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Science

There are currently 10 full-time teachers of Science, and two part-time teachers. 

There are 4 laboratory technicians, servicing 7 full-sized laboratories and one small laboratory which is used exclusively for Sixth Form.

Each laboratory is designed for studying chemistry, physics and biology, with services for gas, electricity and water throughout. There are safety cut-out devices associated with the gas and electricity supplies, and all hazardous materials are safely locked away in specialised storage areas when not required in lessons. Great importance is attached to the issues surrounding the health and safety of our students; we ask for parents’ support in this matter by ensuring that their daughters are equipped with a labcoat and a hairband for tying back long hair where appropriate.

There is a good record of success in the Science Faculty; examination results in GCSE and A-level have been pleasing, not only in terms of % A*-C grades, but, equally importantly, a high proportion of students achieving their “target” grades.

 

Key Stage 3

Scientific Enquiry
This is taught through contexts taken from Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Students learn to plan, obtain and present evidence from scientific enquiry. They learn the ways in which scientists work today and in the past and the creative thought processes that go into the development of scientific ideas. Students learn how to consider the evidence they obtain with respect to reliability of the evidence and how to ultimately improve their enquiry.

Life Processes and Living Things
Students learn the difference between animal and plant cells and the different functions of different cells. They learn the various systems of the human body and how they interact. This topic also includes the needs and processes of green plants, ideas about classification and variation and how animals adapt to their environment.

Materials and Their Properties
Students learn how to differentiate between solids, liquids and gases and how to classify and identify elements, compounds and mixtures. They learn the differences between physical and chemical changes and how geological changes occur. Metals and their reactions are also taught at KS3.

Physical Processes
This unit includes electricity and magnetism and light and sound. Students become more familiar with the forces around them and how they impact on their everyday life. They also have the chance to study the solar system.

The table below provides more information on the elements covered:

Assessment Details
In Key Stage 3, each student is given an assessment that reflects the knowledge and skills that they have learnt at the end of each topic. The results of these are recorded as National Curriculum levels and used to track the student’s progress and to ascertain the student’s progress towards her end of KS3 level.

In year 9, the students sit an “End of Key Stage 3” exam in March. This, along with the results of their end of topic tests and assessed activities will provide a final level. It is this which is used to guide students to the most appropriate course at GCSE.

To support your daughter’s learning it is recommended that you:

  • Ensure your daughter is completing her homework or at the very least is looking over that day’s notes to provide her with good support.
  • Help her revise the key words of the topic she is studying and ensure she is revising for her assessments.

Key Stage 4  - From 2016/2017

All students will study Science, which will occupy 9 teaching periods a fortnight. The courses offered are:

Combined Science (A double Award)   |  Biology, Chemistry and Physics (A Triple Award)

Summary of content:

Biology

Chemistry

Physics

Cell biology
Organisation
Infection and response
Bioenergetics
Homeostasis and response
Inheritance, variation and evolution
Ecology

Atomic structure and the periodic table
Bonding, structure and the properties of matter
Quantitative chemistry
Chemical changes
Energy changes
The rate and extent of chemical change
Organic chemistry
Chemical analysis
Chemistry of the atmosphere
Using resources

Forces
Energy
Waves
Electricity
Magnetism and electromagnetism
Particle model of matter
Atomic structure

 

Triple only

Space Physics

  Examinations
  Combined Science GCSE - AQA Trilogy Syllabus
Six Papers
 
two biology, two chemistry and two physics. Each will assess different topics.
Duration all the papers are 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Tiers Foundation and Higher
Weighting
 
the papers are equally weighted. Each is worth 16.7% of the grade and has 70 marks.
Question types multiple choice, structured, closed, short answer and open repsonse.

 

  Triple Science – Biology, Chemistry and Physics
Two Papers per subject

 
Each paper will assess knowledge and understanding from different topics. The questions will use clearer and simple language to assess students only on their scientific ability.
Duration all the papers are 1 hour and 45 minutes.
Tiers Foundation and Higher
Weighting
 
the papers are equally weighted. Each is worth 50% of the grade and has 100 marks available.
Question types multiple choice, structured, closed, short answer and open repsonse.
  Biology Chemistry Physics
Paper 1 Cell Biology; Organisation, Infection and response and Bioenergetics

Atomic structure and the periodic table; Bonding, structure and the properties of matter; Quantitative chemistry; Chemical changes and Energy changes

Energy; Electricity; Particle model of matter and Atomic structure
 

Paper 2 Homeostasis and response; Inheritance, variation and evolution and Ecology

The rate and extent of chemical change; Organic chemistry;  Chemical analysis; Chemistry of the atmosphere and Using resources
 

Forces; Waves; Magnetism and electromagnetism and Space physics

To support your daughter’s learning it is recommended that you:

  • Ask your daughter to explain concepts covered in class; because much of the new curriculum is relevant to everyday life, she should be able to make links between class work and materials or situations encountered in her everyday life.
  • Trips to museums, especially the Science Museum.
  • Encourage her to read articles in newspapers and journals on current issues in Science, as well as looking out for appropriate television programmes and websites.
  • Ensure adequate effort and time is put into homework and exam revision.