The Les Quennevais School Science Department is a progressive department that focuses on active student learning. Our teachers have high expectations of themselves, each other and their students.
In today's society, we believe that a knowledge and understanding of Science is fundamental towards supporting lifelong choices. We are keen that our students enjoy Science and engage with Science, so that they may develop an appropriate understanding of exciting developments, contentious issues and the ethical science choices that face people every day. We encourage lifelong learning and want our students to develop into people who are assured in their choices.
Our shared and clearly understood goals are to work together to create a high quality environment for learning. Safety is a key factor in this. This is not only the non- negotiable safe conduct in the laboratory but also safety to explore learning. Students are encouraged to take risks when demonstrating their learning and not be afraid to explore misconceptions. In return, we actively use assessment for learning to address these misconceptions.
We believe in personalised learning and strive to set individual, realistic but also challenging targets for our students. We aim to identify students who are not making progress towards these targets and suggest appropriate remedial actions.
We seek to enhance the professional development of all staff in order to support the learning experiences of all students.
At the beginning of Year 7, students are actively encouraged to build a supportive learning community. We believe that these foundations set our shared expectations throughout their school life. This is not merely about how to behave in a laboratory environment but about the skills required to support each other to learn effectively.
Teaching methods are varied and stimulating. Students have the opportunity to work on projects that allow them to demonstrate their capabilities to the fullest. They receive feedback and guidance about their progress on a termly basis. We aim to nurture confident and independent learners. In order to provide this we continually review and amend our schemes of work for all of our courses. The schemes of learning are organic, and aim to represent the collective and shared wisdom of the department.
Science performs a vital role within the school curriculum and we seek, through the School Development Plan, to raise the subject's profile and it's accessibility to students further. We have recently made a significant change to the GCSE course combinations offered. These changes also aim to offer the best possible preparation for individual students going on to study A Level.
Although we are based in a small island community, we continue to look for opportunities to effectively offer the best curriculum enrichment opportunities possible. In addition to having teachers responsible for the KS3 and KS4 curriculum, we also have a teacher in post for liaison with external enrichment providers and our feeder schools.
The department aims to provide a supportive and stimulating environment in which student's work is celebrated and displayed and in which achievement at all levels is recognised and rewarded.
In Lower School, students learn about Science through study of themed modules. These reflect the KS3 standards and are developed in house to reflect our desire that our learners understand, reinforce and subsequently build on the essential scientific concepts. Further detail about these is communicated termly via the Curriculum Overview document that is sent home by the school.
In Upper School, our students are supported to make informed choices about the best programme of study at GCSE. They may choose one balanced GCSE course, or two balanced GCSE courses. Presently these are from the exam board Edexcel. Students may also choose to study either two or three of the separate sciences. These courses are assessed by the AQA exam board.