Introduction

The Science Faculty aims to fully support the whole school ethos of ‘Success for All’.

Science Aims

  • To think logically
  • To plan, carry out and evaluate research.
  • To question their assumptions and be imaginative in their solutions to problems.
  • To become increasingly self-reliant and independent learners.
  • To develop and use literacy skills precisely.
  • To apply their numeracy skills in the solution of problems.
  • To extend their use of ICT and its applications in science.
  • To understand the social, spiritual and moral considerations that scientists must apply in the pursuit of knowledge about our world.
  • To recognise that the use of scientific knowledge can have both beneficial and harmful effects.
  • To understand how scientific discoveries can affect peoples feelings and how cultural differences can influence the extent to which scientific ideas are accepted, used and valued.

Science Objectives

To achieve our aims we will:

  • Teach the content stated in the National Curriculum at Key Stages 3 and 4.
  • Work with children to set targets for their performance.
  • Monitor the progress of all pupils and inform them of their progress in relation to targets.
  • Have strategies for intervention for when pupils fail to achieve their targets.
  • Plan lessons which meet and address the learning needs and styles of all pupils.

 

 

Curriculum

KS3

Year 7

During year 7 pupils will be taught in form groups for the first ½ term and then in ability bands following key assessments. Pupils will follow the KS3 program of study for science, aiming at enthusing pupils in how science works and ensuring they are stretched fully in order that they can have a complete understanding and mastery of KS3 science. The year 7 curriculum includes all three disciplines of chemistry, biology and physics.

Each group will have three hours of science lessons per week.

Year 8

During year 8 pupils will continue to be taught in sets based on performance in year 7.  They will continue to follow the KS3 program of study for science. As part of the year 8 course teachers will prepare pupils for the KS4 science curriculum.

Each group will have 3 hours of science lessons per week.

KS4

Year 9

Science is a core curriculum subject and all pupils must follow a science GCSE curriculum. The most able pupils will study all three science disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics and achieve three separate GCSE grades.

These pupils will have 7 hours of science lessons per week.

Pupils who follow the co-ordinated science option will study a combined science curriculum and achieve a double award equivalent to 2 GCSEs

Pupils following this option will have 6 hours of science lessons per week.

 

Year 10

During year 10 pupils will continue to study their chosen GCSE options in science.

Pupils following the separate science option will complete units of learning for each of biology, chemistry and physics.

Pupils following this option will have 7 hours of science lessons per week.

Pupils following the combined science GCSE will complete units of learning in biology, chemistry and physics.

Pupils following this option will have 4 hours of science lessons per week.

Year 11

During year 11 pupils will complete their GCSE courses during the autumn and spring terms.

Pupils following the separate science option will complete the final topics for each of biology, chemistry and physics. During the summer term pupils will then sit two 1 ¾ hour GCSE examinations for each discipline.

Pupils following this option will have 7 hours of science lessons per week.

Pupils following the Combined Science GCSE option will complete the final topics for  each of biology, chemistry and physics.  During the summer term pupils will sit two 1 ¼ hour GCSE examinations for each discipline.

Pupils following this option will have 4 hours of science lessons per week.

Exam Board

AQA