Science

Science Vision

The aims of the KS3 and KS4 science curriculum are to ensure that all pupils:

  •  develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics.

  •  develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them.

  •  are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.

Science Curriculum

In KS3, we teach Biology, Chemistry and Physics topics.

Topics are as follows:  Enquiry processes, Organisms, Genes, Ecosystems, Matter, Reactions, Earth, Forces, Electromagnets, Energy, Waves.

Pupils work through each topic area, gaining in-depth knowledge and understanding of key points before moving-on to more challenging areas. Scientific enquiry and maths in science skills are taught when appropriate during these topics.
In KS4, pupils are taught AQA GCSE combined science (Trilogy). It is 'Double Award', ie. worth two GCSEs.

The overview of topics is as follows: The human body. Environment, evolution and inheritance. Elements, mixtures, and compounds. Chemistry in our world. Energy, forces, and the structure of matter. 

Scientific enquiry and maths in science taught continue to be taught at KS4 as required by the GCSE curriculum.

KS4 support

We follow the AQA Combined Science (Trilogy) course. This is worth two GCSEs.

The full specification (syllabus) is available at the AQA Science website.

AQA Combined Science BBC bitesize  A really good place to start, with revision summaries, videos and quizzes

Oak Academy (combined science) is full of recorded lessons, so if you really don't understand a concept it is worth looking at the topic directly.

FreeScienceLessons.co.uk   contains videos on all parts of the science course.

Focus elearning is also useful, with animations and online versions of the core practicals. If you don't have the school's login details, please ask a science teacher.

primrosekitten.com  (go to ‘YouTube tutorials')

Online revision resources for Combined Science AQA (trilogy).

BBC Bitesize: www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/examspecs/z8r997h

Interactive activities, as well as revision notes and some videos and quizzes.

Seneca learning: https://senecalearning.com/en-GB/

Then click on ‘Students use for free’
Type ‘Combined Science AQA foundation’ into the box that says ‘search for a course’.
Then press ‘start learning’ and work through the activities.

Free Science lessons:
https://www.freesciencelessons.co.uk

Select GCSE videos.

The National Academy:

https://classroom.thenational.academy/subjects-by-key-stage/key-stage-4/subjects/combined-science/tiers/foundation

These are videos of lessons. You can select the topics you want to cover.

Campus Staff

Link: Mr Dhillon
Grove : Mr Hayward
Kings: Mrs Adjei-Kwarteng & Mrs Faruk
Millpool: TBA
Firsbrook - Ms Parmar
Curriculum lead for science: Anna Adjei-Kwarteng
Contact email: annaadjei-kwarteng@cobschool.com

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