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Light Hall School - Science

Subject Overview 

The study of Science probably brings to mind different images: white lab coats and microscopes, an astronomer peering through a telescope, David Attenborough in the rainforest, Einstein's equations scribbled on a chalkboard, the launch of the space shuttle, explosions and Bunsen burners.

In Science we help students to explore many of these aspects to help them build their own view of the world and consider how their lives are affected by issues in Science all over the world. We seek to make the subject more than just a collection of facts, but something that is part of a bigger picture, where facts link together into a greater understanding of the natural world.

Science is a way to discover what the universe contains, how things work, how they worked in the past and how they will work in the future. The Science department hopes to enthuse our students, motivating them by the excitement and joy of finding things out.

 

KS3

KEY COURSE INFORMATION

In Science at key stage 3, Y7 students will study units that focus on cells, particles and forces as we seek to build on the student’s knowledge and understanding that they have gained at primary school. Year 8 students follow a unit based structure which build upon the knowledge and enthusiasm from year 7.

  Autumn Spring Summer
year 7
Tissues & Transplants
Sex and Science
Ecology
What A Waste!
Acids and Alkalis
Materials and the Rock Cycle
Bubbles, Bangs & Burning
The Solar System and Beyond
Classification
Electrical Circuits
Energy and Sustainable Living
Forces, their effects and Transport
       
year 8
Doctors and Disease
Sound and Hearing
All that glitters
Water
Materials and Recycling
Revision of all topics and end of year test
Heat transfers
Light
Practice controlled assessment – Rates of Reaction
Going for Gold
Food Glorious Food!



KS4

KEY COURSE INFORMATION - Triple Award

Students following this course will be studying the OCR Gateway specification. The course is taught with a modular structure but all exams will be taken at the end of year 11.
Examinations can be sat either at foundation or higher tier. The decision to enter students in a particular tier will be reached through discussion with both students and parents during the course.
For each GCSE (Biology, Chemistry or Physics) the examinations will cover units 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 along with an internally assessed controlled assessment.
Controlled assessments must be completed in school and cannot be taken home. They are conducted through the year as close to the topic area they are related to. As a result, controlled assessments will sometimes be completed at different times to those published at the start of the year.

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Unit Title Unit Title Unit Title
B1
Understanding Organisms
C1
Carbon Chemistry
P1
Energy for the Home
B2
Understanding our Environment
C2
Chemical Resources
P2
Living for the Future
B3
Living and Growing
C3
Chemical Economics
P3
Forces for Transport
B4
It’s a Green World
C4
The Periodic Table
P4
Radiation for Life
B5
The Living Body
C5
How much? (Quantitative Analysis)
P5
Space for Reflection
B6
Beyond the Microscope
C6
Chemistry out there
P6
Electricity for Gadgets

KEY COURSE INFORMATION - Core/Additional

Students following this course will be studying the OCR Gateway specification.
The course is taught with a modular structure but all exams will be taken at the end of year 11.
Examinations can be sat either at foundation or higher tier. The decision to enter students in a particular tier will be reached through discussion with both students and parents during the course.
The Core GCSE examinations will cover units B1, B2, C1, C2, P1 and P2 along with an internally assessed controlled assessment.
The Additional GCSE examinations will cover units B3, B4, C3, C4, P3 and P4 along with an internally assessed controlled assessment.

Controlled assessments must be completed in school and cannot be taken home. They are conducted through the year as close to the topic area they are related to. As a result, controlled assessments will sometimes be completed at different times to those published at the start of the year.

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Unit Title Unit Title Unit Title
B1
Understanding Organisms
C1
Carbon Chemistry
P1
Energy for the Home
B2
Understanding our Environment
C2
Chemical Resources
P2
Living for the Future
B3
Living and Growing
C3
Chemical Economics
P3
Forces for Transport
B4
It’s a Green World
C4
The Periodic Table
P4
Radiation for Life


FAQs

What are the aims of the course?

To encourage candidates to:

  • Develop independent learning skills.
  • Acquire a systematic body of scientific knowledge, and the skills needed to apply this in new and changing situations;
  • Acquire an understanding of scientific ideas, of how they develop, of the factors which may affect their power, and of their limitations;
  • Consider and evaluate critically their own data and conclusions, and those obtained from other sources, using ICT where appropriate;
  • Evaluate, in terms of their scientific knowledge and understanding and their understanding of the processes of scientific enquiry and of the nature of scientific knowledge, the benefits and drawbacks of scientific and technological developments, including those related to the environment, personal health and quality of life, and considering ethical issues where these arise;
  • Select, organise and present information clearly and logically, using appropriate scientific terms and conventions, and ICT where appropriate;
  • Interpret and evaluate scientific data and conclusions from a variety of sources;
  • Use electronic (internet, CD ROMs, databases, simulations etc.) and/or more traditional sources of information (books, magazines, leaflets etc.) to collect data and ideas on a topic of scientific interest.

What examination will I take?

Triple Science – Students following this course will sit 2 exams for each of the GCSEs e.g. Biology units B1, B2, B3 and a second paper titled Biology units B4, B5, B6. Students will therefore sit 6 exams in total.
Core/Additional Science – Students following this course will sit 4 exams. Core Science is comprised of two examinations that cover units B1, C1, P1 and units B2, C2, P2 respectively. Additional Science exams cover the unit 3 and 4 content.
Science is compulsory for all students at KS4. Students in the top two sets in both year halves will study the Triple Science course. All other students will follow the Core / Additional Science course.
What is involved with the examination?

All examinations will be taken at the end of the course.
Core/Additional Science – 4 exams (Core Science - Unit 1 and 2; Additional Science – Unit 3 and 4) and 2 internal controlled assessments.
Triple Science – 6 exams (2 Biology, 2 Chemistry and 2 Physics) and 3 internal controlled assessments, one per subject area.
What coursework will I have to complete?

Year 10 and 11 – Coursework is worth 25% of the final grade. This comprises controlled assessments, which can only be completed in school under teacher supervision and exam conditions.


Who teaches the different Science subjects?

Students in sets 1, 2 and 3 will be taught by three separate teachers who will cover one of the three areas of the course.
Students in sets 4 and 5 will be taught by one teacher who will cover all three areas of the course.
How can I support my child as they study Science?
In order for students to make progress in Science it is important that they develop independent learning skills. In this way they can build their knowledge, understanding and confidence with the course content.
Outside of school we encourage students to research their own interests in Science as this extends their experience, in turn allowing greater focus to be placed on building links in content in school as we help students achieve their potential.
There are a number of revision support materials available on Frog, these include guidance on ways students can revise as well as materials to aid revision and study.

The Science Staff

Mr C Walsh
Assistant Headteacher of Science  
Miss A Crofts   
Lead teacher
Mrs B Dheri    
Science teacher
Mrs E Davis
Science teacher
Miss D Towey
Science teacher
Mrs C Cummings
Science teacher
Miss D Towey
Science teacher
Mr J Smith
Science teacher
Miss E Regan
Science teacher
Miss R Finch
Science teacher
Mr T Grice
Science Teacher
Mr V Soni
Science Teacher

 
Technical Support Staff

Mrs A McArdle
Laboratory Technician
Mrs L Evans
Laboratory technician  
Mrs S Maman
Laboratory technician
Mrs S Gaffney
Laboratory technician