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. We are in the second year of a national trial called ‘Lets 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. ‘Lets Think’ is used to help with the development of intelligence, (thinking about thinking).

 Year 8

In Year 8 students are placed into two bands of 4 sets, 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 the current year 11 most students will complete two GCSEs in Science and Additional Science. In Year 9 and 10 this has been replaced by Combined Science which is worth 2 GCSE grades.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 and 10 exam board is AQA

The year 11 exam board is OCR

 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

 Science

 OCR

http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/gcse-twenty-first-century-science-suite-science-a-j241-from-2012/

 Additional Science

 OCR  http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/gcse-twenty-first-century-science-suite-additional-science-a-j242-from-2012/

 Biology

OCR   http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/gcse-twenty-first-century-science-suite-biology-a-j243-from-2012/

 Chemistry

 OCR  http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/gcse-twenty-first-century-science-suite-chemistry-a-j244-from-2012/

 Physics

 OCR  http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/gcse-twenty-first-century-science-suite-physics-a-j245-from-2012/

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

OCR Paper finder http://www.ocr.org.uk/i-want-to/download-past-papers/

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/