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  Name
Subject Leader Science Mrs J Corbett
Science Teachers Mr S Deighton
Mr S Ereaut
Miss C Harrison
Ms P Kaliswaran
Mr B Le Page
Mr J Lloyd
Miss E Moore
Ms K Nixon
Mrs O Odeyemi
Miss A Righelato
Mrs I SLade
Mrs C Walker
Science Technicians Mrs L Bethel
Mrs D Eastwood
Miss K Lovell

 

Science is everything!

In science lessons at Knole Academy we aim to provide the foundations of understanding of the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Students will be given the opportunity to gain knowledge and taught essential methods, processes and use of science in society.  This will develop students’ excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena thus encouraging deeper explanations and science-based predictions.
 
Students are encouraged to work independently and in groups to develop understanding, utilise skills and knowledge in different situations.
 
All students can access textbooks and resources via Kerboodle, complete homework and revision via SAM learning and Doddle. 

We offer numerous extra-curricular revision and intention sessions for our students to feel fully prepared for their examinations. 

Future Opportunities

Science is a good starting point for many Post 16 courses such as A' Level Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Psychology and studies in Health & Social Care.  Science forms an important basis for many careers including medical professions, research, engineering, sports science and teaching.  It also develops many transferable skills, which will be useful in a variety of other careers not directly linked to science.

Key Stage 3

We follow the National Curriculum in science using the Activate scheme of work for AQA and use bridging from KS2 work to guide students in the journey to GCSE.  Students will study KS3 in year 7 and 8, and will move onto the GCSE course in year 9.

Students in KS3 will have a mid and end of term exam, as well as interim assessments to check for progress and understanding in the foundations of scientific principles. 

Aims

The national curriculum for science aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • Develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics.
  • Develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them.
  • Are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.

Year 7

  • Particles and their Behaviour
  • Elements, Atoms and Compounds
  • Reactions
  • Acids and Alkalis
  • Forces
  • Sound
  • Light
  • Space
  • Cells
  • Structure and Function of Body Systems
  • Reproduction

Year 8

  • The periodic table
  • Separation techniques
  • Metals and acids
  • The Earth
  • Electricity and Magnetism
  • Energy
  • Motion and Pressure
  • Health and Lifestyle
  • Ecosystem Processes
  • Adaption and Inheritance

We offer a science and nature club for years 7 and 8 on a Monday lunchtime.

 

Key Stage 4

Years 9 - 11 The AQA Trilogy and Triple Science

We study AQA Trilogy, a double combined science award, students are able to opt in year 9 to complete three separate science awards. 

Aims of the Course

  • To acquire a body of scientific knowledge and develop an understanding of science.
  • To develop experimental and investigative abilities.
  • To develop an understanding of the nature of scientific ideas.
  • To develop an understanding of the technological and environmental applications of science and of the economic, ethical and social implications of these.

Science is a National Curriculum core subject and is studied by all students in Key Stage 4.  All courses which follow the programmes of study will cover a wide range of scientific topics incorporating aspects of biological, physical and chemical science.  Students follow different pathways according to interest and aptitude.

Biology

  • Cell Biology
  • Organisation
  • Infection and Response
  • Bioenergetics
  • Homeostases and Response
  • Inheritance, Variation and Evolution
  • Ecology

Chemistry

  • Atomic Structure and the Periodic Table
  • Bonding, Structure and the Properties of Matter
  • Quantitative Chemistry
  • Chemical Changes  
  • Energy Changes
  • The Rate and Extent of Chemical Change
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Chemical Analysis
  • Chemistry of the Atmosphere
  • Using Resources

Physics

  • Forces
  • Energy
  • Waves
  • Electricity
  • Magnetism and Electromagnetism
  • Particle Model of Model
  • Atomic Structure

GCSE Chemistry, Physics and Biology
Students with good KS3 exam grades and aptitude towards science are offered three separate GCSEs.  The same content listed above is completed in more depth with some additional content.

 

Key Stage 5

Biology

A level biology covers a range of topics in great depth (listed below), which will enable students to develop academic rigour, personal and practical skills. The AQA Biology specification has been designed to engage and inspire students by showing how an understanding of many contemporary issues requires a grasp of fundamental biological ideas.

Students wishing to pursue a science at university are recommended in choosing at least one other science to give a good ground and foundation for higher level courses, especially true for those wishing to study medicine or veterinary science. 

Examination Title: GCE A Level Biology 
Examination Board: AQA

Entry Requirements: 
Five or more GCSE qualifications at grade 5 or above including grade 6/6 in Science/Additional Science and English and Mathematics at grade 6 or above. Science GCSEs must have strong results (6 and above) in individual biology modules. 

Length of course: 
Two years. Students will be assessed throughout Year one through internal assessment, mock exams and where available external exams, students need to demonstrate strong performance in all assessments to gain entry to Year 2.

Course description:

  • Topic 1: Biological molecules
  • Topic 2: Cells
  • Topic 3: Organisms exchange substances with their environment
  • Topic 4: Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms

At the end of Year 1, students will complete 2 exam papers. Each paper is 1 hour 30 minutes and worth 50% of the AS qualification. All 4 topics are covered within both papers, including practical and mathematical skills Paper 2.

  • Topic 5: Energy transfers in and between organisms
  • Topic 6: Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments
  • Topic 7: Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems
  • Topic 8: The control of gene expression

2 hour externally assessed paper making up 35% of the A2 Level marks.

Paper 3
This paper will include questions on topics 1-8. This paper may draw on ideas from several topics and will also target conceptual and theoretical understanding of Biology.

2 hour externally assessed paper making up 30% of the A2 Level marks. Students will be required to write an essay within this paper, worth a third of the overall marks for this paper.



CHEMISTRY A
The chemistry OCR A course aims to provide learners with an in depth knowledge of physical and organic chemistry as well as focusing upon practical skill and technique. This will develop deep appreciation for chemistry and competence in problem solving.  Students will be encouraged to work independently and with other students to foster enthusiasm for the subject and also understand how society contributes to advances in science. The studying of chemistry will give students many industry and university prospects as it is such a fast moving field. 

Students wishing to pursue a science at university are recommended in choosing at least one other science to give a good ground and foundation for higher level courses, especially true for those wishing to study medicine or veterinary science. 

Examination Title: GCE Chemistry A
Examination Board: OCR

Entry Requirements: 
Two grade 6’s in GCSE science, at least a grade 6 in maths at GCSE. Ideally a grade 7 on chemistry modules in the GCSE.
 
Length of course: Two years. 

Students will be assessed throughout Year 1 through internal assessment, mock exams and, external  year 1 exams.  Students need to demonstrate strong performance in all assessments to gain entry to Year 2.
 
Course content:

Year one 

  • Module 1—Development of practical skills
  • Module 2 Foundations in chemistry
  • Module 3—Periodic table and energy
  • Module 4—Organic Chemistry

Year 2 

  • Module 5 —Physical chemistry and transition elements
  • Module 6—Organic chemistry and analysis

Assessment:
Year 1 

  • 2 x 120 minute exam papers externally assessed.
  • Practical Endorsement—internally assessed. 

Year 2

  • 2 x 135 minute papers externally assessed.
  • 1x 90 minute paper on unified chemistry—externally assessed. 
  • Practical Endorsement—internally assessed.

Enrichment and Extra-Curricular Activities

Interhouse Competitions

In year 10 students will compete in their forms against each other to be crowned the ‘Science Throwdown Champions’

Trips

Big Bang fair – Annually we take science and STEM enthusiasts to the largest STEM event in the south where they can see possible careers and companies advancing in science.

Roller Coaster Science and Conservation

We hold a yearly trip for students focusing on the physics of roller coasters and conservation of organisms. This trip is held for students that show particular aptitude for STEM subjects or really show progress in their learning.

Science week

Every year all KS3 students will have a full week focusing on a particular theme or issue in science, there will often be a competition between individuals and their houses. 

Clubs

Science and nature club is held weekly for year 7 and 8 students. 

I​​nterventions

Students in KS4 will be invited or welcomed to attend several different interventions in tutor time or after school, to build confidence and improve attainment in their GCSE’s

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