Millais School

In Pursuit of Excellence

Science

Science is a fantastic subject and we aim to enthuse our students so that they look forward to their lessons, develop enquiring minds and consider becoming the scientists of the future.

There is a large emphasis on practical work and students engage in a variety of activities to heighten their interest in science and to develop their knowledge and understanding. We continually review our courses and update and develop our resources, making the most of technology, to make science accessible to all.

We also promote links with primary schools, take science into the community and offer a range of extracurricular and enrichment activities.

All great fun!

We teach Key Stage 3 science over two and a half years to allow more time to deliver the GCSE courses.  Following a week of introductory practical lessons Year 7 start the Key Stage 3 curriculum which is continued into Year 8 and the first term of Year 9. Our pupils cover aspects of Biology, Chemistry and Physics and we involve them in as much practical and investigative work as possible, using a scheme of work that we have planned and modified to match the new curriculum. We run a Science Club for Year 7 and offer Gifted and Talented courses and competitions to all year groups. This year a group of students will be involved in a cross- curricular project with the Technologies Curriculum Area that they will present at the annual Big Bang Fair South East on 30 June. A team of 8 girls won the Thales prize for their DT/Science project using raspberry pi to take time-lapse photographs of scientific phenomena e.g. the growth of crystals, the fermentation of yeast and the germination of seeds. As a result of this they went to Westminster to meet MPs and educationalists to showcase their project and to promote STEM subjects in schools and beyond. They had a fantastic time and it was a wonderful experience for them

At Key Stage 4 we offer Triple Science as an option to all pupils and it is a very popular course with about 46% take-up. Our results are excellent and we are delighted that Collyer’s, the local sixth form college, invite students to attend a lesson in organic Chemistry. This is just one of the links we have established with Collyer’s and several of our students choose to follow A level science courses there when they leave here.  Students who do not opt for Triple Science take the AQA Science A course followed by the Year 11 Additional Science course. We support low ability students in very small classes so they all have the opportunity to gain at least one GCSE in Science. During Years 10 and 11 we offer a variety of extra-curricular opportunities, for example  we take students to Science Live events where they hear scientists talk about their work and we make the most of any STEM events that are organised eg at Sussex University.

Millais have been running an Enthuse Science Project, funded by the Science Learning Network and we are continuing to meet as a cluster group to support the “working scientifically” approach that is the focus for science teaching. Thus our relationships with our feeder schools is very strong and we also support the schools with demonstrations, teaching a Year 5 lesson at Millais and the loan of equipment.    

Our school is a Lead School in the Sussex Science Learning partnership, part of the Science Learning Network which has replaced the former Science Learning Centre model for providing professional development for science teachers. This is an exciting opportunity to network with schools (primary, secondary and tertiary) across Sussex, to provide CPD linked directly to professional needs and to share good practice.