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Science

Our Aims

1. To deliver the National Curriculum and to provide opportunities in the studies of science outside the N.C.

2. To provide through well-designed studies of science a worthwhile educational experience for all students.  Their studies should enable them to acquire understanding and knowledge of scientific concepts, principles and applications so that they may:

  • become confident citizens in a technological world, able to take or develop an informed interest in matters of scientific importance;
  • recognise the usefulness and limitations of scientific method and appreciate its applicability in other disciplines and in everyday life;
  • be suitably prepared to embark upon science dependent apprenticeships, vocational courses and A-level courses

3. To develop skills and abilities that:

  • are relevant to the study and practice of science;
  • are useful for their future life;
  • encourage them to recognise safety hazards and hence safe practice in other areas of life.

4. To stimulate:

  • curiosity, interest and enjoyment in science and its methods of enquiry and hence to develop thinking skills;
  • interest in and care of the environment.

5. To promote an awareness that:

  • the study and practice of science are co-operative and cumulative activities subject to social, political, economic, technological, ethical and cultural influences and limitations.
  • the applications of sciences may be both beneficial and detrimental to the individual, the community and the environment and that choices have to be made between them;
  • the concepts of science are of a developing and sometimes transient nature.

 

staff

  • Head of Faculty: Mr S Taylor
  • Mrs L Moses
  • Mr I Thomas
  • Ms M Carter
  • Ms D Poole
  • Mr S Hartley
  • Mr H Rasool

 

Structure of the course

  • In Year 7 and 8 students will study the KS3 curriculum in science. Topics are outlined in more detail on the hyperlinks below.
  • Year 9 is the beginning of the GCSE course. Students will study topics from biology, chemistry and physics. The topics are common to both triple and combined science. At the end of Year 9 students are involved in their decision as to whether they should opt for combined science (worth 2 GCSEs) or follow the triple science course (three GCSEs in biology, chemistry and physics).
  • Year 10 and 11 are spent studying the GCSE content relevant to the option they have taken.

 

Supporting Your Child

Every child has a username and password for the Kerboodle resource. The institution code is sw4. Your child’s book will have a copy of the topics studied during their science lessons. These are also accessible using the hyperlinks below. The page numbers indicate where to turn to in the digital book available on Kerboodle. Keypoints on each double page summarise the learning. Additionally the resources contain interactive activities which can also be used along with worksheets to check understanding and extend knowledge.

Sharepoint contains past paper exam questions organised into topics. There are also questions put together to develop different maths skills. This part of the school website also contains writing bundles, these are worksheets designed to help students improve their knowledge for answering longer questions.

Students might also use BBC bitesize or search youtube for “Mr. Thorntons get that C”; it is important to use these resources in an active way – passive reading and listening is not the most effective way to revise.

Other internet resources that students find useful include gcsepod and brainscape.

 

Course Overview - Science

Year 7

The file Year 7 Course Outline shows the topics studied by Year 7 students over the next two years.

Year 8

The file Year 8 Course Outline shows the topics students will study. Topics will be studied in termly blocks but not necessarily in the order given. Numbers on the spreadsheet refer to pages in the Activate online book. This also contains resources that the students can use to revise, consolidate their learning or extend themselves.

Year 9

The file Year 9 Course Outline shows the topics covered during year 9. Next to each topic is the relevant page number from Kerboodle.       

Year 10

This file Year 10 Course Outline contains the course outline for Y10 groups. The white cells contain the topics and page numbers common to triple and combined science. Please note that the page numbers relate to the triple science text book.

Topics that are only in the triple course are taught during option time. These are highlighted yellow. The numbers alongside these cells indicate the teaching order.

Year 11

This file Year 11 Course Outline contains the course outline for Y11 groups. The white cells contain the topics and page numbers common to triple and combined science. Please note that the page numbers relate to the triple science text book.

Topics that are only in the triple course are taught during option time. These are highlighted yellow. The numbers alongside these cells indicate the teaching order.