Approach to Teaching
To develop and promote the natural inquisitiveness, enthusiasm, passion and creative talents of students for learning Science.
This approach is achieved by students:
- Setting own learning goals within each topic.
- Plan investigations and obtain sufficient data to support or refute a hypothesis.
- Observation and reflection on experimental data.
- Identifying and solving problems by thinking creatively.
- Assessing their own progress through extended writing tasks and exam questions.
- Assessing the progress of their peers by offering constructive feedback.
Key Stage 3 (Year 7-9)
Students will study a short introductory unit + six units throughout the year
- Introductory unit - Working Safely in a Lab
- 7B1 Cells and Reproduction
- 7B2 Plants for Photosynthesis and Food
- 7C1 Particle Model for solids, liquids, gases and Solutions
- 7C2 Simple Chemical Reactions
- 7P1 Energy
- 7P2 Forces and Space
Students will study six units throughout the year
- 8B1 Food, Digestion and Respiration
- 8B2 Feeding and Ecological Relationships
- 8C1 Atoms and Elements, compounds and Mixtures
- 8C2 Acid, Alkali and Metal Reactions
- 8P1 Energy and Electricity
- 8P2 Light, Sound and Hearing
Students will complete six shorter units during the autumn and spring term
- 9B1 Cells, Inheritance and Selection
- 9B2 Fit and Healthy and Micro-organisms and disease
- 9C1 Patterns of Reactivity Energy Changes
- 9C2 Rocks and Rock Cycle and Environmental Chemistry
- 9P1 Magnets and Electromagnets and Electricity Production
- 9P2 Speeding Up and Pressure and Moments
- During the summer term students will prepare for a SATs and complete the first unit of their GCSE - Chemistry A Elements & Mixtures and the Periodic Table
Key Stage 4 (Year 10-11)
Exam board – EDQUAS
The GCSE’s for both Combined and triple Science have been broken down into 12 units. Students studying triple Science will cover each topic in greater detail.
Biology A - Cells and Cell Processes
Biology B - Transport of substances, Photosynthesis, Ecological Relationships and Sampling techniques
Biology C - Cell Metabolism and Control
Biology D - Transport System and Health and Disease
Chemistry A - Elements & Mixtures and the Periodic Table
Chemistry B - Chemical Bonding, Displacement reactions and Electrolysis
Chemistry C - Rates of reactions, Acids and salt reactions
Chemistry D - Organic Chemistry and Atmosphere
Physics A - Energy and Magnetism
Physics B - Characteristics of Waves and the Electromagnetic Spectrum
Physics C - Electricity and Atomic Structure
Physics D - Forces and Motion
GCSE Combined Science (601/8765/7) – Examinations completed at the end of year 11.
4 exam papers – Concepts in Biology 1h45m (25%), Concepts in Chemistry 1h45m (25%), Concepts in Biology 1h45m (25%), Applications in Science 1h45m (25%). All papers to be sat at either Foundation tier grades 1-5 or Higher tier grades 4-9.
3 separate GCSE’s covering concepts in greater detail.
GCSE Physics (601/8624/0) – Examinations completed at the end of year 10.
Concepts in Physics 2h15m (75%) and Applications in Physics 1h15m (25%). Both papers to be sat at either Foundation tier grades 1-5 or Higher tier grades 4-9.
GCSE Biology (601/8660/4) – Examinations completed at the end of year 11.
Concepts in Biology 2h15m (75%) and Applications in Biology 1h15m (25%). Both papers to be sat at either Foundation tier grades 1-5 or Higher tier grades 4-9.
GCSE Chemistry (601/8640/9) – Examinations completed at the end of year 11.
Concepts in Chemistry 2h15m (75%) and Applications in Chemistry 1h15m (25%). Both papers to be sat at either Foundation tier grades 1-5 or Higher tier grades 4-9.