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Science

Students in a science lab

WELCOME TO science

Science is an incredible important and fundamental part of modern life. It engages people’s natural curiosity about phenomena in the world around them and offers opportunities to develop explanations. It engages learners at many levels, linking direct practical experience with scientific ideas.

Our aim is to inspire learners to become scientific investigators, exploring the world around them to find answers to questions that are relevant to them in an everyday context. As well as scientific knowledge, we hope that pupils will develop a range of skills and ways of thinking that will be useful to them in future life.

We are proud to be a successful department who continually develop strategies to allow our students to ‘graduate’ from Bitterne Park School with the best possible exam results.

Key stage 3

Pupils follow an enquiry based curriculum which has been adapted for the new 2014 requirements. These include a range of topics that incorporate Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Each topic encourages pupils to build on their key stage 2 experiences by learning and developing some key scientific ideas and skills, then applying them to a real-life context or investigation. Pupils are assessed on their knowledge, skills and application as part of each half-termly topic. This can take the form of a HLT, end of topic test and literacy based long answer question.

At the end of the winter term in year 9 pupils will complete a Pathway exam to gauge which pathway to choose for GCSE. Pupil progress is monitored consistently in Science to ensure that they are making expected progress from KS2.

Please note that your child will study a topic on fertilisation in the summer term of year 7. As this is part of the statutory science national curriculum, this forms part of your child’s learning experience. This will include details of the male and female reproductive organs, fertilisation and giving birth. This course covers the mechanics of fertilisation and not the ethics or morals as this would form part of the school’s PSHE provision. If you have any questions regarding this please email either Mr Lean or Miss Bower.

Key stage 4

For the current year 11’s sitting their GCSE’s in June.

Description of courses run at KS4:

Progress is a key aspect of our key stage 4 curriculum, enabling pupils to maximise their potential to continue their success from KS2.

Current Year 11 are studying core and additional science or triple science leading towards level 2 accreditation.

GCSE – OCR 21st Century Science:

This suite of qualifications leads towards one, two or three GCSE qualifications in science. It is designed to enable candidates to:

  • Recognise the impact of science and technology on everyday life
  • Make informed personal decisions about issues and questions that involve science
  • Understand and reflect on the information included in (or omitted from) media reports and other sources of information

Students are assessed in a linear format, and all exams will be carried out in the summer exam series. Core science is assessed with 3 exams (25% each) and controlled assessment (25%). Additional science is assessed with 3 exams (25% each) and controlled assessment (25%).  Each individual subject (biology, chemistry and physics) is assessed with 3 exams (25% each) and controlled assessment (25%).

Most GCSE pupils study 6 periods per week of science, leading to Dual (2 GCSE – core and additional science) or Triple (3 GCSE – biology, chemistry and physics) award qualifications.

Dual or triple award science can lead pupils towards AS/A2 Science qualifications at a post-16 provider.

Pupil achievement in all of these courses is above the national average. 70% of pupils taking Additional Science achieved A*-C.  There were excellent results in the separate scientists with Biology A/A*= 56%, Chemistry A/A*= 52%, Physics A/A*= 46%.

Key stage 4 – from september 2016

GCSE – AQA science

For the current year 9 students sitting their GSCE exams in June 2018 there is a new reformed science curriculum where students will be able to follow one of 2 courses: Combined science: Trilogy (2 GSCE grades) and Separate Science (3 GCSE grades).

The major changes to the curriculum for these 2 courses are:

  • There is no longer a single science option
  • There is no controlled assessment for either course – assessment is 100% terminal exam
  • There is an increase in mathematical demand for each course- a minimum of 10% of biology questions, 20% of chemistry questions and 30% of physics questions will test for mathematical skills.
  • Working scientifically questions will be embedded into the exam papers  and a minimum of 15% of questions will be focused on this
  • Increased conceptual demand in all topics

Both the combined science and triple science courses will be assessed in a linear format with all of the exams at the end of year 11.  Combined science will consist of 6 exams and students will get 2 GSCEs grades for this subject. Pupils will be graded based on all 6 exams on a 17 point scale: 1-1 to 9-9 where 9-9 is the best grade.

There will be 2 longer exams for each of the triple science subjects of biology, chemistry and physics and 3 individual grades will be awarded. Pupils will be graded for each GCSE subject on a 9 point scale: 1-9 where 9 is the best grade.

Pupils on both courses will study 6 periods of science per week.

Combine science or triple award science can lead pupils towards AS/A2 science qualifications at a post-16 provider.

KEY STAGE 5

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Trips & Extra Curricular Activities

Science club is run by Dr Cheung in the Science department each week along with the support of the year 10 mentor. Come and join us! Every Wednesday from 3-4pm in room 241. This year we are inviting keen scientists from year 7, 8 and 9 to join us on a journey through scientific discoveries. Each week we have a different topic, ranging from dissections to water rockets! Over the course of the year pupils will undertake a number of activities, including practical investigations such as; building hovercrafts, investigating a crime scene, making lava lamps, using indicators, looking at optical illusions and making goo!

Catch up for all students every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. – All staff

G&T/STEM trips

KS5 field work

Staff

Mr Lean (Acting Head of Science)

Miss Bower (Acting Assistant Head of Science)

Miss Jones (Acting Assistant Head of Science)

Miss Adams (Science Teacher)

Miss Sanderson (Science Teacher)

Mr Alfert (Science Teacher)

Dr Cheung (Science Teacher)

Mr Hawkins (Science Teacher)

Mrs Hodges (Science Teacher)

Mr Joel (Science Teacher)

Mr Mabey (Science Teacher)

Miss Nineham (Science Teacher)

Mr Peacock (Science Teacher)

Mrs Powell (Science Teacher)

Mrs Truswell (Science Teacher)

Mrs Valentine (Science Teacher)

Mrs Wilson (Senior Science Technician)

Mr Myers (Science Technician)

Miss Tate (Science Technician)

Miss Lee (Science School Direct)

Miss Morrin (Science School Direct)