Key Stage 3
Our science programme sets out to enhance and develop scientific skills so that our students are able to understand, appreciate and contribute to the world around them. Whilst building on the foundation science established at primary school we aim to develop students investigative skills and thinking skills throughout KS3 so that students can relate to concepts learned in the classroom to the outside world.
Each year group is split into two pathways. Students on the fast track pathway follow an accelerated course which has additional units whilst students on the success pathway follow the Wikid course.
We use a range of science textbooks and our schemes of learning are based on the Wikid guidelines. Topics are taught in rotation throughout the year. All students begin Year 7 by completing the Forensics unit which is designed to bridge the gap between KS2 and KS3 and introduce how to work safely in the science laboratory.
In Year 9 fastrack students follow the Segue scheme of learning. This is a differentiated learning pathway which begins to prepare students for KS4 science. This course enhances student’s knowledge and understanding of science as well as begins to develop science based skills which are prerequisites of GCSE science.
The curriculum is delivered as a contextualised course made up of biology, chemistry and physics topics. Work is designed to challenge and meet the needs of all students and incorporates a variety of teaching and learning styles. Students are regularly assessed through end of topic tests, badger assessments and APP. Students are assigned levels accordingly.
Key Stage 4
All students in Year 10 will follow the OCR Twenty First Century GCSE Core Science, most will complete the content of this in year 10 others by the end of Year 11. This course covers some of the basic important scientific concepts in biology, chemistry and physics, with greater emphasis on applying scientific knowledge to the world around us, making it more relevant to our everyday lives.
Assessment consists of three 60 minute exams worth 75%, one on biology, one on chemistry and one on physics and controlled assessment worth 25%. The controlled assessment involves completing a case study and a practical data task.
In Year 11 most students will follow the Twenty First Century Additional Science GCSE. This is assessed by three 60 minute exams worth 75%, one on biology, one on chemistry and one on physics and 25% by controlled. This controlled assessment requires students to complete a practical investigation.
Assessment is 100% coursework. Students complete a portfolio of assignments in which they need to demonstrate their understanding and application of the science in the curriculum. These assignments will assess knowledge, practical skills and applying learnt knowledge to new situations.