Science

We see science as helping to explain everything in the world around us. Our aim is to fascinate our pupils with the world, to give them the curiosity to ask why and to give them the tools to understand the 21st Century world where scientific advances will continue to drastically change our lives.

Our vision is to:

  • Give a sense of awe and wonder through actually doing science.
  • Achieve academic excellence with an emphasis on the basic foundations of the subject.
  • Innovate in our curriculum delivery.
  • Bring science to life with real-world links.
  • Build key skills needed to succeed.

As part of this vision, we are currently developing a new Key Stage 3 curriculum for September 2020. Through this work, we aim to bring our vision to life with a new curriculum sequence and an emphasis on exciting our pupils with our fascinating subject.

 Key Stage 3

In Years 7 and 8, pupils study a range of topics across the three sciences: Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Topics include: the body, ecosystems, particles, basic chemical reactions, waves and energy. Key Stage 3 is designed to provide pupils with a foundation in key scientific knowledge and skills as a basis for further progress during their GCSE courses.

Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4, pupils will follow one of two curriculum pathways:

  • Separate Sciences, which will lead to separate GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
  • Combined Science, which will lead to a double award GCSE in Combined Science.

Pupils will follow the new AQA 9-1 Science GCSEs culminating in multiple examinations at the end of Year 11 at either Foundation or Higher Tier. In Year 9, pupils will study the key early topics as a foundation for further studies along one of the two curriculum pathways from Year 10 onwards. Selection for the Separate Sciences pathway is dependent on assessment results and work ethic.

Pupils are assessed regularly throughout the course, through end of topic assessments and Academy Ranking examinations. Sets are fluid and altered accordingly, to ensure that lessons are tailored to pupils’ needs and progress is secured.

Enrichment and Extra-Curricular Activities

In autumn 2019, we are launching a new weekly KS3 Science Club for our pupils in Years 7 and 8, where pupils will experience sessions ranging from practical investigations to scientific debates. We also currently run a Cloud 9 Science group for our most able Years 10 and 11 pupils to help them reach for the top grades. Our Year 11 pupils also have a wide range of interventions on offer to help them prepare for their end of GCSE examinations.


Examination Information links:

GCSE Biology:

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/biology-8461

 

GCSE Chemistry:

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/chemistry-8462

 

GCSE Physics:

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/physics-8463

 

GCSE Combined Science:

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/combined-science-trilogy-8464

Recommended resources:

There are a wide range of resources available for pupils studying science.

For KS3, BBC KS3 Science Bitesize is very useful:

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

For KS4, BBC KS4 Science Bitesize is also useful and will be updated soon with new GCSE content:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zrkw2hv

At GCSE, we highly recommend revision guides and exam practice materials published by CGP, which are readily available from bookstores and online. If purchasing these, please ensure that they are for the new AQA 9-1 specifications.