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Stanground Academy

Science/ Art, Design and Technology

Mr A Stocks, Assistant Principal – Science and Art, Design & Technology

Our aim is to provide high quality Science, Art and DT education for all of our students, enabling them to achieve and preparing them for the next steps in their lives.

In science we have nine specialist teaching staff, three experienced technicians, and a wealth of resources and equipment in our specialist teaching labs. 

In DT and Art we have 6 specialist teachers, including one experienced technician with specialist equipment and purpose built teaching rooms.

Course content – Science

Our students learn Biology, Chemistry and Physics from Year 7 through to Year 11, with the option of further study of these Science subjects at A-Level or BTEC Applied Science Level 3.

All Students embarking on their Science GCSE journey will study AQA GCSE Combined Science: Trilogy unless they opt to study AQA GCSE Triple Science. Successful completion of Combined Science: Trilogy leads to the award of two GCSE qualifications.

There’s no better way to learn about science than through purposeful practical activities as part of day to day teaching and learning. Whilst there is no longer a practical exam, the course includes 21 required practical’s assessed within the classroom environment.

Students who opt to study the Triple Science programme will be awarded three GCSE qualifications upon successful completion of the course – a separate GCSE in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

A-Level Biology

Biology is the fascinating study of life, in all of its forms. A good grade in A-Level Biology is a requirement for university courses in medicine, dentistry, veterinary science and other medically-related degrees.  A-level Biology also provides a useful background to a wide variety of higher education courses.

OCR A-Level biology comprises six teaching units with a variety of practical activities embedded within the learning outcomes of the course. Over the course of the two years students will complete six units with a variety of practical activities embedded within the learning outcomes of the course which contribute to the achievement of the Practical Endorsement section.

A-Level Chemistry

OCR A-level chemistry covers three different areas of chemistry: organic, inorganic and physical. In the physical chemistry there is a strong link to physics and maths. The topics that are covered range from atomic structure all the way to aromatic chemistry and kinetics. Over the course of the two years’ students will complete six units with a variety of practical activities embedded within the learning outcomes of the course which contribute to the achievement of the Practical Endorsement section.

A-Level Physics

OCR A-level physics provides a seamless transition to A Level from previous studies and develops students’ interest and enthusiasm for physics. The A level provides the opportunity to develop the students with topics covering familiar and new concepts. Over the course of the two years’ students will complete six units with a variety of practical activities embedded within the learning outcomes of the course which contribute to the achievement of the Practical Endorsement section.

BTEC Applied Science Level 3

OCR BTEC Applied Science Level 3 requires applied learning that brings together knowledge and understanding with practical and technical skills. This is achieved through learners performing vocational tasks that encourage the development of appropriate vocational behaviours and transferable skills. Transferable skills are those such as communication, teamwork, research and analysis, which are valued in both higher education and the workplace. Our approach provides rigour and balance, and promotes the ability to apply learning immediately in new contexts.

Course content – A, D&T

Art at Key Stage 3

The curriculum is designed to develop specific skills linked with artists to help them develop a visual literacy in Art. In Art students explore a range of media, techniques and processes such as, painting, drawing, collage, 3D sculpture and mixed media.

GCSE Fine Art at Key Stage 4

Over the length of the course they will complete practical workshops and then complete the coursework theme; ‘People, objects and places’, followed by the set task exam in January of year 11. Students are encouraged to explore a variety of materials, processes and techniques following ideas initiated by their teacher. Throughout Key Stage 4 students will follow the specification for AQA GCSE Art and Design: Fine Art. The Portfolio Unit (60% of the final grade) and a 10 hour set task Exam Unit (40% weighting of the course).

GCSE Photography at Key Stage 4

Over the length of the course they will complete two topics; ‘Identity’ in Year 10 and one related to a previous exam paper in Year 11. In Year 10 students are encouraged to explore a variety of materials, processes and techniques following ideas initiated by their teacher. Throughout Key Stage 4 students will follow the specification for AQA GCSE Art and Design: Photography.

A-level Fine Art

They follow a two year AQA GCE A Level Fine Art course. In Year 12 students develop and extend their skills and work towards an internal Mock AS Art Exam at the end of Year 12.  While in Year 13 they undertake two units: The Portfolio Unit (60% of the final grade) and a 15 hour Timed Exam Unit (40% weighting of the course).

From Year 12, Art students’ are directed by their teacher to develop ideas and study a range of artists while developing their visual literacy. While in Sixth-form art students will be guided to explore materials, processes and techniques that should demonstrate an understanding of the Formal Elements in Art. They complete 2 projects during the coursework themed ‘Natural forms’ and ‘Greed’. It will be followed by a set task exam in year 13. At this level of study, Art students should be working with increased independence and beginning to learn to develop a visual language that sensitively and thoughtfully supports their intentions in Art. Within this programme of study Art students might find themselves working in the following disciplines; Painting and Drawing, Printmaking, Sculpture, Photography, Mixed-Media and Textile processes/techniques. It is expected that students will use at least three of their 'free' lessons or more to extend their studies.

A-level Photography

They follow a two year AQA GCE A Level Photography course. In Year 12 students develop and extend their skills and work towards an internal Mock AS Art Exam at the end of Year 12.  While in Year 13 they undertake two units: The Portfolio Unit (60% of the final grade) and a 15 hour Timed Exam Unit (40% weighting of the course).

From Year 12, Photography students are directed by their teacher to develop ideas and study a range of photographers while developing their photography skills. While in Sixth-form photography students will be guided to explore camera equipment, processes and techniques that should demonstrate an understanding of the processes within photography. They complete 2 projects during the themed coursework units. It will be followed by a set task exam in year 13. At this level of study, photography students should be working with increased independence and beginning to learn to develop a  that visual and digital language and sensitively and thoughtfully supports their intentions in photography. Within this programme of study photography students might find themselves working in the following disciplines; Painting and Drawing, Printmaking, Sculpture, Photography, Mixed-Media and Textile processes/techniques.

WJEC Level 1/2 Hospitality and catering at Key Stage 4

The hospitality and catering sector includes all businesses that provide food, beverages, and/or accommodation services. This includes restaurants, hotels, pubs and bars. It also includes airlines, tourist attractions, hospitals and sports venues; businesses where hospitality and catering is not their primary service but is increasingly important to their success.

Students will design and make a menu tailored to a brief as set out by the exam board. They will be assessed on their design portfolio for their chosen menu ach includes writing a two course menu, preparing the food and its presentation during a controlled assessment. Students will also complete a written exam of the theory learned from this course.

OCR CNAT Engineering level 1/2 at Key Stage 4

The Cambridge Nationals in Engineering Design encourages our student’s to communicate and consult with a client to develop a viable and innovative product. Learners will apply practical skills to produce a prototype of a loud speaker in the form of a model and test design ideas to inform further product development. Through reflection, they evaluate their prototype, making a comparable outcome against specification points, and assess possible, practical solutions and improvements to their prototype design. We use a practical approach to teaching and learning that provides learners with knowledge in engineering technology and develop their critical thinking, creativity and dextrous skills through engaging practical experiences. This includes working with a range of resistant materials and electronic components.

In addition to their practical portfolio they will also complete a written exam on the theory they have learned as part of the course.

Department staff – Specialist subject

Sarah Chater – Biology

Hannah Stevenson – Biology

Jo Campbell – Chemistry

Adam Forcellati – Chemistry

Shabbair Mohammad - Chemistry

Andrew Stocks  - Chemistry

Joe Hill – Physics

Ashley Fisher – Physics

Gill Young – Psychology

Jack Goodwin - Art

Ranjit Sagoo – Art

Richard Sekhon – Art

Jo Fielding  - DT

Kerrin Goodwin - DT

Mike Schofield – DT

Katie Smith – DT