Science

Faculty: Science

Head of Faculty: Mrs A Goulborne

Throughout Key Stage 3 students are taught the three Science disciplines – chemistry, biology and physics. Initially in Year 7 Science is taught in mixed ability forms. By the end of September the student’s ability in Science has been assessed and students are then grouped into ability sets. Students are then taught in ability sets for the remainder of Year 7, 8 and 9. Throughout Key Stage 3 students study Science for 3 hours a week and home learning tasks are usually set weekly.

All students follow the Core and Additional Science GCSEs in Key Stage 4 and are working towards two GCSE qualifications. They follow Core and Additional Science and will receive two GCSE grades. Students follow the AQA Combined Science Trilogy (8464) and Separate Science courses and will be awarded two grades 1-9 following their GCSE examinations in the summer of Year 11. The vast majority of students receive 5 hours a week of Science lessons, while a small number of students that follow a vocational pathway at GCSE receive 4 hours a week of Science. The Separate Science students receive an additional 3 hours. Assessments to track progress are set regularly throughout each half term. With feedback being related to GCSE criteria to highlight areas of strength and development throughout the course.

Throughout their time at Hawkley Hall, students are taught the following key skills:

Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • scientific ideas
  • scientific techniques and procedures

Apply knowledge and understanding of:

  • scientific ideas
  • scientific enquiry, techniques and procedures

Analyse information and ideas to:

  • interpret and evaluate
  • make judgements and draw conclusions
  • develop and improve experimental procedures

Overview of the Science Curriculum

The topics students cover throughout Key Stage 3 are outlined in the table below:

Year Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
7 Introduction to Science Chemical Reactions (Chemistry)

 

Electricity and Magnetism (Physics)

Chemical Reactions (Chemistry)

 

Electricity and magnetism (Physics)

Cells and Reproduction (Biology) Ecology (Biology) Scientific investigation
8 Body systems and drugs (Biology) Rocks and climate change (Chemistry)

 

Rocks and climate change (Chemistry)

 

Light, forces and speed (Physics)

Waves, sound and space (Physics)

 

Particle model and transfer of heat energy (Physics)

 

Plants and respiration (Biology)

Plants and respiration (Biology)

 

Particle model and transfer of heat energy (Physics)

9 Pre GCSE Biology 1: organ systems and functions Pre GCSE Biology 2: energy cycles and processes Pre GCSE Chemistry 1: reactions and equations Pre GCSE Chemistry 2: Acids and their reactions Pre GCSE physics: Heat transfer and light Pre GCSE physics: Electricity and forces

 

Key Stage 4 pupils follow Chemistry in term 1, Biology in term 2 and Physics in term 3 across both 10 and 11.

GCSE Exam Board Specifications

The specification code for AQA GCSE Science Biology is 8461. Click here to view the GCSE specification

The specification code for AQA GCSE Science Chemistry is 8462. Click here to view the GCSE specification

The specification code for AQA GCSE Science Physics is 8463. Click here to view the GCSE specification

The specification code for AQA GCSE Combined Science: Trilogy is 8464. Click here to view the GCSE specification

Additional Information

The Science Faculty provide an extensive range of extra-curricular provision, including

  • Year 11 intervention occurs after school weekly and consists of revision tasks.
  • KS3 intervention is carried out by individual teachers and is carefully targeted to individual’s gaps in skills and knowledge based on assessments and gap analysis.
  • We run a STEM club and a gardening club across both key stages with an open invite for all to attend.
  • Homework support is available any time afterschool or lunch time.
  • Trips are varied and offered to various year groups throughout the year to inspire and enthuse as well as to demonstrate scientific concepts. We also invite into school various speakers form engineering and science roles.

Teaching Staff

Mrs A. Goulbourne Head of Faculty
Mr P. Tickle Teacher of Science
Mrs L. Glascott Teacher of Science
Mrs J. Langton Teacher of Science
Mr M. Reece Teacher of Science
Mrs C. Lewin Teacher of Science
Mr R. McVey Teacher of Science
Mrs L. Gouvia Teacher of Science
Mrs R. Liu Teacher of Science