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27/06/22

As a way of expanding our student vocabulary, SST is promoting a weekly 'Word of the Week'. This week it is 'sanguine'! Students will be rewarded with an Achievement Point for using the WoW correctly. https://t.co/tQHOS2zjsG

24/06/22

This week in our Weekly Vlog, Mr Anderson speaks about the huge success of our School Production earlier this week. You will also see a few sneak peek performances from their rehearsal! Check it out here: https://t.co/ElctOw7Etj https://t.co/U4ag8bWtTL

22/06/22

Did you know that today is ? Our Year 7 students have been set two challenges by Mrs Vincent to help promote this important occasion! https://t.co/bNci5wQrvM

22/06/22

Earlier this week we welcomed who performed a fantastic production of 'What you Will' to our students. It was a great engaging introduction to and it transported our students to the world of Elizabethan Theatre! https://t.co/HQWLa4MQpj

22/06/22

As a way of expanding our student vocabulary, SST is promoting a weekly 'Word of the Week'. This week it is 'laudable'! Students will be rewarded with an Achievement Point for using the WoW correctly. https://t.co/GLQFLblBBy

21/06/22

We are excited to confirm that there are a few limited tickets still available to purchase for our school production this afternoon! Booking details can be found here: https://t.co/ro78Wv7I9i https://t.co/1hXHHripY1

21/06/22

After months of rehearsing, we are so excited to see our students perform in our first ever school production, 'Will Power', this afternoon! Good luck to our students taking part and special thanks goes to Mr Anderson and Mr Lee for all of their hard work! https://t.co/xub2gMsHS2

20/06/22

We are so happy to hear that SST's first ever school trip was a big success on Friday. Our Choir students went to Thorpe Park and had a great time! https://t.co/L3QIUiH1y3

17/06/22

Our students enjoyed the weather yesterday afternoon as Miss Orme moved 'Make it Club' to the Courtyard to make the most of this glorious sunshine ☀️#ExtraCurricular https://t.co/iDjdRmLuR2

15/06/22

This week in Drama, our Year 8 students are learning sequencing, and are seen here performing still images! https://t.co/xi7uEibghq

14/06/22

This morning we are off to Primary School for a Transition Meeting. Tilly, Oliver and Will are looking forward to speaking to the students joining us next year! https://t.co/B9o3LbPgJw

14/06/22

As a way of expanding our student vocabulary, SST is promoting a weekly 'Word of the Week'. This week it is 'Iniquitous'! Students will be rewarded with an Achievement Point for using the WoW correctly. https://t.co/omofup2Udb

13/06/22

As part of our transition, there will be a series of weekly challenges for our newest recruits to take part in which are uploaded every week! This week we are challenging students to a Drama challenge. Head over to our website for further info! https://t.co/Z6eqOKai3b https://t.co/LCcdJORzPg

09/06/22

We are delighted to announce Briony, Year 8, has been commended in the Spanish category for the South East region. Well done Briony! https://t.co/C3XeIF5oYK

09/06/22

As a way of expanding our student vocabulary, SST is promoting a weekly 'Word of the Week'. This week it is 'perpetrator'! Students will be rewarded with an Achievement Point for using the WoW correctly. https://t.co/pFbBEcLEcF

08/06/22

With June being GRT History Month, our students learnt about what makes a home for the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller Community in assembly this morning! https://t.co/DsrMUdJkRm

07/06/22

This morning Mr Payne, Yasmina and Emilis are off to Leeds & Broomfield CE Primary to meet with the Year 6 students starting with us in September! We are excited to start our Primary visits this term https://t.co/YuZw1R0d9a

07/06/22

We are so happy to welcome our students back for Term 6 after a restful break! We are looking forward to another packed full term! https://t.co/OWSZS7oOhl

26/05/22

Our students continued their project in collaboration with today. They have been discussing how our different cultures are affected by issues raised by the United Nations in their Sustainable Development Goals and how we can work towards a more sustainable future! https://t.co/t2tIkJGMfh

25/05/22

This week we are celebrating Citizenship Week by challenging our students to plan a local project taking action on one of the sustainable goals! https://t.co/xw3mgbMl6r

24/05/22

Recently we challenged our newest recruits to an Art Challenge, as part of . They were asked to photograph objects or settings which have human characteristics. We were so impressed with the entries! Check out these brilliant submissions from Oscar, Eliana & Ava! https://t.co/rc5Xa3vuTC

23/05/22

As a way of expanding our student vocabulary, SST is promoting a weekly 'Word of the Week'. This week it is 'bystander'! Students will be rewarded with an Achievement Point for using the WoW correctly. https://t.co/DasJ6cuLKE

20/05/22

We are so proud of our Girls Football Team who made it through to the final yesterday! After a brilliant performance we sadly lost in a penalty shootout however their achievement goes down in our SST history as the first team to make it to a final! Well done girls! https://t.co/UVZRGvSO9k

19/05/22

Good luck to our Year 7 and 8 Girls Football Team playing in the championship final this afternoon at the Gallagher Stadium! https://t.co/mdQdUACkGX

18/05/22

Session 5 is all about reflection and evaluation. Our students have been busy updating their competencies on their iPads using ! https://t.co/f9bNDFHMJP

18/05/22

During session 4 of our we welcome Matt from “We are with you” agency. He is speaking to our students about peer related issues including risks of drugs, energy drinks and the consequences of taking drugs! https://t.co/0NjCeWaVoH

18/05/22

Session 3 is all about prejudice related incidents. Here they are working hard to create a poster to explain what they have learned! https://t.co/D3ixBkokWK

18/05/22

Session 2 is focused on students working together. They have learnt that everybody is different in lots of different ways and we need to treat everybody the same. https://t.co/u5kFWKuKRo

18/05/22

Session 1 of our is focused on exploring stereotypes! Our students are understanding the importance of not judging a book by its cover! https://t.co/qaoZVVaICR

18/05/22

The sun is shining for our Empower Day! Today will be a series of sessions focused on reacting to situations in life and considering how our reactions and actions can affect others! https://t.co/cfbsF83zf6

18/05/22

Today is the day of our Students v Staff Football match! If wish to make a voluntary donation, this can be made here: https://t.co/xRLAUCbluM https://t.co/hnP6aX0crR

17/05/22

Today we virtually hosted a school in Belgium, where three teachers taught a STEM lesson to our Year 7 students. This is part of a long standing relationship between and https://t.co/Vu7z4eubVd

17/05/22

We are pleased to open our school for current Year 5 students and parents to take part in a student led tour on the following dates! Head over to our website to secure a ticket: https://t.co/VYfMaksVIa https://t.co/tXDVUHK6hW

16/05/22

As a way of expanding our student vocabulary, SST is promoting a weekly 'Word of the Week'. This week it is 'collaborator'! Students will be rewarded with an Achievement Point for using the WoW correctly. https://t.co/3wYtcuUodw

12/05/22

Today we had the 1st session of our 'Learning Alliance Beyond Borders' project that 15 SST students will be working on with students from . They will be learning about each other’s cultures, and working together to look at innovative ways to tackle climate change! https://t.co/h2Uyujn8ZU

11/05/22

Check out this car that the students in GreenPower Car Club have made! They enjoyed doing some practice runs yesterday without the body work of the car in place so that they can check everything is working properly before it is raced! https://t.co/oPXmXTVCm2

10/05/22

Congratulations to our Girls Football team who only went and got through to the Championship FINAL! They will be playing at Gallagher Stadium on Thursday, 19 May. Further information on how you can watch will be available soon! https://t.co/kzW0O6yIgL

09/05/22

We are thrilled to announce our long-awaited Staff vs Students football match, which will be taking place after school on Wednesday, 18 May, to raise money for our Library. If wish to make a voluntary donation, this can be made here: https://t.co/xRLAUBTcgE https://t.co/NRwMOlKEtr

09/05/22

As a way of expanding our student vocabulary, SST is promoting a weekly 'Word of the Week'. This week it is 'resistance'! Students will be rewarded with an Achievement Point for using the WoW correctly. https://t.co/sSHHaJbNXQ

06/05/22

Check out how much fun we had raising money for Ukraine by cycling from Kent to Kyiv last week in our weekly vlog! Who else is super impressed with Mr Lee's slow motion cycling?! https://t.co/uNwz14fz7z https://t.co/qMAGGMgJ7g

Science

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The Science department staff includes:

- Miss J Whitworth – Lead Teacher of Science
- Mrs H Chapman – Teacher of Science

As a pinnacle member of the STREAM focus at SST Maidstone, the Science department educates students on the fundamental knowledge and skills across Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Students are able to mix theory and practical science together to investigate hypotheses and challenge key questions.

The Science department runs a Science club each week to inspire students to try a range of different experiments whilst Space club helps students explore key themes from our Universe alongside other students in the campus.

The department has strong collaborative links with other departments, such as:

  • Study of cells in Biology to explore structure and function and to produce detailed biological drawings in Art
  • Using angles and reflection in Physics and linking to geometry in Maths
  • The investigation of energy in food and exploring food groups.
  • Exploring the properties of various materials in Physics and applying these to design in DT.

Curriculum Intent

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The Science Department Intent is: 

  • For students to develop a curiosity, enthusiasm and enduring love for learning scientific concepts and awareness of scientific advancements regardless of ability or background. 

  • To allow students to frequently revisit knowledge and therefore, formulate links between different concepts, enabling students to embed and futher expand their scientific understanding. 

  • To provide students with opportunities to plan and undertake practical investigations to allow hands on exploration of scientific concepts and thus motivate students to use problem solving skills, make observations and analyse data allowing students to make links between scientific theory and investigative outcomes. 

  • To increase the ambitions of students through increased awareness of science in everyday life, building on cultural capital and removing stereotypes through inclusion of career links, extracurricular opportunities and wider reading. 

  • To encourage students to become independent, inquisitive, active critical thinkers who are able to apply understanding to different situations and transfer scientific skills to other subject areas and their lives beyond education. 

Curriculum Information

Year 7

  • Introduction to Science
  • Matter
  • Cells and Organisation
  • Energy
  • Forces Part 1
  • Reactions
  • Ecosystems

Year 8

  • Periodic Table
  • Electricity
  • Variation and Evolution
  • Space and Earth
  • Biological Processes
  • Chemical Energy
  • Forces Part 2
  • Organic Chemistry

Year 9

Biology:

  • Cell Biology
  • Organisation
  • Infection and response

Chemistry:

  • Atomic structure
  • The Periodic Table
  • Structure and bonding
  • Chemical calculations
  • Chemical changes

Physics:

  • Energy conservation and dissipation
  • Forces in balance
  • Matter and molecules
  • Wave properties
  • Electric circuits

Year 10 and 11

Students will continue to study science at GCSE and will have the option to choose Triple Award or Double Award Science.

Year 12 and 13

Students will have the opportunity to study Biology, Chemistry and Physics at A-level. 

Transition Information

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Key Stage 2 to Key Stage 3

Students begin their KS3 course with an introduction to science which allows students to address common misunderstandings and provides students with the opportunity to work scientifically and improve their scientific enquiry skills.

Prior knowledge is assessed at the start of each topic to account for different starting points and allow misconceptions to be addressed.

There is an opportunity for students to join Science Club and Space Club to promote further interest and exploration of the science topics studied. Students will also participate in a Science Fair Project of their choosing in Year 8.

Key Stage 3 to Key Stage 4

Throughout the KS3 programme of study, students will complete a Foundation Year at Year 9. This will revisit KS3 topics and thus enable students to further develop their understanding and application of scientific concepts in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

Students will be able to utilise their investigative based skills learnt at KS3 and build on these as they progress through the required practical activities included within the GCSE course beginning in Year 10.

Embedded within the KS3 and KS4 content are links to career paths and extended insights into various scientific careers.

Key Stage 4 to Key Stage 5

Students will revisit topics that have been covered in both Key Stages. This exploration will be in much greater detail and breadth.

At GCSE, students complete the required practical activities within all sciences which will prepare them well for the more challenging A-level practical assessment delivered across the Biology, Chemistry and Physics courses.

Links with the Sixth Forms at other schools on the campus allows discussion with other GCSE and A-level allowing students to collaborate and raise their aspirations. Career links are further embedded to increase awareness of the vast range of science professions.

Beyond Key Stage 5

Students are given opportunities to look at different routes to pursue further studies in science beyond the Sixth form, including apprenticeships, college courses and University modules. 

Unit Plans

  Click here to view the Unit Plans. 

Extended Curriculum Information