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Science

Introduction to the Subject & Team

The Science Department consists of fourteen members of staff with a variety of industrial experience and Science qualifications who are supported by three technicians.

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Mrs Belinda Smith (bsmith@ossettacademy.co.uk)
Curriculum Team Leader

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Dr Sam Rayson
Head of Biology

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Mr Cleophas Nemukuyu
Head of Chemistry

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Mr Nick Krlic
Head of Physics

 

The Science Department aim to ensure students access a broad and balanced Science curriculum where students derive interest, enjoyment and a sense of achievement from their studies. Our aim is to nurture students to develop an inquiring, inquisitive mind and learn the skills required of a scientist such as working with a scientific method of approach. We actively promote an appreciation of the importance of Science, and its application in a rapidly changing technical world.

To extend students’ experience of Science there are opportunities to be involved in Fab Lab (science club) which involves a range of activities including forensics, and STEM club. Educational trips and visits are organised throughout the year to further enhance student’s learning.

Course Content at Key Stage 3

Year 7 and Year 8

Students receive three one-hour lessons per week in Key Stage 3 with a variety of teachers covering the three disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

Students follow the national curriculum in a two year KS3 program. In Year 7, topics such as Cells, Reproduction, Particle Theory Acids and Alkalis, Forces and Energy build up and expand on the knowledge students have developed through Key Stage 2. In Year 8, topics include Healthy Diet, Microbes and Disease, Earth Structure, Metals and their Properties, Light and Sound and Energy Transfers. An integral part of the course is to allow students to develop their hands-on skills through practical lessons and investigations. Enquiring minds are at the heart of Science and the Science Department strives to encourage this skill at Key Stage 3.

Year 9

Students will start their GCSE courses in Year 9. They will receive one lesson per week per discipline. Students may be taught by a specialist for that particular Science. The course followed is the AQA Biology, Chemistry or Physics.   Students will be examined on the content of this course in Year 11. There will be a review of the topics covered in this year when students are in Year 10 and Year 11.

Students are regularly assessed and homework is set on a regular basis. Students will be expected to act on any feedback provided by teaching staff.

Course Content at Key Stage 4

Year 10

Year 10 students are now on a pathway leading to 3 GCSE’s and these are a continuation of the work started in year 9. All students study separate GCSE’s in Biology, Chemistry and Physics where they will be taught by specialist teachers. The curriculum is delivered in 4 lessons a week, where one of these lessons is a review lesson revisiting the work covered in Year 9.

All exams must now be taken at the end of Year 11. There are no early entries in year 10. The exams will be in May/June 2018. (The timetable is not published until February 2017) and every student will sit 2 exams for each GCSE so will have a total of 6 exams. There is no coursework. This has been replaced by required practicals which will be undertaken throughout the 3 years of study and questions will be integral to the final exams papers.

All examinations are 1 hour 45 minutes in duration and each exam is worth 50% of the final GCSE. Students can take Higher tier papers or Foundation tier papers and the questions are varied in structure including multiple choice, structured, closed short answer and open response. Each individual science leads to one GCSE.

 

Year 11

Exam Board: AQA

These courses will examined for the last time in Summer 2017

Courses Followed and Assessments:

The majority of students follow two pathways – These courses are taught in four lessons per week

GCSE Core Science – This is the foundation course for GCSE and is made up of the three disciplines. Students take three exams (Biology, Chemistry and Physics) of 60 minutes each at the end of Year 10. This makes up 75% of the GCSE with 25% controlled assessment which is taken in January of Year 10. This course leads to ONE GCSE which has already been completed in Year 10.

GCSE Additional Science – this is the more academic course building on the Science knowledge covered in Core. Students take three exams (Biology, Chemistry and Physics) of 60 minutes each at the end of Year 11. This makes up 75% of the GCSE with 25% controlled assessment which is taken in January of Year 11. This course leads to ONE GCSE.

Separate Science – For students who have chosen Separate Science as an option these courses are taught in six lessons per week.

GCSE Biology – this course covers all the Biology students would study through Core, Additional and Further Additional. The course is taught in two lessons per week students take three exams in Biology of 60 minutes each at the end of Year 11. This makes up 75% of the GCSE with 25% controlled assessment which is taken in January of Year 11. This course leads to ONE GCSE.

GCSE Chemistry – this course covers all the Chemistry students would study through Core, Additional and Further Additional. The course is taught in two lessons per week students take three exams in Chemistry of 60 minutes each at the end of Year 11. This makes up 75% of the GCSE with 25% controlled assessment which is taken in January of Year 11. This course leads to ONE GCSE.

GCSE Physics – this course covers all the Physics students would study through Core, Additional and Further Additional. The course is taught in two lessons per week students take three exams in Physics of 60 minutes each at the end of Year 11. This makes up 75% of the GCSE with 25% controlled assessment which is taken in January of Year 11. This course leads to ONE GCSE.

Career Opportunities and Progression within the Subject

Our aim at Ossett Academy is to ensure that all students have had the opportunity to develop and enhance their interest in science in order that they can make more informed decisions and choices about what is important in the ever growing world of science and technology.

The list is endless for the careers where Science would be required, whether it is further study, apprenticeships or direct employment. It is important to not just think of the usual science careers, but to think more of Science as an essential part of education leading students on into any career path they would chose.

The courses students follow will influence their progression on the next step from GCSE. All students will require Core Science; however this course is not a route onto A level courses. Students who have undertaken Higher Tier Additional Science, Further Additional Science or Biology, Chemistry and Physics will be able to access the A level courses in Science.

Science is an essential part of any career as it allows students to explain the world around them, develop an enquiring mind, to have a hands-on approach to solving problems and cultivate logical thinking. These skills are transferrable to many other post GCSE courses and careers.

How Parents Can Support Learning

The AQA website for past papers is a useful resource although for Year 10, due to this being a new specification, papers are limited at the moment. The AQA website also has the specifications for the content required.

BBC Bitesize GCSE Science has been updated to include the new content.

Any Science revision guide that contains the courses for examination from 2018 is appropriate for Year 9 and Year 10. CGP seemed to be the most user friendly.  For Year 11 the guides need to be for examinations taken in 2017.

Revision sessions will be hosted by the Science Department. For year 10 25% of all lessons timetabled are intervention lessons revisiting the course content covered in Year 9. For year 11, 50% of lessons after Christmas will be revision lessons. All of these lessons will focus on exam skills and the techniques required to answer the questions in the papers.

We hope that you will encourage your child to extend their knowledge and understanding by reading books at home and by watching popular science programmes on television and making effective use of the academy’s resources and intervention sessions.

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