In KS3 we follow a standardised curriculum across the entire CLF. This is designed based on the national curriculum program of study

Biology

  • Cells and Organisation
  • Reproduction
  • Nutrition and Digestion
  • Microbes

Chemistry

  • Pure and impure
  • Atoms and Elements
  • The Periodic table
  • Acids and Alkalis.

Physics

  • Particulate nature
  • Electricity
  • The particle Model
  • Forces
  • Magnetism
  • Energy changes and transfers
  • Changes in a system

Assessment

Students will be assessed termly with small content driven tests, which will allow us to monitor student ability to retain subjects content. Also within each module there are skills based assessments that will assess student ability to apply their knowledge and understanding and gain formative feedback on their progress in key skill areas. There are also longer exams at three points in the year that will act as Key performance indicators.

Independent Learning

For each unit students will be given a menu of independent learning tasks that they can complete at home. These tasks are designed to engage students with scientific concepts and make links with everyday interactions, products and phenomenon

In KS3 we follow a standardised curriculum across the entire CLF. This is designed based on the national curriculum program of study

Biology

  • Health
  • Gas Exchange
  • Cellular Respiration
  • Photosynthesis
  • Ecosystems

Chemistry

  • Chemical Reactions
  • Earth and Atmosphere
  • Energy in Chemical Reactions

Physics

  • Forces and Motion
  • Energy
  • Waves

Assessment

Students will be assessed termly with small content driven tests, which will allow us to monitor student ability to retain subjects content. Also within each module there are skills based assessments that will assess student ability to apply their knowledge and understanding and gain formative feedback on their progress in key skill areas. There are also longer exams at three points in the year that will act as Key performance indicators.

Independent Learning

For each unit students will be given a menu of independent learning tasks that they can complete at home. These tasks are designed to engage students with scientific concepts and make links with everyday interactions, products and phenomenon

Exam Board: Edexcel

Qualification: 2 GCSE’s in Combined Science

What are the main topics I will study for the qualification?

In KS4 we follow a standardised curriculum across the entire CLF. This is designed based on the national curriculum program of study

From Edexcel:

“Science matters. That’s why we’ve built the most inclusive GCSE (9–1) courses, so every student can enjoy science and succeed in their studies. Every student is different. With the same science and equal number of exams across our tiered qualifications, you can structure the courses in the ways that mean you can best support and stretch your students together.

Our specifications are straightforward, and our selection of core practicals are designed to help bring science learning to life. And when it comes to our assessments, they’re shaped to encourage all students to best show what they know and can do.”

 

The course covers the following areas:

Biology

  • life processes depend on molecules whose structure is related to their function
  • the fundamental units of living organisms are cells, which may be part of highly adapted structures including tissues, organs and organ systems, enabling living processes to be performed effectively
  • living organisms may form populations of single species, communities of many species and ecosystems, interacting with each other, with the environment and with humans in many different ways
  • living organisms are interdependent and show adaptations to their environment
  • life on earth is dependent on photosynthesis in which green plants and algae trap light from the sun to fix carbon dioxide and combine it with hydrogen from water to make organic compounds and oxygen
  • organic compounds are used as fuels in cellular respiration to allow the other chemical reactions necessary for life
  • the chemicals in ecosystems are continually cycling through the natural world
  • the characteristics of a living organism are influenced by its genome and its interaction with the environment
  • Evolution occurs by a process of natural selection and accounts both for biodiversity and how organisms are all related to varying degrees.

Chemistry

  • matter is composed of tiny particles called atoms and there are about 100 different naturally occurring types of atoms called elements
  • elements show periodic relationships in their chemical and physical properties
  • these periodic properties can be explained in terms of the atomic structure of the elements
  • atoms bond by either transferring electrons from one atom to another or by sharing electrons
  • the shapes of molecules (groups of atoms bonded together) and the way giant structures are arranged is of great importance in terms of the way they behave
  • there are barriers to reaction so reactions occur at different rates
  • chemical reactions take place in only three different ways:
  • proton transfer
  • electron transfer
  • electron sharing
  • energy is conserved in chemical reactions so can therefore be neither created nor destroyed.

Physics

  • the use of models, as in the particle model of matter or the wave models of light and of sound
  • the concept of cause and effect in explaining such links as those between force and acceleration, or between changes in atomic nuclei and radioactive emissions
  • the phenomena of ‘action at a distance’ and the related concept of the field as the key to analysing electrical, magnetic and gravitational effects
  • that differences, for example between pressures or temperatures or electrical potentials, are the drivers of change
  • that proportionality, for example between weight and mass of an object or between force and extension in a spring, is an important aspect of many models in science
  • that physical laws and models are expressed in mathematical form. All of these key ideas will be assessed as part of this qualification, through the subject content.

How will I be assessed in the subject?

Assessment in KS4 is based around a cycle of skills based tasks that will be assessed each module (these provide formative assessment of the application of understanding needed for the exam) and termly summative tests that assess how well students are recalling key content.

Alongside this there are longer exams which will punctuate key points in the year.

Am I suited to this qualification?

Science is a core subject and so is compulsory: This is the minimum option for Science.