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    Science Faculty

    SCIENCE - KEY STAGE THREE

    Course Description

    In Years 7, 8 and 9, students study Science for 3 hours per week. They cover key areas of Biology, Chemistry, and Physics, as well as some Geology and Astronomy.  The primary vision of our curriculum is to

    • Develop students’ abilities to operate as scientists
    • Inspire students to pursue scientific endeavours
    • Develop students’ abilities as “citizen scientists” so that they can prosper in a world with rapidly changing technology 

    As such, our schemes of learning follow, an innovative, and theme-centered, course, which builds year on year: linking students’ primary school education with their GCSEs.  Our approach to learning is enquiry based: allowing students to develop both their own understanding and the four, key, scientific skills

    1. Communicating in Science, including Literacy
    2. Applying Scientific Knowledge,
    3. Analysing Data, including Numeracy
    4. Testing Hypotheses

    In each term, the lessons are focused on enhancing two of these particular skills: the Autumn and Summer terms focus on Communicating in Science and Testing Ideas, whereas the Spring term focuses on Applying Scientific Knowledge and Analysing Data. 

    In addition to specific enquiries in lessons; students will participate in approximate 25 open, extended scientific investigations across the three years. Here, students are encouraged to follow the scientific method to investigate their own ideas about the world around them.

    Student will also complete a variety of home learning projects, including: making models, preparing presentations and writing essays.

    Course Outline

    Skills Foci

    Autumn: Communication, Testing Hyptheses

    Spring: Applying Knowledge, Analysing Data

    Summer: Comminication, Testing Hypotheses

    Year 7 Autumn

    • Investigative skills 1
    • Cell theory
    • The Particle model
    • Acids & Alkalis

    Year 7 Spring

    • Forces
    • Rocks & weathering 1
    • Ecology 1 : energy

    Year 7 Summer

    • Electrical circuits
    • Forensic science
    • Reproduction

    Year 8 Autumn

    • Investigative skills 2
    • Human anatomy
    • Elements
    • Non-contact forces

    Year 8 Spring

    • Water chemistry
    • Heat transfer
    • The Rock cycle

    Year 8 Summer

    • Ecology 2: farming
    • Generating electricity
    • Plant biology

    Year 9 Autumn

    • Scientific careers
    • History of life
    • Reaction rates
    • Metal chemistry

    Year 9 Spring

    • Health
    • Forces & Motion
    • Waves 1: Light
    • Waves 2: Sound

    Year 9 Summer

    • GCSE learning starts

     

     

     Resource Information

    Exploring Science textbooks are given to all students. Useful websites:

    www.samlearning.co.uk 

    www.bbc.co.uk/schools/ks3bitesize/science

    www.cgpbooks.co.uk

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    TRIPLE SCIENCE - GCSE

    What is Studied?

    • Biological understanding of yourself and the environment around you
    • Chemical and Physical mechanisms that govern our world
    • Understanding of the effects of modern devices and human activities
    • Energy futures and material choices for people

    What Skills are Developed?

    • Practical Investigative skills
    • Analytical and Evaluative abilities
    • Scientific writing skills
    • Making informed decisions about scientific issues and technological developments in society
    • An understanding of safe practice and healthy lifestyles
    • Human effects on the environment and oneself

    How will the Course be Structured?

    Year 10 

    • Mixture of science modules based on contemporary scientific issues and detailed scientific knowledge
    • A thorough basis of all three science disciplines: Biology, Chemistry and Physics
    • Practical techniques and use of scientific apparatus

    Year 11

    • The remaining science modules based on contemporary scientific issues and detailed scientific knowledge
    • Completion of practical techniques and investigative skills

    How will Students be Assessed?

    100% written examination papers taken at the end of Year 11 assessing scientific knowledge and understanding across all three disciplines of science, literacy and numeracy skills as well as practical and investigative techniques.

    Practical skills will be carried out throughout the course and then assessed within the written examinations accounting for 15% of the examination questions. Numeracy skills are similarly assessed: 10% for Biology, 20% for Chemistry and 30% for Physics. Students are expected to recall detailed knowledge of all topics and certain formulae and equations.

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    COMBINED SCIENCE - GCSE

    What is Studied?

    • Biological understanding of yourself and the environment around you
    • Chemical and Physical mechanisms that govern our world
    • Understanding of the effects of modern devices and human activities
    • Energy futures and material choices for people

    What Skills are Developed?

    • Practical Investigative skills
    • Analytical and Evaluative abilities
    • Scientific writing skills
    • Making informed decisions about scientific issues and technological developments in society
    • An understanding of safe practice and healthy lifestyles
    • Human effects on the environment and oneself

    How will the Course be Structured?

    Year 10 

    • Mixture of science modules based on contemporary scientific issues and detailed scientific knowledge
    • A thorough basis of all three science disciplines: Biology, Chemistry and Physics
    • Practical techniques and use of scientific apparatus

    Year 11

    • The remaining science modules based on contemporary scientific issues and detailed scientific knowledge
    • Completion of practical techniques and investigative skills

    How will Students be Assessed?

    100% written examination papers taken at the end of Year 11 assessing scientific knowledge and understanding across all three disciplines of science, literacy and numeracy skills as well as practical and investigative techniques.

    Practical skills will be carried out throughout the course and then assessed within the written examinations accounting for 15% of the examination questions. Numeracy skills are similarly assessed: 10% for Biology, 20% for Chemistry and 30% for Physics. Students are expected to recall detailed knowledge of all topics and certain formulae and equations.