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Science

Science challenges students to engage with and explain the world around them for their own curiosity and future development.

Science enables students to understand why something works the way it does and allows them to gain theoretical and practical skills. Science provides hands on development of literacy, numeracy and a global world view whilst exploring the ethics of certain practices.

Meet the team

  • Miss Williams - Head of Science
  • Mr Radmall - Asst Head of Science
  • Mr Crozier - Lead Practitioner
  • Miss Orford - Head of PSHE
  • Miss Hawkins - Head of Year 9
  • Miss Evans - Science Teacher
  • Mr Clark - Science Teacher
  • Dr Chiariello - Science Teacher
  • Mr Cirelli - Science Teacher
  • Mrs Lancaster - Science Technician

Miss Williams - Science explains the world around us. I believe that everyone should learn about science to ensure they can make well informed decisions. It could be decisions about renewable energy and the consequences of global warming, the spread of disease and importance of vaccinations or even just understanding how our bodies work. My favourite part of Science is Physics, in particular Mechanics. I love the collaboration between maths, science and problem solving to really understand how things work. 

Mr Radmall - I love working with young people and I love the doors that Science can open to our understanding of our world and Universe.  With this in mind, this is why I love teaching Science at Mangotsfield School.

Mr Crozier - For me, science begins with curiosity. How does it work? What is it made of? Why does it happen? We're all born with a natural instinct to ask these questions, but it's easy to take for granted how amazing the world around us truly is. I like that science teaches us how to find the answers to our curiosity through study and investigation and experiment, so we can discover whether our theories are right or wrong. Sometimes there are answers we don't know, like why can't time run backwards, or what is energy made of? What makes me a conscious living being? Is a virus alive? Can we reverse global warming? But that just means we will need to be even more curious about science in future…

Miss Orford - Why do I teach Science? Easy - it encompasses everything. It’s an amazing subject that covers an astounding amount of content that there’s guaranteed to be something for everyone. It’s so very important for the future of our planet and human community that young people are instilled with the knowledge and skills in order to make positive change… be it to know what sources of information are reliable and critically analyse articles to make an informed decision about whether to get a vaccine, or the skills to be able to fix the plastic pollution problem, or the ability to calculate the tensile strength of materials for an engineering project; Science will give you the tools to do it. I love being able to support our students with shaping their future through the magic of Science.

Miss Hawkins- Science has allowed me to answer some of the biggest questions in the world and as it is constantly evolving there is always something new to discover. My favourite area is organic chemistry as well as the bright colours of the transition elements. 

Miss Evans - For me, the thing that makes science so wonderful to teach is that it's not just about the varied knowledge you cover in lessons, but also the skills it allows you to develop. Not only does the lesson content allow you to feel knowledgeable when you go to the doctors, or need to change a fuse or watch an article about climate change in the news, but the skills you learn such as thinking critically help you to decide whether something you see on social media is likely to be true for example. Not many subjects teach you a way of thinking as well as a wealth of knowledge! 

Mr Clark - Science keeps me humble but confident. It lets me make informed decisions, lets me see the impact my life has on the planet, and impress my friends when I know how things work. I teach science because people deserve to know what’s going on. We stand on the shoulders of giants.

Dr Chiariello - I have been studying science for ages and I still have things to learn about it, this is what makes science so interesting. I like teaching science because every lesson it’s an opportunity to share my passion and to encourage students’ curiosity. My favourite topic is Charles Darwin’s Theory of Evolution.

Mr Cirelli - Science is the pursuit of truth and aims to explain the natural world around us from the composition of matter to the entire Universe itself! Whatever your interests and passions are, science can be used to explain and that's why I love teaching science. From sports to history; science can be incorporated into helping understand and solve problems from every aspect of life. In particular my favourite part of science is the study of Space, with there still being so much undiscovered it leaves much for the future generation of scientists to explore! 

Mrs Lancaster - I help Science to be a fun, exciting and safe experience for the students by doing class experiments and demos. My favourite areas are Biology and Chemistry.

The Science Programme of Study KS3

YEAR 7 

Term 1: Atoms, Elements & Compounds

Term 2: Cells and Energy & Circuits

Term 3: Reactions and Forces

YEAR 8

Term 1: Energy and Groups & Bonding

Term 2: Cells to Organisms

Term 3: Reactivity and Motion

YEAR 9

Term 1: Cell Structure and Atoms

Term 2: Waves and Infectious Diseases

Term 3: Electricity and Groups & Bonding

The Science Programme of Study KS4

YEAR 10 

Term 1: Neutralisation & Electrolysis and Transport in Cells

Term 2: Particles and Structure & Bonding

Term 3: Forces & Motion 1

YEAR 11

Term 1: Magnetism & Electromagnetism and Organic Chemistry

Term 2: Homeostasis & Response and Forces & Motion 2

Term 3: Quantitative Chemistry and Variation & Evolution

Exam Board: AQA

Course Title: GCSE Combined Science: Trilogy 

Exam Weighting: 100% Assessment

Students will complete six equally weighted exams at the end of Year 11, including the assessment of required practical activities. Students must study all three Sciences and will receive two GCSE grades that combine all three Sciences into an average

Important textbooks, resources and websites that we use at each Key Stage

Textbooks: CGP Science Textbooks and Exam Practice Workbook.

Websites: BBC Bitesize, Tassomai and AQA website where assessment resources (past paper questions and mark schemes) are available.

Homework in Science

Year 7 & 8 - Students will complete a weekly Google Quiz. The Quiz will be based on the learning that week and will incorporate exam style questions and a challenge question. 

Year 9, 10 & 11 - Students will complete their weekly goal on the Tassomai app. 

Year 11 - Students in Year 11 also follow the Steps to Success booklet that has a revision timetable and subject content mapped out.

Enrichment opportunities in Science

This year 2021-2022 we have many exciting enrichment opportunities planned. Some of these include:

  • We The Curious - workshops and planetarium shows
  • Bristol University Workshops
  • External speakers - Sexual Health Circus, Careers in Science etc
  • Mangotsfield School Science Week 2022 (11th to 20th March)
  • Year 6 Taster Sessions