April 25, 2017

Science

SCIENCE

“Science and everyday life cannot and should not be separated. Science, for me, gives a partial explanation for life. In so far as it goes, it is based on fact, experience and experiment.”
Rosalind Franklin

AIMS AND ETHOS
Incorporating and developing social, moral, spiritual and cultural skills through the use of communication, respect and empathy, combined with the opportunity to develop scientific and practical skills through the use of independent thinking skills and resilience among students so that students are well prepared for the contemporary world.

  • To create a scientific innovative culture to maximise success in all students.
  • To empower students to act responsibly and to work effectively both independently and in a collaborative environment.
  • To develop independence, resilience and persistence, encouraging students to take appropriate risks and supporting students to learn from their mistakes.
  • To foster a culture of teamwork that encourages mutual support, open and honest collaboration and sharing of ideas in an unbiased environment.
  • To celebrate the diverse achievements of scientists from different backgrounds and to develop an understanding of different cultures in science.
  • To provide a safe and enjoyable environment that is conducive to learning, supportive and respectful for all students.
  • To guide our students to understand how they can both shape their own futures and the world around them.
  • To develop awareness and sensitivity for the nature and environment.
  • To provide opportunities for our students to develop scientific and practical skills in an out of school context and to put these skills into practice.
  • To promote a spiritual and moral awareness in our pupils based on the values of respect, empathy and kindness, developing a sense of service to the school community and beyond.

At Key Stages 3 and 4, the key disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics will be delivered with a strong focus on scientific skills through practical investigation, independent enquiry, and group work.Lessons show progression and prepare students with the practical and enquiry skills needed to successfully study at A-level. Our aim is to engage young people with a variety of scientific concepts and activities that will stimulate enquiring minds. The new Schemes of Learning have been designed to develop young scientists who will have the capacity to analyse and evaluate scientific evidence and communicate their ideas in a creative and coherent manner. They will build upon their KS2 experiences and further develop their practical and analytical skills in preparation for KS3 and KS4 examinations.

Key Stage 3
We follow the new key stage 3 national curriculum which we teach over 2 years.
In Year 7, topics covered in the new KS3 Schemes of Learning include:
Acids, alkalis and simple chemical reactions

  • Acids, alkalis and simple chemical reactions
  • Cells and reproduction
  • Particles
  • Light and sound
  • Energy and electricity
  • Geology
  • Plants
  • Forces and friction
  • Electromagnetism
  • Solar system
  • Environment and variation

In Year 8, topics covered in the new KS3 Schemes of Learning include:

  • Elements, compounds and mixtures
  • Chemical reactions
  • Pressure and moments
  • Health, disease and fitness
  • Environmental chemistry
  • Food and digestion
  • Energy transfers
  • Conduction, Convection and Radiation
  • Inheritance and Selection

Text book

  • Collins key stage 3 student book 1 Harper Collins publisher.
  • Collins key stage 3 student book 2 Harper Collins publisher.

Revision guide
Collins key stage 3 revision science.
All in one revision. Harper Collins publishers.

Internet sites
http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zng4d2p
Acting subject coordinator: Miss S Adams (Samantha.Adams@dstc.kent.sch.uk)
Key assessment dates for Ks3 science
We do an assessment at the end of each topic. These are used by the class teacher to check progress within a topic.

Our formal progress exams are show in the table below.
scienceKS3

Key Stage 4
There are two routes for our KS4 still. Current year 9 and 10 already started the new Science 1-9 GCSE AQA.  The current year 11 will be the last cohort to complete the OCR Gateway GCSE course.

Year 9 and Year 10
Combined Science Trilogy GCSE AQA (8464)
Biology (8461), Chemistry (8462) and Physics (8463)
GCSE AQA (Separated Sciences)

Text books:
Combined Science Trilogy
AQA GCSE (9-1) Combined Science Trilogy Student Book 1. Paperback Hodder Education

INTERNET SITES:
http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/combined-science-trilogy-8464
http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/biology-8461
http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/chemistry-8462
http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/physics-8463

Revision Guides:
AQA GCSE Combined Science Trilogy Higher Tier All-in-One Revision and Practice (Collins GCSE Revision and Practice: New Curriculum)
Subject Coordinator: Mrs V Owen (veronica.owen@dstc.kent.sch.uk)