Science

Mission Statement:

The aims of the Science Department at The King’s School:

• To enable all young people whatever their circumstances or ability, to take part in and enjoy science education and to be able to provide a range of enrichment activities

• To promote and celebrate young people’s health, safety and physical well-being, through carefully planned and structured science teaching

• To enable all young people to improve and achieve their true potential in science

• To encourage young people to nurture an interest in science for life and develop a connection to science in the real world

• To achieve high standards in both practical and theoretical aspects.

• To develop team working skills, mutual support and respect with and for one another within the staff of the department

• To provide excellent teaching and enjoyable lessons for all our learners

• To ensure every child is given the opportunity to fulfil their potential, for example gifted and talented, SEND and other vulnerable groups

• To develop scientific literacy and numeracy skills, including reading, writing, communication and maths

• To develop students social, moral, spiritual and cultural awareness through science learning

• Mrs J Lawson – Subject Team Leader
• Mrs C Leeson – Assistant Subject Team Leader
• Mr T Marks – Assistant Headteacher
• Miss P Langston – PDC Co-ordinator & Year Achievement Leader (YAL)
• Mr G Cooper – Teacher of Science
• Mr D Bedford – Teacher of Science
• Mr T Whittaker – Teacher of Science
• Miss K Fitzgerald – Teacher of Science
• Mrs A Armstrong – Teacher of Science
• Miss P Hughes – HLTA
• Mrs C Stephenson – Lead Technician
• Mr J Lynch – Technician/HLTA
• Mr J Gibson – Technician/HLTA
• Mrs D Trundle – Teacher of Science
• J Emerson- Thompson – Teacher of Science
• Z Turner – Teacher of Science
• Mrs K Spawton – Teacher of Science
At Key stage 3 a course has recently been modified in light of the new National Curriculum for Year 7 and Year 8. This follows the AQA KS3 Science Syllabus which can be found on the AQA website. Students are assessed at least once every half term. This may be through exam style questions, practical assessment or an extended writing activity. Progress journeys for each topic should be available in your child’s exercise book or homework booklet.
We offer Separate Sciences as an option to students in Year 8 and this is proving to be a popular course with over a quarter of the year group choosing this as an option.
Students in our current Year 11 follow the AQA syllabus for Science. They will be entered for both Core and Additional Science. Students in our current Year 9 and 10 are studying the new GCSE syllabus with AQA – GCSE Combined Science – Trilogy.

GCSE Core Science (AQA)

GCSE Science A enables students to cover a Key Stage 4 science course for learners of any ability, whether they intend to study science further or not. The specification presents biology, chemistry and physics in separate teaching and learning units, with a choice of two routes for assessment and Controlled Assessment Unit. This course provides a firm foundation for progression to AS and A-level Science.

GCSE Additional Science (AQA)

GCSE Additional Science provides a Key Stage 4 science course for learners of any ability, whether they intend to study science further or not. The specification presents biology, chemistry and physics in separate teaching and learning units, with a choice of two routes for assessment. This course, when combined with GCSE Science A, provides a firm foundation for progression to AS and A-level Science

GCSE Combined Science – Trilogy (AQA)

This course is new for GCSE teaching from September 2016, with exams in Summer 2018.The GCSE Combined Science Trilogy course covers Biology, Chemistry and Physics and has been designed to engage and challenge students to reach their full potential. Lessons are taught through scientific theory, practical work and investigations.

Triple Science – GCSE Biology, GCSE Chemistry and GCSE Physics

GCSE Biology, GCSE Chemistry and GCSE Physics enable learners to cover a Key Stage 4 course for learners of any ability, whether they intend to study Science further or not. This course provides a firm foundation for progression to AS and A-level Biology, Chemistry or Physics.
Further details on each of the courses offered are available on the AQA website:
http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse

GCSE Core Science – CURRENT YEAR 11

GCSE Core Science – CURRENT YEAR 11
There are three modules to complete for Core Science:
Unit 1 Biology 1
Unit 2 Chemistry 1
Unit 3 Physics 1

All are assessed with a 60 minute exam and are worth 25%. There is also a controlled assessment to complete (25%).

GCSE Additional Science – CURRENT YEAR 11

There are three modules to complete for Additional Science
Unit 1 Biology 2
Unit 2 Chemistry 2
Unit 3 Physics 2

All are assessed with a 60 minute exam and are worth 25%. There is also a controlled assessment to complete (25%).

GCSE Biology – CURRENT YEAR 11

Unit 1 Biology 1
Unit 2 Biology 2
Unit 3 Biology 3
All are assessed with a 60 minute exam and are worth 25%. There is also a controlled assessment to complete (25%).

GCSE Chemistry – CURRENT YEAR 11

Unit 1 Chemistry 1
Unit 2 Chemistry 2
Unit 3 Chemistry 3

All are assessed with a 60 minute exam and are worth 25%. There is also a controlled assessment to complete (25%).

GCSE Physics – CURRENT YEAR 11

Unit 1 Physics 1
Unit 2 Physics 2
Unit 3 Physics 3

All are assessed with a 60 minute exam and are worth 25%. There is also a controlled assessment to complete (25%).

New GCSE Science courses from September 2016 for the CURRENT YEAR 9 AND 10
GCSE Combined Science – Trilogy

There are 6 modules to complete for Combined Science – Trilogy:
Biology paper 1
Biology paper 2
Chemistry paper 1
Chemistry paper 2
Physics paper 1
Physics paper 2

Each exam is out of 70 marks and is 1 hour 15 minutes. Each exam equates to 16.7% of final GCSE grade.

There is no controlled assessment component.

This will result in a double GCSE grade on a 17 point scale from 1,1 to 9,9.

GCSE Biology

There are 2 modules to complete for GCSE Biology:
Biology paper 1
Biology paper 2

Each exam is out of 100 marks and is 1 hour 45 minutes. Each exam equates to 50% of final GCSE grade.

There is no controlled assessment component.

GCSE Chemistry

There are 2 modules to complete for GCSE Chemistry:
Chemistry paper 1
Chemistry paper 2

Each exam is out of 100 marks and is 1 hour 45 minutes. Each exam equates to 50% of final GCSE grade.

There is no controlled assessment component.

GCSE Physics
There are 2 modules to complete for GCSE Physics:
Physics paper 1
Physics paper 2

Each exam is out of 100 marks and is 1 hour 45 minutes. Each exam equates to 50% of final GCSE grade.

There is no controlled assessment component.

Science Club

Science Club will be running after school on a Wednesday 3.15pm to 4.00pm for Year 7, 8 and Year 9.

After School Revision Sessions

Updates with these sessions will be published after February half term on the screens around school and the website.

www.samlearning.com
Centre ID: WF8KH

User ID: Date of birth and initials e.g. 250402cl

Password: Date of birth and initials e.g. 250402cl

www.bbc.co.uk/schools/bitesize

http://www.my-gcsescience.com/

GCSE Past papers can be found via the following link:

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse

We recommend that all students purchase a login for the my-gcsescience website. This website has a vast array of revision resources, including tutorial video clips, past exam questions and mark schemes.

Students can pay for their login at the finance office. They have all received a letter about this and further details can be obtained from their science teacher if they have any questions.
CGP revision guides can also be bought from school.

Kings School Science department works closely with a number of local state schoolsand 6th form providers to provide a variety of enrichment activities to support their science experience. The focus is specifically on Physics events.
The department plays an active role in the Year 5 taster day.
A transition project is being developed with the other schools in the trust for Year 6 students.

To aid the Key Stage 4 to Key Stage 5 transition, taster days are organised on a regular basis.

Kings School Science department works closely with a number of local state schools and 6th form providers to provide a variety of enrichment activities to support their science experience. The focus is specifically on Physics events.
2016 Results

• 2016 Results
• 67% achieved A* – C in two or more Science GCSE’s
• 77% achieved 1 or more grade C or above in GCSE Science

Prospectus

Please click here to download a pdf version of our School Prospectus.