The principal focus of our Science teaching in KS3 is to develop a deeper understanding of a range of scientific ideas in the subject disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Students should begin to see the connections between these subject areas and become increasingly aware of the big ideas underpinning scientific knowledge and understanding. These big ideas are:
The content of our curriculum has been designed to spiral through these big ideas so that ideas are met and developed through different contexts. Students develop their knowledge and understanding and will then apply this to a range of contexts, both familiar and novel.
Students are encouraged to relate scientific explanations to phenomena in the world around them and start to use modelling and abstract ideas to develop and evaluate explanations. Students should recognise that science is at heart a practical subject and will develop their skills in How Science Works (Working Scientifically), carrying out a range of practical and investigative work throughout the key stage. Through the content delivered students will be taught:
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GCSEs (9 – 1)in Combined Science, or in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
The Science curriculum offers two pathways which enable all students to excel.
Each pathway covers the prescribed programme of study for Science at KS4, as set out by the National Curriculum.
Both the Combined Science (Trilogy) and separate science courses commence in year 9 and are completed in Year 11. There is no coursework element, so assessment is entirely by terminal examinations. The Combined Science (Trilogy) specification is subset of the specifications for the separate sciences so much of the material covered is common to both courses. All courses have both Foundation and Higher tiers of entry.
Both of these courses provide a suitable basis for students to progress to A-levels in Biology, Chemistry and Physics, or Btec Applied Science.
Whilst we try to take student’s and parental wishes into account in making decisions about relevant courses, we would ask that you respect our professional judgement in these issues.
Every course consists of written examinations, including written assessment of practical work and how science works. For separate science GCSEs, the assessment plan is as follows:
Each paper is 100 marks and is 1 hour 45 minutes in length
For Combined Science (Trilogy) the assessment plan is as follows:
Each paper is 70 marks and 1 hour 15 minutes in length
Studying science will broaden your understanding of the world around you, may allow you to influence and develop accepted scientific knowledge, and will give you the skills needed to approach most matters in a reasoned and analytical manner. As such it is a highly valued subject, helping students develop sought after, transferable skills applicable to a huge range of areas.Both routes through Key Stage Four Science will provide students with the opportunities required for them to access A Level Science subjects and/or alternative Post-16 courses.
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