Science

INTENT

Within these topics, students will develop their scientific skills particularly the development of scientific thinking, experimental skills, analysis and evaluation of data and the use of scientific vocabulary, quantities, units, symbols and nomenclature.  Mathematical skills will also be developed such as arithmetic and numerical computation, handling data, algebra, graphs, geometry and trigonometry.  There are extensive resources on the school VLE (Frog) to help students with their KS4 Science Studies.

KS3 Science

Implementation

KS3 Science Implementation

KS3 Science is taught in years 7 and 8 and the schemes of work are based on the 2013 National Curriculum Programme of Study.  Students are timetabled for three hours of Science each week and are usually taught by one science teacher.  The following topics are taught using ‘Gold Standard Resources’, developed by the Science Staff to enhance learning and deliver parity of opportunity to all KS3 students.  The KS3 topics in order are shown below:

Year 7:                                                                                                                                       

Cells and Organisation, States of Matter, Energy, Nutrition and Digestion, Atoms, Elements and Compounds, Electricity, Reproduction, Pure and Impure Substances, Magnetism, Gas Exchange Systems, Health and Space

Year 8:

Photosynthesis, Chemical Reactions, Light Waves, Respiration, The Periodic Table, Sound, Ecology, Earth and Atmosphere, Forces and Motion, Genetics and Evolution, Skeletons and Muscles and Pressure and Moments

Skill Development

Student are encouraged to work scientifically throughout KS3. They will develop their scientific attitudes, learning to pay attention to objectivity and precision. Students will become skilled at planning scientific enquiries to test their predictions and carry out fieldwork and laboratory work to generate data that can be analysed and evaluated.

Resources to support learning in KS3 Science

Learning in Key Stage 3 Science is supported using ‘Exploring Science’ textbook series, ‘CGP KS3 Revision Guides’, ‘GCSE Podcast’, and ‘Sam-Learning’.  There are also extensive resources on the school VLE (Frog).

KS4 Science

Implementation

KS4 Biology Implementation

KS4 Physics Implementation

KS4 Chemistry Implementation

At KS4 Science is taught by subject specialists as Chemistry, Biology and Physics from Y9-Y11.  Students are set by ability at the end of Year 9 into science sets.  The top two sets study AQA Biology, Chemistry and Physics GCSE’s and the rest of the cohort  follow the AQA Combined Science course at either Higher (sets 3-6) or Foundation (sets 7-11) tier.

Biology KS4 Topics

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

 Chemistry KS4 Topics

  • 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

Physics KS4 Topics

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

Skill Development

Within these topics, students will develop their scientific skills particularly the development of scientific thinking, experimental skills, analysis and evaluation of data and the use of scientific vocabulary, quantities, units, symbols and nomenclature.  Mathematical skills will also be developed such as arithmetic and numerical computation, handling data, algebra, graphs, geometry and trigonometry.  There are extensive resources on the school VLE (Frog) to help students with their KS4 Science Studies.

KS5 Science

In the Sixth Form we offer A-levels in Biology, Chemistry and Physics as well as a Level 3 BTEC in Applied Science.  More information about the Sixth Form Curriculum can be found  at: www.aaasixthform.com