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The Science department at EGA is committed to equipping students with the skills to understand how science impacts on their daily lives. We want students to ask questions about the world they live in, that can be answered using scientific knowledge and techniques. We also want them to question the science news they read or watch, with a knowledge base that will help them to make informed decisions. They are taught and supported by specialist teachers from the full range of sciences, who plan and deliver interesting and engaging lessons. Students are encouraged to become independent learners and find answers out for themselves using a wide variety of resources. We have seven well equipped science labs for practical work and access to a wide range of textbooks and other resources. All labs also have interactive whiteboards, and two labs have a number of computer workstations.
Science at Key Stage 3
Students are taught in discrete half-term modules, based on Physics, Chemistry and Biology.
Students’ progress is regularly assessed throughout the modules by using a range of methods. Teachers use Assessment for Learning strategies to check the learning of students in lessons and encourage self and peer marking of work completed. At the end of each half term module, there is a range of assessment methods used including student presentations, information leaflets, practical reports, or written tests. The final assessment of student progress will be made using the information from these and previous assessments.
Study at Home for KS3
Students are given tasks to complete at home on a regular basis according to their timetables. These tasks can range from completing an experimental report, or doing a worksheet, to carrying out some research or producing a model or poster.
There are many websites which can assist in the completion of these tasks:
Revision guides and textbooks
Science at Key Stage 4
At GCSE students follow the Twenty First Century Science course, from the OCR exam board. They can take either a Double GCSE Science course – Core and Additional Science, or a Triple GCSE Science Course – Biology, Chemistry and Physics. All these courses are modular, with Unit exams taken after two years. There are also controlled assessment coursework components of different types, depending on the particular course.
The Triple Award course consists of all the units above as well as three extra modules.
Biology & the Ecosystem, Sustainable Chemistry and Studying the Universe
Study at Home for KS4
Students are provided with revision booklets containing questions based on the theory covered in lessons. Students are expected to work through these questions while covering the topic in class or before the exam.
Revision guides can be purchased from most bookstores, but please check that it covers the correct exam board – OCR Twenty First Century Science. Alternatively, revision books can be purchased from the Science Department. Guides are available for both Core, Additional and Triple Science
The following links can be followed to access the theory of topics studied or use the OCR website to access past exam papers.
Winner of 2011 First Woman Award inspires year 10 Physics Students. (EGA newsletter Friday 2nd December 2011)
Planetary Scientist gives a talk, with real Moonrocks.
Girls invited by American Embassy for a presentation by NASA Administrator at Imperial College