Science

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Science

LATEST: See the Ultimate Revision Guide for GCSE Science below.

 

Curriculum Area and Curriculum Lead(s)

Science Mr K Morris
Biology, Chemistry & Physics and Dual Award

Curriculum Area vision and general information about the CA e.g. successes and strengths

In science we have a no excuses culture for both staff and students alike. We will support and challenge each student to achieve their very best through exploration, imagination and inspiration.

Our team will use the magic of practical science to enhance the deep learning of scientific concepts. We encourage students to be curious about the world around them and apply their learning to answer their questions.

KS3 provision summary e.g. topics covered, links to SOW/overviews and homework

We have recently introduced a new curriculum in Year 7 and 8 in order to build a strong platform for Key Stage 4 study. We are ready to develop this to the next stage with a focus on pedagogy, student skills and scientific integrity.
Our curriculum covers 'The Big Five Ideas', Particles, Forces, Energy, Cells and Interdependence.

Homework is a vital component to support and develop their in school learning. In year 7 students are asked to complete as many as possible of the National Trust's 50 things to do before you're 11 ¾. This will develop a natural curiosity and give them a base level of understanding to apply to the bigger concepts they learn in lessons.

From year 8 students are given homework on www.doddlelearn.co.uk. This online platform helps them to practice key ways of working to develop a fluency when it comes to answering scientific questions.

KS4 provision summary e.g. topics covered, links to SOW/overviews and homework

From year 9 students begin their GCSE studies. We use the AQA science suite, supported by kerboodle to enhance students' understanding of 'The Big Five Ideas' developed in key stage 3.

We offer both triple science and dual award.

All year 9 students begin by studying the 'Synergy' syllabus from AQA. Some students will then follow a separate science pathway in Year 10 and 11 gaining 3 GCSEs with others continuing the 'Synergy' syllabus to obtain 2 GCSEs in science.

Again students in KS4  are given homework on www.doddlelearn.co.uk. This online platform helps them to practice key ways of working to develop a fluency when it comes to answering scientific questions.

 

KS5 provision if relevant

 

Staff

The Science Department consists of five Science teachers and a Technician. At KS3 teachers teach across the three Sciences and at KS4 for synergy, they specialise in Biology, Chemistry or Physics for the Triple Science program.

 

Extra-curricular activities

This year we aim to resurrect our once thriving Science Club with significant numbers of students attending every Tuesday night.

This group have enjoyed success in the annual Salters' Science Festival, recently achieving second place, and provide numerous trips for our students to a wide range of activities. We run the highly successful Herefordshire Science Festival every July, in conjunction with St Mary’s High School and attract primary and secondary students from around the county.

 

Exam information and any revision support

We have a range of revision and drop-in support after school, details of this will be given to students.

 

Homework
http://www.doddlelearn.co.uk


Key Stage 3 revision
http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/ks3bitesize/science/
http://lgfl.skoool.co.uk/keystage3.aspx?id=80


GCSE Revision

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zrkw2hv
http://www.gcsescience.com/index.html
http://www.s-cool.co.uk/gcse

 

ULTIMATE REVISION GUIDE FOR SCIENCE
Revision Guide for GCSE Science - AQA


GCSE Past papers
http://www.sciencepass.com

 

Year 11 Physics Progress Checks 2017

Here are some physics progress tests that cover every topic for this year. These will help you focus on what a question in a GCSE paper will look like and what a mark scheme is looking for. Please use this as part of your revision and to guide you in focussing your revision.

Progress Checks Physics 2017.zip

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