Science

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. 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 form groups and 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. Pupils who choose the separate science option will study all three science disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics and achieve three separate GCSE grades.

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

Pupils who choose to 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 4 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 unit 2 for each of biology, chemistry and physics. They will also complete controlled assessments in the summer term of year 10.

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

Pupils following the double award GCSE option will complete the Core Science GCSE curriculum including a controlled assessment. In the summer term they will also begin studying the Additional Science GCSE.

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

Year 11

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

Pupils following the separate science option will complete the final unit 3 for each of biology, chemistry and physics. During the summer term pupils will then sit three GCSE examinations for each discipline and submit their controlled assessment to achieve their GCSE accreditations

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

Pupils following the Core and Additional Science GCSE option will complete the final Additional Science GCSE units and the controlled assessment. During the summer term pupils will sit final GCSE examinations for both Core and Additional Science GCSEs and submit their controlled assessments to achieve their GCSE accreditations.

Pupils following this option will have 5 hours of science lessons per week.

Exam Board

  • AQA