Science

The teaching programmes in Science are designed to develop a broad range of practical skills and processes, an understanding of scientific concepts and an awareness of the importance of Science in today’s society.  Our schemes of work support the broad themes of the National Curriculum:

  • Scientific Enquiry
  • Life Processes and Living Things
  • Materials and their Properties
  • Physical Processes

Students complete Key Stage 3 during Year 7 and Year 8. In Year 9 students study the AQA Triple Science GCSE programme. In Year 10 students either opt to continue with the AQA Triple Science GCSE programme or study the AQA Combined Science programme. 
In the sixth form we offer A level courses in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

        
School Trips

A number of school visits are arranged throughout the course of the year.  Details of trips which have taken place this year or are planned in the future can be viewed in the School Visits, Enrichment area of the website.

Facilities

Science lessons are taught in twelve modern laboratories, fully equipped for all school practical activities.

KS3 Science

Link to course specifications

Students follow the AQA Activate KS3 Science course in Year 7 and Year 8 in preparation for their AQA GCSE Science course in Year 9. 

The KS3 syllabus uses big ideas and mastery goals to engage and inspire students. The syllabus develops working scientifically and practical skills which are essential to success at GCSE. The curriculum is spiral in design which means that each ‘big idea’ is studied across Year 7 and Year 8 with sub-topics building in complexity as students mature.

Topics Studied

Big Idea

Year 7

Year 8

Forces

Forces & Motion

Contact Forces & Work Done

Electromagnets

Electricity & Magnets

 

Energy

Forms of Energy

Heat & Pressure

Waves

Waves & Sound

Wave Effects & Light

Matter

Particle Model, Elements &
Separating Mixtures

Periodic Table

Reactions

Acids & Alkalis

Types of Reactions, Metals & Non-Metals, & Chemical energy

Earth

 

Earth Resources & Climate

Organisms

Cells

Movement, Breathing & Digestion

Ecosystems

Ecosystems & Plant Production

Respiration & Interdependence

Genes

Human Reproduction

Variation, Evolution & Inheritance

 

Assessment

Students are assessed through Key Assessments and Tri-Weekly assessment. Each half term students receive either a Key Assessment which is summative, or a Tri-Weekly which is formative.

What Skills will Students Develop?

“Working scientifically” is an important feature of the course and areas of focus include: fundamental investigative ideas; observation as a stimulus to investigation; designing investigations; predicting outcomes; recording measurements; presenting, interpreting and evaluating data.

Homework

Students are set regular homework in accordance with the school’s Homework Timetable which is often published on the ‘Show my Homework’ webpage. Tasks are designed to support and consolidate the work covered in lessons and may include a variety of written or investigative assignments, online activities and quizzes, independent research or revision.

How Parents Can Help

  • Discuss current Science advances with your child and encourage an interest in Science topics in the news.
  • Take an interest in the homework set, checking that it is completed on time and to your child’s best standard.
  • Encourage your child to thoroughly review the work covered in class regularly and revise for end of topic tests and Key Assessments.

Useful Links

  • www.kerboodle.com Log in with initialsurname (e.g. jsmith) and date of birth (e.g. 310203) as the password.  Institution code is ahc2.

This provides access to AQA Activate 1 and 2 textbook used in class for each of the Sciences, worksheets and interactive tasks to assist with revision.

Great revision summaries and short quizzes to test understanding.

Register for free to access engaging videos covering all GCSE Science topics.

KS4 Science 9-1

GCSE Science 9-1

Students either study AQA Combined Science and receive two GCSE grades, or opt to study AQA Triple Science and receive three GCSE grades.

Both Science courses broadly cover the same topics (with the exception of Space which is studied by Triple Physicists only).

The Triple Science course covers a larger number of more difficult subtopics which are designed to broaden and deepen students’ understanding.

All students receive separate Biology, Chemistry and Physics lessons taught by subject specialists.

Topics Studied

Biology

Chemistry

Physics

  1. Cell biology
  2. Organisation
  3. Infection and response
  4. Bioenergetics
  5. Homeostasis and response
  6. Inheritance, variation and evolution
  7. Ecology

 

  1. Atomic structure and the periodic table
  2. Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter
  3. Quantitative chemistry
  4. Chemical changes
  5. Energy changes
  6. The rate and extent of chemical change
  7. Organic chemistry
  8. Chemical analysis
  9. Chemistry of the atmosphere
  10. Using resources
  1. Forces
  2. Energy
  3. Waves
  4. Electricity
  5. Magnetism and electromagnetism
  6. Particle model of matter
  7. Atomic structure
  8. Space (Triple Science only)

 

Assessment

Assessment for both GCSE Science pathways is based 100% on terminal, written examinations. For Combined Science these are equally weighted between Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

Students must complete a number of Required Practicals as part of their Science GCSE’s which are assessed in the external examinations.

 

Combined Science

Triple Science

Required Practicals

16

24

External Examinations

6 x 1 hr 15 min (7.5hrs)

6 x  1 hr 45 min (10.5 hrs)

 

Science exams are tiered with Higher and Foundation entry possible for both pathways. With Combined Science students must sit the same tier across all three sciences.

Grading

Triple scientists receive three GCSE grades which are separate from one another, one for Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Combined Scientists receive two linked GCSE grades which form a 16 point scale i.e. from 1-1 up to 9-9.

Mathematical Content + Equations

Students should know how to apply two lists of Physics equations: one is learnt by students and the second is provided as an insert in the external examinations.

For Triple Science a minimum of 10% of marks will test maths skills in GCSE Biology; 20% in GCSE Chemistry; and 30% in GCSE Physics.

For Combined Science qualifications maths skills will make up 20% of the marks allocated and be in the ratio 1:2:3. In other words for every one mark of maths in Biology there must be two in Chemistry and three in Physics.

What Skills will Students Develop?

“Working scientifically” is an important feature of the course and areas of focus include: fundamental investigative ideas; observation as a stimulus to investigation; designing investigations; predicting outcomes; recording measurements; presenting, interpreting and evaluating data

Homework

Homework is set regularly and is designed to either prepare for, or consolidate knowledge and understanding that is central to the course.  As the course progresses, there is also an increasing emphasis on the skills required for success in the externally set examinations. Being a motivated, independent learner is key to success in this course as some content will be delivered through distance learning.

How Parents Can Help

  • Discuss current Science advances with your child and encourage an interest in Science topics in the news.
  • Take an interest in the homework set, checking that it is completed on time and to your child’s best standard.
  • Encourage your child to thoroughly review the work covered in class regularly and revise for end of topic tests.

Useful Links

  • www.kerboodle.com Log in with initialsurname (e.g. jsmith) and date of birth (e.g. 310203) as the password.  Institution code is ahc2.

This provides access to textbook used in class for each of the Sciences, worksheets and interactive tasks to assist with revision.

Great revision summaries and short quizzes to test understanding.

Register for free to access revision guides and practice questions.

Register for free to access engaging videos covering all GCSE Science topics.

 

Course Specifications

Combined Science

Triple Biology

Triple Chemistry

Triple Physics