Science

What do we do in science?

We aim to inspire the next generation of scientists through capturing the imagination and natural curiosity of our students.

Enquiry-based learning – Pioneering techniques of enquiry; what do you think?  Why?  How can you find out?  How good is your evidence?

Practical work – Our well-equipped labs are perfect for experiments; dissections of eyeballs, kidneys and hearts; combustion experiments; water rockets; and forensic science investigations.

Games and interactive activities – Class laptops for researching, designing, modeling ideas, revision games and more.

Peer and self-assessment opportunities— Learn how to level your own as well as your friends work and set your own targets.

Debates – Developing skills at presenting arguments ‘for’ or ‘against’ a chosen topic and decision-making as part of the jury or the judge.

Key Stage 3

“Teaching is good, and the students achieve well, particularly in mathematics and science.  Relationships in lessons are positive and students want to answer questions.

In a Year 9 science lesson, the students achieved well because the investigation was again practical, but also highly relevant.  Along with the highly effective use of information technology, the students gained a good understanding of how swine flu spreads through DNA and cells”.

Ofsted 2009

All our students complete a two and a half year KS3 curriculum which broadly follows that of the National Curriculum.  In addition we also teach an innovative enquiry based program which allows students the opportunity to explore and discover science through the true essence of enquiry; proposal, research, planning, experimentation, conclusion and evaluation.

Key Stage 4 Courses

  • There are many different GCSE science courses. Each course covers the three science disciplines: Biology, Chemistry and Physics. All pupils start their GCSE science during year 9, once they have completed their Key Stage 3 curriculum. The course offered depends on your assessments and learning styles. New courses are currently being developed by the examination boards and are awaiting Ofqual approval, however it is likely that the courses offered will follow the outline below: -We run 3 different GCSE Science courses for year 10 pupils:

    1. AQA Combined Science (2x GCSEs awarded) consisting of Biology, Chemistry and Physics content.

    2. AQA Separate Science (3x GCSEs awarded) consisting of Biology, Chemistry and Physics content.

    3. AQA Entry Level Science (ELC) with the STEM Technical Award L1 and L2 (1x GCSE) starting September 2017.

     

    Courses 1 and 2 are followed by pupils from Easter of year 9 and then throughout 10 and 11.

     

    How will you be assessed?

    AQA Combined Science (2x GCSEs)

    100% examination - Physics, Chemistry and Biology (foundation and higher tiers).

    Each discipline will have two terminal year 11 examination sets lasting 1 hour and 15 minutes (a total of 6x 1:15hr examinations). There will also be 16x practical assessments throughout the course (a combination of all three disciplines).

     

    AQA Separate Science (3x GCSEs)

    100% examination – Physics, Chemistry and Biology (foundation and higher tiers).

    Each discipline will have two terminal year 11 examinations sets lasting 1 hour and 45 minutes (a total of 6x 1:45hr examinations). There will also be 24x practical assessments through the course (8x per discipline).

     

    Which skills do you need to be successful in science?

    Fundamentally, you need to be curious and inquisitive about the world around you in order to engage with science lessons. You will be given the opportunity to take part in a range of activities to suit different learning styles. This includes carrying out investigations and practical work in the laboratory. You need to be able to make detailed predictions, plan a method, follow instructions, work safely, record measurements, analyse results, conclude and evaluate your findings. You need to be able to write in good English using high level scientific terminology. You need to be able to present your ideas clearly and concisely. Another skill is the ability to research and reference your work using the Internet and books as well as other sources. You need to be able to work collaboratively and independently and complete homework and revision activities to prepare thoroughly for your exams. Further information and resources for the courses can be found at: www.noadswoodscience.com

     

    Why is science important and what jobs use science?

    Science is a highly regarded subject, and the skills you learn are applicable to a whole range of jobs including: medical work, engineering, technology, ecology, forensics, mechanics and astronomy, the list is endless!