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Science

Science

Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity. At Aylestone School, we aim to:
•develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics
•develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help pupils to answer scientific questions about the world around them
•equip pupils with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.

We aim to challenge all pupils and ensure that every pupil achieves and enjoys in Science.
This is done through an engaging and exciting curriculum.
Science is taught in well-equipped labs by a team of experienced teachers, supported by a knowledgeable and creative lab technician and utilizing ICT teaching resources. Students have three hours of science lessons per week at Key Stage 3. They study Biology, Chemistry or Physics topics following the Exploring Science Scheme, this places great emphasis on "Working Scientifically". All students will start their GCSE courses at the beginning of year 10 and follow the Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Combined Science course which will leads to the award of two GCSE grades. Some students follow the triple science route gaining three separate GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
KS3 Science
Students study topics following the Exploring Science Scheme. These are assessed using extended writing tasks, practical/analysis skill assessment and the more transitional style exam paper.


Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Term 1

Ecosystems

Energy Transfers

Genetics and Evolution

Mixture and Separation

Combustion

Making Minerals

Sound

Breathing and Respiration

Force Fields and Electromagnets

Term 2

Forces

Energy Transfers

Forces and Motion

Atoms, Elements and Molecules

Combustion

Reactivity

Muscles and Bones

Breathing & Respiration

Plant Growth

Sexual Reproduction in Animals

Plants and Their Reproduction

 Biology

Acids and Alkali

Current - Electriciy

Metals and Their Uses

Light

 Chemsitry

Physics

Term 3

Cells, Tissues, Organs and Systems

Food and Nutrition

Biology

The Particle Model

Rocks

Chemistry

Energy

Earth and Space

Physics

Atoms elements and compounds (7H)

Fluids (8I)

 

Current Electricity (7J)

 

 

 

GCSE Combined Science—Double award (Core)

What will I learn?
GCSE study in the sciences provides the foundation for understanding the material world. Scientific understanding is changing our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity. Students will learn essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. They will gain appreciation of how the complex and diverse phenomena of the natural world can be described in terms of a small number of key ideas that relate to the sciences and that are both inter-linked and of universal application.
The GCSE in Combined Science enables students to:
•develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics
•develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science, through different types of scientific enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them
•develop and learn to apply observational, practical, modelling, enquiry and problem-solving skills in the laboratory, in the field and in other learning environments
•develop their ability to evaluate claims based on science through critical analysis of the methodology, evidence and conclusions, both qualitatively and quantitatively.

There are excellent resources to support students and there is a great emphasis on practical work with all students expected to complete a minimum of 18 core practicals’.

How will I be assessed?

The GCSE Combined Science will be assessed in six papers each lasting 70 minutes. They will have a mix of question types to include multiple choice questions, short answers, and longer extended answers (worth up to 6 marks). As it is a double award qualification, students will receive two grades. These grades could be the same number, e.g. 6, 6 or 7, 7. However, some students may receive a grade with adjacent numbers, e.g. 6, 7. This will signify a student who is at an intermediate point between the standard required for a 6, 6 grade, and the standard required for a 7, 7 grade
“Working Scientifically” will be assessed by examination questions based on 18 core practicals’ completed during the course.

What can I progress to?

Students gaining two Science GCSE qualifications are able move on to a great variety of courses and careers. Science will be a requirement if you wish to pursue: Medicine, Engineering, Environmental Science, Patent Lawyer, Veterinary Science, Cytogenetic Technology, Meteorology, Primary and Secondary school teaching.

It is worth noting that Science counts towards the English Baccalaureate qualification.

GCSE Triple Science

What will I learn?
The Triple Science option encourages students to be inspired, motivated and challenged by following a broad, coherent, practical, satisfying and worthwhile course of study.
It encourages learners to develop their curiosity about the living, material and physical worlds and provides insight into and experience of ‘working scientifically’. It enables learners to engage with science and to make informed decisions about further study in science and related subjects and career choices.
The Triple Science course includes all of the material in GCSE Combined Science, but it also has extension topics together with 24 Core practicals’, that lead to the award of three separate GCSEs: Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
The extension topics offer a chance to study some more interesting and sophisticated science such as:
•Biology: Investigate the factors that affect enzyme activity
•Chemistry: Investigate the preparation of pure, dry, hydrated copper sulphate crystals starting from copper oxide
•Physics: Describe uses of ultrasound and infrasound, including: sonar, foetal scanning and exploration of the Earth’s core

How will I be assessed?

Students will sit six papers each lasting 1 hour and 45 minutes. Each paper will consist of a mixture of different question styles, including multiple-choice questions, short-answer questions, calculations and extended open-response questions. Students will be awarded three GCSE grades for the separate subjects of Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

“Working Scientifically” will be assessed by examination questions based on 24 core practicals’ completed during the course.

What can I progress to?

Students gaining three Science GCSE qualifications are able move on to a great variety of courses and careers. Science will be a requirement if you wish to pursue: Medicine, Engineering, Environmental Science, Patent Lawyer, Veterinary Science, Cytogenetic Technology, Meteorology, Primary and Secondary school teaching.
It is worth noting that Science counts towards the English Baccalaureate qualification.

Further Information

Mrs C Hendry
Email: chendry@aylestone.hereford.sch.uk