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Key Stage 3   

 

 

 

 

What do students study and in what order?

In KS3 students are taught topics in Biology, Chemistry, Physics and the Earth and Environment.  These topics are taught following a rota so different classis will be taught different topics at different times. 

In Year 7 students study the following units Organisms, Matter, Forces, Genes, Chemical Reactions and Energy.

In Year 8 students study the following units.  Ecosystems, Earth Science, Waves and Electromagnetism.  Year 8 also go deepen their understanding of Organisms and Matter.

In Year 9 students deepen their understanding of Genes, Energy, Forces and Chemical Reactions. 

In March of Year 9 our students will begin studying for their Science GCSE.   

How are students assessed?

During each topic students will be assessed using an in class Science Skills Assessment known as an APP (Assessing Pupils Progress) Task.  These tasks assess the student’s ability ability in 5 key skills.  These are:-

Scientific modelling, Applications and Implications of Science, Planning Investigations, Presenting Data and Analysis and Evaluation. 

At the end of each topic students are also assessed through an end of topic test.

At the end of the year students in Year 7 and Year 8 will complete a Science test based around the topics they have studied that year.

In Year 9 student will sit an end of Key Stage assessment this usually takes place at the end of February.  The Year 9 students will also have an internal GCSE Science mock at the end of Year 9 where they are assessed on the first GCSE topics that they are taught from March. 

These topics include: - Communicable Diseases (Biology), Atomic Structure and the Periodic Table (Chemistry) and Particles of Matter (Physics).

How can parents best support their child?

Parents can support their child by encouraging them to access and use the following revision resources: -

1.    Access the KS3 Science Google Drive

https://drive.google.com/drive/u/1/folders/0B2h98W2gK1SYVUxqbmxVb19Odms

2.    Kerboodle interactive textbook and resources: - https://www.kerboodle.com/users/login

Key Stage 4

 

 

 

What topics do students study and in what order?

Students follow the AQA Science GCSE.  Below is a list of when we study the different topics and in which year group. 

Biology

Year 9

Communicable and non-communicable disease.

Year 10

Students study Cell Biology, Organisation, Infection and Response and Bioenergetics. 

Year 11

Students study Homeostasis and response, Inheritance, Variation and Evolution and Ecology. 

Chemistry

Year 9

Atomic Structure and the periodic table

Year 10

Metals and non-metals, Reactivity of metals, Organic Chemistry, The rate and extend of Chemical Change, Using resources, Chemistry of the Atmosphere and Chemical Analysis.

Year 11

Structure, bonding and properties, Chemical Calculations, Salts and Electrolysis, Energy Changes and Organic Reactions (Separate students only).

Physics

Year 9

Particle Model of Matter

Year 10

Energy, Electricity and Electromagnets

Year 11

Forces, Waves, Electromagnets and Space (Separate students only).

What exam board do we follow?

At Rossett we offer two pathways.  These are AQA Combined Science and AQA Separate Science.

In Combined Scinence the students still study Biology, Chemistr and Physics and they will sit Biology, Chemistry and Physics exams but they will receive two grades ranging from a 1-1 to a 9-9 for Combined Science.  Whereas students studying the Separate Science route receive 3 GCSE’s one for Biology, Chemistry and Physics. 

The two courses are very similar with the Separate Science course containing more content and being assessed in a longer exam.

How are students assessed?

Students are assessed in the following ways at KS4: -

1.    Assessments on the Required Practical Activities;

2.    SPM assessments;

3.    Mock Exams – Students sit a range of mock exams in Science aimed at preparing them for their exams at the end of year 11.  These exams usually take place at the following times: -

A) June of Year 10 Paper 1 Biology and Physics and Paper 2 in    Chemistry.

B) December of Year 11 Paper 1 Biology and Physics and Paper 2 in Chemistry.

C) February of Year 11 Paper 2 Biology and Physics and Paper 1 in Chemistry.

How can parents best support their child?

Parents can support their children by encouraging them to access and use the following revision resources: -

3.    The Science Google Drive Containing All Past Paper Questions, Lesson Resources and useful Revision Links
https://drive.google.com/drive/u/1/folders/0B2h98W2gK1SYRUhKVXJtMWpsSGc

4.    Kerboodle interactive textbook and resources: -

https://www.kerboodle.com/users/login

5.    Purchasing a revision guide (these are cheaper from school £5.50 for Combined Science, £3 for a Biology, Chemistry or Physics Revision guide).

 

Key Stage 5

What do students study and in what order?

Here is a break-down of what students are taught in the different subjects and in the different subjects.

Biology

Year 12

Biological Molecules, Cells, Organisms exchange substances with their environment, Genetic Information, variation and relationships between organisms.

Year 13

Energy Transfers in between organisms, Organisms response to change in their internal and external environments, Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems and the control of gene expressions.

Chemistry

Year 12

Physical Chemistry - Atomic Structure, Amount of Substance, Bonding, Energetics, Chemical equilibria, Le Chatelier’s principle and Oxidations, reduction and redox equations. 

Organic Chemistry Alkanes, Halogenoalkanes, Alkenes, Alcohols and Organic Analysis. 

Inorganic Chemistry – Periodicity, The alkaline Earth metals, the halogens

Year 13

Physical Chemistry – Thermodynamics, Rate equations, Equilibrium Constants for homogeneous systems.

Inorganic Chemistry –Properties of period 3 elements, transition metals and Reactions of ions in aqueous solutions.

Organic Chemistry

Optical isomerism, Aldehydes and ketones, Carboxylic acids and derivatices, Aromatic Chemistry, Amines, Polymers, Amino Acids, proteins and DNA, Organic Synthesis, Nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy and Chromatography. 

Physics

Year 12

Measurements and their errors, Particles and radiation, Waves, Mechanics and Materials, Electricity.

Year 13

Further mechanics and thermal physics, Fields and their consequences, Nuclear Physics and Turning Points. 

BTEC Science

Year 12

Principles and applications of Science

Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques

Year 13

Science Investigation Skills

Physiology of Human Body Systems

What exam board do we follow?

AQA A levels for Biology, Chemistry and Physics

Edexcel Pearson for the Level 3 BTEC Science

How are students assessed?

A level Science - students are assessed through the 'Required Practical Activities' that count toward the students 'Practical Endorsement' and will be assessed in the final exams. 

End of topic assessments and mock exams. 

BTEC Science - students are assessed through coursework and mock exams. 

How can parents best support their child?

1.    Kerboodle interactive textbook and resources: - https://www.kerboodle.com/users/login

2.    Access the exam board websites

3.    Access the Rossett revision resources.  Addresses to be confirmed. 

 

 

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