Science

At GGS we aim to engage our students with the world around them.  We offer an engaging, challenging and rigorous programme of study.  The focus is on developing scientific technique and high level problem solving/questioning skills.  Students develop practical technique and group working skills through carrying out a wide range of experiments in all three science disciplines.  All students are provided with the opportunity to pursuing the three separate science disciplines to the best of their ability through separate GCSEs.  We have a strong take up of the Sciences at ‘A’ level.

Key Stage 3 Science

At KS3 students study a challenging and engaging curriculum.  Students will regularly carry out experiments in laboratories.  They are encouraged to question the world around them as they embark on a course which delivers separate topics in Biology, Chemistry and Physics whilst making the common scientific methodology explicit.  The course is designed to track the progress of students against skills and processes relevant to all three of the scientific disciplines, as well as developing their specific scientific knowledge and practical techniques.  The Key Stage 3 course builds a strong foundation for the pupils’ scientific learning, to prepare them for the rigour of triple science.

Key Stage 4 Sciences

All students have the challenge provided by studying separate sciences at GCSE level:

Biology

In Biology, students will develop a deeper understanding of the living world from a biochemical level right through to whole organisms and ecosystems. In a time when new discoveries and uses for the theories in Biology are being developed and refined, students will be able to explore real world application of topics such as gene technology, biotechnology and ecology.

Chemistry

In Chemistry, students build upon the general aspects of the material world and consider the way in which substances react and interact to produce the world around us.  This is approached from both a practical and theoretical standpoint in order to foster an understanding as to why and how reactions occur together with the impact this has upon our search for new materials.

Physics

In Physics, students are encouraged to develop and apply their mathematical problem solving and explaining skills to a wide range of interesting subject areas.  The topics investigated go from the very small –  sub atomic physics, to the very large – Cosmology and theories of the Universe.  Wherever possible practical contexts are used to reinforce understanding of the theory, and to refine students’ understanding of the key laws and principles that are the building blocks of the Universe.

Key Stage 5 Sciences

Biology

Through the A level course in Biology, students will be challenged to understand the links between topics and the general themes that run throughout the subject.  They will learn a detailed understanding of the complex ways that the basic chemistry of their DNA leads to molecular reactions in their cells, and how they combine to contribute to general characteristics of an organism.  Application of  understanding of these biological process to real world practices  become increasingly integral as the course progresses.

Chemistry

Chemistry builds on the foundations of GCSE by broadening and deepening the areas of study.  Students are required to build a rigorous scientific technique and approach to lab work as well as to develop high level analytical techniques.  Aspects commonly seem in the media are studied with students require to explain the increasingly complex chemistry behind issues such as climate change.  The challenges of applying knowledge to develop new materials or pharmaceutical agents and an awareness that current knowledge and understanding is always fluid is promoted.

Physics

Most students who study Physics at ‘A’ level will tell you that it is the most interesting subject they do.  The emphasis shifts more towards the rigorous application of mathematics as a means to understand, describe and explain the fundamental laws governing the Universe.  Students are challenged to use the mathematics they have learned as a language for explaining a range of very interesting theories.  In so doing, they challenge their own preconceptions about the subject and how the Universe actually works.  The course introduces the quantum theory and particle physics as well as the development of field and theories for the fundamental forces.  Emphasis is placed on precision both in theoretical work and in the approach to lab work, where an understanding of uncertainty and the limitations of scientific techniques are key.