An introduction to Science

Science is the systematic study of natural phenomena. With an emphasis on practical investigation and experimentation we aim to:

– Stimulate and maintain pupil curiosity, interest and enjoyment in science

– Consider the implications of science (past and present) for the individual and the community

– Encourage students to use the scientific method, with safety being a major consideration

– Enable all pupils to learn and understand a body of scientific knowledge, principles and vocabulary

– Promote interest and enthusiasm for science so that pupils will become scientifically literate citizens and consider further study or careers that involve the explicit or implicit use of science.

Years 7 and 8

Students follow the ‘Activate’ programme which incorporates elements of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. The integrated learning develops students’ scientific knowledge and investigative skills that help them to relate Science to the real world. Students have seven one-hour lessons over the two week timetable, which is usually divided between two teachers who each teach a different topic concurrently. Students are given specific targets and levelled objectives for every lesson to ensure that they can take ownership of their learning. This also means that staff and students can easily monitor progress through the topic.

End of topic assessment occurs approximately every six weeks.

Topics covered in year 7 are: Cells; Structure and Function of Body Systems; Reproduction; Particles and their Behaviour; Elements, Atoms and Compounds; Reactions; Acids and Alkalis; Forces; Sound; Light; Space.

Topics covered in year 8 are: Health and Lifestyle; Ecosystem Processes; Adaptation and Inheritance; The Periodic table; Separation Techniques; Metals and Acids; The Earth; Electricity and Magnetism; Energy; Motion and Pressure.

Year 9

Students follow an abbreviated version of the Exploring Science scheme, taking the most important points from the topics Science and Fiction; A Model Career; On the Farm; Crime Scene Investigations; Building for the Future; Sculpture Park; Cleaning Up; Flying Materials; Buying Energy; Satellites and Space; Record Breakers; Dam It!

All students are lent a CD Rom version of the Exploring Science text book to help them to study at home. The topics will be completed by the end of the autumn term. Students will sit and end-of-KS3 exam in January. After this students will begin their KS4 course by studying two of the units from the Core Science specification. This extended KS4 course will allow more time for students to develop their practical skills and will allow more time to be spent on revision.

Students are taught Science in seven one-hour lessons each fortnight, split between two teachers. Each teacher will teach a separate unit, meaning that two units are studied concurrently.

Please see detailed information for each year group below.

KS3 Curriculum Diagram Sci

Key Stage 4 – GCSE Science

Most students study the AQA Science A qualification, leading to the awarding of one GCSE grade at the end of Year 10. In Year 11 these students will then study the AQA Additional Science qualification, leading to the awarding of a second GCSE grade. Both of these qualifications comprise equal quantities of Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

Some students opt to take Triple Award Science which is taught over two years and leads to GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

Core and Additional Science is taught by two teachers in ten one-hour lessons each fortnight.
Triple Science is taught by two teachers in fifteen one-hour lessons each fortnight.

All students at KS4 are lent a revision guide and are given a work book and a pack of past papers to help with their studies.

All of the GCSE Science qualifications are assessed with three one-hour exams worth 25% each, and a single piece of Controlled Assessment worth 25%.

Please see detailed information about the GCSE Combined Science and Triple Science qualifications below.

Key Stage 4 Curriculum Information – ComScience

KS4 Curriculum Diagram ComScience

Key Stage 4 Curriculum Information – TriScience

KS4 Curriculum Diagram Biology

KS4 Curriculum Diagram Chemistry

KS4 Curriculum Diagram Physics