Science

Introduction

Life’s full of fascinating questions:
Do you know that you get wider as you go through a door?
Does your nose run in space?
Do mobile phones really cook your brain?
Did you know that your pop was dinosaur urine millions of years ago?
What’s a quark? (It’s not the sound that a posh duck makes)

If you want to know the answers to life’s questions, Science is the place to be. Science is engaging and inspiring and our students’ learning experience will help them make sense of the way the world and the Universe work. The department is innovative and imaginative and embraces new technology and strategies with energy and enthusiasm so that we engage our students.

Subject team

blank_avatar-150x150Miss Lynn Winterson
Head of Science

BSc (Hons)

I started my career teaching maths in Fishguard Comprehensive school. From there I went to Ysgol Gyfun Dyffryn Taf as a Teacher of Physics and was promoted to Head of House. In 1998, I joined the staff at Chepstow Comprehensive as Head of Physics and later became an Assistant Head of Year.  I  was appointed as Head of Science at St Julian’s in 2004. When I am not working, I spend my time playing my guitar, out on my mountain bike (not at the same time as playing my guitar), jumping about in an aerobics class, in my sea-kayak or taking fell-running too literally – ouch.

 

KS28-08819_Miss Nicola Shears
Teacher in charge of Biology

BSc (Hons), PGCE

I grew up in Newport and attended Bassaleg Comprehensive School.  After leaving school, I attended Coventry University and then completed my PGCE in Cardiff.  My first teaching job was at St Julian’s as a teacher of Science and Biology.  I have taken on many roles including KS3 Co-ordinator and Applied Science Co-ordinator.  In 2005, I started my current role of Teacher in charge of Biology.

 

MW25-03784Mr Pugh
Teacher in charge of Chemistry

 

 

Mr Mike_ColemanMr Coleman
KS3 Science Co-ordinator

 

KS28-09389Ms Ford
ITT Co-ordinator

NoData0074Mrs Claire Forde
Physics Teacher

BEng (Hons), PGCE

I grew up in Newport and went to Caerleon Comprehensive School where I studied Maths, Physics and Chemistry at A Level. I went off to do Mechanical Engineering at University of Leeds with a sponsorship from what was then British Steel Corporation. After graduating, I worked in the steel industry at Llanwern for several years before I had a complete career change, retrained as a Physics teacher and got a job at St Julian’s. The rest is history, although I refuse to quote any dates here!

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NoData0075Miss Natalie Gingell
BTEC Science Co-ordinator

BSc (Hons), PGCE, MAEd

After teaching in London for two years, I decided to return home to Wales and joined the Science department at St Julian’s in 2005.  I covered temporary roles as Head of Biology and KS3 Co-ordinator before taking on my current role of BTEC Science Co-ordinator in 2010.

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MP20-08011Mrs Kathryn Griffiths
Chemistry Teacher/Head of Post 16 Enrichment

BSc (Hons), PGCE

I grew up in Newport and attended Bassaleg Comprehensive School where I studied Maths, Biology, Chemistry and Psychology.  After leaving school, I attended The University of Warwick, studying for a degree in Chemistry and then completed my PGCE at The University of Birmingham.  My first teaching job was at St Julian’s as a Teacher of Science and Maths in 2006.  I am currently in my final year of studying for my Masters in Education at The University of South Wales.

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blank_avatar-150x150Dr Helen Haynes
Teacher of Biology

BSc (Hons), PhD

I completed my PhD in Developmental Biology at University College London, developing skills in Cell & Molecular Biology, Microscopy and Cell Physiology. Having decided that I preferred communicating Science to life in the lab, I completed my PGCE at Bristol University before joining the Science department at St Julian’s in 2005.

blank_avatar-150x150Mr Jones
Teacher of Biology

Mrs Jennifer_BatesMs Taylor

Science Technicians

Ms Richards Ms James Ms Keyse
Senior Technician
Ms Hazel_Richards Miss Delma_James Mrs Janette_Keyse

Key Stage 3

The Key Stage 3 curriculum follows the National Curriculum for Wales. It is taught through themes such as ‘CSI Newport’, allowing students to access the curriculum at all levels. These themes were chosen carefully so that they provide a meaningful, relevant and motivating curriculum for our learners.

In science, we encourage our learners to take responsibility for their learning and teach them thinking strategies to help them make their own decisions about their learning strategies. For more-able and talented learners working at higher levels, we provide greater challenge by using material in ways that extend breadth and depth of study and opportunities for independent learning.

In the science department, lessons are varied and students are encouraged to use thinking, communication, ICT and number skills. Students are assessed regularly by means of assessed enquiries, assessed home-learning tasks and more formal tests. Students are given feedback in order to improve their learning and are encouraged to review their own learning and set themselves targets for improvement.

Key Stage 4

BTEC Applied Science (level 2)

100% coursework, 0% Exams!  Students will study 6 units over two years and gain a qualification equivalent to 2 GCSEs.  Each unit has several assignments that, once completed, will build a portfolio of evidence for the final award.  Work is graded pass, merit or distinction.

From Sept 2014

75% coursework, 25% exam.  You will study 8 units over two years.  Two of the units are formal exams which are marked externally and six units are coursework based that are marked internally. Each of the six units has several assignments that once completed will build a portfolio of evidence for your final award.  Work is graded pass, merit or distinction.

GCSE

The GCSE course we study is with Edexcel exam board. The course is split into 6 units: 2 biology, 2 chemistry and 2 physics. Students take three exams and complete a piece of controlled assessment for each year (10 and 11). The exam papers each last one hour and they are marked out of 60 and all look the same in terms of structure and the style of questions. They are taken at the end of the course (the end of year 11). Students can take the exams at different tiers; Foundation (aimed at grades C to G) and Higher (aimed at grades A* to D). The papers the students sit will be decided by the teacher in consultation with the students. Students can take any combination of Foundation and Higher papers.

The controlled assessment tasks are set by Edexcel and marked by the classroom teacher. Marks are then moderated by Edexcel. The work for the controlled assessment will be completed in class, and will take between four to six lessons to complete. They will centre around a piece of practical work; students will be required to plan an investigation, carry out a practical, and analyse their, and others’, data.

What can I do after GCSE or BTEC?

Students may choose to go on either to GCE AS/A2 Level if or to a BTEC Level 3 course in Applied Science. After that, who knows? They may go on to college or to university to study science, or a science-related subject such as maths, medicine, psychology or veterinary science. This may be as a degree, or other courses, such as the Higher National Diploma. Students may go into a science-based job straight from school, working in engineering or biomedicine or many other fields where they’ll get to use some of the knowledge from science GCSEs in real situations. But, even if students stop studying science after Year 11, they’ll have useful qualifications in science. Employers often look for people with good results in science, because studying and doing well in science shows that students have the sort of way of approaching and solving problems that employers find useful.

Key Stage 5

Physics

If you love a challenge and often wonder how the world works, then physics is the course for you. This engaging and inspiring GCE Physics course is delivered using a context approach enabling current, contemporary contexts to be included in the teaching and learning programme. You’ll look brainy and understand the Big Bang Theory too!

Biology

This is an excellent choice.  You will study human biology,  ecosystems, biochemistry,  food and diet , exercise and health to name a few.  You will have two exams at the end of AS and A2 and there is a coursework module which is practical based.

BTEC Applied science

Do you hate exams? Are you hardworking and organised? Then BTEC Applied Science (level 3) is for you! This 100% coursework based course allows students to develop a portfolio of work over the two years to display their knowledge and understanding without having the stress of exams.  The course is ideal for those who wish to pursue a career in science.

Future pathways

As a scientist, the world is your lobster! Your analytical, mathematical and experimental skills, together with your logical approach to problem solving will prove to be a valuable asset in most careers, from astrophysics to zoology.