At Freemen’s, Science is taught as a single subject from Year 3 to Year 7. Teaching is designed to encourage attitudes such as curiosity and confidence which help pupils explain and develop their ideas using scientific concepts. Pupils often work together and communicate their findings in a variety of ways.
At Freemen's we provide exciting and challenging material with a strong emphasis on practical work and discussion.
Science in the Senior School
From Year 8 upwards, Science is taught as three separate subjects: Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Pupils start the Edexcel International GCSE qualification in Year 9, with examination results being extremely good and considerable ‘added value’ provided at this stage.
In the Sixth Form, pupils can study Biology, Chemistry and Physics at A level. Chemists follow the AQA syllabus, whilst biologists and physicists study the Edexcel courses. We have an excellent reputation for sending pupils on to read Medicine, Engineering, Natural Sciences and other science-related courses at academic universities. A full training programme is offered for potential medics, vets and dentists to help develop their thinking, practical and interview skills.
Science beyond the classroom
We aim to bring Science to life in modern well-equipped laboratories and through activities such as Young Investigators, Science Club, Salters’ Chemistry Festival, Physics Experiment Competition, a STEM day and Dissection Club. We also offer a programme of visits including Marwell Zoo, Biology field work and Spectroscopy in a Suitcase, and lectures with Biology in Action, Chemistry in Action, Physics in Action and at the RI. Pupils have also attended residential courses run by Debate Chamber, Headstart and The Smallpeice Trust.
Each year we enter students into the Biology, Chemistry and Physics Challenge and Olympiad competitions in Y10, Y11, Y12 and Y13, with great success and enjoyment.