Science

The Science Department continues to benefit from the schools from 4 modern laboratories.

The laboratories are situated in the Science Technology and Art building, with access to 5 computer suites. The equipment places the Science Department at the cutting edge of Science information technology.

Intention

The Science department aims:

  • to help students to grow an analytical mind and encourage curiosity about science and the natural world.
  • To support students to obtain knowledge, understanding and skills to solve problems and make informed decisions in scientific contexts.
  • To encourage students to advance in scientific inquiry, to plan and carry out practical using a variety of different apparatus and draw relevant conclusions.
  • To present scientific ideas, arguments and practical experiences accurately in a variety of ways.
  • To think analytically, critically and creatively to solve problems, judge arguments and make decisions in scientific and other contexts

Implementation

At Key Stage 3, pupils are given a solid foundation in the Science which is developed further at GCSE when alternative courses are available, including Separate.

We have a huge range of extra-curricular opportunities such as science clubs, STEM days.

In the Lower school we follow the AQA KS3 Syllabus which builds the foundation for the GCSE.

KS4

Assessment Details

This is a double GCSE for which you’ll get 2 grades e.g 7,6
6 X  1 hour 10 min written examinations (2 Biology, 2 Chemistry and 2 Physics)
2 tiers of entry – foundation (5-1) and higher (9-4). Tier of entry will be based on their results in the Year 10 examination and Year 11 mock examinations in December. This does not depend on which set they are in.

Course Information

Taught Content:-

There are 6 taught units in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

  • Multiple choice questions
  • Short answer questions
  • Gap fill exercises (in foundation tier)
  • Tick boxes (in foundation tier)
  • Extended writing questions of 4-8 lines in both tiers
  • 20% questions will assess mathematics skills
  • The practical work will also be assessed in the exam

 

Practical Skills:-

There are 16 practical skills that are taught over the 2 years, these will be done in class and followed up as homework

Impact

The Science department endeavour to guarantee our pupils accomplish well in their final GCSE.  Many of our students progress to study Biology, Chemistry and Physics A’ Levels and BTEC Science in local Grammar Schools, Sixth forms and Colleges.