Science

Introduction

Science is intrinsically fascinating and inspiring, and while the inquisitiveness of the young lends itself naturally to scientific study and endeavour, nobody ever really loses the desire to know more about the workings of the world around them.

Whether you consider yourself a scientist or not, there is no doubting that science touches every part of your life from the alarm clock that wakes you up in the morning to the toothpaste you use before bed and, of course, the way you are able to read this right now.

We aim to ensure that students are given the experiences which will enable them to: 

  • Gain the necessary knowledge and understanding to become confident citizens in an ever increasingly technological world
  • Recognise both the usefulness and the limitations of scientific technique
  • Realise that Science is relevant to many aspects of everyday life
  • Continue their studies in a scientific field after they leave school, should they wish to do so Science teaching focuses on student centred learning which encourages the development of scientifically literate students equipped to succeed in the twenty first century.

At Loxford we pride ourselves in developing pupil’s skills of Science from their primary years.

The Science department are using the 2 Year Activate SOW , which presents Science in an Innovative way, in order to engage pupils’ interest and KS3 SOW is covered in Year 7 + Year 8.

Over the next three years pupils will build upon the experiences and skills they learnt at KS2 Science, and develop these to a higher level.
Pupils will be studying a variety of science based topics, during the curriculum, which are taken from the three main schools of Science – Biology, Chemistry, and Physics.
In addition to the knowledge of Science pupils will also be encouraged to develop their skills in specific areas of Science that they may not have come across yet, such as:

  • Ethics- The moral codes a Scientist should be working with in order to reduce harm to Humanity, and the Natural World.
  • How science works- To be able to understand how experiments are planned, variables to be used, and how to evaluate work.
  • Ecology- To be able to understand the delicate balance of ecosystems and how they can be damaged by human activity.
  • Conserving Energy- To know how humans in their eagerness to develop, they have altered the natural balance of the world. And what man is doing in order to prevent further damage.

Observational and practical skills will be built upon in order to make pupils more rounded Scientists, and get them ready for GCSE.

Once a year pupils across KS3 will be involved in National Science Week. During this week pupils will be taking part in fun and exciting new ways of looking at Science. For example; pupils in year 8 will have to work out who the murderer is in a Forensic Laboratory!

Students at KS3 follow the fusion programme of study, with elements of HSW (How Science Works) and practical investigative work embedded into the schemes of work from Year 7 to Year 8.

Students are taught all three disciplines of Science and are continuously assessed to help aid their progress. Students are inducted in a 2 week programme emphasising the Health and Safety aspects of working in a lab and are set after taking their GOAL tests.

The emphasis of the programme is to prepare students for the rigour of KS4 as well as to develop a number of key skills.

Topics followed by students at KS3:

Year 7 Biology Chemistry Physics
  • Cells
  • Structure and function of body systems
  • Reproduction
  • Particles and their behaviour
  • Elements, atoms, and compounds
  • Reactions
  • Acids and alkalis
  • Forces
  • Sound
  • Light
  • Space
Year 8 Biology Chemistry Physics
  • Health & Lifestyle
  • Ecosystem processes
  • Adaptation and inheritance
  • The periodic Table
  • Separation Techniques
  • Metals and acids
  • The Earth
  • Electricity and magnetism
  • Energy
  • Motion and Pressure

 

We follow the AQA New GCSE Combined Trilogy + AQA  New separate which consists of Biology, Chemistry and Physics at GCSE level. Majority of  of our students study the New combined GCSE Science Trilogy with exceptional  students studying the Separate science which consists of Biology , Chemistry and Physics.

A synopsis of the GCSE course, course layout, exam/ assessment information and audit of practical to done on the GCSE course is available using the link below…..

Guide to the new GCSE course for Year 9 + 10 + 11

  • Human Biology – Co-ordination and control, Healthy eating, Drug abuse, Controlling infectious diseases.
  • Biology – Cells, How plants produce food, Energy flows, Enzymes, Homeostasis, Inheritance
  • Evaluation and Environment – Adaption for survival, Variation, Evolution, How people affect the planet
  • Energy and Energy Resources – Heat transfer, Using energy, Electrical energy, Generating electricity
  • Physics – Motion, Speeding up and slowing down, Work energy and momentum, Static electricity, Current electricity, Mains electricity, Nuclear physics
  • Radiation and the Universe – Electromagnetic waves, Radioactivity, The origins of the Universe
  • Products from Rocks – Rocks and buildings, Rocks and metals, Crude oil.
  • Chemistry – Structures and bonding, Structures and properties, Rates of reaction, Energy and reactions, Electrolysis, Acids alkalis and salts.
  • Oils, Earth and Atmosphere – Products from oils, Plant oils, The changing world.
  • Biology – Exchange of materials, Transporting substances around the body, Microbiology
  • Chemistry – Development of the periodic table, More about acids and bases, Water, Further Chemistry
  • Physics – Turning forces, Light and sound, Electromagnism, Stars and space.

KS4 BTEC

This is a new, fun, innovative course, which is being run for those children whom vocational course would suit rather than an academic course. This course is equivalent to two G.C.S.E grades and is a double certificate.

This course consists of two external exam :

Year 10 – Principles of Science exam.
Year 11 – Applications of Science exam.

Congratulations to the Year 11 students on achieving:

Combined Science - 76% 9-4

Biology - 100% 9-4

Chemistry - 100% 9-4

Phyisics - 100% 9-4