Science

We want all our pupils to thrive in science and use what they learn to grow in Body, Mind and Spirit. Through engaging and challenging lessons, pupils are able to be the best they can be, not only achieving the best results they can but also becoming scientific thinkers, inquisitive of the world around them. Wondering and questioning why things are the way that they are and a thirst for scientific knowledge.

Staff and pupils show a real passion and enthusiasm for Science, making clear links to the importance of science in everyday life. Practical science is at the heart of our teaching, with pupils being able to apply what they have learned to find answers in the everyday world.

Ultimately, we aim for our pupils to leave St Michaels with a real appreciation for how science has shaped not only themselves but the world around them and how they can use what they have learned to shape the world for future generations so that they can live life in all its fullness.

Always question, always wonder.

 

KS3

Staff have an understanding of, and keep up to date with, the Key Stage 2 Science Curriculum. This has enabled us to build a KS3 science curriculum which builds upon prior knowledge as well as extending the students to prepare them for Science at KS4. The students follow the ‘big ideas’ of science focussing on key concepts and developing a deep knowledge and understanding. The big ideas are outlined below.

Big Ideas

Year 7

Year 8

Forces

Speed and Gravity

Contact Forces and Pressure

 

Electro-magnets

Potential Difference, Resistance and Current

 

Magnetism and Electromagnets

 

Energy

Energy Costs and Energy Transfer

 

Work, Heating and Cooling

 

Waves

Sound and Light

 

Waves

 

Matter

Particle Model and Separating Mixtures

 

Elements and the Periodic Table

 

Reactions

Acids and Alkalis

Metals and Non-Metals

 

Types of reaction and Chemical Energy

 

Earth

Earth Structure and Universe

 

Earth Resources and Climate

 

Organisms

Movement and Cells

 

Breathing and Digestion

 

Ecosystem

Interdependence and Plant Reproduction

 

Respiration and Photosynthesis

 

Genes

Variation and Human Reproduction

 

Evolution and Inheritance

 

 

Pupils receive four lessons of Science per week and complete practical activities in 8 well equipped laboratories. Students are regularly assessed through key tasks and formal assessments. The program of study runs from the start of year 7 until the end of the first term of year 9 as is designed as such to ensure pupils move seamlessly onto KS4 continuously building upon the 10 big ideas outlined above and ensuring a deep understanding of the world around them.

 

 

KS4

During year 9 all pupils follow the ‘Triple Science’ (see below) course. Towards the end of year 9 pupils will have the opportunity to choose to continue on this course or the ‘Combined Science’ course. During year 9 pupils study 6 lessons of Science per week and during year 10 and 11 this increases to 7 lessons of science per week, covering all three science disciplines. This additional lesson allows pupils to revisit prior learning ensuring that learning is retrieved and re-encoded to aid in long term ‘deeper’ learning.

 

KS4 GCSE

COMBINED SCIENCE- Double Award

Exam Board: AQA Trilogy

Pupils who follow the Combined Science course cover Biology, Chemistry and Physics in the traditional fashion and will complete 2 1hr 15 minute exams in each discipline at the end of year 11 (6 in total). Pupil scores are then aggregated and then converted into two GCSE’s and contributes as two ‘Science’ grades within the EBACC measures. This will be along a 17 point grade scale, from 99,98 through to 21,11.

All science GCSEs will still have Higher and Foundation tier papers. Although there will be no controlled assessment, students will be assessed on their practical skills within their exams with at least 15% of the marks coming from questions relating to practical work.  To prepare for this and develop your child’s scientific skills they will complete a minimum of 16 required practical throughout the program of study.

Combined Science double award provides excellent preparation for all post 16 courses including Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Applied Science, PE and Geography.

 

Separate Sciences (Triple Science)

Biology, Physics, Chemistry

Exam Board: AQA Trilogy

Pupils who follow the Triple Science course cover Biology, Chemistry and Physics as in combined science but with further additional content. To assess this additional content the terminal exams at the end of year 11 are all 30 minutes longer than those following the Combined Science Program of study. This will mean 2 1hr 45 minutes in each discipline (6 in total – an extra 3 hours of assessment). Pupils will then receive 3 separate grades (Biology, Chemistry and Physics) ranging from grades 9-1

This is a very demanding course because of the pace of the lessons and the additional content required. Students need to be resourceful and dedicated learners who demonstrate excellent independent study skills. Therefore pupils should only consider this course if they have a good attitude to learning and a passion for science. 

Although there will be no controlled assessment students will be assessed on their practical skills within their exams with at least 15% of the marks coming from questions relating to practical.  To prepare for this and develop your child’s scientific skills they will complete a minimum of 8 required practical in each of the three separate sciences.

Triple Science will stretch the most able students and may be appropriate (although not essential) for those students whose career choice necessitates a focused study of the sciences, or a progression to University to study Chemistry, Physics or Biology.

Science Learning Schemes

Science Learning Scheme Year 9 2019

Science Learning Scheme Year 10 into Year 11 2019

Science Learning Scheme Year 11 2019

Year Group Teaching Routes

Year 7 route 2019-20

Year 8 route 2019-20

Year 9 route 2019-20

Year 10 Trilogy route 2019-20

Year 10 Triple route 2019-20

Year 11 Trilogy route 2019-20

Year 11 Triple route 2019-20