Head of Faculty: Miss N Hewitt
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.
At KS4 students follow either the AQA Combined Science Trilogy course (8464) or the AQA Separate Science Course. Those students studying Combined Science will be awarded two grades 1-9 following their GCSE examinations in the summer of Year 11. Whereas those students studying the Separate Science course will be awarded three grades 1-9 following their GCSE examinations in the summer of Year 11. All combined science students receive 5 hours a week of Science lessons. 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 in year 10 study Biology in the Autumn term, Chemistry in the Spring term and Physics in the Summer term. Year 11 pupils study Chemistry in Autumn term, Biology in the Spring term and Physics in the Spring/Summer term.
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
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.