Key Stage 3 Science
In Year 7 you continue to build on work carried out during primary schooling. Many of the topics you studied last year will be looked at again so you can develop and extend your knowledge and understanding. You will be introduced to a wider range of equipment and techniques so you can carry out new, longer investigations to show how you can use your knowledge. The work is divided into twelve units; some are biology, some chemistry and the rest are physics. At the end of each term you will have a test, which will be used to give an idea of your current National Curriculum level. Due to the introduction of the new KS3 Science curriculum, we will be incorporating “How Science Works” activities into lessons.
The work in Year 8 is similar but you will be re-grouped. This will depend on your progress in Year 7 and your test results.
Year 9 is an important year and you will study ten units of work before you prepare for your SATs. With growing confidence, you can widen your skills and knowledge to reach higher levels. We expect you will be motivated to set and reach challenging targets for your SATs at the end of Key Stage 3 so you have a good foundation for your GCSE work. The new 21st Century Science GCSE work will begin after SATs exams in Year 9.
Key Stage 4 Science
GCSE Science A
This course has an emphasis on scientific literacy – the knowledge and understanding that learners need to recognise the impact of science and technology on every day life.
GCSE Additional Science A
This course uses different contexts to relate science concepts to their applications. Focusing on scientific explanations and model, it gives students an insight into how scientists help develop our understanding of ourselves and the world we live in.
Triple Science (Separate Sciences) Biology A, Chemistry A, Physics A
Triple Science is an extended version of the additional science. 3 separate sciences; Biology, Chemistry and Physics are needed if you wish to go to A Level Sciences and a specific career. You will gain a deeper understanding of the scientific background to issues such as Biology across the ecosystem, chemistry for a sustainable world and physics observing the universe. This gives you three GCSEs. The extended part of the GCSE will be taught in Year 11. Students will also complete a controlled assessment for Biology, Chemistry and Physics GCSE instead of the core and additional Science controlled assessments.
Medicine, Nursing, Engineer, Chemical Industry
Books / Materials / Visits / Field Courses / Websites:
OCR textbooks and websites.
Group Organisation / Setting:
Classes are set according to ability. To do Double GCSE Science, you need to have Key Stage 2 levels of 4 or Key Stage three levels of 5 and above.
Pupils are ambitious, generally hard working and want to achieve highly.
OFSTED - June 2016
London SE6 2SE
Tel: 020 8461 9600
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