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Science

'The scientist is not a person who gives the right answers, he's one who asks the right questions'

Meet the Science team

Meet the tutors who will share their passion for Science as you study at Crompton House School.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Curriculum Breakdown

Year 7 – Assessment

The course is organised into different topics. At the end of each topic there is an assessment that is done in test conditions. To help you support your son or daughter the class teachers will send out a parent mail seven days before the test to let you know when the test is happening and which topic is being tested.  In the summer term there is an end of year exam. The performance in each of these assessments is important in helping to decide the most appropriate science set for each student. A parent mail will be sent that informs parents which topics will be assessed in this examination.

Year 7 – Curriculum

Find below details of the topics that are taught each term. These are taught on a rota system and so they may not be delivered in this order over the course of the term.

Autumn Term

  • 7D: Safe Science
  • 7E: Chemical Reactions
  • 7I: Forces and their Effects
  • 7A: Cells and Reproduction
  • 7G: Fuels and Energy Resources
  • 7B: Organisms and their Environment

Spring Term

  • 7C: Variation and Classification
  • 7H: Circuits
  • 7F: Particles
  • Thinking Science – a series of lessons that promote and develop thinking skills

Summer Term

  • 8D: Atoms elements and compounds
  • 8G: Magnets
  • End of Year Assessment
Year 8 – Assessment

The course is organised into different topics. At the end of each topic there is an assessment that is done in test conditions. To help you support your son or daughter the class teachers will send out a parent mail seven days before the test to let you know when the test is happening and which topic is being tested.  At the end of the autumn term there is an important examination. The results of this are used to help determine whether it is suitable for a student to follow the separate science course at GCSE or whether they would be more suited to following the dual award course. A parent mail will be sent that informs parents which topics will be assessed in this examination. There is also an end of year examination and the results of this may have an impact on setting for the following academic year.

Year 8 – Curriculum

Find below details of the topics that are taught each term. These are taught on a rota system and so they may not be delivered in this order over the course of the term.

Autumn Term

  • 8H: Sound
  • 8B: Respiration
  • 8A: Food and Digestion
  • 8E: Dissolving
  • 8C: Health and Disease
  • End of term assessment

Spring Term

  • 8I: Light
  • 9D: Energy and Electricity
  • 9A: Reactions of Metals
  • 9C: Plants and Photosynthesis
  • 9E: Speed and Moments

Summer Term

  • 9F: Space
  • 9G: The Rock Cycle
  • 9B: Inheritance and Selection
  • End of Year Assessment

Please note: this area of the website is currently undergoing updates

In the meantime, course information can be found HERE 

Please note: this area of the website is currently undergoing updates

In the meantime, course information can be found HERE 

Please note: this area of the website is currently undergoing updates

In the meantime, course information can be found HERE 

Please note: this area of the website is currently undergoing updates

In the meantime, course information can be found HERE 

GCSE and A level Science revision and exam preparation

These videos are intended as a “use at home” resource, to allow pupils to consolidate topics covered in class. However they are also suitable as stand alone revision videos when leading into topic tests and final exams.  I aim to highlight the major mistakes and misconceptions people make with each topic, and to emphasis the importance of key words, phrases and concepts.

This library of video’s will grow to encompass the entirety of GCSE combined, and Triple Science. Please feel free to email Mr Heys if you cant find a video on the topic you are looking for, and he will ensure it is the next one made.”

Why not subscribe to our YouTube channel to keep informed when we add further resources.

Option choice: GCSE Science

About GCSE Science
Science is a compulsory subject throughout Years 9, 10 and Year 11. The following information does not apply to students selecting the separate science GCSE course as one of their option choices.
At key stage 4 we offer courses in:

  • GCSE Science
  • GCSE Additional Science
  • BTEC Principles of Applied Science
  • BTEC Applications of Science

Our priority is to ensure that each student follows a course that will maximise their achievement and we will base our decision about which course pupils will follow on prior attainment, the progress made so far and how the pupil works in lessons.

How you are going to learn on this course:

All of these courses are general science courses and they enable pupils to study areas of biology, chemistry and physics as well as the role of science in society. Practical work is a key feature of all of these courses and pupils will be able to develop investigative and practical skills. You will undertake independent work and will also work in groups. Completion of all tasks to a high standard, full participation in lessons and completion of homework on time are all important if pupils are to reach their potential.

How it is assessed:
In Years 9 and 10, students follow either the GCSE Science course or the BTEC course. The GCSE Science course will be assessed by two exams at the end of Year 10 (both in May/June) and coursework (worth 25% of the final grade). By the end of Year 10, students will have completed this course and will be given a GCSE grade. Students who achieve a grade C on this course will study the GCSE Additional Science course in Year 11. The GCSE Additional Science course follows the same format as GCSE Science. Examinations are set at two levels: Higher tier and Foundation tier. The higher tier is aimed at students who are capable of achieving grades A*-C, whereas the foundation tier is aimed at grades C-G. The tier that you are entered for will be based upon how well you have done during the year. You will be entered for the higher tier if we think that you can achieve at least a grade B.

The BTEC courses are assessed predominantly through the completion of assignments that are marked and verified within school. Upon successful completion of the course, a student will be graded at pass, merit or distinction level. There is also a small examination to be taken as part of the BTEC course.

Pathways and careers leading from this subject:
Students who achieve an A grade in GCSE Additional Science are able to progress onto A level Biology, Chemistry or Physics courses. At Crompton House we also offer a level 3 BTEC course in Forensic Science (which is equivalent to one A level). To access this course, students would need to have achieved at grade C standard in their GCSEs or to have gained a merit on the BTEC science course.
Course combinations:

Studying science offers an excellent opportunity to practise and develop literacy, numeracy and ICT skills.

Other information:
The Science section of the school’s VLE has lots of interactive materials that cover the topics studied at key stage 4.  Some students following this course may be entered for Level 1 BTEC; however, students who would normally be expected to achieve GCSE grade C and above will be expected to complete a Level 2 BTEC at Pass level or above.
About GCSE Biology, Chemistry & Physics
For students who have a particular interest in and aptitude for the science subjects we offer the GCSE courses in biology, chemistry and physics as an option choice.

Choosing “separate science” will enable pupils to study each individual science subject in more detail, broadening and deepening an understanding of the sciences. As a consequence, this route is a superior and tailored preparation for students considering studying biology, chemistry or physics at A Level.

At the end of the course, students will be awarded an GCSE grade in each of the three science subjects.

How you are going to learn on this course:

You will be taught by three teachers who are specialists in biology, chemistry, or physics, for a total of twelve periods per fortnight. A great deal of practical work will be undertaken throughout the course. In previous years, we have run a three day field trip to Blencathra in the Lake District as part of this course. This has provided an excellent opportunity to develop the key practical skills needed in environmental biology and environmental chemistry.

How it is assessed:
All of the exams for the GCSE courses are at the end of Year 11. For each course there are two written examination papers: in addition to testing the content of the course, there are also questions which test the understanding of practical skills. There is no coursework or controlled assessment.
Pathways and careers leading from this subject:
The separate science subjects are highly valued by universities and employers. These subjects are of particular use for anyone considering a career in the scientific, engineering or medical professions. They are also valuable for those considering a career in law or finance.
Course combinations:

All professional scientists need to have good mathematical skills. To achieve high grades in the science subjects you will need to memorise, re-arrange and use scientific equations. You must also be able to plot and analyse graphs.

Other information:
This course is more challenging than the GCSE Science and Additional Science courses and so it is important that students discuss their suitability for this course with their science teacher; in addition, we require that students achieve a level 6a in the end of Key Stage 3 Science test if they are automatically to gain a place on this course.
Who to see for more information

Curriculum Team Leader: Mr J. Davies

Course teachers:
Miss Galloway (Head of Subject: Dual Science)
Dr E. O’Brien (Head of Subject: Biology)
Mr A. Guinan (Head of Subject: Chemistry)
Mr D. Gibson (Head of Subject: Physics)

You can speak to your Form Tutor, Head of House and Assistant Head of House for more advice.

GCSE Specification

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