Mixing chemicals, testing circuits and experimenting with creepy crawlies are just some of the standard joys of a science lesson. In Science at St David’s we always aim to go that little bit more! Pupils experience whiz bang experiments and demonstrations that exhilarate, motivate and instil a life long love of science. Our push for excellence is evident with over 85% of students achieving A*-C and an amazing 100% of students achieving distinction* for Level 3 applied science.
Outside of the classroom, our Science students are given the opportunity to enrich their knowledge and passion for the subject through exciting excursions. These include university visits to gain an insight into further study opportunities in addition to Science venues such as the Museum of Science, sky diving centre, Chester Zoo, National Space museum. In 2020 we are hoping to take a group to the Kennedy Space Centre in Orlando.
This year we have an exciting calendar of events. Our science council formed from our most talented scientists will be taking a lead on these. The council will have a number of roles including organising our yearly science week in April. The week long event is one of the highlights of the year where pupils will take part in STEM activities, competitions and exciting excursions. The council will also be involved in running our outstanding scientist award scheme, science clubs and supporting our younger learners. Having won the prestigious Gold STEM award in 2018, the Council will help develop our new school plan to secure the award again in 2020. This time the school will be aiming to act as an ambassador for the other schools helping them to achieve the award.
In order to provide the very best experience pupils will now be using the most advanced and accurate methods. The department has invested nearly £5000 in the latest data loggers. These include, measuring speed, heart rate, magnetic fields, radiation and more. Over the last two weeks pupils have been getting to grips with the new equipment.
Lois said ‘Physics experiments have always been exciting but the new equipment means that we can get really precise data which is really important at this level’
During the October Holidays the science department will again be running an intensive support programme for learners at GCSE and A level. Over the last two years the holiday programme have been a popular choice for pupils to knuckle down and get prepared ready for their exams. At the end of the 3 days pupils will get the chance to unwind and enjoy themselves at Alton towers.