Science at Bourne Community College provides a broad curriculum which challenges students to develop their curiosity, enquiry skills, knowledge and understanding of science in everyday life.
Students are encouraged to articulate scientific concepts clearly and precisely.
Our curriculum delivers an accessible pathway for more advance science based study, providing a gateway into a wide range of career opportunities
To empower all students with the skills and scientific knowledge to achieve their best outcome in a supportive and inspiring setting.
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 which is broad and balances across all 3 sciences. This enables the students to pursue their future goals in any direction they choose.
Our curriculum is designed to enrich students’ knowledge and passion for Science through understanding its impact and influence locally, nationally and globally. We use practical investigation and associated activities to engage students to make them excited and engaged about learning Science while also providing high quality teaching.
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.
Our learning journeys give a visual overview of the curriculum content covered in each subject. They will help you understand how students make progress in different topics over the years they are with us.
Key Stage 3 Curriculum Overview
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. In Year 7 students will study topics such as cells, structure and functions of body systems, reactions, particles and their behaviour, forces and space. In Year 8 students will study topics such as health and lifestyle, ecosystems, the Earth, the periodic table and energy.
|Year 7||Year 8|
Ecology and Evolution
|Chemistry||Particle Model of Matter
Atomic Structure and the Periodic Table
The Earth and Resources
Sound and Light
Key Stage 4 Curriculum Overview
All students study Science at GCSE. All students study the AQA Separate Science GCSE course.
GCSE Biology, GCSE Chemistry and GCSE Physics will provide students with a broad and balanced understanding of all 3 sciences. It also provides students with great preparation for AS and A-level and allow students to excel in their strongest science subject/s.
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.
We aim to support students in their literacy across all curriculum subjects. We provide key word lists as a teaching and learning tool to support student understanding of the technical vocabulary needed to articulate their learning about a particular subject.
Trips and Extra-Curricular Activities
We run a variety of different trips during the year- ranging from STEAM focused trips to local Universities, a forces focused trip to Paulton’s Park for Year 7 students, a Space and Engineering focused trip to to Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium and an Ecology focused trip to Marwell Zoo for Year 8 students. 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.
Miss J Church BSc (Hons) – Curriculum Leader of Science
Mrs T Midwinter (BSc (Hons) – Assistant Leader in Science and Lead Practitioner
Mr N Griggs BSc (Hons) – Teacher of Science
Mr T Ratcliffe BSc (Hons) – Teacher of Science
Mr A Clarke BSc (Hons) – Teacher of Science
Mr I Salisbury BEng & MSC – Teacher of Science
Miss N Freeman BSc (Hons) – Teacher of Science
Mr C Colley BSc (Hons) – Assistant Headteacher, Teacher of Science
Mrs J V Walt BSc (Hons) – Teacher of Science
Mrs C Gamble BSc (Hons) – Teacher of Science
Ms M Perry – Senior Science Technician & STEAM Activity Co-ordinator
Links to Revision and Additional Study
Science revision guides can be purchased from the science department for a total cost of £20.
GCSE Specifications – https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse