Students are inspired and encouraged to appreciate the contribution Science makes to society, and the interdependence between the different branches of science. This approach is also an integral part of the wider school curriculum.
With three well equipped laboratories, and experienced, enthusiastic teachers, we aim to create a sense of excitement that develops pupils’ lifelong interest in the nature of science and the world around them.
There are still many unexplained phenomena and we believe that students with a close interest and wide imagination may one day be able to explain things about our world that no one yet has understood.
In addition to academic achievement, students are motivated to be independent and innovative thinkers, able to engage in ethical and environmental debate.They enjoy a range of interesting topics and practical experiments that provide a scientific foundation and to prepare them for further study.
We also facilitate exploration beyond the classroom through additional research, external masterclasses and field trips.
From Year 9, Biology, Chemistry and Physics are taught separately by subject specialist teachers. A Double Science award is offered at GCSE, but most pupils opt to follow the more demanding Triple Science award by studying individual subjects.
Science subjects are are extremely popular GCSE and A Level choices at Ffynone House, with many students going on to read sciences, medicine or engineering at University.
Biology covers a diverse range of topics, from the internal workings of organisms in physiology and the interdependence of living things in ecology, to social issues. These include human influences on the environment and the ethical considerations of genetics.
The study of Biology encourages an appreciation of these issues and their implications. It also provides an insight into the living world. We use of a variety of approaches to study to stimulate interest, promote understanding, and engender an overall appreciation and sense of wonder at the living world.
Chemistry affects our lives from the moment we wake up. It is fundamental to making plastics, extracting metals, producing crops, extracting and refining fuels to power cars, making the paper we write on, the inks we write with, and so much more. We aim to make the study of chemistry enjoyable and relevant to everyday life.
Students develop a keen interest in studying chemical processes. They are encouraged to apply their knowledge to understand the effect on our planet, and to examine the important questions facing future generations.
At the beginning of each academic year four representatives are selected to participate in the Royal Society of Chemistry Chemical Olympiad competition.
Students thoroughly enjoy this prestigious experience and we are proud of their many successes. Ffynone House has won the South West Wales finals in 2005, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.
The Ffynone House team also secured national finalist places in the Top of the Bench competition in 2010, 2011, and 2012.
An understanding of physics underpins our understanding of the modern world in general. It encompasses areas as diverse as space exploration and the nuclear power controversy.
Topics studied include, Electricity, Energy, Waves, Astronomy, Forces, Nuclear Physics and Dynamics.
For those intending to pursue any of the traditional scientific or mathematical professions, or more technical training, Physics is a favourable preparatory area of study.
Budding Year 9 engineer Kathryn will take part in a three-day residential programme at Cardiff University in July. The ‘Engineering Experience’, organised by The Smallpeice Trust, is an exciting introduction to the world of engineering and is a great way to get a taste of university life. We look forward to hearing more about Kathryn’s experience when school returns in September.
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