Science

"To pass on the passion that teachers have for Science to develop inquisitive minds and a lifelong passion in students for the subject"

All teachers within the Science department aim to foster an interest, enthusiasm and Science. Students’ are encouraged to practice the skills associated with working scientifically as soon as they come to the Academy so that they are able to independently discover the answer to questions that enable them to understand the world around them.  Practical work is central to learning within DACA Science, providing students will robust skills which form the basis for discovery further along their learning journey.  Lessons are lively and active, providing opportunities for group, paired and independent work; these are designed to encourage independence and challenge.

Although independent learning is promoted within DACA Science, the faculty prides itself upon offering a network of support to students.  Students attendance at Breakfast, Revision and homework clubs is exceptional, with students expressing to us, they feel valued and supported with their studies. 

Literacy and numeracy are essential skills to enable students to access the curriculum, both of which are promoted and monitored during every lesson in DACA Science.  

Students are continually spoken to about the opportunities that scientific qualifications can offer them and career advice, along with individual students particular interests, help decide upon the learning route students will take.   

Science Team


Currently there are twelve full time Science specialist teachers and two technicians within the department:

  • Mr Ross Outhwaite - Faculty Director of Learning
  • Mr Stephen Clarke - Assistant Principal: Teaching, Learning and Assessment
  • Mr Keith Stansbie - Assistant Director of Learning: Physics
  • Mrs Aisha Khan - Assistant Director of Learning: KS3
  • Mr Jake Tattersall - Associate Assistant Director of Learning
  • Miss Emma Thomasson
  • Mr Matthew Topping
  • Mrs Nicola Penny
  • Mrs Tehseen Sange
  • Ms Barbara Roberts
  • Miss Natalie Wilkinson
  • Mr Tom Holding
  • Mrs K Tomlinson - Faculty Support Assistant
The Science department works well as a team and we have a nice mix of experience with specialism in all three Science covered well. We have ten dedicated Science laboratories classrooms, each with an interactive whiteboard, enabling staff to deliver a mixture of practical and theory lesson.




Extra-Curricular Clubs


  • KS3 Session 3 Homework club – Monday 3.30 – 4.30pm
  • KS4 Breakfast Club – Wednesday 7.45 – 8.40am
  • KS4 Session 3 – Monday 3.30 – 4.30pm
  • KS5 Session 3 – Thursday 3.30 – 4.30pm
  • KS5 Research club - Monday 3.30-4.30pm




Aims


  • To have high expectations of all students, enabling them to acquire the best possible qualifications.
  • To pass on the passion that teachers have for Science to develop inquisitive minds and a lifelong passion in students for the subject.
  • To provide an environment where students find Science intriguing, exciting, enjoyable and rewarding.
  • To offer opportunities outside of the curriculum to enhance students’ understanding and enjoyment of Science.
  • To provide students with literacy and numeracy skills which will enable them to have lifelong learning.
  • To provide students with career advice to provide scientists of the future in still developing career pathways.
  • To develop students’ scientific skills, including practical skills, problem solving, reasoning and logical thinking.
  • To engage and motivate students, allowing them to actively participate in all lessons.
  • To ensure that students have a smooth transition between all key stages, allowing for progressions in teaching and learning throughout their time at school.
  • To equip students to identify patterns encountered in diverse situations and to extrapolate from these.




Key Stage 3 - Overview


Students follow the National Curriculum in years 7 and 8 and then follow a preparation for GCSE scheme in year 9. Students able to do so begin the separate science qualifications of Biology, Chemistry and Physics in year 9. Results in a series of assessments taken throughout year 9, alongside AIG, dictate the route that students take at key stage 4.




Key Stage 4 - Overview


Students will follow the AQA GCSE Science (9-1) course with students entered at foundation or higher tier, as appropriate. The learning routes that are offered at Key-stage 4 are Dual award Science worth 2 GCSEs or Separate Sciences including Biology, Chemistry and Physics GCSE’s worth 3 GCSEs. At key-stage 5 A-levels in Biology, Chemistry and Physics along with BTEC Applied Science is offered to students who gain the entry requirements.




Contact


Mr R Outhwaite - ross.outhwaite@daca.uk.com