Science

KS3

SCIENCE KEY STAGE 3 CURRICULUM

Key Stage 3 Science at Lordswood Boys’ School follows the AQA examination board syllabus and covers the National Curriculum. Students are taught a wide range of topics with equal emphasis on biology, chemistry, physics and practical skills. Assessment is via end of topic tests taken using previous SAT style exam questions.

Useful links

https://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zng4d2p

https://www.educationquizzes.com/ks3/science/

http://www.docbrown.info/ks3science.htm

http://www.planet-science.com/

KS4

CURRICULUM AREA: GCSE Combined Science (AQA)

Most students will take the GCSE Combined Science route which is a ‘double’ GCSE. They will still study Biology, Chemistry and Physics, and will be awarded with two GCSEs in science.

Course Content & Exam Breakdown

Biology (2 x 1hr 15 min exams):

Paper 1: Cell biology; organisation; infection and response; bioenergetics

Paper 2: Homeostasis and response; inheritance, variation and evolution; and ecology.

Chemistry (2 x 1hr 15 min exams):

Paper 1: Atomic structure and the periodic table; bonding, structure, and the properties of matter; quantitative chemistry; chemical changes; energy changes.

Paper 2: The rate and extent of chemical change; organic chemistry; chemical analysis; chemistry of the atmosphere; and using resources.

Physics (2 x 1hr 15 min exams):

Paper 1: Energy; electricity; particle model of matter; atomic structure.

Paper 2: Forces; waves; and magnetism and electromagnetism.

Throughout the course, students will complete several ‘required practical activities’ in lessons. They will need to understand these well since they will be assessed in the final written exams. The course is 100% exam and the assessments are terminal, meaning they are sat at the end of Y11.

How parents can help:

If you haven’t already, please purchase a recommended revision guide from the school. There are different versions for combined science and separate science, both of which have a ‘workbook’ option too. These should be used to support learning throughout the year, not just for revision for exams. Monitor your son’s completion of homework to make sure he is meeting deadlines. If your son appears to have ‘no homework’, he should spend some time studying with the revision guides. Help your son to generate a revision programme and enable him to access a quiet, distraction free space to revise well in advance of his exams.

Exam board website:

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/combined-science-trilogy-8464

Awarding grades and reporting results

The qualification will be graded on a 17-point scale: 1–1 to 9–9 – where 9–9 is the best grade.

A student taking Foundation Tier assessments will be awarded a grade within the range of 1–1 to 5–5. Students who fail to reach the minimum standard for grade 1–1 will be recorded as U (unclassified) and will not receive a qualification certificate.

A student taking Higher Tier assessments will be awarded a grade within the range of 4–4 to 9–9. A student sitting the Higher Tier who just fails to achieve grade 4–4 will be awarded an allowed grade 4–3. Students who fail to reach the minimum standard for the allowed grade 4–3 will be recorded as U (unclassified) and will not receive a qualification certificate.

Progression and Career Opportunities

Science provides the knowledge and skills that will benefit all career options. Students may progress into apprenticeships e.g. engineering, or study BTEC science in sixth form, or study for A Levels to follow a more academic route into university. From university, students may do scientific research, go into medicine, engineering, or even sports science.

CURRICULUM AREA: GCSE Biology, GCSE Chemistry & GCSE Physics (AQA)

Some students are selected to take the ‘separate sciences’ route from which they will receive three separate GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. These students would have shown particular interest and ability through years 7 to 9.

Course Content & Exam Breakdown

Biology (2 x 1hr 45 min exams):

Paper 1: Cell biology; organisation; infection and response; bioenergetics.

Paper 2: Homeostasis and response; inheritance, variation and evolution; and ecology.

Chemistry (2 x 1hr 45 min exams):

Paper 1: Atomic structure and the periodic table; bonding, structure, and the properties of matter; quantitative chemistry; chemical changes; energy changes.

Paper 2: The rate and extent of chemical change; organic chemistry; chemical analysis; chemistry of the atmosphere; and using resources.

Physics (2 x 1hr 45 min exams):

Paper 1: Energy; electricity; particle model of matter; atomic structure.

Paper 2: Forces; waves; magnetism and electromagnetism; and space physics (separate sciences only).

Throughout the course, students will complete several ‘required practical activities’ in lessons. They will need to understand these well since they will be assessed in the final written exams. The course is 100% exam and the assessments are terminal, meaning they are sat at the end of Y11.

How parents can help:

If you haven’t already, please purchase a recommended revision guide from the school. There are different versions for combined science and separate science, both of which have a ‘workbook’ option too. These should be used to support learning throughout the year, not just for revision for exams. Monitor your son’s completion of homework to make sure he is meeting deadlines. If your son appears to have ‘no homework’, he should spend some time studying with the revision guides. Help your son to generate a revision programme and enable him to access a quiet, distraction free space to revise well in advance of his exams.

Exam board website:

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse

Awarding grades and reporting results

Each qualification will be graded on a nine-point scale: 1–9 – where 9 is the best grade.

A student taking Foundation Tier assessments will be awarded a grade within the range of 1 to 5. Students who fail to reach the minimum standard for grade 1 will be recorded as U (unclassified) and will not receive a qualification certificate.

A student taking Higher Tier assessments will be awarded a grade within the range of 4 to 9. A student sitting the Higher Tier who just fails to achieve grade 4 will be awarded an allowed grade 3. Students who fail to reach the minimum standard for the allowed grade 3 will be recorded as U (unclassified) and will not receive a qualification certificate.

Progression and Career Opportunities

Students that have studied the separate sciences and would like to pursue a science related career tend to go on to study them at A Level. Following this, their academic route would take them to university to do degrees in medicine, biological sciences, physics, chemical engineering, engineering or even astronomy.

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