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Overview

The Science department at EGA is committed to equipping students with the skills to understand how science impacts on their daily lives.  We want students to ask questions about the world they live in, that can be answered using scientific knowledge and techniques.  We also want them to question the science news they read or watch, with a knowledge base that will help them to make informed decisions.  They are taught and supported by specialist teachers from the full range of sciences, who plan and deliver interesting and engaging lessons.  Students are encouraged to become independent learners and find answers out for themselves using a wide variety of resources.  We have seven well equipped science labs for practical work and access to a wide range of textbooks and other resources.   All labs also have interactive whiteboards, and two labs have a number of computer workstations.

 

Science at Key Stage 3  

Students are taught in discrete half-term modules, based on Physics, Chemistry and Biology.

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Students’ progress is regularly assessed throughout the modules by using a range of methods. Teachers use Assessment for Learning strategies to check the learning of students in lessons and encourage self and peer marking of work completed. At the end of each half term module, there is a range of assessment methods used including student presentations, information leaflets, practical reports, or written tests.  The final assessment of student progress will be made using the information from these and previous assessments.

 

Study at Home for KS3

Students are given tasks to complete at home on a regular basis according to their timetables.  These tasks can range from completing an experimental report, or doing a worksheet, to carrying out some research or producing a model or poster.  Students also have access to an online textbook through the kerboodle portal that teachers may set tasks from.

 

There are many websites which can assist in the completion of these tasks:

http://www.scibermonkey.org/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/ks3bitesize/science/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningzone/clips/

https://www.kerboodle.com/users/login

 

Science at Key Stage 4

At GCSE students are taught the AQA exam board specification.  They can take exams in either the Combined Science Trilogy course, which will give them 2 grades or separate exams Biology, Chemistry and Physics which will give them a grade in each, so 3 in total.

GCSE Combined Science: Trilogy

This course is a ‘double award’ in GCSE science. Students explore topics in biology, chemistry and physics and sit six exams – gaining the equivalent of two GCSEs. It’s excellent preparation if you want to study science after Key Stage 4, including A levels.

GCSE Separate Sciences(Triple)

These qualification result in students studying further aspects of biology, chemistry and physics and gaining separate GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.  Students will sit six slightly longer exams for this qualification.

Subject content in both qualifications

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

 

Study at Home for KS4

Students have online access to the course textbook and teaching materials through the kerboodle portal.  They should use these to do further reading and revision.

All students are also expected to complete online homeworks every week.  This is completed through the Educake website, with teachers setting weekly homeworks.  Teachers and parents can monitor the progress being made and design appropriate interventions to support students.

Students are given unique usernames and password to access these resources.

https://www.educake.co.uk/

The following links take you to the AQA website to access past exam papers.

Combined Science - Trilogy

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/combined-science-trilogy-8464

 

Separate Sciences - Triple

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/biology-8461

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/chemistry-8462

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/physics-8463

 

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