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In 2004, we achieved Science College Status, having set out a 4-year plan to deliver ambitious projects and meet demanding performance targets. In 2008, we are proud to declare …

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED! Over 300 initiatives successfully delivered, £500,000 invested in capital and revenue projects, combined with a huge effort by all, and our 4-year vision has become a reality. Several outstanding milestones were passed along the way: * Best ever GCSE results in Science & Mathematics * 2nd best ever KS3 results in Science and Mathematics * Best ever GCSE results in Science & Mathematics * Best ever GCSE results for the whole School * Best ever GCSE results in Science & Mathematics * School is named amongst the 200 most improved state schools nationally according to the proportion of pupils who have gained 5 GCSE A* - C passes (including Mathematics & English) * School awarded membership of the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust’s “Most Improved Club” – the group of specialist schools from across the whole country that have improved results of 10 points of more for 2006 v 2003 5+ A*-C. * * * *

Best ever GCSE results in Science & Mathematics Best ever GCSE results 5 + A*-C (boys) Top Level 6 KS3 Science results in Kirklees Top Level 7 KS3 Science results in Kirklees

* Best ever GCSE results whole School * Best ever Level 8 KS3 results Mathematics * Top GCSE Mathematics results in Kirklees

* For the second consecutive year, KJS named as one of the 200 most improved state schools nationally. 1

The School’s exceptional performance is best illustrated using the chart below which compares the 2003 baseline information with Summer 2008 results. Prior to Designation

Key Stage 3 Science - Level 5 Science – Level 6

Key Stage 3 Mathematics – Level 5 Mathematics – Level 6

71% 39%

75% 47%

Current Sept 2008

Prior to Designation

83% 62%

88% 63%


Current Sept 2008

GCSE Science A* - C A* - G A/A*

47.4% 99% 7%

72% 100% 11%

Mathematics A* - C A* - G A/A*

40% 98% 3%

72% 99% 13%

Whole School 5 A* - C 5 A* - G 1 A* - G

51% 97% 100%

74% 99% 100%

Projects and their outcomes are dealt with in greater detail inside this report, but below are listed some key elements which have contributed towards this outstanding year. Optimising pupil performance  Teaching and Learning Forum  Extended School Activities  Study skills days

 INSET  Progress review evenings  Booster / revision classes

Emphasising Environmental Awareness  Sustainable Youth Forum

 Environmental Awareness Days / Visits

Promoting and popularising Science and Mathematics  Science Week  STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics ) activities  Mathematics challenges  Science Roadshow  Women in Construction  Educational visits Provision of Lead practitioners  Advanced Skills Teacher providing ongoing specialist support

 Specialist Mathematics Teacher supporting work in feeder schools

Excellent Performance against demanding targets at KS3 & GCSE KS3 Science Level 5 Level 6 GCSE A* - C Science Mathematics GCSE A/A* Science Mathematics GCSE Applied Science

Target 81% 51%

Actual 83% 62%

63% 60%

72% 72%

10% 8% 50%

10% 13% 70%

KS3 Mathematics Level 5 Level 6 GCSE A* - G Science Mathematics GCSE Statistics


Target 82% 60%

Actual 88% 63%

99% 99% 75%

100% 99% 85%

Science Department – Science College Report 2007-2008 In the curriculum Many earlier projects have become embedded in the curriculum and are repeated year on year. These projects include: 

Gifted & Talented work Yr 11 visit to Coal Mining Museum with a focus on Chemistry. 14 pupils attended.

KS3 Booster classes Ran 12 lessons for 4-5 level & 5-6 level pupils prior to SATs – 70 pupils attended. This year we achieved the School’s best ever Science results at Level 6 and second best ever results at Levels 5 and 7. We are proud to say that the Level 6 and 7 results have been acknowledged as the best throughout the whole of Kirklees.

Holiday revision sessions and after-school booster classes for modular GCSE examinations. Attended by 31 pupils. In 2008 GCSE Science results saw 72% of pupils achieving one or more A* - C passes against a target of 63%.

Tracker System The system has been refined by the Heads of Mathematics and English and continues to be used throughout the School to monitor the progress of pupils against measurable and achievable targets.

Sustainable Youth Forum 13 Yr 10 pupils attended afternoon session at Cliffe House. Chance to meet with representatives of other schools and discuss their ideas on environment, both locally and globally.

Continuous Professional Development (CPD) Science personnel attended 18 INSET courses to enhance their subject knowledge and teaching skills as well as their management, planning and leadership skills.

Advanced Skills Teacher (See also pages 15 & 20) A current staff member of Science Department achieved AST status in Year 2. His role is to provide pedagogic leadership within our own and other schools. Year 4 saw his post continue within the Department, with a focus on the expansion and development of the AST role within the Whole School (see page 15) and Community plans (see page 20).


In addition to the above, the following new projects were introduced: 

You, Science and Beyond 10 Yr 10 pupils attended a day of chemistry workshops hosted and delivered by the University of Huddersfield with the aim of enhancing Yr 10 GCSE curriculum, promoting Science as a possible career and raising awareness of the importance of chemical sciences in society.

Eco-design Roadshow – Bradford University Sponsored by the Royal Academy of Engineering, this course consisted of a series of environmental workshops delivered by the University of Bradford’s School of Engineering, Design and Technology. 30 Yr 10 pupils took part in projects relating to renewable technologies, plastics recycling, the threats of climate change and the manufacture of biodiesel.

Science / PE cross curricular day The whole of Yr 7 took part in this Healthy Lifestyles cross-curricular day with an emphasis on team-building and enterprise.

Bugs, Bodies and Vibes 10 Yr 10 pupils took part in this one day workshop at Huddersfield University which used novel activities to promote and raise awareness of the diversity of Science courses available at University.

Increased Technician time An additional Technician post has been created providing a further 20 hours per week support for the department.

Post 16 links *Our link with Huddersfield New College saw their Head of Science attend KJS to carry out lesson observations, support us on our Yr 6 transition day and teach an advanced Physics lesson to Yr 10 pupils. *A newly created formal link with Greenhead College resulted in one of their science pupils (coincidentally, an ex KJS pupil) providing teaching support in Science classes one afternoon a week for, initially, one term.

Technician training links Our senior science technician provided training support for a newly appointed technician at Rawthorpe High School. The trainee attended KJS to work-shadow our technician for one week. The same technician also provided ‘on-the-job’ training for the new KJS technician mentioned earlier.


Activities & Educational Visits Many earlier projects are repeated year on year. These projects include: 

Top of the Bench competition Once again we were part of this national Chemistry competition run by Royal Society of Chemists. 4 pupils, ie one each from Yrs 8-11, competed.

Oakwell Hall 109 pupils took part in field work on an ecology-based topic.

Salters Chemistry Competition This year, 4 Yr 8 pupils won the competition’s top prize of £100, beating 10 other teams from schools around West Yorkshire – Held at Leeds University

The Deep 78 pupils from Yr 8 attended as part of National Science Week. (See below)

Science Club Aimed at Yr 7/8 pupils, this lunchtime club ran a series of fun projects and experiments over a 39-week period

Kit Car Challenge 13 Yr 7 pupils took part in 10 different challenges which required teams, all drawn from within our pyramid system, to modify elastic band powered cars to optimise performance. The aim of the project is to promote the learning and use of Science, DT, Mathematics and PSHCE to investigate and find solutions to problems. The KJS team managed to produce the best results in 6 of the 10 challenges.


School-based special events In addition to the above, the following new projects were introduced: 

Tolson Museum/Hudderfield Library 30 Yr 8 pupils researched different types of natural disasters and used reference books and ICT to create a written presentation. Subsequently they produced a video in the style of a news story reporting the events of a major storm or volcanic eruption.

Open University Student 3 weeks Work Experience provided for Open University student considering pursuing teaching Science as a career.

STEM – Climate change 40 Yr 10 pupils were challenged to use a variety of cross curricular skills and knowledge to solve problems as they arose within the scenarios created by a ‘Flood Disaster’ simulation. Participants needed to demonstrate Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) skills with good communications, team work and time management.

STEM – Just in Time 40 Yr 10 pupils took part in a Process Manufacturing ‘Just in Time’ simulation where teams needed to achieve demanding production and cost targets. Many key learning opportunities arose such as team leadership, commercial awareness, working positively together, managing variables, problem solving, brain-storming and presentation skills.


Science Department - Targets Year 4 Science College Status SAT’s

GCSE results

Target 5+ = 81% 6+ = 51% APS = 35.5

Target A* - C = 63% A* - G = 99% A/A* = 10%

Actual 83% 62% 37.2

To increase take up of post 16 courses related to Science

AS pupils

Boys = Girls =

Target 17 18

A pupils

Boys = Girls =

12 12

Actual 19 20 15 13


Actual 72% 100% 10%

Mathematics Department – Science College Report 2007-2008 In the Curriculum Many earlier projects have become embedded in the curriculum and are repeated year on year. These projects include: 

SEN link project A group of our Yr 10 pupils actively involved in ‘Power of 2’ sessions to support Yr 7 pupils on SEN register. ‘Power of 2’ is a one on one coaching system that improves basic mathematics skills and helps build self esteem.

Additional Mathematics This course provides candidates with an introduction to the Mathematics studied in AS and A Level modules. It is designed for those pupils who have either taken Higher level GCSE Mathematics early or who will take it at the same time as Additional Mathematics. As an Advanced Level FSMQ it carries UCAS points. 39 weeks of twilight lessons were made available to Yr 10 & Yr 11 Gifted and Talented pupils providing an ideal platform for those pupils intending to study Mathematics post 16. Head of Mathematics and one Assistant Headteacher assuming responsibility for the delivery of this project 2008-2009.

Departmental planning activities  New coursework policy statement that all coursework must be one grade above median target  In Year 3, collaboration by staff produced new resources for interactive white boards. This development continued in Yr 4 and incorporated: • • • •

Class resources including “power point” presentations are now available on the school intranet for pupils to access after lessons All 160 Yr 9 pupils offered CD Rom produced by Mathematics Team which includes past papers, revision materials and mental arithmetic tests All level 4/5 borderline pupils have also received copies of commercial revision materials funded from Intervention monies ‘My Maths’ software licence renewed, giving KS3 & 4 pupils continued access to additional on-line revision resources at school and at home via Digitalbrain

Coursework catch-up sessions Once again, Mathematics staff offered pupils a total of 60 hours extra coursework catch-up sessions at lunchtime and after school. As a consequence a record number of 154 out of 155 Yr 11 pupils (99.3%) achieved grade ‘C’ or above on coursework element of exam.


Use of baseline data Research by Heads of Teams / Yr 11 tutors identified a need for a better Tracker system. Although rich with quality data, usable data was not available in a standardised format preventing transfer of information between sources. Jointly devised and set up by Heads of Mathematics and English, the system satisfies a further identified need for an effective overview of all pupil progress throughout school. The system also promotes common assessments which aid the standardisation of grading.

Examination Revision Classes 97 Yr 9 pupils attended SATs Booster classes and this year we achieved our best ever Mathematics results at this level.

Continuous Professional Development (CPD) Mathematics personnel attended 23 INSET courses to enhance their subject knowledge and teaching skills as well as their management, planning and leadership skills.

Additional resources £500 was spent to provide 100 new KS3 textbooks which will address the new KS3 schemes of work where emphasis is on functional skills and rich tasks.

Visual displays An important objective of our Specialist College bid was to raise standards of achievement at KS3 & KS4 through better facilities. Consultation with the Mathematics Team has led to the upgrading of display material in all areas. Pupils’ own work, exemplar work and photographs of pupil’s success in Mathematics enhance the learning and teaching environment.

In addition to the above, the following new projects were introduced: 

Examination Revision Classes 50 Yr 11 pupils attended an intensive ‘dawn revision session’ held at 7.30am on the morning of each Mathematics GCSE examination.

Use of baseline data The Head of Mathematics ran a data management focus group for Senior and Middle management.

G&T activities An after-school club was run for 39 weeks to support Yr 9 Gifted and Talented pupils working at Level 8 (ie the highest level at KS3) A further 30 pupils, working at Level 7 were provided with the opportunity to attend revision classes. Subsequently, all 30 pupils achieved Level 7 in their examinations.


32 pupils from the Yr 9 top set were entered for GCSE Statistics - 30 gained C grade. NOTE: – C grade was the highest it was possible to achieve at this level

Post SATs Intervention Plan SATs results were analysed in depth to identify strengths and weaknesses by topic area specific to each individual student. This enables class teachers to provide personalised learning for all.

School based special events Many earlier projects are repeated year on year. These projects include: 

Parent workshop ‘SATs Preparation’ – Yr 9 Progress Evening The parents of 44 pupils attended the workshop held in December.

Junior Mathematics Challenge – run by the UK Mathematics Trust This competition is for the best Mathematicians in the UK aged 11-14. It provides a test of reasoning and mental agility. Target Actual Entries = 60 70 Gold = 5 4 Silver = 7 7 Bronze = 10 17

Intermediate Mathematics Challenge This competition is for the best Mathematicians in the UK aged 14-16

Entries = Gold = Silver = Bronze =

Target 60 4 5 9

Actual 71 1 11 14

In addition to the above, the following new projects were introduced:


Numeracy lessons Having previously identified the need for additional numeracy support, 39 twilight sessions were successfully run.

Enrichment activities Originally set up the previous year, the ‘Fun Mathematics Club’ ran successfully throughout the school year. The purpose is to enhance provision and raise the profile of Mathematics.

Intervention Having identified level 4/5 borderline pupils at KS3 level, additional expertise was sourced externally and brought in to run a series of 50minute sessions, with no more than 3 pupils per session, one day a week for 10 weeks prior to the SATs examinations. The 18 pupils who attended showed a 44% overall improvement on their expected grades.

Mathematics Department -Targets Year 4 Science College Status SATs results Target 5+ = 82% 6+ = 60% APS = 35.9

Achieved 88% 63% 38.8

GCSE results Target A* - C = 60% A* - G = 99% A/A* = 8% APS = 36.4

Achieved 72% 99.3% 13% 40.6

It is worthy of note that the Department set a new record in GCSE Mathematics Coursework for KJS, achieving an A* - C pass rate of 99.3% (ie 154/155 pupils)


Targets for Yr 11 GCSE Statistics The initial Science College Status Bid set the targets below, having only intended to enter the top 80 pupils for this examination. In fact, almost the whole of the year group, 152 pupils out 155 across all ability ranges, took the examination. If we compare like for like with the bid we see the following results:

Target A* - C = 75% A* - G = 100%

Achieved 85% 100%

A summary of the whole year group’s results reveals the following:

Year 11 – 152 pupils entered at Higher or Foundation Tiers A * - 2 (1.3%)

A – 12 (7.9%)

B – 14 (9.2%)

C – 69 (45.4%)

D – 29 (19.1%)

E – 15 (9.9%)

F – 9 (5.9%)

G – 2 (1.3%)

Total A - C passes - 97 (64%) Total A - G passes - 152 (100%) In addition to the above, although not included in the original Science College Status Bid, we have now extended the GCSE Statistics entries to include Years 9 & 10, with outstanding results:

Year 9 – 32 pupils entered at Foundation Tier (possible Grades C - G) C – 30 (94%)

D – 1 (3%)

E – 1 (3%)

Total C - G passes - 32 (100%) Year 10 – 160 pupils entered at Higher or Foundation Tiers A – 10 (6.3%)

B – 33 (20.3%)

C – 59 (36.9)

D – 23 (14.4%)

E – 24 (15%)

Total A - C passes - 102 (64%) Total A - G passes - 160 (100%) 13

F – 4 (2.5%)

G – 5 (3.1%)

To increase take up of post 16 courses related to Maths

AS pupils =

Target 20

Actual 24

A pupils =



* Worthy of note: 50% (18 pupils) of Yr 11 top set Mathematics 2007-2008 have continued to study Mathematics post 16 at Greenhead College.


Whole School – Science College Report 2007-2008 In the Curriculum Many earlier projects have become embedded in the curriculum and are repeated year on year. These projects include: 

Additional resources At the end of Year 4, 38 new computers were purchased, improving the ratio of pupils to computers to 3.2:1. A further Interactive Whiteboard was purchased, increasing the total in School now to 37.

SLICT (Strategic Leadership in ICT) Following on from previous years, Team SLICT continues to oversee ICT resources and provide training for all our staff.

Improving the quality of Leadership The ‘Leading from the Middle’ programme was successfully completed by a further 4 middle managers, namely the Head of DT, 2nd in English, AST in Science and one of our Pastoral leaders. The Heads of Science, Mathematics and Geography, who all successfully completed the ‘Leading from the Middle’ course last year, have since progressed to the ‘Leadership Pathways’ course, due for completion in November 2008.

Advanced Skills Teacher ( see also pages 4 & 20 ) A current staff member of the Science Department achieved AST status in Yr 2, his role is to provide pedagogic leadership within our School and other schools. Whole School –He has provided training on the use of interactive whiteboards. Offered ‘open classroom’ facility for observation by others. Shared good practice, supported colleagues, mentored all ITT pupils. Assumed responsibility for training all Newly Qualified Teachers (NQT’s) He is a key member of the Teaching and Learning Forum which was set up to monitor, review progress and plan for future development within KJS. CPD Trios were set up to provide peer support and networking opportunities relating to teaching styles.

Rewards System Now firmly established and routinely applied, this series of incentives has the purpose of raising and publicly celebrating, achievement. This initiative builds on previous successes but in its enhanced form it introduces many opportunities, such as rewards assemblies, to recognise a pupil’s effort and achievement over a significant period of time.


Teaching and Learning A formal Teaching and Learning Policy has now been introduced with the aim of improving the quality of Teaching and Learning across the School. 2008 saw the introduction of Golden Lessons, CPD Trios, Marking Policy, Learning to Learn, T & L newsletter and T & L Toolbox. 4 INSET days were devoted to T & L issues and staff received training on how to conduct lesson observations and on the use of ICT in the classroom. All staff were asked to create a personal development plan to focus their needs. Further projects still to be introduced include annual curriculum reviews for each Department, improvements to the MQTL (Monitoring the Quality of Teaching and Learning) calendar, coaching for underperforming staff or Departments and a Secondary Strategy group to look at issues surrounding homework. 118 lessons were observed with 78% being classified as either good or outstanding.

Coursework moderation day A whole school coursework moderation day was held in March and attended by all staff.

Wider range of vocational courses 27 Yr 10 pupils studied different vocational courses within the Kirklees Collegiate system, with the diversity of courses extending this year through the addition of catering, motor vehicle maintenance, hair and beauty and construction, to the already extensive list. A further 20 Yr 10 and 15 Yr 11 pupils studied vocational courses at Huddersfield Technical College.

Yr 10 Work Experience 20% of all Work Experience placements had association with Science and 37% were related to Mathematics.

Mentoring scheme in place A total of 61 C/D borderline and Gifted &Talented pupils received mentoring from 15 senior members of staff throughout Autumn and Spring Terms, prior to their GCSE examinations.

Monitoring pupil progress Now led by Pastoral Leaders, this system was initially introduced in Yr 1 for target setting and pupils’ self-review. Monitoring review days are held twice a year for every year group and allow all pupils time with either their form tutors or their head of year to discuss their progress made and to develop SMART targets for the future.

Revision Clubs 33 pupils took advantage of dedicated revision opportunities held during the February Half Term break and 32 attended those held during the Easter break. Subjects covered ranged from Science, DT, Humanities and PE to Languages, ICT, Art and English.


In addition to the above, the following new projects were introduced: 

QiSS In June 2008 King James’s became the first secondary school in Kirklees to receive the QiSS accreditation. QiSS (Quality in Study Support) is a high-level quality assurance evaluation process to monitor and support professional development both strategically and operationally. The goal is to embed study support as a tool for school improvement and raising achievement. QiSS is managed by the Centre for Education, Leadership and School Improvement at Canterbury Christ Church University College. The Study Support Code of Practice provides a flexible framework for evaluation and the development of Study Support across schools. Demanding criteria that illustrate aspects of a well run study support scheme have to be met, showing clarity of purpose and coherent planning and provision. A 26 page document stating the level at which KJS is operating an effective and efficient Study Support programme was submitted and supported by extensive evidence. This was appraised and subsequently approved by a regional assessment panel

Activities & Educational Visits 

Post 16 links All 155 Yr 11 pupils were given the opportunity to attend taster courses at Greenhead College, Huddersfield New College and Huddersfield Technical College to introduce them to A-levels, AS levels, GNVQs and NVQs.

In addition to the above, the following new projects were introduced: 

Aim Higher Roadshow 90 Yr 9 pupils attended this on-site roadshow in 6 groups of 15, the intention being to illustrate the way in which different levels of expectations and aspirations can affect your long term career path and options.

Passport to University 45 Yr 7 pupils attended Huddersfield University for a one day workshop designed to raise awareness of, and aspirations towards, higher education.

An introduction to Higher Education 40 Yr 9 pupils received a presentation to provide an over-view of Higher Education covering topics such as types of qualifications, how to research a course and institution, applying through UCAS and student finance.


Student experience panel 42 Yr 10 pupils received a presentation from a panel comprising pupils currently studying at the University of Huddersfield who provided a candid account of the life of an undergraduate and tips on how to successfully make the transition.

HE4All All Yr 9 attended a 1 hour drama presentation aimed at promoting the importance of continuing further education.

ACE Day 25 Yr 9 pupils spent a day at Huddersfield University and were involved in a number of interactive elements and hands-on activities designed to raise awareness and aspirations towards Higher Education.

CROSS CURRICULAR DAYS These joint initiatives bring together the work of Departments and allow pupils the opportunity to study specific topics in more depth. 4 Yr 7 Cross Curricular days were held, namely Healthy Lifestyles (Science/PE), International Café (Languages/DT), Local History (History/Geography) and ‘Prison, Me, No way’ (English/PSHCE).

School based special events 

Health Day 164 Yr 10 pupils attended a school-based Health Day. Issues covered included drugs awareness, contraception and sexual health services, the risk of smoking, safe baby sitting, personal safety, healthy eating, emotional wellbeing, exercise, cancer awareness and overcoming the loss of a loved one. Contributors included Drugs Sense, Connexions, Young Peoples Service, School Nursing Service, Health Visitors, Kirkwood Hospice and Police.

Careers Convention 47% of the exhibitors were associated with Science / Maths careers.

Study Skills Days 2 Study Skills days were held, attended by 161 Yr 9 pupils and 39 targeted Yr 11 pupils. ‘It’s Cool to Succeed’ was aimed at C/D borderline pupils with the purpose of increasing motivation and providing awareness of the variety of ways in which revision could be made more interesting. ‘SAT’s The Way to Do It’ was a new course designed to help pupils to plan and devise a system for revision that was best suited to them. It comprised four activities, “How do we revise?”, “Team work and support”, “Chill and Fill” and “Motivate IT”.


Whole school Improvement SAT’s – Level 5+ Target English = 80% Maths = 82% Science = 81% APS = 35.7

GCSE results Achieved 81% 88% 83%

APS 33.6 38.8 37.2 36.5

Target 5 A* - C = 67% 5 A* - G = 99% 1 A* - G = 100%

Value added indicator for boys (% of boys above prior attainment prediction) KS2-4

Target 6%

Achieved 14%


Achieved 74% 99% 100%

Community – Science College Report 2007-2008 Many earlier projects have become embedded in the curriculum and are repeated year on year. These projects include: 

Grant Support for Feeder School Special Projects Financial sums (£500) are made available to each of our feeder schools, annually, to encourage them to extend Science and Mathematics activities outside the limits of their normal resources with the purpose of raising the subjects’ profiles. Examples of activities undertaken are: Provision of equipment for experiments, which enables pupils to experience the fundamentals of SATs questions in a practical way. Provision of additional Mathematics and Science resources, which enables easier access to the curriculum and increased practical work. Environmental Science Club: Provision of outdoor resource and general environmental awareness. Junior Kit Car Challenge: To investigate and find solutions to problems. Science Museum visit: To promote interest in the subject.

Advanced Skills Teacher (See also pages 4 &15) A current staff member of Science Department achieved AST status in Year 2. His role is to provide pedagogic leadership within our School and other schools. Within the community, Year 4 saw the post expand to include: Outreach – he supported the Science Departments at Westborough High School and Moorend High School.

Year 6 Science Transition Morning 180 Yr 6 pupils from Lepton CE, Rowley Lane Junior School, Kirkheaton Junior & Infant School and Upper Whitley Junior & Infant School attended this event which provided them with an opportunity to work with our Science staff, within the Science Labs, on a range of activities designed to stimulate interest in the subject and familiarise them with specialist equipment.

Science Revision Roadshow These were run during the Spring and Summer Terms at all our feeder schools. Two of our Science teachers plus support staff visited and worked with these partners. The three objectives were: a) to celebrate Science Week with exciting, hands-on experiments for pupils b) to use lesson time to help pupils prepare for their SATs, through activities that reinforce key ideas and vocabulary c) to provide opportunities for our Yr 7 teachers to work with Yr 6 pupils and their teachers.


Kit Car Challenge This was a repeat of last year’s successful design competition for Yr 6 & 7 pupils. It required the application of knowledge from KS2/3 Forces modules and was run post SATs. 50 Pupils participated and the event gave the four pyramid schools the opportunity to work on a common project and to share goals and ideas.

Mathematics Teaching Delivered to Yr 6 pupils in the 4 feeder primary schools, the project focus was the improvement of problem solving and investigative skills in Mathematics. KJS-sponsored practitioner delivered 38 mathematics lessons to each of 4 groups working alongside Yr 6 class teachers and teaching assistants.

Special Events for Parents This was an opportunity provided for Yr 7 parents to better understand the lesson structure and requirements of KS3. The parents of 63 pupils attended. Yr 8 parents were given the opportunity to attend a ‘Getting the most out of Yr 8’ presentation. The parents of 39 pupils attended. Yr 9 parents were given the opportunity to attend a presentation on SATs preparation – The parents of 44 pupils attended.

In addition to the above, the following new projects were introduced: 

Study Skills for Parents Parents were given the opportunity to attend a 30 minute presentation addressing ways in which they can help their sons/daughters in the build up to GCSE’s. Topics covered were “helping with resources”, “providing an appropriate environment” and “how to survive examinations”.

FUNDING / INSET We provided funding to our feeder schools to enable INSET for the following to take place: i) Assessment and Tracking Scientific Enquiry (Upper Whitley) ii) Creative Cross Curricular Science (Lepton CE) iii) Solving Problems in Mathematics KS1 (Lepton CE) iv) Maths Inspire – How to be an Inspiring Mathematics Teacher (Upper Whitley)


Funding was also provided for cover support to release a KS2 teacher at Rowley Lane to produce a range of Maths Guides for their KS2 pupils.

Polestar Planetarium The School also provided funding for the visit of the Polestar Planetarium. A large dome and advanced projection equipment created a unique and awe-inspiring experience for pupils at Upper Whitley. The purpose of the visit was to make learning about Space interesting and fun.

Report compiled by A Melling – Science College Co-ordinator - 10/10/08


Science College Report