Science

Welcome to the Science Department

Within the academy we strive to create a learning environment, curriculum, experiences and relationships in which all individuals can find expression, be nourished and developed.

The academy commits itself to creating an environment for everyone that is characterised by our core values of Truth, Justice, Forgiveness, Generosity and Respect.

The Science department consists of 5 state of the art labs, 1 science classroom and a dedicated physics room. Learning and Teaching in science is outstanding, with pupil progress being the main focus of all staff. Staff in the science department feedback to the students between every 4-6 lessons where teachers select a piece of work and use this as their quality mark. Students then revisit this piece of work in DIRT activities; Directed, Improvement, Reflection Time, where students focus on specific areas such as WWW; What Went Well, EBI; Even Better If and Next steps. The work is always graded so that students know where they are currently in respect to their target. This way the feedback from staff feeds forward and promotes a positive learning environment.Targets are recorded on books.
Homework is used within the curriculum to develop knowledge and skills. Homework can be tracked by staff, students and parents on the Show My Homework website. Homework should be set regularly and completed by the deadline outlined on the website. All students and parents have log on details for this.

Science KS3

The KS3 National Curriculum for Science

Science at KS3 is about inspiring the students and engaging them in a stimulating learning environment. Within the classroom students will be given the opportunity to take part in practical activities as well as theory based tasks.
The AQA KS3 programme of study offers students to discover learning through the 10 big ideas in science and the 4 big ideas about science. These are promoted around the department in large speech bubbles for all to see. In lesson time the focus is on pupil discovery, whereby the students learn by doing and finding out for themselves. This is promoted by staff by having a “big picture” for the lesson which might involve a question that the students need to work together in finding the answer by the end. The specification can be downloaded using this link: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/ks3/ks3-science-syllabus

The 10 Big ideas in science:

  1. All material in the Universe is made of very small particles.
  2. Objects can affect other objects at a distance.
  3. Changing the movement of an object requires a net force to be acting on it.
  4. The total amount of energy in the Universe is always the same but energy can be transformed when things change or are made to happen.
  5. The composition of the Earth and its atmosphere and the processes occurring within them shape the Earth’s surface and its climate.
  6. The solar system is a very small part of one of millions of galaxies in the Universe.
  7. Organisms are organised on a cellular basis.
  8. Organisms require a supply of energy and materials for which they are often dependent on or in competition with other organisms.
  9. Genetic information is passed down from one generation of organisms to another.
  10. The diversity of organisms, living and extinct, is the result of evolution.

 

The 4 Big ideas about Science:

  1. Science assumes that for every effect there is one or more causes.
  2. Scientific explanations, theories and models are those that best fit the facts known at a particular time.
  3. The knowledge produced by science is used in some technologies to create products to serve human ends.
  4. Applications of science often have ethical, social, economic and political implications.

Assessment in Science at KS3
Assessments in KS3 look at the students’ ability to plan, conduct, collect data and analyse it in a practical environment. The students will take End of Topic Tests where their scores will convert into GCSE Indicator grades in line with the reporting system. These Topic Tests will be done at Assessment Points throughout the Academic Year.

Science KS4

STUDENTS WILL STUDY:

Students will study either:

GCSE Combined Science (worth 2 GCSEs)
or
Triple Science – Biology, Chemistry and Physics (3 seperate GCSEs)

COMBINED SCIENCE

AQA GCSE Science Combined : Trilogy
Curriculum Progress Leader: Mrs Brine
GCSE 9-1 (this is a DOUBLE award worth 2 GCSEs) 6 exams Foundation or Higher

Paper 1: Biology – Cell Biology; Organisation; Infection & response; and Bioenergetics (16.7%) – 1 hour 15 minute written exam
Paper 2: Biology – Homeostasis and response; Inheritance, variation and evolution and Ecology (16.7%) – 1 hour 15 minute written exam
Paper 3: Chemistry – Atomic structure and the periodic table; Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter; Quantitative chemistry; Chemical changes and Energy changes (16.7%) – 1 hour 15 minute written exam
Paper 4: Chemistry – The rate and extent of chemical change; Organic chemistry; Chemical analysis; Chemistry of the atmosphere and using resources (16.7%) – 1 hour 15 minute written exam
Paper 5: Physics – Energy; Electricity; Particle model of matter; Atomic structure (16.7%) – 1 hour 15 minute written exam
Paper 6: Physics – Forces; Waves; Magnetism & electromagnetism (16.7%) – 1 hour 15 minute written exam

Links to further information:
Combined Science Trilogy and GCSE Combined Science

SEPARATE TRIPLE SCIENCE

AQA GCSE Biology
Curriculum Progress Leader: Mrs Brine
GCSE 9-1 2 exams
Foundation or Higher

Biology: Paper 1 – Cell Biology; Organisation; Infection & response; and Bioenergetics (50%)
1 hour 45 minute written exam
Biology: Paper 2 – Homeostasis and response; Inheritance, variation and evolution and Ecology (50%)
1 hour 45 minute written exam

Links to further information:
Biology and GCSE Single Science

AQA GCSE Chemistry
Curriculum Progress Leader: Mrs Brine
GCSE 9-1 2 exams
Foundation or Higher

Chemistry: Paper 1 – Atomic structure and the periodic table; Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter; Quantitative chemistry; Chemical changes and Energy changes (50%)
1 hour 45 minute written exam
Chemistry: Paper 2 – The rate and extent of chemical change; Organic chemistry; Chemical analysis; Chemistry of the atmosphere and using resources (50%)
1 hour 45 minute written exam

Links to further information:
Chemistry and GCSE Single Science

AQA GCSE Physics
Curriculum Progress Leader: Mrs Brine
GCSE 9-1 2 exams
Foundation or Higher

Physics: Paper 1 – Energy; Electricity; Particle model of matter; Atomic structure (50%)
1 hour 45 minute written exam
Physics: Paper 2 – Forces; Waves; Magnetism & electromagnetism; Space Physics (50%)
1 hour 45 minute written exam

Link to further information:
Physics and GCSE Single Science

Revision guides
Revision is a large part of being successful. Revision will take place in classrooms as well as at home. Students are encouraged to purchase a revision guide (using parent pay) at the prices outlined below. It is expected that all students will have the relevant revision guides. Students can revise from multiple websites as well as from work done in class and revision guides. The most useful websites are GCSEPod and BBC Bitesize.

Revision guides can be purchased from Parent Pay and given out from the Prep Room These cost:
Separate Science £2.85 each Biology, Chemistry, Physics.
Combined Science £6.00