Science

Aim

Science is taught in a carefully sequenced manner, ensuring that students build understanding by providing them with the firm foundation they need to pursue further scientific study. Students are taught fundamental scientific principles. We aim to inspire students to learn about themselves and the world around them. Our modern courses aim to stimulate students’ interest in how Science works. Our courses are built around practical investigations and a sound understanding of the context and application of Science to the real world.

Curriculum Plan

Key Stage 3 (Year 7 and Year 8)

At Key Stage 3, we aim to develop skills, knowledge and understanding, building on their work at Key Stage 2. Over the two-year course, students will develop their ability to think scientifically using a variety of investigative approaches. The course has been designed within the department and incorporates Biology, Chemistry and Physics in a context approach. This allows students to realize the significance of Science in everyday real life.

In Year 7 the following topics are covered:

  • A&E (Cells, Muscles, Drugs and Reproduction)
  • Cooking (Particle model, Heat transfer and Chemical reactions)
  • Forensics (Safety in lab, Acids & alkalis and Separating mixtures)
  • Winter Olympics (Forces)

In Year 8 the following topics are covered:

  • Alien (Space)
  • Catastrophe (Structure of earth and Rock cycle)
  • Dinner time (Diet and Food groups)
  • Extinction (Variation and Changing atmosphere)
  • Studio magic (Light and Sound)
  • Time travel (Magnetism and Electricity)
  • Key Stage 4 (Year 9 to Year 11)

For GCSE science we follow the Edexcel specification.

  • Combined science = 2 GCSEs
  • Triple science = 3 GCSE

Most students will follow the combined science route and triple science will be offered to some more able students.

All students will study Combined Science from year 9. The course is divided into Biology, Chemistry and Physics units, with core practicals embedded in the course. The core practicals will test the students’ knowledge of practical procedures, data handling, planning and concluding.

We offer a Entry Level Science course to some students. After successful completion they receive either a gold, silver or bronze certificate.

Assessment information

Students in Year 7 have Science three periods a week, which increases to 4 periods in Year 8.

In Year 7/8 students have a formative assessment every 5 lessons and a summative assessment that is tailored to each topic every 3 weeks.

With the introduction of the new GCSEs, the exams are now linear and students are tested at the end of Year 11. Students are required to retain the information for 3 years. In Years 9/10/11 students have a formative assessment every 5 lessons and a summative assessment tailored to each topic every 2 weeks.

We expect our students to:

  • Meet deadlines given
  • Complete work to the best of their ability
  • Revise for tests
  • Respond to marking from teacher

Support material

Moat Community College has subscribed to doddle which can be accessed through the website www.doddlelearn.co.uk. The website contains thousands of interactive PowerPoint presentations that cover all Science material. Each student has a password to this website and can use it at any time. GCSE revision guides have and will be provided to each student.

Teaching staff regularly use visual aids such as interactive programs and innovative visual media from Twig video and Discovery Education.

There are a lot of good websites to support revision:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/Science/http://www.s-cool.co.uk/gcse/biology/cells/revise-it/plant-and-animal-cellshttps://www.khanacademy.org/science/biology/structure-of-a-cell/introduction-to-cells/v/scale-of-cells