"Science helps us to better understand ourselves and our place in the universe..."
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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.
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.
Structure and function of body systems
Elements, atoms and compounds
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.
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.
Health and lifestyle
Metals and acids
The periodic table
Electricity and magnetism
Adaptation and inheritance
Chemistry Unit C1
Biology Unit B1
All students who follow this course will be given home learning weekly. 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 throughout the course.
A small number of students will complete core science over 2 years.
All other students will begin the year with the goal of completing separate sciences at the end of Year 11. In December, based on progress up to that point, an indication will be given regarding whether students will continue towards separate sciences or will be rerouted towards the double award in Year 11.
For students who study two science GCSEs, the Core Science qualification is largely completed in Year 10 and the Additional Science qualification is completed by the end of Year 11.
Some students study for three science GCSEs, the Biology, Chemistry and Physics qualifications are completed across Years 10 and 11.
In the Summer Term, each student will sit a formal, internal exam which will consist of all elements taught throughout the course. .
Students will work towards qualifications in either Separate Sciences (3 GCSEs) or Combined Science (2 GCSEs). A small number of students will complete the Entry Level Science certificate.
Controlled assessment for all students is completed in Year 11.
Both Combined Science and Separate Sciences are assessed through terminal examinations which take place in May / June.
Appropriate preparation in the form of revision should be taken seriously with sufficient planning and organisation 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%
2 Biology terminal papers
Each one is 1 hr 45mins, worth 50%
2 Chemistry terminal papers
Each one is 1 hr 45mins, worth 50%
2 Physics terminal papers
Each one is 1 hr 45mins, worth 50% each
3 externally set assignments (ESAs) worth 57%
3 teacher set assignments (TSAs) worth 43%
AQA 8464 GCSE Combined Science (Trilogy)
AQA 8461 GCSE Biology
AQA 8462 GCSE Chemistry
AQA 8463 GCSE Physics
AQA 5960 Entry Level Certificate
GCSE Combined Science (Trilogy)
Entry Level Certificate
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
GCSE Additional science AQA Higher (Revision Guide - CGP)
GCSE Additional science AQA Higher (Work book - CGP)
GCSE Additional science AQA Higher (Answer book - CGP)
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
Park High School, Thistlecroft Gardens, Stanmore, Middlesex HA7 1PL
Mr Emlyn Lumley
0208 952 2803