Science

Quotes

“Scientists have become the bearers of the torch of discovery in our quest for knowledge.” – Stephen Hawking

“I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the seashore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.” – Isaac Newton

“Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.” ― Marie Curie

“The whole of science is nothing more than a refinement of everyday thinking.” – Albert Einstein

 “You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him discover it in himself.” – Galileo


Purpose

The purpose of the science curriculum is to provide students with the foundations for understanding the world through specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. The students are taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. Our aim is to create scientifically literate citizens who can engage in an informed way with scientific issues that affect them and society. In addition to this grounding of subject specific knowledge, we want students to be able to apply their knowledge to new and varied situations and to utilise the methodologies of scientific enquiry and competency in practical skills in order to ask further questions about the natural world.

Key Stage 3 features and summary

In key stage 3 Science, year 7, 8 and 9 students are taught three lessons of Science per week and are taught in groups based on their target grades. Lessons are designed around the purpose of the curriculum and sequenced to ensure that students have the foundations for key stage 4 study and beyond.

Science helps students to develop the following:

  • Practical skills
  • Team work
  • Appreciation of how to work safely and the importance of following instructions
  • Scientific literacy
  • Numerical skills
  • Graphical skills
  • Accurate analysis and interpretation of results
  • Evaluation of experimental methods.

To help students in their learning and understanding of the topics covered in Years 7, 8 and 9, there are revision guides on sale for £2.00 from the kiosk.

The topics covered in Key stage 3 are outlined in the table below:

Year 7Year 8Year 9
Introduction

(WS Skill Area – Safety, tables, graphs)

Food & Digestion

(WS Skill Area – Graphs)

Inheritance & Selection

(WS Skill Area – Theories)

Cells

(WS Skill – Theories)

Elements, Compounds & Mixtures

(WS Skill Area – Models)

New Materials
Acid Reactions

(WS Skill Area – Planning)

Heating & Cooling

(WS Skill Area – Reliability)

Energy

(WS Skill Area – Numeracy)

Energy

(WS Skill Area – Numeracy)

Circulation & RespirationForces, Pressure & Moments

(WS Skill Area – Patterns)

ReproductionThe Earth & Space

(WS Skill Area – Models)

Equations & Energy

(WS Skill Area – Planning)

Electricity

(WS Skill Area – Reliability)

LightElectricity & Magnetism

(WS Skill Area – Reliability)

Particles

(WS Skill Area – Models)

Microbes & Diseases

(WS Skill Area – Theories)

Organisation (GCSE)
Forces (WS Skill Area – Graphs)Sound

(WS Skill Area – Numeracy)

Atoms (GCSE)
Chemical ReactionsEcology

(WS Skill Area – Planning)

Ecology & Variation

(WS Skill Area – Patterns)


KS3 curriculum map

Science Curriculum Map

Key Stage 4 features and summary

GCSE Science Year 10 and Year 11

Students start their GCSE work after Easter in year 9. There are two routes through GCSE Science, Double Award (AQA GCSE Combined Science Trilogy 8464) or Triple Award Separate Sciences (AQA GCSE Biology 8461, Chemistry 8462 and Physics 8463).

Double Award students are set based on ability and are taught 5 science lessons per week. They are taught short topics that cover Physics, Chemistry and Biology. Each topic contains at least 2 short assessments, one covering a Key Concept from the assessment and another covering a Required Practical or Working Scientifically skill.

Parents will be informed of these assessment grades by the School Gateway app.

The topics covered in Key Stage 4 are outlined in the table below.

BiologyChemistryPhysics
B1 – Cell BiologyC1 Atomic Structure & the Periodic TableP1 Energy
B2 OrganisationC2 Bonding, Structure & Properties of MatterP2 Electricity
B3 Infection & ResponseC3 Quantitative ChemistryP3 Particle Model of Matter
B4 BioenergeticsC4 Chemical ChangesP4 Atomic Structure
B5 Homeostasis & ResponseC5 Energy ChangesP5 Forces
B6 Inheritance, Variation & EvolutionC6 The Rate & Extent of Chemical ChangeP6 Waves
B7 EcologyC7 Organic ChemistryP7 Magnetism & Electromagnetism
C8 Chemical Analysis
C9 Chemistry of the Atmosphere
C10 Using Resources
Required Practicals (RP) for Science:
TopicTrilogy RPTriple RP
CellsMicroscopy
InfectionBiology only

Microbiology

CellsOsmosis
OrganisationFood Tests
OrganisationEnzymes
BioenergeticsPhotosynthesis
HomeostasisReaction Time
HomeostasisBiology Only

Germination

EcologyField Investigations
EcologyDecay
Chemical ChangeMaking Salts
Chemical ChangeChemistry Only

Neutralisation

Chemical ChangeElectrolysis
Quantitative and Energy ChangeTemperature Change
RatesRates of Reaction
Chemical AnalysisChromatography
Chemical AnalysisChemistry Only

Identifying Ions

Using ResourcesWater Purification
EnergySpecific Heat Capacity
EnergyPhysics Only

Thermal Insulation

ElectricityResistance
ElectricityV-I characteristics
ParticlesDensity
ForcesForce and extension
Force and MotionAcceleration
WavesWaves
WavesRadiation and Absorption
WavesPhysics Only

Light

Triple Award Separate Science, is similar to Double Award Science, however there is extra content for most topics which means the students have six hours of science per week and are taught as three separate subjects, usually by three subject specialist teachers. The final exams are longer and students are awarded three separate GCSEs (GCSE Biology, Chemistry and Physics) with 3 separate and unconnected Grades 9-1.


KS4 curriculum map

Science Curriculum Map

Assessment and feedback

The information below explains how students are assessed in each year group, how they receive feedback and how they are supported to improve and make progress in their knowledge, skills and understanding.

Summative assessment:

There are two Summative Assessment tests per year at KS3 and KS4 (called mocks at KS4). These are cumulative in nature and the purpose is:

  1. to confirm the track point of the student
  2. to promote longer term recall by testing earlier topics and to meet the demands of a linear course.

These are expected to be marked by teachers with appropriate feedback and returned to students for reflection and improvement.

Formative assessment:

ASSESSMENT OVERVIEW

For each topic at KS3 one key concept and one working scientifically skill needed by the students to succeed in science, is assessed through short structured written exam style assessments. At GCSE this is continued with one key concept per topic in addition to the assessment of the required practical in the relevant topics.

Working scientifically and numeracy are very important skill areas that will be assessed in the final exams, so it is important that students attend all lessons and take full part in practical experiments and make every effort to catch up with missed work in their own time.


Exam Board

AQA Useful websites

The AQA website has past papers, mark schemes and the specification all free to download:

Specification, guidance and specimen exam papers.

For Triple Science Award:
http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/biology-8461
http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/chemistry-8462
http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/physics-8463

For Combined Science Double Award:
http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/combined-science-trilogy-8464

 www.doddlelearn.co.ukHomework tasks and links to lots of revision material. Your son/daughter has a password to this website and can use them at any time. Their homework record is also visible on doddle.
  https://www.twig-world.com/Short videos covering the science topics at GCSE. Your son/daughter has a password to this website and can use them at any time.
https://connect.collins.co.uk/For the new 9-1 GCSE students can access the full Biology, Chemistry and Physics text books.
http://www.gcsepod.com/All students have access to GCSE Pod, with podcasts on Science.
https://www.freesciencelessons.co.uk/Videos to support revision.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/Science/Videos to support revision.
https://myfiles.rushey-rmet.org.uk/home/files
My Files » Student Shared Area » Faculty of Science data
Students can access support resources to help them with homework and revision which includes, past papers, powerpoints and revision help.
CGP KS3 Revision Guide Foundation Level

ISBN: 9781841462400

 

CGP KS3 Revision Guide Higher Level

ISBN Number: 9781841462301

To help students in their learning and understanding of the topics covered in Years 7, 8 and 9, there are revision guides on sale for £2.00 from the kiosk.
CGP KS4 Combined Science Foundation Tier Revision Guide

ISBN: 9781782945604

 

CGP KS4 Combined Science H Tier Revision Guide

ISBN: 9781782945598

To help students in their learning and understanding of the topics covered in Year 10 & 11 Combined Science, there are revision guides on sale for £5.60 from the kiosk.
CGP KS4 Biology Revision Guide

ISBN: 9781782945567

 

CGP KS4 Chemistry Revision Guide

ISBN: 9781782945574

 

CGP KS4 Physics Revision Guide

ISBN: 9781782945581

To help students in their learning and understanding of the Triple Science topics covered in Year 10 & 11, there are revision guides on sale for £3 each from the kiosk.

All students have access to past exam papers and mark schemes, advice for revision, the physics equations and key words, knowledge organisers, quizzes, contents sheets for each topic and information about the required practicals via the school website, Foldr, Faculty of Science Data, GCSE. This is an excellent place to begin revision.

We have subscribed to a website www.doddlelearn.co.uk which has thousands of interactive PowerPoints that cover all of Science. Your son/daughter has a password to this website and can use it at any time. Their homework record is also visible on this website.

For the new 9-1 GCSE students also have access to https://connect.collins.co.uk/ where they can access the full Biology, Chemistry and Physics text books.

All students have access to GCSE pod, http://www.gcsepod.com/ with podcasts on Science.

Revision guides for sale from the Kiosk at any time. There are lots of other very good websites to support revision, the best being:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/Science/


Revision advice

Science Exam Advice

Science Exam Checklist

Revision-timetable

How to revise for science

Common Units

AQA-Physics-Equations


Co-curricular opportunities

Science Study Club: Every Tuesday 3pm to 4pm; this is a drop in session for all students for help with their Science homework, classwork, revision or any Science questions which students may have. Computers are available for their use.

Year 10 and 11 Revision Class: This is every Thursday, 3pm to 4pm in D026 with Mr. Stopp.

Science Club: We have a fortnightly science club aimed at our younger students. It aims to develop skills through practical science investigations.

In key stage 3, there are trips and competitions in every year group. (These change on an annual basis and students will be informed of the opportunities that they have).


Stretch and challenge opportunities

Teachers diagnose students’ strengths and barriers to learning, and set consistently high expectations to effectively raise the bar, and drive progress for all. As part of a rich curriculum experience, there are numerous learning activities that students can engage in that develop their knowledge and understanding whilst also giving them the chance to develop wider personal skills. These include deep-end problem-solving and extended responses (6 mark questions) writing activities with reduced levels of scaffolded support.


Homework

The information below details the homework set for each year group including length of time it should take and sources of support e.g. Websites or Study Clubs.

Students at KS3 will spend 1 hour in total per week on science homework, and at GCSE, students should spend 1 hour in total per week on science homework per GCSE (so two hours for double award and three hours of homework for separate science students).

Several short (e.g. 10-15 minutes) homework’s given several times a week are expected for students to complete rather than one long piece.


Faculty Staff

Names and email addresses of all staff within the department, with subject leaders clearly identified.

Mr M Afinowi –[email protected]
Ms A Amin – [email protected]
Mr D Bennett – [email protected]
Ms N Butler – [email protected]
Ms S Hardy – [email protected]
Ms S Kadri – [email protected]
Mr C Kurth – [email protected]
Ms K Lail – [email protected]
Mr S Mellor –[email protected]
Ms S Mussa – [email protected]
Ms S Odedra – [email protected]
Ms J Patel –[email protected]
Ms V Patel (Curriculum Leader: KS3 Science) – [email protected]
Mr M Stopp (Curriculum Leader: KS4 Science) – [email protected]
Mr K Tariq – [email protected]
Ms D Vaghela – [email protected]

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