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: Foundations of Chemistry, Cells and the body
Year 7 Term 2: Forces and Motion, Reproduction and Ecosystems
Year 7 Term 3: Ecosystems and Chemical reactions.
Year 8 Term 1: Periodic table and separation techniques, Health and Inheritance
Year 8 Term 2: Earth and Materials, Space and Electricity.
Year 8 Term 3: Magnetism, Sound and Light.
Working scientifically is embedded in every unit studied.
Key stage 3 Homework
Each week there is a Doddle quiz set for homework 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, 10, 11: Edexcel Combined Science or Edexcel Separate Sciences (2016 specification). The course is 100% Final examination. This will be 6 exams in total, 2 of each discipline, all exams will include questions on required practicals conducted in class.
- 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.
- 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.
- Students in year 11 will study Energy; Light and Sound; Forces; Radiation; Medical Applications of Physics; and Electricity. Genetics and Evolution; Cells; Environmental Biology; Rates of Reaction; Atomic Structure and Bonding; Electricity and Forces
We then focus on revision and examination preparation.
Year KS4 (2016 Specification):
- Combined Science – https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/sciences-2016.html
- Biology – https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/sciences-2016.html#tab-1
- Chemistry – https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/sciences-2016.html#tab-2
- Physics – https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/sciences-2016.html#tab-3
Key Stage 4 Homework:
Homework will be set by both science teachers each week and will form a minimum of a doddle quiz per member of staff to help consolidate the knowledge and recall, a minimum pass of 80% is required for each quiz. This will be supplemented by additional exam questions to help with their analysis skills.
If you wish to find out more about the curriculum your daughter is studying, please contact Miss Rudkin.