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Curriculum Leader: Isaac Alabi

“In a Year 9 science lesson, students were investigating the human and natural activities that affected the well being of our planet. They were clearly fascinated by the information provided in a computer application called Fragile Earth. The teacher wisely capitalised on this and involved the class in group discussions that revealed students were making good progress and attaining at levels beyond those expected for their age.”
- Ofsted, 2013

Two Science pathways are available for students to study at Key Stage 4. Higher tier candidates follow AQA GCSE Science and Additional Science; Foundation students study EDEXCEL BTEC Principles of Applied Science. A selected group of students are offered AQA Additional Further Science as a third GCSE. All students work in sets according to their ability. The sets are normally reassessed twice a year to allow movement between groups accounting for the needs of each individual student. Year 7 students are initially set in accordance with Primary School data provision.

Ethos

The ethos of the Department is to encourage a scientific way of thinking and enquiry, to develop independent learners and extend the students’ repertoire of skills through practical experience that prepares them for life beyond school, so enhancing their experience and understanding of the scientific World that surrounds them.

Vision Statement

Science at Everest Community Academy delivers the opportunity for students to discover science in the natural world first hand through hands on investigation, discussion and enquiry.

Staff & Facilities

The Science Department is housed on the top floor of a two-storey block. There are five laboratories, a computer suite and technical support areas purpose built into the new building in September 2007. There are 5 full-time staff, 2 part-time staff and 3 technicians. Extensive grounds and a new pond and garden areas support science activities. The department is continuing to develop new resources to accommodate the changing curriculum. All members of the teaching staff are expected to teach all disciplines of the National Curriculum at Key Stage 3 and 4.

KS4 Information

AQA GCSE Core Science and AQA GCSE Additional Science.

Who is the subject for?

All higher pathway students wishing to study at GCSE level. These courses allow progression onto further science qualifications including AS and A Level.

AQA GCSE Core Science – What will you study?

Biology 1a Diet, exercise, hormones, genes and drugs,
Biology 1b Surviving and changing in the environment,
Chemistry 1a Atoms, rocks, metals and fuels
Chemistry 1b Polymers, plant oils, the earth and its atmosphere.
Physics 1a Energy and Efficiency
Physics 1b Electrical energy and waves

AQA GCSE Additional Science – What will you study?

Biology 2a Cells and the growing plant.
Biology 2b Genes and proteins, inheritance and gene technology.
Chemistry 2a Structures, properties and uses.
Chemistry 2b Rates, energy, salts and electrolysis.
Physics 2a Forces and Motion
Physics 2b Electricity and Radiation

AQA GCSE Chemistry, Physics and Biology or GCSE Further Science

Who is the subject for?

Further GCSE Science subjects will suit all students who wish to continue with a Science Career or Aspire to Study Science Post 16 and beyond. Separate sciences of Biology, Chemistry and Physics are GCSE subjects that will suit high ability students who are prepared to spend additional after Academy time studying science for 3 separate GCSEs

What will you study?

Biology 3a Exchange and Transport
Biology 3b Regulating the human and natural environment
Chemistry 3a Water, Energy and the Periodic table
Chemistry 3b Analysis, ammonia and organic chemistry
Physics 3b Making things work

The above units can be taken together resulting in a GCSE Further Science qualification which will be certificated along with GCSE Core Science A and GCSE Additional Science. Alternatively Unit 3 exams may be combined with Unit 1 Core Science A modules and Unit 2 Additional modules to certificate as Separate GCSE Biology, GCSE Chemistry and GCSE Physics.

EDEXCEL BTEC Applied Science

Who is the Subject for?

All Foundation Pathway Students that would like to study Applied Sciences or study a career in an applied science related career such as health and beauty or the construction industry. This subject is also suitable for those students who are better suited to a more practical approach and topic based class room study at KS4.

What courses or employment can I progress to at the end of my course?
Any applied courses. Applied Science careers or any non science based career.

Two BTEC qualifications are studied at KS4

BTEC Principles of Applied Science

Unit 1 Principles of Science

Exam 25%

Unit 2 Chemistry and our Earth
Unit 3 Energy and our Universe
Unit 4 Biology and our Environment

Assessed class work assignments 75%

BTEC Applications of Science

Unit 5 Application of chemical substances
Unit 6 Application of physical Sciences
Unit 7 Health applications of life science

Assessed class work assignments 75%

Unit 8 Scientific Skills

Exam 25%

KS3 Information

The Key Stage 3 curriculum is delivered through a series of in-house modules that match government requirements. The new KS3 scheme of work is continuously being developed to match the changed National Curriculum requirements. The Key Stage 3 strategy followed, encourages innovation in the teaching and learning styles involving a variety of enquiry and multiple intelligence based activities. The Scheme of work includes a range of active learning lessons to stimulate and ensure learning occurs outside of the class as well.

Science is taught by a variety of methods. The current GCSE specification encourages an investigative approach and hands on practical experience. Research and independent learning are actively encouraged to help students see how science is used practically. There will be opportunities to see how science is used in real life and to speak to people whose jobs involve the use of science on a daily basis.