Science

KS3 Summary (Year 7 and 8)

Across Key Stage 3, students learn how to operate as scientists, while studying a broad range of Biology, Chemistry and Physics topics.

At the end of each topic students take a test, which assesses their understanding of the topic content as well as their scientific skills.

The Key Stage 3 schemes of work are based on Activate, an exciting KS3 Science course published by Oxford University Press. It is fully supported by a website, Kerboodle, which students will be using both in lessons and in their home learning.

Year 7

The topics covered during Year 7 are:

Autumn term 1

B1 1: Cells (Biology)
C1 1: Particles and their behaviour (Chemistry)

Autumn term 2

P1 1: Forces (Physics)
B1 2: Structure and function of body systems (Biology)

Spring term 1

C1 2: Elements, atoms and compounds (Chemistry)
P1 2: Sound (Physics)

Spring term 2

B1 3: Reproduction (Biology)
C1 3: Reactions (Chemistry)

Summer term 1

P1 3: Light (Physics)
C1 4: Acids and alkalis (Chemistry)

Summer term 2

P1 4: Space (Physics)

 

Year 8

The topics covered during Year 8 are:

Autumn term 1

B2 1: Health and lifestyle (Biology)
P2 1: Electricity and magnetism (Physics)

Autumn term 2

C2 1: The Periodic Table (Chemistry)
P2 2: Energy (Physics)

Spring term 1

C2 2: Separation techniques (Chemistry)

Spring term 2

B2 2: Ecosystem processes (Biology)
P2 3: Motion and pressure (Physics)

Summer term 1

C2 3: Metals and acids (Chemistry)
B2 3: Adaptations and inheritance (Biology)

Summer term 2

C2 4: The Earth (Chemistry)

 

Key Stage 4 Summary (Year 9, 10 and 11)

At Key Stage 4 students build on the skills that they have developed during Key Stage 3. Depending on the child’s strengths and abilities there are different options available to them. They will be guided by their class teacher to pursue the best course for them.

Year 9 & 10

The students who are in Year 9 in 2015-16 will be the first year group to study the new Science GCSEs from the AQA examination board, following the introduction of a new National Curriculum in Science. Students will follow one of two pathways. Much of the content is common to both routes, so there is flexibility for movement between pathways if needed.

Option 1 – Triple Science

This option is available for those students who are particularly gifted in Science. They study three separate GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. They will take two examination papers (length 1 hour 45 minutes each) in each of the three disciplines, at the end of Year 11. There are no controlled assessments, but there are eight required practicals in each discipline that must be completed during the course.

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/biology-8461

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/chemistry-8462

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/physics-8463

Option 2 – Combined Science: Trilogy

This option gives students the opportunity to achieve a double award, equivalent to two GCSEs in Science. It is similar to the outgoing Core and Additional Science GCSEs. There will be six exams (length 1 hour 15 minutes each): two Biology, two Chemistry and two Physics. These will be taken at the end of Year 11. There are no controlled assessments, but there are a total of sixteen required practicals that must be completed during the course.

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/combined-science-trilogy-8464

 

Year 11

The students who are in Year 11 in 2016-17 will sit exams based on the outgoing AQA GCSE specifications.

Option 1 – Triple Science

This option is available for those students who are particularly gifted in Science. They study three separate GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. They will take nine examinations at the end of Year 11 (three in each discipline, for example Biology is split into the B1, B2 and B3 papers). Each exam is worth 25% of the corresponding GCSE. Students must also complete three pieces of controlled assessment during the course. These make up the remaining 25% of each qualification.

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/biology-4401

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/chemistry-4402

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/physics-4403

Option 2 – Core and Additional Science

This option gives students the opportunity to achieve two GCSEs in Science. Core Science is split into Biology, Chemistry and Physics ‘modules’ leading to the B1, C1 and P1 examination papers, which each contribute 25% to the Core Science GCSE. Likewise Additional Science is split into ‘modules’ leading to the B2, C2 and P2 examination papers, each worth 25% of the GCSE. Students will take these six exams at the end of year 11, and they also complete two pieces of controlled assessment during the course. The controlled assessments make up the remaining 25% of each GCSE.

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/science-a-4405

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/additional-science-4408

 

Homework

Homework will be set on a weekly basis and students will usually have a week to complete it. Homework will either be paper based or accessible online.

KS3 homework tasks will be chosen to consolidate, extend or prepare for the learning activities that students undertake in the classroom.

KS4 homework will mainly consist of past examination questions to give the students ample chance to practise their exam technique.

 

Department Staff

Ms L Parvin (Head of Science)

Mr A Hearmon (Teacher of Science)

Mr D Mitchell (Teacher of Science)

Mrs K Pyrzynska (Teacher of Science)

Miss B White (Teacher of Science)

Mr R Marsh (Head Master)

Mrs W  Rawlins ( Senior Science Technician)

 

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