Science

The Department of science is proud to be one of Maltings’ specialist departments. Our department is at the forefront of innovative science teaching, and every student who comes to science will have opportunities that are unique to the academy. Our dedicated and highly qualified team of staff and technicians mean that scientific activities at Maltings Academy are exciting as well as educational. We aim to offer the best possible opportunity to every single student. Recent innovations include a suite of data logging apparatus for all students, cryogenic equipment for handling liquid nitrogen for studies down to temperatures as low as -200°C and for allowing chemistry students to work with chemicals that react with oxygen in the air.

You can visit the science department's own resources website here.

Key Stage 3

Students study science until the end of the winter term in year 9. They study six hours per fortnight in years 7 and 8, with an additional 3 hours in Year 9. We aim to build the foundations to a successful GCSE by getting students to 'model' the big ideas in Science and to improve their investigation skills. Students are assessed through a series of unit tests and end of term tests, there are also tasks in every unit that will help a student learn what is required to reach the next level.

In each year the different subjects are taught under the headings of the 'Key Ideas' of Science.
  • Forces
  • Particles
  • Cells
  • Interdependence
  • Energy
We believe that practical science is the best way to introduce ideas and concepts to students and to make it as interesting as possible. In order for a student to understand science they have to 'do' science.

Key Stage 4

Students study GCSE science from spring term in year 9. All students will study double award GCSE science which encompasses AQA Science A (Core) and AQA Additional Science. The course is composed of all aspects of science including biology, chemistry and physics. There is also an opportunity for high achieving students to opt to study AQA Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

Key Stage 5

We currently offer all AQA A Level courses in science: biology, chemistry and physics.

EELs

Investigative science is an academic EEL option which serves as a starting point for younger students particularly interested in science. Within investigative science, students will have the opportunity to accredit the work that they have completed to gain a Bronze Crest Award.

Extra Curricular

The science department offer many opportunities for students after academy to support and extend students in their studies during examination years.