Welcome to the Science Department
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 at KS3
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 produce practical write-ups of experiments that will be graded using the new Assessment without Levels guidance. This means that students will be graded using the following headings; breakthrough, elementary, intermediate and advanced. Each of these headings have sub sections for example Elementary 1. As students’ progress through KS3 they will reach Advanced 1 which ensures they are GCSE ready.
Science at KS4
KS4 Science – AQA Separate Sciences Biology 8461, Chemistry 8462 and Physics 8463(Year 11)
Within the department the Year 11 students in Science are on a new three year KS4 journey. Within this journey students will study Biology, Chemistry and Physics by specialist teachers and produce a practical notebook for each of the subjects. These practical notebooks will provide evidence of the required practicals needed for the end of year exam. In year 11 Set 1-4 are following the separate science route where they will be examined on Biology, Chemistry and Physics by sitting three separate exams 1h 45mins long. This course includes 8 Biology required practicals, 8 Chemistry required practicals and 8 Physics required practicals. The specifications can be downloaded using these links:
KS4 Science – AQA Combined Science 8464 (Year 11)
Within the department Year 11 set 5 and 6 students are on the combined science route. This is aimed at focussing on the key areas of all three sciences in a more broad approach. The students will sit 2 1h15min papers which will include all three sciences. Numeracy will form a significant element of these exams; 20% of the Biology, 30% of the Chemistry paper and 40% of the Physics paper will be maths based, where students will need to apply their knowledge of equations or skills learnt in class. This course includes 7 Biology required practicals, 7 Chemistry required practicals and 7 Physics required practicals. The specification can be downloaded using this link:
Exam dates (Year 11 all courses)
Biology paper 1 – 15th May Pm
Biology paper 2 – 11th June Am
Chemistry paper 1 – 17th May Am
Chemistry paper 2 – 13th June Am
Physics paper 1 – 23rd May Pm
Physics paper 2 – 15th June Am
KS4 Science – Year 10
For our Year 10 students Science was in the option block. This means for set 1 students chose to study the separate sciences. They study the same course as the Year 11 students on the Separate Science course but take advantage of smaller class sizes and more tutoring time. Set 2 follow the Separate Science option but have not chosen science as an option. Set 3-7 are following the combined science route. They will be examined at the end of Year 11.
KS4 Science – Year 9
For our Year 9 students Science was again in the option block. This means for set 1 students chose to study the separate sciences. They study the same course as the Year 10 and 11 students on the Separate Science course but take advantage of smaller class sizes and more tutoring time. Set 2-6 are following the combined science route. They will be examined at the end of Year 11.
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