Welcome to the Science Department

Introduction

At KS3 we have a focus on the development of subject specific skills that are needed to prepare the students effectively for their KS4 studies. The focus of formative assessment at KS3 is based on these skills – students are given clear criteria, as well as being explicitly taught the skill or technique before being assessed on it. They are then given feedback which suggests they are either ‘developing’, ‘securing’ or ‘excelling’ in that skill area. Summative assessment is in the form of end of topic tests, as well as the end of year exam.

At KS4 we continue the development of subject specific skills, but the students are taught by specialist teachers in each of the three Sciences.

Y9 students in sets 1, 2 and 3 are taught on a rotation, and have 3 lessons of Science per week. They are informed of the rotation dates (approximately every 4 weeks) and a mini assessment is conducted at the end of each rotation.

Students in Y10 and 11 have 6 lessons of Science per week (2 for each respective Science).

The department consists of 9 full time Science teachers, and one temporary member of staff.

We run a very popular Science club, as well as participating in other activities that may arise during the year. For KS4 students, there are additional sessions to support some of the ‘required practical’ information – staff will inform students as and when these sessions are running.


Key Stage 3 Curriculum Map

 

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Year 7

Skills, states of matter

Acids and alkalis, electricity

Separating substances

Cells

Reproduction

Space

Year 8

Healthy living, changing materials

Forces

Metals, light

Magnetism

Ecosystems

Variation

 

Assessment Map

 

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Year 7

End of unit topic test, skills assessment
(students to be given more details)

End of unit topic test, skills assessment
(students to be given more details)

End of unit topic test, skills assessment
(students to be given more details)

End of unit topic test, skills assessment
(students to be given more details)

End of unit topic test, skills assessment
(students to be given more details)

End of year exam
(students to be given more details, staff will suggest revision strategies)

Year 8

End of unit topic test, skills assessment
(students to be given more details)

End of unit topic test, skills assessment
(students to be given more details)

End of unit topic test, skills assessment
(students to be given more details)

End of unit topic test, skills assessment
(students to be given more details)

End of unit topic test, skills assessment
(students to be given more details)

End of year exam
(students to be given more details, staff will suggest revision strategies)

 


Key Stage 4 Curriculum Map

 

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Year 9

BIO - cells

CHEM - atomic structure and the periodic table

PHYS - energy types and transfer, efficiency

BIO - cells

CHEM - atomic structure and the periodic table

PHYS -heat transfer and specific heat capacity

BIO -cells

CHEM - bonding, structure and the properties of matter

PHYS - electricity

BIO - organisation

CHEM - bonding, structure and the properties of matter

PHYS - electricity

BIO - organisation

CHEM - bonding, structure and the properties of matter

PHYS - electricity

BIO - organisation

CHEM - quantitative Chemistry

PHYS- electricity

Year 10

BIO - infection and response

CHEM - quantitative Chemistry

PHYS - particle model of matter

BIO - infection and response

CHEM - chemical changes

PHYS - atomic structure

BIO - bioenergetics

CHEM - energy changes

PHYS - forces

BIO - bioenergetics

CHEM - the rate and extent of chemical change

PHYS - forces

BIO - homeostasis and response

CHEM - the rate and extent of chemical change

PHYS - forces

BIO - homeostasis and response

CHEM - organic chemistry

PHYS - waves

Year 11

BIO - inheritance, variation and evolution

CHEM - chemical analysis

PHYS - magnetism and electromagnetism

BIO - inheritance, variation and evolution

CHEM - chemistry of the atmosphere

PHYS - space

BIO - ecology

CHEM - using resources

PHYS -space

BIO - revision

CHEM - revision

PHYS - revision

BIO - revision

CHEM - revision

PHYS - revision

 

 

Assessment Map

 

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Year 9

Mini assessments at the end of each rotation (sets 1, 2, 3) or at the end of each topic (sets 4 and 5)

Mini assessments at the end of each rotation (sets 1, 2, 3) or at the end of each topic (sets 4 and 5)

Mini assessments at the end of each rotation (sets 1, 2, 3) or at the end of each topic (sets 4 and 5)

Mini assessments at the end of each rotation (sets 1, 2, 3) or at the end of each topic (sets 4 and 5)

Mini assessments at the end of each rotation (sets 1, 2, 3) or at the end of each topic (sets 4 and 5)

Mini assessments at the end of each rotation (sets 1, 2, 3) or at the end of each topic (sets 4 and 5)

Year 10

In class assessments at the end of each topic, or before a data drop

In class assessments at the end of each topic, or before a data drop

In class assessments at the end of each topic, or before a data drop

In class assessments at the end of each topic, or before a data drop

In class assessments at the end of each topic, or before a data drop

End of year mock exam - students will be provided with additional details and revision support

Year 11

In class assessments at the end of each topic, or before a data drop

Y11 mock exam - students will be informed of the content, and revision materials provided

In class assessments at the end of each topic, or before a data drop

Second Y11 mock exam - usually completed in class (possibly split over two lessons)

In class assessments, using past paper questions. Some of these are conducted in exam conditions

 

 

The exam board is AQA


Link to specifications

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse


Where does it lead?

A-Levels in Science, BTEC courses in Science, apprenticeship opportunities in a Science-related field. These could lead on to degrees in Science-related subjects and numerous employment routes. Level 3 qualifications in any of the Sciences are regularly rated as one of the most desirable qualifications for a student to have when they come to apply for university places.