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Science

Course description 

Science is a subject that links to most, if not all, careers. We aim to provide a curriculum that provides an engaging and inspiring springboard for our students’ aspirations from medicine to agriculture to engineering and beyond.

We explore complex ideas in real-world contexts whilst developing practical and analytical skills which are diverse enough to be developed into life-skills.

Key Stage 3 

Years 7, 8 & 9

Science lessons build on the skills already established at Key Stage 2 and begin to develop the knowledge, skills and techniques they will require for GCSE.

Year 7

  • How Science Works
  •  The Personal Trainer
  •  The Chemist
  •  The Farmer
  •  The Geologist
  •  The Astronomer

Year 8

  • Microbes and Disease
  • Acids and Alkalis
  • Light
  • Respiration
  • Sound and Hearing
  • Muscles and Bones
  • Solar System and Beyond
  • Ecological Relationships
  • Rocks and Weathering
  • Simple Chemical Reactions
  • Heating and Cooling
  • Independent Project

Year 9

  • Fit and Healthy
  • Speeding Up
  • Reactions of Metals
  • Pressure and Moments
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Genetics and Evolution
  • Gravity and Space
  • Plants and Photosynthesis
  • Patterns of Reactivity
  • Energy and Electricity
  • Plants for Food
  • Using Chemistry
  • Independent Project

Assessing Progress

Students are assessed at least every half term through a variety of tasks and an end of unit exam.

Key Stage 4 

Years 10 & 11

Students will study and prepare for the GCSE examinations to be sat at the end of year 11.

GCSE Course Title:  Combined Science

Examination Board:  Edexcel

Assessment:

Paper 1        Biology 1                      1 hour 10min
Paper 2        Biology 2                      1 hour 10min
Paper 3        Chemistry 1                 1 hour 10 min
Paper 4        Chemistry 2                 1 hour 10min
Paper 5        Physics 1                      1 hour 10min
Paper 6        Physics 2                      1 hour 10 min

Assessing Progress

Tracking assessments will continue regularly throughout year 10 and 11 at least half termly and take the form of tests and practise examinations.  There will be a formal Mock examination period during Autumn 2 in year 11.

Homework

There will be homework tasks assigned on Doddle that students will need to complete.  It is vital that these tasks are completed in the time frame to ensure the full learning experience is covered.  Homework completion is one of the criteria for qualifying for the termly Rewards Trip.

Safeguarding

Throughout our curriculum we will provide activities and opportunities for children to develop the skills they need to identify risks and stay safe.  This will also be extended to include material that will encourage our children to develop essential life skills.

Equipment

All students are expected to bring a pen, pencil, ruler and rubber in order to be prepared for learning.  In addition, it would be useful to have colouring pencils and a calculator.

Career Opportunities supported by science:

  • Engineers
  • The Medical Industry
  • Environmental Scientists
  • Forensic Scientist
  • Geologist
  • Meteorologist
  • Electrician
  • Pilot
  • Athletic Trainer
  • Lawyer
  • Psychologist
  • Veterinarian
  • Marine Biologist
  • Plant Scientist
  • Architect
  • Physical Therapist