Wightwick Hall School

A Business & Enterprise College

Developing Life Skills through Ethical Business Education

Tinacre Hill, Compton,
Wolverhampton, WV6 8DA
Tel: 01902 761889 or 761658
Fax: 01902 765080
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Welcome to the Science Department

The science curriculum at Wightwick Hall introduces key scientific concepts early in KS3 and then builds on them to develop more complex ideas. In science all pupils experience hands on investigation developing motor skills, social skills and the ability to work scientifically. The department is fully equipped to run courses up to GCSE and has a fully functioning science laboratory. Equipment is adapted to make the most of all needs within the school, from easy assemble circuits to visual models of body parts.

Gates Dept ( Class 3 and 4 ) delivery of science through Equals Moving On 5 year programme.

Adventurer- heating and Cooling, electricity and man-made energy, mini beasts and insects
Explorer-materials in the home, natural energy, endangered species,
Traveller-recycling and composting, machinery, plants and growth
Voyager- the human body, forces, climate and climate change
Globetrotter- industry and production, the solar system, habitats on land and sea.

Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 and 9)

At KS3 pupils follow a syllabus designed to provide students with solid scientific foundations. These are gradually developed into more complex ideas in preparation for KS4 study. Examples of the topics studied are shown in the table below:

Autumn 1Autumn 2Spring 1Spring 2Summer 1Summer 2
Cycle 1 Cells Particles and their behaviour Forces Adaptation and Inheritance Elements, Mixtures and Compounds Light and Sound
Cycle 2 Health and lifestyle Separation techniques The Earth Reproduction Metals and acids Motion and Pressure
Year 9 The human body Environment, evolution and inheritance Elements, mixtures and compounds 2 Chemistry and our world Energy, forces and matter Electricity and magnetism

Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11)

The majority of Bannatyne pupils follow the new linear combined science GCSE; AQA Synergy. Over the two years they cover topics such as; Interactions with the Environment, Building blocks of Life and Guiding Spaceship Earth towards a sustainable future. There is also an AQA Entry Level option which is delivered simultaneously to ensure that every pupil gets the most from science.

SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development) and British Values in Science

• Students develop spiritually through consideration of issues such as the structure of the solar system and the study of the living world.
• Moral development is enhanced when students consider the effects of human activity on the planet and the ethical implications of advances in scientific understanding e.g. the application of genetic manipulation.
• Students develop socially when working as a team to design experiments and share their results. They learn about how scientists share their research and develop skills in providing constructive feedback to peers, whilst respecting each other’s ideas.
• Cultural development is enhanced by consideration of the work done by various scientists e.g. Franklin, Darwin, and Wegener.

The following are examples of how Modern British Values are developed within the science curriculum:
• Students consider the laws which govern the development of new scientific discoveries such as genetic manipulation, cloning and nanotechnology.
• Students consider the ethical implications of new scientific discoveries for particular groups within society (e.g. people with disabilities) and have opportunities to debate a variety of scenarios.
• Students consider the treatment of scientists throughout history and examine the reasons why certain scientists were not believed e.g. Darwin
• Students have the opportunity to learn about the impact of scientists from around the world on the things we take for granted today.