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Science

Staffing and Role

Dr Wilson

Head of Science, Associate 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

Mrs Wall

Senior Science Technician

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.

KS3 Science

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.

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.

Subject Content - Year 7

Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term
Cells (Biology) Body systems (Biology) Reproduction (Biology)
Particles (Chemistry) Reactions (Chemistry) Acids & alkalis (Chemistry)
Elements (Chemistry) Sound (Physics) Forces (Physics)
Space (Physics) Light (Physics)  

Subject Content - Year 8

Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term
Health & lifestyle (Biology) Adaptations (Biology) Ecosystems (Biology)
Periodic table (Chemistry) Separation techniques (Chemistry) The Earth (Chemistry)
Metals & acids (Chemistry) Electricity & magnetism (Physics) Energy (Physics)
Motion & pressure (Physics)    

 

GCSE Combined Science - AQA trilogy

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.

This qualification 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

GCSE Separate Sciences - AQA Biology, Chemistry, and Physics

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.

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 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 – 8

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

Which resources can support my child?

CGP revision guides, workbooks, and flash cards: ensure that you purchase the correct level and specification for your child - check the course specific information above. Opportunities to buy revision guides through the school are regularly available to students and their parents.

BBC Bitesize: ensure that students use content aimed at the correct level - KS3 for Y7 and Y8, GCSE (AQA) for Y9, Y10, and Y11.

Senecalearning.com: ensure that students add the correct courses when registering for Seneca (AQA GCSE Combined Science or AQA Biology, Chemistry, and Physics). Class teachers can provide students with a class code which will enable students to join their class, adding the relevant courses automatically, giving teachers the ability to monitor the time spent revising on Seneca by each student.

Revision resources on TCS SharePoint, Teams, and PiXL Independence (GCSE students). Students will need to use their school ICT username and password to access TCS SharePoint and Teams. PiXL Independence login details for GCSE students can be obtained from class teachers.

How can I support my child?

  • 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

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:
http://global.oup.com/education/content/secondary/series/activate/

GCSE specifications, specimen papers and mark schemes are available for download from the AQA website for the GCSE Combined Science course:
http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/combined-science-trilogy-8464

or here for GCSE Separate Science courses:
http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/biology-8461
http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/chemistry-8462
http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/physics-8463