Science

Faculty ethos:

We aim to develop skilful and creative young scientists who not only understand the big ideas of science but can relate these to the world around them and apply their knowledge and understanding to new and unfamiliar situations. We encourage and support the boys to be the best that they can be in a safe and purposeful learning environment. Students will explore the exciting world of science with highly practical, interactive and differentiated lessons. These lessons will allow all to develop an understanding of science and how theories and ideas can change and develop over time.

Curriculum overview:

  • KS3 have 3 lessons per week
  • KS4 have 5 lessons per week

Options offered at KS4:

  • GCSE Combined Science (AQA Synergy specification)
  • GCSE Biology, Chemistry and Physics (AQA)

KS3

In Years 7 and 8, students will study the KS3 National Curriculum content. Teachers will focus on ensuring lessons are enjoyable, interactive and highly practical. Lessons are structured in a manner that allows students to see how their studies fit in with the real world and their potential future occupation. Students will be assessed regularly, giving plenty of opportunity for students to provide evidence of the progress that they are making.

In year 9 students start half term 1 by consolidating learning from KS3 and taking part in a practical based scheme of work to develop the scientfic understanding required for GCSE level. from half term 2 onwards students will begin the GCSE curriculum studying the AQA combined science synergy specification.

  • Unit 1: Building Blocks
  • Unit 2: Transport over larger distances.

KS4

Combined Science GCSE (AQA) – Throughout Key Stage 4 the majority of boys will study for the AQA Synergy Combined Science GCSE. This course will be examined at the end of year 11 where students will sit 4 external exams. The units studied will cover a combination of biology, chemistry and physics topics. Students will have regular end of topic tests to monitor their progress. Homework will be set in line with the school’s homework timetable and will be based around guided revision.

Year 10

Unit 3: Interactions with the environment
Unit 4: explaining change
Unit 5: Building blocks for understanding
Unit 6: Interactions over small and large distances

Year 11:
Unit 7: Movement and interactions
Unit 8: Guiding spaceship Earth to a sustainable future
Revision for GCSE exams

GCSE Biology, GCSE Chemistry and GCSE Physics (AQA)

GCSE Biology, Chemistry and Physics are offered to students as a GCSE option at the end of Year 9. Across Year 10 and Year 11, students will study Biology, Chemistry and Physics. They will have separate teachers for each subject and they are taught independently from each other. The content that they will learn is broadly the same as those studying for the Combined Science GCSE, but those studying the Separate Sciences will study certain topics in more depth leading to three separate GCSE qualifications. There are a total of six exams at the end of Year 11; two exams for each of the sciences studied.

Entry level (Exam board – AQA)

Students will spend two years producing an evidence portfolio in order to attain their Entry Level Science qualification. There are no final exams and the final grade is entirely based on the portfolio work produced.


Science Curriculum Plans 2019/20

 

The Science Faculty:

  • Ms E. Palin – Head of Science
  • Ms R. Watterson – Second in Science
  • Mr M. Cooper – Science teacher
  • Ms L. Oates – Science teacher
  • Mr T. Awan – Science teacher
  • Ms N. Mohamed – Science teacher
  • Ms K. Al- Rawni – Science teacher
  • Ms C. Morgan – Science teacher
  • Ms. J. Pajak – Science teacher
  • Ms J. Shaju – Science teacher
  • Ms K. McGuinness – Science technician
  • Ms A. Ellahi – Science technician
  • Mr L. Verdon – Science technician