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Science

The important thing is to never stop questioning

Albert Einstein

Year 7 and 8

Our Year 7 and 8 course follows the Exploring Science: How Science Works scheme. We aim to cover all the basic skills and knowledge needed in Science during these two years.

Lessons are taught to mixed ability form groups and each form will be allocated one teacher for all their Science lessons each year, there are seven lessons per fortnight. The course is divided into topics based in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. The lessons are aimed to enhance their knowledge and practical skills; to prepare them effectively for the next stage.

Year 9 to 11 (the GCSE years)

We start teaching the GCSE courses in Year 9 – we teach separate subjects of Biology, Chemistry and Physics delivered (where possible) by subject specialists. Each subject follows the OCR course and each subject is allocated four lessons per fortnight. At the end of Year 9 students will opt to either continue with the three separate GCSE courses (GCSE Biology, GCSE Chemistry and GCSE Physics) and will have six lessons per subject per fortnight or will switch to GCSE Combined Science – a course which still has elements of Biology, Chemistry and Physics but is the equivalent of two GCSEs which continues with four lessons per subject per fortnight.

Year 12 and 13 (the A-level years)

At Talbot Heath we offer AS and A level courses in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Each course is following the OCR specifications and is allocated eleven lessons per fortnight for each subject. These courses build on the GCSE course, still retaining a practical component (this is assessed and reported alongside the A-level).

OCR

Computing

Let’s go invent tomorrow instead of worrying about what happened yesterday

Steve Jobs

A regional training centre for “Apple” and a centre for excellence, Talbot Heath is at the forefront of e-learning.

Our pupils develop great digital proficiency, utilising the latest technologies to enhance their learning. Opportunities abound for them to flourish in this field in preparation for the futures that await them.

At Talbot Heath computing is used across all subject areas throughout the students' Senior school life and is taught in classes for one lesson per week from years 7 to 9, helping to prepare students for the increasing uses of ICT in education, work and leisure. All students from year 7 have personal iPads to use for classwork and homework with remote access to the school’s intranet. Pupils are able to take Computing GCSE, starting in Upper 4.

They are supported by a dedicated e-Learning Manager who is available to help with all aspects of iPad use and to deal with issues which arise. Students have an opportunity to become a Digital Genius who are appointed each year. They help and assist other students and members of staff in getting the best use from their iPads. The Senior school is well equipped with desktop computers both in two dedicated computer rooms, in departmental suites, such as Science and Geography as well as in each classroom. And the sixth form common rooms.

All of the classrooms have whiteboard technology and Apple TV installed which enables staff and students to display their work to the class under teacher guidance. Apps also allow staff and students to share work and ideas. These resources add another dimension to the student's learning and we are proud of the fact that technology forms such an integral part of the Talbot Heath education.

Students learn to confidently use many educational apps available in subject contexts and are able to produce work including animation, video and sound. Coding skills, both block and text, are learned and developed using BBC microbit computers in year 7, Lego Mindstorms robots in year 8 and ‘Python’ coding in year 9. We aim to introduce Raspberry Pi computers for year 9 but the fast pace of change in this area means we keep under review what is most suitable for each year group. By the end of Senior School, the students will have developed skills in word processing, desktop publishing, spreadsheets and the production of graphs and multimedia presentations.

Psychology

Out of your vulnerabilities will come your strength

Sigmund Freud

Psychology is the scientific study of cognition and behaviour. Psychologists study both humans and animals to find out how the mind works and why we act as we do. The subject is popular with students, many of whom go on to study it at university.

Psychology is a wide-ranging subject that covers a real diversity of topic areas that can apply to everyday life. Pupils can learn some useful revision techniques when they study theories of memory and explanations of forgetting. They might understand more about historical events such as the holocaust when they learn why some people obey orders to harm others. They could learn about the functions of different areas of the brain and about current advances in neuroscience. They might gain insight into a range of psychological conditions, such as arachnophobia, OCD or schizophrenia, and they will learn about the drugs and therapeutic programmes used to alleviate the symptoms of these conditions. They might understand their younger siblings better after a lesson on children’s social or moral development. They could study offender profiling and learn about theories of crime as part of forensic psychology.  

An A level in Psychology will complement their other subjects by providing pupils with opportunities for essay-writing, critical analysis and debating. Pupils will also learn about the principles of scientific research as they design and conduct their own experiments, and collect and analyse data from questionnaires or observations. Because Psychology involves extended writing, statistical analysis and an understanding of the nervous system, it helps if pupils are good at English, confident in Maths, and if they enjoy Biology.

Psychology A level can provide the basis for many degree courses, including Experimental Psychology, Neuroscience, Philosophy, Sports Science, Medicine, and Business Management. Careers available to Psychology graduates include Forensic Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Educational Psychology, Sports Psychology, Counselling and Human Resources.