Our aim is to provide a challenging and exciting, learning environment in which pupils are motivated to achieve. We aim to create an atmosphere where students feel welcome and safe and enjoy the relevancy of science in the twenty first century. Students are encouraged to take active responsibility for their own learning and so make excellent progress.
In years 7, 8 and part of Year 9, all students follow the revised National Curriculum. The GCSE course starts after Christmas in year 9.
In year 7 and 8 students are taught in mixed ability classes. From year 9 students are placed in ability sets.
Year 7 topics include: Safety in the lab, acids and alkalis, energy, reproduction and growth, particles, forces and motion and ecosystems.
Year 8 topics include: Diet and health, atoms elements and compounds, waves, photosynthesis respiration and circulation, reactions and electricity.
Year 9 topics include: Cells, Atomic Structure and the periodic table, Matter, Photosynthesis, Energy. These are all introductory GCSE units.
|KS3 Coursebooks used||AQA KS3 Science. Collins|
|Recommended websites for research or revision||bbc.co.uk/bitesize
In years 10 and 11, all students complete science to GCSE.
Some students will follow GCSE Combined Science: Trilogy. This is equivalent to two GCSEs.
Some students opt to follow separate GCSE courses in physics, chemistry and biology. Because of the high demands of these courses, students will use the equivalent time allocation of one option as well as the core science curriculum time.
All GCSE exams for science follow a linear route, where exams are taken at the end of the course.
|Qualification GCSEs||GCSE Combined Science (2 GCSEs)||GCSE Biology||GCSE Chemistry||GCSE Physics|
|Assessment details:||100% terminal exam sat at the end of Year 11||100% terminal exam sat at the end of Year 11||100% terminal exam sat at the end of Year 11||100% terminal exam sat at the end of Year 11|
|Recommended coursebooks||AQA GCSE Science ( 9-1)Chemistry Biology and Physics Published by Collins Series Editor Ed Walsh||AQA BiologyPublished by Collins Series Editor Ed Walsh||AQA Chemistry Published by Collins Series Editor Ed Walsh||AQA Physics Published by Collins Series Editor Ed Walsh|
|Recommended revision guides||CPG Science, available from the prep room|
The science department run several enrichment events throughout the year, for students to get involved with, these include:
Astronomy GCSE (additional after school class)
ST4G (Science and Technology for Girls)
MICCI Climate Change Project
Salter’s Festival of Chemistry and Chemistry Camps