Welcome to the Science Department
Dartford Grammar School was awarded the highest level for provision for Science from the specialisms Quality Mark in October 2012. We are proud of the opportunities that our students have to develop their knowledge and interests in science acrosse an extremely wide range of scientific desciplines and extra-curricular activities on offer.
The science Department has recently undergone a full refurbishment and now consists of 13 new laboratories and a state of the art Lecture theatre with capacity for 120 people. This allows us to continue to deliver a practical based 7 year IB curriculum to the highest level.
The science department is passionate about providing the highest quality of learning experiences for our students. We currently have 17 science specialist teachers and a team of 5 experienced technicians to facilitate this.
Each lesson is 50 minutes and all year 7 classes have six periods of science per week and four periods in year 8. Students follow a carefully designed curriculum that lays the foundations for their GCSE studies. Key Stage 3 science is focused around a balanced practical scheme of work where students develop their subject knowledge across Biology, Chemistry and Physcis which includes experimental skills in laboratory work.
In Key Stage 4, students study GCSE AQA Higher level science. Students start their GCSE course at the beginning of year 9. In year 9 students have four periods of science and study Core science. In year 10, students have six periods of science. All students start their Additional science studies in year 10. Students who deomonstrate the ability to attain the highest grades in their year 10 exams will study the Extension units for each science in Year 11 and will be awarded three science GCSe results in separate sciences. Students who require consolidation of their learning in order to attain higher grades will undertake extra study of Core and Additional science in Year 11 and will be awarded two GCSE sciences. All content is examined through short answer written papers and investigatives skills tasks. An 'investigative skills assignment' contributes 25% of the final mark.
The International Baccalaureate at both standard and higher level is offered in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Environmental Systems and Societies and Sports Science are offered at standard level.
The Science Co-Curriculum
The science department offers a wide range of extra-curricular opportunities for our students to develop their passion and interests in science. This begins in Year 7 and 8 with Junior Science Club, where around 40 students attend after school every Tuesday for an extra helping of practical science. Students in Key Stage 4 have the opportunity to take part in a wide range of events, these include; The Biology Challenge, Medlink visits, the Intermediate Physics Olympiad, helping with Science club, CREST Silver Award and several gifted and talented workshops. When studying the IB Diploma, students have many opportunities to extend their knowledge through study visits in the UK and abroard.
We offer three high quality science lectures each year; Christmas, Summer and the annual Stephenson Lecture.
The Science and Language Specialisms combine each year to offer the International Careers fair, which focuses on Science and Languages with an international aspect. All students have the opportunity to speak with our guests and Year 11 and 12 attend Key note talks and mini sessions relating to careers.
Please see the Science College Specialisms and Key Stage 3, 4 and 5 subject links for more details on all extra-curricular opportunites in science at Dartford Grammar School.
We hope you take full advantage of the unique opportunities the science department offer you.