Biology, Chemistry, & Physics
The Science Department at Lucton has an excellent reputation, and our students benefit tremendously from being taught in small classes by specialist, and highly experienced, teachers.
Between Years 7 to 9, students study biology, chemistry, and physics separately. All of our students have the option of continuing these three sciences at GCSE level; however, a small number will sometimes elect to take the condensed Double Award route, which enables them to spend more time on other subjects.
At Lucton, we do not focus solely on the acquisition of scientific facts, but also on how scientists work; how experiments and observations lead to a better understanding of the world around us.
Our aim is for students to gain a robust understanding of the primary branches of science: biology, chemistry, and physics. The world needs scientists to work in a huge number of industries and research establishments, and every year an increasing number of our students continue their studies at university to pursue this end.
In a rapidly changing world, Information Communication Technology (ICT) at Lucton provides students with essential computing and software skills, enabling them to make the most of new technology.
The curriculum is designed so that students not only master crucial ICT proficiencies, but are also regularly introduced to new ideas and resources which will enable them to become confident, adaptable, and independent users of new technology. Employers are increasingly looking for people who are able to think analytically, critically, and creatively in order to generate new ideas and to solve problems; the study of ICT provides an excellent platform for the development of these capabilities.
Designers have the ability to shape and control the world we live in by drawing upon a wide range of experiences, knowledge, and skills to creatively source the best solution to a problem.
In Years 7 to 9, students develop hands-on, practical skills and knowledge across a broad range of processes, and apply these to a variety of projects. Initially, these projects are largely prescribed; however, as their experience grows they are ultimately able to take complete creative control over the nature of their work. Over the years, GCSE and A Level students have produced electric guitars, mountain boards, cricket cradles, and all manner of furniture items, and there has long been a tradition of past students setting the benchmark in regards to the quality and creativity of their work.
At Lucton, we provide a solid foundation of mathematical skills for all our students, with many choosing to take the subject all the way to A Level. Work is undertaken both with and without calculators, and small group teaching allows all students to receive support, whether that means additional help with grasping the fundamentals, or providing additional challenges for those that require them. As they progress, some are also given the option to sit the OCR Additional Mathematics examination. This stand-alone qualification further expands on the GCSE course.
At A Level, we follow the Edexcel course and students study a mixture of Pure Mathematics, Mechanics, and Statistics. Some individuals opt to study Further Mathematics, which provides a comprehensive foundation for university-level study in maths or related subjects and we have an individual programme to help them achieve success in this demanding area.
Beyond the curriculum, some of our students will be entered into an array of competitive maths challenges, pitting their skills against other schools from across the UK. We also have regular maths clinics, where students can receive extra help with their homework, and all students will be given access to the MyMaths website; an additional resource for improving their knowledge.