Approach to Teaching
To develop and promote the natural inquisitiveness, enthusiasm, passion and creative talents of students’ for learning science.
This is approach is achieved by students:
Setting own learning goals within a topic.
Identifying and solving problems.
Communicating ideas effectively orally and in writing.
Observation and reflection on experimental data.
Assessing their own progress in respect of their aims.
Key Stage 3 content (Year 7-9)
The Key Stage 3 Curriculum provides a cyclic review of the five main key ideas of cells, particles, forces, energy and interdependence. This work provides the bedrock of their scientific understanding and allows students opportunity to consolidate, apply and develop these models. Additionally, investigation and research skills required for GCSE and BTEC are developed.
Cells, reproduction, variation and classification, environment, ecological relationships, particles, simple chemical reaction, acids and alkalis, energy resources, electricity, forces and their effects, space.
Respiration, photosynthesis, digestion, atoms, elements, compounds and mixtures, reactions of metals, patterns of reactivity, rocks, heating and cooling, light and sound.
Inheritance and selection, healthy micro-organisms and disease, environmental chemistry and using Chemistry, magnets and electromagnets and electricity, speed, pressure and moments.
Year 8 and 9 students can join the Science Club.
Key Stage 4 content (Year 10-11)
GCSE - WJEC - Science A
Double (Core, Additional) or Triple (Biology, Chemistry and Physics)
Each GCSE has four components each worth 25%, three one hour examinations which are taken May / June and coursework.
BTEC First Applied Science Level 2 - EDEXCEL
Certificate (one GCSE equivalent) or Extended Certificate (two GCSE equivalent)
Each award in BTEC has four equally weighted components, one external examination and three internal coursework units.
Core GCSE Content:
Biology 1 – Adaptation, evolution and body maintenance
Chemistry 1 – The Earth and its Resources
Physics 1- Energy, radiation and the Universe
Additional GCSE Content:
Biology 2 – Cells and metabolism, digestion and respirations, biodiversity
Chemistry 2 – Atoms, bonding and chemical change
Physics 2 – Electricity, forces and nuclear physics
The students doing Triple GCSE will study all the above plus an extra unit in each discipline:
Biology 3 – Transport in plants and animals, homeostasis, microorganisms and disease
Chemistry 3 – The chemical industry and analysis
Physics 3 – Electromagnetism, waves, kinetic theory, nucleosynthesis
BTEC Certificate Content:
Unit 1 – Principles of Science – examination.
Unit 2 – Chemistry and our Earth.
Unit 3 – Energy and our Universe.
Unit 4 – Biology and Our Environment.
BTEC Extended Certificate Content:
Unit 5 – Applications of chemical substances.
Unit 6 – Applications of physical science.
Unit 7 – Health applications of life science.
Unit 8 – Scientific Skills - examination.