Science is both a body of knowledge that is central to our understanding of all that is around us. Science provides explanations for natural phenomena and encourages to develop new ideas. Science is also a way of knowing and analysing. It is part of the repertoire of skills that we use to interpret evidence and make judgements. Our students will be critical thinkers and will use their knowledge to understand what science can tell them about themselves, the environment, and the Universe. Regardless of starting point or background we endeavour to instill the belief that our students can transform the future.
When we think of science we tend to think of Bunsen Burners, white lab coats and microscopes, our science curriculum encourages students to learn about these things but show that there is so much more beyond this.
At Key Stage 3 the curriculum covers a broad range of topics in all 3 sciences such as Astronomy, Who Are We and Chemical Interactions, which lay the foundations for GCSE study. Students are firstly introduced to science through the This is Science topic. This introduces key scientific skills and concepts and begins the development of their investigative skills which continues be developed through all practical work.
GCSE Science helps students to make sense of the world around them and explain the Science they come across in everyday life. They come to appreciate what Science can tell them about themselves, the environment and the Universe. Students achieve three separate GCSE grades; one in Biology, another in Chemistry and a third in Physics or two combined Science GCSEs. Their overall grade for their Science GCSEs is calculated through linear examinations. Practical skills such as planning experiments, analysing and evaluating evidence, and interpreting and presenting results are assessed through written assessment, incorporated into each of their individual Year 11 examinations.
Triple Science assessment consists of two 1 hour and 45 minutes terminal examinations, for each of the Science subjects. Combined Science assessments consists of two 1 hour 15 minutes for the each of the Science subjects. Students must also complete required practical activities, defined by the examination board. Both the Triple Science and Combined Science pathway allows progression to each of the A-Level Science subjects and supports progression into further and higher education.
All students in Year 9 will initially follow a Triple Science pathway. After completion of assessments at the end of the Academic year students will guided onto which Science pathway is most suitable for them. This is done in collaboration with staff, students and parents.
Dr K Saadat