The Science Team is an exciting and engaging department that thrives on the development of scientific minds.

The Science department is housed in six well-equipped laboratories, all with an interactive whiteboard and projector. The department aims to always be at the forefront of any developments in curriculum and equipment, ensuring our pupils are able to access the information regardless of their ability. Each class has access to laptops for student use.

The department also has access to an extensive wildlife area within the school grounds with two large ponds, woodland and a meadow. We also run extra-curricular activities including the exciting Practical Science Club where pupils have the opportunity to do fun science practicals that can't always find their way into the curriculum, and gardening club, where pupils can try their hand at horticulture developing new interests and hobbies.

The department also has links with local primary schools, providing Science Master Classes for primary students and a programme of transition lessons for Y6 students.

Key Stage 3

The majority of pupils at Da Vinci Academy follow a 2 year KS3, in Years 7 and 8. They cover a developed version of the national curriculum in a topic based approach to learning, whilst ensuring all pupils are able to differentiate between Biology Chemistry and Physics.

Topics covered include:

Reproduction, The Periodic Table of Elements, Ecosystems, Adaptation and Inheritance, Health and Lifestyle, Human Body Systems, Acids and Alkalis, Forensics, Space, Energy, Electricity, Forces and Motion.

This Key Stage 3 structure sets pupils up ready to meet the increased demands of the new GCSEs in Science, which now include topic areas traditionally found in A-Level.

For pupils not ready to continue to GCSE there is an extended third year program of study that will allow pupils to cover many of the basics required for them to be able to access the GCSE content.

GCSE (Key Stage 4)

For the majority of pupils the GCSE course will run over three years. This is to reflect the increased level of content in the new specifications of GCSE Science. Gone are the days of coursework, which has been replaced with analytical and evaluative questions within the Year 11 terminal examinations. All pupils will cover a wide range of topics in all three Science disciplines, as well as completing the 28 “required practical” which allow pupils to develop analytical skills as well as being examined at the end of year 11.

The highest ability pupils will complete Triple Science GCSE, where they will get a separate grade in each of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Due to the nature of the timetable only the highest ability and hardest working pupils will be able to access this course, as it will be completed in the same amount of lessons as Combined Science.

The Combined Science covers many of the same topics as the Triple Science course, but pupils come out with two grades in Science. This is still a suitable course for pupils wishing to study A-Levels in Science, but will allow a greater range of pupils to access the material.