Science Overview


Head of Faculty: Mr G. Lowrie

The term Science covers a broad spectrum of studies which use observational and descriptive skills to explore the world, coupled with theoretical and mathematical deduction to explain these observations. Theoretical constructs are tested by experiment and theories discarded if they are inconsistent with observed reality. This philosophy and methodology is taught through all ‘Natural Sciences’ at Bewdley in our new specialist Science building.

All students study Science up to the age of 16, through specialist Biology, Chemistry and Physics teaching. This comprises one tenth of the curriculum in the lower school and one fifth at GCSE, where all students follow the Combined Science 2 GCSE programme. They can also elect to take additional science, which ensures that they cover the material required for separate GCSEs in the 3 Sciences mentioned. Many students take Advanced Level courses in Biology, Chemistry and Physics, with the school planning to offer Geology at Advanced Level to meet future demand.

  • Year 7 Science Overview

    The study of Science fires pupils’ curiosity about phenomena in the world around them and offers opportunities to find explanations. It engages pupils at many levels, linking direct practical experience with scientific ideas. Experimentation and modelling are used to develop and evaluate explanations, encouraging critical and creative thought. Pupils learn how knowledge and understanding in Science are rooted in evidence. They discover how scientific ideas contribute to technological change (for example in business and medicine) and lead to improving the quality of life. They trace the development of Science worldwide and recognise its cultural significance. They learn to question and discuss issues that may affect their own life and the future of the World.

    Pupils follow the Key Stage 3 Science Programme of Study in Year 7. The principal focus of science teaching in Key Stage 3 is to develop a deeper understanding of a range of scientific ideas in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Pupils will begin to see the connections between these subject areas and become aware of some of the key ideas underpinning scientific knowledge and understanding. The teaching programme consists of individual topics which will develop scientific knowledge and understanding and use scientific enquiry to help pupils answer specific questions about the world around them.

  • Year 8 Science Overview

    The study of Science fires pupils’ curiosity about phenomena in the world around them and offers opportunities to find explanations. It engages pupils at many levels, linking direct practical experience with scientific ideas. Experimentation and modelling are used to develop and evaluate explanations, encouraging critical and creative thought. Pupils learn how knowledge and understanding in Science are rooted in evidence. They discover how scientific ideas contribute to technological change (for example in business and medicine) and lead to improving the quality of life. They trace the development of Science worldwide and recognise its cultural significance. They learn to question and discuss issues that may affect their own life and the future of the World.

    Pupils follow the Key Stage 3 Science Programme of Study in Year 8. The principal focus of science teaching in Key Stage 3 is to develop a deeper understanding of a range of scientific ideas in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Pupils will begin to see the connections between these subject areas and become aware of some of the key ideas underpinning scientific knowledge and understanding. The teaching programme consists of individual topics which will develop scientific knowledge and understanding and use scientific enquiry to help pupils answer specific questions about the world around them.

  • Year 9 Science Overview

    The study of Science fires pupils’ curiosity about phenomena in the world around them and offers opportunities to find explanations. It engages pupils at many levels, linking direct practical experience with scientific ideas. Experimentation and modelling are used to develop and evaluate explanations, encouraging critical and creative thought. Pupils learn how knowledge and understanding in Science are rooted in evidence. They discover how scientific ideas contribute to technological change (for example in business and medicine) and lead to improving the quality of life. They trace the development of Science worldwide and recognise its cultural significance. They learn to question and discuss issues that may affect their own life and the future of the World.

    Pupils follow the Key Stage 3 Science Programme of Study in Year 9. The principal focus of science teaching in Key Stage 3 is to develop a deeper understanding of a range of scientific ideas in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Pupils will begin to see the connections between these subject areas and become aware of some of the key ideas underpinning scientific knowledge and understanding. The teaching programme consists of individual topics which will develop scientific knowledge and understanding and use scientific enquiry to help pupils answer specific questions about the world around them.

    (https://www.pearsonschoolsandfecolleges.co.uk/secondary/Science/11-16/ExploringScienceHowScienceWorks/Exploring_Science_How_Science_Works.aspx

  • Year 9 & 10 GCSE Combined Science: Trilogy Overview

    The study of Science fires pupils’ curiosity about phenomena in the world around them and offers opportunities to find explanations. It engages pupils at many levels, linking direct practical experience with scientific ideas. Experimentation and modelling are used to develop and evaluate explanations, encouraging critical and creative thought. Pupils learn how knowledge and understanding in Science are rooted in evidence. They discover how scientific ideas contribute to technological change (for example in business and medicine) and lead to improving the quality of life. They trace the development of Science worldwide and recognise its cultural significance. They learn to question and discuss issues that may affect their own life and the future of the World.

    The majority of pupils will follow the AQA Combined Science: Trilogy course in Years 9 and 10. This will lead to two GCSE qualifications.

    The course ensures natural progression from Key Stage 3 and is suitable for pupils of any ability. Should a pupil wish to pursue any of the Sciences at A-Level, this course will provide a firm foundation for progression and ensure a smooth transition to further study.

    The 3 subject areas of Biology, Chemistry and Physics are studied across the two years and are examined at the end of Year 11. These will be assessed in external examinations at the end of the course. There is no longer any controlled assessment (coursework) in Science. Instead, there are 21 ‘required practicals’ as part of the specification. These are standard science experiments that are integrated into day-to-day lessons. The final exams will include questions that draw on pupils’ practical science experience in these experiments.

    (https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/combined-science-trilogy-8464)

    Assessment:       Pupils complete a formal assessment in Biology, Chemistry and Physics once every term. These assessments test pupils on their knowledge and understanding of all the content they have learned up till that point in the year.

  • Year 10 & 11 GCSE Combined Science: Trilogy Overview

    The study of Science fires pupils’ curiosity about phenomena in the world around them and offers opportunities to find explanations. It engages pupils at many levels, linking direct practical experience with scientific ideas. Experimentation and modelling are used to develop and evaluate explanations, encouraging critical and creative thought. Pupils learn how knowledge and understanding in Science are rooted in evidence. They discover how scientific ideas contribute to technological change (for example in business and medicine) and lead to improving the quality of life. They trace the development of Science worldwide and recognise its cultural significance. They learn to question and discuss issues that may affect their own life and the future of the World.

    The majority of pupils will follow the AQA Combined Science: Trilogy course in Years 10 and 11. This will lead to two GCSE qualifications.

    The course ensures natural progression from Key Stage 3 and is suitable for pupils of any ability. Should a pupil wish to pursue any of the Sciences at A-Level, this course will provide a firm foundation for progression and ensure a smooth transition to further study.

    The 3 subject areas of Biology, Chemistry and Physics are studied across the two years and are examined at the end of Year 11. These will be assessed in external examinations at the end of the course. There is no longer any controlled assessment (coursework) in Science. Instead, there are 21 ‘required practicals’ as part of the specification. These are standard science experiments that are integrated into day-to-day lessons. The final exams will include questions that draw on pupils’ practical science experience in these experiments.

    (https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/combined-science-trilogy-8464)

    Assessment:       Pupils complete a formal assessment in Biology, Chemistry and Physics once every term. These assessments test pupils on their knowledge and understanding of all the content they have learned up till that point in the year.

    Final assessment for the course is through six 1 hour 15 minute external examinations (two each in Biology, Chemistry and Physics) in May/June of Year 11.

  • Year 9 & 10 ‘Triple’ Science Overview

    The study of Science fires pupils’ curiosity about phenomena in the world around them and offers opportunities to find explanations. It engages pupils at many levels, linking direct practical experience with scientific ideas. Experimentation and modelling are used to develop and evaluate explanations, encouraging critical and creative thought. Pupils learn how knowledge and understanding in Science are rooted in evidence. They discover how scientific ideas contribute to technological change (for example in business and medicine) and lead to improving the quality of life. They trace the development of Science worldwide and recognise its cultural significance. They learn to question and discuss issues that may affect their own life and the future of the World.

    Approximately one third of pupils will follow the AQA ‘Triple’ Science course in Years 9 and 10. This will lead to three GCSE qualifications – Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

    The course ensures natural progression from Key Stage 3 and is suitable for more able pupils. Should a pupil wish to pursue any of the Sciences at A-Level, this course will provide a firm foundation for progression and ensure a smooth transition to further study.

    The 3 subject areas of Biology, Chemistry and Physics are studied across the two years and are examined at the end of Year 11. These will be assessed in external examinations at the end of the course. There is no longer any controlled assessment (coursework) in Science. Instead, there are 28 ‘required practicals’ (10 for Biology; 8 for Chemistry and 10 for Physics) as part of the specification. These are standard science experiments that are integrated into day-to-day lessons. The final exams will include questions that draw on pupils’ practical science experience in these experiments.

     

    ‘Triple’ Science:

    • GCSE Biology (8461)
    • GCSE Chemistry (8462)
    • GCSE Physics (8463)

    (https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/biology-8461)

    (https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/chemistry-8462)

    (https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/physics-8463)

    Assessment:       Pupils complete a formal assessment in Biology, Chemistry and Physics once every term. These assessments test pupils on their knowledge and understanding of all the content they have learned up till that point in the year.

  • Year 10 & 11 ‘Triple’ Science Overview

    The study of Science fires pupils’ curiosity about phenomena in the world around them and offers opportunities to find explanations. It engages pupils at many levels, linking direct practical experience with scientific ideas. Experimentation and modelling are used to develop and evaluate explanations, encouraging critical and creative thought. Pupils learn how knowledge and understanding in Science are rooted in evidence. They discover how scientific ideas contribute to technological change (for example in business and medicine) and lead to improving the quality of life. They trace the development of Science worldwide and recognise its cultural significance. They learn to question and discuss issues that may affect their own life and the future of the World.

    Approximately one third of pupils will follow the AQA ‘Triple’ Science course in Years 9 and 10. This will lead to three GCSE qualifications – Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

    The course ensures natural progression from Key Stage 3 and is suitable for more able pupils. Should a pupil wish to pursue any of the Sciences at A-Level, this course will provide a firm foundation for progression and ensure a smooth transition to further study.

    The 3 subject areas of Biology, Chemistry and Physics are studied across the two years and are examined at the end of Year 11. These will be assessed in external examinations at the end of the course. There is no longer any controlled assessment (coursework) in Science. Instead, there are 28 ‘required practicals’ (10 for Biology; 8 for Chemistry and 10 for Physics) as part of the specification. These are standard science experiments that are integrated into day-to-day lessons. The final exams will include questions that draw on pupils’ practical science experience in these experiments.

     

     

    ‘Triple’ Science:

    • GCSE Biology (8461)
    • GCSE Chemistry (8462)
    • GCSE Physics (8463)

    (https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/biology-8461)

    (https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/chemistry-8462)

    (https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/physics-8463)

    Assessment:       Pupils complete a formal assessment in Biology, Chemistry and Physics once every term. These assessments test pupils on their knowledge and understanding of all the content they have learned up till that point in the year.

    Final assessment for the course is through six 1 hour 45 minute external examinations (two each in Biology, Chemistry and Physics) in May/June of Year 11.

  • Year 12 BTEC Level 2 First Award: Application of Science Overview

    Choosing to study for a BTEC in the Application of Science is a great decision for many reasons. More and more employers are looking for well-qualified people to work within the fields of science, technology, engineering and maths (the STEM subjects). Your BTEC will sharpen your skills for employment (in a wide range of sectors such as industrial, medical or forensic science) or further study.

    This course is ideally suited to students who are keen to develop their understanding of key applications of science and build the skills required for both the scientific workplace, and further study through a vocational learning programme.

    (https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/btec-firsts/applied-science-2012-nqf.html#tab-1)

    Assessment:       As this is a vocational course, 75% of work is assessed internally and 25% of your final grade is based on your performance in an external exam.

  • Year 12 Biology & Year 13 Biology Overview

    Biology A-level will give you the skills to make connections and associations with all living things around you.

    Biology literally means the study of life and if that’s not important, what is? Being such a broad topic, you’re bound to find a specific area of interest, plus it opens the door to a fantastic range of interesting careers.

    (https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/as-and-a-level/biology-7401-7402)

    Assessment:       Pupils complete a formal assessment in Biology once every half-term. These assessments test pupils on their knowledge and understanding of all the content they have learned up till that point in the year.

  • Year 12 Chemistry & Year 13 Chemistry Overview

    A-level Chemistry attempts to answer the big question ‘what is the world made of’ and it’s the search for this answer that makes this subject so fascinating. From investigating how one substance can be changed drastically into another, to researching a new wonder drug to save millions of lives, the opportunities that chemistry provides are endless.

    (https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/as-and-a-level)

    Assessment:       Pupils complete a formal assessment in Chemistry once every half-term. These assessments test pupils on their knowledge and understanding of all the content they have learned up till that point in the year.

    Final assessment for the course is through three 2 hour external examinations in May/June of Year 13.

  • Year 12 Physics & Year 13 Physics Overview

    Physicists explore the fundamental nature of almost everything we know of. They probe the furthest reaches of the earth to study the smallest pieces of matter. Join them to enter a world deep beneath the surface of normal human experience.

    (https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/as-and-a-level/physics-7407-7408)

    Assessment:       Pupils complete a formal assessment in Physics once every half-term. These assessments test pupils on their knowledge and understanding of all the content they have learned up till that point in the year.

    Final assessment for the course is through three 2 hour external examinations in May/June of Year 13.

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