Headteacher: Mr Inman

Science

 

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The Science Faculty occupies one of six key learning zones within the “E-shaped” two-storey school. We have a suite of 6 purpose-built Science laboratories that are located along both sides of the Science Faculty corridor. There is also a Science staff workroom and a prep room which has chemical storage areas. All of the laboratories benefit from interactive whiteboards and speaker systems and have a PC. All teachers are also allocated a laptop for their use, and there is a Science Faculty class set of laptops on a mobile trolley that teachers can book to use. The Science Faculty benefits from the support of a full-time, experienced Science technician, and the school also employs a dedicated reprographics technician and there is on-site IT support.

The school teaching day consists of four one-hour lessons and one 50 minute lesson, and students are taught in two half-year timetabled blocks for Science. Within each of the two half-year blocks, there are Science teaching groups that are arranged into broad ability groups that also take account of any behavioral needs.

The Science curriculum at KS3 is based on the National Curriculum Programme of Study and is taught as topics or units of work over 2 years. At KS4, we offer New Specification Combined Sciences and Single Sciences. We are reviewing both the KS3 and KS4 curriculum currently to ensure that our full curriculum offer fully meets the needs of all of our students and gives every student the best possible opportunity to be challenged at their level, and to succeed.

 

In the last few years, the number of pupils studying GCSE Science in KS4 has increased including Triple Science. The result achieved over the last few years have also significantly improved:

KS3 - Year 7 & 8

A high-quality Science education provides the foundations for understanding Science in the world. Science is changing our lives all the time. Our purpose and rationale for our KS3 Curriculum here at Buile is we feel strongly that;

  • Students should be taught the key fundamentals of knowledge, application and analysis through the specific origins of Biology; Chemistry and Physics.
  • Students are encouraged to understand how Science can be used to explain what is occurring and predict how things will behave. This, in turn, will help them answer scientific questions about the world around them.
  • Students are equipped with the knowledge to understand the uses and implications of science today, and for the future.

In Science, at Buile we are using the KS3 AQA Activate. This is specifically tailored and brings the big ideas principle to prepare our students for the new GCSE Specification 9-1. All student resources and books are approved by AQA. There is a comprehensive assessment package to support progress, including maths, literacy and enquiry processes embedded throughout. our KS3 curriculum is deep and rich as we support our low achievers.

Throughout the year your child will sit KS3 Science assessments, in preparation for this your child may find it useful to purchase copies of revision books that we are able to provide at discounted prices. Revision guides are currently available at the price of £2.50 and workbooks with exam-style questions are available for £5.00. Students are encouraged to use these revision guides both within lessons and at home.

If you wish to purchase a revision guide or workbook for your child they are available to purchase in the Science Department. The current pathway and topics covered for KS3 over Year 7 are below:

  • Reactions
  • Electromagnetics
  • Ecosystems
  • Earth
  • Waves
  • Organisms
  • Genes
  • Forces
  • Matter
  • Enquiry 

Homework

Pupils receive a minimum piece of Science Homework once every 2 weeks.

KS4 (Years 9, 10 & 11)

The Science Department offers courses to cater for all abilities and interests. If you are a hard working very academically able student you could be offered a place in a set, which takes 3 separate GCSE's in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. For higher to middle ability students, we offer The Combined Science Trilogy, which counts as 2 GCSEs in Science (Combination of Biology, Chemistry and Physics). Like the Separate Sciences, this can lead to students taking post 16 science courses.

AQA Combined Separate Sciences in Biology, Chemistry and Physics (leads to the award of 3 Science GCSE's)

Following the Separate Science courses will be a challenging experience with fast-paced lessons that assume an excellent knowledge and understanding of the KS3 Science course. Students will start this course at the beginning of Year 9.

AQA Combined Trilogy (leads to the award of 2 Science GCSE's)

This course covers the following topics and will begin at the start of Year 9:

Biology

  • Cell biology
  • Organisation
  • Infection and response
  • Bioenergetics 
  • Homeostatis and response
  • Inheritance, variation and evolution
  • Ecology

Chemistry

  • Atomic structure and the periodic table
  • Bonding, structure and the properties of matter
  • Quantitative chemistry
  • Chemical changes
  • Energy changes
  • The rate and extent of chemical change
  • Organic chemistry
  • Chemical analysis
  • Chemistry of the atmosphere
  • Using resources

Physics

  • Energy
  • Electricity
  • Particle model of matter
  • Atomic structure
  • Forces
  • Waves
  • Magnetism and electromagnetism

 

Assessments 

Throughout the year pupils sit regular KS4 End of Topic assessments and mock exams in preparation for their GCSE. End of topic tests will take place within lessons every 3-4 weeks. If students do not achieve their target grade in these assessments, their teacher will arrange for them to re-sit their test after school.

Homework

Pupils receive a minimum piece of Science homework once every 2 weeks.

We strongly believe that a child needs to be equipped with the right tools to allow them to complete homework tasks and revise to the best of their ability.

GCSE Revision Guides

We recommend students purchase the CGP Science GCSE Revision books that are available to purchase from the Science department.

 

 

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