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18/09/20

Please join us for our Virtual Open Event on Thursday 8 October and see what makes such a special place to work and learn. Register your interest here: https://t.co/nMcf3Bg0Em and we’ll let you know as soon as our Virtual Open Event goes live. https://t.co/MqbVXTl9kr

18/09/20

If you would like to join us in supporting the campaign by supplying much needed hygiene items to refugees in need, staff will be at the school gates every morning next week to accept your donations https://t.co/gLfDwX109I

18/09/20

Parents/carers - our weekly news bulletin has just been sent via ParentMail and can also be viewed on our website https://t.co/RCb3EXoOgs. We wish the entire de Stafford community a fantastic weekend! https://t.co/MF1HBCODQx

17/09/20

Retweeted From GLF Schools’ Careers

It's National Teaching Assistant Day! A day to celebrate the wonderful, dedicated teaching assistants we have across the Trust - thank you for everything you do for our children. Want to join them? Click below for more details! https://t.co/lETfMzMUaH

14/09/20

Retweeted From de Stafford Jenkins Centre

How wonderful to be back with our students. Transition groups, Drawing and Talking and social skills all taking place as if we'd never been away.

14/09/20

📢Parents/Carers - please find a link to our weekly news bulletin https://t.co/Hr2yFaJoJy. We will be sending these out every Friday afternoon via and they can also be found on our website here: https://t.co/RCb3EXoOgs https://t.co/O600hYs6Fz

10/09/20

Retweeted From de Stafford PE

First theory lesson for Y9 Sports Studies! Students have been tasked with designing a brand new sport, focusing on rules and regulations ⚽️ 🎾 https://t.co/eWV7noiakj

09/09/20

Retweeted From East Surrey College

🎊 We're still OPEN for enrolments! Undecided on your options? We'd love to have you on a Full-time course! We're welcoming walk-in enrolments, so bring your quals and docs, and get your next steps sorted! ✅ Browse our Full-time courses for inspiration at https://t.co/Z62cY3JDzA https://t.co/q3KIFqu14T

08/09/20

Retweeted From de Stafford PE

We are aware of the delays with Hewitts in delivering PE kit! If you are affected, please don’t panic! Just bring in other appropriate kit (plain black top, black shorts / trackies) until it arrives 🤸🏽‍♂️⛹🏽‍♂️🏓🎾⚽️🏀🏐🏉🥏🥎🥍🏑🥊🤾🏾‍♀️🧘🏼‍♀️🤽🏾‍♂️

07/09/20

We are aware that there is an issue with the Scopay website and some parents/carers have been unable to add funds to their son/daughter's account. Please be assured that ALL students will still be able to purchase food and drink whilst we wait for the issue to be resolved.

04/09/20

We are very excited to welcome all year groups back to school on Monday (on their week 1 timetable). A reminder of the timings: Years 7 - 9: 8:30am to 3:15pm Years 10 and 11: 8:50am (straight to period 1) to 3:35pm (SAM time at end of day). https://t.co/aJo3XhCV2r

03/09/20

We are really looking forward to welcoming back our Year 8-11 students tomorrow. Please check our website for a reminder of the assembly/arrival timings for each year group. https://t.co/aJo3XhCV2r

03/09/20

Our Year 7 cohort have made a fantastic start today🌟 They've been enjoying some taster lessons and tours of the school, as well as getting to know their SAM (Social Academic Mentor) groups. It's wonderful to have students back in our classrooms again. https://t.co/QgnHtBW2au

02/09/20

We are very excited to welcome our Year 7 students to tomorrow for their induction. We'll be ready and waiting to welcome them at the gates at 8:30am! https://t.co/PkGUxqVWqG

01/09/20

Parents & Carers - we have just sent you (via ) an updated version of the 'Parental Guide for September Return' which includes the school’s guidance on face coverings. This can also be found on our website here: https://t.co/aJo3XhCV2r

20/08/20

We are extremely proud of all of our Year 11 students and wish them well as they move onto the next phase of their education with our full support and best wishes. Follow the link to our website to hear from Headteacher, Mr Garner on . https://t.co/9Byyxg8hkC https://t.co/oAETZuVXN1

20/08/20

We look forward to seeing our Year 11 students today and wish you all the very best as you collect your GCSE results. The community is proud of each and every one of you.

19/08/20

Message for our Year 11 students (and parents/carers) Please find a link to a letter from Mr Place regarding your GCSE Results https://t.co/kafmOml4Fl. We look forward to seeing you in school tomorrow within your designated time slot.

20/07/20

We're extremely proud of all 51 students who participated in the Duke of Edinburgh's Award scheme this year, completing 247 hours of voluntary service to the local community!👏Further info on the scheme can be found on our website here: https://t.co/TFIEAwJ7HA https://t.co/XnTIG43SpC

18/07/20

Refunds are still being processed and should reach you within a week. We apologise for any delay and thank you for your patience.

Head of Department: Ross Kelly
email: ross.kelly@destafford.org.uk

At de Stafford we are proud to offer a comprehensive science curriculum that examines Biology, Chemistry and Physics in an integrated and engaging way. All topics involve a considerable practical content where the children are encouraged to think independently, challenge their ideas and test their own hypotheses and discuss their findings with their peers in a supportive and nurturing environment. In science lessons we encourage children to ask questions and seek their own answers.

We use “Exploring Sciences – Working Scientifically”, published by Pearson, to support our lessons. These resources include a significant digital content which the children can access from home through the Frog home portal. The virtual resources can support and extend the children’s learning in lessons and at home and support our ethos of a questioning and open learning environment.

Both the Key stage 3 and 4 courses are tied into the EDEXCEL science curriculum and as such there is a clear progression route from years 7 to 11.

In Key Stage 3 Students are regularly assessed throughout the topics with small written tests that examine their knowledge and application of the subjects that they have just studied, and will be given the opportunity to reflect on their learning through DIRT activities. Students will also be assessed in many other ways throughout the year to allow timely intervention, support and extension to best support their continued learning.

Key Stage 3

Biology

Pupils will study:

  • Cells tissues and organ systems
  • Sexual Reproduction in Animals
  • Muscles and Bones
  • Ecosystems
  • Food and Nutrition
  • Plants reproduction
  • Breathing and Respiration
  • Unicellular Organisms
  • Genetics and Evolution
  • Plant growth

Chemistry

Pupils will study:

  • Mixtures and separation
  • Acids and Alkalis
  • The Particle Model
  • Atoms Elements and Molecules
  • Combustion
  • The periodic table
  • Metals
  • Rocks
  • Making materials
  • Reactivity

Physics

Pupils will study:

  • Energy
  • Current and Electricity
  • Forces
  • Sound
  • Fluids
  • Light
  • Energy Transfer
  • Earth and Space
  • Forces and motion 
  • Force fields and electromagnets

Key Stage 4 Science (Edexcel 9-1 Combined Science)

The course consists of six externally examined papers (2 Biology, 2 Chemistry and 2 Physics) and 18 mandatory core practical investigations. Questions about the practical investigations will be included in the 6 exam papers. Each assessment is out of 60 marks, and consists of 6 questions.

Each paper will include multiple-choice, short answer questions, calculations and extended open-response questions. The assessments are available at foundation tier and higher tier. Students must complete all assessments for this qualification in the same tier. The foundation tier paper will target grades 1–5.while the higher tier paper will target grades 4–9.

Biology

In Biology pupils will study:

  • Key concepts in biology
  • Cells and control
  • Genetics,
  • Natural selection and genetic modification
  • Health, disease and the development of medicines
  • Plant structures and their functions
  • Animal coordination, control and homeostasis
  • Exchange and transport in animals
  • Ecosystems and material cycles

Chemistry

In Chemistry pupils will study:

  • Key concepts in chemistry
  • States of matter and mixtures
  • Chemical changes
  • Extracting metals and equilibria
  • Groups in the periodic table
  • Rates of reaction and energy changes
  • Fuels and Earth science

Physics

In Physics pupils will study:

  • Key concepts of physics
  • Motion and forces
  • Conservation of energy
  • Waves
  • Light and the electromagnetic spectrum
  • Radioactivity
  • Energy
  • Forces doing work
  • Forces and their effects
  • Electricity and circuits
  •  Magnetism and the motor effect
  • Electromagnetic induction
  • Particle model
  • Forces and matter

Separate Sciences

The course consists of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Each science is examined via two exam papers and requires the completion of 8 core practical investigations per Science    Questions about the practical investigations will be included in the 2 exam papers. Each assessment is out of 100 marks, and consists of 10 questions.

Each paper will include multiple-choice, short answer questions, calculations and extended open-response questions. The assessments are available at foundation tier and higher tier. Students must complete all assessments for this qualification in the same tier. The foundation tier paper will target grades 1–5.while the higher tier paper will target grades 4–9.

Biology

In Biology pupils will study:

  • Key concepts in biology
  • Cells and control
  • Genetics
  • Natural selection and genetic modification
  • Health, disease and the development of medicines
  • Plant structures and their functions
  • Animal coordination, control and homeostasis
  • Exchange and transport in animals
  • Ecosystems and material cycles

Chemistry

In Chemistry pupils will study:

  • Key concepts in chemistry
  • States of matter and mixtures
  • Chemical changes
  • Extracting metals and equilibria
  • Separate chemistry
  • Groups in the periodic table
  • Rates of reaction and energy changes
  • Fuels and Earth science
  • Separate chemistry 2

Physics

 In Physics pupils will study:

  • Key concepts of physics
  • Motion and forces
  • Conservation of energy
  • Waves
  • Light and the electromagnetic spectrum
  • Radioactivity
  • Astronomy
  • Energy - Forces doing work
  • Forces and their effects
  • Electricity and circuits
  • Static electricity
  • Magnetism and the motor effect
  • Electromagnetic induction
  • Particle model
  • Forces and matter