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Science

"If the result confirms the hypotheses you’ve made a discovery. If the result is contrary to the hypotheses you’ve made a discovery" - Enrico Fermi

Student View

"I love science because it is a lesson where you can learn so much while having fun at the same time. It is a subject that includes loads of exploring and investigating throughout the lessons." - Charlotte​

"I have learned more in science here in two terms than everything in primary school, easily!" - Savannah

"I like science because you get to do cool practical experiments. You also get to learn about fascinating subjects in science." - Katie

Overview

Science touches every aspect of our lives. Medicine, communication, space travel, power generation, material development, transport and pretty much every other aspect of our lives has been guided by science. Many of the things we take for granted have not been around for very long and the pace of change is now getting even faster. This is all down to science.

Science is all about possibilities and asking the right questions to lead us one step further down the road to progress.  Nothing is impossible. Given enough time and thought answers to the most complex questions will reveal themselves.

The future is not set and all it takes is for one person to have what looks like a mad idea, but the perseverance to see it through and the future is brilliant. That person could be you.  An idea is all it takes!

 

Contact – Spreadborough.ce@north.kent.sch.uk

Examination

Students in Year 9 and Year 10 follow the AQA Trilogy specification, which accounts for two GCSE qualifications. The course encompasses all areas of science.As well as scientific theory, an emphasis is placed on scientific investigation skills.

Students are required to recall 21 physics equations, which are available to found on page 186 of the specification.

You may download the specification here.

 

Students in Year 11 have already studied AQA Science A, and are currently studying AQA Additional Science.

In the AQA Science course, students have been taught in three separate science sections. Each section is examined by a 1-hour exam, worth 25% of the full GCSE.The course also includes a controlled assessment practical exam testing key practical and data analysis skills worth 25%.

In the AQA Additional Science course, students’ study of science moves forward to more complex topics preparing students for careers in science and future post 16 education. The course is taught in three separate sections, each examined by a 1-hour exam worth 25%. The course also includes a further controlled assessment practical exam testing key practical and data analysis skills worth 25%.

 

You may download the specifications below:

AQA Science A

AQA Additional Science

 

Extra-curricular/OSL opportunities

Science OSL for Year 11 students is on Thursday after school in the Mabledon building.

Homework club, for all years, is run on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays in MG5.

 

Revision materials:

We are delighted to be able to offer revision material from CGP books at a significantly reduced price.

 

At foundation level, revision guides contain essential course content tailored to the exams specification. To accompany them, workbooks with questions to test the knowledge are also available. There are two revision guides and two workbooks required for this course. Each of these books is available at a cost of £3.Please note that stocks for the Core Science revision guides and workbooks are limited.

 

At higher level the revision guides and workbooks are combined.There are two books required to cover the full course content, each at a cost of £6.

 

These books are available from Mrs Marden, in MG5

 

Key Stage 3 Overview

Students in Year 7 and 8 follow the National Curriculum by completing the Exploring Science scheme of work. Throughout this time students will study a range of units from the three aspects of Science (Biology, Chemistry and Physics).

Year 7

Year 8

Cell, Tissue and Organs and Organs System

Plants and their Reproduction & Plant Growth

Sexual Reproduction & Genetics

Muscles and Bones

Ecosystems

Breathing and Respiration

Food and Nutrition

Unicellular Organisms

Mixtures and Separation

Combustion

Acids and Alkalis

Reactivity

The Particle Model

Metals and their Uses

Atoms, Elements and Molecules

Rocks

Energy and Energy Transfers

Light

Current and Electricity

Fluids

Forces

Earth and Space

Sound

Making Materials

 

Within these topics students will access a range of multisensory lessons. In these lessons they develop practical skills which can be transferred into other areas of the school curriculum and indeed their life outside of education.

Alongside the Exploring Science scheme of work Year 7 students have the opportunity to engage in a range of additional learning opportunities. These include completing tasks on our working farm and undertaking projects to increase the amount of wildlife that visit the school pond area.

Assessment: students in Year 7 and 8 are assessed at the end of each topic by a formal written assessment. These assessments have been adapted to fit in with the new 9-1 GCSE grading system.

Homework:

Year 7 students will complete three homework projects set throughout the year. The project will last two weeks and will contain a variety of tasks to suit all learners’ needs and ability.

Year 8 will have one piece of homework set per week. This will be based on the topic that they are studying.

Clubs:

STEM Club: A new addition this year to the Science department. This is a club to engage students into Science, Technology, Mathematics and Engineering. The club takes place on a Thursday during lunch time in MF07. All KS3 students are welcome.

Homework club: open to all students and takes place on Tuesday and Wednesday in MG06 and MG05