Science

Science influences and explains everyday life; it surrounds us as we make decisions in our everyday lives, when we engage with new technology and when we watch and read the news. We cover a vast variety of subjects across Science at King Arthur’s; from understanding the role of a balanced diet in promoting both physical and mental health and well-being, to explaining why stopping distances vary in different weather conditions and exploring fracking and alternative energy sources.

Our curriculum aims to empower our young people with the knowledge needed to make informed decisions and generate their own opinions. We actively encourage questioning from our students and will often link current news items to our learning, sharing the role of the scientific process in developing new theories and ideas and promoting evidence-based conclusions both in lessons and when looking at the media and popular/widespread opinion. It is our aim that students at King Arthur’s School develop a passionate interest in the world around them and the changes and developments that are taking place, and we have developed our curriculum with this in mind.

 

KS3

Following on from their work in Science at primary school, students start in Year 7 in mixed ability groups with an introduction to the laboratory. Students begin by focusing on safety in the lab, new apparatus, the bunsen burner and the use of practical work in Science.

We follow the KS3 National Curriculum across Years 7 and 8, developing knowledge across the three Science disciplines: Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Practical ability and scientific enquiry is developed across KS3 and beyond through discussion and investigation, where there is an emphasis on developing skills such as writing predictions, understanding how to develop a valid method and using equipment correctly, using scientific ideas and models to explain observations and evaluating evidence from both within and outside of the classroom.

Throughout KS3, students are assessed on both their knowledge and understanding of the key aspects covered, as well as the skills that are developed. Students are given personalised feedback in order to help them progress on an individual basis.

 

KS 4

During Years 9, 10 and 11 students will prepare for their Science GCSEs. Students will either study Combined Science, worth two GCSEs, or Triple Science, which consists of a GCSE in each of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Students will have guidance on which route is best suited to them at the end of Year 9, having had an introduction to the course content, expectations and skills across the year. We follow the Edexcel Science GCSE programme.

There are six examinations at the end of Year 11, two in each of the disciplines across both Science GCSE routes, assessing knowledge and understanding as laid out by the specification. There is no controlled assessment/coursework; practical skills, a key aspect of applied science, are introduced and developed through mandatory core practical activities set by the exam board. Practical work takes place in lessons during the GCSE course and the skills developed are assessed through applied questioning within the Year 11 GCSE examinations.

The content and examinations for each of the qualifications are listed below:

Combined Science:

Biology Paper 1 – 60 marks, 1 hour 10 minutes

Content overview: Key concepts, cells and control, genetics, natural selection and genetic modification, health, disease and the development of medicine

Biology Paper 2 – 60 marks, 1 hour 10 minutes

Content overview: Key concepts, plant structures and their functions, animal co-ordination, control and homeostasis, exchange and transport in animals, ecosystems and material cycles

Chemistry Paper 1 – 60 marks, 1 hour 10 minutes

Content overview: Key concepts, states of matter and mixtures, chemical changes, extracting metals and equilibria

Chemistry Paper 2 – 60 marks, 1 hour 10 minutes

Content overview: Key concepts, groups in the Periodic table, rates of reaction and energy changes, fuels and Earth science

Physics Paper 1 – 60 marks, 1 hour 10 minutes

Content overview: Key concepts, motion and forces, conservation of energy, waves, light and the electromagnetic spectrum, radioactivity

Physics Paper 2 – 60 marks, 1 hour 10 minutes

Content overview: Key concepts, energy – forces doing work, forces and their effects, electricity and circuits, magnetism and the motor effect, electromagnetic induction, particle model, forces and matter

 

Triple Science

The Triple Science course extends the learning and understanding of students beyond that of Combined Science. In some cases this is through further development of subject knowledge within topics covered in Combined Science, in other cases it will be through the introduction of further topics. Students on the Triple Science route will expect to show great dedication to their studies as the content of the course is much greater than that of Combined Science; students will attain 3 GCSEs at the end of this course.

Biology

Paper 1 – 100 marks, 1 hour 45 minutes

Content overview: Key concepts, cells and control, genetics, natural selection and genetic modification, health, disease and the development of medicine

Paper 2 – 100 marks, 1 hour 45 minutes

Content overview: Content overview: Key concepts, plant structures and their functions, animal co-ordination, control and homeostasis, exchange and transport in animals, ecosystems and material cycles

 

Chemistry

Paper 1 – 100 marks, 1 hour 45 minutes

Content overview: Key concepts, states of matter and mixtures, chemical changes, extracting metals and equilibria, separate chemistry 1

Paper 2 – 100 marks, 1 hour 45 minutes

Content overview: Key concepts, groups in the Periodic table, rates of reaction and energy changes, fuels and Earth science, separate chemistry 2

 

Physics

Paper 1 – 100 marks, 1 hour 45 minutes

Content overview: Key concepts, motion and forces, conservation of energy, waves, light and the electromagnetic spectrum, radioactivity, astronomy

Paper 2 – 100 marks, 1 hour 45 minutes

Content overview: Key concepts, energy – forces doing work, forces and their effects, electricity and circuits, static electricity, magnetism and the motor effect, electromagnetic induction, particle model, forces and matter

 

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