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Learning Director
Mr Cox -


Faculty Introduction:

Students in Year 7 begin their introduction to KS3 Science in a number of interesting and exciting ways. Students are able to investigate not only what we are made of but also the workings of the world around us. Students are able to carry out a number of practical activities that begin with working safely in the lab which then leads onto more interesting investigations such as chemical reactions and burning fuels.

Topics / Modules to be covered:

Biology:

  • Cells
  • Structure and function of body systems
  • Reproduction

Chemistry:

  • Particles and their behaviour
  • Elements, atoms and compounds
  • Reactions
  • Acids and alkalis

Physics:

  • Forces
  • Sound
  • Light
  • Space

Assessment:

The students will be assessed through a variety of tasks these involve;

End of chapter test

Levelled questioning throughout lessons Autumn, Spring and Summer term exams

From these assessments students may be moved around groups so that they are provided with the correct level of teaching appropriate to them

Homework:

Homework is set by the class teacher it will be based around the learning students have completed in the lesson. The tasks within the homework will endeavour to encourage students to apply their knowledge and also encourage their interest in the subject.

Homework will be marked in a number of ways it can involve teacher assessment which will be completed within the two week marking policy the school has. Students will then be provided with feedback that they can act on. Students will also be allowed the chance for immediate feedback by checking over homework during the lesson either as a self-assessed or peer assessed task.

Homework is to be set once a week – duration, students should be spending 30 mins completing their tasks

Enhancement & Enrichment Activities:

Trips, after school clubs, G&T provision, external competitions & awards information etc.

Year 7 students are giving the opportunity to attend a Science club after school where they get to see the more hands on side of Science and improve their practical based skills through fun and interesting tasks.


Faculty Introduction:

Students in Year 8 continue KS3 Science in a number of interesting and exciting ways. Students are able to investigate how lifestyle can impact our health, how animals adapt to their environments and learn about the structure of the Earth. Students are able to carry out a number of practical activities that will help them to understand the Periodic Table, discover the properties of acids and metals and start tackling more complex ideas surrounding electricity and the force of magnetism.

Topics / Modules to be covered:

Biology:

  • Health and Lifestyle
  • Eco system processes
  • Adaptation and inheritance

Chemistry:

  • The Periodic Table
  • Metals and acids
  • The Earth

Physics:

  • Electricity and Magnetism
  • Energy
  • Motion and pressure

Assessment:

The students will be assessed through a variety of tasks these involve;

End of chapter test

Levelled questioning throughout lessons Autumn, Spring and Summer term exams

From these assessments students made be moved around groups so that they are provided with the correct level of teaching appropriate to them

Homework:

Homework is set by the class teacher it will be based around the learning students have completed in the lesson. The tasks within the homework will endeavour to encourage students to apply their knowledge and also encourage their interest in the subject.

Homework will be marked in a number of ways; it can involve teacher assessment which will be completed within the two week marking policy the school has. Students will then be provided with feedback that they can act on. Students will also be allowed the chance for immediate feedback by checking over homework during the lesson either as a self-assessed or peer assessed task.

Homework is to be set once a week – students should be spending 30 mins completing their tasks

Enhancement & Enrichment Activities:

Students in Year 8 can attend the new KS3 Science club which runs each fortnight and allows all participants to push themselves by learning about areas which are not covered by the curriculum and get involved in exciting experiments such as dissections, building and launching rockets and extracting DNA.


Faculty Introduction:

Students in Year 9 complete their study of KS3 Science in a number of interesting and exciting ways. Students take part in a course based on AQA’s entry level certificate to set them up for starting their GCSEs in Year 10 in the best way possible. Throughout the year students will tackle a variety of scientific ideas and for each one complete an in depth practical investigation which they should find both challenging and rewarding.

Topics / Modules to be covered:

Biology:

  • Component 1 – keeping healthy
  • Component 2 – inheritance, evolution and the environment

Chemistry:

  • Component 3 – materials from the Earth
  • Component 4 – oils, Erath and Atmosphere

Physics:

  • Component 5 – energy transfer and efficiency
  • Component 6 – electricity and waves

Assessment:

The students will be assessed through a variety of tasks these involve;

End of component tests

Levelled questioning throughout lessons

Investigation assessments for each component

From these assessments students may be moved around groups so that they are provided with the correct level of teaching appropriate to them

Homework:

Homework is set by the class teacher and will be based around the learning students have completed in the lesson. The tasks within the homework will endeavour to encourage students to apply their knowledge and also encourage their interest in the subject.

Homework will be marked in a number of ways and can involve teacher assessment which will be completed within two weeks. Students will then be provided with feedback that they can act on.

Students will also be allowed the chance for immediate feedback by checking over homework during the lesson either as a self-assessed or peer assessed task.

Homework is to be set once a week with students spending 30 minutes completing their tasks

Enhancement & Enrichment Activities:

Students will be offered the chance to attend revision sessions after school. If some students require greater help they will be offered a personal invitation.

Students can also attend the very popular Science WOW club which allows all participants to push themselves by learning about areas which are not covered by the curriculum and get involved in exciting experiments such as dissections, working with dry ice and the science of smoke bombs all in a safe and welcoming environment.

There is also the CREST silver award which is 30 hours of investigation time where students choose their own topic and have a science teacher as a mentor. This begins after October half term and runs until Easter. Students will present their work to local STEM ambassadors.


Faculty Introduction:

Students in Year 10 cover a wide range of topics that begin to build on areas they covered in KS3. There is now greater emphasis on the applications of students’ Scientific knowledge and how it applies to workings of the wider world. Students will be required to not only learn topics but also work with data by analysing and explaining what it is showing.

Topics / Modules to be covered:

Biology:

  • Diet and exercise
  • Hormones and genes
  • Drugs
  • Surviving and changing in the environment

Chemistry:

  • Atoms
  • Products from rocks and metals
  • Crude oil and fuels
  • Polymers and plant oils
  • The Earth and its atmosphere

Physics:

  • Energy and efficiency
  • Electrical energy
  • Waves

Assessment:

The students will be assessed through a variety of tasks these involve;

End of chapter test

Levelled questioning throughout lessons Autumn and Spring PPE

CAU (controlled assessment) one piece will be completed during lesson time this equates to 25% of students grade

From these assessments students may be moved around groups so that they are provided with the correct level of teaching appropriate to them

Homework:

Homework is set by the class teacher it will be based around the learning students have completed in the lesson. The tasks within the homework will endeavour to encourage students to apply their knowledge and also encourage their interest in the subject.

Homework will be marked in a number of ways it can involve teacher assessment which will be completed within the two week marking policy the school has. Students will then be provided with feedback that they can act on. Students will also be allowed the chance for immediate feedback by checking over homework during the lesson either as a self-assessed or peer assessed task.

Homework is to be set once a week – duration, students should be spending 1 hour completing their tasks

Enhancement & Enrichment Activities:

Students will be offered the chance to attend revision sessions after school those that require greater help will be offered a personal invitation

For our G&T students there are chances for them to attend talks by guest speakers at Universities up and down the country – this has a really positive impact especially on those thinking about a career within the Science field


Faculty Introduction:

Students in Year 10 cover a wide range of topics that begin to build on areas they covered in KS3. There is now greater emphasis on the applications of students’ Scientific knowledge and how it applies to workings of the wider world. Students will be required to not only learn topics but also to understand how to investigate them and work with data by analysing and explaining what it is showing.

Topics / Modules to be covered:

Biology:

  • Cell Biology
  • Organisation of the body
  • Infection and immune response
  • Homeostasis

Chemistry:

  • Atomic structure and the periodic table
  • Bonding and properties of matter
  • Chemical analysis
  • Chemistry of the atmosphere
  • Rates of reaction

Physics:

  • Forces
  • Energy
  • The particle model

Assessment:

The students will be assessed through a variety of tasks these involve;

End of topic tests

Levelled questioning throughout lessons

Autumn and Spring PPE

Required practical assessments where students will demonstrate their investigative skills.

From these assessments students may be moved around groups so that they are provided with the correct level of teaching appropriate to them

Homework:

Homework is set by the class teacher and will be based around the learning students have completed in the lesson. The tasks within the homework will endeavour to encourage students to apply their knowledge and also encourage their interest in the subject.

Homework will be marked in a number of ways and can involve teacher assessment which will be completed within two weeks. Students will then be provided with feedback that they can act on. Students will also be allowed the chance for immediate feedback by checking over homework during the lesson either as a self-assessed or peer assessed task.

Homework is to be set once a week with students spending 1 hour completing their tasks

Enhancement & Enrichment Activities:

Students will be offered the chance to attend revision sessions after school. If some students require greater help they will be offered a personal invitation.

We also offer a masterclass at the national space centre which links the ideas from the forces topic to space travel. Gifted and talented may be invited to the regional heats of the top of the bench chemistry competition.

Science also offers a series of after school workshops which include dissection skills, marine biology, cancer genetics, virology, medicinal chemistry and metals in the jewelry industry.

There is also the CREST silver award which is 30 hours of investigation time where students choose their own topic and have a science teacher as a mentor. This begins after October half term and runs until Easter. Students will present their work to local STEM ambassadors.


Faculty Introduction:

Students in Year 11 complete a set of units that complement and extend their knowledge from Core Science in year 10. The additional units require students to apply their knowledge in greater detail with more emphasis on scientific knowledge and the application of Science to the working of the real world. Students engage with subjects such as stem cells and DNA fingerprinting. This not only builds on Science developments today but brings in an aspect of ethical issues as well.

Topics / Modules to be covered:

Biology:

  • Cells and the growing plant
  • Genes and proteins
  • Inheritance and gene technology
  • Speciation

Chemistry:

  • Structures, properties and uses
  • Rates of reaction and energy
  • Making salts
  • Electrolysis
  • Physics:

  • Forces and motion
  • Electricity
  • Radiation

Assessment:

The students will be assessed through a variety of tasks these involve;

End of chapter test

Levelled questioning throughout lessons Autumn and Spring PPE

End of year GCSE examination –

  • Core Science 2 x papers
  • Additional Science 2 x papers
  • CAU (controlled assessment) two pieces will be completed during lesson time

From these assessments students may be moved around groups so that they are provided with the correct level of teaching appropriate to them however due to the levelled content covered in Year 11 this will rarely happen

Homework:

Homework is set by the class teacher it will be based around the learning students have completed in the lesson. The tasks within the homework will endeavour to encourage students to apply their knowledge and also encourage their interest in the subject.

Homework will be marked in a number of ways it can involve teacher assessment which will be completed within the two week marking policy the school has. Students will then be provided with feedback that they can act on. Students will also be allowed the chance for immediate feedback by checking over homework during the lesson either as a self-assessed or peer assessed task.

Homework is to be set once a week – duration, students should be spending 1 hour completing their tasks

It is also expected that year 11 students are using their time at home to consolidate their knowledge and begin to build up their revision resources ready for the summer examination.

Enhancement & Enrichment Activities:

Students will be offered the chance to attend revision sessions after school. If some students require greater help they will be offered a personal invitation.

We also a visit to Warwick University where students have the opportunity ti take part in five interactive sessions designed to complement and bring to life the key ideas at GCSE. There will be a broad range of speakers present from cutting-edge areas of science with a session on tips for exam success.

Gifted and talented may be invited to the regional heats of the top of the bench chemistry competition.

Science also offers a series of after school workshops which include dissection skills, marine biology, cancer genetics, virology, medicinal chemistry and metals in the jewelry industry.

There is also the CREST silver award which is 30 hours of investigation time where students choose their own topic and have a science teacher as a mentor. This begins after October half term and runs until Easter. Students will present their work to local STEM ambassadors.


Faculty Introduction:

A-level Biology is a challenging, rewarding course that helps students develop skills and knowledge necessary for a successful career. We follow the AQA course for GCE A level in Biology. During the study of the course, students will gain an understanding of the link between the central concepts of Biology and the way in which scientists undertake investigations. Students will also see how far the contributions of science apply to modern society and the developments taking place every day.

Topics / Modules to be covered:

Year 12

  • 1 Biological molecules
  • 2 Cells
  • 3 Organisms exchange substances with their environment
  • 4 Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms

Year 13

  • 5 Energy transfers in and between organisms (A-level only)
  • 6 Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments (A-level only)
  • 7 Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems (A-level only)
  • 8 The control of gene expression (A-level only)

Assessment:

The students will be internally assessed through a variety of tasks which include; Essays, Topic Tests, Assessed Homework, PPE, end of Y12 internal exam.

External Exams

Paper one

What's assessed
Any content from topics 1–4, including relevant practical skills

Assessed
Written exam: 2 hours (91 marks)

Questions
76 marks: a mixture of short and long answer questions. 15 marks: extended response questions

Paper two

What's assessed
Any content from topics 1–4, including relevant practical skills

Assessed
Written exam: 2 hours (91 marks)

Questions
76 marks: a mixture of short and long answer questions. 15 marks: comprehension question

Paper three

What's assessed
Any content from topics 1–8, including relevant practical skills

Assessed
Written exam: 2 hours (78 marks)

Questions
38 marks: structured questions, including practical techniques. 15 marks: critical analysis of given experimental data. 25 marks: one essay from a choice of two titles

Homework:

Students should be studying for at least 5 hours per subject. This will be a mix of formally set homework, independent study assignments and self-directed study.

Homework is set by the class teacher and will be based around the learning students have completed in the lesson. The tasks within the homework will endeavour to encourage students to apply their knowledge and also encourage their interest in the subject.

Homework will be marked in a number of ways which can involve teacher assessment which will be returned within two weeks. Students will then be provided with feedback that they can act on.

Students will also be allowed the chance for immediate feedback by checking over homework during the lesson either as a self-assessed or peer assessed task.

Enhancement & Enrichment Activities:

Students will be offered the chance to attend revision sessions after school. If some students are not meeting their targets they will be required to attend intervention sessions.

A trip to Leicester University gives students the opportunity to work in their labs and gain a better understanding of molecular biology through sessions with University staff.

There is also a plant science masterclass at the Oxford Natural History museum which includes a lecture, tutorial and questioning with leading plant Biologists.

Past exam paper


Faculty Introduction:

A-level Physics is a challenging, rewarding course that helps students develop skills and knowledge necessary for a successful career. We follow the AQA course for GCE A level Chemistry. Students will develop their interest in and enthusiasm for chemistry, and explore how the sciences contribute to the success of the economy and society. Plenty of practical experience is included to encourage enjoyment of the study of chemistry and enhance understanding.

Topics / Modules to be covered:

  • 3.1 Physical chemistry
  • 3.1.1 Atomic structure
  • 3.1.2 Amount of substance
  • 3.1.3 Bonding
  • 3.1.4 Energetics
  • 3.1.5 Kinetics
  • 3.1.6 Chemical equilibria, Le Chatelier’s principle and Kc
  • 3.1.7 Oxidation, reduction and redox equations
  • 3.1.8 Thermodynamics (A-level only)
  • 3.1.9 Rate equations (A-level only)
  • 3.1.10 Equilibrium constant Kp for homogeneous systems (A-level only)
  • 3.1.11 Electrode potentials and electrochemical cells (A-level only)
  • 3.1.12 Acids and bases (A-level only)
  • 3.2 Inorganic chemistry
  • 3.2.1 Periodicity
  • 3.2.2 Group 2, the alkaline earth metals
  • 3.2.3 Group 7(17), the halogens
  • 3.2.4 Properties of Period 3 elements and their oxides (A-level only)
  • 3.2.5 Transition metals (A-level only)
  • 3.2.6 Reactions of ions in aqueous solution (A-level only)
  • 3.3 Organic chemistry
  • 3.3.1 Introduction to organic chemistry
  • 3.3.2 Alkanes
  • 3.3.3 Halogenoalkanes
  • 3.3.4 Alkenes
  • 3.3.5 Alcohols
  • 3.3.6 Organic analysis
  • 3.3.7 Optical isomerism (A-level only)
  • 3.3.8 Aldehydes and ketones (A-level only)
  • 3.3.9 Carboxylic acids and derivatives (A-level only)
  • 3.3.10 Aromatic chemistry (A-level only)
  • 3.3.11 Amines (A-level only)
  • 3.3.12 Polymers (A-level only)
  • 3.3.13 Amino acids, proteins and DNA (A-level only)
  • 3.3.14 Organic synthesis (A-level only)
  • 3.3.15 Nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (A-level only)
  • 3.3.16 Chromatography (A-level only)

Assessment:

The students will be internally assessed through a variety of tasks which include; Essays, Topic Tests, Assessed Homework, PPE, end of Y12 internal exam

External Exams

Paper one

What's assessed
Relevant physical chemistry topics (sections 3.1.1 to 3.1.4, 3.1.6 to 3.1.8 and 3.1.10 to 3.1.12)
Inorganic chemistry (section 3.2)
Relevant practical skills

Assessed
written exam: 2 hours (105 marks)

Questions
105 marks of short and long answer questions

Paper two

What's assessed
Relevant physical chemistry topics (sections 3.1.2 to 3.1.6 and 3.1.9)
Organic chemistry (section 3.3)
Relevant practical skills

Assessed
written exam: 2 hours (105 marks)

Questions
105 marks of short and long answer questions

Paper three

What's assessed
Any content
Any practical skills

Assessed
Written exam: 2 hours (90 marks)

Questions
40 marks of questions on practical techniques and data analysis. 20 marks of questions testing across the specification. 30 marks of multiple choice questions

Homework:

Students should be studying for at least 5 hours per subject. This will be a mix of formally set homework, independent study assignments and self-directed study.

Homework is set by the class teacher and will be based around the learning students have completed in the lesson. The tasks within the homework will endeavour to encourage students to apply their knowledge and also encourage their interest in the subject.

Homework will be marked in a number of ways which can involve teacher assessment which will be returned within two weeks. Students will then be provided with feedback that they can act on.

Students will also be allowed the chance for immediate feedback by checking over homework during the lesson either as a self-assessed or peer assessed task.

Enhancement & Enrichment Activities:

Students will be offered the chance to attend revision sessions after school. If some students are not meeting their targets they will be required to attend intervention sessions.


Faculty Introduction:

A-level Physics is a challenging, rewarding course that helps students develop skills and knowledge necessary for a successful career. We follow the AQA course for GCE A level Physics. During the study of the course, students will gain an understanding of the link between theory and experiment and will develop skills in designing and completing complex investigations and analyzing their results. They'll also develop an appreciation of the importance of physics in a social, philosophical, economic and industrial context.

Topics / Modules to be covered:

Core content

  • 1 Measurements and their errors
  • 2 Particles and radiation
  • 3 Waves
  • 4 Mechanics and materials
  • 5 Electricity
  • 6 Further mechanics and thermal physics
  • 7 Fields and their consequences
  • 8 Nuclear physics

Options

  • 9 Astrophysics
  • 10 Medical physics
  • 11 Engineering physics
  • 12 Turning points in physics
  • 13 Electronics

Assessment:

The students will be internally assessed through a variety of tasks which include;
Essays, Topic Tests, Assessed Homework, PPE, end of Y12 internal exam

External Exams

Paper one

What's assessed
Sections 1 to 5 and 6.1 (Periodic motion)

Assessed
written exam: 2 hours (85 marks)

Questions
60 marks of short and long answer questions and 25 multiple choice questions on content.

Paper two

What's assessed
Sections 6.2 (Thermal Physics), 7 and 8
Assumed knowledge from sections 1 to 6.1

Assessed
written exam: 2 hours (85 marks)

Questions
60 marks of short and long answer questions and 25 multiple choice questions on content.

Paper three

What's assessed
Section A Compulsory section: Practical skills and data analysis
Section B: Students enter for one of sections 9, 10, 11, 12 or 13

Assessed
Written exam: 2 hours (80 marks)

Questions
45 marks of short and long answer questions on practical experiments and data analysis. 35 marks of short and long answer questions on optional topic.

Homework:

Students should be studying for at least 5 hours per subject. This will be a mix of formally set homework, independent study assignments and self-directed study.

Homework is set by the class teacher and will be based around the learning students have completed in the lesson. The tasks within the homework will endeavour to encourage students to apply their knowledge and also encourage their interest in the subject.

Homework will be marked in a number of ways which can involve teacher assessment which will be returned within two weeks. Students will then be provided with feedback that they can act on.

Students will also be allowed the chance for immediate feedback by checking over homework during the lesson either as a self-assessed or peer assessed task.

Enhancement & Enrichment Activities:

Students will be offered the chance to attend revision sessions after school. If some students are not meeting their targets they will be required to attend intervention sessions.

Exam Resources:

       



Faculty Introduction:

Psychology is the study of the mind. The mind is something intangible that exists within our brain. An unseen process of enzymes, chemicals, and electric current moving within the structure of our neural networks, dictating why we feel, think and behave the way we do. But why is it then some people suffer from stress and mental illness? Why do some find clowns funny, whilst other have raging phobias of them? Why is it that some people offer help to old people struggling to cross the road, whilst others are more likely to steal their bag? And if you dream of riding a horse with your best friend, does it mean you want to spend time with them and have fun, or something much more naughty?

Psychology investigates questions such as these and looks to provide answers. It is a science with cutting edge research that has real world applications to everyday life, the sort of issues you as a student deal with all the time.

Psychologists observe and measure behaviour, and devise therapies based on scientific studies.

In short, psychology is the answer to everything that happens around you!

Topics / Modules to be covered:

Topics / Modules to be covered (year 12)

  • Cognitive Psychology – Memory (including why our memories can often be utterly useless – and how to make them better!)
  • Developmental psychology – Attachments (including why your poor performance in school and future divorce may all be your parents fault!)
  • Research Methods (including how psychologists carry out research)
  • Approaches in psychology (including basically the history of psychology and an explanation of all behaviour!)
  • Social Psychology – Social Influence (including why a worker in KFC in America took her clothes off and did star jumps naked….. just because her boss asked her to!)
  • Individual differences – Psychopathology (including why people suffer from mental illnesses such as depression and phobias)

Topics / Modules to be covered (year 13)

  • Relationships (including why do we fall in love?)
  • Aggression (including what turns people into violent murderers?)
  • Eating behaviour (including why diets really never work, and why some people just can’t stop eating – and it isn’t their fault)
  • Psychopathology – including the diagnosis, explanations, and treatments of one mental illness
  • Issues and debates in psychology (including discussions on whether animals should be used in psychological research)
  • Research methods – including statistics

Assessment:

The grade you gain from Psychology A-level comes exclusively from the final exam you take at the end of the A2 course.

AS – two 90 minutes exams (tested internally):
Paper 1 – Social influence, memory and attachment
Paper 2 – Approaches in psychology, psychopathology and research methods

A2 (from 2017) – Three two hour exam papers, each worth 33.3% of the final mark
Paper 1 - Social influence, memory, attachment and psychopathology
Paper 2 – Approaches in psychology, biopsychology and research methods
Paper 3 – Issues and debates in psychology, relationships, eating behaviour, aggression

Homework:

Homework is set each week, and will regularly involve completing essays. Each homework always has a one week deadline with no exceptions.

Enhancement & Enrichment Activities:

  • Psychology research methods day at Northampton University – a real life opportunity to conduct research using the equipment at the university, under the guidance of the psychology professors and PHD students.
  • Various talks are planned – for example a clinical hypnotherapist who will give an example of hypnotherapy
  • Revision takes place regularly after school and at lunchtimes – dates vary.

Recommended reading:

  • Prozac Nation: Young and Depressed in America - A Memoir  by Elizabeth Wurtzel (highly recommended!)
  • The Lucifer Effect: How Good People Turn Evil by Philip G. Zimbardo
  • The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat by Oliver Sacks (this is harder going, but good for biology students or those that like a bit more of a challenge!)
  • 50 Psychology Classics: Who We Are, How We Think, What We Do by Tom Butler-Bowdon
  • Bad Science by Ben Goldacre
  • Bad Pharma by Ben Goldacre
  • We need to talk about Kevin by Lionel Shriver
Last updated: 13 Nov 2017