Science

KS3 students currently study all three Sciences; introductions to cells, tissues and organs; investigative techniques and energy transfers.

 

During their time with us they cover the following areas of study;

  • Learn how habitats vary
  • Learn how plants and animals are adapted to live in a particular habitat
  • Explore variation within and between species
  • Learn what makes up a cell and how they become organs
  • Learn techniques to investigate different types of materials
  • Learn to describe energy and how energy is transferred
  • Explore basic electricity and be able rearrange and use formulae.

In these units students learn to frame questions to be answered using first-hand or secondary data and make qualitative observations and record these in a variety of ways, making use of their ICT skills. They draw conclusions from observations and explain them using scientific knowledge and will investigate variation using appropriate sample size.

 

At the end of 12 weeks each student will have the opportunity to achieve a Unit Award related to this programme of study.

 

Year 10 students follow the AQA GCSE Biology course which is suitable for learners of any ability, whether they intend to study science further or not. As of 2016-17 the coursework requirement for this qualification or Controlled Assessment as it is referred to in the specification is carried out throughout the year in required practicals and write ups. For those students who require an alternative, other Science courses are considered as alternatives.

 

Year 11 students follow the AQA GCSE Science course 4405 which is suitable for learners of any ability, whether they intend to study science further or not. The specification presents biology, chemistry and physics in separate teaching and learning units, with a choice of two routes of assessment and Controlled Assessment Unit. This course provides a firm foundation for progression to AS and A level Science.

 

As of 2014-15 this will be a linear course which is examined only in June. The coursework requirement for this qualification or Controlled Assessment as it is referred to in the specification is carried out during the winter term. For those students who require an alternative, other Science courses are considered as alternatives.

 

Throughout the year all students have the opportunity to develop their practical skills, for example looking at metals and investigating how they react with air, water, acids and other chemicals. The Controlled Assessment has a practical element to it, which is then followed up by externally-set written tests. Also the students are encouraged to use their ICT skills in lessons and we have our own designated laptops for that purpose. We have a very good interactive science software package, which is widely used in GCSE lessons.