Our primary aim is to ensure that all students gain knowledge and understanding of science, and that they reach their true potential in this subject.
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Students bring a wealth of experiences to the classroom, they have different interests, they progress at different rates, and they respond differently to a variety of teaching and learning styles. Our task is to provide a suitable learning environment in which all pupils, irrespective of ability, gender and cultural background can gain maximum benefit from a study of science.
If we can achieve the maximum possible rate of progression and attainment in science for each student, in the time they are at Llandovery College, then we can be satisfied with our teaching strategies.
However, this is not our only target.
We also aim to promote and develop cross-curricular skills, including ICT and Key skills, and reinforce the aims of the whole-school policies in the development of individuals. Naturally, we hope that all students will enjoy the study of science, and in their study of science they will develop an appreciation of its importance in society today. Students can relate to the content of the topics placed in a modern context much more easily, and therefore retain interest.
1 To provide a broad and balanced science education for all, which encompasses and promotes the following themes:
a) A coherent curriculum structure for science.
2 To provide, through well-constructed studies of investigative and practical activities, a science education which enables the learner to:
a) Appreciate science as a human activity.
3 To provide relevant and challenging Science courses and promote and develop the associated elements of cross-curricular programmes of study.
4 To develop abilities and skills that are:
a) Relevant to the study and practice of science.
5 To stimulate:
a) Curiosity, interest and enjoyment in science and in the methods of enquiry.
6 To promote an awareness of:
a) The study and practice of science are cooperative and cumulative activities subject to social, economic, technological, ethical and cultural influences and limitations.
The well-resourced science department consistently delivers excellent results across all three subjects, with highly-experienced and new staff providing expert but friendly tuition and support. In Years 7 and 8 there is a practical based course which exposes the pupils to all the sciences according to national curriculum with a real ‘hands-on’ feel to the lessons.
The friendly science staff run revision clinics and have an open-door policy for queries. This collaborative approach encourages questions and discussion all the way to A Level with extra help and support available at the crucial times in AS and A2.
Our results speak for themselves. At GCSE we have students who, year after year, produce grades that are way above the national average. At Sixth Form level the top pupils will be entered for various national competitions (eg Olympiads). We give ample careers and UCAS advice including medicine (UKCAT/BMAT), work experience (particularly in medical fields) and short sixth form courses to help prepare for a future career and higher education.