Subject-Science

Science encompasses the three discipline areas, Biology, Chemistry and Physics. All students must sit a combination of the three areas.

Year 10 & 11 GCSE

The majority of current Year 10 will take a double weighted AQA GCSE Combined Science Trilogy. This includes Biology, Chemistry and Physics units. They sit 6 exams at the end of Year 11. They will receive one double weighted grade from 1-1 to 9-9 which counts as 2 GCSEs. 9-9 is the highest grade and intermediate grades will be given in the form 6-7, which is half way between Grade 6 and Grade 7.

A small group of students sit 3 separate GCSEs in AQA Biology, AQA Chemistry and AQA Physics. This course is only offered to set 1 Triple students. They sit 6 longer exams at the end of year 11, covering a larger volume of content. Each exam is graded from 1-9, where 9 is the highest grade. Students sitting separate science will receive 3 separate grades.

For further details about the new course, please refer to the exam board website: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse

Areas of Study

  Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term
Year 7

 

 

Forces
Particles
Variation
Elements & Compounds
Cells
Acids & Alkalis
Energy
Electricity & Magnetism
Reproduction
Mixtures
Revision
Year 8

 

 

Keeping Healthy
Heating & Cooling

Rocks & Changing Earth

Shaping Life
Metal Reactions
Light & Sound
People & the Environment
Space
Plants
Revision
Year 9

 

 

Atomic Structure
Nutrition & Digestion
Reactivity Series
Energy & Electricity
More Body Systems
Moving Around

How Science Works

Start GCSE content
Year 10

 

Paper 1 content taught on rotation

 

 

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Paper 1 content taught on rotation

 

 

Year 11

 

 

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Assessment

Every unit is assessed using examination questions. At the end of every term, an assessment is completed by all students which reviews content covered in the term and in previous terms.

Firefly/Extended Learning

Firefly has many resources for students to use to enable them to access revision tools and to support them to make expected progress.

Homework is set on firefly to ensure all students and parents/carers have a record of what the homework is and when it is due.

Links to useful Resources/ Exam Specifications/ Apps

http://www.aqa.org.uk/exams-administration/exams-guidance/find-past-papers-and-mark-schemes

Gojimo is a useful free APP that allows students to test themselves by answering questions. The APP also lets the students know if they were right or wrong and then an explanation of what the correct answer should be and why.

Extra –curricular activities

The Science department run a variety of trips throughout the year for all year groups including STEM related visits and STEM activities within school.

Revision sessions run prior to the examinations in May/June. Tea and toast will be provided for the students to support engagement with the revision available.