Welcome to the Kingsmead School Science Learning Team.
At Key Stage 3 (Years 7 & 8) students will study Science in mixed ability tutor groups and follow the Activate scheme of work (Y8 from September 2015), which gives students access to a range of resources from Activate online including lesson PowerPoints, animations and interactive simulations. These can be used by students for catching up with missed work, extended project work and revision of topics. At the beginning of Year 9 students are set for Science lessons and start Key Stage 4 courses.
Key Stage 3 Science focuses on developing Working Scientifically skills and students are assessed on; their ability to write and think using scientific terms, plan investigations, collect and present data, draw conclusions and evaluate their work. Students are assessed in a variety of ways including online progress tasks and end of chapter tests as well as longer term projects that prepare students for the requirements at Key Stage 4.
This is set in the context of:
Biology; Cells, Reproduction, Structure and Function of Body Systems, Health, Inheritance and Ecosystem Processes.
Chemistry; Particles and their behaviour, Elements and Compounds, Reactions, Acids and Alkalis, The Periodic Table, Separation Techniques, Metals and Acids and The Earth.
Physics; Forces, Sound, Light, Space, Electricity and Magnetism, Energy and Motion and Pressure.
Key stage 4 Science
At Kingsmead School students start their KS4 courses at the beginning of Year 9. All students follow GCSE courses working towards Combined Science (2 GCSEs) or Separate Science GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. A small number of students will complete Entry Level Science and then Combined Science GCSEs. To find out more about these courses please follow the links. All our courses encourage students to develop their practical skills with hands-on work which helps make the subject come alive in the classroom.
At Kingsmead School GCSE Biology gives students the chance to gain a good understanding of; Human Biology, Organisms, Evolution and the Environment.
There are two separate exams, Biology 1 and Biology 2, and each is 105 minutes long. They are offered at higher and foundation level and are taken at the end of the course.
The course integrates the principles of 'How Science Works' throughout the units with a number of required practical activities. The course helps put Biology in the context of students' everyday lives with topics ranging from 'Keeping Healthy' to 'Humans and their Environment'.
The specification is based on a series of topics relevant to students and to the living world. It is designed to help them understand how Science can be used to explain the world in which they live and the impact humans have.
We encourage students to develop their practical skills with hands-on work. Students can see how Biology is used to solve problems, ranging from infectious diseases to creating biofuels.
It is suitable for students of all abilities, whether they intend to study Biology further or not. If the course has been studied to a higher level it is excellent preparation for A level Biology. It can also open the doors to future careers in Medicine and the Life Sciences.
At Kingsmead School GCSE Chemistry gives students the opportunity to gain a good understanding of: the nature of substances and how they react together; how Chemistry is used in business and industry; how our use of raw materials in fuels and manufacturing can affect the global and local environment.
There are two separate exams, Chemistry 1 and Chemistry 2, and each exam is 105 minutes long. They are offered at higher and foundation level and are taken at the end of the course.
The course is designed to help students understand how to formulate a scientific approach to understanding and explaining the world around them, and solving problems. This means that the 'How Science Works' approach is integrated throughout the course.
The specification is structured in a way that starts with the fundamental ideas in Chemistry; putting the building blocks in place. This enables students to develop an understanding of topics such as chemical structures and their properties, chemical reactions and how to analyse substances.
Many of the materials considered are substances that students will come across in their daily lives like drinking water, vegetable oils and metals. This helps engage students by putting their learning in context. We encourage students to develop their practical skills with hands-on work which helps make the subject come alive in the classroom.
It is suitable for students of all abilities, whether they intend further study in Chemistry or not. If the course has been studied to a higher level it is excellent preparation for A level Chemistry. It can also open the doors to future careers in Medicine.
At Kingsmead School GCSE Physics offers students the chance to gain a good understanding of: the use and transfer of energy; waves, radiation and space; and the application of Physics.
There are two separate exams, Physics 1 and Physics 2, and each exam is 105 minutes long. They are offered at higher and foundation level and are taken at the end of the course.
The course is designed to give students the tools and concepts they need to be able to construct a scientific approach to solving problems. Students will learn to ask and answer questions about the fundamental laws that govern natural phenomena. This is done by integrating the 'How Science Works' approach throughout the specification.
Students are likely to be engaged by the aspects of the course that they can relate to their everyday life, such as the efficiency of electrical appliances and braking distances; as well as larger concepts like nuclear fission and fusion and evidence of the Big Bang.
We encourage students to use practical work to develop skills in a way that helps the understanding of theory and brings the subject alive in the classroom.
It is suitable for students of all abilities, whether or not they want to carry on studying Physics. If the course has been studied to a higher level it is excellent preparation for A level Physics.
At Kingsmead School GCSE Combined Science offers students a broad, coherent programme of study that develops their knowledge and understanding of the living, material and physical worlds. This is achieved by studying modules from Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
There are six separate exams, each exam is 75 minutes long and all are offered at higher and foundation level; Biology 1 and 2, Chemistry 1 and 2 and Physics 1 and 2. All exams are taken at the end of the course.
Combined Science is available for students of all abilities and helps students to understand theoretical concepts alongside developing their practical Science skills.
The course serves as a foundation for further progress in Science and is suitable preparation for Science subjects at A level if it is studied to the higher level.
Entry Level and Core Science GCSE
The students who would find GCSEs in Science difficult to access will be encouraged to first complete an Entry Level Science qualification followed by GCSE combined Science. In the Entry Level course students will study two components from Biology, Chemistry and Physics which match closely to content in the AQA GCSE Combined Science modules. The same set of skills and knowledge are assessed but with lower demands.
Following the Entry Level course the students will complete Foundation GCSE Combined Science during the second half of Y10 and throughout Y11.
This route is not a suitable preparation for students wishing to go on to A levels in the Science subjects. However, it is good preparation for vocational courses post 16.