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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 Katbamna

Ms Boot-Handford

Miss Kelly

Miss Selvarajah

Mrs Jones

Mr Abaidoo

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.

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.

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

Working scientifically

Working Scientifically

Working Scientifically

New Technology

Turning points

Chemistry Unit C1

Detection Trilogy and Separate Sciences Physics Unit P1

 

Biology Unit B1

 
KS4 Assessment:

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. 

Year 10 

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.

KS4 Assessment:

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.

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. .

Year 11 

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.

KS4 Assessment:

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.

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.

Controlled assessment for all students is completed in Year 11.

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

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%

Seperate 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

Entry Level:

Certificate

3 externally set assignments (ESAs) worth 57%

3 teacher set assignments (TSAs) worth 43%

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

GCSE Additional science AQA Higher (Revision Guide - CGP)

GCSE Additional science AQA Higher (Work book - CGP)

GCSE Additional science AQA Higher (Answer book - CGP)

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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