Science

“I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious”
Albert Einstein

“The best way to have a good idea is to have lots of ideas”
Linus Pauling

Key Stage 3

In Years 7 and 8 pupils follow a course based on the Association for Science Education ‘Wikid’ curriculum. This course has been adapted to prepare Test Valley pupils for the GCSE courses they will eventually follow.

The overall learning goals are the ‘Working Scientifically’ skills combined with the concepts from the new KS3 National Curriculum. Activities are designed to challenge pupils not only to secure their motivation, but to push them to achieve beyond what they might with more routine tasks. They need to think more deeply and consequently gain a greater sense of achievement.

Scientists use a structured enquiry process to answer questions. Pupils are therefore taught to develop their enquiry skills by researching questions practically and through the use of ICT. This approach helps pupils take ownership of their learning, enabling them to build on their understanding through experience and reflection.

Topics covered in Year 7 are:

  • Forensics (Particles, Chemical patterns and the use of evidence)
  • Cook! (Chemical reactions, energy transfer, particles and models)
  • Extinction (Classification, Habitats and Adaptations)
  • Electromancer (Electricity and magnetism and planning)
  • A&E (Cells, reproduction and technology)
  • Alien (Space and forces, analysis and reasoning).

Topics covered in Year 8 are:

  • Nviz (Energy transfer and resources and theories)
  • Live and Kicking (Cells, drugs and use of evidence)
  • Catastrophe (Geology and collaboration)
  • Pyrotechnics (Particles, chemical reactions and patterns)
  • Species at War (Microbes, food webs and models)
  • Studio Magic (Waves, communication and reasoning).

In Year 9 most pupils follow the Year 9 Wikid course which continues to develop the Scientific enquiry skills, but starts to introduce GCSE content. Some pupils complete a practical course called ‘Step5’ to consolidate their learning and ensure they are working at level 5 or above. In the third term, all Year 9 pupils begin work on the Science GCSE course.

Our KS3 curriculum has been enhanced by visiting the Science Museum, Mary Rose, STEM competitions and a visit by a planetarium.

Key Stage 4 (Current Year 10)

Subject Combined Science
Examination Board Edexcel
Specification 1SC0
Assessment 100% Examination (6 papers)
English Baccalaureate Yes

What will pupils learn on this course?

Pupils will continue to follow the 3 broad areas of study:

  • Biology – The Building Blocks of Cells; Organisms and Energy and Common Systems.
  • Chemistry – Atomic Structure and the Periodic Table; Ionic Compounds and Analysis; Covalent Compounds and Separation Techniques; Groups in the Periodic Table; Chemical Reactions and Quantitative Chemistry.
  • Physics – (Static and Current Electricity; Controlling and Using Electric Current; Motion and Forces; Momentum, Energy, Work and Power; Nuclear Fission and Nuclear Fusion and Advantages and Disadvantages of Using Radioactive Materials.

Pupils will further develop their ‘How Science Works’ skills including making their own hypotheses.

How will pupils be assessed on this course?

Pupils will complete six, one-hour ten minute examinations. There will be two exams for each of the sciences.  All six exams will have equal weighting and contribute towards a double GCSE outcome for science.

What kind of work will pupils need to do outside of lessons?

  • Home learning will be set weekly.
  • Many resources are available on Moodle to support pupils’ learning.
  • Due to the large volume of material covered, pupils will need to build up a revision folder over the year in preparation for the examinations.
  • Complete practice papers available on Moodle.
  • Watch scientific programmes on TV to improve their general scientific knowledge.

What could pupils go on to do at the end of the course?

If a B grade or above in this subject is gained, pupils will be able to study any ‘A’ level Science at college, including Environmental Science and Psychology. Pupils may go on to BTEC Level 3 in Applied Science. Pupils may choose not to go on into a science career, but a high grade will indicate to future employers that the pupil possesses good problem solving skills.

Subject Separate Science (Biology, Chemistry and Physics)
Examination Board Edexcel
Specification 1BI0, 1CH0, 1PH0
Assessment 100% Examination (6 papers)
English Baccalaureate Yes

What do pupils need to know or be able to do before taking this course?

Pupils will need to be exceeding their age related expectations in Science by the end of Year 9.

Is this course suitable?

If pupils are interested in studying Science in more depth, then this course is particularly suitable. Pupils need to have an interest in the world around them and how it works. They will need to be curious and constantly asking the question why.

What will pupils learn on this course?

You will follow the modules set out in Science and Additional Science. After completing these modules you will study the following extension units.

  • Using Biology – Control Systems, Behaviour and Biotechnology
  • Chemistry in Action – Quantitative and Qualitative Analysis, Electrolytic Processes, Gases and Equilibria and Organic Chemistry
  • Applications of Physics – Medical Physics, Radioactivity and Particle theory and its Applications

How will pupils be assessed on this course?

Pupils will complete six, one-hour fourty-five minute examinations. There will be two exams for each of the sciences.  All six exams will have equal weighting and contribute towards three GCSEs, one in each of the sciences.

What kind of work will pupils need to do outside of lessons?

Homework will be set weekly. However, coverage of the subject content is fast in Triple Science so pupils will need to work independently outside of lessons to consolidate and develop their understanding. It is expected that they will watch scientific programmes and read around the subject widely to increase their general subject knowledge. They will also need to build a revision folder over the year in preparation for the examinations. Many resources are available on Moodle to support learning including practice papers.

What could pupils go on to do at the end of the course?

It is likely that pupils would move on to study ‘A’ Level sciences. In order to move on to science ‘A’ levels and a science degree, at least a B grade in all three subjects would need to be achieved.

Key Stage 4 (Current Year 11)

Subject Science
Examination Board Edexcel
Specification 2SC01
Assessment 75% Examination  25% Controlled Assessment
English Baccalaureate Yes

What will pupils learn on this course?

GCSE Science encourages pupils to be motivated and challenged to engage with Science practically and theoretically and apply what is learned to everyday life.

Pupils will follow the 3 broad areas of study:

  • Biology – which looks at how plants, animals and other organisms live and how they benefit us
  • Chemistry – the study of substances, the way in which they react and how we use them to make new materials
  • Physics – which looks at how forces, electricity, waves and radiation affect our Universe and how we use these to invent technology to our benefit

In addition ‘How Science Works’ skills will be developed through practical work and looking at how Scientists work in various fields of study.

How will pupils be assessed on this course?

Pupils will complete three one-hour examinations, worth 25% each.  They will also complete up to three Controlled Assessments, one in each area of Science. The best marks from any of the three will be used for the final mark. This will be worth 25%.

What kind of work will pupils need to do outside of lessons?

  • Homework will be set weekly.
  • Many resources are available on Moodle to support learning.
  • Due to the large volume of material covered, pupils will need to build up a revision folder over the year in preparation for the examinations.
  • Complete practice papers available on Moodle.
  • Watch scientific programmes on TV to improve their general scientific knowledge.

What could pupils go on to do at the end of the course?

At the end of this course, pupils can go on to study Additional Science. If a B grade or above in this subject is gained, pupils will be able to study any ‘A’ level Science at college, including Environmental Science and Psychology. Pupils may go on to BTEC Level 3 in Applied Science. Pupils may choose not to go on into a science career, but a high grade will indicate to future employers that the pupil possesses good problem solving skills.

Subject Additional Science
Examination Board Edexcel
Specification 2AS01
Assessment 75% Examination  25% Controlled Assessment
English Baccalaureate Yes

What will pupils learn on this course?

Pupils will continue to follow the 3 broad areas of study:

  • Biology – The Building Blocks of Cells; Organisms and Energy and Common Systems.
  • Chemistry – Atomic Structure and the Periodic Table; Ionic Compounds and Analysis; Covalent Compounds and Separation Techniques; Groups in the Periodic Table; Chemical Reactions and Quantitative Chemistry.
  • Physics – (Static and Current Electricity; Controlling and Using Electric Current; Motion and Forces; Momentum, Energy, Work and Power; Nuclear Fission and Nuclear Fusion and Advantages and Disadvantages of Using Radioactive Materials.

Pupils will further develop their ‘How Science Works’ skills including making their own hypotheses.

How will I be assessed on this course?

Pupils will complete three one-hour examinations, worth 25% each.

They will also complete up to three Controlled Assessments, one in each area of Science. The best marks from any of the three will be used for the final mark. This will be worth 25%.

What kind of work will pupils need to do outside of lessons?

  • Homework will be set weekly.
  • Many resources are available on Moodle to support learning.
  • Due to the large volume of material covered, pupils will need to build up a revision folder over the year in preparation for the examinations.
  • Complete practice papers available on Moodle.
  • Watch scientific programmes on TV to improve their general scientific knowledge.

What could pupils go on to do at the end of the course?

If a B grade or above is gained in this subject, they will be able to study any ‘A’ level Science at college, including Environmental Science and Psychology. They may go on to BTEC Level 3 in Applied Science. They may choose not to go on into a science career, but a high grade will indicate to future employers that the pupil possesses good problem solving skills.

Subject Further Additional Science (Biology, Chemistry and Physics)
Examination Board Edexcel
Specification 2BI01, 2CH01, 2PH01
Assessment 75% Examination  25% Controlled Assessment for each subject
English Baccalaureate Yes

What do pupils need to know or be able to do before taking this course?

They need to be working at a level 6a or above in Science by the end of Year 9.

Is this course suitable?

If pupils have achieved the above level and are interested in studying Science in more depth, then this course is for them. They need to have an interest in the world around them and how it works. They need to be curious and constantly asking the question why.

What will pupils learn on this course?

They will follow the modules set out in Science and Additional Science. After completing these modules, they will study the following extension units.

  • Using Biology – Control Systems, Behaviour and Biotechnology
  • Chemistry in Action – Quantitative and Qualitative Analysis, Electrolytic Processes, Gases and Equilibria and Organic Chemistry
  • Applications of Physics – Medical Physics, Radioactivity and Particle theory and it’s Applications

Pupils will further develop their ‘How Science Works’ Skills, including making their own hypotheses to test in the Controlled Assessments.

How will pupils be assessed on this course?

In addition to the three Science and three Additional Science exams, pupils will complete three one-hour examinations for each extension unit. Each examination is worth 25%. They will also complete up to two Controlled Assessments in each area of Science. The best marks from these will be used for the final mark. This will be worth 25%. All the examination grades will be amalgamated by the exam board and you will gain three separate GCSEs, in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

What kind of work will pupils need to do outside of lessons?

Homework will be set weekly. However, coverage of the subject content is fast in Triple Science so pupils will need to work independently outside of lessons to consolidate and develop their understanding. It is expected that they will watch scientific programmes and read around the subject widely to increase their general subject knowledge. They also need to build a revision folder over the year in preparation for the examinations. Many resources are available on Moodle to support pupils’ learning, including practice papers.

What could pupils go on to do at the end of the course?

It is likely that pupils would move on to study ‘A’ Level sciences. In order to move on to science ‘A’ levels and a science degree, at least a B grade in all three subjects would need to be achieved.

Additional Information

Revision guides can be purchased from the department for: KS3, GCSE Science and GCSE Additional Science. Each guide is priced at £3.

Access to the textbook for GCSE Science and GCSE Additional Science is available via Moodle.