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Park High School

Science

Welcome to the Science Department

"Science helps us to better understand ourselves and our place in the universe..."

Head of Department:

Mr Scott

e-mail: c.scott@parkhighstanmore.org.uk

Members of the Department:

Mr Scott

Mr Vallance

Dr Dean

Mr Pich

Ms Firth

Ms Amoa-Awuah

Miss Bagoandes

Mr Himer

Mr Potts

Ms Boot-Handford

Miss Kelly

Miss Selva

Mrs Jones

Mrs Hall

The scientific method fosters thinking skills. The very basis of science is a system of thought and experiment called the scientific method. It’s where you start with an idea, create a concrete way to prove or disprove your idea, and objectively show what you learned. Learning to follow this process helps you think logically. Seeing the relationship between empirical evidence and your theory helps you think critically. These important thinking skills can be applied in many areas of study. To give a child practice with these thinking skills nourishes a developing mind.

Science feeds a natural love for learning. One of the greatest things we can teach our children is to love learning. Science is a great medium to do so. Children are inquisitive explorers by nature and science offers lots to explore. Because much of science is hands-on, it appeals readily to most children. Nothing makes a child sit up and take notice like the “WOW!” of a great science experiment. Science can encourage a love for learning that will spill over into other subjects.

Science opens doors to many disciplines. Building an aptitude for science can be helpful in other areas of study; science encourages math. An interest in science is an interest in how things were once understood compared to how they are understood now. Thus studying science lends itself easily to studying history. And hand-in-hand with every lab experiment is the lab report – thus writing becomes a crucial part of science. Even the study of language itself is a part of science; its specialist terminology can be traced back to Latin or Ancient Greek.

Science prepares for the future. Science is the basis for much of our life. Agricultural science dictates how our food is produced, biomedical science keeps us healthy, physics and mechanical science takes from place to place, even our beds are constructed according to scientific principles. We almost literally eat, sleep and breathe science! As we prepare the next generation of consumers, voters, creators, and policy makers it is critical to ensure they are not only comfortable in science but that they are adept.

Key Stage 3

In Key Stage 3, students learn via a mix of theory and practical lessons, covering ideas as diverse as the smallest cells to the largest reaches of space. The scientific method fosters thinking skills. The very basis of science is a system of thought and experiment called the scientific method. Seeing the relationship between empirical evidence and a given theory helps one to think critically. Assessment takes place through a variety of means including homelearning, with detailed written feedback, and termly end of topic tests. “Engage” class debates and discussions provide opportunities for students to progress in their knowledge from simpler details to more complex ideas, encouraging students to achieve mastery of their science. Students in Year 7 and 8 have 3 weekly lessons while Year 9 have 6 lessons.

Year 7 

Autumn Spring Summer

Working scientifically

Structure and function of body systems

Reproduction

Cells

Elements, atoms and compounds

Chemical reactions

Particles and their behaviour

Acids and Alkalis

Light

Forces

Sound

Space

KS3 Assessment:

Home learning is allocated on a weekly basis by each department. It may be an isolated piece of work, a project, research or an alternative task which challenges the students to solidify their knowledge and / or extend it.  Students will complete an end of topic test in each half term covering the content recently studied. In addition, students will be set an Assessed Home-Learning task (AHL) each half term, on which they will receive written feedback from their class teacher.

In the Summer Term, each student will sit a formal, internal exam which will consist of all elements taught throughout the course.  Appropriate preparation in the form of revision should be taken seriously with sufficient planning and organisation to ensure each student fulfils their potential.

Year 8 

Autumn Spring Summer

Working scientifically

Ecosystem processes

The Earth

Health and lifestyle

Separation techniques

Metals and acids

The periodic table

Energy Motion and pressure

Electricity and magnetism

Adaptation and inheritance

 

 
 

KS3 Assessment:

Home learning is allocated on a weekly basis by each department. It may be an isolated piece of work, a project, research or an alternative task which challenges the students to solidify their knowledge and / or extend it.  Students will complete an end of topic test in each half term covering the content recently studied. In addition, students will be set an Assessed Home-Learning task (AHL) each half term, on which they will receive written feedback from their class teacher.

In the Summer Term, each student will sit a formal, internal exam which will consist of all elements taught throughout the course.  Appropriate preparation in the form of revision should be taken seriously with sufficient planning and organisation to ensure each student fulfils their potential.

Key Stage 4

Year 9 

Autumn Spring Summer

Transitional skills for GCSE

GCSE Chemistry

GCSE Biology

GCSE Biology

GCSE Physics

GCSE Chemistry

 

 

GCSE Physics

Before students embark on the GCSE course there is a transition period where students will be reminded of how to plan a scientific investigation, key scientific terminology, graph skills and practical write-up skills. In addition, a required practical activity for each subject (Physics – Hooke’s Law, Biology – Reaction time and Chemistry – Rates of reaction) will be completed during this time to reinforce these skills.

After the October half-term, students will begin the GCSE course covering topics from the Combined Science course (Biology, Chemistry and Physics) schemes of learning.

Home learning is allocated on a weekly basis by each class teacher. In addition, students will be set an Assessed Home-Learning task (AHL) each half term, on which they will receive written feedback from their class teacher.

KS4 Assessment:

Students will complete an end of topic test in each half term covering the content recently studied.  Wider reading is always useful either from the websites offered, the text book or as directed by their classroom teacher.

In the Summer Term, each student will sit a formal, internal exam which will consist of all elements taught up to this point from the Combined Science course.

Year 10 

Autumn Spring Summer

GCSE Biology

GCSE Physics

GCSE Biology

GCSE Chemistry

 

 

 
All students will follow the Combined Science course until the end of Year 10.

Based on their progress throughout Year 10, students will be routed onto the Separate Sciences course or remain on the Combined Science course. All students will continue to study Biology, Chemistry and Physics however those on the Separate Sciences course will cover one third more content and receive three GCSE certificates instead of the two GCSE certificates on the Combined Science course.

Home learning is allocated on a weekly basis by each class teacher. In addition, students will be set an Assessed Home-Learning task (AHL) each half term, on which they will receive written feedback from their class teacher.

Wider reading is always useful either from the websites offered, the text book or as directed by their classroom teacher.

KS4 Assessment:

Students will complete an end of topic test in each half term covering the content recently studied. 

In the Summer Term, each student will sit a formal, internal exam which will consist of all elements taught throughout the course. 

Year 11 

Students will work towards qualifications in either Separate Sciences (Three GCSE certificates) or Combined Science (Two GCSE certificates).

KS4 Assessment:

Combined Science students will have finished the majority of the course in the Autumn term, allowing the rest of the time to be spent on revision of Required Practical Activities, reflection on content and exam technique practise.

Students being entered for the Separate Sciences course will complete the Separate Only content of Biology, Chemistry and Physics until the Summer term.

Both Combined Science and Separate Sciences are assessed through external examinations which take place in May / June (the breakdown of these exams is found below).

Appropriate preparation in the form of revision should be taken seriously to ensure each student fulfils their potential.

GCSE Combined Science (Trilogy)

6 terminal examinations (2x Biology, 2x Chemistry and 2x Physics).

Each paper is 1hr 15mins long and is worth 16.7%

Separate Sciences:

GCSE Biology

2 Biology terminal papers

Each one is 1 hr 45mins, worth 50%

GCSE Chemistry 

2 Chemistry terminal papers

Each one is 1 hr 45mins, worth 50% 

GCSE Physics 

2 Physics terminal papers

Each one is 1 hr 45mins, worth 50% each

Examination Board :

AQA

Course Specification:

Combined Science  

AQA  8464  GCSE Combined Science (Trilogy)

Separate Sciences  

AQA   8461         GCSE Biology

AQA   8462         GCSE Chemistry

AQA    8463        GCSE Physics

Entry Level            

AQA     5960        Entry Level Certificate

Qualification obtained:

 

GCSE Combined Science (Trilogy)                   

 

GCSE Biology 

GCSE Chemistry 

GCSE Physics 

 

Entry Level Certificate 

Useful Websites:

www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science                   

www.kerboodle.com

www.bbc.co.uk/schools/bitesize

http://www.s-cool.co.uk/gcse

Useful Reading Material:

AQA Biology third [edition] Oxford University Press

New Grade 9-1 GCSE Combined science: AQA trilogy revision guide with online addition - Higher

AQA Chemistry third [edition] Oxford University Press

New Grade 9-1 GCSE Combined science: AQA trilogy exam practice workbook - Higher

AQA Physics third [edition] Oxford University Press

New Grade 9-1 GCSE Combined science: AQA trilogy answers for exam practice workbook - Higher

New Grade 9-1 GCSE Biology: AQA revision guide with online addition - Higher

New Grade 9-1 GCSE Biology: AQA  exam practice workbook - Higher

New Grade 9-1 GCSE Biology: AQA answers for exam practice workbook - Higher

New Grade 9-1 GCSE Chemistry: AQA revision guide with online addition - Higher

New Grade 9-1 GCSE Chemistry: AQA  exam practice workbook - Higher

New Grade 9-1 GCSE Chemistry: AQA answers for exam practice workbook - Higher

New Grade 9-1 GCSE Physics: AQA revision guide with online addition - Higher

New Grade 9-1 GCSE Physics: AQA  exam practice workbook - Higher

New Grade 9-1 GCSE Physics: AQA  exam practice workbook - Higher

Additional information:

GCSE Science Live – the chance to see and hear five of Britain’s top scientists, all working at the cutting edge of their specialisms.

Big Bang Fair - an award-winning combination of exciting theatre shows, interactive workshops and exhibits and careers information from STEM professionals.

CREST award (Bronze, Silver and Gold) – science enrichment project where students write a report to introduce, describe and evaluate their work

Brent and Harrow Medical Day - short talk by consultants and trainee doctors as well as three workshops which are led by student doctors so students can have an idea about what being a medical student is like

Address Park High School, Thistlecroft Gardens, Stanmore, Middlesex HA7 1PL

Headteacher Mr Emlyn Lumley

Phone 0208 952 2803

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