The Science Faculty

Welcome to the Science Faculty, Head of Faculty is Miss Thomas. 

Key Stage 3 Science 

Students in Year 7 and 8 cover a variety of interesting scientific topics spanning biology, chemistry and physics. 

While covering the national curriculum we focus and on the foundations of science ensuring students have the required skills to move forward and be successful at GCSE and A Level. 

Our text books, which all students can view on line, highlight key words, scientific facts and help students to develop ‘How Science Works’ skills alongside literacy and numeracy. 

Students are formally assessed with a mixture of tests and level assessed tasks. 

 

Setting 

Students are set in Year 8.  With continual assessment through both years we are constantly addressing students strengths and weaknesses. 

Assessment 

End of unit tests.

Level assessed tasks

End of year exams 

How can I help my son/daughter? 

Encourage them to use the on-line text book and revision activities to help them complete home works and prepare for assessments. 

Purchase the recommended revision guides. 

Use the EBI comments to improve future work. 

Make use of science homework club on Wednesday to get some extra help where needed. 

 

Key Stage 4 

Students start their GCSE’s in Year 9 following the AQA syllabus. 

Our top students complete Extension science – achieving 3 GCSE’s in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. 

All other students complete Core and Additional Science, achieving 2 GCSE’s. 

External Assessment 

Extension students complete their first 2 GCSE’s at the end of Year 10 and then one in Year 11. 

Additional students complete Core science at the end of year 10 and additional in Year 11. 

All exams are in May/June and each unit has a one hour paper.  Questions range from 1 – 2 mark up to the longer answer and QWC questions of 6 – 8 marks. 

 

Internal Assessment 

All students will complete an end of unit tests for each unit of study. 

Students not achieving the required grade on these tests will be expected to re-sit. 

There will also be ‘Mock Exams’ each year to replicate the external exams to help improve students exam technique.

 

How can I help my son/daughter? 

Encourage them to use the on-line text book and revision activities to help them complete home works and prepare for assessments. 

Purchase the recommended revision guides. 

Use the EBI comments to improve future work. 

Make use of science homework club on Wednesday to get some extra help where needed. 

Ensure students attend any tutoring appointments with staff. 

Encourage students to plan preparation for all assessments and always ask your teacher if there is any area you are unclear on. 

Courses taught at Key Stage 5:

At KS5 we offer Biology, Chemistry and Physics 

Assessment 

External exams are taken in May/June each year.

At present students take AS in Year 12 and A2 in Year 13.  This is set to change with the new curriculum and the full A level will be examined in the May / June of Year 13. 

Internally we have a rigorous assessment plan including end of topic tests and internal mock exams to enable students to prepare for external exams.  Mocks are normally taken in January and April.  

How can I help my son / daughter? 

Students should purchase the relevant revision guides and use these along with the allocated text books to help complete all set work and read around the topics being studied. 

It is an advantage if students are encouraged to spend some time looking over class work as well as completing homework. 

Students have on-line links that can be used. 

Past papers can be found on the website along with mark schemes to help students test their own strengths and weaknesses in the lead up to assessments.