Science Department Staff
For more information about the Subject curriculum, please contact: Mrs J McCutcheon the Curriculum Leader.
- Mrs J McCutcheon - Curriculum Leader
- Mr M Daniels
- Mr P Fletcher
- Mrs J Hayes
- Mrs D Holden - Teacher in charge of Physics
- Mr D Simpson - Teacher in charge of Chemistry
- Miss C Warburton
- Mrs S Kell -Technician
- Mrs S Walsh - Senior Technician
- Mrs K Pye - Science Support
The Science Department
We are a strong team of staff dedicated to delivering the very best in teaching so that every student at Balshaw’s enjoys Science and experiences the highest quality
We are housed in 6 laboratories, three of which were fully refurbished in 2011, thanks to a grant from the Wolfson Foundation, a science ICT suite and two preparation rooms.
As well as teaching Science, members of the team get involved in wider school activities such as : Science clubs, STEM activities, Engineers of the Future – Lego Club, Maths, hockey, football, Health and Social Care, trips plus much more!
At Balshaw’s we want to enrich our students fully in the wonderful world of Science!
After all…Science is all around us!
Year 7 Science Club
On Wednesday evenings 3.30-4.15 pm our Year 7 Science Club meet to carry out exciting challenges, experiments and watch some explosive demonstrations! Enjoying up to 30 members each year, this thriving club is organized by Mrs Holden and staffed by members of the department.
There is an annual Science Club trip for members – last year they visted the Science Museum and the Natural History Museum! Read all about their adventures in this article.
Year 8 Science Club
This was a new Science activity for 2016 -2017. It meets on Tuesday evenings 3:30-4:30pm in room 40 and is run by Mrs Hayes. Students who join will work towards a CREST award while enjoying fun and exciting Science activities and experiments.
Members of the club attended a trip last year to the Science Museum and the Natural History Museum in London! Read all about their adventures in this article.
This is coordinated by Mr Fletcher and Mr Daniels, to encourage students to apply their knowledge to challenges such as building a remote control vehicle. The club enjoyed huge success previously when they competed in and won the North West Competition at Landrover’s Halewood site, as well as competing in the National Finals at Silverstone. This club is for a group of Year 9 students.
Engineers of the Future – Lego Club
This highly successful club is run by Mr Simpson and involves producing a Lego vehicle capable of completing a set of challenges under competition conditions. The group were the North of England winners and earned a place at the National Finals at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry, where some of the team won individual prizes for their efforts. This club is for Year 9 students.
Key Stage 3 Curriculum
In Years 7,8 and 9 students are taught in ability groups where they study all three Sciences. In each Year they study Biology, Chemistry and Physics topics with end of topic tests and assessments throughout the year. Students in different classes will all study the same topics each term but classes will complete these in a different order so there is less demand on equipment and resources.
Key Stage 4 Curriculum
Students in Year 10 ( 2016-2017) will be studying for the new style GCSE taught by subject specialists in classes of Higher and Foundation students. Students may be invited to intervention sessions to boost attainment and/or consolidate knowledge and understanding in a small group situation. End of unit exams and assessments will be completed regularly to track students progress as there will be no formal external examinations until the end of Year 11 ( Summer 2018). Coursework has been replaced by required practicals as set by AQA, our exam board, and students are expected to have taken part in these as there will be questions about these on the exam. Students who are absent will be required to copy up notes etc upon their return and have a 'buddy' in class who will collect sheets etc for them.
As in previous years we ask that students purchase a revision guide and workbook form school (we can sell these at a discounted price as we purchase in bulk) which will be used for all three Sciences over the next two years. Unfortunately, those with books from older siblings will find these obsolete as the curriculum content has changed quite significantly.
Lessons and Homework
Year 8 Chemistry Homework
Year 7 Creative Cell Work
These amazing pieces of work are completed by 7x/sc2. Model cells made from everything, including cake
Year 7 Fabulous Model Cell Homework