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Welcome to the Science Department

    

Science Department Vision

The Science department at kingwood academy is committed in ensuring all pupils make greater than expected progress across all Key Stages in the subject of Science. Our aim is to deliver outstanding lessons to every pupil, every day.  The highest expectations and world class learning will translate into outstanding academic achievement. We aim to inspire students to push the limits of their knowledge and skills, as well as finding solutions to significant scientific questions.

Meet the Science Team

Mr Clark – Director of Science

Mr Liddle – Head of Department

Mr Swann – Assistant Head Teacher

Mr Heywood – Assistant Head Teacher

Mrs Swales – Director of Data and Assessment

Mr Wobbaka – Lead Teacher – Whole School Teaching and Learning

Mr Harriot – Leader of STEM

Mr Cawthorne – Teacher of Science

Mr Bristow – Teacher of Science

Miss Hounsell – Science Technician

Science Curriculum

KS3 Curriculum

In years 7 and 8, students will study the foundations of science, including a range of topics from biology, chemistry and physics. This aims to fully prepare students to begin their studies at GCSE.
Pupils are encouraged to use scientific ideas and models to explain phenomena and events, and to understand a range of familiar applications of science.

Pupils will find themselves carrying out investigations on their own and with others. They evaluate their work and learn to communicate clearly their findings. They learn the importance of experimental evidence in supporting scientific ideas.

 

KS4 Curriculum

In years 9, 10 and 11, students embark on their studies in combined science. A course which culminates in students achieving 2 GCSEs.

 

Units of study within Combined Science:

 

Biology - including cells, bioenergetics, infection, responses, homeostasis, inheritance and ecology.

 

Chemistry - including atoms, bonding, chemical changes, energy, rates of reaction, organic chemistry, analysis, green chemistry.

 

Physics - including forces, waves, magnetism, electricity, energy, particles

There will be 16 required practical experiments as part of the course, and the course will all be externally assessed in year 11

How do we assess students in Science?

KS3 Assessment

At KS3 all students are assessed at four points during the year. The assessments consist of a 1-hour exam which informs staff of pupils’ strengths and areas for improvement. Data from these test are rigorously analysed and the findings are used to tailor future teaching so that no child is left behind. Student will receive a predicted grade based on the GCSE 9-1 grading system after each learning cycle.

 

KS4 Assessment

At KS4 students are assessed at four points during the year. The assessments consist of a 1-hour exams which scales to a 1hr15 minute paper and then to multiple papers as the students move through the course. This is to prepare them fully for the 6, 1hr15 minute papers that they are expected to complete for their terminal exam. As with KS4 the papers inform staff of pupils’ strengths and areas for improvement. Data from these test are rigorously analysed and the findings are used to tailor future teaching so that no child is left behind. Student will receive a predicted grade based on the GCSE 9-1 grading system after each learning cycle.

Examination Information

Biology Paper 1
Biology topics 1 – 4: Cell Biology; Organisation; Infection and response; and Bioenergetics.

Written exam: 1 hour 15 minutes
 

Biology Paper 2
Biology topics 5 – 7: Homeostasis and response; Inheritance, variation and evolution; and Ecology.

Written exam: 1 hour 15 minutes

 

Chemistry Paper 1

Chemistry topics 8 – 12: Atomic structure and the periodic table; Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter; Quantitative chemistry; Chemical changes; and Energy changes.

Written exam: 1 hour 15 minutes

 

Chemistry Paper 2

Chemistry topics 13 – 17: The rate and extent of chemical change; Organic chemistry; Chemical analysis; Chemistry of the atmosphere; and Using resources.

Written exam: 1 hour 15 minutes

 

Physics Paper 1

Physics topics 18 – 21: Energy; Electricity; Particle model of matter; and Atomic structure.

Written exam: 1 hour 15

 

Physics Paper 2

Physics topics 22 – 24: Forces; Waves; and Magnetism and electromagnetism

Written exam: 1 hour 15 minutes


Homework Expectations

Homework in Science is set weekly on the show my homework platform. Students are expected to complete all homework set as this aids understanding later in class. Homework also provides opportunities for reinforcement of work learned during school time and for children to develop their research skills.

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Director of Science

Mr. M Clark

01482 879967