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August 2017 - Secondary Science News
It has been a busy and successful start to the year in Secondary Science. We have been pleased to welcome two new teaching members of staff to the department and also our very first Y12 A-Level cohort. Meanwhile the students from Y7 to Y11 have settled back into the full swing of school, with a lot going on across all year groups.
This year we have welcomed Miss Morag Armstrong into the Science Department. Morag has joined us from the U.K. as our Biology Specialist; she brings a wealth of teaching and leadership experience to our department. We also have Mr Aaron Harris joining us to teach KS3 Science, drawing on his extensive experience in teaching various subjects, which he combines with his P.E. teaching.
We are delighted that we now have our first A-Level classes this year. We have students following Biology, Chemistry and Physics courses. They have settled in well and made a very positive start to their Y12 studies.
We are looking forward to a busy year ahead. Our focus in Secondary is on our school aim of ‘promoting a culture of excellence in teaching and learning’. As a Department we are looking forward to developing our curriculum further to provide challenge to students of all levels.  This has been our professional development focus for the start of the year and we have planned for ways to challenge students of all levels to exceed their own expectations.  Our additional foci will continue to be on providing opportunity within the curriculum for students to develop their enquiry skills, take responsibility for their own learning and be able to contextualise and apply the science they are learning to the world around them.
Over this first half term, Year 7 are beginning their Science journey by developing some investigation skills in the context of Forensics. Year 8 students will be looking at the concepts of Matter and Change as they explore acids, metals, materials and reactions and then Systems, Structure & Function in the context of our bodies and how they work together to keep us healthy.
Year 9 topics act as a bridge between KS3 Science and the start of their IGCSE courses. Year 9 will be rotating through Biology, Physics and Chemistry, with different teacher for each. The topics they are currently studying involve consolidating their KS3 knowledge and extending key ideas and skills, through student led investigation opportunities. This will give them a secure understanding and developing skill set to ensure a successful start to the IGCSE courses. Our current Year 9 students will begin the IGCSE courses shortly after Chinese New Year in February this year.
And finally, we wish to congratulate some excellent results achieved by last year’s Year 11 students in their Science IGCSEs. Most importantly there were many examples of outstanding achievement from various students, with many exceeding their target grades and showing excellent progress on the grades achieved in their Mock examinations; this is a true credit to their hard work and focus and we wish them all the best of luck for their next steps. 
Please follow the Science Department on twitter @dbis_sci to see some of the learning in action. 

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