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Science

Exam Board: Edexcel

http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/sciences-2016.html

Subject Overview

Key stage 3

The Government say that ‘The principal focus of science teaching in key stage 3 is to develop a deeper understanding of a range of scientific ideas in the subject disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics’ and that ‘Pupils should begin to see the connections between these subject areas and become aware of some of the big ideas underpinning scientific knowledge and understanding’.

In order to encourage students to relate scientific explanations to phenomena in the world around them we have carefully created our own contextually based KS3 curriculum. We use modelling and abstract ideas to further develop and evaluate explanations to teach the sciences in a way that ensures students have the knowledge to enable them to develop curiosity about the natural world, insight into working scientifically, and appreciation of the relevance of science to their everyday lives. Students will study the following twelve scientific areas over the two year course:

 

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Year 7

Conservation

Space Exploration

Aid Worker

Transport

Emergency Services

Construction

Year 8

Survival

Science in Medicine

Fashion and Cosmetics

Utilities

Horticulture

Food Industry

 

Students will participate in a range of activities including scientific research, experiments and group activities and should decide on the appropriate type of scientific enquiry to undertake to answer their own questions.  They should evaluate their results and identify further questions arising from them.

Throughout the entire curriculum students are provided with opportunities to develop their use of scientific vocabulary, including the use of scientific nomenclature and units and mathematical representations. 

Authentic Assessment Evening is a fantastic opportunity for our KS3 students to showcase the amazing work that they have done over the year.  This year will be very special as it will be our first Year 7 ‘Swanage School Ideal Home Exhibition’ where the students will be able to present the models that they will have constructed for their eco-friendly home design as part of the ‘Construction’ topic.  Year 8 will also be hosting the first ever ‘Swanage School MasterChef’ where the students will be able to present the preserves they will have made as part of the ‘Food Industry’ topic.

Key stage 4

Teaching in the sciences in key stage 4 continues with the process of building upon and deepening scientific knowledge and the understanding of ideas developed in earlier key stages in the subject disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics.

For some students, studying the sciences in key stage 4 provides the platform for more advanced studies, establishing the basis for a wide range of careers. For others, it will be their last formal study of subjects that provide the foundations for understanding the natural world and will enhance their lives in an increasingly technological society.

At the Swanage School, we follow the Pearson Edexcel GCSE Science specifications.  There are two different routes that students can follow; GCSE (9-1) Combined Science and the GCSE (9-1) Biology, Chemistry and Physics.  These specifications are straightforward, with a selection of core practical’s that are designed to help bring science learning to life. Edexcel assessments are shaped to encourage all students to best show what they know and what they can do so every student can enjoy science and succeed in their studies.  Every student is different so the course has been structured in a way that means we can best support and stretch our students with foundation and higher tiered levels as an option.  All students must study the GCSE (9-1) Combined Science course as part of the core National Curriculum.  Alternatively, students can choose to study the GCSE (9-1) Biology, Chemistry and Physics route as one of their three options.

Specification - Combined ScienceThe GCSE (9-1) Combined Science route consists of six externally examined papers.  Each paper (60 marks) lasts for 1 hour and 10 minutes and is worth 16.67% of the qualification.  These are available at foundation tier and higher tier. Students must complete all assessments in the same tier. Students must complete all assessment in May/June in any single year.

Content includes:

Paper 1: Biology 1

Topic 1 – Key concepts in biology, Topic 2 – Cells and control, Topic 3 – Genetics, Topic 4– Natural selection and genetic modification, Topic 5 – Health, disease and the development of medicines

Paper 2: Biology 2

Topic 1 – Key concepts in biology, Topic 6 – Plant structures and their functions, Topic 7 – Animal coordination, control and homeostasis, Topic 8 – Exchange and transport in animals, Topic 9 – Ecosystems and material cycles

Paper 3: Chemistry 1

Topic 1 – Key concepts in chemistry, Topic 2 – States of matter and mixtures, Topic 3 – Chemical changes, Topic 4 – Extracting metals and equilibria

Paper 4: Chemistry 2

Topic 1 – Key concepts in chemistry, Topic 6 – Groups in the periodic table, Topic 7 –Rates of reaction and energy changes, Topic 8 – Fuels and Earth science

Paper 5: Physics 1

Topic 1 – Key concepts of physics, Topic 2 – Motion and forces, Topic 3 – Conservation of energy, Topic 4 – Waves, Topic 5 – Light and the electromagnetic spectrum, Topic 6 –Radioactivity

Paper 6: Physics 2

Topic 1 – Key concepts of physics, Topic 8 – Energy - Forces doing work, Topic 9 – Forces and their effects, Topic 10 – Electricity and circuits, Topic 12 – Magnetism and the motor effect, Topic 13 – Electromagnetic induction, Topic 14 – Particle model, Topic 15 – Forces and matter

 

Specification - BiologyThe GCSE (9-1) Biology route consists of two externally examined papers.  Each paper (100 marks) lasts for 1 hour and 45 minutes and is worth 50% of the qualification.  These are available at foundation tier and higher tier. Students must complete all assessments in the same tier. Students must complete all assessment in May/June in any single year.

Content includes:

Paper 1:

Topic 1 – Key concepts in biology, Topic 2 – Cells and control, Topic 3 – Genetics, Topic 4 – Natural selection and genetic modification, Topic 5 – Health, disease and the development of medicines

Paper 2:

Topic 1 – Key concepts in biology, Topic 6 – Plant structures and their functions, Topic 7 – Animal coordination, control and homeostasis, Topic 8 – Exchange and transport in animals, Topic 9 – Ecosystems and material cycles

 

Specification - ChemistryThe GCSE (9-1) Chemistry route consists of two externally examined papers.  Each paper (100 marks) lasts for 1 hour and 45 minutes and is worth 50% of the qualification.  These are available at foundation tier and higher tier. Students must complete all assessments in the same tier. Students must complete all assessment in May/June in any single year.

Content includes:

Paper 1:

Topic 1 – Key concepts in chemistry, Topic 2 – States of matter and mixtures, Topic 3 – Chemical changes, Topic 4 – Extracting metals and equilibria, Topic 5 – Separate chemistry 1

Paper 2:

Topic 1 – Key concepts in chemistry, Topic 6 – Groups in the periodic table, Topic 7 – Rates of reaction and energy changes, Topic 8 – Fuels and Earth science, Topic 9 – Separate chemistry 2

 

Specification - Physics

The GCSE (9-1) Physics route consists of two externally examined papers.  Each paper (100 marks) lasts for 1 hour and 45 minutes and is worth 50% of the qualification.  These are available at foundation tier and higher tier. Students must complete all assessments in the same tier. Students must complete all assessment in May/June in any single year.

Content includes:

Paper 1:

Topic 1 – Key concepts of physics, Topic 2 – Motion and forces, Topic 3 – Conservation of energy, Topic 4 – Waves, Topic 5 – Light and the electromagnetic spectrum, Topic 6 – Radioactivity, Topic 7 – Astronomy

Paper 2:

Topic 1 – Key concepts of physics, Topic 8 – Energy - Forces doing work, Topic 9 – Forces and their effects, Topic 10 – Electricity and circuits, Topic 11 – Static electricity, Topic 12 – Magnetism and the motor effect, Topic 13 – Electromagnetic induction, Topic 14 – Particle model, Topic 15 – Forces and matter