During KS3 pupils build on their prior scientific knowledge and understanding and make connections between different areas of science. They use scientific ideas and models to explain phenomena and events and to understand a range of familiar applications of science. They think about the positive and negative effects of scientific and technological developments on the environment. They take into account other pupils views and understand why opinions may differ. They carry out investigations, evaluating their own work. They learn how scientists work together on present day scientific developments and about the importance of experimental evidence in supporting scientific ideas.
The course is divided into 5 key concepts that are taught across the key stage through numerous topics. The 5 key concepts are:
At KS3 each pupil has 6 lessons of science a fortnight. They cover approximately 4 topics a term and are tested at the end of each topic.
The science department are very proud of our 2016 results which saw 80% of the cohort obtaining 2 GCSE’s in Science at a grade C or above.
All KS4 pupils study at least 2 GCSE’s in Science, however some students (who gain a level 6 or above in year 9) choose to take a further GCSE and cover the 3 separate sciences. Pupils will be given the opportunity to analyse scientific evidence, develop arguments and draw conclusions to help solve problems. The course requires pupils to master a range of skills and knowledge and be aware of the impact of Science on today’s society. They study the sciences in a way that helps them to develop their curiosity about the natural word that gives then an insight into how science work and that enables them to appreciate its relevance to their everyday lives. Our aim is to provide lessons that inspire, motivate and challenge all students.
Most year 11 students study Core and Additional Science and will be awarded 2 grades. Separate Science students will gain 3 GCSE’s in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Year 11 will be awarded GCSE’s under the A*-G system.
Each GCSE is examined by 3, 1 hour papers (taken in May/June) and a piece of coursework called a Controlled Assessment Task.
Most year 10 will study the ‘Combined Science’ GCSE course and will be awarded 2 GCSE grades under the 9-1 scheme. Pupils who have chosen to study triple science will gain 3 GCSE’s in Biology, Chemistry and Physics and will be awarded a level using the 9-1 scheme for each ‘Separate Science’.
Each GCSE is examined by six exams that take place in May/June during year 11. There is no controlled assessment, however pupils must carry out a designated number of practical assessments, to a high standard during the 2 year course.