Science

Science

We offer our students the opportunity to study Biology, Chemistry and Physics via a mix of practical experiences, theoretical teaching, experimentation and discussion in lessons.

Students are given the opportunity to learn how scientific ideas contribute to technological change and develop an awareness of scientific phenomena.

Key Stage Three

In Years 7, 8 and 9 students study a range of topics that cover the three main disciplines of science – biology, chemistry and physics.  These include organisms, their behaviour and the environment, materials, their properties and the earth, and energy, forces and space.  This is all underpinned by the ‘How Science Works’ strand of the national curriculum.

Year 7 & 8 are taught mixed ability. They are then set at the start of year 9, according to ability.  Reviews take place termly allowing for movement up or down where appropriate.

Key Stage Four

Students are placed in three sets based on ability.  All exams for all courses are taken at the end of Year 11.

Combined Science

Students will cover the content for the AQA Combined Science Trilogy course commencing from the February half term of Year 9.

There are 6 exams taken in the summer of Year 11, covering topics in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.  Required practicals are carried out in lessons and assessed in questions based on the practicals in the terminal exams, in replacement of Controlled Assessment.

Students will receive two GCSE grades.

Progress is regularly assessed by staff in lessons via classwork, homework and end of unit tests, but also through an ongoing rolling programme of formal mock exams taken in the Hall. The first of these is in the autumn of Year 10.

Triple Award

This qualification is offered to the upper ability students and is delivered as an accelerated GCSE course.  Students study for separate GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics, in the same time as other students do Combined Science.

There are 6 exams taken in the summer of Year 11, covering topics in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.  Required practicals are carried out in lessons and assessed in questions based on the practicals in the terminal exams, in replacement of Controlled Assessment.

Students will receive three separate GCSE grades.

Marking & Assessment Policy

Useful links for students

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education

AQA Science