In KS3 science we ensure our students have a key understanding of the fundamental scientific concepts and skills they will need as they progress through their science education.
The topics we teach cover biology, chemistry and physics ideas and are taught through context, framing the students understanding in ‘real-world examples’ and through enquiry where students are investigating ideas and finding things out for themselves.
All students follow the AQA GCSE Science courses.
In January of Year 10, all students take their first GCSE passport exam. This first exam is assessed up to standard demand of questions. After February half term, all students take a follow-up passport exam – the level will depend on performance on the first exam. This second exam will either remain at a standard demand, or for students who have performed particularly well, be at a higher demand.
The most-able students will then be put onto a pathway to complete three separate Science GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry, and Physics.
All other students will complete a double Combined Science GCSE, either at a higher or a foundation level.
All routes in Science are completely linear, meaning that they are assessed entirely at the end of Year 11. There are six papers: two biology, two chemistry and two physics. Each of the papers will assess knowledge and understanding from distinct topic areas. There is no coursework element.
Grade ladders show the skills/content that a pupil is required to demonstrate to reach each particular grade. These can be used by pupils and parents in targeting what they need to do to make progress in each subject.
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