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Welcome to the Science Department

    

Science Department Vision

Staff will provide pupils the experience and environment to question and challenge the world around them developing the skills and attributes to become an inquisitive adult.

Pupils at Kingswood will be enthused to become the future generation of scientists and engineers, leading to Science education, training and employment in this diverse and rapidly changing sector.  

Meet the Science Team


Science Curriculum

In Years 7 and 8 we follow the exploring Science scheme of work where pupils are introduced to key scientific concepts through context and scenarios relevant to contemporary life and employment in scientific industries.

In September, we began a new Grade 9-1 GCSE Science course for years 9 and 10 in which students complete a three-year programme covering Biology, Chemistry and Physics, from which they receive two GCSE grades.

We follow the AQA syllabus at Kingswood Academy with pupils sitting the Combined Science: Trilogy specification.

How do we assess students in Science?

Students are assessed at the end of each unit by completing an end of unit test, which follow the same structure as the final exams. Pupils are all given summative tests for all the content they have studied up to that point prior to learning cycle data being produced.  All this information is used to inform the Learning Cycle grades.

Examination Information

There are six papers: two biology, two chemistry and two physics. Each of the papers will assess knowledge and understanding from distinct topic areas.

Paper

What’s assessed

How it’s assessed

Questions

Biology Paper 1

Biology topics 1-4:

Cell biology; Organisation; Infection and response; and Bioenergetics

Written exam: 1 hour 15 minutes

Foundation and Higher Tier

70 marks

16.7% of GCSE

Multiple choice, structured, closed short answer, and open response.

Biology Paper 2

Biology topics 5-7:

Homeostasis and response; Inheritance, variation and evolution; and Ecology

Written exam: 1 hour 15 minutes

Foundation and Higher Tier

70 marks

16.7% of GCSE

Multiple choice, structured, closed short answer, and open response.

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

Foundation and Higher Tier

70 marks

16.7% of GCSE

Multiple choice, structured, closed short answer, and open response.

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

Foundation and Higher Tier

70 marks

16.7% of GCSE

Multiple choice, structured, closed short answer, and open response.

Physics Paper 1

Physics topics 18-21:

Energy; Electricity; Particle model of matter; and Atomic structure

Written exam: 1 hour 15 minutes

Foundation and Higher Tier

70 marks

16.7% of GCSE

Multiple choice, structured, closed short answer, and open response.

Physics Paper 2

Physics topics 22-24:

Forces; Waves; and magnetism and electromagnetism

Written exam: 1 hour 15 minutes

Foundation and Higher Tier

70 marks

16.7% of GCSE

Multiple choice, structured, closed short answer, and open response.

Homework Expectations

At Kingswood Academy, homework is used to extend learning outside the classroom by accelerating achievement and promoting independent learning.

The amount of homework set will vary between subjects and the length of homework will relate to the task set. No formal timetable will be published as they can create a level of inflexibility that does not benefit students.  Individual staff will set homework as appropriate, but there is an expectation that homework is set every week. When staff set projects or longer homework activities, there should still be weekly Show My Homework reminders and reviews in class.

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Director of Science

Mr. M Clark

01482 879967