KS3 Science Curriculum
The course follows and extends the coverage of the National curriculum through the Pearson Exploring Science programme of study. We aim to involve the students in the processes of Science as well as the content.
Year 7 builds on the primary school experience and re-introduces the basic tools, units and techniques of the subject. During the remainder of Years 7 and 8 the Key Stage 3 course follows a modular pattern designed to cover all the required elements of National Curriculum Science in an interesting, relevant, modern and fun way.
Students are required to work in a variety of ways during the course, including making notes, listening, observing, following written and verbal instructions, report writing, and there is an increasing importance on the planning and carrying out of the student’s own investigations. We expect a high level of personal organisation, which includes students bringing their books, a pen, a pencil and ruler to each lesson and students are also expected to organise and share equipment and keep control of their desk area when doing practical work.
Assessment and Homework
Assessment takes place throughout the course using a variety of methods. Knowledge and understanding are assessed through written work done in class, during discussion and by teacher observation as well as through formal common assessments at the end of each term. All students are assessed by written task and practical investigation skills so that we can build up a picture of their performance overall, not just in tests.
Homework in KS3 Science is set on an online platform called Educake and students will have the chance to answer questions from the topic that they learnt in the class. Students are expected to complete homework every week.
The Key Stage 3 work is the foundation for one of the two routes through to GCSE in Science which students can follow.
KS4 Science Curriculum
Key Stage 4 work takes place over 3 years and begins in year 9.
Students progress through 2 possible routes to the final qualifications in Science; the Edexcel Triple Science Award and the Edexcel Combined Science course. These are to cater for those students who have a real interest in Science and are likely to progress onto an ‘A’ Level in Science at post-16 (Triple) and the remainder who follow the Combined award course.
Along with the relevant theory of science, key stage 4 science curriculum is rich in practical. During their GCSE students have the chance to complete 18 compulsory practicals in Combined science course and 24 practicals in Triple science course. Both the courses in science will prepare the students for either A levels in science or any level 3 courses related to science.
Assessment and Homework
Assessment takes place throughout the course using a variety of methods. Knowledge, understanding and practical skills are assessed through written work done in class, and are marked formatively. Common assessments take place at the end of each term and are graded. Throughout various points of the year extended mock exam assessments will take place. These are again graded and used to identify student’s final exam entry, either foundation or higher.
Homework is an integral and important part of the work in KS4 Science. It is set regularly and is expected to be completed on time. Tasks are set online through ‘Educake’ to consolidate learning, as well as revision tasks in the run up to end of unit exams and mock exams.
- BBC Bitesize provides valuable information on KS3 and KS4 texts
- CGP KS4 and GCSE revision guides
- EDUCAKE for homework and revision
- GCSE Pod and Active Learn can be used for independent revision
- Seneca for revision
- Save my exam- to practice exam style questions
In addition to the above resources, science department has created a number of resources to help with your science revision.