Science is everywhere and plays a role in everything we do. A sound knowledge of science can enhance an individual's ability to make decisions essential for healthy living and to participate constructively in society. Science provides our pupils with the opportunity to explore the amazing world around them and to develop an enquiring mind.
Throughout KS3 we use a spiral curriculum, so each year we revisit the same themes and build upon pupils’ knowledge and skills.
The themes are;
For example, the Organisms topic involves the following;
In Science students follow the AQA Entry Level, Double Award Science. Also, our schemes of work have been written to include all foundation aspects of the AQA Combined Science Trilogy GCSE. This enables our highest achieving students to be entered for GCSE Science alongside the Entry Level Certificate.
Across Year 10 and 11, this combined science course includes Biology, Chemistry and Physics Units as listed below.
Unit 1, 3 and 5 are taught in Year 10 and units 2, 4 and 6 are covered in Year 11.
Each Unit is assessed by an end of unit test of 45 minutes, provided by the exam board AQA.
There is also a Teacher assessed Practical Science task in each unit.
For students entering the GCSE there are six exam papers each of 1 hour and 15 minutes duration. Two in biology, two in chemistry and two in physics. These papers are sat at the end of Year 11.