Hunters Hill Technology College,Spirehouse Lane,Blackwell,Bromsgrove,Worcestershire,B60 1QD, United Kingdom.
0121 445 1320 Fax : 0121 445 2496 : firstname.lastname@example.org Registered Charity Number : 1091007
The department is continually moving forward and adapting to ever changing circumstances but here are a few of the ideas that foremost
in our minds at present
Develop a woodland trail
(Perhaps in conjunction with the Art Dept’s development of a statue trail) which will label names of plants/trees and point out other
items of interest.
Depending upon the success of the sheep,
we might look towards bringing in cattle,pigs, horses,donkeys.
Install a poly Tunnel
This would greatly increase our opportunities
to work in the outside classroom, even in inclement weather
Engendering interest in Science for the pupils is paramount. To this end we are developing the following activities. Rocketeers – With help from the Cadbury Trust, we offer a club on a Friday for those pupils interested. They build and launch solid fuel rockets. This is a very popular club and it is having a positive effect on pupils behaviour during lessons.
There will be 3 school educational visits per year. These will be:-
Year 7 – Thinktank, Birmingham
Year 8 – National Space centre, Leicester
Year 9 – Natural History Museum, London.
These will involve the whole year group and form part of the curriculum
Part of the grounds development to educate the pupils in the recognition of plants and butterflies and their interconnected importance
Composting – Pupils are taught the importance and uses of composting. This is then used in our planting programme
We, as a school are committed to planting trees throughout our grounds to ensure the site is maintained as it was intended. To this end we have a `tree nursery`
We have two purpose built Science Labs, equipped to the highest standards. We believe that the pupils enthusiasm and therefore interest and ultimately achievement can be engendered through hands on experiences.
Hunters Hill is following the OCR Science Plus 2 Certificate of Achievement.This consists of the following areas:-
1. Small topic areas followed by immediate tests.
2. Assessed practical work that is part of the final award
3. Opportunity to boost level of achievement by `can do` tasks
4. Ability to record progress so that pupils can see how they are doing and be given interim awards to maintain enthusiasm
Pupils generally make good progress in science.
The aim is for 2/3 of a level per academic year
but this is often exceeded.
Raised beds for growing vegetables These
were built by the pupils and will be used to
grow vegetables that will then be used in the
Food technology department.
We have an on-going programme of planting that allows us to produce our own crops as well as maintain and develop planting around the site to improve its appearance.
Our latest addition are the sheep. We are working in conjunction with a local farmer and `lease` the sheep from him to give the pupils hands on experience with livestock.
We have the use of an extensive outside classroom.
To include:- Pond Dipping - Habitats - Woodland Walks Bug Hunts
Hunters Hill teaches a wide base knowledge to the pupils in year 7 and 8, always with the emphasis on understanding of the scientific principles being delivered through practical, hands on experiences.