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Science club poster Sep 2016

KS3

Students receive four 1 hour lessons of science every week in Year 7, three in Year 8 and four in Year 9. Our science programme sets out to enhance and develop scientific skills so that our students are able to understand, appreciate and contribute to the world around them. Whilst building on the foundation science established at primary school we aim to develop students investigative skills and thinking skills throughout KS3 so that students can relate to concepts learned in the classroom to the outside world.

At Key stage 3, we have developed Schemes of Learning which are based on the National Curriculum 2014 for Year 7 and Year 8. The schemes are planned to differentiate, develop literacy and scientific thinking skills. In Year 9 we have Schemes of Learning which are based on QCA guidelines. Topics are taught in rotation throughout the year.  All students begin Year 7 by completing the transition unit which is designed to bridge the gap between KS2 and KS3. Students are placed into sets after they have completed 2 units of work and are assessed regularly.

The curriculum is delivered as an integrated course made up of Biology, Chemistry and Physics topics. Work is designed to challenge and meet the needs of all students and incorporates a variety of teaching and learning styles. Students are regularly assessed through end of topic tests and assigned levels accordingly.

Click here for  the Year 7 Reproduction Scheme of Learning: Year 7 Reproduction Scheme of Learning

 

 

Module Overviews_KS3_Year 7

Module Overviews_KS3_Year 8

Year AO overview_Science-Year 7

Year AO overview_Science-Year 8

Some useful websites:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zng4d2p

http://www.scibermonkey.org/

http://www.planet-science.com/categories/over-11Some


KS4

Subject Name Syllabus Examination Board
GCSE Core Science 4405 AQA
GCSE Additional Science 4408 AQA
GCSE Triple Award Science 4401, 4402, 4403 AQA

The GCSE Science curriculum not only covers important scientific concepts, but there is also a greater emphasis on the knowledge, skills and understanding of how science works in the world at large as well as in the laboratory.

Most students will study GCSE Core Science in Year 10 and GCSE Additional Science in Year 11. In addition to this some students will also have the opportunity to study the GCSE Triple Award Science course and will be able achieve a GCSE in Chemistry, Physics and Biology.  There are also some students who will study a BTEC qualification in Science.

Why this subject is important?

The GCSE Science courses will cover important scientific concepts in all 3 main areas of Science, Chemistry, Physics and Biology. It also looks at how this is relevant to our everyday experiences. The course will allow students to look at current scientific issues in the media and to question whether the findings are valid to support a conclusion.

Students will also develop skills to help them make decisions concerning moral, social and ethical issues related to cloning, selective breeding, animal testing etc.

The GCSE Core Science with the GCSE Additional Science, or the Triple Award Science allows progression to Post-16 science courses in the separate sciences – Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

What skills will students use?

  • Analysing data
  • Communication
  • ICT for scientific software and research
  • Interpreting data
  • Organisation skills
  • Practical skills / investigative skills
  • Presenting data in the form of graphs or charts
  • Research to create a portfolio or project
  • Team work / working with others
  • Use of ICT equipment in science, data loggers, temperature sensors

What are the coursework requirements and when must it be completed?

GCSE Core Science A
1 x ISA (investigative Skills Assignment) – 25% towards final grade.

GCSE Additional Science
1 x ISA (investigative Skills Assignment) – 25% towards final grade.

GCSE Triple award students
3 x ISA (investigative Skills Assignment) – 25 % of their final grade in each subject chemistry, physics and biology.

How will the final grade be awarded?

GCSE Core Science A
3 x written papers (modules B1, C1 and P1), with structured questions – 75% towards the final grade.

GCSE Additional Science
3 x written papers (modules B2, C2 and P2), with structured questions – 75% towards the final grade.

GCSE Triple award Science in Chemistry, Physics and Biology.
3 x written papers (B3, C3 and P3), with structured questions – 75% towards the final grade.

Progression – careers and further study

Biochemical industry, Child Care, Dentistry, Engineering, Forensic Scientist, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmaceutical industry, Teaching, Sports Physiotherapy and many more.

If you need further advice, who do you speak to?

Mr. Ajaib or Ms Hennah.