We live in a scientific world, our culture is shaped by our understanding and science is the discipline that drives our understanding.
Regardless of whether or not you want to have a career in science understanding the principles of how science works will allow you to make informed decisions throughout your life.
Science Subject Leader: Ms Kemp
Key Stage 3
What will a student learn in Key Stage 3?
In Key Stage 3 students follow the National Curriculum through the Activate programme of study (AQA). This is a brand new and very engaging, contemporary and practical course that enables students to develop the scientific knowledge, skills, techniques and understanding to succeed as scientists.
The content is studied in discrete topics from all three strands; biology, chemistry and physics with regular assessments embedded that are designed to inform both students and teachers of the progress being made and therefore the next steps needed for continued progression.
The course is also well designed to enable students to build up the range of skills and knowledge needed for progression onto GCSE Science.
Why is this subject important today?
We live in a scientific world, our culture is shaped by our understanding and science is the discipline that drives our understanding. Regardless of whether or not you want to have a career in science understanding the principles of how science works will allow you to make informed decisions throughout your life.
What skills will students learn / develop and how will they learn?
Students will learn how to observe and examine the world around us. To develop questions and then set about finding the answers to the questions by conducting reliable and valid investigations.
They will learn how to represent data in tables and graphs as well as being critical of the nature of data and how it is collected: checking for bias, accuracy and reliability.
Where could the subject lead – career wise?
A great variety of careers including:
Astronomy : Dedica
Biochemistry : Dedicated to the study of chemical processes in living organisms
Clinical Research : Clinical trials and research of new medical treatments
Developmental Biology : The study of growth and development of the human body
Engineering : Field of technology and invention
Genetics : Sc
Immunology : Biomedica
Neuroscience : Science of the nervous system
Pharmacology : Dedicated to the study of drugs on the human body
Veterinary Medicine : Study of medicines required for treating animal diseases
Zoology : D
Homework is a critical part of our students’ progression; reinforcing learning in lessons, preparing students for learning, exam practice, developing independent study skills and inspiring a love of science outside the classroom.
In Key Stage 3 the students will receive 1 piece per week and in Key Stage 4 at least two hours of homework will be set each week. In KS5 there is a clear expectation of a minimum of 6 hours of private study in addition to a 3-hour piece of homework.