Welcome to the Science Department

Students follow an in house scheme of work in years 7-8 and have 6 lessons per week. Pupils will spend equal time studying biology, chemistry and physics. In order to make links with GCSE the pupils are taught in discreet topics of biology, chemistry and physics. The scheme of work is designed to be investigation led so pupils acquire the necessary scientific skills for GCSE. Pupils are encouraged to complete challenging work so they secure ambitious rates of progress in lessons. The curriculum at Nottingham Free School follows the national curriculum and has been adapted so pupils have a sound understanding of the concepts they require for GCSE and A-level. The curriculum is constantly adapted to meet the changing demands of GCSE and A-Level. Homework is set twice a week and assessment occurs formatively in lessons, through end of unit tests and in examinations taken in January and May.

During science lessons pupils will have the opportunity to develop and learn many new skills including:

  • Investigative skills through experiments
  • Scientific enquiry by asking ‘why?’
  • Numeracy: graph drawing, calculating the mean, completing scientific calculations
  • Literacy: by writing up scientific experiments and explaining scientific concepts
  • Evaluation skills as pupils examine their experiments and scientific theories

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