Science

Key Stage 3

The national curriculum for science aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • Develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics
  • Develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them
  • Are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.

 

Year 7

Follow the Exploring Science: working scientifically scheme of learning.

The curriculum encourages development of scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics.

The students develop an understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them. KS3 curriculum is aimed to equip students with the skills they will need for KS4 whilst fostering an enjoyment of the subject.

Exploring science includes 12 units spread over the year.

In Biology the students study the following topics:

•    Cells, tissues, organs and systems

•    Sexual reproduction in animals

•    Muscles and bones

•    Mixtures and separation

•    Acids and bases

•    The particle model

•    Atoms, elements and compounds

  

In Physics the students study the following topics:

•    Food and digestion

•    Sexual reproduction in plants

•    Breathing and respiration

•    Unicellular organisms

 

In Chemistry the students study the following topics:

•    The periodic table

•    Metals and their uses

•    Energy transfers

•    The earth and space

 

Key skills are built into the programme of study which enables students to be prepared for the challenges ahead. At this stage practical activities are carried out regularly to ensure the students have a lot of hands on experience with science.

Assessment is carried out continuously and students are assessed using national curriculum levels. The activity completed for assessment can vary; from end of unit test, open ended task, extended writing piece, poster work and even model making. The assessment data is used to decide future setting of students. All students have seven one hour science lessons a fortnight.

 

Year 9

All students begin their GCSE Science course in year 9. All study the OCR Gateway Science B course. Students are set by science ability and have seven one hour science lessons a fortnight.

Students study the following topics in Biology:

•    B1 Understanding organisms

•    B2 Understanding our environment

 

In Chemistry students study:

•    C1 Carbon Chemistry

•    C2 Chemical resources

 

In Physics students study:

•    P1 Energy for the home

•    P2 Living for the future

 

Students are regularly assessed using a combination of teacher assessments and tests.  They are also regularly required to assess their own learning and review progress towards their targets

The course identifies the activities and experiences students will come across in everyday life, and links these to scientific ideas and their implications for society. Students are provided with plenty of opportunities to acquire the scientific skills, knowledge and understanding necessary for life as a citizen.

This course encourages students to be inspired, motivated and challenged by following a broad, coherent, practical, satisfying and worthwhile course of study.

 

KEY STAGE 4

Science (Core) 

What qualification will the course lead to? GCSE Science (Gateway Science)

Which Examination Board? OCR

 

Course content

Students will study two topics in Biology (B1-Understanding organisms; B2-Understanding our environment); two topics in Chemistry (C1-Carbon chemistry; C2-Chemistry resources) and two topics in Physics (P1-Energy for the home; P2-Living for the future).  Details are on the OCR website (www.ocr.org.uk).  These topics will be taught to students in Year 10.

 

How will students be assessed?

Students will take two examination papers and one controlled assessment.

Exam paper:  Unit 1 (B1, C1, P1) worth 35% - 75 marks (Duration - 1 hour 15 minutes)

Exam paper:  Unit 2 (B2, C2, P2) worth 40% - 85 marks (Duration - 1 hour 30 minutes)

Controlled Assessment: Unit 3 worth 25% – 48 marks; at least 8 hours.

Controlled Assessment will be carried out in Year 10 during Science lesson times. 

However, the two exams will only be taken in May/June. 

         

Science (Additional)

What qualification will the course lead to? GCSE Additional Science (Gateway Science)

Which Examination Board? OCR

 

Course content

Students will study two topics in Biology (B3-Living and growing; B4-It’s a green world); two topics in Chemistry (C3-Chemical economics; C4-The periodic table) and two topics in Physics (P3-Forces for transport; P4-Radiation for life).  Details are on the OCR website (www.ocr.org.uk).  These topics will be taught in Year 11.

 

How will students be assessed?

Students will take two examination papers and one controlled assessment.

Exam paper:  Unit 1 (B3, C3, P3) worth 35% - 75 marks (Duration - 1 hour 15 minutes)

Exam paper:  Unit 2 (B4, C4, P4) worth 40% - 85 marks (Duration - 1 hour 30 minutes)

Controlled Assessment: Unit 3 worth 25% – 48 marks; at least 8 hours.

Controlled Assessment will be carried out in Year 11 during Science lesson times. 

The two exams will only be taken in May/June when in Year 11.

 

Triple Science

What qualification will the course lead to? GCSE Biology, GCSE Chemistry and GCSE Physics (Gateway Science)

Which Examination Board? OCR

Course content

If students choose Triple Science as one of their options, they will get an additional time of 5 hours a fortnight (in addition to the eight hours a fortnight for Science lessons that students will study as a Core subject).

In these five hours students will study two extra topics in Biology (B5-The living body; B6-Beyond the microscope); two extra topics in Chemistry (C5-How much?; C6-Chemistry out there) and two extra topics in Physics (P5-Space for reflection; P6-Electricity for gadgets).  Details are on the OCR website (www.ocr.org.uk).  These topics will be taught to in Year 10 and 11.

How will students be assessed?

For each GCSE, students will take two examination papers and one controlled assessment.

 

BIOLOGY

Exam paper:  Unit 1 (B1, B2, B3) worth 35% - 75 marks (Duration - 1 hour 15 minutes)

Exam paper:  Unit 2 (B4, B5, B6) worth 40% - 85 marks (Duration - 1 hour 30 minutes)

Controlled Assessment: Unit 3 worth 25% – 48 marks; at least 16 hours.

Controlled Assessment will be carried out in Year 10 during Science lesson times.  The two exams will only be taken in May/June.   

 

CHEMISTRY

Exam paper:  Unit 1 (C1, C2, C3) worth 35% - 75 marks (Duration - 1 hour 15 minutes)

Exam paper:  Unit 2 (C4, C5, C6) worth 40% - 85 marks (Duration - 1 hour 30 minutes)

Controlled Assessment: Unit 3 worth 25% – 48 marks; at least 16 hours.

Controlled Assessment will be carried out in Year 11 during Science lesson times.  The two exams will only be taken in May/June.   

 

PHYSICS

Exam paper:  Unit 1 (P1, P2, P3) worth 35% - 75 marks (Duration - 1 hour 15 minutes)

Exam paper:  Unit 2 (P4, P5, P6) worth 40% - 85 marks (Duration - 1 hour 30 minutes)

Controlled Assessment: Unit 3 worth 25% – 48 marks; at least 16 hours.

Controlled Assessment will be carried out in Year 11 during Science lesson times.  The two exams will only be taken in May/June.