Vision of Subject
Our vision is to create a positive learning environment where all stakeholders are passionate about the learning of Science and invest in this learning journey with focus, resilience and pride. As a result students make excellent progress and aspire to reach their future goals with enthusiasm and confidence.
Statement of Intent
At KHS our students study a five-year sequenced Programme of Study which maps both knowledge and skills across Key Stage 3 and 4. This means that every student is offered a broad, varied and challenging curriculum from Year 7 through to Year 11.
Our intention is to instila passion for Biology, Chemistry and Physics within our students and to develop scientific knowledge and understanding appropriate to individual abilities.
We encourage students to develop enquiring minds, develop communication skills, both written and spoken, and to develop analytical and evaluative skills within the context of scientific investigations.
The aim is to foster a lifelong interest and enjoyment of learning Science, whilst promoting an awareness of its importance in society as well as in global technological and environmental developments.
Students study Science for 3 hours per week in KS3 and homework is set weekly.
Students are taught in sets based upon prior attainment.
We follow the AQA KS3 Scheme of work in Year’s 7 and 8 with 13 topics being covered in each year.
Year 9 follow our pre-GCSE Foundation course with 6 topics being covered throughout the year.
Throughout these topic students are also taught key investigative skills to improve their ability to analyse, enquire, solve and carry out mathematical techniques.
Each skill is assessed 3 times per year.
Students are formally assessed on their subject knowledge at the end of each term.
Most students follow the AQA Combined Science Trilogy course (8464) and will be awarded two grades 1-9.
Some students follow the AQA separate Science courses and will be awarded 3 separate grades for Biology (8461), Chemistry (8462) and Physics (8463).
In Year 11 combined science students are taught all 3 sciences by one teacher for 4 hours per week. The triple science students are taught all 3 sciences by one teacher for 7 hours per week.
In Year 10 all students have a specialist teacher for 2 hours per week in each science. Students are taught in sets based upon prior attainment and homework is set weekly. Extended writing assessment tasks are set approximately every 8 lessons and students are formally assessed on their subject knowledge at the end of each term.
Students are taught the following key skills:
Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:
Apply knowledge and understanding of:
Analyse information and ideas to:
Overview of the Science Curriculum
The topics students cover throughout Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 are outlined in the link below:
Links to GCSE Exam Board Specifications
The specification code for AQA GCSE Trilogy is 8464
The specification code for AQA GCSE Science Biology is 8461
The specification code for AQA GCSE Science Chemistry is 8462
The specification code for GCSE Science Physics is 8463
Include details of any extra-curricular activities including:
Intervention sessions on Tuesday after school
Revision sessions – during school holidays
Homework support – every lunch time in Lab 3