Science at KS3
When students join us in Year 7, they spend a full term extensively learning vital investigative and experimental skills in the ‘Working Scientifically’ unit. This will give them confidence to tackle the rest of the KS3 programme of study and get the most out of the practical side of the subject.
Following this introduction we teach a programme of learning based on the brand new Smart Science publications which has been designed specifically for the new KS3 National Science Curriculum in 2014.
The program studies Key scientific ideas in a sensible way, and makes clear where students are studying Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Students will study each science in turn in successive 10 lesson blocks. The key topics in each of the three sciences for both Years 7 and 8 are shown below:
|Living Systems||The Particle model||Forces and motion|
|Diet and Heath||Atoms elements and compounds||Levers, moments and pressure|
|Genetics and evolution||Reactions||Electricity and electromagnetism|
|Photosynthesis and respiration||Acid and Alkali||Energy|
|Reproduction and growth||Materials||Waves|
|Ecosystems||The earth and atmosphere||Space|
The programme of study features effective differentiation in each lesson to support less able students while extending high-ability students. Each unit also contains opportunities to develop literacy in Science and Maths as well as further develop methods of working scientifically.
Students are assessed by regular tests on the delivered content, with a variety of style of questions which serves as great preparation for the GCSE tests further up the College.
Combined Science: Trilogy
Most students will study Combined Science: Trilogy, and it covers the three Science disciplines in the traditional fashion, much like the old Core and Additional Science GCSEs. Combined Science: Trilogy takes a logical and coherent journey through the content.
We know that practicals are not only one of the most engaging parts of a science education but are also essential for students understanding of scientific theory. There are 16 required practicals, but we will deliver many more through the course of the GCSE.
Six papers: two Biology, two Chemistry and two Physics. Each will assess different topics.
Duration: all the papers are 1 hour 15 minutes.
Tiers: Foundation and Higher.
Weighting: the papers are equally weighted. Each is worth 16.7% of the grade and have 70 marks.
Question types: multiple choice, structured, closed, short answer and open response.
Separate Sciences, also known as Triple Science
Studying the separate sciences means students will cover more content than GCSE Combined Sciences. GCSE Biology, Chemistry and Physics will provide great preparation for AS and A-levels here at the College without significantly overlapping content.
Broadly speaking, the separate sciences cover the same topics as the Combined Science: Trilogy course, but in more depth and detail. In some cases topics are only studied in the separate science option, for example Space Physics is an additional unit only studied in the separate Science Physics GCSE. Full details of the content is listed below:
Assessment: (For each science subject)
Two papers: each paper will assess knowledge and understanding from different topics. (half of the content in paper one and the other half in paper two) The questions will use clear and simple language, to assess students only on their scientific ability.
Duration: Both papers are 1 hour 45 minutes.
Tier: Foundation and Higher.
Weighting: the papers are equally weighted. Each is worth 50% of the grade and has 100 marks available.
Question types: multiple choice, structured, closed short answer and open response.