At Wishmore Cross Academy, we believe that Science should be a relevant, enquiry led learning experience where cross curricular skills and hands on investigative work are central to providing students with a unique and memorable educational experience. Wherever possible, the curriculum is delivered in a context to assist students with their understanding of the world around them and the importance of science in the ‘real’ world. Science is a core subject in UK schools/academies and provides students with a broad understanding of how the world around them works as well as building confidence in handling practical equipment and analysing the data it provides.

Topics Covered in Science at Key Stage 3

  • Year 7: Cells, Reproduction, Environment and Feeding, Variation and Classification, Electricity, Light, Sound, Space, Particles, Chemical Reactions.
  • Year 8: Food, Digestion and Respiration, Heating and Cooling, Energy Resources, Atoms, Elements, Compounds and Mixtures, Acids and Alkalis, Rocks, Health, Microbes and Disease, Magnets and Electromagnets.
  • Year 9: Variation and Selective Breeding, Ecology, Forces, Speed, Gravity and Space, Pressure, Psychology and Behaviour, Photosynthesis, Plants for Food, Environment and Atmosphere, Metals and Reactivity, Environmental and Real World Chemistry.

Topics Covered in Science at Key Stage 4

Students at Wishmore Cross Academy complete AQA GCSE Science B: Science in Context.

Revision Guides and Workbooks are available from school priced at £2 each.

“Science B is the 'integrated' route presented in themes and contexts with biology, chemistry and physics being taught together rather than separately. This may suit students who learn best by putting the science content into contexts that they can see are relevant to them. For example when the unit My Family is taught, you will teach content from both biology and chemistry. When you teach Making and improving products, students will learn content from biology, chemistry and physics.” (AQA July 2011)

The GCSE units have the following titles:

* Unit 1: My World

* Unit 2: My Family and Home

* Unit 3: Making My World a Better Place

* Unit 4: Using Practical and Investigative Skills (CAU coursework unit)

Content Covered

  • Year 10: Control of Body Systems, Chemistry in Action in the Body, Human Inheritance and Genetic Disorders, Materials Used to Construct our Homes, Fuels for Heating, Cooking and Transport, Generation and Distribution of Electricity, The Cost of Running Appliances in the Home, Electromagnetic Waves in the Home, Our Changing Universe, Our Changing Planet, Materials our Planet Provides, Using Materials our Planet Provides to make Products.
  • Year 11: Life on Our Planet, Biomass and Energy Flow through the Biosphere, The Importance of Carbon, The use and misuse of drugs, The use of vaccines, The use of ionising radiation in medicine, , Uses of electroplating, Developing new Products, Selective Breeding and Genetic Engineering, Environmental concerns when making and using products, Saving energy in the home, Controlling pollution in the home. Year 11 also include the coursework module which accounts for 25% of the GCSE.

Pupil Tracking

In science, at Key Stage 3 students are assessed at the end of each topic using varied assessment techniques including exam questions, Assessment for Learning activities and ‘APP’ assessment. This is important as under the current system, science at Key Stage 3 is assessed using 60% Knowledge and Understanding Assessment, covered by exam questions and Assessment for Learning and 40% ‘APP’ assessment, covered broadly by practical work and discussion.

Key Stage 4 are assessed against the Programme of Study for GCSE using past paper examinations and practice coursework activities. There are also Assessment for Learning activities available for Key Stage 4 which are proving popular. Throughout the GCSE course the students are practicing to write full answers for their ‘6-mark exam questions’ in preparation for their exams. This draws upon skills learnt in English and reinforces the cross curricular nature of science.

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