Departments – Science

The Science Department sets high expectations and standards, and aims to guide all students to achieve their full potential. The Science Department has created an environment that encourages good behaviour and promotes achievement; where students feel valued and secure and are inspired and motivated. We aim to provide lifelong skills to confident individuals who are prepared for careers in scientific fields and have the understanding make informed decisions in the modern world.

Through their Science lessons students will:

  • become actively involved in their own learning;
  • enjoy learning about Science and find interest, challenge and fulfilment;
  • be prepared and suitably qualified to continue their scientific studies at universities worldwide;
  • develop an increased awareness of the relevance and significance of Science in today’s world and of its social, economic and environmental applications and implications locally, in Africa and beyond;
  • be encouraged to become scientifically literate members of society by improving their knowledge and understanding of Science;
  • become equipped for adult life by developing scientific skills such as curiosity, objectivity and perseverance, and by exposure to scientific processes such as observing, criticising and evaluating information.

Curriculum

Years 7 – 9 

Students follow a curriculum based on the Exploring Science: Working Scientifically scheme of work, which continues to develop skills and theories taught in the Primary School while introducing students to new skills and concepts in preparation for the IGCSE course in Years 10 – 11.  Students will experience a wide range of activities including practical investigations, student-led explorations and activities promoting scientific literacy and numeracy.  They are issued an excellent companion textbook for use in independent and directed learning.  Assessment for each unit is in the form of an assessment for learning activity, a skills assessment and a summative test.  Students in Years 7 – 9 are expected to review their learning between lessons and are encouraged to complete extension activities which deepen their understanding of the key concepts and add context to their learning.

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Years 10 – 11 

Students have the option to select up to three subjects from Physics, Chemistry and Biology.  Each subject follows the Cambridge international IGCSE curriculum, which is recognised by leading universities and employers worldwide. The courses at St Constantine’s have an emphasis on learning through experiment and exploration with a focus to provide the understanding and skills to excel in the culminating theory and practical skills examinations. Students in Years 10 – 11 are expected to show higher levels of independent study and are assisted in maintaining a revision programme throughout the course.  Assessment throughout the course reflects the requirements of the final IGCSE examinations incorporating multiple choice questions (Paper 1 or 2), structured questions (Paper 3 or 4) and practical skills questions (Paper 6).

Years 12 – 13 

Students have the option to select up to three subjects from Physics, Chemistry and Biology.  Each subject follows the Cambridge international AS and A Level curricula, which aim to develop a deep understanding of subjects and independent thinking skills and to provide a thorough preparation for university studies.  Students in Years 12 – 13 are expected to show high levels of independent learning with at least 5 to 6 hours of private study per week during study periods and outside of school hours.  Students will plan and carry out a variety of more challenging practical activities and investigations involving planning and evaluating experiments and in depth analysis of qualitative and quantitative data.  Assessment reflects the style and content of the final AS and A Level examinations taken at the end of Year 12 and 13 respectively and include multiple choice questions (Paper 1), structured questions (Paper 2 & 4) and practical skills questions (Paper 3 & 5).

Facilities

Science lessons are taught in five dedicated, fully equipped laboratories. The department is fitted with a fume cupboard, and all labs are equipped with first aid kits and fire safety equipment. All labs are fitted with projectors for audio-visual presentations.  We have two preparation rooms for the preparation and storage of chemicals and experimental equipment overseen by two technicians.

Science Fair

Each year St Constantine’s holds a Secondary Science Fair.  All Year 7 – 10 students enter and year 11-13 students are encouraged to take part.  The fair is a fantastic opportunity to develop practical skills in Science and it encourages them to make their own discoveries through scientific inquiry and problem solving and to learn, in depth, about their chosen topic through research.  The projects are completed over six to ten weeks and culminate in an exhibition day that celebrates the hard work and achievements of all participants, educates and entertains.