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Biology Bake-Off Competition
October 14, 2015
By Mrs N Bromwich, Teacher of Science

This half term the Biology department ran a ‘Biology Bake-off’ competition to celebrate National Biology Week.

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Science Week: 16th- 20th March 2015
April 28, 2015
By Mrs H Ferguson, Teacher of Science
Last month Chancellor’s School joined thousands of other schools and organisations up and down the country in marking British Science and Engineering Week. Read More
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Chemistry Olympiad 2015
April 27, 2015
By Mrs M Hearn, Head of Chemistry
Above is of one of the two A2 Chemistry classes that took part in this year’s Chemistry Olympiad.
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International Chemistry Olympiad Success
June 21, 2013
By Mrs M Hearn - Head of Chemistry
Robert Clarke and Alexander Tetlow both competed in the first round of the International Chemistry Olympiad earlier this year and I am pleased to announce that Alex achieved a silver certificate coming high up in the top 35% nationally of all those that entered.
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Year 9 Trip to Bayfordbury Observatory
April 24, 2013
By Julia Everett, Year 9 student
On Monday 19th March in the evening, a group of Year 9 students and their parents had the opportunity to visit Bayfordbury Observatory near Hertford which is a part of the University of Hertfordshire. Read More

Year 7

Taught in form groups

Main topics covered

Life Processes, Properties of Materials, Acids & Alkalis, Energy Resources and Electrical Circuits.

Assessment Information

Half termly, structured question and assignment based.

Textbook

Exploring Science year 7, ISBN: 9781405892469

Year 8

Taught in mixed ability groups

Main topics covered

Health & Diet, Atoms & Elements, Separating Mixtures, Forces & Heat, Light & Sound.

Assessment Information

Half termly, structured question and assignment based.

Textbook

Exploring Science year 8, ISBN: 9781405895439

Year 9

Taught in sets

Main topics covered

Health & Genes, Metals & the Environment, Energy, Forces and Space.

Assessment Information

Half termly, structured question and assignment based.

Textbook

Exploring Science year 9, ISBN: 9781405895514

Year 10 & 11

Taught in sets

Exam Board and Syllabus number:

Year 10

AQA Core Science A (4405 or 4406) or AQA Biology (4401), AQA Chemistry (4402) and AQA Physics (4403)

Year 11

AQA Additional Science (4463)

Assessment Information

Year 10: Structured answer questions papers in June

Year 11: Structured answer question papers in June

ISA practical assessment with two written exam papers – to take place during lesson at a time TBC based on subject content, one for each science subject.

Textbook

All students will be provided with an appropriate CGP GCSE Science Workbook, which they will be expected to bring to all science lessons - and from which some homeworks may be set. This will also be used for revision, and to help with catching up on any missed lessons due to illness, etc.

All students will be expected to purchase the appropriate revision guide to accompany the workbook, but will not need to bring this to lessons.

Revision Guides are as follows:

Year 10

HIGHER:
GCSE Core Science AQA A Revision Guide - Higher Level, 978 1 84146 703 0, £5.95 each

FOUNDATION:
GCSE Core Science AQA A Revision Guide - Foundation, 978 1 84762 663 9, £5.95 each

Year 11

HIGHER:
GCSE Additional Science AQA Revision Guide - Higher, 978 1 84762 762 9, £5.95 each

FOUNDATION:
GCSE Additional Science AQA Revision Guide - Foundation, 978 1 84762 759 9, £5.95 each


Pastoral Year 10

GCSE Core Science students (year 10) will all have an exam in January 2012, covering every aspect of Biology, Chemistry and Physics covered in the Autumn Term. This will contribute 35% of their overall GCSE Core Science grade.
Students in the "Triple Science" option block will have two exams covering two of their separate subjects - which will be gone through with their Science teachers.
All Year 10 Science students – regardless of their group, will be studying towards their Core Science ISA in December of 2011 for all three science subjects. This will be taking place right up to the end of the Autumn Term – and it is essential that students DO NOT miss any part of this time for holidays, etc. Their ISA will contribute 25% of their overall grade this year.


Pastoral Year 11

Exam board is AQA.

Recommended Revision Guide: CGP Additional Science revision guide (those studying triple science should buy the separate Biology, Chemistry and Physics revision guides).
All students will receive a structured revision programme tailored to the revision guides in November.
Coursework, called ISA’s, are completed in lesson time.
Core Science module retakes are in November, March and June.
There will be revision sessions run after school in the two weeks leading up to any modules, students will be told the day and time nearer the exam.
Every Year 11 studying Additional Science will have one actual exam in January and two in the summer. More information and revision sessions will be available nearer the time.

Good revision resources are SamLearning and BBC Bitesize along with past papers which can be downloaded from the AQA website. Any pupil who needs extra support should see Mr R Crewe (Head of Science) or Mrs M Hearn (Second in Science).
You can contact a member of staff by calling 01707 650702 or by email.
The format of the email address is surnameinitial@chancellors.herts.sch.uk, for example Mr J Smith's email address would be smithj@chancellors.herts.sch.uk.

Year 12 & 13

AQA Biology (AS 1411), (A Level 2411)

Assessment Information

AS: Jan Unit 1 (Biology and Disease), June Unit 2 (Variation in Species and Communities)

A2: Jan Unit 4 (Interaction between populations and their environment), June Unit 5 (Control in Cells and whole organisms), Unit 3 (AS coursework), Unit 6 (A2 coursework)

Textbook

AS Nelson Thornes AQA Biology ISBN: 9780748782758

A2 Nelson Thornes AQA Biology ISBN: 9780748798131

Other Information

After AS exams in June there will be a 4 day residential field course in Cranedale in Yorkshire. This covers the first of the context in Unit 4 and is necessary for completion of the A2 course.


AQA Chemistry (AS 1421), (A Level 2421)

Assessment Information

AS: Jan Unit 1 (Foundation Chemistry), June Unit 2 (Chemistry in Action)

A2: Jan Unit 4 (Kinetic, Equilibria and Organic Chemistry ), June Unit 5 (Energetics, Redox & Inorganic Chemistry), Unit 3 (AS coursework), Unit 6 (A2 coursework)

Textbook

AS Nelson Thornes AQA Chemistry ISBN: 9780748782802

A2 Nelson Thornes AQA Chemistry ISBN: 9780748792796


OCR Physics A (AS H158), (A Level H558)

Assessment Information

AS: Jan Unit 1 (Mechanics), June Unit 2 (Electrons, Waves & Photons)

A2: Jan Unit 4 (Newtonian World), June Unit 5 (Fields, Particles and Frontier Physics), Unit 3 (AS coursework), Unit 6 (A2 coursework)

Other Information

Day trip to University College to attend conference involving lectures and demonstrations of up to date physics topics.

Textbook

AS OCR Physics ISBN: 9780435691950

A2 OCR Physics ISBN: 9780435691820



Pastoral Year 12 & 13

Chemistry

Exam Board: AQA
Course Title: AS/A2 Advanced Level GCE in Chemistry

This course is aimed at those who have enquiring minds and an interest in Chemistry. During the course, the student will develop strong analytical and evaluation skills and learn how to apply scientific knowledge and understanding to both familiar and unfamiliar situations. There are six units three are examined in the first year at AS. Unit one is taken in January and is worth 16.6% of the total mark. Unit 2 is examined in May and worth 23.3% of the total mark with unit, three is Investigative and Practical Skills and is based on coursework completed under controlled conditions this is worth 10% of the total mark. Units four and five and assessed by further examinations in year two and are worth 20% each and unit six is coursework completed under controlled conditions.
Entry Requirements: Grade B or above for GCSE Double Award Science and GCSE Maths.

Biology

Exam Board: AQA
Course Title: AS/A2 Advanced Level GCE in Biology

Entrants to the AS/A2 course will need to have achieved a double Grade B, or Human Physiology & Health. In this course students will develop an understanding of how scientists and medics work in their daily lives, how human bodies work & study the functions and interaction of all living organisms in their environment. The ecology elements of the A2 course are taught during a residential field week in July of year 12. This field week is subsidised by the school because of its value to the course. Students intending to continue Biology to A2 will be expected to attend. Written examinations account for 80% of the total mark and a practical or coursework aspect accounts for 20%.
Entry Requirements: Grade B or above for GCSE Double Award Science or Human Physiology & Health and an A* - C in English.

Physics

Exam Board: OCR
Course Title: AS/A2 Advanced Level GCE in Physics

Entrants to this AS/A2 course will need to have achieved a minimum of GCSE grade B in GCSE Double Science or GCSE Physics and the minimum of a Grade B in GCSE Maths.
Students who have developed a keen interest in the Physical Sciences at GCSE and who have an aptitude for mathematical applications will find Physics at A level both interesting and demanding.
There are six units; three are taken in the first year. Unit 1 is assessed by externally exam and is worth 15% of the total mark. Unit 2 is exam based and worth 25% of the total mark. Unit 3 is an internally marked exam, based on practical activity worth 10% of the total mark. Units 4 and 5 are assessed by examination and are worth 15% and 25% of the total mark. Unit 6 is an internally marked exam, based on a practical activity worth 10% of the total mark.
Entry Requirements: A minimum of a grade B or above in Physics / Double Science and Maths.

Staff

  • Mr. R. Crewe (Head of Science Faculty)
  • Mrs. M. Hearn
  • Mrs. N. Bromwich
  • Ms. S. Choudhury
  • Mr. C. Zapata
  • Mrs. D. Burke
  • Mrs. H. Ferguson
  • Mr. C. Holliday
  • Mrs. L. Merrett
  • Mr. V. Reade

Facilities

Science is taught in C block, which contains eight purpose built laboratories fitted with projectors for use with visual and audible resources, as well as equipment for a multitude of experiments. All computers have special interactive software installed which complements the textbooks and provides additional depth on subjects covered.