Science


Science Key Stage 3

What can students do to develop their skills in this subject area?

  • Take part in the after Academy Science Club for KS3 that extends the KS3 curriculum.
  • Take a leading role in learning in lessons – contribute ideas and think critically about what you read and learn.
  • Research tasks are often set for homework; extend focus on these to bring back to lessons in order to discuss and debate.
  • Read the news, in particular BBC articles that cover science; these can be found at www.bbc.co.uk/news/science_and_environment.
  • Listen to the news – have a news app on the iPad and use it. When science is in the news, carry out additional research around the topic and what developments have recently been made in the science industry.

What websites could students visit to support the curriculum?

www.kerboodle.com
www.tollbaracademy.co.uk/about-vlebooks
www.twig-world.com
www.natgeokids.com

Can television and film assist with supporting the curriculum?

How can parents/carers help and what can be done at home?

  • Ask questions about the content of Science lessons and ask your son or daughter to explain scientific concepts to you.
  • Take opportunities to ask 'What would happen if…?' questions or present brainteasers to encourage your son or daughter to be inquisitive and seek out answers.
  • Visit places of scientific interest – for example, the National Space Station at Leicester, Eureka and Magna at Sheffield, The Museum of Science and Industry Manchester, The Natural History Museum, The London Planetarium and The Science Museum London (where interactive workshops may be available).
  • Connect science with holiday activities - visiting zoos, farms, aquariums, discussing nature on a walk or tide patterns when on a beach.
  • National Trust locations: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/woolsthorpe-manor, or Jodrell Bank in Manchester.
  • Talk to the older generation at home about how science has changed over the years.
  • Refer to this website for further ideas: www.rigb.org.

Science Key Stage 4

What can students do to develop their skills in this subject area?

  • Volunteer to help run the after Academy Science Club for KS3 that extends the KS3 curriculum.
  • Take a leading role in learning in lessons – contribute ideas and think critically about what you read and learn.
  • Research tasks are often set for homework; extend focus on these to bring back to lessons in order to discuss and debate.
  • Read the news, in particular BBC articles that cover science; these can be found at www.bbc.co.uk/news/science_and_environment.
  • Additional reading of articles in The New Scientist will extend learning.
  • Listen to the news – have a news app on the iPad and use it. When science is in the news, carry out additional research around the topic and what developments have recently been made in the science industry.
  • Attend after-Academy revision sessions.

What websites could students visit to support the curriculum?

www.kerboodle.com
www.tollbaracademy.co.uk/about-vlebooks
www.twig-world.com
www.s-cool.co.uk/gcse/chemistry
www.bbc.co.uk/education
www.rsc.org
www.nationalgeographic.com/science
www.youtube.com/user/thehealthcaretriage
www.youtube.com/user/Kurzgesagt
www.nuffieldfoundation.org/practical-biology

Can television and film assist with supporting the curriculum?

How can parents/carers help and what can be done at home?

  • Ask questions about the content of Science lessons and ask your son or daughter to explain scientific concepts to you.
  • Take opportunities to ask 'What would happen if…?' questions or present brainteasers to encourage your son or daughter to be inquisitive and seek out answers.
  • Visit places of scientific interest – for example, the National Space Station at Leicester, The Museum of Science and Industry Manchester, The Natural History Museum and The Science Museum London (where interactive workshops may be available).
  • Visit National Trust locations: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/woolsthorpe-manor, or Jodrell Bank in Manchester.
  • Encourage your son or daughter to attend after-Academy revision sessions.
  • Talk to the older generation at home about how science has changed over the years.

Biology Key Stage 5

What can students do to develop their skills in this subject area?

What wider reading can be completed to support the curriculum?

  • Nature and New Scientist magazines.
  • The Chemistry of Life - Steven Jones.
  • Language of the Genes and Almost Like a Whale - Steven Jones.
  • Genome - Matt Ridley.
  • The Wisdom of the Genes - Christopher Wills.
  • Darwin's Dangerous Idea - Daniel Dennett.
  • The Selfish Gene and The Extended Phenotype - Richard Dawkins.
  • Virolution - Frank Ryan.
  • Life Ascending - Nick Lane.
  • The Revenge of Gaia - James Lovelock.
  • 50 Genetic Ideas You Really Need to Know - Mark Henderson.
  • Zoobiquity - Barbara Natterson-Horowitz and Kathryn Bowers.
  • Creation: The Origin of Life - Adam Rutherford.
  • New A Level Biology: Year 1 & AS Complete Revision Guide & Practice with online Edition (OCR Biology 2017).
  • New A Level Biology: Year 1 & AS Complete Revision & Practice with Online Edition.
  • CGP Biology Revision Guide - OCR B.
  • Maths Skills for A level Biology - OXFORD.

Lectures and Public Events:

What websites could students visit to support the curriculum?

www.arkive.org
www.ted.com
www.thenakedscientists.com
Use of Afternoon Biology resources available on the VLE
www.nuffieldfoundation.org/practical-biology
www.youtube.com/user/Kurzgesagt
www.youtube.com/user/thehealthcaretriage
www.youtube.com/user/Kurzgesagt
www.youtube.com
www.kerboodle.com
www.tollbaracademy.co.uk/about-vlebooks

How can parents/carers help and what can be done at home?

  • Encourage your son or daughter to research university websites for potential career paths.
  • Encourage your son or daughter to engaged in enrichment pursuits involving the subject – for instance, taking part in the maritime survey 'Beachwatch'.
  • Encourage your son or daughter to visit local nature reserves, conservation areas, and botanical gardens.
  • Encourage your son or daughter to keep up to date on developments in Biology in the news and engage you in conversation about these.
  • Attend regular parents' evenings with teachers.
  • Purchase the relevant revision guides.

Chemistry Key Stage 5

What can students do to develop their skills in this subject area?

  • Complete past paper questions.
  • Use the resources on the V drive to go over content covered in lessons.
  • Use Kerboodle to complete interactive activities that test knowledge and understanding.
  • Keep notes/resources organised.

What wider reading can be completed to support the curriculum?

  • New Scientist Magazine (articles are often posted on social media).
  • RSC Magazine (requires subscription to the RSC but is often only £1 for students).
  • Chemistry - Zach Brock.
  • Principles of Biochemistry - Abraham White, Philip Handler and Emil Smith.
  • Chemistry for Changing Times - John Hill, Terry McCreary and Doris Kolb.
  • Materials Science - E. N. Ramsden.
  • The Periodic Kingdom - P. W. Atkins.
  • The Disappearing Spoon - Sam Kean.
  • CGP Chemistry Revision Guide - OCR B.
  • Maths Skills for A Level Chemistry (Oxford).

Lectures and Public Events:

What websites could students visit to support the curriculum?

www.ted.com
www.thenakedscientists.com
www.chemguide.co.uk
www.physicsandmathstutor.com/chemistry-revision
www.rsc.org
www.kerboodle.com
www.tollbaracademy.co.uk/about-vlebooks

How can parents/carers help and what can be done at home?

  • Encourage students to participate in work experience and further enrichment to broaden scientific experiences.
  • Encourage your son or daughter to assist with lower school extra-curricular clubs or support in lower school Science lessons.
  • Purchase revision guides.
  • Ensure your son or daughter has a good college/work/life balance.

Physics Key Stage 5

What can students do to develop their skills in this subject area?

  • Make use of the resources listed below to read around on the subject of physics, and discuss with peers/teachers/parents.
  • Use the IsaacPhysics website to recap prior knowledge and challenge themselves with questions in different contexts.
  • Ensure that they are using the textbook to its full potential – read ahead to future topics to allow class time to be spent delving deeper into the subject and asking questions to clarify understanding.
  • Use additional resources on the VLE/ V-drive.

What wider reading can be completed to support the curriculum?

  • In Search of Schrodinger's Cat and In Search of the Multiverse - John Gribben.
  • The Physics of the Impossible - Michio Kaku.
  • Hyperspace Marauder - Lo Khan.
  • Surely You're Joking Mr Feynman - Richard Feynman.
  • The Trouble with Physics - Lee Smolin.
  • How to Teach Quantum Physics to your Dog - Chad Orzel.
  • 50 Physics Ideas You Really Need to Know - Joanne Baker.
  • About Time - Adam Frank.
  • The Particle at the End of the Universe - Sean Carroll.
  • The Quantum Universe - Brian Cox and Jeff Forshaw.
  • CGP Physics Revision Guide - OCR B.
  • Maths Skills for A Level Physics - (Oxford).

Radio:

  • The Infinite Monkey Cage (BBC iPlayer) featuring Brian Cox and Robin Ince.

Lectures and Public Events:

What websites could students visit to support the curriculum?

www.isaacphysics.org
www.physicsandmathstutor.com
www.ted.com
www.thenakedscientists.com
www.rigb.org/christmas-lectures
www.iop.org
www.newscientist.com

How can parents/carers help and what can be done at home?

  • Discuss current lessons with your son or daughter – if they can explain what they are studying to parents/carers this will help them to develop a deeper understanding.
  • Parents/carers can also help by ensuring there is a quiet place to study at home, and encourage their son or daughter to organise their work.
  • When it comes to practising examination questions in timed conditions, parents can time their son or daughter and help them work through
  • Encourage your son or daughter to research university websites for potential career paths.
  • Encourage your son or daughter to visit science museums or the international space centre in Leicester.
  • Encourage your son or daughter to apply for work experience in a career of their interest.
  • Purchase relevant revision guides.

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