Science

Our aim is to provide a challenging and exciting, learning environment in which pupils are motivated to achieve. Pupils will be made to feel welcome and safe and enjoy the relevancy of science in the twenty first century. We aim to create an atmosphere where pupils actively take responsibility for their own learning and so make excellent progress.

Curriculum

In years 7, 8 and part of Year 9, all students follow the revised National Curriculum. The GCSE course starts after Christmas in year 9.

In year 7 students are taught in mixed ability classes. From year 8 students are placed in ability sets.

Year 7 topics include: Safety in the lab, acids and alkalis, energy, reproduction and growth, particles, forces and motion and ecosystems and space.

Year 8 topics include: Diet and health, atoms elements and compounds, waves, photosynthesis respiration and circulation, reactions and electricity.

Year 9 topics include: Genetics and evolution, materials and everyday chemistry, levers moments and pressure, biomimicry and GCSE introductory units.

KS3 Coursebooks used Smart Science
Recommended websites for research or revision bbc.co.uk/bitesize
samlearning.com

Years 10 and 11

In years 10 and 11, all students complete science to GCSE.
Some students will follow GCSE Combined Science: Trilogy. This is equivalent to two GCSEs.

Some students opt to follow separate GCSE courses in physics, chemistry and biology. Because of the high demands of these courses students will use the equivalent time allocation of one option as well as the core science curriculum time.

All GCSE exams for science follow a linear route, where exams are taken at the end of the course.

Years 10 and 11

Qualification GCSEs GCSE Combined Science (2 GCSEs) GCSE Biology GCSE Chemistry GCSE Physics
Board AQA AQA AQA AQA
Syllabus number 8464 8461 8462 8463
Website link www.aqa.org.uk      
Assessment details: 100% terminal exam sat at the end of Year 11 100% terminal exam sat at the end of Year 11 100% terminal exam sat at the end of Year 11 100% terminal exam sat at the end of Year 11
Recommended coursebooks  AQA GCSE Science ( 9-1)Chemistry Biology and Physics Published by Collins Series Editor Ed Walsh AQA BiologyPublished by Collins Series Editor Ed Walsh AQAChemistryPublished by Collins Series Editor Ed Walsh AQAPhysicsPublished by Collins Series Editor Ed Walsh
Recommended revision guides CPG Science, available from the prep room      
Recommended websites bbc.co.uk/gcsebitesizesamlearning.comgojimo      

Enrichment Opportunities

The science department run several enrichment events throughout the year, for students to get involved with, these include:

Astronomy GCSE (additional after school class)
Moonwatch
ST4G (Science and Technology for Girls)
STEM Ambassadors
MICCI Climate Change Project
Salter’s Festival of Chemistry and Chemistry Camps

Ofsted Outstanding School
Peak 11
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