Science - St Birinus School

Science

KS3 Science

KS3 Science is all about offering students opportunities to discover scientific phenomena in a practical and engaging manner. Science is a subject KS3 students should feel very excited about learning at St Birinus School. Our facilities are first class and our teaching team are enthusiastic and commited to giving your son the very best start to their school Science experience.

Programme of study

Progress     

Your son’s progress will be tracked throughout the course of the year. After an introductory module, a baseline test will be carried out to identify any students who may need additional support or require further opportunities to stretch and challenge themselves. KS3 is a standing item in department meetings and there are many opportunities to provide intervention for students who may not be making expected progress in the subject. We also feel it is important to recognise the achievement of students making great progress.

Lessons        

Your son will have Science three times a week and will study a combination of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. The topics covered are as follows:

Year 7 Biology: Cells, Body systems, Reproduction

Year 7 Chemistry: Particles, Atoms and elements, Chemical reactions, Acids and alkalis

Year 7 Physics: Forces, Light, Sound, Space

Year 8 Biology: Health, Ecosystems, Adaptations and inheritance

Year 8 Chemistry: The Periodic table, Separation techniques, Metals and acids, The Earth

Year 8 Physics: Electricity, Energy, Motion and pressure

 

Support        

To assist your son with his studies at home, we use an online resource called Kerboodle.

www.kerboodle.com

  • Online textbook
  • Revision resources
  • Online quizzes

Setting:

Science classes in Year 7 and 8 will be taught in mixed ability groups

Assessment:

Within each module we have three mini assessments that assess basic skills linking to the GCSE courses to encourage consistency and continuity between KS3 and KS4.

There will be an assessment of your son’s science skills at the end of each module, so we can track their progress throughout the year.

At the end of the year there will be a terminal exam which will allow your son to demonstrate the progress he has made during the year.

Throughout the year, data from our assessments will inform any intervention which may benefit specific, targeted groups of students.

 

Contact:

Mr A Binnington

Associate Senior Leader: Faculty Leader for Science

abinnington@st-birinus.oxon.sch.uk

KS4 Science Overview

GCSE Science

Science GCSEs are highly regarded due to their requirement for the use of many transferable skills. It is an exciting time to be studying science, with many exciting and innovative developments happening in the World, from the discovery of new medical treatments to green energy and driverless cars!

At St Birinus there are two courses available for students; Combined Science and Triple Science; more specific details are available in the course options section and the following two pages.

In support of the KS4 students, the department put on regular drop in clinics and intervention sessions both at lunchtime and after school. There are also a variety useful interactive programs which can support independent learning.

Kerboodle: Kerboodle is an online resource that enables students to complete interactive quizzes and have access to the AQA textbook online. It is an excellent support for independent study and revision.

Sharepoint: Sharepoint is a program linked to the email accounts of the students at St Birinus. Currently in development, the use of sharepoint should allow for a wide range of revision material to be available for each module on both science courses.

Tassomai: The school subscribe to the Tassomai app, which allows Year 11 students to complete multiple choice quizzes based on the current AQA curriculum. The students get very competitive about completing the different sections and there are often prizes for students who answer the most questions and spend the most time on the app.

Course options

There are two routes for GCSE Science students at St Birinus School. The majority of students will study Combined Science. This course comprises two GCSEs, with the assessments covering aspects of Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

Approximately 25% of students will be selected to study Triple Science. Triple Science students will study for three GCSEs of the separate sciences. Students complete assessments in Biology, Chemistry and Physics and receive a GCSE grade for each subject. The course is challenging and moves at a fast pace but will set students up well for completing A levels in the sciences. Each student will study towards the Triple Science course in Year 9 as the initial content is very similar to the Combined Science course. A final decision about whether students are suitable to study Triple Science in Years 10 and 11 will be made at the end of Year 9.

Assessment and Progression

Examination Board:  

AQA

Grading system:

1-9 (9 is highest)

Assessment:

The assessment model differs depending on which route the student takes. In both combined and triple science, exam questions are a mix of multiple-choice, short and long answers.

For each route, there is the option to sit the higher tier or foundation tier papers. Higher tier enables results from 1-9 being achieved whilst the foundation tier enables a maximum grade of 5.

Progression to Post-16:

A level Biology

A level Chemistry

A level Physics

Future career links:

Medicine and Pharmacy

Engineering

Biomedical science

Forensic science

Health and nutrition

And many more!

 

Contact:

Mr A Binnington

abinnington@st-birinus.oxon.sch.uk

 

KS4 Science - Combined Course

GCSE Science: Combined Science

Course outline

The Combined Science route provides students with the opportunity to study for two Science GCSEs which include an even spread of Biology, Chemistry and Physics topics. The course includes many opportunities to learn practically and an overview of the course content can be seen below.

 

Course content

Biology

1. Cell biology

2. Organisation

3. Infection and response

4. Bioenergetics

5. Homeostasis and response

6. Inheritance, variation and evolution

7. Ecology

 

Chemistry

8. Atomic structure and the periodic table

9. Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter

10. Quantitative chemistry

11. Chemical changes

12. Energy changes

13. The rate and extent of chemical change

14. Organic chemistry

15. Chemical analysis

16. Chemistry of the atmosphere

17. Using resources

 

Physics

18. Energy

19. Electricity

20. Particle model of matter

21. Atomic structure

22. Forces

23. Waves

24. Magnetism and electromagnetism

Assessment

Examination Board:  

AQA

 

Grading system:

1-9 (9 is highest)

 

Assessment:

Biology paper 1 – Topics 1-4

Biology paper 2 – Topics 5-7

 

Chemistry paper 1 – Topics 8-12

Chemistry paper 2 – Topics 13-17

 

Physics paper 1 – Topics 18-21

Physics paper2 – Topics 22-24

 

Each paper is 1hr15 and worth 70 marks

 

Each paper is available in higher or foundation tier

 

Questions are multiple choice, structured, closed short answer and open response

 

Contact:

Mr A Binnington

abinnington@st-birinus.oxon.sch.uk

KS4 Science - Triple Science

GCSE Science:Triple Science

Course outline

The Triple Science route provides students with the opportunity to study for a GCSE in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Triple Science is more academically rigorous, with a greater focus on mathematical skill and the ability to analyse practical methodology and data. An overview of the course content can be seen below.

 

Course content

Biology

1. Cell biology

2. Organisation

3. Infection and response

4. Bioenergetics

5. Homeostasis and response

6. Inheritance, variation and evolution

7. Ecology

8. Key ideas

 

Chemistry

1. Atomic structure and the periodic table

2. Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter

3. Quantitative chemistry

4. Chemical changes

5. Energy changes

6. The rate and extent of chemical change

7. Organic chemistry

8. Chemical analysis

9. Chemistry of the atmosphere

10. Using resources

 

Physics

1. Energy

2. Electricity

3. Particle model of matter

4. Atomic structure

5. Forces

6. Waves

7. Magnetism and electromagnetism

8. Space physics (triple science only)

 

Assessment

Examination Board:  

AQA

 

Grading system:

1-9 (9 is highest)

 

Assessment:

Biology paper 1 – Topics 1-4

Biology paper 2 – Topics 5-7

 

Chemistry paper 1 – Topics 1-5

Chemistry paper 2 – Topics 6-10

 

Physics paper 1 – Topics 1-4

Physics paper 2 – Topics 5-8

 

Each paper is 1hr 45 and worth 100 marks

 

Each paper is available in higher or foundation tier

 

Questions are multiple choice, structured, closed short answer and open response

 

Contact:

Mr A Binnington

abinnington@st-birinus.oxon.sch.uk

 

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