In the science team at The Hamble School we have a diverse range of subject specialist teachers and are supported by three science technicians. Science lessons are delivered in the purpose build Sydney block which has seven purpose built laboratories. Our vision is for all students to develop a love of science. By insisting our students use their scientific enquiry skills in our lessons, we challenge them to discover the answers to their own questions. We believe that by thinking and acting as a scientist our students will have a better understanding of the world they live in.
Through sharing our passion for science in active and engaging lessons we instil a sense of purpose for science in every students life. This supports us in making steps towards our vision of all students achieve good and excellent levels of progress to achieve two or three A*-C grades in their GCSEs.
Students in Year 7 and 8 follow a discovery lead curriculum which is centred around the Big Ideas of science; cells, energy, forces and particles. This new five year curriculum feeds in directly to the new GCSEs where students will achieved numbered grades from 2017.
This academic Year has seen our Year 9 students begin their journey towards the new GCSE programme focusing on the expected curriculum content with a focus on practical skills. In year 10 and 11 students are working towards the current AQA Science GCSEs either on the core and additional or triple science pathways.
KS3 OverviewScience is taught to all students in Year 7 and 8 in six lessons a fortnight. They will experience all three science disciplines; biology, chemistry and physics. Our curriculum is designed to encourage students to think and ask questions through discovery led learning.
Students will begin their learning journey with a topic called “Becoming a Scientist” where they will learn all the skills needed to investigate new ideas. Students will then use these skills to explore different topics to stretch and deepen their understanding of the four Big Ideas of science, particles, cells, forces and energy.
Each topic focuses on forming links between the Big Ideas by students, working out implications of their learning and practical investigations. In each topic students demonstrate their development of practical enquiry skills. After each topic students will complete a keyword definition recall, task checking their revision skills. They will also complete an extended progress observation opportunity in which they get to demonstrate their understanding; developing literacy skills.
Lessons in science are largely practical based. Students will learn how to plan and conduct experiments. This will allow them to make conclusions and evaluations about the evidence gathered to support new concepts and ideas. One of the laboratories has a PC suite which support students in gathering secondary evidence to support their findings from practical investigations.
A KS3 STEM takes place weekly for students to complete exciting practicals to stretch and challenge their understanding developed in lessons. Students can be supported during homework tasks where they are asked to learn keyword definitions. Students should be able to recite the definition of the 20 keywords for each topic they are to learn.
Activities to support this:
- Students give the definition when told the keyword.
- Students give the keyword when told the definition.
- Your child will be challenged to explain anything in technology or nature using their knowledge of the Big Ideas, using the news for inspiration of topics.
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Science can be studied through two traditional pathways double award or triple science. The triple science route is most suited to students who are passionate about science and wish to continue studying science once they leave the school.
Year 10 and 11 Students
Our current Year 10 and 11 students study either double award science or triple science. In the double award students obtain two separate GCSEs in core science A and additional science. The alternative pathway is to study the three disciplines of science (biology, chemistry and physics) separately in triple science. The triple science route is most suited to students who are passionate about science and wish to continue studying science in further education.
Both the KS4 pathways follow the AQA specification. Most students will complete the Route 1 pathway, although some students will be offered the option of taking Route 2.
- Route 1 Pathway: Students sit three separate 60 minute exams for each of the GCSEs they are taking. Each exam focuses on one of the three disciplines of science. Therefore, students studying double award science will sit six exams, with triple award science they will sit nine exams. 25% of each GCSE is made up of a controlled assessment unit (CAU).
- Route 2 Pathway: Students sit two separate 90 minute exams for each of the GCSEs they are studying. This route is only available for double award students. The papers include a mixture of questions on each of the three disciplines of Science. 25% of each GCSE is made up of a controlled assessment unit (CAU).
Each week students are set a revision task for a section of Core Science and Additional Science in their revision guides.
Year 9 Students
The new science GCSE can be studied through two pathways. The first is similar to the old double award science, students obtain two duplicated GCSEs in a combined science qualification. It is still valued as two GCSEs but is essentially one qualification. The alternative pathway is to study the three disciplines of science (biology, chemistry and physics) separately in triple science. The triple science route is most suited to students who are passionate about science and wish to continue studying science once they leave the school.
Both KS4 pathways follow the AQA specification. Sets one and two are currently following a curriculum that will allow them to take the triple science pathway. There is no additional teaching time for Year 9 students on the triple science pathway. This will be a fast paced and challenging course that will require dedicated and high levels of effort in every lesson. Students who will continue on this pathway will be assessed throughout the academic year and a final decision will be made on which pathway is the best for each individual student towards the start of Year 10.
The combined science pathway will be offered to all students in sets three and four. This course is challenging and designed to allow students time to review their prior knowledge and extend it to demonstrate not only knowledge but application and evaluation of scientific concepts.
There are no Controlled Assessment Units (coursework) for either of the new Science GCSE’s. Practical skills will be tested within each of the exam papers. Getting to grips with basic terminology and equipment will help to gain points in exams.
Homework is designed to develop important skills such as planning investigations, analysing results and numeracy practice.
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- Science– Collins AQA Core and Additional Science Revision Guide and Workbook. Given to students.
- Past papers: www.aqa.org.uk
- Revision: www.samlearning.com
- BBC bitesize KS3 science: http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zng4d2p
Wider reading and activities:
Earth and Environmental Science
- Aquacultural Manager
- Cartographer or Photogrammetrist
- Climate Change Analyst – In Demand!
- Emergency Management Specialist
- Environmental Compliance Inspector
- Environmental Scientist
- Geographer – In Demand!
- Industrial Health & Safety Engineer
- Park Ranger
- Soil and Water Conservationist
- Soil Scientist
- Water & Liquid Waste Treatment Plant & System Operator
- Audio and Video Equipment Technician
- Aviation Inspector
- Chemical Technician
- Chemistry Teacher – In Demand!
- Electrician – In Demand!
- Film and Video Editor
- Food Science Technician
- Food Scientist or Technologist
- Forensic Science Technician
- Nuclear Monitoring Technician
- Nuclear Power Reactor Operator
- Occupational Health & Safety Specialist
- Physics Teacher – In Demand!
- Power Distributor & Dispatcher
- Power Plant Operator
- Precision Instrument & Equipment Repairer
- Ship & Boat Captain
- Sound Engineering Technician