Science

Science

Within the science department, we aim to guide the students through the various elements of the science curriculum to provide a strong foundation of knowledge and skills. This enables the students to pursue their future goals in any direction they choose.

Our curriculum designed to enrich their knowledge and passion for Science through understanding its impact and influence, locally, nationally and globally.

Whilst we focus and drive success during their time here, we also promote and support independent enquiry skills and the moral and social implications of Science, in order to develop our students holistically.

Staff:

Mrs T Midwinter BSc (Hons) Curriculum Leader Science
Miss J Church BSc (Hons) Assistant Leader of Science (Curriculum Leader of Science – Maternity Cover)
Mr A Clarke BSc (Hons) Teacher of Science
Mr C Colley BSc (Hons) Assistant Head Teacher
Mrs C Gamble BSc (Hons) Teacher of Science
Mr N Griggs BSc (Hons) Teacher of Science / Leader of Year 8
Mrs J V Walt BSc (Hons) Assistant Leader of Science
Mrs Nicky Gilbert (Hons) Teacher of Science (Maternity Cover)

Technicians:

Ms M Perry – Senior Lab Technician
Mrs H Knight- Lab Technician / Learning Support Assistant

Curriculum

KS3 Topics:

KS3 – 2 year course

The Activate course is designed to match the new key stage 3 programme of study and to help prepare students for success in their GCSEs. It has a flexible route of study with an engaging and contemporary approach to Science. Pupils will be actively involved in lessons incorporating practical’s, maths and literacy along with fun facts, quizzes and questions to engage students.

Year 7:

Biology:
  • Cells
  • Structure and function of body systems
  • Reproduction
Chemistry:
  • Particles and their behaviour
  • Elements, atoms and compounds
  • Reactions
  • Acids and Alkalis
Physics:
  • Forces
  • Sound
  • Light
  • Space

Year 8:

Biology:
  • Health and lifestyle
  • Ecosystem process
  • Adaptation and inheritance
Chemistry:
  • The Periodic Table
  • Separation Techniques
  • Metals and acids
  • The Earth
Physics:
  • Electricity and magnetism
  • Energy
  • Motion and pressure

For a full breakdown of the learning objectives for each topic please use these links…
Yr 7 Science Curriculum Objectives
Yr 8 Science Curriculum Objectives

KS4 Topics:

KS4 – 3 year (Exam board- AQA)

All students study science at GCSE.

All students are required to study either – Combined Science Trilogy which awards 2 GCSE’s, or students can take the option to take Triple Science students will achieve 3 GCSE’s, one in each of the separate sciences.

Combined Science: Trilogy

Students studying Combined Science: Trilogy will cover the three science disciplines in the traditional fashion. Combined Science takes a logical and coherent journey through the familiar and new content.

Engaging practical’s

We know that practical’s are not only one of the most engaging parts of a science education but are also essential for students’ understanding of scientific theory. There are 16 required practical’s that students must study for the exams.

Exams

Six papers: two biology, two chemistry and two physics.
Each will assess different topics.
Duration: all the papers are 1 hour 15 minutes.
Tiers: Foundation and Higher.
Weighting: the papers are equally weighted. Each is worth 16.7% of the grade and has 70 marks.
Question types: multiple choice, structured, closed, short answer and open response

Biology
  • Cell biology
  • Organisation
  • Infection and response
  • Bioenergetics
  • Homeostasis and response
  • Inheritance, variation and evolution
  • 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
  • Forces
  • Energy
  • Waves
  • Electricity
  • Magnetism and electromagnetism
  • Particle model of matter
  • Atomic structure

For a full breakdown of the grade descriptors for each topic please use this link
Grade descriptors for GCSE Science

Separate Sciences – Triple Science

Studying the separate sciences means students will achieve 3 Science GCSE’s. They will cover the same topics as in Trilogy but in much greater detail, therefore there is more content.
GCSE Biology, Chemistry and Physics will provide great preparation for AS and A-level, without overlapping content

Biology
  • Cell biology
  • Organisation
  • Infection and response
  • Bioenergetics
  • Homeostasis and response
  • Inheritance, variation and evolution
  • Ecology

Plus 8 required practical’s

Chemistry
  • Atomic structure and the periodic table 2
  • 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

Plus 8 required practicals

Physics
  • Forces
  • Energy
  • Waves
  • Electricity
  • Magnetism and electromagnetism
  • Particle model of matter
  • Atomic structure
  • Space physics

Plus 8 required practicals

Exams

Each of the Separate GCSE Science Subjects will have the following;
Two papers: each paper will assess different topics.
Duration: both papers are 1 hour 45 minutes.
Tiers: Foundation and Higher.
Weighting: the papers are equally weighted. Each is worth 50% of the grade and has 100 marks available.
Question types: multiple choice, structured, closed short answer and open response

For a full breakdown of the grade descriptors for each topic please use this link
Grade descriptors for GCSE Science

Trips and Activities:

We run a variety of different trips during the year- ranging from STEM focused trips at local Universities, Paulton’s Park for year 7 students to Winchester INTECH science. The dates of these vary every year, and new opportunities to enrich the students learning come up all of the time. We will endeavour to provide these activities for the students whenever possible.

Useful Website links:

ww.doddlelearn.co.uk
www.bbc.co.uk/education
www.go4schools.com

Revision links

KS3:

www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zng4d2p
www.educationquizzes.com/ks3/science/
www.cgpbooks.co.uk/interactive_ks3_science
www.docbrown.info/ks3science.htm
http://ntscience.co.uk/powerpoint/index.html
www.darvill.clara.net/myon.htm

KS4:

www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zrkw2hv
www.my-gcsescience.com
www.docbrown.info/page20/AQAscience2.htm
www.cgpbooks.co.uk/interactive_gcse_science
www.hodderplus.co.uk/myrevisionnotes/gcse-science/
www.gcse.com/science/AQA_ISA.htm
www.pinterest.com/tesscience/aqa-gcse-revision/
www.pinterest.com/tesscience/aqa-gcse-revision/

Interesting news etc……..

http://newsrss.bbc.co.uk/rss/newsonline_uk_edition/sci/tech/rss.xml
http://www.theguardian.com/science

 

 

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