Science

science

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What does this course involve at Key Stage 3?

At Key Stage 3, science is taught in sets. The curriculum is focused on the key concepts and processes vital to the understanding of science; these are the essential skills and processes that students need to learn to make progress. The programme of study for Key Stage 3 builds on Key Stage 2 to develop scientific and mathematical reasoning and competency in practical investigation.

Year 7 and 8 students are assessed at the end of each topic. Plus there is a mid-year assessment early Feb and an end-of-year assessment on everything they have studied at the end of June.

At the end of each module, any topic assessment along with classwork and homework will be given a level between 1-9 to represent depth of understanding of the topics covered.

Useful Resources

  • Online text books, topic glossaries, learning outcome checklists – all via the Kerboodle platform – kerboodle.com.
  • Revision activities and homework via Doddle – doddlelearn.co.uk
  • KS3 Science Study Guide (with online edition) – Higher: Revision Guide – Levels 5-7 (Revision Guides) by CGP – £3.00 via ParentPay; £4.80 on Amazon; £4.95 at Waterstones

All homework is set via the ShowMyHomework online platform – www.showmyhomework.com so students and parents can access it through their phones, laptops, tablets and computers.

Year 7 Scheme of Learning

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Year 8 Scheme of Learning

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Years 9 & 10

All students in Year 9 and 10 are studying for the Combined Science GCSE which they will take in Year 11. Students are completing the new OCR specification which began in September 2016.

GCSE Combined Science is the equivalent of a double GCSE in science. The course identifies the activities and experiences that students will come across in everyday life and links them to their scientific roots and their implication for society. It is built around good science, providing a rewarding experience across all ability ranges. This course will provide students with the opportunities to develop scientific explanations and theories through practical investigation and allows them to develop a critical approach to scientific evidence and methods.

Useful Resources

  • New Grade 9-1 GCSE Combined Science: OCR Gateway Revision Guide (Higher) by CGP is available via Parent Pay for £5.95; online by Amazon for £9.80 or from Waterstones for £9.95.
  • Kerboodle has their online digital text books, keyword glossaries, learning outcomes checklists and plenty of revision material. kerboodle.com
  • Doodlelearn has a plethora of quizzes, interactive activities, revision programmes all in bitesize pieces to help test your knowledge and understanding of each topic. doddlelearn.com

BBC Bitesize has a range of good resources including information pages, videos, quizzes and activities to support the students learning http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zrkw2hv

GCSE Combined Science Scheme of Learning

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How you will be assessed?

There are six papers: two biology, two chemistry and two physics. Each of the papers will assess knowledge and understanding from distinct topic areas with the following core style.

  •   100% Examination
  •   All students will be entered for Higher Tier
  •   Each of the six papers contributes equally to the final grade

Questions:  Multiple choice, structured, closed short answer, and open response.

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Each Year 11 student is taking just one of the following OCR courses below.

OCR GCSE Core Science Scheme of Learning

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Useful Resources

  • The revision guide is unfortunately out of print. However, you may be able to buy the textbook cheaply second-hand as this is the last year this course runs for. [OCR Gateway GCSE Science ISBN 978-0-19-913552-3].
  • After school revision sessions will be after school on Tuesdays starting in January 2017
  • Saturday morning revision sessions will start in January and will be by appointment only.
  • doddlelearn.com has a wealth of online revision activities

OCR GCSE Additional Science Scheme of Learning

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Useful Resources

  • OCR Gateway GCSE Additional Science Revision Guide by CGP is available for £3.00 via Parent Pay
  • After school revision sessions will be after school on Thursdays, starting in January 2017
  • Saturday morning revision sessions will start in January and will be by appointment only.
  • doddlelearn.com has a wealth of online revision activities

OCR GCSE Further Additional Science Scheme of Learning

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Useful Resources

  • OCR Gateway GCSE Further Additional Science Revision Guide by CGP is available for £3.00 via Parent Pay
  • After school revision sessions will start in January 2017 and be after school on Thursdays
  • Saturday morning revision sessions will start in January and will be by appointment only.
  • doddlelearn.com has a wealth of online revision activities

OCR GCSE Biology Scheme of Learning

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Useful Resources

  • OCR Gateway GCSE Biology Revision Guide by CGP is available for £3.00 via Parent Pay
  • After school revision sessions will start in January 2017 and be after school on Thursdays.
  • Saturday morning revision sessions will start in January and will be by appointment only.
  • doddlelearn.com has a wealth of online revision activities

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Years 10 and 11

The students in Year 10 who chose science as an option, are also studying a 2-year GCSE course in Astronomy. This Edexcel course looks at the theory and practice of understanding the Universe, takes an informed interest in current astronomical investigations, discoveries and space exploration.

GCSE Astronomy Scheme of Learning

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Useful resources

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Years 12 & 13

What does this course involve?

This vocationally-focused GCE offers students more opportunities to actively experience the scientific environment through work experience, links with local employers, case studies and research. The course also offers students the chance to personalise their path of study and obtain a qualification that meets both their individual aptitudes and interests. This course:

  • Develops and applies appropriate skills, knowledge and understanding.
  • Students appreciate and evaluate the impact that science has in society.
  • Supports and complements other programmes of advanced level study.
  • For students wishing to pursue further studies or careers in science.

How will you be assessed?

For the AS component which every Year 12 will sit:

66% is coursework based. There are two topics to complete: Science at work and Analysis at work

33% is a 90 minute exam worth 90 marks on Monitoring activity of the human body

For the A2 component:

66% is coursework based: There are another two topics to complete: Investigating the scientist’s work and Synthesising organic chemicals

33% is a 90 minute exam worth 90 marks on Working Waves.

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Year 12 & Year 13

What does this course involve?

Year 12

  • Development of practical skills in Biology
  • Foundations in Biology
  • Exchange & transport
  • Biodiversity, evolution & disease

Year 13

  • Communication, homeostasis and energy
  • Genetics, evolution & ecosystems

How will you be assessed?

At the end of the course there will be two written examination papers worth 100% of the marks. In addition you will be required to complete a practical skills assessment delivered throughout the course and examined within the two written papers. However all Year 12 student will be required to sit the AS exam at the end of the first year.

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Year 12 & 13

What does this course involve?

Year 12

  • Development of practical skills in Chemistry
  • Foundations in Chemistry
  • Periodic Table & energy
  • Core organic chemistry

Year 13

  • Physical chemistry & transition elements
  • Organic chemistry and analysis

 How will you be assessed?

At the end of the course there will be two written examination papers worth 100% of the marks. In addition you will be required to complete a practical skills assessment delivered throughout the course and examined within the 2 written papers. However all Year 12 student will be required to sit the AS exam at the end of the first year.