Science

curriculum intent

We study Science because Science means discovery.  Discovery of how the world works, our place, impact, role and the responsibilities we have. To explore how scientific ideas, develop and how we learn by experimentation. We are committed to providing a stimulating, engaging and intellectually challenging learning environment to enable all our students to develop scientific consciousness, from the subatomic to the intergalactic.

The Team

The science teaching team is made up of 15 fully qualified science teachers supported by a senior science technician and 3 further science technicians. The team is housed in 14 purpose built laboratories with 3 prep rooms. With an emphasis on learning through doing, we are well equipped for practical experimentation.

key stage 3

Science follows the AQA KS3 scheme of work. Each topic is around 5-6 weeks in duration with an assessment at the end of each topic. The aim of KS3 is to enthuse students with appreciation of science learning and allow them to discover how things work. We aim to provide a grounding in Biology, Chemistry and Physics as well as looking at scientific problem solving and use of evidence to develop theories and explanations. The emphasis of KS3 is on practical and investigative

 work with a constant effort to relate what we teach to the world around them. Students will undertake a variety of project based learning which is additional to the curriculum topics in order to raise awareness of science in society. We would like every student to leave KS3 having completed a science CREST award. CREST is a nationally recognised scheme for student-led project work in the STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and maths). Classes are taught in broad bands of ability.

 

 

key stage 4

Qualification at a glance

AQA (9-1)

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science

All students follow either a Triple. (separate science route) and gain a GCSE per subject or the Combined Trilogy Science Route and gain 2 GCSE’s

Combined Trilogy classes are taught in bands of ability, students who take Trilogy are able to access Level 3 courses. Triple science is the demanding option for students and is designed for those who have a real love and aptitude for Science and who may wish to carry on their studies at A-level, classes are mixed but higher ability.

Exams

Combined Trilogy Science

Six papers: two biology, two chemistry and two physics.

Each will assess different topics.

Duration: all the papers are 1 hour 15 minutes.

Tiers: Foundation and Higher.

Weighting: the papers are equally weighted. Each is worth 16.7% of the grade and has 70 marks. Question types: multiple choice, structured, closed, short answer and open response.

Triple or separate Science

Two papers for each subject: each paper will assess knowledge and understanding from different topics.

Duration: both papers are 1 hour 45 minutes.

Tier: Foundation and Higher.

Weighting: the papers are equally weighted. Each is worth 50% of the grade and has 100 marks available.

Question types: multiple choice, structured, closed short answer and open response.

  Biology Chemistry Physics
Paper 1 Topics 1 - 4: Cell biology; Organisation; Infection and response and Bioenergetics. Topics 1-5: Atomic structure and the periodic table; Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter; Quantitative chemistry; Chemical changes; and Energy changes. Topics 1-4: Energy; Electricity; Particle model of matter and Atomic structure
Paper 2 Topics 5 - 7: Homeostatis and response; Inheritance, variation and evolution and Ecology Topics 6-10: The rate and extent of chemical change; Organic chemistry; Chemical analysis; Chemistry of the atmosphere and Using resources. Topics 5-7 or 8: Forces; Waves; Matnetism and electromagnetism and Space physics (Triple only)

 

Biology

  • Cell Biology
  • organisation
  • Infection and response
  • Bioenergetics
  • Homeostasis and response
  • Inheritance, variation and evolution
  • Ecology

Chemistry

  • Atomic structure and the periodic table
  • Bonding, structure and the properties of matter
  • Quantitative chemistry
  • Chemical changes
  • Energy changes
  • The rate and extent of chemical change
  • Organic chemistry
  • Chemical analysis
  • Chemistry of the atmosphere
  • Using resources

Physics

  • Forces
  • Energy
  • Waves
  • Electricity
  • Magnetism and electromagnetism
  • Particle model of matter
  • Atomic structure
  • Space Physics - Triple science only

 

To be successful students will need to be able to:

  • Be fully equipped at all science lessons
  • Develop revision techniques using their classroom notes and revision guides
  • Complete exam style questions in the classroom and at home
  • Complete each end of topic assessment and assessed homework to the best of their ability
  • Carry out a minimum of 12 required practicals across each academic year (see full specification for details) and be able to recall details of these for their exams.

​All students studying science will need the following additional equipment:

  • Scientific Calculator for every science lesson
  • Protractor for measuring angles - Physics lessons

What can I do to support my child at home?

Support your child with the following:

  • Learning key words and definitions provided in homework sheets
  • Ensure diagnostic revision homework on "Tassomai" (Yr11 only) online is completed
  • Ask your child to explain what they have learnt today
  • Choose an article from the BBC about Science and discuss it with your child
  • Provide students with revision guides and/or workbooks linked to the specification
  • Use revision websites to make revision notes e.g. http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zrkw2hv

Recommended resources for the course:

Recommended text books are specific to the new combined and triple science courses: