The aims of the science department are to:
- broaden the horizons of each individual students,
- support the development of the numeracy and literacy of every student,
- provide the students with the tools to be positive and caring members of society,
- encourage students to seek out careers in science.
The objectives of the Science Department are to encourage all students to:
- acquire a systematic body of scientific knowledge and the skills needed to apply this in new and changing situations in a range of domestic, industrial and environmental contexts,
- acquire an understanding of scientific ideas, how they develop, the factors which may affect their development and their power and limitations,
- plan and carry out investigative tasks, considering and evaluating critically their own data and that obtained from other sources, and using ICT where appropriate,
- select, organise and present information clearly and logically, using appropriate scientific terms and conventions, and using ICT where appropriate,
- interpret and evaluate scientific data from a variety of sources.
Head of Department
- Mr D. Gash
- Mr J. Ashton (Pupil Group Performance Coordinator)
- Mr P. Byrne
- Mr P. Creed (Assistant Headteacher)
- Mr G. Copsey
- Ms A. Finnegan
- Mrs C. Harris (Second in Department)
- Mr M. Seddon (KS3 Coordinator)
- Mrs L. Underwood
- Mr P. Williams
- Ms L. Bedford (Technician)
- Mr L. Ellis (Technician)
- 10 x Purpose built Science Laboratories
- 2 x Science preparation rooms
- 1 x Science Library
- 1 x Collaboration room for team planning
Key Stage 3
The National Curriculum for KS3 Science is covered in Years 7 and 8. The course is specifically designed to support progression to GCSE Combined Science and provides opportunities for working scientifically, extended writing and stretch and challenge.
Year 7 topics:
- Introduction to Science – the first half term develops the pupils’ ability to work scientifically.
- Biology – Cells, Body Systems and Reproduction,
- Chemistry – The Particle Model, Atoms, Elements & Compounds, Acids & Alkalis and Chemical Reactions,
- Physics – Forces, Light and Sound.
Year 8 topics:
- Biology – Adaptation & Inheritance, Health and Ecosystems.
- Chemistry – The Periodic Table, Metals, Separation Techniques and The Earth.
- Physics – The Earth in Space, Energy, Electromagnetism and Motion.
Key Stage 4
- All Y9, Y10 and Y11 pupils study GCSE Combined Science across 3 years which incorporates topics from Biology, Chemistry and Physics and is worth 2 GCSEs on the 1-9 scale.
- Some pupils may be entered for the Entry Level Certificate in Science to further support their applications to college post-16.
- Separate Sciences is offered as an option which provides pupils with the opportunity to study 3 separate GCSEs in Science (Biology, Chemistry and Physics).
Key Stage 5
- A-Level Biology
- A-Level Physics
- A-Level Chemistry,
- BTEC Level 3 Applied Science.
Extra Curricular Activities
- ENTHUSE Partnership School – working with other schools to provide STEM based enrichment.
- Dragonfly day at the University of Liverpool (Annual) – to encourage girls to develop their interest in engineering and is part of The Engineering Development Trust.
- Big Bang Fair Trip (Annual) – https://www.thebigbangfair.co.uk/
- Gateacre borrows moon rocks – https://stfc.ukri.org/public-engagement/activities-for-schools/borrow-the-moon/
- Knowsley Safari Park outreach visit – https://www.knowsleysafariexperience.co.uk/education/schools/outreach/
- Early bird examination warm-ups and revision sessions – Y11
- Ogden Trust Collaboration “Physicist of the year “at Liverpool University for Y10 & 13 – winners of this prestigious annual prize can apply for financial support at University from the Ogden Trust.
- Science Club KS3 – 2018-2019 Foci to include robotics and prosthetics.
- National Science & Engineering Week Activities (Annual) – Planned and delivered in Science lessons during a full week of Science Celebrations!
- CERN Residential (Y13)
- Leicester Space Centre astrophysics trip (Y11-13)
- Royal Society of Chemistry inter-schools’ competitions
- Manchester Science Museum visits
- Jodrell Bank Observatory visits / lectures / tours
- Liverpool University “Christmas Lectures” for Y12 students
- Liverpool University “Nuclear Physics master class” – Y13
- Intertwined Science & Art Competition
- Ashfield Music Festival Inter-School Competition
- Liverpool Science & Technology Day at Liverpool Hope
- Various University Trips
Useful Websites and Links
Twitter – @gateacrephysics – now covering all aspects of science!
Gateacre Science YouTube channel – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMjhXO3RBNfzi-bweqqpatg
Support for Studies
AQA Combined Science homepage – http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/combined-science-trilogy-8464
BBC Bitesize Y7 and Y8 - http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zng4d2p
BBC Bitesize Y9, Y10 and Y11 Combined Science – https://www.bbc.com/education/examspecs/z8r997h
BBC Bitesize Y10 and Y11 Separate Biology – https://www.bbc.com/education/examspecs/zpgcbk7
BBC Bitesize Y10 and Y11 Separate Chemistry – https://www.bbc.com/education/examspecs/z8xtmnb
BBC Bitesize Y10 and Y11 Separate Physics – https://www.bbc.com/education/examspecs/zsc9rdm
Other useful sites
Isaac Physics – Stretch and Challenge for KS4-5 Physics, Chemistry and Maths – https://isaacphysics.org/
PhET Science animations – https://phet.colorado.edu/
GCSE Pod – A superb pod tool that will support revision during the GCSE course – https://www.gcsepod.com/
Where are they now?
Kyle Stopford (University of Birmingham – MSci Chemistry) Currently in his third year Kyle was an Ogden Physics prize winner at Gateacre school and is about to embark on his Master project looking at either the nuclear magnetic resonance of surfactants, energy storage, cleaning up of radionuclides or organoflourescent molecules! When asked what his fondest memory of Gateacre was he recalled making rockets on a trip to Leicester Space centre and clearing the full length of the car park with the launch!
Adam Jones (Bristol University – MEng Electronic and Communications Engineering) Currently working as a data scientist Adam has returned to Gateacre on several occasions to speak to our A-Level science pupils about university life and to discuss his own career path. When asked about his favourite part of being at Gateacre school he very kindly commented “the way in which the Physics department approached their teaching”.
Ryan Evans (University of Liverpool – BEng Aerospace Engineering) Ryan is still the University of Liverpool having completed his A-Levels at Gateacre school in 2017. Ryan is another former Ogden Prize winner and is currently studying modules in aerodynamics, aerostructures, flight dynamics and control, propulsion systems, communications, avionics and aircraft materials. Ryan’s favourite memory of Gateacre Science was his Ogden funded 3 day residential trip to Geneva, Switzerland, to see the Large Hadron Collider, only the world’s largest collider and most expensive science experiment ever built!
Other ex-Gateacre Science pupils who have gone on to study a science related degree include, James Kewley, Paul Williams, Joshua Turner, Richard Shaw, Liam Heeson, Joel Conalty, Jack Campbell, Patrick Devaney, Chloe Kennedy, Kasim Azmat, Dean Kenny, Joshua Kennedy-Clarke, Ben Evans, John , McCann, Stephen Jones, Elizabeth Shaw and George Franklin.