At Haygrove, students will be taught science in accordance to the new National Curriculum. The Scheme of Work enables students to build upon their prior knowledge, ensuring continuity of progression from KS2 and avoiding unnecessary re-visitation of topics. We aim to deliver a spiralled curriculum, in which we revisit key concepts in more detail as students progress through the years.
Students are taught in their mixed ability tutor groups and have three lessons of science a week. Students will study a broad range of topics comprising of two biology, one chemistry and three physics units.
In addition to the above topics, students will have one lesson per week where they will learn the skills required in all aspects of science and will be encouraged to apply these skills in the content based lessons.
At the end of Year 7, students are set by ability into Higher and Foundation groups to better enable staff to support their individual needs. They have three one hour lessons of science per week. Students will study a broad range of topics comprising of two biology, two chemistry and two physics units. We continue to explicitly teach and apply scientific skills within these lessons.
In Year 9, students will start to cover the more accessible content of the GCSE programme (Edexcel Combined Science). Students will be taught in sets according to their ability and will have three one hour lessons of Science per week. Most Year 9 groups rotate around a team of three teachers so that biology, chemistry and physics are taught by subject specialists.
Assessment in Science
Regular informal Assessment for Learning takes place during lessons and is supported through homework tasks, which will allow students to improve upon their work according to the personalised feedback that they receive.
Each unit will be assessed by an End of Topic Test. These tests often contain previously studied material to help students commit information to their long-term memory. Some of these tests are part of the KS3 Assessment Week which takes place biannually. Marks in these tests are used to review individual student progress. Their performance in these, together with their performance in class and their bookwork, will be used to set students in the following year.
Cross Curricular Themes
Literacy: Students will practise using language, both spoken and written, to think, learn and express their ideas. They will also and use information and evidence to support and evaluate their analysis.
Numeracy: Students will be making measurements, collecting and handling data, drawing graphs and using formulae.
ICT: There are many opportunities to use ICT, including data-logging, data-handling, modelling, simulations and DTP.
RSHE: As part of the 'Reproduction' unit, students will learn about puberty and human reproduction including a brief introduction to contraception and health care.
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Key Stage 4 Options
Science is compulsory at Key Stage 4. All students MUST follow one of the following two routes:
- GCSE Combined Science (Edexcel) - equivalent to two GCSE's covering biology, chemistry and physics.
- GCSE ‘Triple Award’ Science (Edexcel) - three separate GCSE certificates in biology, chemistry and physics.