The Science department at Loxford School of Science and Technology is the largest department, comprising of 15 well qualified science teachers and 4 well qualified technicians.
The Science staff are:
KEY POST HOLDERS
Mr N. Ali (CTL of Science)
Mr. A. Chowdhry (Second in Charge of Science)
Mrs P. Oremosu (Teacher in Charge of KS3 Science)
Mr A. Webb (AST for Teaching and Learning)
Mr F. Sumun (AST for Teaching and Learning)
Mr E. Frimpong (Teacher in Charge of KS4 Science/OCR Nationals Coordinator)
Mrs S. Hossain (Responsible for Aspects of KS3 Science)
Mr M. Gillet (Teacher in Charge of KS5 Science)
Ms E. Egharevba (Head of Vocational Education)
Miss S. Rahman
Mrs C. Morgan
Ms V. Lebrasse
Miss E. Barton
Miss A. Sajeev
Miss A. Zabin
Miss T. Ingamells
Mrs E. Chimunye
Mrs N. Hudson
Mrs H. Mahill (Chief Technician)
Mrs S. Jackson (Senior Technician)
Mrs K. Naik
Miss K. Wake
Science is intrinsically fascinating and inspiring, and while the inquisitiveness of the young lends itself naturally to scientific study and endeavour, nobody ever really loses the desire to know more about the workings of the world around them. Whether you consider yourself a scientist or not, there is no doubting that science touches every part of your life from the alarm clock that wakes you up in the morning to the toothpaste you use before bed and, of course, the way you are able to read this right now.
We aim to ensure that students are given the experiences which will enable them to:
• gain the necessary knowledge and understanding to become confident citizens in an ever increasingly technological world
• recognise both the usefulness and the limitations of scientific technique
• realise that Science is relevant to many aspects of everyday life
• continue their studies in a scientific field after they leave school, should they wish to do so
Science teaching focuses on student centred learning which encourages the development of scientifically literate students equipped to succeed in the twenty first century.
Students are taught in mixed ability groups in year 7 and in sets in years 8-11. At GCSE students can study separate sciences or core science and additional science or core science or OCR Nationals. All options enable students to progress to post 16 studies in science.
Science courses are very popular in the Sixth Form. We offer a range of academic and vocational courses:
AS and A level Biology
AS and A level Chemistry
AS and A level Physics
AS and A level Applied Science
BTEC Applied Science
Physics Department Study Visit to the Large Hadron Collider in CERN
During half term Mr Gillett was part of a study visit to the Large Hadron Collider in CERN, Switzerland. CERN is the European Organization for Nuclear Research and is one of the world’s largest and most respected organisations for scientific research.
Its business is fundamental physics, finding out what the Universe is made of and how it works. At CERN, the world’s largest and most complex scientific instruments are used to study the basic constituents of matter — the fundamental particles. By studying what happens when these particles collide, physicists learn about the laws of Nature. CERN is also the place where the World Wide Web and the touch screen computer were invented.
The particle accelerator itself is a 27km circle which is 100m underground. Particles are fired in loops around this circle until they are travelling close to the speed of light, when they are made to smash together in huge collisions. The detectors record the collisions and physicists can use this data to look for new particles.
During the visit we spoke to many physicists working on cutting-edge experiments, including the ATLAS and CMS detectors that are currently publishing work about the discovery of the Higg’s Boson particle. We were also lucky enough to go 100m below the ground to see where the detectors are located and to see the huge computer rooms that process the data recorded.
What to look out for from this trip:
Building Cosmic Ray Detectors: As part of science week this year we will build detectors to spot muons, which are cosmic rays from outer space
Large Hadron Collider talks:
We are looking to arrange an opportunity to talk with scientists working at CERN
Possible trip to CERN: Watch this space!
11 Physics students visited Cambridge University
On 10th October 15 year 11 Physics students visited Cambridge University, to learn about University life and studying Physics at Cambridge. The trip started with a visit to the world famous Cavendish Laboratory, where the students had a workshop about University science studies, and then were able to take part in their own laboratory experiment. In their investigation students used lenses and a light source to work out “the lensmakers formula”. This is the formula that the optician will use to work out what prescription glasses you need!
In the afternoon, students were given a tour around Cambridge city and saw the library and several of the famous colleges. They then visited Newnam College, and saw where students could live when at University. Newnam is a girls-only college with its own library, sports area and dining area. Cambridge University comprises of lots of colleges where students can stay and study, and they choose which college to go to depending on personal preference.
This was a highly enjoyable and informative trip and many of the students feel they would be able to study at Cambridge University and are working hard to be able to apply for a place.
Outside the classroom
15th to 24th March 2013 is "Invention and Discovery" National Science and Engineering week, and to celebrate this the science department are running some exciting extra-curricular activities for all year groups!
There are lunchtime drop-in sessions for KS3 students where they get to see and try exciting demonstrations, and also a great competition for KS3 students to think of a great scientific invention that would make the world a better place, and they can win some great prizes for their poster.
After school, there are sessions to build a particle detector to see cosmic rays from outer space, to make jewellery with your own DNA and a team challenge to build the longest Rube Goldberg machine!
Students should check the posters and display screens for information and get involved!
(i) We run ‘Chemistry Week’ in November of each academic year. Demonstrations and ‘hands on’ activities are carried out every lunch time. This we expect to be attended by students of all ages and thoroughly enjoyed by all.
(ii) We also run activities for ‘Science Week’. Again this was extremely successful and culminated in the launching of a rocket.
We run ‘Chemistry Week’ in November of each academic year. Demonstrations are ‘hands on’
(iii) A number of staff operates extra sessions before and after school to provide extra support and guidance on a variety of Science issues.
(iv) We hope to run a series of field and adventure activities for KS3 students this year.
(v) We envisage a number of activities will run for the extension of the ‘Science Year’
STEM Club is run every Wednesday from 3.30 until 4.30 in F10. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths and the aim of the STEM club is to promote interest in these subjects in school.
The latest activities have included:
• The Water Challenge – where pupils had to transport a beaker of water 1 meter across the desk, using just straws, cardboard and string, without spilling any!
• The Squashed Tomato Challenge - where pupils had to transport tomatoes “across the river and up the mountain” (set up in the science lab) They used pulleys, weights and string to use the force of gravity to move the tomatoes without letting them get squashed.
• The Exploding Cells STEM Ambassador visit – John Poh, a STEM Ambassador and microbiologist, visited the STEM Club and told the club about his work for the Health Protection Agency. The pupils then used real horse blood to investigate what happens to blood cells if you have too much, or not enough salt in your body.
Future challenges could include “Perfect Pylon”, “The Egg Drop”, “Take Off” and many more. We also hope to participate in the Toyota STEM Challenge, for which students would design and build an environmentally friendly model vehicle to compete in a national competition.
STEM Club is currently open to Year 8, 10 & 12 students, however there are more spaces are available.
If you would like to know more about STEM Club please contact one of the following teachers:
Miss Barton (Science)
Mr Gillett (Science)
Miss Ingamells (Science)
Mr Gray (Technology)
Support for your learning
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(i) ‘A’ level Biology students attend a one week field study course which complements the Ecology component of their studies.
(ii) All GNVQ students have the opportunity to receive course related work experience placements and visits.
(iii) We are investigating the setting up of a borough wide ‘Science – Top of the Form’ type competition with a practical element for secondary schools. It is hoped this will take place in July.
(iv) All KS4 students attend work experience.