Science Faculty
Key Stage 3
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Staff information 

Mr K Downie
Director of Studies | Science                            [email protected]

Ms L Gilchrist
Deputy Director of Studies | Science            lucy.gilchrist@groveschool.net


Teaching Staff

Mrs F Gregory              [email protected]
Miss E Hardy               [email protected]
Mr A Hartley                 a[email protected]
Mr D Marsh                  d[email protected]
Mr A Richards             [email protected]
Mr P Walthorne          [email protected]


Technicians:

Mrs S Bloor
Mrs Z Bentley
         
Brief overview of curriculum content   
 

Key Stage 3

Year 7  -   Students study a curriculum based across all three of the major Sciences – Biology, Chemistry and Physics. They also experience an introduction into safety procedures and basic lab equipment. Students cover energy, electricity, forces and sound, acids and alkalis and chemical reactions, cells, reproduction,  particles, solutions, variation and the environment. Key skills including independent learning, literacy, numeracy and ‘working scientifically’ are threads running throughout normal lessons.
 
Year 8Students again study a curriculum based across all three of the major Sciences – Biology, Chemistry and Physics. They also improve and develop their practical skills throughout the year. Students cover food and nutrition, respiration, plant reproduction, unicellular organisms, atom, mixtures and compounds, the rocks, materials and their uses, fluids, light, energy transfers and the Earth and space. Key skills including independent learning, literacy, numeracy and ‘working scientifically’ are again threads running throughout normal lessons.



Key Stage 4 - GCSE course overview:-

Year 9 -  Students continue to study a curriculum based across all three of the major Sciences – Biology, Chemistry and Physics. They also improve and develop their practical skills throughout the year in preparation for GCSE Science. Students cover genetics and evolution, plant growth, making materials, reactivity of chemicals, forces and motion and fields and electromagnets. The end of Key Stage 3 assessment takes place towards the end of the second term and the third term is devoted to teaching the GCSE course. Key skills including independent learning, literacy, numeracy and ‘working scientifically’ continue to be threads running throughout normal lessons.

There are several GCSE courses on offer following the AQA syllabus

New GSCEs

Students will follow 2 paths – Combined Science (Trilogy) or Triple Science following the AQA syllabus

Combined Science – Trilogy (8464)
This is a 2/3 year course studied by most students fom the second term in Year 9. 2 GCSE grades are awarded for this course.  All three mains Science subjects – Biology, Chemistry and Physics – are studied by students.

In the Biology section of this course, students study units on: Cell Biology, Organisation, Infection and response, Bioenergetics, Homeostasis and response, Inheritance, Variation and response and Ecology
 
In the Chemistry section of this course, students study units on: Atomic structure and the periodic table, Bonding and the structure of matter, Quantitative chemistry, Chemical changes, Energy changes, Rate and extent of chemical change, Organic analysis, Chemical analysis, Chemistry of the atmosphere and Using Resources.
 
In the Physics section of this course, students study units on Forces, Energy, Waves, Electricity, Magnetism and electromagnetism, The particle model of matter and atomic structure and radioactivity.
 
Triple Science:-

Biology – 8461    Chemistry – 8462    Physics - 8463

This is usually taken by the more academic students and is the ideal preparation for the study of individual Sciences at A-Level. The course is taught as three separate subjects, Biology, Chemistry and Physics. One GCSE is awarded in each subject. All three subjects must be taken. It is not possible to study just one or two.

In each subject the content covered includes all the content of Combined Science. Each subject will cover some of the content from Combined Science to a greater depth and some new areas unique to the Separate Science course.

Triple Science Physics students will study the Space Science topic.

Teaching of the Triple Science course will begin from the second term in Year 9.
 
All specifications can be accessed through the following link:-
 
Assessment overview:-
Combined Science – Trilogy
This is made up of 6 separate examinations – 2 for Biology, 2 for Chemistry and 2 for Physics. Examinations take place in May / June of Y11
Each paper comprises 70 marks and is 1 hour and 15 mins in duration.  Questions are a mixture of multiple choice, structured, closed and open response.

Biology
  • Paper 1 comprises: Cell biology, Organisation, Infection and response and Bioenergetics.
  • Paper 2 comprises: Homeostasis and response, Inheritance, Variation and response and Ecology.
 
Chemistry
  • Paper 1 comprises: Atomic structure and the periodic table, Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter, Quantitative chemistry, Chemical changes and Energy changes.
  • Paper 2 comprises: The rate and extent of chemical change, Organic chemistry, Chemical analysis, Chemistry of the atmosphere and Using resources.
 
Physics
  • Paper 1 comprises: Energy, Electricity, Particle model of matter, Atomic structure
  • Paper 2 comprises: Forces, Waves and Magnetism and electromagnetism.

2 GCSE grades are awarded for the combined performance on all 6 examination papers.
 
Triple Science
  • Examinations for each Triple Science subject will take place in May / June of Y11.
  • Each subject will have two examinations (worth 50% each) at the end of Year 11. 
  • Each paper will be on half of the topics studied, will be 1 hour 45 minutes long and will consist of 100 marks
  • A specific and distinct GCSE grade is awarded for Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
 


Who can help me?

M K Downie
Director of Studies | Science

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Revision sessions for students in Years 9 - 11 will take place from November 2017 - May 2018.  Please see the timetables below for session details.