“Through discovery and collaboration, we flourish”
Our Science curriculum intends to:
Make critical thinking and independence the foundation of learning and inspire a love of learning, self- discovery, and collaboration in all our pupils;
Develop pupils’deep understanding of the world around them and their role in creating an
environmentally sustainable future for our planet;
Enable pupils to make safe and healthy choices
Science provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. All pupils are taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods,processes and uses of Science. Through building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, pupils are encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. They develop an understanding of how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes. There is also significant overlap with other subjects, such as Design & Technology, Mathematics, Geography, Physical Education and Food, Preparation & Nutrition and so cross-curricular links are regularly explored within lessons. Pupils will start the GCSE course at the beginning of Year 9. Throughout the year, classes will rotate through a series of Biology, Chemistry, and Physics topics. Each topic will focus on developing the knowledge and skills required to meet the three assessment objectives (AOs) which comprise of; Demonstrating, (AO1),and applying, (AO2), knowledge and understanding of: scientific ideas;scientific techniques, and procedures and AO3: Analysing information and ideas to: interpret and evaluate; make judgements and draw conclusions; develop and improve experimental procedures. Course content: Year 9- Pupils will cover the following topics over the year
Year 10- Pupils will cover the following topics from the beginning of the year to Easter.
After Easter, Year 10 pupils will either follow the Combined Science course (double) or the Separate Sciences course (triple).All pupils will still cover topics in Biology, Chemistry, & Physics on a rotational basis, however Separate Science pupils will accelerate through the curriculum to cover the extra content required.
Year 11 - All pupils will complete their chosen course. The Separate Science course begins year 11 with revision and then the required extension of the previously covered topics of; Chemical calculations, Radioactivity, Energy changes in reactions, Preventing and treating diseases and The human nervous system.
Throughout years 9-11 pupils will be assessed through a mixture of end of topic tests and in-class assessments. Year 9 will also have three end of term tests to consolidate their learning over time and prepare them for year 10. In Year 10, pupils will undertake internal exams in both the Spring and Summer terms in Biology, Chemistry, & Physics. In Year 11, pupils will undertake internal exams in Biology, Chemistry, & Physics, in both the Autumn term and Spring term, before undertaking their final exams in the Summer term. Irrespective of whether they study the combined Science trilogy or separate Sciences routes, they will sit six exams; two exams each in Biology,Chemistry, & Physics.Combined Science trilogy exams have a duration of 1 hour 15 minutes each, and the separate Science exams each last 1 hour and 45 minutes.