Science

Contact

Mrs Caldwell  Head of Department
Mrs Bintliff  
Miss Gaur  
Mr Johnson  
Mr Jones  
Mr Loon Second in Science
Miss Majithia Key Stage 3 Coordinator
Miss O'Brien  

Purpose of study

A high-quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity, and all pupils should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. Through building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, pupils should be encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. They should be encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.

 

Department for Education (Key Stage 3)

 

Curriculum Content Map

Subject Progress Guide for Parents

 

 

Key Stage 4

New AQA Science GCSE's

Students will follow the AQA Science GCSE courses.  Students who have opted for the Triple Science pathway will study AQA GCSE Biology (course code 8461), AQA GCSE Chemistry (8462) and AQA GCSE Physics (8463). There will be terminal assessment consisting of six 1hr 45min exams, two per subject. This will give students three GCSE Science grades from 1-9.

 

For students who students who have not opted for the triple science pathway they will be studying the AQA Combined Science Trilogy course (course code 8484). Students will still study all three Sciences but with slightly less content than the Triple pathway. Terminal assessment will consist of six exams at 1hr 15mins each, two per subject. This will give students two GCSE Science grades from 1-9.

 

Topics of Study

Subject Paper 1 Topics Paper 2 Topics
Biology

Cell Biology

Organisation

Infection and response

Bioenergetics

Homeostasis and response

Inheritance, variation and evaluation

Ecology

 

Chemistry

Atomic structure and the periodic table

Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter

Quantitative Chemistry

Chemical changes

Energy changes

The rate and extent of chemical change

Organic Chemistry

Chemical Analysis

Chemistry of the atmosphere

Using resources

Physics

Electricity

Energy

Particle model of matter

Atomic Structure

Magnetism and electromagnetism

Forces

Waves

Space Physics

 

Formative Assessment

 

Students will be asked to complete assessments every half term by their Science teachers and it is important that students prepare thoroughly for these assessments. Teacher will conduct revision lessons in school and provide materials for home study when needed but students do need to ensure that they are also preparing at home.

 

CGP Revision Guides for the new GCSE are available from school at £7 each. Triple Scientists will need three books. If your child qualifies for additional funding these will be provided for them.

 

The internet has a breadth of revision materials to aid revision and AQA’s website also has materials such as specimen papers to refer to.