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Science

Here at Lynch Hill Enterprise Academy, our vision for Science is to engage and enthuse the future Scientist with practical and real life examples of how Science works today. Throughout all of the age groups we also embed the principles of “working scientifically” to ensure that each pupil has the opportunity to learn the skills required to become a successful Scientist.

Science is taught across all age groups with between 4 and 7 hours a week depending on GCSE choices.

KS3

At KS3 (yrs 7 and 8), Science covers a combination of topics covering all three disciplines of Science – Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Pupils are tested after each topic and with an overall end of year exam.

The topics are outlined below.

Yr 7

Yr 8

Introductions to KS3 Science,

Cells

Ecosystem processes,

Separating techniques

Particles and their behaviour,

Reactions

Health and Lifestyle,

Energy

Structure and function of body systems

Forces

The Earth

Periodic table

Elements, Atoms and Compounds,

Space

Electricity and Magnetism,

Motion and Pressure

Reproduction

Acids and Alkalis

Metals and Acids

Adaptation and Inheritance

Light

Sound

Project work/GCSE prep

 

This year’s Yr9 are starting with a short course on Biomimicry (from the AQA exam board) and will be followed with a brief introduction to GCSE Science before embarking on the GCSE syllabus. More details of this course can be found below in the KS4 information.

KS4

At KS4 (current yr 10 and Yr9 from Nov) they are following the specification for the new AQA Science courses. It follows 2 possible routes – ‘Trilogy’ worth 2 grades at GCSE or the Separate Sciences worth 3 grades in total. Whichever route is taken regular assessments will be set and feedback provided so students can monitor progress against the GCSE criteria.

By the end of the course we will have provided opportunities to develop thinking skills in real world situations as well as deep scientific understanding.

The combined sciences (known as TRILOGY) will ensure that each pupil attains two grades in Science. They will sit 6 papers at the end of year 11 and the diagram below outlines key information about each of the exams. The syllabus can be found via the following link:                          http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/combined-science-trilogy-8464

Students also have to undertake ‘Required Practicals’ which give pupils experience of a wide range of practical skills and analysis of data. This is then tested in the exam papers.

At LHEA, we also offer the Separate Sciences (Biology, Chemistry and Physics) each having their own AQA specification and exam outlines. Please see each section individually.

These qualifications are linear. Linear means that students will sit all their exams at the end of the course. Students are taught 2 hours/Science a week plus they have an additional intervention lesson giving them time to review and revise previous work, pre-learn for a new topic and to become independent learners.

Students also have to undertake ‘Required Practicals’ which give pupils experience of a wide range of practical skills and analysis of data. This is then tested in the exam papers.

BIOLOGY: This GCSE is worth 1 grade and is assessed with 2 exam papers sat at the end of year11. Details of each paper is in the diagram below.

The syllabus for this course can be found via the following link: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/biology-8461

 

CHEMISTRY: This GCSE is worth 1 grade and is assessed with 2 exam papers sat at the end of year11. Details of each paper is in the diagram below.

The syllabus for this course can be found via the following link: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/chemistry-8462

 

PHYSICS: This GCSE is worth 1 grade and is assessed with 2 exam papers sat at the end of year11. Details of each paper is in the diagram below.

The syllabus for this course can be found via the following link: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/physics-8463

 

The Science Team 2017/8:

 

Mrs Scott – Head of Science

Mr Abbas – Head of KS4 Science and Lead Practioner (Science)

Mr James – Lead Practioner (Whole School)

Mrs Siddiqi – Science teacher

Mrs Tulsani – Science technician