Science


We aim to provide a Science Education which will contribute to the overall development of each pupil and to make Science relevant to the needs of the pupil in everyday life.  The subject will help the pupils acquire scientific skills, knowledge and understanding necessary for progression to subsequent study and/or career development.  In our lessons we aim to develop an awareness of the impact of Science on our world and our society and to inform pupils about careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) in a fun and engaging learning environment.

 

Key Stage 3:

In Years 8 – 10 pupils study a range of topics from the three Science disciplines. The Key Stage 3 curriculum has been designed to allow pupils to experience a wide range of practical work and group activity.


 

Year 8 Year 9 Year 10
Safety and measurement Gases, elements and compounds

Blood and circulation

Cells Pollution Heat transfer
Solutions Astronomy Acids and alkalis
Electricity Food and digestion Dynamics
The Environment Sound Micro-organisms
Forces and Energy Materials Chemical reactions
Reproduction Light

 

GCSE

In Glengormley High School we offer two courses to our key stage 4 students:

  • GCSE Double award Science (CCEA)
  • GCSE Single award Science (CCEA)

 

A Level 

The study of A level science provides a basis for the further study, at tertiary level, of Biology, Chemistry and Physics and related courses. For those progressing directly into employment, an AS or A Level award is relevant not only in the fields of science, engineering and medicine, but also to areas of commerce and the public service in which problem-solving and practical skills are valued.
 

 
We currently offer the following A levels:

  • A-level Biology (CCEA)
  • A-level Physics (OCR)
  • A-Level Life and Health Science (CCEA)

 

Staff Resources:

Science Booking System 
 

Staff

Miss M Dowds – Head of Department

Mr A Hodge – Acting Principal

Mrs L Hodge – Biology / Pastoral Learning Leader

Mrs A Thompson – Biology

Mrs S Sames – Chemistry / Pastoral Learning Leader

Miss D Hanna – Biology

Dr J Williamson – Biology

Mr A Gault – Science 

Mr R Ingram – Senior Technician

Mrs M Martin – Technician
 
The CCEA website contains specifications, past examination papers and exam time tables and can be accessed by clicking http://www.rewardinglearning.org.uk/
 
The OCR website can be accessed by clicking http://www.ocr.org.uk/
 
Years 11 & 12, simply click on the link below to access the science podcasts and revise whilst you are on the move! http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/audio/
 

The links below will help you with your revision:

For Key Stage 3 (Years 8-10) http://bbc.co.uk/schools/revision/

For Key Stage 4 (Years 11 & 12) http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/

For AS & A2 Level (Years 13 & 14) http://www.s-cool.co.uk

 

Extra Curricular Science 

Science Shack 4

CAFRE Talks for Year 11 and 12 Science Students


 
A representative from CAFRE (College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise) gave a presentation to Year 11 and Year 12 pupils on the importance of Science in the workplace. CAFRE have 3 colleges in Northern Ireland which offer a range of courses and career options after GCSE and after A-Level.

Year 9 examing Materials in Science


 
Some Year 9 pupils beginning the Materials topic by trying to create the tallest free standing tower from straws and sticky tape, learning about the properties of materials but also how it is not always the material that is the most important but the design.

Year 11 Single Award model the penetrating power of radiation

Mr Laverty’s Year 11 Single Award Science class modelling the different penetrating power of radioactive emissions. Some pupils were alpha particles, some were beta particles and the final group were gamma rays.  They either penetrated or were stopped by different materials such as paper, lead and aluminium.

RAF Fun in Flight Roadshow

On Monday 27th November 2017 all year 10 pupils took part in a visit from the RAF STEM Roadshow. The roadshow was devised in response to the Governments acknowledgement that there is a shortfall of ‘home grown’ scientists and engineers.

‘Fun with Flight’ was a 50 minute jet fuelled presentation exploring the physics of flying. Students discovered how the physics they use in the class room is an integral part of the work that engineers undertake in the RAF and other engineering organisations.

Drones, balloons, airships and even jet engines were all used in draw dropping experiments.