What is the Department Vision?

KS3

What will my child be studying?

Year 7

Year 8

A combination of units based on Biology, Chemistry, Physics and the Environment which are mapped to the national curriculum https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-curriculum-in-england-science-programmes-of-study/national-curriculum-in-england-science-programmes-of-study#key-stage-3
The key concepts covered are as follows:

  • Cells and organisation
  • Reproduction
  • Health including nutrition and digestion
  • The particulate nature of matter
  • Atoms, elements and compounds
  • The periodic table
  • Energy changes and transfers
  • Waves
  • Light and Sound
  • The structure of the Earth and the Atmosphere
A combination of units based on Biology, Chemistry, Physics and the Environment which are mapped to the national curriculum https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-curriculum-in-england-science-programmes-of-study/national-curriculum-in-england-science-programmes-of-study#key-stage-3
The key concepts covered are as follows:

  • The skeletal and muscular systems
  • Photosynthesis and cellular respiration
  • Genetics and Evolution
  • Chemical Reactions
  • Energetics
  • Materials
  • Motion and Forces
  • Electricity
  • Magnetism
  • Space and the Solar System

What equipment will my child need?

Ball point pens (2 x Black/Blue and 1 x Red), Pencil x 2, Ruler, Pencil sharpener, (Scientific calculator desirable)

How can I support my child through KS3 Science?
Ask them to tell you what they have learnt in Science today. If you do this regularly then they will make sure they remember what they have learnt to repeat to you. In addition The CGP KS3 revision guide which can be purchased from Amazon at the following link https://www.cgpbooks.co.uk/School/books_ks3_science.book_SHR32 or from the school also provides excellent supporting information.

How will my child be assessed in KS3 Science?
Assessment in Science is carried out in three main ways:

In all cases assessment is designed primarily to inform the teacher on how to help the student to progress. The measurement of attainment is then used to determine whether the actions that are being taken are effective.

KS4

What exam board do we use?
AQA http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science

How is the course assessed?

How long are the examinations?
1 hour

Are there controlled assessments?
Yes: Separate Sciences 1 for each subject (25%), Double Science 1 for Science A and 1 for Additional Science.

What is covered on the course?
All aspects of the specification are covered in our schemes of learning. The specifications can be found on the following links:

Separate Sciences

Biology http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/subjects/AQA-BIOL-W-SP-14.PDF

Chemistry http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/subjects/AQA-4402-W-SP-14.PDF

Physics http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/subjects/AQA-PHYS-W-SP-14.PDF

Double Science

Science A http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/subjects/AQA-4405-W-SP-14.PDF

Additional Science http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/subjects/AQA-ADDSCI-W-SP-14.PDF

Where would we suggest visiting?
London Science Museums

What websites would you recommend?
BBC Bite Size http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/science/

What equipment will my child need?
Ball point pens (2 x Black/Blue and 1 x Red), Pencil x 2, Ruler, Pencil Sharpener, Scientific Calculator

How can I support my child through KS4 Science?
Take an interest and encourage them to watch some of the excellent science based documentaries on TV (Bang goes the Theory, David Attenborough Natural History Series etc.). Revision Guides from CGP are again good for supplementing notes and can be used throughout the course. These can be bought from the school for £2.50 (3 required for separate sciences, 2 required for Double Science)

How will my child be assessed in KS4 Science?
Predominantly through Unit tests that utilise past GCSE questions though again the teachers formative assessment is the final judgement. There are between 5 and 7 unit tests per subject per year which not only gives the student a very clear picture of what level they are working at but also provides plenty of exam practice.

KS5

What exam board do we use?
Biology AQA http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/a-level/biology-2410

Chemistry OCR http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/as-a-level-gce-chemistry-a-h034-h434/

Physics AQA http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/a-level/physics-a-2450

How is the course assessed?
AS Exams at the end of Year 12 and A2 exams at the end of year 13

How long are the examinations?
2 Exams per subject 1 hour 15 minutes long

Are there controlled assessments?
Yes 1 per subject for AQA, 3 assessed practicals

What is covered on the course?
All aspects of the specification are covered in our schemes of learning. The specifications can be found on the following links:
Biology http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/subjects/specifications/alevel/AQA-2410-W-SP-14.PDF

Chemistry http://www.ocr.org.uk/Images/81089-specification.pdf

Physics http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/subjects/specifications/alevel/AQA-2450-W-SP-14.PDF

Where would we suggest visiting?
Life Science Centre Newcastle, Eden Project, Intech

What websites would you recommend?
Mcgraw-hill, Royal Society for Chemistry, IOP

What equipment will my child need?
Ball point pens (2 x Black/Blue and 1 x Red), Pencil x 2, Ruler, Pencil Sharpener, Scientific Calculator

How can I support my child through KS5 Science?
Help them to develop a routine which involves spending an hour a night on independent study. This is essential to help them check they fully understand the subject matter covered during the day and to read ahead and prepare for the lessons coming up.

How will my child be assessed in KS5 Science?
A series of tests based on A level questions and a formal mock exam at Christmas.