Science


Science

Faculty of Science


Staff

Mr J Chaytor - Head of Faculty

Mr E Gachette - Key Stage 4 Co-ordinator 

Ms S Max-McCarthy - Key Stage 3 Co-ordinator

Mr J Johnson - Separate Science Co-ordinator 

Ms R Chapman - STEM Co-ordinator

 

Ms H Gaynor

Mr J Menezes

Ms S Rehan

Mr D Sharp

Ms S Ashraf 

 

 

Ethos

A high-quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world's future prosperity, and all pupils should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. Through building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, pupils should be encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. They should be encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.

Aims

Our curriculum for science aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics
  • develop an understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them
  • are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.

Progression

Students can progress from this course to:

  • GCEs, for example in Biology, Chemistry and/or Physics
  • Level 3 vocational qualifications in science, for example. BTEC Level 3 in Applied Science
  • employment, for example in a science-based industry where an Apprenticeship may be available

 


KS3 Curriculum 2019-2020


Curriculum Intent (Year 7 and 8)

In Year 7 and 8 all students follow the KS3 National Curriculum. They receive 6 lessons of science per fortnight and are taught in mixed attainment groups. Students in KS3 will have a half termly and end of year exams, as well as interim assessments to check for progress and understanding in the foundations of scientific principles. KS3 pupils begin their study of science by learning how to work scientifically. Through the content across all three disciplines, pupils are taught about: scientific attitudes, experimental skills and investigations, analysis and evaluation and measurement.

 Subject Content

Biology: Structure and function of living organisms, Material cycles and energy, Interactions and interdependencies and Genetics and evolution

Chemistry: The particulate nature of matter, Atoms, elements and compounds, Pure and impure substances, Energetics, Chemical reactions, The Periodic Table, Materials, and Earth and atmosphere

Physics: Energy, Motion and forces, Waves, Electricity and electromagnetism, and Matter

 


KS4 Curriculum 2019-2020


 

Curriculum Intent (Year 9-11)

All students follow the KS4 Science National Curriculum. They are set on scientific ability and are taught by a specialist science teacher. At the end of Year 11 all students (apart from those entered for separate science) will be entered for:

Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Combined Science

 

Subject Content

Biology: Structure and function of living organisms, Material cycles and energy, Interactions and interdependencies and Genetics and evolution

Chemistry: The particulate nature of matter, Atoms, elements and compounds, Pure and impure substances, Energetics, Chemical reactions, The Periodic Table, Materials, and Earth and atmosphere

Physics: Energy, Motion and forces, Waves, Electricity and electromagnetism, and Matter

 

Those students that have picked Separate Science as an option will be entered for:

Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Biology

Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Chemistry

Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Physics

 

Curriculum Maps

Year 7 - Curriculum Map 2019-20

Year 8 - Curriculum Map 2019-20

Year 9 - Curriculum Map 2019-20

Year 10 - Curriculum Map 2019-20

Year 11 - Curriculum Map 2019-20

 

Examination Assessment

Combined Science 

Examinations

Length of Exam

Weighting

Paper 1: Biology 1 (F/H)

1 hour 10 min

16.67%

Paper 2: Biology 2 (F/H)

1 hour 10 min

16.67%

Paper 3: Chemistry 1 (F/H)

1 hour 10 min

16.67%

Paper 4: Chemistry 2 (F/H)

1 hour 10 min

16.67%

Paper 5: Physics 1 (F/H)

1 hour 10 min

16.67%

Paper 6: Physics 2 (F/H)

1 hour 10 min

16.67%

 

Separate Science 

Examinations

Length of Exam

Weighting

GCSE Biology (1-9)

   

Paper 1: Biology 1 (F/H)

1 hour 45 min

50%

Paper 2: Biology 2 (F/H)

1 hour 45 min

50%

GCSE Chemistry (1-9)

   

Paper 3: Chemistry 1 (F/H)

1 hour 45 min

50%

Paper 4: Chemistry 2 (F/H)

1 hour 45 min

50%

GCSE Physics (1-9)

   

Paper 5: Physics 1 (F/H)

1 hour 45 min

50%

Paper 6: Physics 2 (F/H)

1 hour 45 min

50%