At Les Quennevais School, the central aim of the Science department is to help students to develop the skills, attitudes and qualities needed for them to contribute positively to an increasingly scientific and technological society. To achieve this, we provide students with a wide range of activities and experiences that will challenge them to develop scientific concepts and encourage them to reflect upon the impact that Science has on society. It is a vibrant department with a range of teaching skills from new teachers through to very experienced teachers.
The curriculum offered makes full use of appropriate scientific investigation opportunities, maximises the use of e-learning wherever possible and supports classroom based work with suitable enrichment activities such as presentations from outside speakers, visits to Jersey zoo and field trips.
At Key Stage 3 students follow a scheme of work through modules based on the key themes of Cells, Energy, Forces and Particles in line with the AQA KS3 syllabus. The course has been designed to encourage active and independent learning and practical activities play a large role in developing scientific understanding. The course provides students with regular formative, diagnostic and summative assessments of their progress with the students themselves taking an active part in assessing their own progress. It prepares them well for KS4.
At KS4 they follow the AQA Combined Science Synergy Syllabus which contains Biology, Chemistry and Physic topics. The students must complete 21 required practicals in all three disciplines which gives them the opportunity to develop their skills and learn through doing and observing. This double award programme is assessed with terminal examinations during the Summer Term of Year 11.