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Science

In September 2014 we began the new science national curriculum. The new curriculum aims to provide the foundations of understanding of the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Students will be gain knowledge and taught essential methods, processes and uses of science.  This will develop their excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena thus encouraging deeper explanations and science-based predictions.
 

Curriculum Movies

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Aims

The national curriculum for science aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics.
  • develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them.
  • are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.

Students will study four modules through the year, each examined.

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Working scientifically

 

Vex robot club

Thanks to the Kent STEM consortium and the generous donation from Mr Knott we are currently building robots to compete against other schools. We have a basic competition model and a programmable model, which, when programmed, is able to act autonomously.

                            Vex robot club           Vex robot club1

 

 

Current Year 10

Aims of the course

  • To acquire a body of scientific knowledge and develop an understanding of science.
  • To develop experimental and investigative abilities.
  • To develop an understanding of the nature of scientific ideas.
  • To develop an understanding of the technological and environmental applications of science and of the economic, ethical and social implications of these.

Science is a National Curriculum core subject and is studied by all students in Key Stage 4.  All courses which follow the programmes of study will cover a wide range of scientific topics incorporating aspects of biological, physical and chemical science.  Students follow different pathways according to interest and aptitude.

GCSE Combined Science units taught in Year 9, 10 and 11.

Biology
  • Cell biology
  • Organisation
  • Infection and response
  • Bioenergetics
  • Homeostasis and response
  • Inheritance, variation and evolution
  • Ecology
Chemistry
  • Atomic structure and the periodic table
  • Bonding, structure and the properties of matter
  • Quantitative chemistry
  • Chemical changes  • Energy changes
  • The rate and extent of chemical change
  • Organic chemistry
  • Chemical analysis
  • Chemistry of the atmosphere
  • Using resources
Physics
  • Forces
  • Energy
  • Waves
  • Electricity
  • Magnetism and electromagnetism
  • Particle model of matter
  • Atomic structure


GCSE Chemistry, Physics and Biology

Students with good KS3 exam grades and aptitude towards science are offered three separate GCSEs.  The same content listed above is completed in more depth with some additional content.

Future Opportunities

Science is a good starting point for many Post 16 courses such as 'A' Level Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Psychology and studies in Health & Social Care.  Science forms an important basis for many careers including medical professions, research, engineering, sports science and teaching.  It also develops many transferable skills, which will be useful in a variety of other careers not directly linked to science.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 


 

Current Year 11

Edexcel 2011

The science department teaches Edexcel’s 2011 GCSE specification, which provides an exciting way of learning science for our students. Edexcel 2011 has a suite of qualifications: GCSE Science, GCSE Additional Science, GCSE Biology, GCSE Chemistry and GCSE Physics. Depending on the ability and aptitude of students in science we will select the pathway most suited to them. This may also include BTEC Applied Science, information of which can be found on the BTEC Applied Science section of the website.

GCSE Science

The GCSE in Science encourages students to be inspired, motivated and challenged by following a broad, coherent, practical, satisfying and worthwhile course of study. It provides insight into and experience of how science works, stimulating students’ curiosity and encouraging them to engage with science in their everyday lives and to make informed choices about further study and career choices. At the end of this course students will gain one GCSE in science that covers the three disciplines of science including the use of scientific procedures and skills throughout.

This course is comprised of three externally assessed terminal examinations in biology, chemistry and physics, each holding a weight of 25% of the overall course. The final 25% will be a controlled assessment task where students will investigate a problem/issue in science and complete an internally assessed paper on their findings. (See table at end that summarises course structure)

GCSE Additional Science

Students following the GCSE Additional Science pathway will build on what they have learnt during the GCSE Science course (see above for details).  Students will be further encouraged to develop their curiosity about the living, material and physical worlds and provides insight and experience into how science works. It enables learners to engage with science and to make informed decisions about further study in science and related disciplines, and career choices.

This course is comprised of three externally assessed terminal examinations in biology, chemistry and physics, each holding a weight of 25% of the overall course. The final 25% will be a controlled assessment task where students will investigate a problem/issue in science and complete an internally assessed paper on their findings. (See table at end that summarises course structure)

GCSE Biology, GCSE Chemistry and GCSE Physics

Students following the triple science pathway will complete the units in GCSE Science, GCSE Additional Science and then complete the extension units and coursework for each discipline to gain three separate awards of a GCSE in Biology, a GCSE in Chemistry and a GCSE in Physics.

GCSE Biology encourages students to develop their curiosity into the living world. At the end of Year 11 students will complete the externally examined B1, B2 and B3 exams and the internally assessed Biology controlled assessment. GCSE Biology will further inform students about further study in biology and related disciplines, and career choices available to them.

GCSE Chemistry encourages students to develop their curiosity into the material world. At the end of Year 11 students will complete the externally examined C1, C2 and C3 exams and the internally assessed Chemistry controlled assessment. GCSE Chemistry will further inform students about further study in chemistry and related disciplines, and career choices available to them.

GCSE Physics encourages students to develop their curiosity into the physical world. At the end of Year 11 students will complete the externally examined P1, P2 and P3 exams and the internally assessed Physics controlled assessment. GCSE Physics will further inform students about further study in physics and related disciplines, and career choices available to them.

Below is a table that summarises the assessments for the three pathways in Science. Each pathway comprises of three externally assessed units and a controlled assessment.
 

 

GCSE Science (one GCSE) follow down

GCSE Additional Science (one GCSE) follow down

 

GCSE Biology

Follow right

B1 – Influences on life – 25%

B2 - The components of life – 25%

B3 – Using biology – 25%

Biology controlled assessment - 25%

GCSE Chemistry

Follow right

C1 Chemistry in our world -  25%

C2 – Discovering chemistry – 25%

C3 – Chemistry in action – 25%

Chemistry controlled assessment – 25%

GCSE Physics

Follow right

 

P1 Universal physics – 25%

P2 – Physics for your future  – 25%

P3 – Applications of physics – 25%

Physics controlled assessment – 25%

 

Science controlled assessment – 25%

Additional science controlled assessment – 25%

 


During each of these courses the science department will provide students with relevant revision guides to support their learning in the classroom. The science department also offer revision sessions around the examination dates to help students consolidate their learning. We recommend students to be revising at home before the examination dates and we recommend further revision guides, which may be purchased. Past papers are done during lesson time but can also be completed at home. Below is a link to some resources which will further support students to achieving their full potential.

http://edexcel.com/quals/gcse/GCSE-science-2011/SupportPlus/Pages/schemes-of-work.aspx

More information on the Edexcel 2011 Science suite of qualifications can be found on the Edexcel website, www.edexcel.com

A Level Sciences

GCE A Levels are currently offered in Biology, Chemistry and Psychology.  Full details of these courses, including links to examining body information, can be found below.

Biology AS/A2 - Schemes of Work

Download Biology AS/A2 - Schemes of Work

Edexcel - Biology Info Sheet

Download Edexcel - Biology Info Sheet

Chemistry AS/A2 - Schemes of Work

AWAITING UPDATES

OCR Chemistry

Download OCR Chemistry A GCE

Psychology AS/A2 - Schemes of Work

Download A-level Psychology SOW

AQA Psychology

Download A-level Psychology GCE

Computer Science

Computer Science

General Description

Computer technology continues to advance rapidly and the way that technology is consumed has also been changing at a fast pace over recent years. The growth in the use of mobile devices and web-related technologies has exploded, resulting in new challenges for employers and employees. For example, businesses today require an ever-increasing number of technologically-aware individuals. This is even more so in the gaming, mobile and web related industries and this specification has been designed with this in mind. Students studying this specification will learn how to create applications that:

  • run on mobile devices
  • operate in a web enabled environment.

In addition they will:

  • learn how to create simple computer games
  • gain an understanding of the fundamental concepts around creating software applications
  • have opportunities to work collaboratively.

Assessment

There are 2 components which make up the computer science qualification. PLUS

Component 1 – Practical programming

  • Approximately 50 hours of controlled assessment (2 tasks of 25 hours each)
  • 60% of the marks
  • Internally assessed, externally moderated.
  • Working independently students demonstrate their ability to code a solution to a given problem. The tasks will be set in engaging and relevant contexts, eg gaming, web, mobile phone applications.

Component 2 – Computing fundamentals

  • 1 hour 30 minutes examination
  • 40% of the marks
  • Externally assessed the exam can be either paper based or on-screen version.
  • This component will include a range of types of questions from very short to extended answer.

Useful Links

Useful Links

Students may find the following websites useful for revision and to do their homework.

Yacapaca

Yacapaca is an assessment for learning tool, it allows classroom teachers to set specific tasks for their pupils, it has many practice exam questions. Many students will have a logon and password to be able to take part in the activities on this site. If they do not they should ask their classroom teacher.
http://www.yacapaca.com/

BBC Bitesize

BBC Bitesize is a current up-to-date website which helps pupils learn and test their knowledge online. It also has many fun revision games.

KS3 – type KS3 Bitesize into your browser.
 
GCSE – Core Science
 
GCSE – Additional

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