The aims of the science faculty are to motivate, encourage and inspire students to see the excitement of science and to realise its importance in today’s world.
We are committed to an active learning approach and lessons have a strong emphasis on practical investigative science. Students are encouraged to be curious, to follow methods and principles of scientific enquiry and to develop their own ideas.
Stimulating and challenging activities are selected which are designed so that students develop the knowledge, skills and understanding that enable them to solve problems in a wider context.
In Years 7 and 8 students are taught science by one teacher, following a scheme of work devised by St Julian’s staff including topics such as forces, acids and alkalis, reproduction, elements, mixtures and compounds, microbiology and space.
A wide range of teaching strategies and activities are employed so that students learn key experimental skills, the accurate use of scientific language, and the analysis and evaluation of data. They are encouraged to use their knowledge and understanding of science to inform their judgement on scientific issues within society.
In Year 9 students are taught Biology, Chemistry and Physics as separate subjects by specialist teachesr in preparation for the iGCSE courses which they will follow in years 10 and 11. The emphasis continues to be on experimental work designed to stimulate intellectual curiosity.
Students at St Julian’s follow an Edexcel iGCSE course which may either be double award science or the three separate sciences, dependent on their scientific ability. The details are given on the subject pages - Physics, Chemistry and Biology.
We offer a wide range of science options in the IB Diploma programme including Environmental systems and societies, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Sports Science, all of which are desribed in more detail on their own subject pages.