Introduction

Staffing

Science is taught by the following members of staff ;
Mr M Johnson Head of Department
Mrs M Dunning-Mansell Science
Mrs L Burke Assistant Headteacher / Science
Mrs R Howells Science
Mr R Morley Science
Mr M Keen Science
Ms A Critchlow Science 

Ofsted

'The school's specialist science status is very successful. A high proportion of students achieve two or more GCSE grades at A* to C in science, and numbers taking A-level are rising. The science department runs clubs and trips out of school and its links with local primary schools are effective and much appreciated.’

Moorside High School has been a Specialist School for Science since 2008.  The Science Department at Moorside High School consists of six full time Science teachers, supported by three laboratory technicians, four full size laboratories and one smaller laboratory. All the laboratories are used for the full range of Science activities. The Department is well resourced.

Combined Science is taught in year 7 and 8.  The emphasis is on showing how the various areas of Science inter-relate to explain scientific and technological aspects of our lives.  In Key Stage Three, Science is taught in units as part of our ‘in house schemes of work’, which reflects the investigational nature of the Science National Curriculum.  Our Key Stage Three course uses Collins Key Stage three Science as a teaching resource.

Each Science laboratory has an interactive whiteboard and the department works collaboratively to develop their usage. We have an extensive shared area where resources are shared amongst all of the teachers and technicians within the department.  Data logging equipment is also available, and written successfully into our schemes of work. Three of our larger laboratories have twelve networked computer work stations.

The department runs a very successful Science and Engineering Club. Pupils from our feeder schools also participate. As part of the curriculum enhancement activities we arrange visits to the National Space Centre, Chester Zoo, Big Bang Fair (both national and local events), as well as Super Science day and Sixth form visits. We also run highly successful events with our feeder schools including an exciting Rollercoaster Challenge. 

Aims 

  •  To enable pupils to understand the purpose of Science in their school and future lives.
  • To encourage the development of informed opinion based on scientific evidence.
  • To promote awareness, knowledge and understanding of Scientific issues beyond the classroom.
  • To encourage and develop enquiring minds that can explore, investigate and solve problems.
  • To engage pupils at all levels, by linking practical investigation with scientific theory.

How do we meet our aims

  • By providing a stimulating environment in which pupils learn by investigating.
  • The Science department provides a range of educational programmes aimed at the individual needs of all pupils. There are alternative course for all abilities at key stage 4 including core and additional science, as well as triple science, and BTEC applied science.