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Shenley Brook End School

Shenley Brook End School

Science

Ethos

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/Facilities

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.

Triple or separate Science

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

 
 

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; Magnetism and electromagnetism and Space physics (Triple only)

 

Biology

Chemistry

Physics

  • Cell Biology
  • organisation
  • Infection and response
  • Bioenergetics
  • Homeostasis and response
  • Inheritance, variation and evolution
  • Ecology
  • 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
  • Forces
  • Energy
  • Waves
  • Electricity
  • Magnetism and electromagnetism
  • Particle model of matter
  • Atomic structure
  • Space Physics - Triple science only