Welcome to the Science Department: Curriculum Information 2017 - 2018
Alex Moon Assistant Curriculum Leader
Tim Roach Lead Teacher
Anthony Carter Assistant Head Teacher
Jan Oliver Classroom Teacher
Mark Cumner Classroom Teacher
Paula Balch Classroom Teacher / Year 9 Progress Leader
Tom Cartwright Classroom Teacher
Louise Long Classroom Teacher
Louise Horwood Senior Technician
Fleur Riall Technician
Introduction to the Department:
In the Science department we aim to help all students build up their confidence in Chemistry, Physics and Biology and develop their scientific thinking. We firstly endeavour to help make the transition from primary to secondary school as smooth as possible. Throughout key stage 3 students study a wide array of subjects relating to the natural world, the physical world and the chemical world. Learning will be a continuous process, building on knowledge gained during key stage 2.
Key Stage 3 Information:
In Key Stage 3 we are constantly developing our curriculum to make it dynamic and relevant to the students we teach. By blending together assessment of what our students know, and how they investigate phenomena, we produce life-long learners who have an interest in the natural world and the ability to explore it further.
Across the key stage we teach a wide variety of topics covering all areas of science. Starting with the key ideas of science (particles, forces, cells and energy) and then moving on to other topics that allow these ideas to be further explored and applied.
Course structure through Key Stage 3
Key Stage 4 Information:
In key stage 4, students enter one of two pathways based on their potential and their endeavour throughout key stage 3.
For our most gifted and eager scientists, we offer the new Separate Science award, as per the new National Curriculum; which allows students to gain up to three GCSE’s in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Each course explores content ranging from purely theoretical to the applications of science.
Each separate GCSE involves two summative exams totalling 3 ½ hours. There is no coursework with this new course, but practical skills are assessed and knowledge of a set of 24 practicals is required and can be assessed in the summative exams.
As well as this there are new Maths guidelines for each course, where there will be a certain percentage of questions related to mathematical calculation; 10% in Biology; 20% Chemistry; 30% Physics. There will also be formula which the students will need to learn of by heart as the list of equations given has been reduced.
This course offers two GCSE’s in the new Combined Science GCSE, as per the new National Curriculum. The course explores the main disciplines (Chemistry, Physics, Biology), with the content ranging from purely theoretical to the applications of science. The content is also similar to Triple Science but explored in less detail.
Combined Science will have a total of 7 hours of exams. There is no coursework with this new course, but practical skills are assessed and knowledge of a set of 18 practicals is required and can be assessed in the summative exams.
As well as this there are new Maths guidelines for each course, where there will be a certain percentage of questions related to mathematical calculation; 20% across all papers. There will also be formula which the students will need to learn of by heart as the list of equations given has been reduced.
Course structure through Key Stage 4
Examination Board used
We follow the AQA exam board for Separate Science and Combined Science.
Qualification to be obtained
Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Combined Science Award
Other Information eg club/trips:
RUSSIA – First launched in 2016. This trip took in the Russian history, with trips to the Kremlin, Red Square, Old Town, The Metro and Korolyov city (Russian Space training program), where the UK’s own Tim Peake trained before his journey to the International Space Station.
BIG BANG – A yearly event run for year 10 Students, where a whole day is spent at workshops and displays run by STEM based companies.
TEENTECH – a STEM project run locally in Basingstoke, where 10 students from year 9 get a chance to experience presentations and work on challenges as groups.
STEM Club – A weekly club that allows the students a chance to explore Science and develop their own curiosity for the subject. As part of this club we offer the chance to obtain the CREST awards.