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OUR PHILOSOPHY

The Science Department aims to provide a stimulating environment in which pupils are exposed to high quality science teaching that engages pupils and stimulates their minds.

The department will endeavour to work towards achieving the aims outlined in the Maintaining Curiosity Ofsted report

‘A high quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry & physics. Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity, and all pupils should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science.

 ‘For pupils to achieve well in science they must acquire the necessary science knowledge but also understand its value, enjoy the experience of working scientifically, and sustain their interest in learning it.’

The department aims to equip students with the correct level of scientific practical, investigative and analytical skills to meet the needs of higher education, employers and professional bodies.

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WHAT WE EXPECT FROM OUR STUDENTS

Students are expected to become independent learners, arriving to lessons promptly, correctly equipped and strive at all times to achieve their full potential. Our students need to consider the evidence and apply thinking skills in lessons to solve problems, analyse data and make conclusions. A significant element of science learning will take place via practical activities and investigations. Students are expected to follow Health and Safety procedures and teacher instruction at all times to assure the safety of both themselves and their peers.

Science

Staff

Mr Chambers Science Teacher
Mr Harris  Science Teacher
Mr Heaton Science Teacher
Mr Hollands Science Teacher
Ms Jaiyeoba Science Teacher / Head of Year 8
Ms James Science Teacher
Ms Lock Science Teacher
Mr Michelsen Science Teacher
Ms Phillips Science Teacher
Ms Rice Science Teacher and STEM Coordinator
Mrs Riddell Science Teacher
Mrs Samuels Assistant Headteacher
Mr Scott Head of Physics
Mr Woolmer Head of Science
Mr Wymbs Head of Biology

Key Stage 3

Key stage three classes are taught a variety of topics based around the National Curriculum covering the three science disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. These include Cells and Systems, Ecology, Hormones & Control, Health & Development, Particle Theory, Metals, Fuels & Materials, Chemical Classification, Waves, Energy & Electricity, Space and Forces.

Investigative and practical skills will under pin the development of scientific subject knowledge over time in key stage three. Students will discover for themselves through extensive use of activity based learning and practical work. Each term students will be involved in fully planning, carrying out and evaluating investigations during an investigation week.

Students will complete a Skills Task each term allowing them to apply the skills they have learned during the term, research applications of science, create presentations and models and explore the history of science developments and discoveries.

Key stage three students are offered a number of extra-curricular opportunities which have included visits to The Big Bang fair, Wildwood Trust, Science museum and Natural History museum, University of Kent and University of Greenwich at Medway. In addition a number of workshops are delivered in school by STEM ambassadors, local university Science ambassadors, BAE and the Smallpeice Trust.

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Key Stage 4

All students will follow the Edexcel Combined Science specification (equivalent to two GCSEs). Dependent on progress some students will be offered the opportunity to take individual science GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry & Physics.

The combined science GCSE course is entirely externally assessed (exam based). There are seventeen Core practical procedures all students must carry out during the delivery of the course.

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Course Content:

Biology Paper 1

Biological Key Concepts

Cells and Control

Genetics

Natural Selection and Genetic Modification

Ecosystems and Material Cycles

Written Exam Paper 1 hour 10 mins (60 marks)

Biology Paper 2

Biological Key Concepts

Plant Structures and their Functions

Animal control, Coordination and Homeostasis

Exchange and Transport in Animals

Health, Disease and Development of Medicine

Written Exam Paper 1 hour 10 mins (60 marks)

Chemistry Paper 1

Chemistry Key Concepts

States of Matter

Methods of purifying and  Separating Substances

Acids

Obtaining and Using Metals

Electrolytic Processes

Reversible Reactions and Equilibria

Written Exam Paper 1 hour 10 mins (60 marks)

Chemistry Paper 2

Chemistry key Concepts

Groups 1, 7 and 0

Rates of Reaction

Fuels

Heat Energy Changes in Chemical Reactions

Earth and Atmospheric Science

Written Exam Paper 1 hour 10 mins (60 marks)

Physics Paper 1

Motion and Forces

Waves

Light and Electromagnetic Spectrum

Particle Model 1

Radioactivity

Written Exam Paper 1 hour 10 mins (60 marks)

Physics Paper 2

Motion and Forces

Energy – Forces doing Work

Forces and their Effects

Electricity and Circuits

Static Electricity

Conservation and Energy

Particle Model 2

Forces and Matter

Written Exam Paper 1 hour 10 mins (60 marks)

 

The Science course is linear, examinations will be taken at the end of Year 11. The six examination papers carry equal weighting and will be taken by all students.

Exam questions will also test maths and practical skills. 

Students may take Foundation Tier grades 1-5 or Higher Tier grades 4-9. Students must complete all assessments in the same tier.

Key Stage 5: Biology

The Biology A level syllabus is a content-led approach. It is divided into topics covering different key concepts in biology and practical skills are integrated within the theoretical concepts. Students follow the OCR Biology A syllabus.

The course is divided into six modules

Module 1 Development of Practical Skills in Biology

Module 2 Foundations in biology

Module 3 Exchange and Transport

Module 4 Biodiversity, Evolution & Disease

Module 5 Communication, Homeostasis & Energy

Module 6 Genetics, Evolution & Ecosystem

The AS course is assessed through two 90 minute exams, both of which are synoptic and cover modules 1-4.

Paper 1 Breadth in Biology

Paper 2 Depth in Biology

The A2 course is assessed through three exams; Paper 1 & 2 are both 2 hours, 15 minutes and paper 3 is 1 hour 30 minutes

Paper 1 Biological Processes (modules1,2,3 & 5)

Paper 2 Biological Diversity (modules 12,4 & ^)

Paper 3 Unified Biology (modules 1-6)

In addition those studying A2 will be required to complete 12 practical investigations that will be recorded in the students log book and reported as a Pass / Fail additional Practical Endorsement on their exam certificate.

Key Stage 5: Chemistry

The Chemistry A level syllabus is a content-led approach. It is divided into topics covering different key concepts in chemistry and practical skills are integrated within the theoretical concepts. Students follow the OCR Chemistry A syllabus.

The course is divided into modules

Module 1 Development of practical skills

Module 2 Foundations in chemistry

Module 3 Periodic table & energy

Module 4 Core organic chemistry

Module 5 Synthesis & analytical techniques.

Module 6 Unified chemistry

The AS course is assessed through two 90 minute exams, both of which are synoptic and cover modules 1-4.

Paper 1 Breadth in Chemistry

Paper 2 Depth in Chemistry

The A2 course is assessed through three exams; Paper 1 & 2 are both 2 hours, 15 minutes and paper 3 is 1 hour 30 minutes

 

Paper 1 Periodic table, Elements & Physical Chemistry 

Paper 2 Synthesis & Analytical Techniques

Paper 3 Unified Chemistry

In addition those studying A2 will be required to complete 12 practical investigations that will be recorded in the students log book and reported as a Pass / Fail additional Practical Endorsement on their exam certificate.

Key Stage 5: Physics

The Physics A level syllabus is a content-led approach. It is divided into topics covering different key concepts in physics and practical skills are integrated within the theoretical concepts. Students follow the OCR Physics A syllabus.

The course is divided into six modules

Module 1 – development of practical skills in physics

Module 2 – foundations of physics

Module 3 – forces and motion

Module 4 – electrons, waves and photons

Module 5 – Newtonian world and astrophysics

Module 6 – particles and medical physics

The AS course is assessed through two 90 minute exams, both of which are synoptic and cover modules 1-4.

Paper 1 Breadth in Physics

Paper 2 Depth in Depth in Physics

The A2 course is assessed through three exams; Paper 1 & 2 are both 2 hours, 15 minutes and paper 3 is 1 hour 30 minutes

Paper 1 Modelling Physics

Paper 2 Exploring Physics

Paper 3 Unified Physics

In addition those studying A2 will be required to complete 12 practical investigations that will be recorded in the students log book and reported as a Pass / Fail additional Practical Endorsement on their exam certificate.

Key Stage 5: Applied Science

The BTEC Extended Certificate offers a vocational qualification in Applied Science.  The course allows students the opportunity to acquire technical and employability skills, knowledge and understanding which are transferable to further education or work within the scientific field. 

 

The course is divided into four units

Three Core Units:

Principles and Applications of Science;

Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques;

Science Investigation Skills; plus

One Specialist Unit which may include:

Physiology of Human Body Systems;

Applications of Organic Chemistry;

Electrical Circuits and their Application.

 

The BTEC course is assessed by:

Unit 1 – 1 hour and 30 minute exam set and marked by Pearson

Unit 2 – Assignment set and marked internally

Unit 3 – Task set and marked by Pearson

Specialist Unit – Assignment set and marked internally

The BTEC Extended Certificate is a single award; certificates are awarded at Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction*.

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