Science is taught in a suite of five interlinking laboratories each with attached prep rooms. The department consists of five specialist teachers, two support staff and a lab technician.
Teaching is focused on making Science relevant, engaging and informative and linking it to the real world. Pupils have the opportunity to explore scientific ideas through practical applications both in the laboratory and outside.
To underscore the importance of Science in all aspects of everyday life, the department liaises with other subject areas and makes extensive use of technology.
At Key Stage 3, pupils follow an in-house Scheme of Learning which develops pupils’ scientific skills in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
In Biology, pupils investigate and learn about the living organisms including animals, plant, micro-organisms and also about the environment and feeding relationships.
In Chemistry, pupils develop their understanding of environmental and physical chemistry through carrying out practical investigations on chemical reactions. Pupils learn the fundamental ideas of chemistry such as atoms, elements, compound and mixtures.
In Physics, pupils discover the wonders of the physical world around them and beyond. Topics include learning about particles, forces and the universe.
Pupils follow the AQA GCSE Science course completing GCSE Science in Year 10 and GCSE Additional Science in Year 11. Pupils have three exams and a controlled assessment in Year 10 and in Year 11.
Topics are split into Biology, Chemistry and Physics. In Biology, pupils further their learning of topical issues such as stems cells, IVF and genetic engineering. In Chemistry, pupils further their understanding of properties of chemical substances and their uses. They also explore the environmental impact humans have on the planet and the implications this has for future generations. Finally, in Physics, pupils discover how the universe began and also explore future options for alternative energy resources.
Pupils receive regular homework assignments, increasing in duration and difficulty over time.
Health and Safety is an important consideration in Science and pupils are expected to observe explicit rules and requirements set down by the department at all times.
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NLC consists of four schools, covering a full range of ability from 3 - 19 years. Each school has its own distinctive ethos and identity but all share the common goal of catering to the specific needs of each student.