The Science Department
Mr B Spowage - Head of Science
Mr T Silvester - Assistant Principal
Mr J Treadwell - Second in Department
Mrs M Vernon
Mrs S Robertson
Miss L Hayes
Miss R Saundeers
Mrs E Webb
Mr I Wilson
Mrs J Rossi
Mr S Simkin
Mrs A Midgley - Science Learning Mentor
Mr J Fieldman – Senior Technician
Mr G Price – Science Technician
Mr J Shaw - Science Technician
Science at the Skegness Academy takes a look at the world through enquiring eyes, encouraging pupils to investigate for themselves and explain why things happen in the world around them.
Pupils develop a variety of analytical and life skills such as how to hypothesise, predict, observe, measure, record, conclude, evaluate and justify the conclusions they make. Pupils become adept at making their own judgements on claims which are made in the media and elsewhere, using a variety of sources of information. We hope that all pupils will become independent investigators and thinkers who can take a critical look at the world around them and determine how science shapes their lives.
The Science Curriculum
During years 7 and 8, pupils will learn the key scientific principles in an ‘Applications of Science' approach. By relating everything to real-life examples, pupils develop an understanding of the relevance of science in everyday life. Units of study pull together ideas from the three main strands of science and the topics include Life and Living Processes, Energy and Particles and Materials. In year 9, pupils will further develop their scientific enquiry skills and consolidate their knowledge in preparation for Key Stage 4 and through a bespoke programme of How Science Works topics such as ‘How strong am I’, ‘ Why dissect’ and ‘What are atoms?’.
At Key Stage 4 there are several different pathways, including a science GCSE option and a double science GCSE award, both following the new AQA syllabus. We also offer pupils the opportunity to study for the Edexcel BTEC Certificate in Applied Science; BTEC pupils are internally assessed by the classroom teacher as they complete each assignment along with an externally assessed examination.
We offer the three main sciences at Key Stage 5. Year 12 and 13 AS and A2 Level courses are modular - OCR Biology, OCR Chemistry and OCR Physics. We also offer A Level 3 BTEC course to offer a vocational route at Key Stage 5.
Our aims within the science curriculum are:
• to provide a balanced science education for all pupils who have equal access to the range of science experiences, enabling them to reach their full potential;
• to stimulate an interest and enjoyment in science, so academic achievement and expectations may be raised;
• to incorporate ‘how science works' into all aspects of science teaching as a way of developing pupils' awareness and appreciation of science in their lives;
• to develop the skills of analysis and problem solving;
• to enhance the awareness of past influences, present and likely future implications of science on education, work, leisure and the world environment; and
• to enable pupils to satisfy the demands of the National Curricullum.