“There are two things I really care about when it comes to science lessons,” Mrs. Mulkern (Head of Science) “I want science lessons that stay in my students minds, that inspire them about the world around them and I want to make sure my students have the skills and qualifications they’ll need in the world of work, whether they go into a specific science job or not.”
To help this happen, Science lessons are carried out in our state of the art labs with a strong focus on the use of ICT as well as learning through practical investigations. Students work in small groups with their teacher and teaching assistant. Students often respond to challenges to allow them to work out how they are going to attempt a task, building a collaborative approach and the resilience needed to develop and manage projects and businesses in later life.
We also work in partnership with outside organisations. Below is a photo from a collaboration with a local veterinary surgery looking at the microorganisms that dogs feet bring into the home (the bacteria and mould were cultured from my dog’s paws by Y10 students). We have also incorporated resources by Practical Action and the Chilled Foods Association into our lessons.
GCSED Double Science is a core subject so all students at Robert Owen get to do the full spectrum of science topics (Biology, Chemistry and Physics) and their practical applications whether we are making Morse code machines or cosmetics.
There is a coursework element to science which counts for 25% of the course (10% from 2016). We are currently with OCR Gateway. The science exams in 2016 are on the 25th May and 10th June.