Department | Science2021-03-26T12:20:18+00:00

Department | Science

FOR THE INCREASE OF LEARNING AND GOOD MANNERS

MEMBERS OF STAFF

Mr. S. Thompson
Head of Department
Mr. D. Swann
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Dr. S. Swann
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Mr. W. Fowles
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Mr. M. Scott
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Dr. C. Holland
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Miss. F. Jewhurst
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Mrs. K. Buchanan
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Mrs. M. Donnelly
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Subject Information

The Science department aims to introduce students to the wonders of the natural world from the very small to the very large, from every day phenomena to the exotic, from simple to complex. The aim is to make this world more accessible and understood and to allow students to enjoy the experiments, expand their thinking, and be amazed at how Sciences make the world behave. We aim to help students to realise that ‘Science is Fun’ rather than the popular perception that Science is hard.

Skills – such as inquiry, problem-solving, thinking and learning skills – are an integral part of a good science education.

You will also develop skills in information retrieval, Listening and observing, Scientific reading, Data representation, Scientific writing and Knowledge presentation.

Facilities/ Resources

There are 7 well equipped labs each with an adjoining store situated in the Science block of the school, as well as access to IT The Science department is serviced by 2 laboratory technicians. It is their responsibility to ensure any practical apparatus that is required is in the correct location and that any reprographic or audio-visual resources are also looked after

Curriculum Organisation

Key Stage 3

In Years 8 & 9 is taught in tutor classes. Class size is no more than 27. They all receive 5 35 minute lessons per week (2 hour 55mins per week) and at least 2 homeworks are set per week. In Year10 it is taught in tutor groups with each separate science allocated 2 35 minute period lessons per week (2hours 30 minutes per week) and at least one homework is set in each Science per week

The Topics and units cover in Years 8&9 (are set out as follows)

Unit

title

notes

1

Introduction to Science

2

The Universe

3

Life, The Body Systems & Cells

4

I am Unique

Using maths CCS

5

Solids, Liquids & Gases

6

Forces Everywhere

7

Reproduction

Literacy

Report Writing

8

On The Move

Using Maths CCS

Unit

title

notes

8 cont.

On The Move

Using Maths CCS

9

Ecological Relationships

10

Elements Compounds Mixtures

Literacy

Writing Frames

11

Respiration: Lungs and Blood

ICT Accreditation

12

Electricity

Using Maths Paying for electricity

13

Compounds & Mixtures

14

Microbes & Disease

Each Unit

2 assessed homeworks and end of unit test (Unit 4 I am Unique-excluded)

At least part of the unit to include activities on RSA VLE

Key Stage 4

In years 11 and 12 Double Award Science and Triple Science is taught is taught in GCSE option groups. Set size depends on the number of pupils taking the option, but is no more than 24. They all receive four 35minute lessons per week (2 hours 20 minutes per week) and two homework sessions per week,

Key Stage 5

In Years 13 and 14 Physics Chemistry and Biology is taught within A/S and A2 option groups. Set size depends on the number of pupils to take the option. They all receive seven eight 35-minute lessons per week (over 4 hours 40 minutes per week). Classes are shared by two teachers.

EXTRA CURRICULAR

There is a Science Club for Year8 which allows the pupils to take part in fun activities and experiments to help nurture an enjoyment of all things scientific and also to foster a better understanding of some significant science principles. Regular visits to the local planetarium are organised, as well as visits to local industries and universities.

Pupils also take part in outside quizzes and presentations related to science

For further information check the individual sciences own webpages

  • Laboratory Technician

  • Forensic Specialist

  • Chemist

  • Environmental Scientist

  • Research Science

  • Physicist

You can view more here: https://www.degreequery.com/top-10-highest-paying-science-careers/

  • Brian Cox

  • Robert Winston

  • David Attenborough

  • Chris Packham

Department Blog Posts

2408, 2021

Excellent Results at RSA

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Excellent Results at RSA The wait finally ended for pupils of The Royal School, Armagh as they collected their A Level and their GCSE results on Tuesday 10 and [...]

2603, 2021

CONGRATULATIONS TO LUCY ADDIS – WINNER OF THE SCHOOLS SCIENCE WRITING COMPETITION

By |March 26th, 2021|Categories: Chemistry, English, News, Physics, Science|Tags: , |0 Comments

CONGRATULATIONS TO LUCY ADDIS - WINNER OF THE SCHOOLS SCIENCE WRITING COMPETITION MICHAELMAS TERM 2020 Pictured: Lucy alongside The Headmaster, Mr. Montgomery with her certificate and published article [...]

1402, 2021

Cyberfirst Girls Competition 2021 – Online Round

By |February 14th, 2021|Categories: Computing, News|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Introduction For the third year running, The Royal School Armagh has participated in the GCHQ's annual 'CyberFirst Girls Competition'. Last year, we were delighted to reach the regional finals [...]

212, 2020

House Competition: Winners of the Pumpkin Competition announced

By |December 2nd, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

Congratulations to the following pupils who won house points for their respective Houses: 1. Emily Dunwoody (D’Arcy) 2. Edythe Qua (Armstrong) 3. Reuben McDowell (Rokeby) 4. Laura Lu (Beresford) [...]

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