Science is divided into separate teaching areas of biology, chemistry and physics. Each of these broad areas is further divided into topics. Students will complete one topic before moving on to another. There are 11 topics taught in KS3, which are outlined in the table below. More information about each topic is available on the VLE.
|Live & Kicking
|Species at War
Each topic contains a number of assessment opportunities, including assessed homework, assessment for learning, teacher assessments, mini tests, peer assessment and an end of topic test.
In addition, there are end of year examinations taken in years 7 & 8. In year 9 there is an end of key stage 3 examination that will cover all of the subject material taught over the three years. This examination will take place in March after which the students will start to prepare for the (I)GCSE course.
There are two bands of three sets instead of one band of six sets. The bands are based on form groups. Dragon, Griffin and Phoenix students will be in Band A and Roc, Unicorn and Salamander students will be in Band B. There is no difference between the two bands, with each covering exactly the same content. The two bands are taught at different times which will allow greater flexibility within the timetable and provide more opportunities for set changes throughout the year.
There will be regular opportunities throughout the year to move between sets based on a combination of end of topic test results, in-class assessments and assessed pieces of homework. Students will be informed which pieces of work are to be assessed in advance, to allow adequate preparation. The students’ results will be communicated and feedback provided during science lessons. Parents will be informed of their child’s results and progress via their work books, their child’s report cards, parents’ evenings and monitoring days.
We will always try to ensure that parents are given advance warning of poor results before students are moved down a set to allow time to focus and improve results but this cannot be guaranteed as sometimes a student will need to be moveddown, not because of poor results, but to make space for higher achieving student from a lower set.