Science

SCIENCE CURRICULUM     

The Science department aims to ensure every child is able to understand and critically evaluate any scientific problem they may be faced with in an ever-changing, modern world.

Through the courses that we offer, we seek to provide an inspiring range of experiences both in and outside the classroom.

Key Stage 3

What will my child be studying?

 

Taught in Year 7 and Year 8

Forces

Speed

Forces

Electromagnets

Voltage and resistance

Magnetism

Energy

Energy costs

Energy transfer

Waves

Sound

Light

Matter

Particle model

Separating mixtures

Reactions

Metals and    non-metals

Types of reaction

Earth

Earth structure

Universe

Organisms

Movement

Cells

Ecosystem

Interdependence

Plant reproduction

Genes

Variation

Human reproduction


How will my child be assessed in Key Stage 3?
Pupils are assessed against the specification as set out by AQA. The assessment consists of personalised assessments set by classroom teachers, end of unit tests and formal end of year examinations that are sat by the entire cohort. Pupils will also be required to demonstrate understanding of ‘How Science Works’ through practical experiments.

What equipment will my child need?

Parents can help their children by ensuring they are prepared for lessons with the correct equipment. This includes a pen, pencil, ruler and protractor in addition to a scientific calculator.

How can I support my child through Key Stage 3? 

As a parent or carer you do have a pivotal role to play in supporting your children in their learning at home and undoubtedly you have the greatest influence on the achievement of your child.  Therefore we would like you to take every opportunity to support your child with science homework and revision throughout the year. In addition to this you can use our website as a signpost to range of high quality learning resources to support your child in their learning.

What websites would you recommend?

We recommend you buy your child the revision guide below to support their studies.

(Foundation Tier)

https://www.cgpbooks.co.uk/School/books

(Higher Tier)

https://www.cgpbooks.co.uk/School/books

Key Stage 4

What exam board do we use?
From Year 9 pupils will be prepared to sit an AQA Trilogy Combined Science qualification at the end of Year 11. This is a three-year course, which allows them time to fully embed, develop and apply the skills and knowledge that are required to be successful in their final Science examinations. This will lead to 2 GCSE Science qualifications.

Lessons will focus on delivering the content of Biology, Chemistry and Physics through theory based lessons. Other aspects of the skills, knowledge and understanding of How Science Works will be developed through investigative work using a ‘practical enquiry’ approach to the teaching.

How is the course assessed?
Pupils are assessed against the specification as set out by AQA. The assessment consists of personalised assessments set by classroom teachers, end of unit tests and formal mock examinations that are sat by the entire cohort. Pupils will also be required to demonstrate understanding of ‘How Science Works’ through practical experiments.

What is covered on the course?

Topics   taught in Year:

Year 9

Year 10

Year 11

AQA   Trilogy Combined Science

Biology

Cells   & Organisation

Infection,   Bioenergetics & Homeostasis

Reproduction   and Ecology

Chemistry

Atomic   Structure & Bonding

Quantitative   Chemistry, Chemical Changes, Energy Changes, Rates of Reaction

Organic   Chemistry, Chemical Analysis, Chemistry in the Atmosphere & Using   Resources

Physics

Energy   & Electricity

Atomic   Structure, Particle Model of Matter & Forces

Waves   & Magnetism 


What equipment will my child need?

Parents can help their children by ensuring they are prepared for lessons with the correct equipment. This includes a pen, pencil, ruler and protractor in addition to a scientific calculator.

What websites would you recommend?

We recommend you buy your child the revision guide below to support their studies.

(Foundation Tier)

https://www.cgpbooks.co.uk/School/books_gcse_science_new.books

(Higher Tier)

https://www.cgpbooks.co.uk/School/books_gcse_science_new.books


Clubs

Science club allows pupils to take on engineering challenges, carry out fun and exciting scientific investigations and learn about where STEM subjects can take them.