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Science 

Key Stage 3

Subject Statement

Science at Tunmarsh will develop pupils’ understanding of the big ideas in the subject and their application to the world. We will develop skills vital to the scientific process; gathering and using evidence to analysis and evaluation of outcomes. Pupils will develop an understanding of scientific attitudes and approaches throughout time.

Course Outline

In Years 7, 8 and 9 the students follow the ‘Exploring Science: Working Scientifically’ scheme which has been designed to deliver the new National Curriculum and the Science Programmes of Study for Key Stage 3 laying secure foundations for work in Years 10 and 11.

The course covers both the skills needed for thinking about scientific problems and those needed to process and analyse the data (including mathematical skills). Pupils will learn how to approach problems scientifically, as well as understand the use and power of ‘the scientific method’.

Assessment and Feedback

Students are assessed at the start of a unit to establish a baseline. Students will receive a mixture of verbal and written feedback on work covered in class as they study the unit. The feedback will be from their teacher but students will also learn self and peers assessment methods. There will be final assessments at the end of each unit to measure progress.

How Parents and Carers can Help

Discuss what your child is covering in class.

Talk to your child about developments in Science that may be covered in the media and discuss whether you can trust the information is reliable or not.

Encourage your child to use the BBC bitesize website to help with their learning

Contact

Omar Wilkinson: omar.wilkinson@tunmarsh.newham.sch.uk

Links to Online Resources

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zng4d2p

Key Stage 4 GCSE / BTEC (or equivalent)

General Course Information

 Students study Edexcel Combined Science and gain two GCSEs from the course. The GCSE in Combined Science enables students to:

  • develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding
  • develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science, through different types of scientific enquiries
  • answer questions scientifically about the world around them
  • develop and learn to apply problem-solving skills in the laboratory, in the field and in other learning environments
  • develop their ability to evaluate claims based on science through critical analysis of the methodology, evidence and conclusions, both qualitatively and quantitatively.

Feedback and Assessment

 

There are six papers in total and this will gain you 2 GCSEs for the combined Science: 2 for biology, 2 for chemistry and 2 for physics these will all be taken at the end of Year 11 in the Summer exams.

Each paper is 1hr 10mins – 60 marks (16.7% of the GCSE)

Biology Topics

Paper 1: Biology 1 – topics 1-5

·         Key concepts in biology

·         Cells and control

·         Genetics

·         Natural selection and genetic   modification

·         Health, disease and the

development of medicines

 

Paper 2: Biology 2 -   topic 1 + topics 6-9

·         Key concepts in biology

·         Plant structures and their functions

·         Animal coordination, control and homeostasis

·         Exchange and transport in animals

·         Ecosystems and material cycles

 

Chemistry Topics

Paper 3: Chemistry 1 – topics 1-4

·         Key concepts in chemistry,

·         States of matter and mixtures

·         Chemical changes

·         Extracting metals and equilibria

 

Paper 4: Chemistry 2 -   topic 1 + topics 6-8

·         Key concepts in chemistry

·         Groups in the periodic table

·         Rates of reaction and energy changes

·         Fuels and Earth science

 

Physics Topics

Paper 5: Physics 1 – topics 1-6

·         Key concepts of physics

·         Motion and forces

·         Conservation of energy

·         Waves

·         Light and the electromagnetic spectrum

·         Radioactivity

 

Paper 6: Physics 2 -   topic 1 + topics 8-15

·         Key concepts of physics

·         Energy - Forces doing work

·         Forces and their effects

·         Electricity and circuits

·         Magnetism and the motor effect

·         Electromagnetic induction

·         Particle model

·         Forces and matter

How Parents and Carers can Help

Discuss what your child is covering in class.

Talk to your child about developments in Science that may be covered in the media and discuss whether you can trust the information is reliable or not.

For year 10 and 11 students, encourage your child to visit the Tassomai website and develop their recall of knowledge needed for the subject.

Contact

Head of department – Omar Wilkinson

omar.wilkinson@tunmarsh.newham.sch.uk

Links to Online Resources

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zrkw2hv

https://www.tassomai.com/