Key Stage 2
During year 6, students are encouraged to use a range of practical scientific methods, processes and skills such as:
- planning different types of scientific enquiries to answer questions, including recognising and controlling variables where necessary;
- taking measurements, using a range of scientific equipment, with increasing accuracy and precision, taking repeat readings when appropriate;
- recording data and results of increasing complexity using scientific diagrams and labels, classification keys, tables, scatter graphs, bar and line graphs;
- using test results to make predictions to set up further comparative and fair tests;
- reporting and presenting findings from enquiries, including conclusions, causal relationships and explanations of and degree of trust in results, in oral and written forms such as displays and other presentations; and
- identifying scientific evidence that has been used to support or refute ideas or arguments.
These skills, methods and processes are not taught discretely, but alongside and within the context of the content of the following National Curriculum themes:
- Living things and their habitats;
- Animals including humans;
- Evolution and inheritance
Whilst chemistry isn’t included on the year 6 National Curriculum, students at Gartree have their science curriculum enriched by studying basic chemistry in our science labs.
Students study science for four lessons per week with at least two lessons per week in a science laboratory.
Key Stage 3
From September 2016, all of our key stage three students will be following the AQA Mastery Science curriculum for two and a half years. While this is based on the National Curriculum for Science, having been written by the GCSE exam board, it ensures that students have mastered the scientific knowledge and skills that they need before starting their GCSE course.
Students will cover the following topics.
|Year 7||Year 8||Year 9|
|Voltage & Resistance||Light||Heating & Cooling|
|Energy Costs||Universe||Wave Properties|
|Particle Model||Contact Forces||Types of Reaction|
|Metals and non-metals||Electromagnets||Earth Resources|
|Acids & Alkalis||Evolution|
Students in years 7, 8 and 9 study science for four lessons per week with all of their lessons in a science laboratory with a qualified science specialist teacher.
Key Stage 4
After completing their GCSE ready end key stage 3 exam in January, year 9 students will follow the AQA transition course called Biomimicry. This works through a range of skills to prepare students for their GCSE courses. After this module, students will complete their first GCSE module on Atomic Structure. During this time, students will continue to have four periods of science lessons per week.
Science is compulsory during years 10 and 11, students will follow one of two AQA GCSE science courses. Most students will follow the AQA GCSE Science Trilogy Double Award – at traditional science course leading to two GCSEs in Science. Students can also use one of their options to instead take three separate science courses GCSEs in biology, physics and chemistry, all with the AQA exam board, (note that to fulfil National Curriculum requirements, students must study a balance of biology, physics and chemistry).
Students studying AQA Triliogy will have five periods of science per week and those studying separate sciences will have eight periods of science per week. All lessons are taught by qualified science specialist teachers.
GCSE Biology, GCSE Chemistry, GCSE Physics
How the course is assessed? 100% final examination
Exam board: AQA (8461), (8462), (8463)
All three courses are linear, with exams at the end of the two years. Each separate science subject has its own two exams which test subject content, scientific and mathematical skills. Students are required to complete eight practicals for each subject during the two year course and are examined on these practicals in the final exams.
Studying the separate sciences means students will cover more content than on GCSE Combined Science Trilogy course.
Students will study the following topics:
- Magnetism and electromagnetism
- Particle model of matter
- Atomic structure
- Space physics
- Cell biology
- Infection and response
- Homeostasis and response
- Inheritance, variation and evolution
- Atomic structure and the periodic table
- Bonding, structure and the properties of matter
- Quantitative chemistry
- Chemical changes
- Energy changes
- The rate and extent of chemical change
- Organic chemistry
- Chemical analysis
- Chemistry of the atmosphere
- Using resources