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Science

Key Stage 3

The Science curriculum at Key Stage 3 covers all areas of Biology, Chemistry and Physics, with an emphasis on Working Scientifically.  The recent change in the curriculum at KS3 sees an increase in the development of specific skills, such as independent learning, numeracy and extended writing.

Biology:  The content in Biology is centred on cells, the structure and function of body systems, reproduction, health and lifestyle, ecosystem processes, and adaptation and inheritance.

Chemistry:  In Chemistry the content focuses on particles and their behaviour, elements, atoms and compounds, reactions, acids and alkalis, the Periodic Table, separation techniques, metals and acids, and the Earth.

Physics:  The content in Physics covers forces, sounds, light, space, electricity and magnetism, energy and motion, and pressure.

Assessment involves a formal test at the end of each unit and several assessments throughout each unit, to include extended writing, numeracy and working scientifically skills.

Key Stage 4

We currently have three learning routes for our students at Key Stage 4:

  • The majority of students will complete the AQA Science A and Additional Science courses, resulting in two separate GCSE grades in Science.  These are examined in the summer of Year 11.
  • Students who have an ability within Science and enjoy the subject are able to take the three separate sciences, resulting in three separate GCSE grades in Biology, Chemistry and Physics, all of which are examined in the summer of Year 11.
  • For some of our students the BTec course offers a more coursework-based learning style for studying sciences.  All three areas are covered throughout the course, following the Edexcel syllabus.

Key Stage 5

Currently we offer Biology, Chemistry and Physics (consortium) at AS and A2 Level.  All A Level courses use the AQA syllabus.

Extra Curricular Activities

During Science Week we aim to stimulate as many minds as possible with a variety of activities ranging from lectures to quizzes and competitions.  Science Club is widely attended during the school day.  Trips and outside-the-classroom experiences are being developed all the time.