Science

Science Wider Learning

The science curriculum at Twyford encourages students to ask the important questions: why and how? Each student will study science for at least 7 hours a fortnight with lessons encompassing both theory and practical work. This broad and balanced approach to the science curriculum enables pupils to develop the key scientific skills necessary to become an outstanding scientist.

As part of our commitment to wider learning in science, we have developed strong links with world-class academic scientific institutions to ensure our students have access to scientists at the cutting edge of their research. Students will have the opportunity to attend lectures and workshops both within school and as part of external trips to further develop their passion for science.

Throughout the year we have a plethora of activities taking place within the science department including:

Clubs

Year 7 Science Club - students carry out different practical activities to delve deeper into the science in the world around them

Year 8 Science Club - students carry out different practical activities to delve deeper into the science in the world around them. Students will also have the opportunity to achieve a Bronze CREST Award

Year 12 MedSoc - a group of avid future Doctors meet regularly to share ideas and develop their knowledge of current medical practices as well as prepare for their medical school applications

Year 13 MedSoc - a group of avid future Doctors meet regularly to share ideas and develop their knowledge of current medical practices as well as prepare for their medical entrance exams and interviews

Triple S club for all year groups – lower school students can work alongside sixth form students to discuss science that interests them or ask for help with their schoolwork

Awards

Year 12 CREST awards – students will work in a small group alongside a researcher at Imperial College London to carry out novel research based around their interests

Cambridge Chemistry Challenge – students will have the opportunity to complete a paper which tests them beyond the scope of their A-Level Curriculum

Chemistry Olympiad – students will have the opportunity to complete a paper which tests them beyond the scope of their A-Level Curriculum

Biology Olympiad – students will have the opportunity to complete a paper which tests them beyond the scope of their A-Level Curriculum

Trips

Chemistry in Action and Chemistry Live – students had the opportunity to hear 5 chemistry researchers at the cutting edge of their specialism talk about their research as well as receiving exam tips from an examiner

Biology Live – students had the opportunity to hear 5 biology researchers at the cutting edge of their specialism talk about their research as well as receiving exam tips from an examiner

Physics in Action and Physics Live – students had the opportunity to hear 5 physicist researchers at the cutting edge of their specialism talk about their research as well as receiving exam tips from an examiner

GCSE Science in Action and GCSE Science Live – students had the opportunity to hear 5 scientists at the cutting edge of their specialism talk about their research as well as receiving exam tips from an examiner

External Speakers

External speakers come in after school to deliver talks about their specialisms to students. In the previous academic year, talks were given by a kidney surgeon, a dentist, a mechanical engineer, a midwife, an animal research charity and a pharmacologist along with many others.

The articles below have been written by students who have taken part in the Science Wider Learning offer:


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