Science

Key Stage 3

The emphasis in Key Stage Three Science is a thorough grounding of skills and concepts through the Activate Course. We aim to make students independent learners, who can tackle the challenges of a modern society, by developing understanding of fundamental ideas in science. Stuents undertake a programme of study called ‘Let’s Think’, aimed at developing students reasoning skills.

Year 7

In Year 7 students are placed into two bands of 4 and 3 sets, on the basis of their mathematical ability. Students have three hours a week to learn about Biology, Chemistry and Physics. They also follow skills lessons to develop scientific skills. ‘Let’s Think’ is used to help with the development of intelligence, (thinking about thinking).

 Year 8

In Year 8 students are placed into two bands, on the basis of their mathematical ability. Students have three hours a week to develop concepts based on Biology, Chemistry and Physics.  This helps prepare students for GCSE. ‘Let’s Think ’lessons continue and develop in challenge.

Key Stage 4

We aim to prepare students for the reality of life in the 21st Century. All students study common content in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. In Year 9, 10 and 11 students complete Combined Science which is worth 2 GCSE grades. Some students may be offered the chance to study Triple Science (Biology, Chemistry and Physics) at GCSE. All courses are suitable for employment and further academic study, including A levels.

The year 9, 10 and 11 exam board is AQA

 Key Stage 4 Courses Offered

Level 2 Qualification
Exam Board
Link to Website and specification
Combined Science AQA

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/combined-science-trilogy-8464

 Biology

 AQA

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/biology-8461

Chemistry

 AQA

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/chemistry-8462

 Physics

AQA

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/physics-8463

Extra Curricular Activities

The Science department enables visits to the Spa for Engineering week, and other STEM events in the local area. Science staff are always available after school for help with homework or controlled assessment.

Useful Links

Bitesize GCSE Science http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zrkw2hv

Useful articles about Science http://www.theguardian.com/science

Useful materials – you might need to register http://www.nationalstemcentre.org.uk/elibrary/science/

Useful news articles from the BBC http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science_and_environment/