Science is taught by

Mr P Barton Curriculum Team Leader
Mr I Rahman Triple Science Coordinator, Lead Practitioner
Ms F Haque KS4 Coordinator
Ms N Sultana Y7 Science Co-ordinator, Transition co-ordinator
Mr L Obembe Y8 Science co-ordinator
Mr F Rashid Science Teacher
Mr R Islam Science Teacher
Mr J Carr Science & Maths Teacher
Ms K Sugumar Science Teacher
Mr A Mahmood Science Teacher
Mr T Bergin Science Teacher
Ms M Islam Science Teacher
Ms A Teladia Science Teacher
Ms R Kumar Science Teacher
Ms N Khan Science Teacher
Ms S Akhtar Science Teacher
Ms N Ahmed Science Teacher & Deputy Head teacher
Mr K Burke Science Teacher & Assistant Head teacher
Ms O Fadojutimi Science Teacher
Ms K Sankar Science Teacher
Science Technicians are
Mr T Saini Head Technician
Mrs L Modhwadia Science Technician
Mr A Ludu Science Technician

The Science Department Vision

To understand and appreciate scientific reasoning and methodology to enable students to develop critical thinking and curiosity about the modern world.
 

KS3

Curriculum content and aims -

KS3 forms the segment for the Science 5 year plan that leads ultimately to GCSE Award in year 11.

We are currently transitioning from a 2 year to a 3 year Key Stage 3, in which we follow the AQA Activate scheme of learning, building foundations that feed directly into the AQA GCSE curriculum.

 

Students will study the following units in each year at KS3:
Biology - Organisms, Ecosystems, Inheritance
Chemistry - Matter, Reactions, Earth
Physics - Forces, Electromagnets, Energy, Waves

There is a personalised route to support deeper learning for Study Plus pupils in these topics.


Practical Scientific Skills – There are practical elements to each unit of study and students complete investigations throughout the year. Students will need to purchase a Practical Lab book to support them with this.

Assessments - During and following units of learning, students complete extended writing tasks, end of topic tests and termly examinations to review their knowledge and understanding. The units assessed in tests and exams are combined to encourage spaced learning, improving long term retrieval and memory, as students are expected to revise, recall and apply skills and scientific information learnt from prior topics throughout the year.

Home Learning - Students are set weekly home learning tasks including practice questions to apply their knowledge and consolidate their learning throughout the year. Students will need to purchase a CGP workbook to support them with this.

 

Parental support - You can support your child's progress by accessing and monitoring their Satchel One/Google Classroom online pages to check home learning tasks are being completed regularly.


KS4

Courses offered:  AQA Single science, Double Award Combined science, (trilogy); Triple science.

Curriculum content and aims

Y9, Y10 & Y11 form the years in which GCSE topics are taught, until Summer of Y11 when all 6 GCSE examinations are sat.

The philosophy of AQA is Science for all: We believe that science has something to suit students of all abilities and aspirations. The new, accredited GCSEs have been designed with this philosophy in mind; with the first exams in 2018, they will engage and challenge students to reach their scientific potential.

Details of studies:

Biology:

  • Cell biology
  • Organisation
  • Infection and response
  • Bioenergetics
  • Homeostasis and response
  • Inheritance, variation and evolution
  • Ecology

Chemistry

  • 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

Physics

  • Energy
  • Electricity
  • Particle model of matter
  • Atomic structure
  • Forces
  • Waves
  • Magnetism and electromagnetism

How are they assessed

Biology Paper 1

What's assessed
Biology topics 1–4: Cell Biology; Organisation; Infection and response; and Bioenergetics.

How it's assessed
Written exam: 1 hour 15 minutes
Foundation and Higher Tier
70 marks
16.7% of GCSE

Biology Paper 2

What's assessed
Biology topics 5–7: Homeostasis and response; Inheritance, variation and evolution; and Ecology.

How it's assessed
Written exam: 1 hour 15 minutes
Foundation and Higher Tier
70 marks
16.7% of GCSE

Chemistry Paper 1

What's assessed
Chemistry topics 8–12: Atomic structure and the periodic table; Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter; Quantitative chemistry; Chemical changes; and Energy changes.

How it's assessed
Written exam: 1 hour 15 minutes
Foundation and Higher Tier
70 marks
16.7% of GCSE

Chemistry Paper 2

What's assessed
Chemistry topics 13–17: The rate and extent of chemical change; Organic chemistry; Chemical analysis; Chemistry of the atmosphere; and Using resources.

How it's assessed
Written exam: 1 hour 15 minutes
Foundation and Higher Tier
70 marks
16.7% of GCSE

Physics Paper 1

What's assessed
Physics topics 18–21: Energy; Electricity; Particle model of matter; and Atomic structure.

How it's assessed
Written exam: 1 hour 15 minutes
Foundation and Higher Tier
70 marks
16.7% of GCSE

Physics Paper 2

What's assessed
Physics topics 22–24: Forces; Waves; and Magnetism and electromagnetism

How it's assessed
Written exam: 1 hour 15 minutes
Foundation and Higher Tier
70 marks
16.7% of GCSE

Home Learning (frequency & expectations)

Weekly of 2 hours minimum duration, (HL based on my-gcsescience.com and Required practical lab book)

How parents/carers can support their child

Access ‘Show My Homework’, to support their child with regular homework as well as project based homework.
Support with my-gcsescience.com HL
Encourage access to Kerboodle to practise past paper questions

Possible Careers:

Medical professions, research & develoment, quality assurance, engineering
Useful science related websites
Kerboodle
BBC Education
My GCSE Science

How parents or other members of other public can find out more about the curriculum/syllabus you are following:

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science

Name of person in your department who parents can contact if they need more information about your syllabus:

Any of the leaders of the particular pathways listed on this page.

 

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