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Mr Fowler - Curriculum Leader Science 

Hello, I am Mr Fowler the curriculum leader for Science and I have the honour of welcoming you to the Park High Science faculty. I have a fantastic team of specialist teachers across the three disciplines; Biology, Chemistry and Physics that deliver engaging lessons designed to stimulate and enthuse our students to develop their inquisitive minds. Our suite of seven laboratories, managed by our highly qualified technicians, allow us to deliver a full and exciting curriculum for our students. Our expertise and commitment to the school ethos ‘No child gets left behind’ means that we will always approachable and here for our learners.

Science underpins everything in the world around us. As a department our goal is to foster a love of Science and to help students develop the enquiring minds that will enable them to become lifelong learners. We will guide learners to challenge their thinking and make informed arguments on issues.

Science underpins everything in the world around us. As a department our goal is to foster a love of Science and to help students develop the enquiring minds that will enable them to become lifelong learners. We will guide learners to challenge their thinking and make informed arguments on issues.

To achieve this goal, students will use scientific reasoning and thinking skills to problem solve, communicate effectively, work cooperatively and use technology to become well rounded individuals for the modern global environment.

As Science staff, we strive to raise the aspirations of all learners, provide a safe and secure environment in which all are challenged to be the best that they can be and ensure that no one gets left behind. Science lessons will provide interest, challenge and practical opportunities to investigate a wide range of scientific phenomena.

The Science faculty 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.

Key Stage 3

Year 7 and 8

At Key stage 3, topics are delivered to cover the fundamental concepts of Biology, Chemistry and Physics, while also developing investigative and group working skills. In Years 7 and 8, pupils are taught 9 topics per year across the three scientific disciplines with the intent of providing a clear sequence of learning and a firm foundation on which to build for their GCSE courses.

 

Year 7

Year 8

Introduction to Science

 

B1 - Cells

B4 - Systems

C1 - Matter

C4 - Matter 2

P1 - Energy

P4 - Waves

B2 - Variation

B5 – Diet and Exercise

C2 - Reactions

C5 - Reactions 2

P2 - Forces

P5 - Electricity

B3 - Reproduction

B6 - Plants

C3 - Rocks

C6 - Atmosphere

P3 - Space

P6 - Magnetism

 

Assessment  

Each topic is assessed through a variety of prep and classwork including glossary quizzes, a level assessed task for each topic and a summative test at the end of the topic. As well as this, pupils undertake examinations during the two assessment weeks; January and June.

Year 9

In Year 9, the year starts with a skills topic in each Science, concentrating on the main investigative skills which are fundamental to the study of Science. Pupils then undertake our bespoke curriculum in each of the three scientific disciplines. The schemes of work have been designed to broaden the student’s understanding of the key concepts which will allow them to move through to GCSE and beyond. Where possible the science staff deliver lessons in their specialism, with pupils having one lesson of each science per week.

 

Biology

Chemistry

Physics

Biology skills

Chemistry skills

Physics skills

Movement in plants and animals

It’s all about the electrons

The particle model of matter, energy and forces

 

Assessment  

Each Science is assessed at key points in the curriculum content by assessed preps and summative tests. Pupils also undertake examinations during the two assessment weeks, one in January and the other in June.

 

How to help with Key Stage 3 Science

Encourage an interest in Science matters via books (other than text books), newspaper articles and TV programmes  Try to match up these ideas with those from school (solar eclipse, GM foods, oil spillages, etc).

  • Ask questions about the world at large (Why is the sky blue? Where do flies go in winter? What is the ozone layer?) and encourage your child to search for some kind of answer.
  • Encourage your child to use explanations that actually involve some real science, not everyday ideas. For example “We need food to supply the energy we use and the materials to make our bodies from” NOT “We need food for its goodness, otherwise we would die”.
  • Try to get your child to make detailed and accurate observations of events around them. Some birds fly overhead. How many? All the same kind? High or low? What direction? And, of course, follow up with “Where to/from? How do they fly? Etc.
  • Encourage your child to learn the meanings of new words on a regular basis; sometimes words have a different meaning in science to that of everyday language (e.g. a “table” of results).
  • Encourage the use of EVIDENCE and not just OPINION e.g. research shows men are more likely to be involved in motor accidents as opposed to ‘men are better drivers’.
  • Some pupils think of practical work as simply “playing” with special equipment. Encourage them to think in terms of careful exploration. Enjoy practical work, but we are trying to learn something!

Key Stage 4

Key stage 4 starts in Year 10 with delivery of the key GCSE topics from each of the three sciences.

The majority of students at Park undertake the AQA combined Trilogy course, with top set pupils being given the opportunity to sit the separate Sciences. The tiering for the examinations is finalised in Year 11, using the data generated throughout the course and with teacher input.

 

Biology

Chemistry

Physics

B1 - Cell biology

C1 - Atomic structure and the

The Periodic Table

P1 - Energy

B2 - Organisation

C2 - Bonding, structure and the properties of matter

P2 - Electricity

B3 – Infection and response

C3 - Quantitative chemistry

P3 - The particle model of matter

B4 - Bioenergetics

C4 - Chemical changes

P4 - Atomic structure

B5 - Homeostasis and response

C5 - Energy changes

P5 - Forces

B6 - Inheritance, variation and evolution

C6 - Rate and extent of chemical change

P6 - Waves

B7 - Ecology

C7 - Organic Chemistry

P7 - Magnetism and electromagnetism

 

C8 - Chemical analysis

P8 - Space (Triple Science only)

 

C9 - Chemistry of the atmosphere

 

 

C10 - Using resources

 

 

Assessment  

As well as the terminal examinations in Year 11, pupils are assessed at the end of each topic and during two assessment weeks in both Years 10 and 11. This allows for clear tracking of pupil progress through the course and the identification of any areas of weakness.

 

GCSE  

AQA GCSE Combined Science : Trilogy

This course results in the award of 2 GCSE grades for combined science

Aims  

GCSE specifications in science must enable learners to:  

  • develop their knowledge and understanding of the material, physical and living worlds
  • develop their understanding of the nature of science and its applications and the interrelationships between science and society
  • develop an understanding of the importance of scale in science
  • develop and apply their knowledge and understanding of the scientific process through hypotheses, theories and concepts
  • develop their understanding of the relationships between hypotheses, evidence, theories and explanations
  • develop their awareness of risk and the ability to assess potential risk in the context of potential benefits
  • develop and apply their observational, practical, enquiry and problem-solving skills and understanding in laboratory, field and other learning environments
  • develop their ability to evaluate claims based on science through critical analysis of the methodology, evidence and conclusions
  • develop their skills in communication, mathematics and the use of technology in scientific contexts.

Specification  

AQA GCSE Combined Science: Trilogy (8464) 

Content  

Subject

Biology

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chemistry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Physics

Topic

  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. - Energy
  2. - Electricity 
  3. - Particle model of matter
  4. - Atomic structure
  5. - Forces 
  6. - Waves
  7. - Magnetism and electromagnetism

Paper

Bio Paper 1

Bio Paper 1

Bio Paper 1

Bio Paper 1

Bio Paper 2

Bio Paper 2

 

Bio Paper 2

 

Chem Paper 1

 

Chem Paper 1

 

Chem Paper 1

Chem Paper 1

Chem Paper 1

Chem Paper 2

 

Chem Paper 2

Chem Paper 2

Chem Paper 2

 

Chem Paper 2

 

Phys Paper 1

Phys Paper 1

Phys Paper 1

Phys Paper 1

Phys Paper 2

Phys Paper 2

Phys Paper 2

Year 

10

10

10

10

11

11

 

11

 

10

 

10

 

10

10

10

11

 

11

11

11

 

11

 

10

10

10

10

11

11

11

Assessment/ Exam  

Biology Paper 1 – External examination worth 16.7% (one hour 15 minutes duration) 

Chemistry Paper 1 – External examination worth 16.7% (one hour 15 minutes duration)

Physics Paper 1 – External examination worth 16.7% (one hour 15 minutes duration) 

Biology Paper 2 – External examination worth 16.7% (one hour 15 minutes duration) 

Chemistry Paper 2 – External examination worth 16.7% (one hour 15 minutes duration)

Physics Paper 2 – External examination worth 16.7% (one hour 15 minutes duration)

 

The total of marks from these papers is used to give two GCSE combined science grades

  

GCSE  

AQA GCSE Biology (Part of the Separate Sciences two-year course)  

  

Aims  

GCSE specifications in biology must enable learners to:

  •  develop their knowledge and understanding of biology 
  • develop their understanding of the effects of biology on society 
  • develop an understanding of the importance of scale in biology 
  • develop and apply their knowledge and understanding of the nature of science and of the scientific process 
  • develop their understanding of the relationships between hypotheses, evidence, theories and explanations 
  • develop their awareness of risk and the ability to assess potential risk in the context of potential benefits 
  • develop and apply their observational, practical, modelling, enquiry and problem-solving skills and understanding in laboratory, field and other learning environments 
  • develop their ability to evaluate claims based on science through critical analysis of the methodology, evidence and conclusions both qualitatively and quantitatively 
  • develop their skills in communication, mathematics and the use of technology in scientific contexts.  

Specification  

AQA GCSE Biology 8461 

Content  

Topic

- Cell biology

- Organisation

- Infection and response

- Bioenergetics

- Homeostasis and response

- Inheritance, variation and evolution

- Ecology

 

Paper

Bio Paper 1

Bio Paper 1

Bio Paper 1

Bio Paper 1

Bio Paper 2

Bio Paper 2

Bio Paper 2

 

Year 

10

10

10

10

11

11

11

 

Assessment/ Exam  

Biology Paper 1 – External examination worth 50% (one hour 45 minutes duration) Biology Paper 2 – External examination worth 50% (one hour 45 minutes duration)

 

The total of marks from these papers is used to give one GCSE Biology grade

    

 

GCSE  

AQA GCSE Chemistry (Part of the Separate Sciences two-year course)

 

Aims  

GCSE specifications in chemistry must enable learners to:

  • develop their knowledge and understanding of chemistry 
  • develop their understanding of the effects of chemistry on society 
  • develop an understanding of the importance of scale in chemistry 
  • develop and apply their knowledge and understanding of the nature of science and of the scientific process 
  • develop their understanding of the relationships between hypotheses, evidence, theories and explanations 
  • develop their awareness of risk and the ability to assess potential risk in the context of potential benefits 
  • develop and apply their observational, practical, modelling, enquiry and problem-solving skills and 
  • understanding in the laboratory and other learning environments 
  • develop their ability to evaluate claims based on science through critical analysis of the methodology,
  • evidence and conclusions both qualitatively and quantitatively 
  • develop their skills in communication, mathematics and the use of technology in scientific contexts.  

 

Specification  

AQA GCSE Chemistry 8462 

Content  

Topic

- Atomic structure and the periodic table

- Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter

- Quantitative chemistry

- Chemical changes

- Energy changes  

- The rate and extent of chemical change

- Organic chemistry

- Chemical analysis

- Chemistry of the atmosphere

- Using resources

 

Paper

Chem Paper 1

Chem Paper 1

Chem Paper 1

Chem Paper 1

Chem Paper 1

Chem Paper 2

Chem Paper 2

Chem Paper 2

Chem Paper 2

Chem Paper 2

 

Year 

10

10 

10

10

10

11

11

11

11

11

Assessment/ Exam  

Chemistry Paper 1 – External examination worth 50% (one hour 45 minutes duration) Chemistry Paper 2 – External examination worth 50% (one hour 45 minutes duration)

 

The total of marks from these papers is used to give one GCSE Chemistry grade

 

 

 

GCSE  

AQA GCSE Physics (Part of the Separate Sciences two-year course)

 

Aims  

GCSE specifications in physics must enable learners to: 

  • develop their knowledge and understanding of physics 
  • develop their understanding of the effects of physics on society 
  • develop an understanding of the importance of scale in physics 
  • develop and apply their knowledge and understanding of the nature of science and of the scientific process 
  • develop their understanding of the relationships between hypotheses, evidence, theories and explanations
  • develop their awareness of risk and the ability to assess potential risk in the context of potential benefits 
  • develop and apply their observational, practical, modelling, enquiry and problem-solving skills and understanding in the laboratory and other learning environments 
  • develop their ability to evaluate claims based on science through critical analysis of the methodology, evidence and conclusions both qualitatively and quantitatively 
  • develop their skills in communication, mathematics and the use of technology in scientific contexts. 

Specification  

AQA GCSE Physics 8463 

Content  

Topic

- Energy

- Electricity 

- Particle model of matter

- Atomic structure

- Forces 

– Waves

- Magnetism and electromagnetism

– Space Physics

Paper

Phys Paper 1

Phys Paper 1

Phys Paper 1

Phys Paper 1

Phys Paper 2

Phys Paper 2

Phys Paper 2

Phys Paper 2

Year 

10

10

10

10

11

11

11

11

 

Assessment/ Exam  

Physics Paper 1 – External examination worth 50% (one hour 45 minutes duration) Physics Paper 2 – External examination worth 50% (one hour 45 minutes duration)

 

The total of marks from these papers is used to give one GCSE Physics grade

 

  

   How to help with Key Stage 4 Science

  • Encourage your child to read around the topics covered in the GCSE curriculum.
  • Try to get your child to read a range of scientific texts.
  • Encourage your child to use the learning cards on a regular basis to help them with the basic language of learning in the three Sciences.
  • Encourage your child to watch the news and look at the role that science plays in the wider world around them.

 

Useful Links

BBC Bitesize:

Home - BBC Bitesize

Oak National Academy:

Oak National Academy (thenational.academy)

Seneca Learning:

Free Homework & Revision for A Level, GCSE, KS3 & KS2 (senecalearning.com)

GCSE Pod (pupils are given a log-in):

GCSE Learning and Revision | GCSEPod

  

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