Curriculum

Science

Our Vision

To help our students to view the world with an analytical and inquisitive approach. To ask probing questions about how and why things work, and to be able to critically evaluate the importance of new discoveries and inventions.

At Key stage 3

At Key Stage 3 Science follows the National Curriculum, and aims to not only  deliver the fundamental concepts, but also focuses heavily on equipping students with the investigative skills necessary to become true scientists. In both Year 7 and 8, the science curriculum is split equally into 4 disciplines: biology; chemistry; physics; and working scientifically (skills).

Year 7 Term 1: Living Systems; The Particle theory; and Forces and Motion

Year 7 Term 2: Reproduction and Growth; Atoms, Elements and Compounds; Electricity and Electromagnetism

Year 7 Term 3: Diet and Health; The Earth and Atmosphere; Levers, Moments and Pressure

Year 8 Term 1: Photosynthesis, Respiration and Circulation; Reactions; Energy

Year 8 Term 2: Genetics and Evolution; Materials and Everyday Chemistry; Waves

Year 8 Term 3: Ecosystems; Acids and Alkalis; and Space

Working scientifically is embedded in every unit studied.

Key stage 3 Homework

Each unit has a three-week project as homework. The project will have three discrete units (one per week) that will complement and consolidate the learning undertaken in lessons.

Useful Websites:

BBC bitesize: http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zng4d2p

National Curriculum for KS3: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-curriculum-in-england-science-programmes-of-study

Doc Brown: http://www.docbrown.info/ks3science.htm

At Key stage 4

Year 9: AQA Combined Science or AQA Separate Sciences (2016 specification).

  • Students in Year 9 will be focusing on bridging the learning between KS3 and KS4, by revisiting the fundamental concepts in greater detail, with a much heavier focus on application and context based learning.
  • This course is 100% examination at the end of year 11.

Year 10: AQA (2016 specification)

  •  Students in year 10 will study Biology, Chemistry and Physics GCSE.
  • Units studied will include: Genetics, Evolution; Cells; Environmental Biology; Analytical Chemistry; and Atomic Structure and Bonding, Forces and their effects.
  • The course is 100% Final examination

Year 11: AQA (2013 specification)

  • Triple science: Students in year 11 will study Physics GCSE. Units studied include: Energy; Light and Sound; Forces; Radiation; Medical Applications of Physics; and Electricity.
  • Additional Science: Students in year 11 will study Additional Science GCSE as the second in their two science GCSEs. Units studied include: Genetics and Evolution; Cells; Environmental Biology; Rates of Reaction; Atomic Structure and Bonding; Electricity; and Forces
  • Each GCSE is 75% examination and 25% controlled assessment.

We then focus on revision and examination preparation.

Useful Websites:

Revision:

Year 9 (2016 Specification): 

Year 10 and 11 (2013 Specification):

Key Stage 4 Homework:

Each unit undertaken has an associated consolidation booklet for homework. This is a series of examination questions ranging from G grade to A* grade, which aims to consolidate the learning that has taken part in the lessons.

 

If you wish to find out more about the curriculum your daughter is studying, please contact Miss Rudkin.