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Science

Vision Statement:

Our vision is to enthuse our students about Science, shaping the next generation of scientists so that they are well equipped for the STEM careers of the future. We're committed to providing an exciting, engaging and relevant curriculum, delivered by subject specialists, which is supported by a diverse offering of extra-curricular opportunities.

Staffing List 2019-20

Dr Wilson

Head of Science, Acting Assistant Headteacher

Miss Laine

Second in Science, NQT mentor
 Mr Dunn Teacher of Science
 Mrs Gray Teacher of Science, Assistant Headteacher
 Dr Hall Teacher of Science, Assistant Headteacher
 Mr Hamilton Teacher of Science, SCITT mentor

Ms Horne

Science Technician

Mr Mead

Teacher of Science
 Mrs Ramsay Teacher of Science

Mrs Romain

Teacher of Science, School professional mentor (ITT programme)

Mrs Wall

Senior Science Technician

At a glance

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Key Stage 3 Curriculum Overview

Key Stage 4 Curriculum Overview

Curriculum in detail - KS3

Students study Key Stage 3 Science during Years 7 and 8, studying topics from Biology, Chemistry, and Physics. Our Key Stage 3 curriculum covers all of the science content specified in the National Curriculum at Key Stage 3, balancing the development of scientific knowledge and skills so that students are well-prepared for their future studies in Science.

Key Stage 3 Science covers the science content specified in the National Curriculum. The text books we use to support our Key Stage 3 provision are Activate 1 and Activate 2, published by Oxford University Press.

How will it be assessed?

Students' learning is regularly assessed during lessons, with formal assessments being completed at the end of each term. The end of term assessments test the content taught during that term, which is from specified Biology, Chemistry, and Physics topics (see below). To assist students in their preparations for these tests, topic checklists are available for students to download from TCS SharePoint, detailing the key ideas that students need to know for that particular topic.

Throughout the year, class teachers will use student classwork, homework, and end of term assessments to assess whether a student's knowledge is emerging, secure, or advanced; the result of this assessment is then shared with students and parents via the Year 7 and 8 Progress Reports, which are emailed home.

Curriculum in detail - GCSE Combined Science

Students will begin their Key Stage 4 Science course during Year 9 and will study topics from Biology, Chemistry, and Physics.

How will it be assessed?

All GCSEs are now linear rather than modular. This means that all exams will take place at the end of the course. There is no coursework component, although practical lessons will help prepare students to answer questions in the exams.

Most students will study for GCSE Combined Science trilogy (AQA 8464), which is equivalent to a double award, graded on a 17 point scale, from 1-1 to 5-5 for Foundation Tier, and 4-4 to 9-9 for Higher Tier.

There are six papers: two biology, two chemistry and two physics. Each of the papers will assess knowledge and understanding from distinct topic areas.

Biology Paper 1: Topics B1 – 4

Biology Paper 2: Topics B5 – 7

Chemistry Paper 1: Topics C1 – 5

Chemistry Paper 2: Topics C6 – 10

Physics Paper 1: Topics P1-4

Physics Paper 2: Topics P5 – 7

All the above papers consist of:

  • Written Exam: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • 70 marks
  • 16.7% of GCSE

Mathematical skills will be tested in a minimum of 10% of marks in biology; 20% in chemistry; and 30% in physics.

Working scientifically will be tested in 15% of marks, relating to the 21 required practical activities students will complete during this course.

Each paper will consist of multiple choice, structured, closed short answer, and open response questions. Students can be entered at either the Foundation or Higher Tier.

Subject Content

Biology Paper 1: Topics B1 – 4

Biology Paper 2: Topics B5 – 7

  • B1: Cell Biology
  • B2: Organisation
  • B3: Infection and Response
  • B4: Bioenergetics
  • B5: Homeostasis and response
  • B6: Inheritance, variation and evolution
  • B7: Ecology

Chemistry Paper 1: Topics C1 – 5

Chemistry Paper 2: Topics C6 – 10

  • C1: Atomic structure and the periodic table
  • C2: Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter
  • C3: Quantitative chemistry
  • C4: Chemical changes
  • C5: Energy changes
  • C6: The rate and extent of chemical change
  • C7: Organic chemistry
  • C8: Chemical analysis
  • C9: Chemistry of the atmosphere
  • C10: Using resources

Physics Paper 1: Topics P1 – 4

Physics Paper 2: Topics P5 – 7

  • P1: Energy
  • P2: Electricity
  • P3: Particle model of matter
  • P4: Atomic structure
  • P5: Forces
  • P6: Waves
  • P7: Magnetism and electromagnetism

Curriculum in detail - GCSE Separate Sciences (triple)

Students will begin their Key Stage 4 Science course during Year 9 and will study topics from Biology, Chemistry, and Physics.

How will it be assessed?

All GCSEs are now linear rather than modular. This means that all exams will take place at the end of the course. There is no coursework component, although practical lessons will help prepare students to answer questions in the exams.

Separate sciences comprise GCSE Biology, GCSE Chemistry and GCSE Physics, graded from 4-9 for Higher Tier. Students are awarded three distinct GCSE grades, one grade for each science subject.

There are six papers: two per GCSE. Each of the papers will assess knowledge and understanding from distinct topic areas.

Biology Paper 1: Topics B1 – 4

Biology Paper 2: Topics B5 – 7

Chemistry Paper 1: Topics C1 – 5

Chemistry Paper 2: Topics C6 – 10

Physics Paper 1: Topics P1 – 4

Physics Paper 2: Topics P5 – 8

All the above papers consist of:

  • Written Exam: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • 100 marks
  • 50% of GCSE

Mathematical skills will be tested in a minimum of 10% of marks in biology; 20% in chemistry; and 30% in physics.

Working scientifically will be tested in 15% of marks, relating to the 24 required practical activities students will complete during this course.

Each paper will consist of multiple choice, structured, closed short answer, and open response questions. Students can be entered at either the Foundation or Higher Tier.

Subject Content

Biology Paper 1: Topics B1 – 4

Biology Paper 2: Topics B5 – 7

  • B1: Cell biology
  • B2: Organisation
  • B3: Infection and response
  • B4: Bioenergetics
  • B5: Homeostasis and response
  • B6: Inheritance, variation and evolution
  • B7: Ecology

Chemistry Paper 1: Topics C1 – 5

Chemistry Paper 2: Topics C6-10

  • C1: Atomic structure and the periodic table
  • C2: Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter
  • C3: Quantitative chemistry
  • C4: Chemical changes
  • C5: Energy changes
  • C6: The rate and extent of chemical change
  • C7: Organic chemistry
  • C8: Chemical analysis
  • C9: Chemistry of the atmosphere
  • C10: Using resources

Physics Paper 1: Topics P1 – 4

Physics Paper 2: Topics P5 – 8

  • P1: Energy
  • P2: Electricity
  • P3: Particle model of matter
  • P4: Atomic structure
  • P5: Forces
  • P6: Waves
  • P7: Magnetism and electromagnetism
  • P8: Space physics

GCSE specifications

GCSE Combined Science trilogy specification - double award

  • Exam board: AQA
  • Specimen papers and mark schemes for Combined Science are available for download from the AQA website pages for GCSE Combined Science.

GCSE Biology specification - separate science award (triple)

GCSE Chemistry specification - GCSE separate science award (triple)

GCSE Physics specification - GCSE separate science award (triple)

Resources to support my child

CGP revision guides, workbooks, and flash cards: ensure that you purchase materials for the correct level (higher or foundation) and for the correct specification for your child (AQA 9-1 GCSE Maths). Opportunities to buy revision guides through the school are available to students and their parents early in year 10.

BBC Bitesize: ensure that students use content aimed at the correct level for their year and key stage.

TCS SharePoint – Students (Student Portal) – Subjects – Maths will provide subject links to GCSE revision resources for the Higher and Foundation Tiers. Downloadable content and other revision media are available here. Within these areas Students will find some useful resources particularly for GCSE revision, details of which will be communicated to parents and students at the appropriate time prior to the summer examinations. Students will need to use their school ICT username and password to access TCS SharePoint and Teams. 

Additionally the following may prove very useful:-

www.mymaths.co.uk (Main homework website and a revision area)

www.ttrockstars.com (Times tables rock stars website – use mymaths login)

www.mathsgenie.co.uk (GCSE Revision Section)

www.mrbartonmaths.com (Free revision and help for students)

www.corbettmaths.com (Lots of resources for revision and practise)

www.mathedup.co.uk  (GCSE Takeaway section)

www.cgpbooks.co.uk (KS3 and KS4 Revision, workbooks, revision cards and more)

www.drfrostmaths.com (Resources KS4/5 Revision area for higher students)

How can I support my child at home?

  • Encourage your child to read around the subject - looking at scientific articles in the news or reading interesting articles from publications such as New Scientist are a great way for students to develop their understanding of science.
  • Promote the outreach activities we have on offer within the Science Department - these are a great way for students to experience science in a different context and to explore the opportunities careers in science can offer.
  • Ensure your child is using their revision guide to prepare for unit tests and exams.
  • Check they are doing their homework, ask to see it.
  • Test their mathematical skills, and ensure they have memorised the equations list.
  • Encourage the weekly production of mind maps or revision cards, and completion of practice exam questions.
  • Students should make use of mark schemes to check any practice papers or exam questions they have completed so that they can identify where they have gained and lost marks - a great deal can be gained from unpicking questions and understanding what marks are awarded for.

Extra-curricular activities

The Science department organises a variety of extra-curricular activities for students. A selection of activities we have run include:

  • Science club - run by Mr Mead during Wednesday lunchtime.
  • STEM club - run by Mrs Romain during Thursday lunchtime.
  • Participation in the Teen Tech Awards, where students have made it through to the finals in London.
  • Trips to STEM events, such as Teen Tech Hampshire, the Festival of Engineering, and AWE Engineering Challenge.
  • Visits from STEM companies, such as Whitchurch-based ioLight, designers and manufacturers of pocket digital microscopes, and Basingstoke-based AirProducts, an industrial gas and chemical supplier.
  • Science shows for students, friends, and family.

Further information

For more details, please contact Dr Wilson, Head of Science, at: r.wilson@testbourne.school