March 16, 2011

Science Faculty

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AIMS AND OBJECTIVES OF THE SCIENCE DEPARTMENT

Aims

  • To provide a broad and balanced science education
  • To achieve the highest academic standards possible for each student
  • To encourage students to develop an interest and enthusiasm for science
  • To present the subject where possible in a realistic context
  • To adopt an active learning approach where appropriate
  • To develop an investigative approach in science
  • To give staff opportunities to develop teaching skills and strategies
  • To give all student equality of opportunity in all areas of science
  • To develop a body of scientific knowledge and range of scientific skills

Objectives

Students should be able to:

  • Think scientifically
  • Understand the applications and implications of science
  • Communicate and collaborate in science
  • Use investigative approaches
  • Work critically with evidence

Science is taught and developed through the separate sciences of Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

Key Stage 3 – Year 7 and 8

All students broadly follow the QCA scheme of work published by central government, based around modified versions of the Exploring Science course.

This has been adapted to suit the resources and skills available within Boldon School. Students in KS3 have three hours of science per week.

 

Key Stage 4

Students in Key Stage 4 will follow one of the courses below: In Year 9, students will begin to either study the new GCSE in Combined Science or GCSE separate Sciences in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. In Years 10 and 11 students follow a broad Science curriculum leading to the award of 2 or 3 science GCSEs. During the two years most students will study for a GCSE Science and a GCSE Additional Science qualification. One class of students will study for separate Science qualifications in GCSE Biology, GCSE Chemistry and GCSE Physics. Students who require more support with Science will study for one Science GCSE over the course of 2 years.

  • Edexcel GCSE Science is studied by year 10 students. The course consists of 3 modules, 1 in each of the Science disciplines.

These are:

B1 – Influences on life C1 – Chemistry in our world P1 – Universal physics

All modules are assessed through examinations which take place in May of year 11.  The coursework component of the course involves a Controlled assessment and is Investigative in nature.  This is worth 25% of the overall grade awarded.

Edexcel GCSE Additional Science will be studied by some year 10 and year 11 students and consists of 3 modules, 1 in each of the Science disciplines.

These are:

B2 – The components of life C2 – Discovering chemistry P2 – Physics for your future All modules are assessed through examinations which take place in June of year 11.  The coursework component of the course involves a Controlled assessment and is Investigative in nature.  The coursework component of the course involves a Controlled assessment and is Investigative in nature.  This is worth 25% of the overall grade awarded.

More details on these specifications can be found at www.edexcel.com

  • Edexcel Separate Sciences (GCSE Biology, GCSE Chemistry and GCSE Physics) will be studied by some 10 and 11 students from September 2015. The course includes all units studied to obtain both Science and Additional Science GCSE’s but is enhanced by the coverage of 3 further modules, one for each Science discipline.

These are:

B3 – Using Biology C3 – Chemistry in action P3 – Applications of physics Further details of the course syllabus can be found at www.edexcel.com

Edexcel Combined Science – the final specifications are under review from Ofqual. Draft versions can be found at: http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/sciences-2016.html

 

 

All science is taught in 1 floor in a dedicated suite of 9 laboratories,
one of which is a newly refurbished ICT room. The rooms are all spacious, light
and airy. Each room has an interactive whiteboard. The department shares 2 well
stocked and resourced prep rooms.

The department is well resourced with a wide range of practical
equipment, relevant textbooks and science specific software.