Science

Science

Our Science department aims to provide a positive learning experience to all students. We ensure that pupils are equipped with a deep scientific understanding, a plethora of transferable skills, and the ability to recognise the importance of science in the modern world.       

We do this by providing pupils with an engaging and creative curriculum, enriched further with a variety of extracurricular activities to help pupils gain a fascination of the world and phenomena around them.

KS3

Students across Key Stage 3 are timetabled to attend four science lessons per week. Lessons aim to challenge and engage students whilst developing pupils’ scientific method and investigative skills. They acquire and apply scientific skills, knowledge and understanding of how science works in everyday life and its role in society and the world around them. There is a lot of emphasis on practical work and the development of practical skills, with the first module students take in Year 7 being focused specifically on this skill set which is embedded throughout their science education.  

STEM initiatives form a crucial component of science enrichment, with a range of STEM activities being offered, including educational shows in school, celebrating science week, trips and

extra-curricular clubs, these allow pupils to explore science further, as well as, support their learning.

 

The condensed two-year Key Stage 3 science curriculum at Park View follows the reformed National Curriculum and enables students to start the GCSE Science curriculum in February of Year 9 fully equipped with the knowledge and skills needed to be successful at KS4.

Programme of Study

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Working Scientifically

Food and Nutrition

Reactivity

Particle Theory

Breathing and Respiration

Making Materials

Atoms, elements, compounds

Genetics and Evolution

Electromagnets

Separating mixtures

Heat Transfer

Earth and Space

Cells and organ systems

Fluids

Revision for terminal KS3 examination

Spring 1 – start AQA GCSE

Reproduction 

Light

 

Energy

Speed and Motion

 

Electricity and Magnetism

Metals and Uses

 

Forces

Acids and Alkalis

 

Sound

Revision for end of year progress test

 

Revision for end of year progress test

Big Ideas – physics investigations

Big Ideas – chemistry investigations

 

 

YEAR 9:

All pupils will now start the AQA GCSE science course in spring 1 following the AQA Combined Science trilogy or separate science specifications.

 

Year 10:

All year 10 pupils are currently following the new AQA GCSE specification also.

We offer two pathways;

  •  AQA Combined Science Trilogy- This course awards pupils with two GCSE’s and is assessed with 6 exams, 2 for each strand of science with papers tiered for foundation and higher levels.
  • AQA Separate sciences- This course awards pupils with three GCSE’s in each science (Biology, Chemistry and Physics) and is again assessed with 6 exams,

2 for each strand of science with papers tiered for foundation and higher levels. 

 

Current Year 11:

The year 11 pupils are following the OCR gateway legacy specification. All pupils will be entered for a minimum of two science GCSEs. Core science consists of two exams with papers tiered for foundation and higher levels. There is practical controlled assessment worth 25%, which assesses the pupils’ ability to communicate and investigate scientifically. Additional science provides pupils with a second GCSE also assessed through two exams and a second practical controlled assessment worth 25%.

A small cohort of higher attaining pupils follow the Triple science legacy specification (also OCR Gateway). This awards pupils with 3 separate GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. It consists of six exams and 3 practical controlled assessments, each worth 25% for each GCSE qualification.

Homework:

Pupils at KS3 complete homework booklets or research tasks which correspond with the relevant areas of learning.

Pupils at KS4 are also provided with homework booklets, which match each GCSE unit, and are specifically designed to consolidate their learning and examination technique.