Welcome to Junior Science

Welcome to the Junior Science department.

KS3 Science is taught together as Integrated Science in Years 8 & 9 with a time allocation of 3 double periods per week. . In Yr10 the Science is taught  as separate biology, chemistry and physics lessons with subject specialist teachers, to prepare students for the GCSE courses they start in Yr11. Each separate Science subject is allocated 1 double period per week.

The purpose of this site is to keep you up to date with the many activities ongoing within the department, both in and outside the classroom, meeting the requirements of the KS3 curriculum. The Yr8-10 good student awards in Science will also be published here every month to celebrate the achievement of pupils displaying hardwork and commitment in science.

Pupils can retrieve missed worksheets/homework sheets from the junior science section on the school VLE site and access extra revision worksheets. Please keep checking back to this micro site as it is developed to see the updates.

 

Yr10 Choosing Science Event

 

 On Wednesday 15 January Yr10 pupils spent the morning meeting and talking with Science ambassadors from a range of science related careers in the local region.  Representatives from  the construction industry, McGovern & O’Hare,  a fish biologist from the Lough’s Agency, Consultant engineer, NI water, Culture Tech, STEM Aware and a biomedical scientist from Altnagevin hospital were all represented. Pupils were provided with a stimulating program which aimed to inform them more about the relevance of science in many career paths for their future at a time when GCSE choices will be being made.

    

Science Focus Week

FoyleCollegeFun Science Week for Year 8

 The annual Yr8 Science Focus Week   got off to a great start on Monday 04 November with a lively presentation to all Yr8 pupils by the ‘Science 2 Life’ company.  Activities continued each  lunchtime with the opportunity to carry out a rat dissection, attend a fun chemistry workshop and make rockets. With a focus on enthusing pupils about the world of Science and helping  them relate Science to their local community pupils also had the opportunity to have a site tour of the Invista Lycra plant at Maydown, and conduct an interview with one of the fish biologists working down at the Lough’s Agency. The selection of photos below show the fun  pupils had all week.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yr8 Nesswoods visit

On Wednesday 05 June Yr8 students visited Nesswoods as part of their Science Curriculum. Leaf keys, Using Moss to investigate the northfacing side of trees, Sampling animal and plant life alongside an investigation on soil pH samples were all part of the day. A few photos below  with  more available via the gallery. 

Yr9 Castlerock Science Visit- June 2013.

On Thursday 06 June and Friday 07 June Yr9 made the infamous train journey to Castlerock as part of their Science activites at the end this term. With activities starting as soon as we set off, pupils measured the time between stops to enable them to calculate the train speeds back at school. The weather was perfect for our work in the sand dunes, investigating banded snail populations, marram grass growth  and then on to the rocky shore to observe animal and plant adaptations there. A walk along the cliffs next and on Friday pupils managed to reach the dam and black glen where pupils looked at the design of the dam and were able to understand its construction and location, linking it with those used at reservoirs and hydroelectric schemes- we are now looking forward to the project work pupils submit before the end of term. A few photos below with further photographs available via the gallery.

Summer Term: Scifest

 

 

On  Tuesday 11 June six of our Yr9 pupils attended the North West stage of the Scifest competition at the Magee campus of the University of Ulster. This was the culmination of science project work they had completed during the year. Emily Dougherty, Oisin O'Connell and Scott Hand brought a physics based Rollercoaster Study with them. Having constructed a K'Nex rollercoaster kit using funds donated by the Parent's Association they had the opportunity to investigate the energy changes  and forces associated with movement along the rollercoaster. Having presented their work to two sets of judges they were awarded one of the top prizes within the technology category- well done to them! The three girls, Hanna Hunter, Casey Reid and Laura Hegarty also were commended on their presentation skills when faced with the judges for their project which investigated microalgae as a potential biofuel. All pupils said they have really enjoyed the experience and both groups will recieve Bronze Science Crest Awards for their efforts.  We have a few of our photographs shown here  but you can go to the gallery for further photographs of this event.

Yr8 Science Homesupport Resource.

Just a reminder that worksheets and markschemes relevant to modules covered during Yr8 are available to download and use via our school VLE system. Follow the instructions below to access these:

  • Enter VLE and log in using your username and password.
  • Click on your registration group e.g 8D
  • Click on Yr8 homesupport Pack folder displayed in 'My courses'.
  • Select the module you wish to revise and download home support resource questions and accompanying markscheme.

This resource material can be useful to help you structure your revision for summer exams.

Spring Term

Hannah Hunter and Ellen Barr, both in 9D have participated in  'Environmental Youth Speak' in February. This event was organised by Derry City Council and encourages environmental awareness giving both girls the opportunity to research and debate environmental issues. They put across their well researched arguements and delivered speeches on  'The True Cost of Waste'. Thanks must go to Miss Elliott for her role in helping prepare them in the delivery of their first public speaking event!

Yr10 Revision

 

Four past paper KS3 Science Yr10 papers are now available via the school VLE to support revision at home. The markschemes are also available for your reference. Follow the instructions below to access these and use them to help in your revision for your Junior certiifcate Science exam:

  • Enter VLE and log in using your username and password.
  • Click on 'Courses' across the top toolbar and select 'Junior Science'
  • Click on sub category: Yr10 and select 'Yr10 reviison questions'.
  • Open folder and select which paper you wish to download and complete.
  • Enjoy!smiley

Autumn Term

  • Year 8 STEM club is currently meeting weekly after school every Tuesday.  Pupils have been making sparklers, models of cells and investigating lenses using jelly.  New members are always welcome.

 


  • Yr 10 pupils recently attended the Seagate Science Conference at St Mary’s College and had the opportunity to find out about a variety of STEM based careers and participate in many exciting science based workshops including the programming of lego robots, CPR first aid training and forensic science.

 

  • Yr8 science focus week was busy as usual on the first week after halfterm with events by The ‘Learn Differently’ science company with the theme of ‘Forces’, lunchtime activities organised by science teachers including a rat dissection demonstration, lenses workshop and fun chemistry workshop. Some pupils visited Lycra at Maydown to find out just how stretchy it was and others visited the Lough’s Agency to be introduced to the work of  a freshwater biologist from one of our past pupils Arthur Niven, now employed there.

 

  • Oisin O’Connell, Sophie McFaul and Matthew Austin travelled to Intel headquarters , Dublin On 26 October for the all Ireland final of Scifest having won the Northwest stage of the competition in June.

 

  • In December we are looking forward to welcoming P6 pupils to the Springtown site for a science workshop.