Science teachers at Ian Ramsey strive to maintain pupils’ curiosity in science and the world around them.  Linking scientific concepts with real life situations.  Schemes of work are planned to challenge and explore through the use of practical skills and theoretical knowledge.

“There have been very recent improvements in the achievement of students in some subjects, most notably in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. This is a result of students being given work that is suitable and provides them with the right level of challenge they need to help them achieve their best”

Quote from the recent Ofsted Report

Aims of the Department:

It is a central aim that all pupils should be able to realise their full potential.

Pupils will be given the opportunity to,

  • Acquire a systematic body of scientific knowledge and develop an understanding of science including its power and limitations.
  • Develop experimental and investigative abilities.
  • Develop an understanding of the nature of scientific ideas and activity and the basis for scientific claims.

Develop their knowledge of the technological and environmental applications of science and of the economic, ethical and social implications of these.

Science Club

Science club takes place one lunch time every week. It gives year 7 and 8 pupils the extra opportunity to get hands-on experience in Science and develop their interest in the subject further. Pupils are encouraged to watch spectacular demonstrations and perform enquiry-based practical experiments in a fun yet stimulating learning environment. Each session is themed around a particular area of Science and includes topics such as polymers, exothermic reactions and forces. The pupils even get to take some of their experiments home.

Café Scientifique @ The Arc

“Before I actually went, I was a bit sceptical about it, but now I’m hungry for more fascinating science.  The topics are always unique, the professors are funny and at the end of the day I know that I’ve learnt something new”.

A McLaren (student)

Triple science pupils have been attending the Café Scientifique lectures each month at The Arc in Stockton. These lectures provide an informal forum in a relaxed café setting to engage in the latest ideas in science and technology.

Since September we have attended lectures debating how plants could help solve the worlds’ food shortage problems, how nerves work and how we can study them, the effects cannabis can have on psychosis and the wonder material that is graphene.

The speakers are experts in their field and are often linked to Universities, Government policy advice and Industry. Listening to Science professionals speak on a range of topics is a fantastic way to introduce pupils to careers in Science while discussing cutting edge scientific developments. After the lecture there is a discussion and pupils have been able to practise formulating questions and listening to debate in order to develop reasoning skills and scientific literacy, both of which are tested in the GCSE Science exams.


KS3 Science for the new curriculum – Activate Science

At Ian Ramsey we follow a 2 year KS3 programme of study in order to prepare for the GCSE course. This is based around the Activate resources and tailored for individuals. Numeracyliteracy and working scientifically are embedded throughout to develop key skills.

Topics covered include:

Year 7

  • Cells
  • Structure and function of body systems
  • Reproduction
  • Particles and their behaviour
  • Elements, atoms and compounds
  • Reactions
  • Acids and Alkalis
  • Forces
  • Sound
  • Light
  • Space

Year 8

  • Health and Lifestyle
  • Ecosystem progresses
  • Adaptations and Inheritance
  • The Periodic Table
  • Separation techniques
  • Metals and acids
  • The Earth
  • Electricity and Magnetism
  • Energy
  • Motion and Pressure

KS4 Science

Year 9 & 10

Year 9  and 10 pupils are following either the GCSE 1-9 Coordinated or Separate Sciences. All of the work is assessed at the end of year 11 in six separate exams. Each exam will contain a mixture of different question styles, including multiple-choice questions, short answer questions, calculations and extended open-response questions.

Year 9 & 10 science

Year 11 only

Year 11 pupils are following the OCR 21st Century Science course covering the following topics.

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