Tell me and I'll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I'll understand.
— Chinese Proverb
Science at Hampton College has a strong focus on investigation and discovery. We place a large emphasis on practical work and the development of investigative skills in our lessons; the department is well equipped for this purpose. ICT is regularly used throughout the department to enhance learning; this will be developed further as we incorporate more activities that involve using our extensive range of data logging equipment.
Students in year 7 and year 8 are taught in mixed ability groups. Students in year 9 are taught in broad ability groups.
The modules taught at KS3 from September 2010 are as follows:
Energy transfers, Cells, the Particle Model, Current, Seperating Substances, Interdependence, Voltage and Resistance, Magnetism, Acids and Alkalis, Gravity, Human Reproduction, Metals and Non-Metals, Universe, Movement, Contact Forces, Speed, Plant Reproduction.
Atoms & Elements, Heating & Cooling, Microbes, Nutrition & Respiration, Acid Reactions, Electricity & Magnetism, Earth, Science, Photosynthesis, Sound, Light, Health and Disease, Space, Inheritance, Energy Costs.
Health & Disease, Forces & their Effects, Genetics, Materials, Patterns of Reactivity, GCSE Transition Work.
Students are assessed in a number of different ways at Key Stage 3. We use a combination of topic tests and APP skills assessments along with formal tests at the midpoint and end of each year. Year 9 students will finish their KS3 work by the end of the Autumn Term. They will sit their end of KS3 exam in January and this will count towards their eligability to select Triple Science.
Assessment for learning is strongly promoted in Science and students are regularly given the opportunity to reflect on their progress, identify areas for improvement and build on their achievements.