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Faculty Representative
360o of a Science classroom


In year 7, students study the key foundations of science. These include units of work about cells, reproduction, energy atoms and simple chemical reactions. These units are studied first as Year 8 and 9 then build on this knowledge to consider more complex ideas. Alongside this, pupils are also taught some of the key scientific skills including how to plan investigations, data analysis, drawing conclusions and evaluating experiments.
Children are encouraged to do their own research alongside their studies in school. This could be through research online or even their own projects at home. Our students are encouraged to take an imaginative and creative approach to homework- which in the past has included making models and even baking cakes! There are opportunities throughout year 7 for pupils to complete tasks as a way of earning Fernwood Award points in lessons. There is a extra-curricular Science Club that runs once per week that pupils are welcome to attend.  Science club allows pupils to do exciting investigations, creative tasks and build on ideas they have met in lessons.
We are keen for pupils to experience as much practical learning in Science as possible. In the first few weeks of Year 7, we help train the students in the key safety aspects of working in the lab and also building their confidence in using some of the key equipment in practical work. We take the approach of trying to empower students to be able to investigate the big questions in science by collecting data or reflecting on evidence presented to them.
Our lessons are all taught by highly qualified specialist Science teachers who take a reflective and creative approach to their lessons. Students are engaged through a variety of different techniques and styles of lessons that help children to learn in different ways. Students are taught in mixed ability groups and are actively encouraged to learn Science from each other as well as from the teacher. Lessons often include group work, peer or self-assessment, creative tasks and many opportunities for independent learning. We provide more specialist support for students with additional needs or for those whose first language is not English.

Head Teacher – Mr P Burke
The Fernwood School, Goodwood Road, Wollaton, Nottingham, NG8 2FT
0115 9286 326 |
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