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Programme of study

All students at Cansfield study Science in each year during their time at school.

In KS3, three hours per week of the curriculum are dedicated to Science. Pupils study 4 modules of Biology, Chemistry and Physics in years 7, 8 and 9. The Science department has newly equipped labs which have been
refurbished over the past two years. These offer an excellent learning environment for pupils to study Science.

Students are taught in mixed ability groups in Year 7, then set in Y8 and Y9. The set depends on:

  • Their Science mark (grade) from Key Stage 2 tests which they did at Primary School.
  • Their level of attainment based on regular testing, throughout Year 7.
  • School target setting

Staff recommendation.

All students complete similar work: some groups work at higher levels than others. There is a lot of practical work in Science and students will be expected to work in groups sharing ideas, as well as on their own. The course chosen builds on their primary experiences, revisiting some ideas as well as introducing new ones. It provides a variety of tasks and because it is such an activity based course it allows students to solve problems as well as developing a good understanding of scientific ideas. The course involves a lot of investigations which create an enjoyable and motivating atmosphere for the students to work in. Homework is set each week and forms an important part of the course. The work is marked regularly and these marks along with their test marks can be used to tell home how much progress your child is making.

Setting is reviewed at the end of Year 8 and Year 9 and any student who is succeeding beyond expectation or not coping with the set they are in is moved accordingly.

It is expected that each student will bring to Science their exercise book, together with a pen, pencil and ruler, in addition a simple scientific calculator may be used.


The Science Faculty organises several trips for students throughout their time at Cansfield and
families can help by:

  • Taking your child to visit Museums, Sea Life Centres and Zoos.
  • By checking homework is completed and asking your child to explain it to you.
  • By looking at comments written in the exercise book by the teacher.
  • By encouraging them to watch scientific programmes on television.
  • By reading scientific articles in newspapers.
  • By using the Internet to do research on scientific topics. By encouraging them to join a library to access research materials.