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Our Science Department believe Science should be a fun and enjoyable experience for pupils which is why we have  developed what we hope is a colourful, exciting and interesting programme for your son. At De La Salle your son can look forward to opportunities to develop his thinking skills and personal capabilities through learning experiences such as:


Experiments and investigations                                                                             Data Logging

Poster making, producing brochures, menus and advertisements                          producing and presenting top quality power point presentations

Team work and group activities                                                                             Video clips/ICT

Debates/discussions                                                                                               iPads

Video conferencing                                                                                                Designing              

Role play                                                                                                                Interactive web activities...and much much more...





Our Team

 We have 3 experienced teachers and a dedicated science technician in our department:


Ms Jenny Webb (HOD)

Mrs Catherine Sira

Mrs Irene Stokes

Mr Paul Tweedie (Technician)


The teachers form a very effective team, showing consistency in terms of approaches to teaching and learning and classroom management.  We have a great deal of experience in raising levels of achievement.


The Science Department always strives to raise levels of achievement.  With regular department meetings and through action plans we're always trying to improve how we do things, how we teach and how we can make sure that all our pupils receive and enjoy the best possible education.  We're also not afraid to ask our kids what THEY think -  be it through getting their opinions on after school clubs, trips or by listening to the student council voice.


We're always open to share learning within the school and also externally - for example, the Royal Society of Chemistry contacted us specifically to discuss the good practice within our department.




Departments Aims and Objectives


We expect all pupils, irrespective of background, to achieve their full potential.  We aim to:


Provide a caring and safe environment in which pupils can develop key skills.

Prepare pupils for adult life in a society that is increasingly dependent on the application of Science & Technology.

Provide a broad and balanced curriculum that makes a significant contribution to pupil's personal, social, health and citizenship education.


Furthermore, the skills that pupils develop as they study Science will be some of the most valuable and transferable that they will gain during school.  Problem solving & planning, managing information, working with others, communication and presentation skills, maths and ICT help prepare students for any career they may choose.



What facilities and resources are available to teach Science?


Our department comprises 3 Science laboratories.  All laboratories are equipped with an interactive whiteboard and Apple TV. 

Each laboratory is fully equipped and resourced to carry out all experiments appropriate to the Ni curriculum.  Experiments are sometimes carried out electronically using temperature, pH, carbon dioxide, light sensors and light gates.


Each teacher has a PC and iPad which are used to produce gather and store an abundance of interactive and high quality resources including networked software, presentations, websites and e-books.  We periodically bring our pupils to the ICT suite to produce graphs, research, gather and present Information; and test their knowledge and understanding via interactive websites.


In addition to the whole school homework app, the Science department have so far tried, tested and incorporated four applications into our teaching, which we believe enhance learning among our students.  'Socrative' allows us to test pupils prior to their end of topic tests.  'Socrative' provides instant feedback allowing teachers to immediately identify any weaknesses in learning which we can then address.  'Showbie' allows us to quickly send worksheets, revision lists and other resources to pupils.  Pupils can also return work to teachers using this app if required. 'Explain Everything' allows us to photograph experiments and view pupils work using Apple TV.


How often is Science taught?


At Key Stage 3 (Yrs 8-10) :  pupils receive approx. 4 x 30 min periods of  Science per week, taught as 2 double periods.


At Key Stage 4 (Yrs 11-12) :  Single award and GCSE students receive 5 x 30 min periods a week and double award GCSE pupils receive 10 x 30 min periods per week.


BTEC (Yrs 13-14) :  10 x 30 min periods per week.




What courses do pupils follow at Key Stage 4?


At present all pupils are entered for GCSE and streamed within the department into foundation and higher tier.  Pupils can choose Single Award Science GCSE or Double Award Science following the CCEA specification.



Applied Science BTEC Level 3

The course aims to teach scientific principles and how to work in a laboratory situation.  This is a practically based course with the underpinning scientific theory being taught at an academic level.  The full course comprises of 6 units - pupils will study 3 units in Year 13 and the final 3 units in Year 14.  Some of our past students have continued to follow Science courses at University and are currently studying Radiography, Biomedical Sciences and Nursing

Literacy & Numeracy

Whilst Science is our priority we realise the importance of numeracy and literacy across the curriculum.  There is a whole school literacy and numeracy policy which we have adapted for our department.  In particular our Year 8 pupils spend 3-4 weeks working through a numeracy booklet to reinforce basic numeracy in Science.  All pupils should have access to dictionaries and spelling lists in each laboratory.  Labelled diagrams of common apparatus are displayed in all laboratories.  Each pupil at Key Stage 3 has a literacy correction code inside their notebooks and a writing frame to guide them when writing up practical work. 

Pupils ability to revise is developed through periodic learning homeworks.  We believe it is important that children are told the focus of each lesson and so we share learning intensions with our pupils at the start, during and at the end of each class.


A supportive environment

 We believe our department is a supportive and friendly place where pupils of all abilities will have the opportunity to learn and enjoy Science in a positive and rewarding environment






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