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Science

Key Stage 3 (Years 7 & 8)

The study of Science during Key Stage 3 seeks to build on the skills that students have gained at the end of Key Stage 2. Students cover a broad and varied range of material designed to help them develop a good understanding of the academic expectations of Key Stage 3 and to further their knowledge and appreciation of the world around them through Science. The study of Science in KS3 continues throughout the course to cover a range of material designed to help build on the new skills they will have acquired and to stretch them towards the standards necessary for GCSE. Work is focused upon the three Sciences (Biology, Chemistry and Physics) as well as additional Science investigation skills.

 Course content

  • Year 7 –cells, reproduction, acids, particles, differences, classification, electricity, magnetism, energy, forces, space, elements and compounds, chemical reactions
  • Year 8 – Life support, keeping healthy, people and the environment, shaping life, periodic tab le, inside materials, metal reactions, what’s in rocks, heating and cooling, Light sound, moving around

Assessments

Assessments take place at the end of each topic and levels are determined by an average over all topics covered This is because a student may have a particular aptitude for an individual science – biology, chemistry or physics – rather than all of the topics covered.

 Key Stage 4 (Years 9, 10 and 11)

Students study Biology, Chemistry and Physics explicitly at key stage 4, with the subject segregated into effectively 3 courses; Core Science, Additional Science and Triple Science. The course is designed to encourage students in their critical thinking and evaluation of scientific theory and experimentation. This is often done through the application of scientific concepts to real world examples, to allow students to create links across all three sciences as well as applying their knowledge.  Assessments include involves 1 controlled assessment per science, (Core, Additional and Triple) as well as exams which can be taken upon completion of each course, whether it be in year 10 or year 11. (Core exams are usually taken in year 10)

Controlled Assessment (25%)

Controlled Assessments can be based on Biology, Chemistry or Physics, depending on what the department as a whole believes will work best for the students.

Core, Additional and Triple science each require their own controlled assessment

 Examinations:

Core Science

Biology 1 – Influences on life (25%)

Chemistry 1 – Chemistry in our world (25%)

Physics 1 – Universal Physics (25%)

Additional Science

Biology 2 – Components of Life (25%)

Chemistry 2 – Discovering Chemistry (25%)

Physics 2 – Physics for your Future (25%)

Triple Science

Biology 3 – Using Biology (25%)

Chemistry 3 – Chemistry in action (25%)

Physics 3 – Applications of Physics (25%)