Science

 The Mission

The Hartshill School Science Department is committed to providing a high-quality science education setting the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity. Through building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, pupils will be able to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. They will understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.

Vision Statement:

The Hartshill School Science Department aspires to develop students who are skilled critical thinkers, problem solvers, innovators and team players.  We will develop the minds of life-long learners by providing access to a variety of course offerings that will support the creativity and curiosity of all students. At the conclusion of their school career, our students will be capable of applying their scientific knowledge to contemporary issues, making connections between scientific disciplines, and pursuing post-secondary education or careers in the fields of science and engineering. We will empower them to fulfil their duty as citizens and help them feel more confident in the decisions they may need to make about family health and nutrition or environmental concerns.

Curriculum 2017-18

Years 7 and 8 follow a MAT Curriculum
In Year 7 students receive a grounding in Investigative Science and complete units in each of the Sciences which cover a range of subjects and skills. The units are arranged around the following topics: Cells, Structure and Function of Body Systems, Reproduction, Particles and Their Behaviour, Elements, Atoms and Compounds, Chemical Reactions, Acids and Alkalis, Forces, Sound, Light and Space. Throughout the course students will carry out practical work in the context of each section and develop their knowledge and understanding to: pose scientific questions, define scientific problems, plan and carry out investigative activities. In a range of contexts, students will: collect, select, process, analyse and interpret both primary and secondary data to provide evidence, evaluate their methodology, evidence and data.
In Year 8 students further develop their knowledge and skills in Science through a cycle of units, which cover a range of subjects and skills. The units are arranged around the following topics: Biology - Health and Lifestyle, Ecosystems, Adaptation, Chemistry –Separating Techniques, Metals and Acids and Earth Science, Physics – Electricity and Magnetism, Energy, Motion and Pressure. Throughout the course students will carry out practical work in the context of each section and develop their knowledge and understanding to: pose scientific questions, define scientific problems, plan and carry out investigative activities. In a range of contexts, students will: collect, select, process, analyse and interpret both primary and secondary data to provide evidence, evaluate their methodology, evidence and data.

Year 9, 10 and 11 follow a MAT Curriculum
All students follow either the The AQA GCSE Trilogy Science specification or the Separate Sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Physics)

All students in Year 9, 10 & 11will develop their knowledge and skills from Year’s 7 and 8 and consolidate their skills in planning and evaluating investigations. The GCSE Science programme of study is presented in four sections: Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Required Practical. The required practical content is integrated through the context of the subject content. Each term will focus on segments of the biology, chemistry and physics component of the course alongside the relevant required practical activities. Students will be prepared for their terminal examinations which are all held in the Summer of Year 11.

All examinations will include structured and closed questions and at least one question assessing the Quality of Written Communication in a science context. Throughout the course students will carry out practical work in the context of each section and develop their knowledge and understanding to: pose scientific questions, define scientific problems, plan and carry out investigative activities. In a range of contexts, students will: collect, select, process, analyse and interpret both primary and secondary data to provide evidence, evaluate their methodology and data.

Combined Science (AQA Trilogy):
This course keeps the learning varied meaning that students remain engaged and stimulated by the different topics.  The course also makes clear links between the three Sciences so students can fully appreciate the connections between topics and in real life situations.  We will often use theory from one Science to help us understand another concept e.g. the chemical reactions that take place in living organisms.

The course develops scientific literacy and a range of skills that will enable students to understand and evaluate scientific concepts encountered in everyday life and other contexts.

Practicals remain at the heart of our Science teaching and form an important part of the course.  Apart from the usual experiments in lessons, students will complete 21 compulsory practicals and investigations over the three years.  These practicals will then be assessed during the final external exams.

Students are externally assessed at the end of Year 11. They sit 6 papers, each worth 16.67% of the overall grade in either the Foundation or Higher tier.  Each test is a 1 hour 15 minute written paper and is made up of multiple choice, structured, closed, short answer and open response questions.

Separate Sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Physics: AQA exam board):
This leads to three GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics and is particularly suitable for those who wish to study Science post-16 as this path covers the breadth and depth necessary for further study.

In Biology GCSE, students gain a good understanding of Human Biology, organisms, evolution and the environment.  The Chemistry GCSE gives the students an opportunity to develop a good understanding of the nature of substances and how they react together, how chemistry is used in business and industry and how our use of fuels affect the local and global environment.  The Physics GCSE covers the use and transfer of energy, as well as an insight into the nature of waves, radiation and space, and how physics is applied in the real world we live in.

Students are externally assessed at the end of Year 11.  They sit 2 papers, each worth 50% of the overall grade in either the Foundation or Higher tier for each of the Sciences i.e. six in total.  Each test is a 1 hour 45 minute written paper and is made up of multiple choice, structured, closed, short answer and open response questions. Students will also complete 24 compulsory practicals across the 3 subjects during lesson time over the three year course.  Questions on these practicals will be appear in the exam papers.

Science Staff

Acting Director of Learning: Miss L Wicker

Head of Biology: Mrs A Zahid

Head of Chemistry: Dr Ekoja

Head of Physics: Mr S Slinn

Teacher of Science: Mr I Harrison

Teacher of Science: Mrs S Adcock

Teacher of Science: Mr D Pickens

Teacher of Science: Mr A Rixon

Teacher of Science: Miss S Rojahn

Teacher of Science: Mr J Williamson

 

SCIENCE

• Information on current specs being studied in respective year groups
AQA trilogy in our current year 9 and 10 for those doing combined science, AQA separate Sciences for those doing triple science.

• Recommended text books / revision guides to supplement course:
CGP New Grade 9-1 GCSE Combined Science: AQA Revision Guide for combined science, CGP AQA Biology, AQA Chemistry and AQA Physics for triple science. Workbooks are also available.

• Recommended web sites / resources to aid home learning
BBC bitesize: https://www.bbc.com/education/subjects/zrkw2hv
GCSE POD: https://www.gcsepod.com/

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