Science is an exciting subject about how the world and universe work. At Key Stage 3 we look at the basis of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Science is constantly changing our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity: health, economy and exploration. Our aim is to build an interest and solid foundation for our students to enjoy their time with Science.
Science at Key Stage 3
Year 7 and Year 8
In Years 7 & 8 we follow the Exploring Science programme which is taught in units of Biology, Chemistry and Physics topics. Each Unit is packed with experiments and demonstrations. Progress is checked with an End of Unit Test and usually each class will have one Science teacher. Classes are taught in Tutor Groups.
In Year 9 we begin teaching GCSE Science subjects – all students begin with the same topics in separate Biology, Chemistry and Physics lessons. Each subject is taught by a subject specialist. Progress is checked by Assessments and these will help decide whether students will continue into Key Stage 4 to study Triple Science (3 separate GCSEs) or Double Award Science (2 GCSEs). The classes are Sets determined by students’ Key Stage 2 average levels and there is some movement during the course of the year.
Science at Key Stage 4
Is Science important? Of course it is…
- Because learning more about Science has saved millions of lives.
- Because Science develops your problem-solving skills.
- Because Science can help us explore the Earth and other worlds.
- Because it helps you develop skills that you can use every day in other subjects and situations.
- Because it helps you understand what is happening in the news.
We begin teaching GCSE Science in Year 9 with an introductory course common to all subjects. At the end of Year 9 we decide which Year 10 & 11 Sets will follow:
- Triple Award Science which consists of separate GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics each examined by 2 papers of 1¾ hours duration at the end of year 11, or
- Double Award Science which is the equivalent of two GCSEs; this has an equal weighting of Biology, Chemistry and Physics and examined by means of 2 papers of 1¼ hours duration in each of these subjects at the end of year 11.
Both these routes are suitable for further study of the Science subjects in the Sixth Form (if B grades are achieved).
All examinations are AQA qualifications.
Practical work is an integral part of the course and the award of GCSE requires students to complete a series of compulsory practical activities.
In Years 9, 10 and 11 the following topics are studied in each of the science subjects:
Infection and response
Homeostasis and response
Inheritance, variation and evolution
Atomic structure and the periodic table
Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter
The rate and extent of chemical change
Chemistry of the atmosphere
Magnetism and electromagnetism
Particle model of matter
Triple Science students will look at each of these topics in more detail so that they will attain three GCSEs at the end of Year 11.
Currently AQA are rewriting their syllabuses and the draft versions are available to view from their website:
Triple Science information