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“I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.” – Albert Einstein
 
Everyone can do Science. You don’t have to be a genius or come from a privileged background. At Lowton Church of England High School we promote self-belief and provide a structured learning environment so everyone can fulfill their potential.
 
 

A high-quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity. Through building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, pupils should be encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena.

Subject Key Aims

Pupils will understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring in the world around them, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.

Provide pupils with the knowledge and understanding needed to engage, as informed citizens, with science based issues.

Curriculum Overview

KS3

The KS3 curriculum is covered in years 7-9.  The curriculum is broad and balanced; and offers a wide range of opportunities for students to work independently.

Topics:

Biology – cells, reproduction, muscles and bones, ecosystems, food and nutrition, breathing and respiration, unicellular organisms, genetics and evolution and plant growth and photosynthesis.

Chemistry – Mixtures and separation, acids and alkalis, the particle model, atoms, elements and molecules, combustion, the periodic table, metals and their uses, rocks, making materials and reactivity.

Physics – Energy, electricity, forces, sound, fluids, light, energy transfers, Earth and space, forces and motion, and force fields and electromagnets.

The Science Department offers students a programme of study using the Exploring Science: Working Scientifically publication (by Pearson).  This has been designed to follow the new curriculum for KS3 Science as closely as possible. In addition, the scheme,

  • Is well differentiated;
  • Is accessible;
  • Is comprehensive;
  • Integrates Working Scientifically;
  • Is flexible to facilitate personalisation
  • Is motivating for both teachers and students.

The Science Department delivers Exploring Science: Working Scientifically (published by Pearson).

Year 7:

  • Cells, tissues, Organs and systems; Acids and alkalis; Electricity.
  • Muscles and bones; The particle model; Atoms, elements and molecules; Forces.
  • Reproduction in animals; Mixtures and separation; Sound.
  • Ecosystems; Energy.

Year 8:

  • Food and nutrition; The periodic table, Earth and space.
  • Breathing and respiration; Combustion; Energy transfers.
  • Unicellular organisms; Metals and their uses; Light.
  • Plants and their reproduction; Rocks; Fluids.

Year 9:

  • Genetics and evolution; Making materials; Forces and motion.
  • Plant growth; Reactivity; Force fields and electromagnetism.

After completing the KS3 programme of study, students will complete a series of essential practical activities, which are part of the new GCSE course.

Assessment

Students are continually assessed throughout KS3 in a formative way.  Each topic includes an opportunity to assess the students progress regarding working scientifically, in addition to assessing knowledge and understanding via extended response questions and a quiz.  The progress made by each student is recorded in the departmental tracking system.  This monitoring system allows for interventions with underachieving students, as well as recognising achievement.

Homework

Homework is mainly in the form of ActiveLearn, the online publication from Pearson that follows the programme of study.  This homework includes a variety of tasks for students to complete, giving instant feedback and providing teachers with an accurate picture of students’ understanding.  The online textbook is also a very valuable tool that students can use to aid their revision of topics covered in lesson.  In addition to ActiveLearn, there are stand-alone tasks and projects.

KS4 Science details

All students take either Double or Triple GSCE Science. If they take Triple Science they use one option choice to make Double Science up to Triple Science.

Course aims

To make the experience of learning Science a positive one for all students.

To provide students with the opportunity to advance to a STEM career.

To equip students with the knowledge and skills that they will need for later life regardless of their career path, and to play a full part in a modern democratic society as active and informed citizens.

Organisation

Students are put in sets according to ability and aptitude, which are reviewed regularly.

Homework

A variety of homework activities are set including research tasks, learning of key facts and vocabulary, written questions and examination practice.

Current Y10 and 11 – OCR 21st Century Science

Double Science course content.

The students study for 2 GCSEs (Core Science and Additional Science), each combining aspects of Biology, Chemistry and Physics.  The Core Science and Additional Science GCSE grades are awarded separately, meaning two different grades can be achieved.

Core Science 

You & Your Genes, Keeping Healthy, Life on Earth.

Air Quality, Material Choices, Chemicals in our lives.

The Earth in the Universe, Radiation and Life, Sustainable Energy.

Additional Science

The processes of life, Growth & Development, Brain & Mind.

Chemical Patterns, Chemicals of the Natural Environment, Chemical Synthesis.

Explaining Motion, Electric Circuits, Radioactive Materials

Triple Science course content.

The students study for Biology, Chemistry and Physics separately.  Each subject is awarded a single GCSE grade.  The course content covers all of the material in the Double Science course as well as the following extra topics:

Biology – Further Biology (anatomy, biotechnology and ecology).

Chemistry – Further Chemistry (the chemical industry, organic chemistry, analytical chemistry).

Physics – Further Physics (studying the Universe)

Assessment

In the classroom students complete interim assessments during each topic, as well as focussed levelled assessment tasks at specific points during the year.  These are marked and specific feedback is then given to the students

Double Science formal examinations

There are three examinations for each GCSE, one Biology, one Chemistry and one Physics. Each of the papers will assess knowledge and understanding from distinct topic areas.

How it’s assessed

Each written exam lasts one hour, contributing 25% of each GCSE.

Controlled Assessment

There are three pieces of Controlled Assessment which contribute 25% of the marks for the Core Science and Additional Science GCSE qualifications.

Triple Science formal examinations

There are three examinations for each GCSE.  Each of the papers will assess knowledge and understanding from distinct topic areas.

How it’s assessed

Each written exam lasts one hour, contributing 25% of each GCSE.

Controlled Assessment

There are three pieces of Controlled Assessment which contribute 25% of the marks for each of the Biology, Chemistry and Physics GCSE qualifications.

From September 2016 – AQA Science

Double Science course content.

The students will follow the AQA Trilogy GCSE which leads to two GCSE grades of equal weighting that combine Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

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.

Triple Science course content.

The students will follow the AQA Biology, Chemistry and Physics GCSEs.  This leads to the award of three separate GCSE grades for Biology, Chemistry and Physics.  The topics covered are the same as those in Double Science but the content is addressed in greater detail.

Assessment

In the classroom students will complete interim assessments during each topic, as well as focussed levelled assessment tasks at specific points during the year.  These are marked and specific feedback is then given to the students

Double Science formal examinations

There are six examinations: two Biology, two Chemistry and two Physics. Each of the papers will assess knowledge and understanding from distinct topic areas.

How it’s assessed

Each written exam lasts one hour and fifteen minutes, contributing 16.7% of the GCSE.

Triple Science formal examinations

There are two examinations for each subject.  Each of the papers will assess knowledge and understanding from distinct topic areas.

How it’s assessed

Each written exam lasts one hour and forty five minutes, contributing 50% of each GCSE.

Examination question types

Multiple choice, structured, closed short answer, and open response.  There will also be questions based upon practical skills that the students must use to complete either twenty one (Double Science) or twenty eight (Triple Science) specific practical activities during the course.

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