Science

 

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AIM

The aims of the Science Department are:

The department is led by Miss Hayes whose colleagues, a further nine, combine wide experience, youthful spirit and impressive professional qualifications in a friendly, ambitious team.

We endeavour to equip all of our students with the skills that they will need to be successful in the ever changing world of the 21st Century. Independence, a desire to learn plus the ability to read with understanding and empathy, write with accuracy and express themselves orally are our key foci. The English team aim to plan and deliver engaging, challenging and personalised lessons, alongside providing regular and rigorous feedback to support and motivate our students to achieve their challenging targets.

Extra-Curricular Clubs

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What can a student expect from the Faculty?

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  • to develop in pupils lively, enquiring minds so that they can increase their knowledge and understanding of natural phenomena

 

  • to allow pupils to acquire scientific skills, to learn to solve problems and to learn to make informed judgements

 

  • to encourage each pupil to have an appreciation, care and concern for other pupils, animals, plants and the environment

 

  • to ensure that all pupils receive a broad, balanced, relevant and differentiated experience of Science

 

  • to educate pupils for a happy and successful life in a society being influenced by rapid scientific and technological change

 

  • to deliver the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum and prepare pupils for public examinations to enable all pupils to achieve their maximum potential

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Extra-Curricular Clubs

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  • Recycling Group

  • Enrichment the Education and experiences of our pupils

The department is dedicated to enriching the education of all our pupils, this is why we offer a variety of enrichment opportunities throughout the year including educational visits such as; Jodrell Bank, Magna Science Adventure, A Star Gazing Evening, Museum of Science and Industry, The Big Bang Show, Heysham Power Station and Blackpool Zoo.

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Vision & Aims

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The Science department is committed in ensuring ALL pupils make greater than expected progress across all Key Stages in the subject of Science. We uphold and display the attributes of the Academy and encourage the pupils to be resilient at every possible opportunity. Our aim is to deliver outstanding lessons to every pupil, every day.

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Key Stage 3 - Curriculum Overview

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At KS3 pupils are taught Chemistry, Physics and Biology in line with the KS3 National Curriculum and the scheme of work has been designed to allow a smooth transition from KS3 to KS4. Pupils will have the opportunity to carry out numerous Scientific investigations and develop their working scientifically skills. Pupils are assessed at timely intervals throughout the year to monitor progress and to ensure that all pupils are provided with the necessary support, and challenge.

 

The aim of the KS3 science curriculum is to give the students a solid foundation of scientific knowledge and understanding in order to prepare them for their KS4 courses, but more importantly, to ignite a passion and spark a curiosity in the subject. To this end science lessons encourage the students to ask questions, to take risks in their learning and, of course, to carry out practical work.

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Key Stage 4 - Curriculum Overview

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GCSE Science Course Options

 

There are two different Options; AQA Triple Award Science or AQA Combined Science Trilogy

 

All pupils will have topic tests on each of the topics below. We have written our own topic assessments to ensure we provide regular rigour, challenge and feedback. In addition to these assessments pupils will be required to complete Mock exams.

 

AQA Triple Science

 

Pupils study 3 Separate Science GCSE’s (AQA GCSE Biology GCSE Chemistry & GCSE Physics) Pupils are taught by specialist teachers in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. For each GCSE pupils sit two 1 hr 45 min exams paper one and paper two, each are worth 50% of the separate GCSE’s. The exams consist of a variety of different style questions including; multiple choice, structured, closed short and open answer. All of the exams are linear and taken at the end of year 11. This course is most suited for our most able learners.

 

AQA Combined Science Trilogy

 

If pupils do not opt for AQA Triple Science then they will Study AQA Combined Science. Pupils sit six exams in total, two for each subject; Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Each paper lasts 1 hr 15mins long. Pupils will get 2 GCSE’s for AQA Combined Science Triology.

 

The topics taught in KS4 are:

 

GCSE Biology Topics

  1. Cell biology

  2. Organisation,

  3. Infection and response,

  4. Bioenergetics,

  5. Homeostasis and response,

  6. Inheritance, variation and evolution,

  7. Ecology.

  • Paper 1 covers topics 1-4

  • Paper 2 covers topics 5-7.

GCSE Chemistry Topics

  1. Atomic Structure

  2. Bonding

  3. Qualitative Chemistry

  4. Chemical Changes

  5. Energy Changes

  6. Rate of Chemical Change

  7. Organic Chemistry

  8. Chemical Analysis

  9. Chemistry of the Atmosphere

  10. Using resources

  • Paper 1 covers topics 1-5

  • Paper 2 covers topics 6-10

 

 

GCSE Physics Topics

  1. Energy

  2. Electricity

  3. Particle Model of Matter

  4. Atomic Structure

  5. Forces

  6. Waves

  7. Magnetism and Electromagnetism

  8. Space

  • Paper 1 covers topics 1-4

  • Paper 2 covers topics 5-8

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