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We believe passionately at Tring school that our students need the best education that we can provide.  With government changes and increased rigor we have devised schemes of work at all key stages that not only go through content but develop skills necessary for our students to reach their full potential as well as try to inspire them to move into Science careers.

Science is all about finding things out and we have developed our curriculum to improve students curiosity, independence, determination and resilience.  Many scientific discoveries only happened because there were many failed attempts; we try and give our students the opportunities needed to recognise the importance of these skills not only in the classroom but also with our Science Clubs.

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Key Stage 3

All KS3 lessons follows the National Curriculum. All our lessons have been written by our teachers to support the learning of our students at Tring School. We have an emphasis on students finding things out for themselves as any good scientist would do.

We have a whole term when they join us in Year 7 devoted to ‘being a scientist’ with students planning and carrying out their own investigations. This is a theme that carries on throughout our KS3 curriculum. Students will be taught in mixed ability groups up until the end of Year 8 and then students will be tiered into Triple or Combined Science groups for GCSE.  We test students every term and all students will complete an end of year test.

We  offer science clubs for all year groups and compete in various competitions nationally;  in Science Club they will complete the Bronze CREST award in Year 8.

Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
Scientific Skills Waves Genetics & Evolution
Reproduction Respiration Chemical Reactions
Electricity                 Periodic Table Photosynthesis
Cells Nutrition & Digestion Space
Atoms Forces Gas Exchange
  Earth & Atmosphere  

Key Stage 4 - GCSE

We study two Science GCSEs.  Triple Science; three separate sciences, as an option, for our more academically able students and Trilogy Science for the remainder of the students.  The Triple students will be selected in year 9 and will have to opt to study Triple Science. We study AQA specification for all the Science subjects at KS4.  All students will start their GCSE Science pathway at the end of year 9 (final half term). Students are grouped according to their Science pathway.

Each pathway has two exams for each Science subject.  Triple Science/Separate Science (Biology, Chemistry & Physics) exams will be 1hr 45mins and the Trilogy/Combined Science exams are each 1hr 15mins.  

We have a KS4 Science club which works with students to achieve a Silver CREST award. We attend GCSE Live Conference every year where there are talks by scientists such as Sir Robert Winston and Professor Alice Roberts.

Cells Structures, Bonding & Properties Waves
Organisation Quantitative Nuclear & Space
Infection & Response Chemical Changes Electricity
Bioenergetics Rates & Energy Forces
Homeostasis Organic Chemistry Energy
Response Chemical Analysis Magnets & Electromagnets
Inheritance   Particle Model
Variation & Evolution    


Please look at this link for GCSE Combined Science Trilogy (8464) on the AQA website

Please look at this link for GCSE Biology (8461) on the AQA website

Please look at this link for GCSE Chemistry (8462) on the AQA website

Please look at this link for GCSE Physics (8463) on the AQA website

Enrichment & Extra-Curricular

Year 7

KS3 Years 7, 8 and 9 meet once a week to work on extended projects such as our Chick Project and perform extra curricular activities - this is coordinated by Mrs Ross.

Year 8

We deliver a 'Chemistry at work' day event with our Year 8 students.

Each year 5 Year 8 students get chosen to take over Tring museum for the day. These students are selected on being Gifted & Talented in our subject area.

Year 8 work towards the National CREST Award.

Year 9

Each year we visit the Big Bang event in Birmingham NEC and take a number of Year 9 students.

Year 10

Each year we take our year 10 students to Science Live, where they receive live talks from leading scientists such as Sir Robert Winston,  Professor Jim al Khalili and Dr Alice Roberts.

In KS4 we allow students the opportunity to move on to the Silver CREST Award this is coordinated by Miss Thompson.

Science Department

Subject Leader Mrs J Pennington-Wright
Key Stage 4 Co-ordinator Miss L Thompson
Key Stage 3 Co-ordinator Mrs K Ross
Key Stage 5 Co-ordinator Dr K Irlam
  Miss B Arnaud
  Mrs K Brett
  Ms L Casson
  Mrs N Everitt
  Mrs D Harrison
  Miss A McLeod
  Mrs A Newton
  Mrs J Steer
  Mrs S Tunstall
  Mrs L Wright
  Mr S Wright
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