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Exciting Events In Science

26/06/17

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Science

"’Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think!" - Albert Einstein

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, Year 10 and Year 11 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.

 

 

1

Recall

2

Apply

3

Identify

4

Describe

5

Explain

6

Analyse

7

Link

8

Evaluate

9

Criticise

Knowledge &

Commu-

-nication

Recall some keywords and their meanings.

Apply scientific knowledge in basics contexts.

Use some simple keywords.

Recall some key facts and communicate some knowledge using some keywords correctly.

Recall most key facts & regularly use a range of keywords. Select & communicate secure knowledge.

Recall and communicate scientific facts using appropriate keywords most of the time. Extensive knowledge and understanding.

Recall and communicate detailed scientific knowledge using appropriate keywords all the time.

Discuss ethical issues.

Recall, select and communicate precise knowledge & applications of science. Explain effects & risks of developments on society, industry, economy and the environment.

Recall, select and communicate precise knowledge & applications of science in a full range of contexts. Relate advances to ethical issues.

Apply principles and abstract concepts in familiar & unfamiliar contexts.

Evaluate the impact of science on society.

Numeracy skills

Recall and use a small number of formulae.

Identify simple patterns from graph or data.

Recall and use basic formulae.

Identify simple patterns from graph or data.

Recall simple formulae and use appropriate units.

Convert units.

Recall simple formulae.

Re-arrange some simple formulae. Understand time, size and space scales.

Use standard forms.

Convert units.

Recall & use complex formulae.

Re-arrange & use simple formulae.

Understand time, size & space scales. Use and calculate with standard forms.

Convert units.

Recall, use and re-arrange most formulae.

Understand time, size and space scales. Apply higher level maths skills. Use and calculate with standard forms

Convert units.

Recall, use and re-arrange all formulae.

Understand time, size and space scales. Apply higher level maths skills. Use and calculate with standard forms

Convert units.

Recall, use and re-arrange all formulae.

Understand time, size and space scales. Apply higher level maths skills. Use and calculate with standard forms

Convert units.

Recall, use and re-arrange all formulae.

Understand time, size and space scales. Apply higher level maths skills. Use and calculate with standard forms

Practical skills

Select some appropriate equipment.

Identify a hypothesis and a conclusion.

Recall practicals carried out & select appropriate equipment. Basic understanding of hypothesis & evidence.

Sometimes link hypothesis, evidence, theory and explanation. Develop simple ideas to improve experiments.

when recording my results I noticed that…

Often link hypothesis, evidence, theory and explanation.

Draw ccl consistent with evidence. Know limitations of evidence.

the trend on the graph is… / the overall pattern of my results show …”

Always link hypothesis, evidence, theory and explanation.

Analyse and criticise practical data. Draw ccl and justify improvements.

This happens because… / The cause of this is…./ results are inaccurate because…

Always link hypothesis, evidence, theory and explanation. Analyse and evaluate evidence provided.

I can see my hypothesis was correct because….”

The data which supports the conclusion is….”

Explain a wide range of practical contexts & apply them to solve problems.

Evaluate & mange risks. Work accurately and safely.

If I compare this model to …. I can see that …./ another example of where this would happen is…..”

Adapt, modify and enhance experimental procedures with justifications, both in familiar and unfamiliar contexts.

Formulate and test hypotheses. Critically evaluate data and write ccl.

Plan activities, select techniques and show safe & skilful practice.

Make precise measurements and accurate recordings. Present data as prose, diagrams, tables or graphs.

Analysis

Describe similarities and differences.

Answer basic recall questions in familiar contexts.

Describe simple patters & link simple scientific explanations.

Recognise simple relationships between science & society. Explain straight forward models.

Identify causes and their effects.

Connect some theory to everyday life.

 

Describe reactions, data and events.

Use models in most contexts.

Use wide range of concepts and models.

Use scientific ideas and models to explain data, reactions and events, in a range of contexts.

 

Use complex scientific ideas and models to explain data, reactions and events in a wide range of contexts.

Link science & society (and impact on each other).

 

Use a range of resources, models and ideas to explain key concepts. Synthesise information and data. Evaluate the quality of the evidence provided.

 

Use a wide range of models in familiar and unfamiliar contexts.

Link results with impact on society.

Use a wide range of models in familiar and unfamiliar contexts.

Systematically evaluate statements and conclusions.

 

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. Revision guides and workbooks (to practise answering exam questions) are available at foundation or higher level at a price of £6 each.

 

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