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DEPARTMENT CONTEXT

STAFF CODE

NAME

RESPONSIBILITIES

GIK Kat Gillett Director of Learning for Science and KS5 coordinator
MOP Paula Monaghan Assistant Principal and Science Teacher
FAC Candice Falconer Teacher of Science NQT
XSC Science Cover Teacher of Science
BOR Ryan Bourne Science and Geography Teacher/Head of Year 7 & 8
ESL Lucille Esson Head Technician

Facilities:

7 Specialist Science classrooms well equipped with gas and water access points, smartboards.

1 Non-specialist teaching room

2 Physics rooms (blackout blinds)

5 Fume cupboards

Technicians’ rooms with various Physics, Chemistry and Biology resources

         CURRICULUM PLANS

Science

 

 

Years 7 & 8 (KS3)

 

 

All students study science and cover biology, chemistry, physics and earth science topics. Our curriculum is based on that developed by AQA to lead into their GCSE. Our goal is to prepare students for GCSE science by providing them with the skills and knowledge but also a curiosity about the world and a confidence in practical problem solving and exploration. We will do this by providing lots of opportunity for practical work in small groups.

We have used the AQA framework to develop a bespoke scheme of work and resources based on the DfE national curriculum learning objectives that provides our students with a varied diet of theoretical and practical learning. Having a KS3 without levels for assessment gives a freedom to plan in a more joined up way with KS4 content. Learning outcomes and resources build on and extend KS2 learning and begin to develop skills and knowledge for GCSE such as fundamental science ideas as well as maths skills. 

As well as building a strong foundation of skills and knowledge for KS4 our curriculum is designed to develop students’ interest and curiosity in the world around them through practical work, demonstrations and projects. Practical work and exploration is at the heart of our science teaching in order to anchor learning in a deep and long term way as well as to build on the natural inquisitiveness and joy that students come to secondary school with. 

All KS3 students will be assessed in linear style assessments every second half term that will cover the content covered in the course so far.

 

Year 9, 10 and 11

(KS4)

 

 

Curriculum planning for years 9, 10 and 11 (all AQA) has been completed an assessment plans are fully built  into these plans

Incumbent year 11 students have 6 periods of Science a week.  The course is due for completion by December 2018 for combined Science Students and March 2019 for Triple Science students.

Year 9 and 10 will have two teachers per class. We are trialing this given our particular parameters in terms of teachers and the capacity to teach the course over three years allowing us some more flexibility on timing. 

Year 11 will have either two or three teachers depending on the set. Lower sets will have fewer teachers as this helps with their progress by having more consistency, where by more able sets are supported by teachers with expertise in their field (physics, biology or chemistry)

Year 10 will complete the vast majority of the KS4 content by the end of year 10 – due to completion of teaching plans in 2017-2018, leaving year 11 to be tailored intervention and revision. All students in KS4 will be assessed throughout topics and also in linear style assessments once per term.

Students at KS4 must complete either 21 or 28 practicals (depending on whether they sit combined or triple science). This helps to develop their practical skills and problem solving abilities.

 

 

Year 12 and 13 (KS5)

We offer the following courses at A level:

Biology (AQA 7401/7402)

Chemistry (AQA 7404/7405)

Psychology (AQA 7181)

The courses are all running to new specifications which are two year, linear programmes. Biology, Physics and Chemistry include a practical endorsement; students need to complete 12 practicals throughout the course and these skills are assessed as 30% of their final grade through a written paper.  All subjects are assessed via terminal exam papers.  Physics is currently taught at another centre to support ensuring students in the Academy.

 

EXTRA-CURRICULAR PROVISION

STEM

We run many varied STEM activities both in and outside of school. These are organised by our Head Technician or an appropriate teacher and students will be informed depending on the type of activity and numbers. These cut across all year groups and ability groupings, for example in 2017-18 we ran an in class competition to build and race miniature cars called the Blood Hound Race.  

KS3: A lunchtime science club driven by practical activities is offered to those in KS3. These will have a range of biology, chemistry and physics activities in order to share the joy of exploring the world around us and carry out their own investigations outside of the national curriculum.

KS4: Intervention sessions are run focussing on year 11 classes but open to others once per week for an hour. In addition teachers offer extra revision where appropriate over the Easter half term and in the run up to GCSE and A level exams. We also organise and run various trips for different groups of students throughout the year. These focus on areas from all three specialisms and will focus on the non-examined year groups 9 and 10. A bespoke extension science session is being run on top of the after school intervention for students who have particularly high target grades. This carries over from the previous year.

KS5: KS5 teachers offer an open door policy for year 12 and 13 to obtain resources or help after school. KS5 students also support in KS4 interventions which enriches their own knowledge and skills. We actively encourage our A level students to join us for their self-directed study. Trips are organised for students to explore careers but also to explore the potential that science has in the real world. An example of this was that our year 12 biologists attended a conference on cardiology at Harefield Hospital. We will be repeating this trip and others that are directly relevant to the curriculum or careers in 2018-2019.

USEFUL WEBSITES

In addition to websites including I am Learning, Logonscience (Key Stage 4) and Kerboodle (Key Stage 5), for which subscriptions are paid the following websites are free and are also used:

http://www.logonscience.com/html/index.php

http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningzone/clips/

http://cleo.skoool.co.uk/

http://footprints-science.co.uk/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/science/

http://www.s-cool.co.uk/

http://www.schoolshistory.org.uk/science.htm

http://www.gcsescience.com/index.html

http://www.what2learn.com/home/examgames/science/

http://www.abpischools.org.uk/page/resource/age/subject.cfm?coSiteNavigation_inAllTopics=1