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Stewards Academy

Stewards Academy

Science Specialist

Science

We are a leading Space department and hold Associate Department Status with The Princes Teaching Institute (PTI). As Associate Department we are recognised nationally for our innovative teaching and action research. Through the PTI our staff and pupils have access to the country’s leading academics who are working at the forefront of cutting edge research and development in the field of Science.

Our science department has modern lab facilities and is very well-resourced. As such we are able to provide pupils with a wide range of practically based science experiences. We also have a very extensive range of e-based learning software packages which allow us to provide high quality blended learning for our pupils.

All pupils are streamed by ability after the first autumn half term in year 7 so we can tailor the curriculum to best suit the needs of all learners.

Key Stage 3

Key Stage 3 (KS3) Science focuses on the big scientific ideas. The generalisations, principles and models which connect concepts in biology, chemistry and physics are the basis for the syllabus at KS3. The syllabus is designed to allow students to learn to see the world analytically, to explain phenomena and make predictions – all skills they need for their next stage of scientific learning. 

Content is organised under 10 big idea headings: Forces, Electromagnetism, Energy, Waves, Matter, Reactions, Earth, Organisms, Ecosystems and Genes. An overview of when topics will be studied is shown below.

 

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Year 7

Organisms

Forces

Matter

Ecosystems

Energy

Review / Revise

Year 8

Reactions

Waves

Genes

Earth

Electromagnets

Review / Revise

Pupils are regularly set project based home works, supported by knowledge organisers and Internet based learning resources, via the Class Charts platform. Homework at KS3 is designed to complement the learning in the class room by embedding core scientific knowledge & develop subject skills in a creative and independent way.

Key Stage 4

The majority of pupils will study Combined Science which results in 2 GCSEs while some pupils in the yellow pathway will have the opportunity to take their science further and study Triple Science, resulting in 3 GCSEs. Triple Science is not an option subject; pupils selected to study this subject are chosen based on their academic ability. We follow the AQA Combined Science: Trilogy suite of examinations. For Combined Science, pupils will cover 7 Biology, 9 Chemistry and 6 Physics modules.

AQA : Combined Science : Trilogy (2 GCSEs)

Aims of the course

  • To make sense of the world around you.

  • To extend your knowledge of scientific theories.

  • To develop your ability to think scientifically.

  • To prepare you for further science courses at A level.

  • To use practical work to aid understanding of scientific theory

What’s assessed:

There are six papers: two biology, two chemistry and two physics. Each of the papers will assess knowledge and understanding from distinct topic areas. Each paper carries an equal weighting.

Pupils will be fully assessed under exam conditions at the end of the GCSE course in Year 11.

How it’s assessed:

Each subject will require pupils to sit a written exam 1 hour 15 minutes long, that is a total of 6 exam papers or 7hrs and 30 mins.

Foundation and Higher Tier - 70 marks (Paper 1 & 2 are both equally weighted, each are worth 50% of the GCSE)

Questions

A range of multiple choice, structured, closed short answer and open response.

What’s assessed:

Paper 1

Foundation or Higher

Paper 2

Foundation or Higher

What's assessed

Biology Paper

Topics 1–4: Cell Biology; Organisation; Infection and response; and Bioenergetics

 

What's assessed

Biology Paper

Topics 5–7: Homeostasis and response; Inheritance, variation and evolution; and Ecology

Chemistry Paper

Topics 8–12: Atomic structure and the periodic table; Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter; Quantitative chemistry; Chemical
changes; and Energy changes

Chemistry Paper

Topics 13–17: The rate and extent of chemical change; Organic chemistry; Chemical analysis; Chemistry of the atmosphere; and Using resources

 

Physics Paper

Topics 18–21: Energy; Electricity; Particle
model of matter; and Atomic structure

Physics Paper

Topics 22–24: Forces; Waves; and Magnetism and electromagnetism

Questions in paper 2 may draw on an understanding of concepts from paper 1.

 
AQA : GCSE Triple Science: Trilogy (3 GCSEs Biology, Chemistry and Physics)

Aims of the course

  • To make sense of the world around you.
  • To extend your knowledge of scientific theories.
  • To develop your ability to think scientifically.
  • To prepare you for further science courses at A level.
  • To use practical work to aid understanding of scientific theory

What’s assessed:

For each separate science the assessment comprises of two papers at either foundation tier (papers 1 & 2) or higher tier (papers 3 & 4). Each paper carries an equal weighting. Pupils will be fully assessed under exam conditions at the end of the GCSE course in Year 11.

How it’s assessed:

Each subject will require pupils to sit a written exam 1 hour 45 minutes long, that is a total of 6 exam papers or 10hrs and 30mins.

Foundation and Higher Tier - 100 marks (Paper 1 & 2 are both equally weighted, each is

worth 50% of the GCSE)

Questions

A range of multiple choice, structured, closed short answer and open response.

What’s assessed:

Paper 1 Foundation

or

Paper 3 Higher

Paper 2 Foundation

or

Paper 4 Higher

What's assessed

Biology Paper (1 or 3)

Topics 1–4: Cell biology; Organisation; Infection and response; and Bioenergetics

 

What's assessed

Biology Paper (2 or 4)

Topics 5–7: Homeostasis and response; Inheritance, variation and evolution; and Ecology

Chemistry Paper (1 or 3)

Topics 1–5: Atomic structure and the periodic table; Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter; Quantitative chemistry, Chemical changes; and Energy changes

Chemistry Paper (2 or 4)

Topics 6–10: The rate and extent of chemical change; Organic chemistry; Chemical analysis, Chemistry of the atmosphere; and Using resources.

 

Physics Paper (1 or 3)

Topics 1-4: Energy; Electricity; Particle model of matter; and Atomic structure

Physics Paper (2 or 4)

Topics 5-8: Forces; Waves; Magnetism and electromagnetism; and Space physics

Questions in paper 2 may draw on an understanding of concepts from paper 1.

Pupils at KS4 are expected to complete regular revision tasks through Tassomai, a software revision package, in order to prepare them for their GCSE exams. Pupils are also given the opportunity to extend their scientific understanding through a range of project based home works. A variety of internet based learning resources are provided to support pupil’s independent study at KS4. All homework is set via the Class Charts platform.