Physics, moving to more in-depth understanding during Year 11.  Students will leave with two GCSEs in Science, which will be graded from 1-9.  Students who follow the Separate (Triple) Science course will complete three separate GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.  In order to take Triple Science, students will need to express an interest in following the course on their options form and then achieve above the entry level requirement by the end of Year 9.

Extra-Curricular Activities

The Science Department hosts a full program of events delivered by local Universities, industry partners and national science organisations. The highlight of this program is Science Week, in March each year, with a full timetable of workshops experienced by all and the annual Year 7 trip to the Big Bang Science Fair at Birmingham's NEC.  Other regular trips and competitions add to the experiences on offer.

Science Clubs

Nature Club is already hugely successful with pupils taking care of the club’s tropical aquarium, Bruce the Crested Gecko and the gerbils.  The club is also in the process of overhauling its nature area which consists of a wildlife pond and an allotment area with a 48ft polytunnel.  The overall aim of the club is to foster an interest in the natural world in our students and provide a valuable area for cross-curricular study in the grounds of the school.

STEM Club is run in collaboration with the Technology, Engineering and Music teachers.  It offers the students the opportunity to explore the curriculum in greater depth whilst carrying out fun, practical activities at the same time.  Projects have included making exploding volcanoes, building solar ovens, racing balloon rockets, making slime and much more.

 

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