KS4 Science

Overview
In year 11 students will study the final session of the additional science exam. These each consist of 3 papers each in biology, chemistry and a practical assessment of 25%. Students will be given, in line with the demands of the National Curriculum 2014 guidelines, opportunity to integrate literacy and numeracy with their science work, and to write and discuss topics in a manner that enhances speaking and listening skills and allows mathematical reasoning to be employed more fully. As the current year progresses we are building in the new literacy and numeracy guidelines which are being developed in school. Year 10 have begun (September 16) the new 2 year AQA trilogy examination which they will sit in 2018. This course follows the guidelines of new Government requirements for a greater content and depth, but we are cognisant of the need to provide lessons which allow our students to access the curriculum with particular emphasis on their audio, visual or kinaesthetic demands. We will continue to assess students through use of oral and written work, past examination papers and assessments of tests written for specific topics. We are also bringing in more practice in writing extended answers in the essay / short paragraph style, as this is a new demand for students which must be addressed. The students sit three exam papers at the end of the summer term 2018 for the AQA GCSE certificate in science. Subtopics will be tested through the year also by using specifically directed home-learning tasks.

Year 10 pupils will study:
Life processes, applications of science to biology and biotechnology. Health and disease, Genetics and genetic diseases. Ecology and environmental relationships.
Materials science. Uses of materials.
Patterns of chemical change.
Earth materials and fuels.
Energy and Electricity.
Waves and radiation.
The universe and nuclear reactions.

These will be studied in detail with continuous practical work being done through the 2 year period so that all 21 experiments are available to the students.

Year 11 pupils will study:
Cellular biology and plant physiology.
Homeostasis.
Genetics and evolution.
The origins of life.
Particle theory, atomic theory and the uses of chemical reactions.
Practical work for assessment.
Salts, acids and alkalis.
Conservation of mass.
Electrolysis.
Motion and energy transfers.
Momentum.
Static electricity.
Circuits and currents.
Mains electricity.
Radioactive decay, fusion and fission.

Enrichment Activities
Twilight sessions are offered to key stage 4 students to focus on exam based questions and revision of topics so that students can access as fully as possible the full curriculum.

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