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Great Wyrley Academy

Great Wyrley Academy

Science

Meet the team:

Mr P Tindall – Faculty Director of Science

I studied A levels in Biology, Chemistry and Geography in my hometown of Nottingham and then studied biology at the University of Birmingham and specialised in microbiology and genetics in my final year. From there I obtained my PGCSE at the University of Nottingham in 1999. I started teaching at a school in Birmingham where I was promoted to lead Key Stage 3 science. From there I was appointed to assistant subject leader for science at a school in Rugeley and then to subject leader and I moved to Great Wyrley in September 2012. 

Outside of school, I love the outdoors. My family like to go walking across Cannock Chase and where possible we get to the Dales, Snowdonia and the Lake District to experience the best of the countryside. I also like to go running, cycling, playing golf and get into the garden.

Mr J Stephenson – Faculty Deputy of Science

After studying for a degree in Zoology with Marine Zoology at Bangor University, North Wales, I completed a PGCE in Balanced Science at Bath College of Higher Education.  At Bath I specialised in SEN provision and Environmental Science at Post-16.  I was initially the Physics specialist at a Dyslexia specialist independent school before working at Cannock Chase High School, where I completed a PGC in Science, specialising in Physics.  I moved from Cannock Chase High school to become Lead Practitioner at Great Wyrley, in charge of curriculum and assessment for Key Stage 3 as well as to teach A-level Physics. In September 2017 I became the lead teacher for developing numeracy at Great Wyrley.  At present I am completing a Level 3 BTEC Forest School Practitioner qualification and aim to introduce this into the curriculum as soon as possible.

Mr M Bourne – Assistant Headteacher

Originally from Stoke on Trent, I studied my degree at Loughborough University and achieved a degree in Human Biology with a diploma in professional studies. I subsequently worked for a year as a teaching assistant in a local middle school. I then completed my PGCE at Manchester Metropolitan University. I started my career at Haywood High School In Stoke and had many roles including Lead for BTEC Science, Head of House and Head of Science. I began at Great Wyrley in September 2016 as Director of Science but started a new role as Assistant Head teacher in charge of Behaviour in September 2017.


Mrs C Holmes – Teacher of Science


Mrs A Poole – Teacher of Science

A former pupil of Great Wyrley High School and studied A Level Biology.  Following this I completed a degree in Biological Sciences and then a PGCE in Secondary Teaching with Science, beginning my teaching career at Pool Hayes Academy in 2004.  I was promoted to Lead Teacher for Assessment, Intervention and Transition early in my career and then a few years later changed roles to be in charge of Key Stage 5 Science. After many happy years at Pool Hayes I decided it was time to move on and I moved to Great Wyrley in September 2015.

Mrs E Trobisch – Teacher of Science

Learning Journey:

An outline of what pupils will learn and when and how they will be assessed.  Use the guidance below:

Year 7

 

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

What knowledge, skills and understanding I will learn:

Scientific skills

Particles

Cells

Energy

Atoms & elements

Reproduction

Forces

Electricity

Acids

Space

Ecology

Project

How I will be assessed:

Each unit has a level assessed open ended task.

There is an end of term formal assessment covering all the units.

Each unit has a level assessed open ended task.

There is an end of term formal assessment covering all the units.

Each unit has a level assessed open ended task.

There is an end of term formal assessment covering all the units.

Opportunities for wider learning:

     

Year 8

 

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

What knowledge, skills and understanding I will learn:

Food & Digestion

Magnets

Solutions & separating techniques

Skeletal system

Chemical reactions

Motion

Plants & photosynthesis

Earth & atmosphere

Waves

Gas exchange & circulation

Disease

Pressure

How I will be assessed:

Each unit has a level assessed open ended task.

There is an end of term formal assessment covering all the units.

Each unit has a level assessed open ended task.

There is an end of term formal assessment covering all the units.

Each unit has a level assessed open ended task.

There is an end of term formal assessment covering all the units.

Opportunities for wider learning:

     

Year 9

 

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

What knowledge, skills and understanding I will learn:

Maths skills in science

Biology Unit 1: Key principles

Chemistry Unit 1a: Atomic structure & Periodic Table

Physics Unit 9: Forces & their effects

Biology Unit 2: Growth & nervous system

Chemistry Unit 1b: Bonding

Physics Unit 2: Motion & forces

Biology Unit 3: Genetics

Chemistry Unit2: States of matter & mixtures

Physics Unit 10 Part 1: Electricity

How I will be assessed:

There are unit tests at the end of each unit.

Short knowledge tests will be taken during the units

There are unit tests at the end of each unit.

Short knowledge tests will be taken during the units

There are unit tests at the end of each unit.

Short knowledge tests will be taken during the units

Opportunities for wider learning:

     

Year 10

 

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

What knowledge, skills and understanding I will learn:

Biology Unit 4: Natural selection & genetic modification

Chemistry Unit 1c: Calculations

Chemistry Unit 6: Groups of the Periodic Table

Physics Unit 4 & 5: Waves & EM spectrum

Biology Unit 5: Disease

Chemistry Unit 3 & 4: Acids & electrolysis and extracting metals

Physics Unit 6: Radioactivity

Biology Unit6:  Plant processes

Chemistry Unit 7: Rates of reaction

Physics Unit 3: Conservation of energy

Physics Unit 8 Energy (forces doing work)

How I will be assessed:

There are unit tests at the end of each unit.

Short knowledge tests will be taken during the units

There are unit tests at the end of each unit.

Short knowledge tests will be taken during the units

There are unit tests at the end of each unit.

Short knowledge tests will be taken during the units

Opportunities for wider learning:

     

Year 11

 

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

What knowledge, skills and understanding I will learn:

Biology Unit 9: Ecosystems

Chemistry Unit 8 Fuels & Earth science

Physics Unit 10b Electricity & Unit 13 Electromagnetic induction

Biology Unit 7 Exchange & transport in animals

Unit 8 Animal coordination

Physics Unit 12 Magnetism & motor effect, Unit 14 Particle model & Unit 15 Forces & matter

 

How I will be assessed:

There are unit tests at the end of each unit.

Short knowledge tests will be taken during the units

There are unit tests at the end of each unit.

Short knowledge tests will be taken during the units

 

Opportunities for wider learning:

     

Useful Links/Resources that will help to consolidate learning:

BBC Bitesize for both Key stage 3 and GCSE

www.my-gcsescience.com – a useful website but requires a subscription

www.gcsescience.com – a useful website that covers many topics on chemistry & physics

Other information/Links/Study packs, etc.:

Revision guides for GCSE are available from the school shop. These are priced at £5.50 (a reduced price when compared to retailers). These are suitable for year 9 students upwards.