Science Department

The BISK Science Department is one of the main departments in the school and is made up of 7 teachers and 1 technician. We are fortunate that we have subject specialists teaching all of the 3 science disciplines. The department is housed in 2 modern laboratories, where almost all lessons are taught. All laboratories are equipped with interactive whiteboards which are widely used. The focus of our lessons, as far as possible, is learning from practical work and then seeing how Science is then applied to ‘everyday life’. Students benefit from a science enrichment program of arranged class from outside speakers, competitions, activities and a science fair.

We believe science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity. The BISK Science Department strongly believes that students should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. Students are encouraged to recognize the power of rational explanation, and through experimental observation, to develop a sense of excitement.

British curriculum

Students in years 7 and 8 follow a scheme of learning that follows the British National Curriculum, and in year 9 embark on the IGCSE courses in the separate Sciences, Biology, Chemistry and Physics. In years 7 and 8 they are taught all their Science lessons by one teacher, but in year 9 they have a subject specialist for each Science and are no longer taught as a form group. A key aspect to their introduction to Science in these years is that the pupils enjoy learning in an organized and safe environment, discovering many concepts through practical work.

Year 9 and 10

The department follows IGCSE courses in the 3 separate Sciences, Biology, Chemistry and Physics, using the CIE specifications. The students are taught in groups determined by their GCSE option choices and are taught by subject specialists. In year 9 there are 4 lessons per week per separate science. All subjects have 3 examination papers which are sat at the end of the two-year course. In each scientific discipline there are practical tasks performed to determine which students can be asked questions during the examinations. All students will get the opportunity to complete these practical tasks. There is no controlled assessment or coursework in science at IGCSE level.

Year 11 and 12

Students build on and extend practical skills and theory from IGCSE. All students are encouraged to extend their learning beyond the specification and to develop a genuine interest in the subject. The Biology, Chemistry and Physics subjects follow the CIE specification at AS and A-level.

American Houghton Mifflin curriculum

Science is a general term used to describe the principled, rigorous study of the natural world. Many interconnected disciplines fall under this broader concept. For example, physics is the study of motion and forces. Biology is the study of living things. Geology is the study of the Earth and the rocks and minerals of which it is comprised. Chemistry is the study of the composition of matter and the changes that matter undergoes. Matter is anything that has mass and takes up space.

Grade 9 Physical Sciences

During first year of high school students will be introduced to the fascinating world of Chemistry, Physics and some components of General Biology. Through hands on laboratory exercises, practice problems, classes, discussions, projects, and journal writing, your student will be exposed to the principles of Chemistry and Physics.

Grade 10 General Biology

Students will investigate biological systems at the molecular, cellular, and microbiological level. Hands-on laboratory exercises incorporating cellular biology, genetics, DNA technology, evolution, and ecology will be provided to assist students in their understanding of biological themes. Projects and reading assignments may be required with each unit of instruction. This course will be covered over a two semester course.

Grade 11 General Chemistry

This course offers a rigorous, foundational treatment of atoms and molecules. Students will study the nature of chemical bonding and how bonding gives rise to the three-dimensional structure of matter. They will also explore how the macroscopic properties of substances can be interpreted in terms of atomic and molecular structure.  Mathematical and conceptual tools for quantifying chemical equilibrium, with an emphasis on the reactions of acids and bases will also be covered. Laboratory work reinforces concepts in classes, and also provides a review of fundamental topics, such as stoichiometry, gas laws, and solution-phase reactions, that are essential for future course work in chemistry.

Grade 12 General Physics

General Physics is intended to provide you with a fundamental understanding of the laws of physics with applications to our everyday life and your major. This course also serves to develop cognitive and analytical skills. It is designed to provide a cohesive program of study that promotes the development of a broadly educated person and provides the knowledge and skills needed to succeed at the university level.