Science at Loxford

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.

KS5 Course of Study

The increased results at GCSE and at Level 2 BTEC has seen an huge increase in the popularity and subsequent uptake of these courses in KS5. We have diverse and demanding course requirement for students. This is in order to be prepared for some of the top universities and most academically demanding courses in the country. Students are taught to become well rounded, independent learners, they are supported by teachers with frequent feedback and analysis of their knowledge and understanding and their application of knowledge in their chosen subject. Courses Available: A level Biology A level Chemistry A level Physics BTEC Nationals in Applied Science (Level 3)   (Above) Y12 BTEC Science students were treated to a session with Assistant Practitioner, Ben, who works in the Accident & Emergency department of the Whittington Hospital. Ben talked about blood pressure, how it is measured, what it means and why it is an important indication of medical condition. Students were given opportunities to ask questions and share knowledge, take blood pressure readings and have a go at CPR. Ben described some of his duties; how he assesses patients when they come into A&E and told students about how he is working and training at university at the same time. Here’s what students had to say:
‘I’ve been at Loxford for 6 years and this was the most helpful thing…..the workshop showed me a clear vision of how a medical is like as it was very interactive. I was able to absorb a lot of information. I myself want to go into medicine and I didn’t have much hope as I’m on a BTEC course. However Ben, the nurse, showed that no matter what course you are on, if you work hard it can take you far’
‘I enjoyed learning about the heart. For instance I came across new facts and keywords such as aorta…..the idea that blood pressure is affected by diet, lack of exercise etc…’
‘It was a productive lesson. We learned a lot about how Cpr was performed and how blood pressure is checked. Nursing is a good qualification and I might have it as an option.’
‘It taught me how to use manual and automatic blood pressure machines. I learnt a lot on how to read blood pressure and the optimal blood pressure…..I learnt the difference between a nurse and a doctor’

Support for your learning

Please use the below websites to help you in your studies in Science 1. www.aqa.org.uk 2. www.bbc.co.uk/schools/bitesize/ 3. www.skoool.co.uk 4. www.kerboodle.co.uk 5. www.edexcel.org.uk KS5 students A level course can access online textbooks and activities on Kerboodle to support their chosen course. Students in KS4 have the priveledge of being mentored by KS5 students and by Teachers on a one to one basis to improve their exam technique and preparation for their GCSE exams. Students in KS3 are also being mentored by KS5 students who are science ambassadors who help students to improve their exam techniques.