Science

Key Stage 3

Students follow a mixed science course, with topics in Physics, Chemistry and Biology being taught.

Topics include:

  • Energy
  • Space
  • Acids & Alkalis
  • Chemical Reactions
  • Light & Sound
  • Biological Systems
  • Energy & Electricity
  • Reactivity
  • Human & animal psychology
  • Forensic Science

Assessment

Assessment is ongoing throughout the term, with work assessed informally in books and given strengths and targets. Formal assessment is by written exam, approximately once per term, when all topics in the subject have been completed.

Support at Home

  • Ensuring homework is completed. Year 11 have a weekly revision homework that should take around 30 minutes.
  • Checking that targets have been completed in books
  • Encouraging regular access to STAR.
  • Encourage them to read a good quality science website – eg Guardian science pages
  • Watching Science based TV programmes and discuss them
  • Use revision guides and quiz them on sections covered
  • Ask students to explain everyday science – how electricity is produced, what is causing global warming, inherited diseases etc.
  • Encourage students to write down things they do not understand and bring them in.
  • Encourage a variety of revision strategies and help with these – making key word flash cards, revision posters, post-it notes etc.

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Key Stage 4

Students follow courses offered by the AQA exam board. All students will sit either Combined Science or Triple Science; this decision will be made by key staff at the Academy. Students in P band will take Triple Science (3 separate GCSEs) and students in Q band will take Combined Science (dual award - 2 GCSEs).

Assessment

Continuous assessment occurs in books, with work given strengths and targets. Previous exam paper questions are used in class and as homework to allow the development of exam technique. Formal assessment throughout the two years takes place by way of mid-unit and end of unit assessments, as well as Year 10 exams and Year 11 trial exams. GCSE assessment takes place at the end of the course, with exams forming 75% of the grade. Controlled assessment, completed in Year 10 and Year 11 forms the remaining 25%.


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GCSE Triple Science

GCSE Combined Science