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.
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.
Year 9 (2016 Specification):
- Combined Science – http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/combined-science-trilogy-8464
- Biology – http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/biology-8461
- Chemistry – http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/chemistry-8462
- Physics – http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/physics-8463
Year 10 and 11 (2013 Specification):
- Science A – http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/science-a-4405
- Additional Science – http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/additional-science-4408
- Biology – http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/biology-4401
- Chemistry – http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/chemistry-4402
- Physics – http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/physics-4403
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.