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18/07/24

HASU Sports Day📅 Who is going to win today?? pic.twitter.com/H1jMhDqmv1

12/07/24

A group of our Y7 and Y8 students visited the University of Roehampton yesterday for a workshop entitled “Powering Transformation”, hosted by the Talent Foundry and sponsored by Dell Technologies.#educationalvisit pic.twitter.com/D2oWjdJ4H0

03/07/24

Our newest HASU students look very happy during the lunch break. 😁All smiles, lots of chatting and making friendships.#year7 pic.twitter.com/tC2lbR3Fmf

03/07/24

We are so excited to welcome our new Y7 students at HASU. Lots awaits them today during their Transition Day. pic.twitter.com/jE8KImGe7x

02/07/24

Supporting our FINALIST at the Enterprise Challenge. The team worked incredibly hard formulating their brand of sauce. The judges were impressed by their brand, prototype & accompanying tortilla chips! Off to the final on 17th July 🤩🤩 pic.twitter.com/sbpvGJzyLn

28/06/24

What a fantastic success for our students at London Youth Games! 👏🏓Very well done girls! You did amazingly well and we are very proud of your achievement! https://t.co/EAiiN6Kr8g

26/06/24

VictoriasVoices Academy is coming to HASU.🎼🎶Book your space to get a vocal and performance training or visit the website to find out more about it.https://t.co/B1gFDX5QuH pic.twitter.com/FAxO1tQ93r

23/06/24

The 2023-2024 UK Championships Division Finalists HASU Robotics 451 (22593) “Hasuuuuuuuuuuu!” Next stop 🇬🇧🥇 watch this space 👀 pic.twitter.com/3L5HPvgEk3

23/06/24

Super proud of HASU ROBOTICS UK 451 (22593) ending the day as Division Finalists Championship! Thank you to everyone who supported the team this season. Next stop watch this space 👀🏆🇬🇧 pic.twitter.com/a5vdLql0Jr

23/06/24

Feeling incredibly honoured and blessed to receive the Compass Award! 🧭 This award celebrates leadership, dedication, and the spirit of FIRST. I couldn’t have reached this milestone without the support of my amazing team colleagues, and the FIRST community pic.twitter.com/wCuHujXxFM

23/06/24

I am deeply grateful to for giving me the opportunity to support and emcee at the UK Champs. It was an incredible experience, and I met so many passionate young people, teachers, mentors, and coaches along the way. It really is “ROBOTS!!” 🇬🇧 pic.twitter.com/Yickyt6lOp

21/06/24

Good luck to our team who are today at UK Champs ! 🍀 https://t.co/AeUY88jMgQ

21/06/24

HASU Robotics Team UK 451 (22593) leaving the building ready to take on National Championships at Cambridge University. Watch this space 👀 pic.twitter.com/qT0N0dFdSm

20/06/24

St.Phil's UK-179 (21200) and HASU Robotics UK-451 (22593) online today with Legendary Referee talking all things robots! A massive Thank you to Andy. pic.twitter.com/xXksXgl4uv

20/06/24

St.Phil's UK-179 (21200) and HASU Robotics UK-451 (22593) in our Robotics Lab today! its more than robots. pic.twitter.com/SURcjj7bpF

20/06/24

Reading for pic.twitter.com/N8et8eTvKU

14/06/24

HASU ROBOTICS TEAM UK-451 Global 22593 Getting ready for Nationals 🇬🇧 pic.twitter.com/AjSgJog91L

14/06/24

HASU ROBOTICS Society unboxing banners and pull ups in preparation for Nationals 🇬🇧 We cant wait to welcome you to our Academy on one of our Open days. Make sure you come and say hi 📷 pic.twitter.com/18c6t5oxzO

13/06/24

With thanks to and photographer Erroll Jones for our fancy official team photo 🤩🤩🤩 pic.twitter.com/oZfB5kI7dJ

10/06/24

We are excited to invite you to our Open Evening on Thursday, 11th July!Come and explore what makes HASU so special. Meet our dedicated staff, tour our facilities, and learn about the amazing opportunities we offer.⬇️https://t.co/9NjD7oIcOI⬆️#OpenEvening pic.twitter.com/JsvBls3TVJ

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Science

What is Science? 

Science is a way of studying and understanding the universe in which we exist, which has been developed over time and in many cultures.  We teach essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. 

Why do we teach Science at HASU? 

We seek to develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry, and physics.  Science promotes an evidence-based approach to enquiry and pupils are encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation.   However, science is not to be seen as a static body of knowledge, rather as a dynamic and developing accumulation of human wisdom.  Through their study of science, pupils are encouraged to test theories and look for alternative explanations.  The scientific approach helps pupils to develop as independent and collaborative learners, respecting everyone’s contribution. 

We are building links with the wider scientific community, especially in the field of medical sciences, given our location on the campus of the London Cancer Hub.  Science is presented in the wider context of STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) with visits, presentations from visiting speakers, and enrichment activities.  There is a strong focus on the many career pathways to which studying science can lead.   

Above all, we are seeking to develop a sense of excitement and curiosity through an enquiring and investigative approach.  We hope to kindle in our pupils the spirit of enquiry expressed by Albert Einstein, who said, "The important thing is not to stop questioning…  (We) cannot help but be in awe when (we) contemplate the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvellous structure of reality." 

How do we teach Science at HASU? 

At Harris Academy Sutton, we offer a high-quality science education which provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry, and physics.  As well as developing our students’ knowledge and understanding of scientific theory through lessons in each of these three disciplines, our curriculum has an integrated working scientifically component and a clear focus on literacy and communication that seeks to develop students’ confidence in articulating their scientific ideas.  The essential skills of enquiry processes are taught throughout the course and are developed further through a series of required practicals.

We are fortunate to enjoy state-of-the-art science facilities spread over two floors, including specialist biology, chemistry, and physics laboratories, and a ‘super-lab’ that can accommodate up to 60 students for lecture-demonstrations or large-scale practical activities.  There is a strong emphasis on practical learning, ably supported by our team of dedicated science technicians.

Key Stage 3 

At Key Stage 3, pupils have one lesson every week in each of the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry, and physics. These are supported by one additional lesson every fortnight in the skills of working scientifically. The taught content is divided into ten ‘big ideas’ of Science: Forces, Electromagnetism, Energy, Waves, Matter, Reactions, Earth, Organisms, Ecosystems and Genes.  Each of these ‘big ideas’ is in turn divided into four smaller topics encountered at regular intervals so that students develop an understanding of a big idea by multiple interactions with the concepts within the idea. 

Key Stage 4 

All students at Harris Academy Sutton continue their study of science at GCSE as part of our broad and balanced Key Stage 4 curriculum.  Science is a compulsory subject in the English curriculum at Key Stage 4.  In other words, it is not an optional subject – everyone studies science in one form or another at this level. 

Students in Years 10 and 11 at Harris Academy Sutton will follow one of two courses of study: some will study Biology, Chemistry and Physics as three full GCSEs (sometimes referred to as ‘separate sciences’ or ‘triple science’); others will follow the Combined Science: Trilogy route, which is also taught as the three subject disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics but results in students gaining two GCSE qualifications. 

Whichever route students are following, their study of the Sciences at Key Stage 4 continues with the process of building upon and deepening scientific knowledge and the understanding of ideas developed in earlier key stages.  As at Key Stage 3, this is done through the subject disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics, each now enjoying three lessons per fortnight.  The knowledge and skills involved in scientific enquiry continue to weave their way through the whole specification, supported by an additional working scientifically lesson every fortnight, just as at Key Stage 3. 

Which examination board do we study at Key Stage 4? 

Students studying the sciences at HASU follow the AQA Specifications. 

These specifications can be found here: 

AQA GCSE Biology (8461)

AQA GCSE Chemistry (8462)

AQA GCSE Physics (8463) 

AQA GCSE Combined Science: Trilogy (8464)