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Science

 

When students enter the school in Year 7 they start their KS3 Science course. The course that we teach is called ‘Activate’. This is a published scheme of work that the school has bought in and modified for the needs of your child. This course covers the following concepts;

  • Cells.
  • The living body – Digestion, circulatory system, reproductive system and the nervous system.
  • Microorganisms and their effects.
  • Respiration.
  • Plants – Photosynthesis and reproduction.
  • Classification systems.
  • Inheritance and selection.
  • Food chain, food webs, pyramids of number and biomass.
  • Elements, compounds and mixtures.
  • The periodic table.
  • Changes of state.
  • Seperating substances.
  • Chemical reactions.
  • Patterns of reactivity.
  • Acids and Alkalis.
  • Rock and the rock cycle.
  • Energy.
  • Heat transfer.
  • Moments and pressure.
  • Light and sound.
  • Electricity.
  • Speed.
  • Forces.
  • Magnets.
  • New application of science

All students at KS3 study the same course which is spread out over 2 years. At the end of each chapter of work pupils will complete an ‘end of chapter test’ which will be used as say how much progress they have made throughout the year. The pupils also have set assessed homeworks that can be access through the homework link.

In year 9 the students are completing their KS3 course in December and will start their GCSE course from January. This is to ensure that the depth and breath of the New GCSE content is covered in detail ensuring all concepts and theories have been covered.

The GCSE course that we follow  is the AQA specification. Please click on the link to access the different science specifications. AQA

Year 10 and Year 11 will be following the new AQA Science portfolio either Trilogy or separate Science GCSE’S. This is a Linear GCSE where the exams are at the end of their year 11 year. They will have 6 exams and they need to study the required practical’s to ensure that they are ready for their GCSE exams in the May of their year 11 year.

Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural learning.

SMSC is covered through both KS3 and Ks4 Science either through explicit lessons covering topics that directly effect pupils SMSC learning or through group work and respect of their peers. If you would like further details about the SMSC provision for Science at WGS then have a look at the following document.