Science

Staffing of the department

Ms K Cruickshanks – Head of Department
Mr A Moore – Science Teacher
Mr B Fisher – Science Teacher
Miss C O'Callaghan – Science Teacher
Mr S Bui – Science Teacher
Mrs L McHale – Senior Technician


Educational philosophy/Aims of the curriculum

Teaching the sciences at key stage 4 continues with the process of building upon and deepening scientific knowledge and the understanding of ideas developed at key stage 3 within the disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics.
Science at St Ursula’s is taught to ensure students have the knowledge to enable them to develop curiosity about the natural world, insight into working scientifically, and appreciation of the relevance of science to their everyday lives. Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity, and all pupils should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. Through building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, pupils should be encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. They should be encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.


KS4 curriculum

Science is a core subject that is vital to the world’s future prosperity, and all students will be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. They will be helped to appreciate the achievements of science in showing how the complex and diverse phenomena of the natural world can be described in terms of a number of key ideas relating to the sciences which are inter-linked, and which are of universal application.


KS4 Programme of study

We begin Key Stage 4 in year 9, with all girls being able to continue on to gain three GCSEs in Chemistry, Biology and Physics. At the end of year 10, students will be assessed for aptitude and performance and have the entry that will provide them with the most success confirmed.

We offer masterclasses every week after school in year 11 to consolidate and extend learning and a lunchtime drop in session.

TRILOGY SCIENCE

  • Combined science is called Trilogy
  • Examination Board: AQA
  • Two GCSE identical grades from 1-9.
    A low grade 5 however would be reported as a 5-4
    A low grade 8 would be reported as a 8-7
  • There are SIX x 1 hour 15 minute exams in year 11.
    Two biology, two chemistry and two physics.      
  • Each of the papers will assess knowledge and understanding from distinct topic areas.
  • Higher and Foundation tiers of entry
  • No course work

More info on Trilogy (8464).

Specification

Equations that must be learnt for Trilogy Science.

TRIPLE SCIENCE – BIOLOGY, CHEMISTRY and PHYSICS.

  • Examination Board: AQA
  • Grades 1-9 in each GCSE.
  • There are SIX x 1 hour 45 minute exams in year 11.
    Two biology, two chemistry and two physics.
    Each of the papers will assess knowledge and understanding from distinct topic areas.
  • Higher and Foundation tiers of entry
  • No course work

More information on Biology (8461).

Specification

More information on Chemistry (8462).

Specification

More information on Physics (8463).

Specification

Equations that must be learnt for Physics GCSE.


Special requirements

Lab coats
Safety goggles
Scientific calculators


Links to useful sites for KS4 students, parents and members of the public

https://connect.collins.co.uk/school/portal.aspx
http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science
http://www.my-gcsescience.com/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zrkw2hv
http://www.docbrown.info/
http://www.scool.co.uk/