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Teaching & Learning

Science

All students study Science at Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4. We have large numbers of students who opt to study this subject further at Key Stage 5. Post 16 courses include A levels in Biology, Chemistry and Physics and Level 3 BTEC Applied Science.

We teach students to understand the world around them, through both practical and theoretical approaches, using a variety of teaching and learning activities.

Staff Position
Mrs J Needham Director of Science
Mrs N Bainbridge Teacher of Science
Mr J Hartley Teacher of Science
Mr D Kemp Lead Teacher of Science
Mr P Matthews Teacher of Science
Miss A Moores Teacher of Science
Mr D Rockett Teacher of Science
Mrs D Smith Teacher of Science
Mr W Walker Teacher of Science
Mrs L Warnett Assistant Headteacher
Miss E Whall Leading Teacher of Science

Key Stage 3 

In Years 7 and 8, students follow courses to fulfil the National Curriculum.

“The national curriculum for science aims to ensure that all students:

  • develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics
  • develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them
  • are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.”

 

Students study the following units at Key Stage 3:

 Year 7

Year 8

  • Biology – cells, food and digestion, variation and adaptation.
  • Chemistry – the particle model, Periodic table, separating mixtures and chemical reactions.
  • Physics – forces, moments, pressure, electricity and magnetism.
  • Biology – photosynthesis, respiration and circulation, reproduction and growth, ecosystems.
  • Chemistry – acids and alkalis, materials, Earth and atmosphere.
  • Physics – energy, waves and space.

 

Additional resources Key Stage 3 Science  

A range of resources can be found on Doddle and on the school’s virtual learning environment Frog:

https://www.doddlelearn.co.uk

https://frog.wolfreton.co.uk

Where required, passwords have been provided to students directly.  For further support please contact the school.  

Key Stage 4 

From September 2016, students will study either:  AQA: GCSE Triple Science or AQA: Combined Science: Trilogy (worth 2 GCSEs)

AQA : GCSE Triple Science (Biology, Chemistry and Physics)

Aims of the course:

  • To make sense of the world around you.
  • To extend your knowledge of scientific theories.
  • To develop your ability to think scientifically.
  • To prepare you for further science courses at A level.
  • To use practical work to aid understanding of scientific theory.

Course Content:

This course starts in September of Year 9 and you will study cell biology, atomic structure, bonding and energy throughout Year 9.  Content is based on key scientific principles in all three science subjects.  Principles in Biology include cell division, respiration and photosynthesis.  Principles in Chemistry include The Periodic Table, atomic structure, bonding, properties of matter and quantitative chemistry.  Principles in Physics include forces, energy, waves, electricity and space physics.

This course comprises three separate GCSE’s in Physics, Chemistry and Biology. These courses provide more specialist content to prepare students for A levels and science related degree courses.

You can access more information about these courses at www.aqa.org.uk.

Assessment:

Your progress will be assessed through homework, key marked pieces which include topic tests and longer formal school examinations. You will be entered for GCSE examinations in Year 11. Each GCSE has two exam papers of length 1 hours 45 minutes.

AQA : Combined Science : Trilogy (2 GCSEs)

Aims of the course:

  • To make sense of the world around you.
  • To extend your knowledge of scientific theories.
  • To develop your ability to think scientifically.
  • To prepare you for further science courses at A level.
  • To use practical work to aid understanding of scientific theory.

Course content:

This course starts in September of Year 9 and you will study cell biology, atomic structure, bonding and energy throughout Year 9.  Content is based on key scientific principles in all three science subjects.  Principles in Biology include cell division, respiration and photosynthesis.  Principles in Chemistry include The Periodic Table, atomic structure, bonding, properties of matter and quantitative chemistry.  Principles in Physics include forces, energy, waves and electricity. 

You can access more information about these courses at www.aqa.org.uk.

Assessment:

Your progress will be assessed through homework, key marked pieces which include topic tests and longer formal examinations.  There will be six exam papers at the end of Year 11, each lasting 1 hours 15 minutes.

Additional resources GCSE Science  

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize

https://www.doddlelearn.co.uk

https://frog.wolfreton.co.uk

https://www.gcsepod.com

http://my.dynamic-learning.co.uk

We would also recommend the purchase of textbooks or revision guides through the school to further assist students’ work outside the classroom.  Where required, passwords have been provided to students directly.  For further support please contact the school. 

 

Sixth Form Courses 

A Level Biology (AQA)

Students follow the AQA A Level Biology specification.

Aims of the course:

This course develops many skills including critical thinking, processing and evaluating data, commenting on the reliability, accuracy and validity of data and independently designing investigations.

Course Content:

The course includes the study of:

  • Biological molecules
  • Cells
  • Organisms exchange substances with their environments
  • Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms
  • Energy transfers in and between organisms
  • Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments
  • Genetics, populations, evolutions and ecosystems
  • The control of gene expression

Assessment:

Students beginning the A Level course in September 2017 will complete the linear A Level.  The course comprises:

  • 100% Examination

Students who began year 12 in September 2016 will complete the AS qualification at the end of year 12, followed by the linear A Level qualification in the summer of 2017.

 

A Level Chemistry (Edexcel)

Students follow the Edexcel A Level Chemistry specification.

Aims of the course:

This course develops skills and understanding to enable students to make decisions about the way chemistry affects everyday life.  Students apply concepts into contemporary areas such as climate change, green chemistry, pharmaceuticals and chemistry research.

Course Content:

The course includes the study of:

  • Advanced inorganics and physical chemistry
  • Advanced organic and physical chemistry
  • General and practical principles in chemistry

Assessment:

Students beginning the A Level course in September 2017 will complete the linear A Level.  The course comprises:

  • 100% Examination (plus practical endorsement)

Students who began year 12 in September 2016 will complete the AS qualification at the end of year 12, followed by the linear A Level qualification in the summer of 2017.

 

A Level Physics (OCR)

Students follow the OCR A Level Physics specification.

Aims of the course:

This course is the most fundamental of the sciences and its ideas and principles are te foundations for all other science subjects.  The course offers a broad vision of physics as it is today.

Course Content:

The course includes the study of:

  • Fundamental data analysis
  • Physics in action
  • Field and particle physics
  • Development of practical skills in physics
  • Understanding processes
  • Rise and fall of the clockwork universe

Assessment:

Students beginning the A Level course in September 2017 will complete the linear A Level.  The course comprises:

  • 100% Examination (plus practical endorsement)

Students who began year 12 in September 2016 will complete the AS qualification at the end of year 12, followed by the linear A Level qualification in the summer of 2017.

Additional resources Sixth Form Science

Encourage your son /daughter to:

  • Make use of MyPLC, a mobile-based resource which enables students to self-assess their progress about a specification related learning checklist. 

Where required, passwords have been provided to students directly.  For further support please contact the school. 

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