Well, that went quick, didn’t it?!

It doesn’t seem like 2 minutes snce we were waving you all off at the end of the summer term, ready for the 6 weeks holiday, and now here we are back at school, ready for a whole new year.

Welcome to our new Year 7 students – it may seem like Hurworth is a big, scary place, but everyone here is really friendly and you’ll soon get used to having to change classroom for each different lesson.

Welcome back to the rest of you!  Some of you have whole new challenges ahead of you – Year 10 are starting their GCSE courses, and Year 11 are preparing for their GCSE exams next summer.  Whichever year group you are in, working your hardest and to the best of your abil8ity will help you get the most out of your time here at Hurworth.

In the Science department, each year group is beginning by earning themselves a Lab Licence, to give them a thorough understanding of not only the behaviour and safety rules that we expect from our pupils, but also of the equipment and specific skills that they require to be successful in Science.

As we begin to move through the year, you might find that you don’t quite understand something, or that you want to know more about a certain area of the subject.  Whilst your Science teachers are happy to explain ideas to you and discuss areas of their subject, a good skill for you to develop is independent research, and there are many sources of information out there for you to use.  The list below shows just a few ideas:

  • Year 11 students all have a GCSE revision guide, Year 10 will be getting theirs soon.
  • The BBC News website has up to date articles on science-related news stories
  • BBC bitesize have sections for both Key Stage 3 (https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zng4d2p) and Key Stage 4 (https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zrkw2hv – our exam board is Edexcel).
  • Each classroom has a list of reading ideas displayed on the wall.
  • There are many Science podcasts available to download.
  • BBc iPlayer and other streaming platforms have documentaries which covers parts of the topics we cover in school.
  • There are revision/explanatory videos on YouTube (e.g. Primrose Kitten or Free Science Lessons).
  • Workbooks and alternative-style revision guides are available in bookshops or direct from the publishers.

We hope that everyone has a fantastic year in school.

Until next time, keep calm and apply some Science!