Unity City Academy

Unity City Academy

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Science

 

Science is a subject which encourages students to be inquisitive and to investigate the world around them. The Science Department at Unity City Academy provide our students with a stimulating and challenging learning environment where they can develop the critical and investigative skills needed to achieve their goals in this key subject.

We believe in a classroom where students feel valued and supported in every aspect of their learning. Through a curriculum of teaching which is tailored to suit every pupil, we ensure each student has the support and assistance needed to be successful in their science GCSE and beyond. We aim to make topics colourful and interesting, encouraging students to share and discuss their viewpoints and aim to inspire a future passion for science in our young people.

The science department consists of six dedicated science teachers, two full time technicians and a higher level teaching assistant. Each teacher works from their own fully equipped laboratory; where there is a wealth of practical equipment on hand to be used during practical tasks.

Key Stage 3

In Year 7 and 8 students follow the AQA science syllabus which allows students to build big ideas, achieve mastery goals and be fully equipped for success at GCSE. Topics included within Key Stage 3 are wide ranging; including electromagnets, organisms, ecosystems, matter, the earth and forces. Thematic weeks are also integrated into these years; these weeks allow students to study science in a real world context. Theme Weeks included alongside the AQA science syllabus are unity city hospital, science fair and NASA space discovery.

Key Stage 4

In Years 9, 10, and 11 students follow the AQA combined science trilogy or AQA separate science routes. The aim of these courses is to inspire and challenge students of all abilities and aspirations. If students follow the trilogy route they will work to achieve a double science award, equivalent to two GCSEs. Those students who follow the separate science route will work towards achieving GCSE qualifications in biology, chemistry and physics. Topics covered within the AQA GCSE syllabus include; cell biology, organisation, atomic structure, periodic table, forces and electricity.

Extracurricular activities

A range of activities take place throughout the year within the department, including a weekly STEM club and KS4 drop in. To ensure academic success holiday catch up sessions and after school intervention take place; alongside trips to inspire and motivate students. Regular events are also held for local primary schools where they can utilise the experience of our science staff and use our excellent facilities.