Science

Base 1 and 2:
Base pupils at kS3-4 complete a science course that is delivered at their individual level and supported appropriately by their class teacher. Base pupils kS4 work towards AQA entry level science. This can be achieved at 3 levels and can be a single or double award. This is achieved by panning and carrying out 3 pupil led experiments and 3 short class tests.

Year 7:
In this year pupils are introduced to the main elements of science:

  • Electricity and Magnetism
  • Light and Sound
  • Chemical Reactions
  • Acids and Alkalis
  • Humans
  • Ecology
  • Basic concepts 1-3

The work is practically based and includes an introduction to tables, bar charts and graphs. It is designed as a preparation for the remainder of the science curriculum. Basic concepts 1-3 is done in Autumn term to consolidate pupils knowledge of key concepts in biology, chemistry and physics to enable all students regardless of prior science education can access the KS3 curriculum.

Years 8, 9:
Years 8-9 follow the KS3 national curriculum and experimental skills are developed due to the highly practical nature of the subject. The emphasis on developing ideas and skills in this KS3 curriculum then better prepares pupils for their KS4 qualifications for entry level up to higher vocational levels. Pupils are regularly challenged with global issues in STEM projects which assist in personal social development in a  multitude of ways.

Years 10,11:
KS4 pupils will follow and individualised pathway that best suits them. Available qualificaitons include:

GCSE -AQA combined science.
Pupils at an appropriate level are given the choice to sit AQA combined science GCSE work,2 GCSE’s. This includes required practicals alongside revision sessions on Tuesday lunchtime and a day during the easter holidays. This qualification is based on 6, 1.5 hour exams.

Level 1/2 Open awards

In year 11 we have developed a level 1 certificate/award with Open awards for those pupils who are capable of achieving this higher qualification. This is achieved by submitting a portfolio of work covering a variety of biology, chemistry and physics topics along with a mandatory investigating skills unit. This portfolio holds a range of practical evidence, photographic, verbal accounts/projects and written work so as to give all pupils an individualised route to gaining a qualification.

The school is fully equipped with a science teaching lab designed for carrying out experiments and the grounds are used to support the science curriculum including a study of the ecology of the school site.
Pupils will also be given the opportunity to attend practical sessions at Hope University coupled with tours and talks on higher education opportunities.

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