AQA Combined Science Trilogy:
Learning at Key Stage 4 is a progression on the development of the powerful knowledge and skills built from Key Stage 3. The depth and breadth of learning is distinctly at GCSE standard but with ambitious links to Key Stage 5 within classroom discussions. Paper 1 content is taught in Year 10 and Paper 2 is taught in Year 11.
In Year 10 and 11 (from September 2020) some groups will be taught with a rotation of subject specialists. These subject specialists will share their best pedagogical approaches and will form a deliberate practise approach to the procedural elements (punnet squares, dot and cross diagrams etc) of content that can be practised, and the retrieval and application to novel concepts of the declarative knowledge (evolution, homeostasis etc).
As in Key Stage 3, the development of scientific literacy skills for reading, writing and talking ‘science’ will underpin as one of the key pillars on which the subject is taught.
Investigation work offers the students the opportunity to apply their understanding of scientific concepts to predict, make observations, use scientific method, analysis and evaluation reflect on their findings.
Elements of cognitive science (in particularly retrieval practice and interleaving) will capitalise on using research informed approaches to structure the learning. Thinking will be challenged and stretched by pitching the right level of desirable difficulty. Students resilience to desirable difficulty will be ramped as class / teacher relationships develop and confidence is gained.
The full ability range (including students who are disadvantaged and SEND) are supported and challenged within our curriculum offer. Challenge will be embedded through application in context and use of novel concepts. Support will be done through scaffolding as opposed to watering down the language or concepts to make the work easier. Barriers to learning will be identified and timely intervention will be in place as an expectation.
The GCSE link to the AQA Trilogy Scheme of Work:
KS4 Curriculum Maps
Year 10 Curriculum Map.pdf
Year 11 Curriculum Map.pdf