Science Curriculum Overview 2016-17

The grid below gives an overview of the curriculum for this academic year.

Year 7

Classes are taught in two bands of 5 sets and there are 6 periods per fortnight. The curriculum followed is the Key Stage 3 National Curriculum. Science and Maths sets are linked so that a students will be in the same set for both subjects. During the year, great emphasis is placed on practical work and pupils are introduced to a wide range of scientific equipment and its safe use.

The practical and investigative skills of planning, observing and analysing are introduced and developed throughout the year. Scientific knowledge and understanding is built upon through the study of a number of modules covering all three sciences (Biology, Chemistry and Physics). Integrated within the modules are lessons to improve and develop scientific thinking skills and the use of ICT in science.

Year 8

Classes are split into a top set and 2 further equal ability sets in each of the 3 school bands in Year 8 and there are 6 periods per fortnight. The Key Stage 3 National Curriculum is continued from Year 7 and students are encouraged to build on the skills and knowledge they have already gained. A number of modules are studied which cover all three sciences in an integrated approach. More practical skills in the laboratory are developed and scientific writing and presentation is encouraged.

Year 9

Classes are split into a top set and 2 further equal ability sets in each of the 3 school bands for Year 9 and there are 6 periods per fortnight.
Students build upon and consolidate scientific knowledge and understanding through the study of a number of further Key Stage 3 modules covering biology, chemistry and physics and finish the KS3 programme by the end of the first term of Year 9.

Practical and investigative skills of planning, observing and analysing are developed further within the modules studied. 

There are numerous opportunities to use, develop and apply ICT and thinking skills acquired in previous years.

Following the End of Key Stage exam in January, students study the first GCSE modules which are internally examined in June; the results of which help to determine whether the student is offered AQA GCSE Separate Sciences (Triple Science) or AQA GCSE Combined Science Trilogy (Double Science) in Year 10 These two routes are the start of Key Stage 4 Curriculum.

Year 10

Following the results of the GCSE module tests at the end of Year 9, students are split into sets based on ability and attainment. The following groups then run throughout Year 10 and 11:

Equal ability sets of AQA Separate GSCE Sciences (Triple Science) studying Biology, Physics and Chemistry (3 GCSEs) over 2 years (12 periods per fortnight)

AQA Combined Science Trilogy (Double Science) sets studying a combination of Biology, Physics and Chemistry (2 GCSEs) over 2 years (10 periods per fortnight).

All Science students sit their examinations for the Science GCSEs at the end of Year 11 and they have no public exams in year 10.  Students have the opportunity to take part in a series of Required Practical Activities specified by the Exam Board and the skills learned are then examined in the public exams at the end of Year 11. A small number of students will undertake the AQA Entry Level Certificate qualification in addition to Combined Science GCSE.

Year 11

A continuation of the courses begun in Year 10. The same setting and periods per fortnight apply.

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