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Science

Overview

The Centre for Education in Science and Technology states:                                                          

"Science offers students the ability to access a wealth of knowledge and information which will contribute to an overall understanding of how and why things work like they do.  Science is able to explain the mechanics and reasons behind the daily functioning of complex systems, which range from the human body to sophisticated modern methods of transport."

Science at The West Grantham Academy St Hugh's is taught as a compulsory subject to all students in KS3 and KS4, and we are able to offer lots of practical activities in our well-equipped laboratories.  Science is taught by specialist teachers who are supported by a laboratory technician.  Our aim is to engage and enthuse our students with the joys of science and the wonders that our world holds.

Team and Roles within the Team:
  • Miss Clare Buffham - CTL Science (clare.buffham@wgacademy.org.uk)
  • Mr Thomas Butt - Second in Science (thomas.butt@wgacademy.org.uk)
  • Mr Lee Hulse -  Teacher of Science and Head of House (lee.hulse@wgacademy.org.uk)
  • Jessica Ravenscroft - Trainee Teacher of Science (jessica.ravenscroft@wgacademy.org.uk)
  • Mrs Rhiannon Kopp - Lab Technician (rhiannon.kopp@wgacademy.org.uk)

KS3 Curriculum

In KS3, students follow the AQA KS3 course alongside skills-based lessons, which are structured to give them as much hands-on experience of science as possible.  The course allows students to explore their scientific understanding of the workings of the world around them and supports them in preparation for their KS4 learning.  This course lasts up until the February half term of Year 9, after which students start the GCSE course.

Year 7 curriculum plan:
  • Cells
  • Biological processes
  • The atom
  • Chemical reactions
  • Energy
  • Forces
Year 8 and 9 curriculum plan:
  • Electricity
  • Ecosystems
  • Energy
  • Reactions
  • Genes
  • Matter
  • Forces
  • Organisms
  • Waves
  • Electromagnets
KS3 Assessment

Each topic is assessed before and after the topic has been taught, clearly measuring progress made from lessons.  Students will receive "Closing the Gap" feedback to ensure any gaps in knowledge are addressed promptly.

KS4 Curriculum

Science as a core subject – AQA Trilogy and Synergy specifications
  • All students at St Hugh’s will complete combined GCSE science
  • This is a double award, so each student will receive two GCSE grades on the 9-1 scale
  • Trilogy: The content is a combination of all three subject areas; biology, chemistry and physics.
  • Synergy: The content is a combination of life and environmental science and physical science.
Science as a separate subject
  • Some students are selected to complete three ‘separate’ sciences.
  • They will receive a GCSE in biology, chemistry and physics.
  • These students will receive three separate grades on the 9-1 scale.

Students all have access, via the Kerboodle website, to online text books and resources for each of the three sciences.

All students in year 9, 10 and 11 have access to the  Tassomai system. This is their homework task each week and it has been proven to improve outcomes for students at GCSE. The system repeats key learning and concepts and progress is tracked each week by our team.

KS4 Assessment
Trilogy Science examinations

In total, students completing combined science will complete 6 exam papers:

Biology: 2 x 1hr 15 min papers
Chemistry: 2 x 1hr 15 min papers
Physics: 2 x 1hr 15 min papers

Weighting: Each paper is worth 16.7% of the combined science grade.

Synergy Science examinations

In total, students completing combined science will complete 4 exam papers:

Life and environmental science: 2 x 1hr 45 min papers

Physical science: 2 x 1hr 45 min papers

Weighting: Each paper is worth 25% of the combined science grade.

Separate science assessment

In total, students completing separate science will complete 6 exam papers:

Biology: 2 x 1hr 45 min papers
Chemistry: 2 x 1hr 45 min papers
Physics: 2 x 1hr 45 min papers

Weighting: Each paper is worth 50% of the grade in that subject.

Useful website links

Tassomai: www.tassomai.com

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

BBC Bitesize: http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zrkw2hv

Kerboodle: https://www.kerboodle.com/users/login

Seneca learning: https://senecalearning.com/