Science

Welcome to Science

The science department is comprised of two teaching staff who work collaboratively to ensure students achieve their full potential.

The Science Department aim to ensure pupils access a broad and balanced Science curriculum; pupils derive interest, enjoyment and a sense of achievement from their study of Science; pupils nurture an inquiring, inquisitive mind and develop a scientific method of approach and promote an appreciation of the importance of Science, and its application in a rapidly changing technical world.

Students are encouraged to investigate the world around them and question why things happen.

Students enjoy the practical nature of the subject and are encouraged to practise their scientific skills and techniques. The department makes sure that all students have a good knowledge and understanding of science through motivational, fun and engaging lessons.

KEY STAGE 3

In Key Stage 3 (Years 7/8), a combined class, we teach very much within cross curricular themes. It is an ongoing, rolling programme.

Our aim within the study of science is to give the students a better understanding of their bodily processes and to educate/inform them about how to make healthy choices within their own lives.

Assessment is ongoing using students’ individual written work and end of topic tests/assessments.

Example of possible units

  • Cells and organisation
  • Reproduction
  • Relationships in an ecosystem
  • Nutrition and digestion
  • Acids and alkalis
  • States of matter and pure substances
  • The periodic table
  • Earth and atmosphere
  • Sound
  • Light
  • Electricity and magnetism

In Year 9, students complete the KS3 course

Example of possible units:

  • Cellular respiration and skeletal & muscular systems
  • Photosynthesis
  • Gas exchange and health
  • Inheritance, chromosomes, DNA and genes
  • Atoms, elements, compounds and purification
  • Chemical energetics
  • Changes in earth and atmosphere
  • Using the periodic table
  • Motion and forces
  • Space physics
  • Energy

KEY STAGE 4

Students in Year 10 and Year 11 will follow the AQA Entry Level Certificate science or G.C.S.E Biology.

Overview of Science at Key Stage 4 Entry Level Certificate

Two Entry Level Certificate Science qualifications are available.

Entry Level Certificate (Single Award)

Entry Level Certificate (Double Award)

Students will submit a portfolio of work containing the appropriate number of Externally-set assignments (ESAs) and Teacher-devised assignments (TDAs).

There are three levels of award available: Entry 1, Entry 2 and Entry 3. Entry 3 is the most demanding.

Subject content

The specification comprises six components. Each component has two assessments: one externally set and one internally set.

Overview of Science at Key Stage 4 Biology

  1. Component 1- Biology: The human body
  2. Component 2 - Biology: Environment, evolution and inheritance

Chemistry

  1.  Component 3 - Chemistry: Elements, mixtures and compounds
  2. Component 4 - Chemistry: Chemistry in our world

Physics

  1. Component 5 - Physics: Energy, forces and the structure of matter
  2. Component 6 - Physics: Electricity, magnetism and waves

Assessments

There are two different types of assessment.

Externally-set assignments (ESAs) consist of a short written test.

Teacher-devised assignments (TDAs) consist of a short piece of practical work.

GCSE Biology

This qualification is linear. Linear means that students will sit all their exams at the end of the course.

Subject content

  1. Cell biology
  2. Organisation
  3. Infection and response
  4. Bioenergetics
  5. Homeostasis and response
  6. Inheritance, variation and evolution
  7. Ecology
  8. Key ideas

Assessments

Paper 1

What's assessed?

Topics 1–4: Cell biology; Organisation; Infection and response; and Bioenergetics.

How it's assessed?

Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes

Foundation and Higher Tier

100 marks

50% of GCSE

Questions are multiple choice, structured, closed short answer and open response.

Paper 2

What's assessed?

Topics 5–7: Homeostasis and response; Inheritance, variation and evolution; and Ecology.

How it's assessed?

Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes

Foundation and Higher Tier

100 marks

50% of GCSE

Questions are multiple choice, structured, closed short answer and open response.

Links for Science

www.bbc.co.uk/schools/ks3bitesize/science

www.sciencelab.org.uk

www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize

www.myworks.co.uk

www.s-cool.co.uk

www.gcsescience.net

www.what2learn.com/home/examgames/science