Science at Churchmead School is taught in our newly refurbished state-of-the-art Science laboratories, which enhance the practical, hands-on nature of the subject. The two Science technicians ably support our team of four fully qualified Science teachers in providing an exciting, investigative approach to the curriculum.
Science is important because:
It makes a positive impact on people’s lives, and in many cases Science saves Much of the technology we take for granted today was only made possible by the endeavours of scientists.
Scientists use their expertise to develop real solutions for real problems. Remedies for many of the current and future challenges that face our world will be developed by today’s Science students.
An understanding of Science helps people distinguish between marketing and fact so they can make informed decisions about their lifestyles, purchases and medical treatments.
Through their Science lessons our students will:
Become actively involved in their own learning;
Enjoy learning about Science and find challenge, excitement and fulfilment;
Achieve the highest level of personal success whatever their age, ability and aspirations;
Develop an increased awareness of the relevance and significance of Science in today’s world and of its social, economic and environmental applications and implications;
Become equipped for adult life by developing scientific skills such as curiosity, objectivity and perseverance, and by exposure to scientific processes such as observing, criticising and evaluating information.
From the beginning of Year 7 until the end of Year 8, students develop their understanding of key scientific ideas and processes through a variety of topics. Some topics focus on Biology, some on Chemistry and some on Physics, but as students progress through Key Stage 3 they learn that linking ideas from the different disciplines is the most powerful way to explain what they see in their experiments.
An investigative approach is the foundation of the Key Stage 3 Science course, and the emphasis on good communication of evidence and conclusions helps to develop the literacy and numeracy of all our students.
Route 1: GCSE Core and GCSE Additional Science (Double Science)
In Years 9 and 10 students will complete the Biology, Chemistry and Physics units from the AQA Science Aspecification. Their work is assessed through three written exams, each an hour long, and a controlled ‘practical’ assessment. The marks from these four assessments are aggregated (written exams – 75%; controlled assessment 25%) to award the Science GCSE at the end of Year 10.
In Years 10 and 11 students will complete the Biology, Chemistry and Physics units from the AQA Additional Science specification. Their work is assessed through three written exams, each an hour long, and a controlled ‘practical’ assessment. The marks from these four assessments are aggregated (written exams – 75%; controlled assessment 25%) to award the Additional Science GCSE at the end of Year 11.
This route gives a thorough background in Science and is appropriate for almost any career choice in our increasingly technological world. It is essential for any student wishing to follow a science course at post-16 level, especially AS and A levels in Biology, Physics or Chemistry.
Route 2: Three GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics (Triple Science)
Between Year 9 and Year 11, students complete three units from each of the AQA Biology, AQA Chemistry, and AQA Physics GCSE specifications – nine units in all. Each Science GCSE is assessed through three written exams, each an hour long, and a controlled ‘practical’ assessment. Overall students complete twelve assessments, which all take place at the end of Year 11.