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Science

Staff Structure

Head Of Science: Mr R Tanner-Smith

Physics: Mr J Ibison Head of Subject, Mr W Rhodes, Mr R Tanner-Smith, Mr G Robinson

Chemistry: Miss J Burton Head of Subject, Dr J Harrison, Mr Palmer, Miss Hogg

Biology: Mr N Bulcock Head of Subject, Mr A Johnson, Miss K Swales, Mr M Walsh, Mr A Smith, Miss Hogg

Health & Social Care:  Ms K Swales Head of Subject, Mr M Walsh, Mrs J Fisher

Technicians: Dr D Rose Chief Technician, Mrs A Peck, Mrs T Atkinson, Mr G Powell

Subjects Offered:

GCSE Science: Single, Dual, Separate Sciences in Biology, Chemistry & Physics,

GCSE Health & Social Care

Revision Material for KS3

www.cyberphysics.co.uk (Though please match this resource to the Schemes of Work on the VLE and the revision guide as this encompasses KS3, KS4 and KS5)

Collins KS3 Revision Science ISBN 978-0-00-756282-4

CGP Key Stage Three Science The Workbook ISBN 978-1-84146-239-4

The two books above can be obtained for a combined price of £7.50 from the Science prep room, and will allow pupils to consolidate their understanding in addition to the support material and worksheets for the whole key stage in the KS3 area of the VLE.

KS4 – Years 9,10 & 11

GCSE Exam Board: AQA

Year 9 – 2015

This group will be the next cohort to go through the new GCSE in Science for examination in Year 11, 2019.

Summary of changes for all new GCSEs

A new grading system will be introduced. Students will be awarded a grade from 1 to 9, with 9 being the highest. Students will get a U where performance is below the minimum required to pass the GCSE

Tiering will only be used in subjects where un-tiered papers will not allow students at the lower end of the ability range to demonstrate their knowledge and skills, or will not stretch the most able. The tiered model used will be decided on a subject by subject basis. Science is expected to be tiered in to Higher and Foundation levels.

All new GCSEs will be fully linear with assessment at the end of the course and content not divided into modules.

Exams will be the default method of assessment, practical and investigative skills will be tested through the terminal examination papers.

Pupils’ performance across KS3 will be assessed in combination with a Year 8 end of year test. Pupils will be streamed in Year 9 with the upper sets on each side of the year containing those pupils who may continue and pursue Separate Sciences. Assessment will continue throughout Year 9, and in to the first term of Year 10, to ensure that pupils enter the most suitable pathway for these new, more challenging GCSEs.

Combined Science: 2 GCSEs in Science

Biology: Cell biology, Transport systems, Health, disease and the development of medicines, Coordination and control, Photosynthesis, Ecosystems, Inheritance, variation and evolution.

Chemistry: Atomic structure and the periodic table, Structure, bonding and the properties of matter, Chemical changes, Energy changes in chemistry, The rate and extent of chemical change, Chemical analysis, Chemical and allied industries, Earth and atmospheric science.

Physics: Energy, Forces, Forces and motion, Waves in matter, Light and electromagnetic waves, Electricity, Magnetism and electromagnetism, Particle model of matter, Atomic structure.

Examination

2 x 1 hour 15 minute examinations in each of Biology, Chemistry and Physics consisting of multiple choice, structured, closed short answer, and open response questions.

Separate Sciences: 3 GCSEs in Science

Biology: Cell biology, Transport systems, Health, disease and the development of medicines, Coordination and control, Photosynthesis, Ecosystems, Inheritance, variation and evolution, The genome and gene expression.

Chemistry: Atomic structure and the Periodic Table, Structure, bonding and the properties of matter, Chemical changes, Energy changes in chemistry, The rate and extent of chemical change, Organic chemistry, Chemical analysis, Chemical and allied industries, Earth and atmospheric science.

Physics: Energy, Forces and motion, Waves in matter, Light and electromagnetic waves, Electricity, Magnetism and electromagnetism, Particle model of matter, Atomic structure, Space Physics.

Examination

2 x 1 hour 45minute examinations in each of Biology, Chemistry and Physics consisting of multiple choice, structured, closed short answer, and open response questions.

 

Extra- curricular provision at Key Stage Four

All pupils have access to ‘Kerboodle’, which mirrors the GCSE textbooks in digital form, which can be annotated and personalised. In addition there are animations, blogs and extension material supporting the digibook. To log on: Username: Initial followed by surname (e.g. asmith), password: Initial followed by surname (e.g asmith) – then you will be prompted to change this, Institution Code: qjq1.

Coursework material, lesson plans, worksheets and past papers for Biology, Chemistry and Physics are available on the VLE. There are further resources to help in obtaining higher marks and answering the longer style questions.

Appropriate work books and revision guides can be obtained from the Science prep room.

Please also visit: getrevising.co.uk

This application allows pupils to easily manufacture an exam revision timetable, where the exam dates can be installed, the actual unit and topic to be studied, the number of hours that the student would like to study, other commitments that can be blocked out, and other study times reserved.

Once the timetable is produced it will then provide links to exam board specific revision materials such as flash cards and mind maps.

Please feel free to explore this resource especially as mock examinations, tests and ultimately GCSE examinations approach. We have had very positive responses from those pupils and parents who have utilised this resource thus far.

There are Revision/Drop-in clinics offered in the run up to examinations, in addition to the open door policy of the department to assist learners of all abilities and interests.

We invite STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) ambassadors in to talk to our Year 11 Science classes to give them an introduction of studying these topics at A-level and beyond, in order to help them make informed subject choices accordingly.

We have recently joined the Ogden Trust partnership which aims to promote Physics as a subject at KS4 and KS5, and run an Astronomy club.

A-Level

Please see individual Department link for further information:
Biology
Chemistry
Physics
Health & Social Care

Revision Apps

In this day of portable devices, you may like to explore the following revision applications:

Test and Learn Science GCSE AQA.

AQA Core Science GCSE textbook.

Getrevising.co.uk

We are currently re-designing our E-Learning support, and in the meantime pupils should continue to use:

VLE On the KS3 area of the VLE are support materials, the first of the support materials is an interactive booklet and requires students to log on using their school log on, and a password of ‘password’ until changed, the second of which provides summary/revision sheets for the appropriate topics.

  1. Click on Visit VLE at the bottom of the school main website.
  2. Scroll down and click on Science.
  3. Click on the subject area that you would like to explore.
  4. The KS3 area has two large resources supporting the whole of Y7 and Y8.  The Science revision sheets do not require a login, and can be printed out, with the answers at the end of the resource.
  5. The GCSE area is now divided into:  GCSE Physics, GCSE Biology, GCSE Chemistry, ISA
  6. From here you can access the material relevant to the area of study, as well as the link to Kerboodle for Y9,Y10 and Y11.

To log on:

Username: Initial followed by surname (e.g. rtannersmith)

Password: Initial followed by surname again (you will be prompted to change this once logged on).

Centre no: qjq1 (QJQ1 –in lower case)