Key Stage 3
Students learn how to use scientific equipment, devices and measuring instruments in order to complete practical tasks accurately, with precision and with confidence over 6 lessons each fortnight.
Within the topics studied students gain an understanding of Biology, Chemistry and Physics which is sufficient to fulfil the requirements of Key Stage 3 in addition to being both stimulating and motivating. Practical work is a major feature and students are expected to be able to safely demonstrate the skills learned in order to gain meaningful results from their investigations.
Students learn ‘How Science Works’ using terminology, mathematical techniques and analytical skills in problem solving and experimental design. In order to contextualise Science we also run a number of trips that enhance students’ understanding of the 3 Science disciplines. We take students on an annual visit to Sherburn STEM Fair, the Space Circus performance and York University Science Trail in addition to the Physics Olympics event at St Peters School in York and a number of other events throughout the year. The Science Department has a 100% GCSE pass rate with around 70% of our students gaining A* - C Grades.
Below are just a few of the topics that are covered in Science during Key Stage 3,
Investigating Science (Year 7)
Environment & Feeding Relationships (Year 7)
Energy Resources (Year 7)
Electrical Circuits (Year 7)
Forces & Their Effects (Year 7)
Atoms & Elements (Year 8)
Compounds & Mixtures (Year 8)
Rocks & Weathering (Year 8)
The Rock Cycle (Year 8)
Inheritance & Selection (Year 9)
Fit & Healthy (Year 9)
Plants & Photosynthesis (Year 9)
Plants for Food (Year 9)
Gravity & Space (Year 9)
Pressure &Moments (Year 9)
Key Stage 4
In order to provide students with the best possible understanding of Science we differentiate the curriculum.
Currently there are 6 groups in Year 10
Groups A, B and C study all three Science subjects over two years giving them three separate GCSE qualifications in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Students in these groups have, as part of the options process, chosen this ‘Triple Science’ route as it prepares them more adequately for further Science studies at post 16 level.
Group D study for two Science GCSE qualifications. Science A is studied in Year 10. This qualification is divided into Biology, Chemistry and Physics and is examined at the end of Year 10. Additional Science is studied in Year 11 giving a second GCSE examined at the end of Year 11.
Group E study Science A in Years 10 and 11
A small group of students for whom GCSE is not a viable option are working towards a qualification in OCR Entry Level Science.
In addition to students sitting external examinations, each GCSE in Science requires students to undertake an ‘ISA’. This takes the form of an internally marked Controlled Assessment consisting of two examination papers based on a practical task. This comprises 25% of each GCSE qualification.