Science is the study of the world around us –
by learning science you learn HOW to study and learn.
You learn all about the world that we live in - how things work, what living things there are, how things happen. It helps you to understand your own body and your health, how living things are all connected and why it is important that we preserve our planet. It helps us understand invisible things like energy and force and the distant Universe, as well as how molecules and atoms react together, and how there are patterns and structures in the world around us.
Most importantly, the study of science is fun and also challenging. We don't know the answers to all sorts of mysteries, but trying to find out those answers is great fun!!
We aim to help all children fulfil their potential, regardless of race or gender. We encourage pupils to participate positively in mixed groups, working in pairs or small groups, as well as fostering their ability to work confidently and independently. It is our aim to provide a safe and yet challenging learning environment, where pupils feel comfortable to take risks with their learning, to make mistakes and to learn through them.
Key Stage 3
During Years 7 and 8, pupils follow differentiated schemes of work, covering the main topics such as :- Cells, Reproduction, Energy, Electricity, Particles, Habitats and Reactions. Assessments take place each term using a variety of activities, including written and practical. Every term pupils complete a 'Creative Homework' project from a list of choices.
In Year 9 pupils study a 'Foundation to GCSE' year, which incorporates introductory GCSE work with the key skills needed for GCSE study. Typical topics include cells and microscopy, atoms and matter and reactivity and forces . Pupils gain confidence in those key skills, such as hypothesising, analysis and evaluation, through investigational and independent work.
Key Stage 4
We are delighted to be able to offer a range of paths for GCSE study. Pupils are recommended to follow the Triple Science route if they are intending to pursue Science A-levels. Pupils can currently choose to study either three or two GCSEs from the OCR GCSE Suite, which includes GCSE Biology, Chemistry and Physics, or GCSE Science and Additional Science. As part of these courses, pupils will need to complete Controlled Assessments which account for 25% of each GCSE. From September 2016, we will be following the AQA options of GCSE Triple Science or GCSE Combined Science: Trilogy.
Prestatyn High School have established ‘transition projects’; a unit of work that is started in the second half of year 6 summer term and forms the basis of work at secondary school for the start of Y7. PHS provide activities to help with transition between primary and secondary school. Read more about transition
What is a Learning Plan?
When you see your son/daughters books you will find Learning Plans (currently only at KS4). These are photocopied onto blue paper and set out the learning that is being done in lessons, what the homeworks are and when assessments will take place.