Science

The word "science" comes from the Latin "scientia," meaning knowledge. Science helps us to understand the world around us and helps us prepare for the future.

Science at The Kingswinford School is taught in the three subject areas Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

  • Biology is the study of the natural world and the living organisms it contains.
  • Chemistry is the study of how substances interact with each other in chemical reactions.
  • Physics is the study of matter and energy and how they interact with each other.

The study of Science is more than just learning facts. The study of Science involves getting the students to start to use the Scientific method. The Scientific method involves the key principles of observation, recording, analysis and evaluation.

The study of Science at GCSE can obviously lead to further study post 16. Fields that require Science include Medicine, Engineering and Education.

Meet The Curriculum Area

The Kingswinford School Science Curriculum Area consists of a dedicated team of 8 teachers and 4 support staff who work together to make one of the most successful Science curriculum areas in Dudley.

  • Mr S Callaghan - Curriculum Leader / Responsible for the Science Department / Teacher of Science
  • Ms S Felton - Teacher of Science / Responsible for Key Stage Three in Science / AEN link for Science
  • Mr M Bills - Science College Community Coordinator / Teacher of Science /Extra-curricular activities
  • Mrs D Castle - Teacher of Science / Head of Helium house
  • Mrs L Powell - Teacher of Science / Responsibilities in PSHCEE
  • Mrs R Cresswell - Teacher of Science
  • Miss K Ward - Teacher of Science
  • Mrs S Jones - Curriculum Assistant Teacher
  • Mr M Patel - Senior Technician
  • Mrs S Wall - Technical support
  • Mrs H Perks - Science College Resource Assistant

Key Stage 3

Year 7

Students in Year 7 are taught in mixed ability teaching groups. From September students will be following a combined scheme of work designed to cover the requirements of the new National Curriculum document. The programme of study is based on the Activate scheme published by Oxford University Press.

The topics to be covered during Year 7 are:

  • Cells
  • Structures and Formation of body systems
  • Reproduction
  • Particles and their behaviour
  • Elements, atoms and compounds
  • Reactions
  • Acids and alkalis
  • Forces
  • Light
  • Sound
  • Space

Students are assessed both formally and informally, using a mixture of teacher assessment and testing. Great care is taken to ensure that individuals are supported in their learning to help maximise the progress that they make.

Year 8

Students in Year 8 are taught in mixed ability teaching groups. From September students will be following a combined scheme of work designed to cover the requirements of the new National Curriculum document. The programme of study is based on the Activate scheme published by Oxford University Press.

The topics to be covered during Year 8 are:

  • Health and Lifestyle
  • Ecosystem Processes
  • Adaptation and inheritance
  • Periodic Table
  • Seperation Techniques
  • Metals and Acids
  • The Earth
  • Electricity and Magnetism
  • Energy
  • Motion and Pressure

Students are assessed both formally and informally, using a mixture of teacher assessment and testing.

Year 9

Students in Year 9 are taught in mixed ability teaching groups. From September students will be following a combined scheme of work designed to cover the requirements of the new National Curriculum document. The programme of study is based on the Activate scheme published by Oxford University Press.

The topics to be covered during Year 9 are:

  • New Technology
  • Detection
  • Turning points in Biology
  • Turning points in Chemistry
  • Turning points in Physics
Key Stage 4

Year 10

Students in Year 10 will either follow the specifications for AQA GCSE Biology, AQA GCSE Chemistry and AQA GCSE Physics or the specifications for AQA GCSE Science A and GCSE Additional Science. The Students made the decision regarding which suite of qualifications they would take during the options process in Year 9. The assessment weighting for each of the GCSE specifications is 75% examination; there are three papers each contributing 25% of the total assessment, the remaining 25% is assessed by the internal controlled assessment activity. The written papers will be completed at the end of Year 11, the controlled assessment activities will be completed at various points during Years 10 and 11.

Year 11

The students in Year 11 will be continuing to follow the pathway that they were placed on during Year 10.

The options being:

  • Separate GCSEs in OCR 21st century Biology, Chemistry and Physics
  • AQA GCSE Science A and AQA GCSE Addiotional Science A

Each of the GCSE courses is assessed through a combination of written formal examinations and internally assessed controlled assessment activities. The assessment weighting for each of the GCSE specifications is 75% examination; there are three papers each contributing 25% of the total assessment, the remaining 25% is assessed by the internal controlled assessment activity. The written papers will be completed at the end of Year 11, the controlled assessment activities will be completed at various points during Years 10 and 11.

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