Overview

 
 

It is the Science Department’s aim to equip our students with the scientific skills necessary to understand and adapt to the ever accelerating, changing world. We aim to provide students with an understanding of Science that will prepare them for future study. We encourage curiosity and an enquiring mind, ensuring that our students question statements and make decisions based on evidence.

Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.
Carl Sagan

Key Stage 3

In Year 7, 8 and 9 we study a balanced range of topics designed to stimulate our students to think in scientific ways and provide them with both a deep and wide knowledge of science.

Year 7 Activate topic of study Science club ideas/events
Autumn 1 Working Scientifically  
Particles and their behaviour
Assessment
Autumn 2 Graphing skills  
Forces
Cells
Revise/extend
Spring 1 Elements, atoms and Compounds  
Structure and function of body systems  
Revise/extend  
Spring 2 Reactions  
Assessment  
Revise/extend  
Summer 1 Light  
Sound
Summer 2 - 4 weeks Reproduction  
Acids and alkalis
Year 8 Activate topic of study Science club ideas/events
Autumn 1 Review of Year 7 home learning topics  
Reactions
Periodic table
Autumn 2 Structure and function of body systems  
Assessment
The Earth
Spring 1 Space  
Health and lifestyle
Spring 2 Separation techniques  
Ecosystem processes part 1
Summer 1 Electricity and magnetism  
Assessment
Extended investigation
Summer 2 Ecosystem processes Part 2  
Adaptation and inheritance
Year 9 Activate topic of study Science club ideas/events
Autumn 1 Review of year 8 home learning topics  
Metals and acids
Revise/extend
Autumn 2 Energy  
Assessment
Key concepts in Biology Part 1 - Cells
Spring 1 Key concepts in Biology Part 2 - Enzymes  
Cells and control
Spring 2 States of matter and separation  
Atomic structure
Assessment
Summer 1 Genetics  
Natural selection and genetic modification
Summer 2 Motion  
Forces
 
 

Science (GCSE) - Choices at Key Stage 4

You can choose between two different study routes in Years 10 and 11 :

1). Combined Science (Edexcel Double Award - 2 GCSEs)

This course will lead to the award of a Combined Science GCSE, which is worth two GCSEs.

Assessment
Assessed Coursework Final Exam
You will be assessed by six examinations at the end of the course in the summer of Year 11 (two Biology, two Physics and two Chemistry exams) No coursework element

100% Exam based

30% of exam questions will be an assessment of Mathematical skills. 15% of the exam questions will be an assessment of practical knowledge of Science experiments.

Future study
GCSE Combined Science is the minimum qualification required for the study of A levels in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

2.) Triple Science – GCSE Biology, Chemistry & Physics (Edexcel 3 separate GCSEs)

This course follows a similar pattern to the Double Award although you will use up one more option choice. You will study each individual science as a separate subject. This will lead you to a full GCSE qualification in each of Chemistry, Biology and Physics. Studying Triple Science allows you the opportunity to study a broader range of Science topics and in greater depth. Students will also develop a greater range of practical skills by engaging in an increased number of practical investigations.

Assessment
Assessed Coursework Final Exam
In each GCSE (Chemistry, Physics and Biology) you will be assessed by two examinations at the end of the course (a total of six exams). No coursework element

100% Exam based

A percentage of the exam questions will be an assessment of Mathematical skills (30% Physics, 20% Chemistry, 10% Biology)

15% of the exam questions will be an assessment of practical knowledge of Science experiments.

Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Opportunities

  • Debates: Debates – Examples include Human Impact on the Environment, Social Impact of Drugs and Alcohol, Disposing of Nuclear Waste, the Ethical Issues of Cloning, Organ Transplants, Animal Testing etc.
  • Trips: Various field trips including Bristol Zoo, @Bristol, & even Iceland!
  • Events: National Science Week , STEM Activities, Science Lectures.
Staff
Lionel Crow Head of Science
Becky Smith Deputy Head of Science
Mark Tinkler KS4 Coordinator
Bryony Blinman Teacher of Science
Zoe Draper Teacher of Science
Anne Guild Teacher of Science
Kevin Harris Teacher of Science
Claire Haste Teacher of Science
Karl Husband Assistant Head
Stuart Mackenzie Teacher of Science
Alex Pugh Teacher of Science
Richard Seymour Teacher of Science
Tony Morris Technician
Liz Sykes Technician

 

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