The Science department at The Bemrose School has a wide range of experienced and enthusiastic teachers from a variety of backgrounds, some of whom have experience working in other professions before entering teaching, which they can call on to help make science relevant to student’s lives and help bring science to life.
We aim to inspire students by teaching a memorable science curriculum through the delivery of great lessons that inducts “powerful knowledge” in students allowing them to access the most rewarding endeavors. Our lessons are informed by cognitive science: great explanations, strengthening core knowledge, Shed Loads of Practice, frequent low-stakes tests, retrieval practice as well as explicitly teaching students how to revise independently.
The Aims of Science Education at The Bemrose School are:
o Students regard Science as an exciting and interesting subject.
o Students recognise its relevance to their everyday experiences.
o Students are successful in Science and gain qualifications, which are important for their future.
o The science teaching inspires a healthy number of students to study science further at college and university.
o Students develop scientific skills, which help to solve problems and to think critically helping to enable them to make informed judgements in their lives.
o Science complements and supports other subjects and enables students to develop their literacy and numeracy skills.
We have great resources with brand new labs, opened in November 2018, equipped with either data projectors or 75inch plasma teaching screens and the latest technology such as visualisers to help teaching and learning and to bring technology into the classroom. In September 2019, when the labs in the main building are fully refurbished and newly equipped each teacher with have their own lab.
Trips are offered to different groups in all Key Stages and we have afterschool ‘period 6’ lessons for students that wish to develop their understanding further and to deepen their knowledge.
Our ethos is to work smart. We aim to provide the best possible structures to help our students succeed and support them in their learning journey. We offer various revision events before and after school and during the holidays for students who need that extra boost and we are proactive in tracking students’ progress closely to allow us to highlight and help students that require extra support to achieve their potential.
We expect all our students to try their best and follow the code of conduct in lessons and around school. Good science can only take place when everyone respects each other and themselves.
The professional development of teachers in the school, and in the department is at the heart of the school ethos. At our most recent Ofsted, inspections it was commented that:
‘Teachers are extremely complimentary about the support and professional development they receive … [they] told inspectors that their confidence as practitioners was ‘really developing’ as a result of this work.’