Faculty of Science
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.
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 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.
KS3 Curriculum 2018-2019
Year 7 and 8
At 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, measurement.
- 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 Yr 7 & 8 Science Curriculum Map
KS4 Curriculum 2018-2019
Years 9, 10 &11
Pupils in Years 9, 10 and 11 will be studying the Edexcel Combined Science 1-9 GCSE Course which is made up of Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
At the end of Year 11 students will be examined on all the content delivered over the three year course. Each topic will have two papers so there will be minimum of six papers to sit.
There are 18 core practicals that will be carried out by the students which will be assessed through the six papers.
The separate science students who chose the science option in year 8 will be assessed in a similar fashion to the combined cohort but they will have three extra assessments.
Combined Science: There will be six externally assessed written examinations. Each examination will be 1 hour and 10 minutes and will be worth 16.67% of the qualification.
Separate Sciences: There will be nine externally assessed written examinations