The Science Department aim to deliver an enriched and diverse science curriculum to every child who attends Regents Park Community College. Throughout their 5 years at the school, students study a range of science topics from the three key disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics.
Key Stage 3 (Years 7 and 8)
Lessons at KS3 are designed to be broad and cover a breadth of topics. Students are encouraged to develop scientific skills that will aid them moving forward into KS4. Where possible, lessons are ‘hands on’ allowing students to develop their practical science skills. At KS3 students follow AQA’s suggested curriculum consisting of key science concepts that link into the GCSE. Students study the 10 AQA suggested themes of Forces, Electromagnets, Energy, Waves, Matter, Reactions, Earth, Organisms, Ecosystem, Genes.
Key Stage 4 (Years 9, 10 and 11)
Students study either the Combined Science (Trilogy) GCSE or Separate Sciences, both examined by AQA.
In Combined Science students will study all three disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics and the results of these average out to provide two GCSEs at the end of Year 11.
For the separate Science GCSEs, students will study the same content as the Combined Science GCSE but will complete additional content and practicals which will result in attaining three GCSEs at the end of Year 11.
Lessons at GCSE have both scientific skills and knowledge embedded within them. This combination of knowledge and skill is not only essential for any student wishing to further study science beyond GCSE, but for all students as they help to develop proficiency in abilities such as team work, evaluation skills and information handling.
All students at KS4 have access to Tassomai. Tassomai is a low stakes quizzing homework system which arranges revision for students into easily manageable chunks. Students must complete an hour of quizzes a week - this is best broken up into six ten minute sessions each week.
The department team also offer a period seven on a Friday afternoon and a breakfast club on a Wednesday morning, to support any KS4 student with their GSCE study.
The department offer a STEM club to KS3 students once a week. At STEM club students investigate a range of scientific concepts such as how pressure can make a can implode, how to build marshmallow catapults and make holograms. There is also a range of STEM related trips on offer which have included visits to the Natural History museum to explore the evolution of humans and to Thorpe Park to discover first-hand how forces and energy impact on the design of rollercoasters.