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Science at KES KS3 & KS4 Courses. KES Science Department. KES Science Department. Teaching Staff Mr R Screen Head of Department/Chemistry Mr L Ware Deputy Head of Science Mr M Bradley Head of Physics Mr S Ibbitson Head of Biology Mrs D Chilton Key Stage 3 Co-Ordinator

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Science at KESKS3 & KS4 Courses

KES Science Department


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KES Science Department

Teaching Staff

Mr R Screen Head of Department/Chemistry

Mr L Ware Deputy Head of Science

Mr M Bradley Head of Physics

Mr S Ibbitson Head of Biology

Mrs D Chilton Key Stage 3 Co-Ordinator

Mr J Crowle Vocational Science Co-Ordinator

Mr J Astwick Mrs L McFarlane Mr M Mallett

Mrs S Wells Mrs J Coates Mr S Levine

Technicians

Mrs M Dyson Senior Technician

Mrs C Cooper Mrs J Davis Mrs C Tansley


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Science at KES

  • Science is a compulsory subject for all students at both KS3 and KS4

  • In KS3 (Years 7-9) all pupils have three science lessons each week. This course prepares for the SAT’s exam at the end of KS3.

  • In KS 4 (Years 10-11) most pupils have five science lessons each week. This leads in Year 10 to a Core Science GCSE course, whilst in Year 11 students do either an Additional Science GCSE or Additional Applied Science GCSE.

  • Some students opt to do Extra Science in Years 10 & 11. These students do seven periods of Science a week leading to separate GCSE’s in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.


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The KS3 Science Course

  • The course has been developed in school and is based on the principles and content of the National Strategy for KS3 from QCA. It covers all the 36 modules outlined in the QCA scheme of work. (www.qca.org.uk)

  • Students study topics in physics, chemistry, biology and geology over the three years of the course which combine together to produce a balanced science course.


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How is student progress assessed in the KS3 science course?

  • Work is continually assessed throughout the course.

  • This assessment is part of normal lessons and homework and will include assessing thinking skills, practical skills, problem solving and subject knowledge.

  • From time to time there will be more formal ‘milestone’ assessments of the work covered to enable students, parents and the school to be able to compare progress towards individual students target grades.

  • These formal assessments take the place of traditional exams and happen five times a year in years 7 & 8 and three times in Year 9.

  • The results of these assessments are used to determine the setting for science groups which takes place in years 8 & 9. (In year 7 pupils are taught in mixed ability form groups.)


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What do I need for the KS3 Science course?

  • For each of the first three years, students are provided with a coursework book which takes the place of a traditional text book. This contains all the essential subject knowledge, together with a variety of questions and problems to reinforce and extend the work covered

  • Students also have an exercise book in which they can use to make a record of the additional work they have covered in lessons.

  • It is helpful if students can bring essential writing equipment (pen, pencil & ruler) and a calculator to all science lessons


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The final KS3 SAT’s Exams

  • These are taken in May of year 9

  • There are two written exams and a teacher assessment

  • There are two levels of entry

    levels 5-7 levels 3-6

    A students prior performance will determine the level a student is entered for

  • Optional after-school revision classes are run in science on the run in to the final exams for those students who wish to attend.


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The Year 10 Core Science Course

  • Exam Board AQA Syllabus Number 4411

  • Most students follow this course in years 10. It leads to a GCSE in Core Science.

  • The course is made up of six modules, (two biology, two physics and two chemistry), examined by objective style tests held in November, March & June of Year 10. Each module makes up 12.5% of the final marks. Students also complete an Individual Skills Assessment (ISA) which makes up the final 25% of the marks.

  • Students have five science lessons every week, one of which is a skills based lesson preparing for the ISA.

  • Full details of this course including the full syllabus and past exam papers can be found at the following web sites.

    Course www.aqa.org.uk/qual/gcse/sciencea.php

    Past Paperswww.aqa.org.uk/qual/gcse/newscience/extassess.php


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The Year 11 Additional Science GCSE Course

  • Exam Board AQA Syllabus Number 4463

  • This course is taken by Year 11 students who might wish to go on to take science subjects at A-Level or do a job involving science.

  • Students take modules in Biology, Physics & Chemistry which each make up 25% of the final marks. Another Individual Skills Assessment (ISA) makes up the final 25% of the marks.

  • Each Module is examined by a structured question test taken in June of Year 11 (3x45min exams). The ISA is completed in normal lesson time.

  • Students have five lesson a week, one of which is a skills based lesson which prepares for the ISA.

  • Full details of this course and past papers can be obtained from the following web sites

  • Syllabus www.aqa.org.uk/qual/gcse/newscience/adscience.php

  • Past Papers www.aqa.org.uk/qual/gcse/newscience/extassess.php


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The Year 11 Additional Applied Science GCSE Course

  • Syllabus AQA Syllabus Number 4863

  • This is a vocational GCSE course designed for those students who will not be taking A-Levels in science based subjects and who are unlikely to do a job which has a scientific background. Is has less emphasis on written exams but includes a portfolio of coursework in the final assessment.

  • Topics covered include Forensic Science, Sports Science & Food Science. These are examined in a written exam taken in June and worth 40% of final marks

  • There is a laboratory based coursework investigation worth 40% of final marks and a Science in the Workplace Report which is worth 20% of the final marks.

  • Full details of this course can be obtained from the following web sites

  • Course www.aqa.org.uk/qual/gcse/newscience/adappscience.php

  • Exam www.aqa.org.uk/qual/gcse/newscience/extassess/php


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Year 10 & 11 GCSE courses in Biology, Physics & Chemistry

  • This course is followed by students who opt for Extra Science in Years 10 & 11.

  • Exam Syllabii Biology AQA 4411

    Chemistry AQA 4421

    Physics AQA 4451

  • Students have 2 lessons of each science subject and a skills lesson per week.

  • Asessment

    2 multiple-choice exams per subject taken in Year 10 25%

    2 structured exams per subject taken in year 11 50%

    An Individual Skills Asessment (ISA) per subject 25%

  • Further details about these courses can be obtained from the following web sites

    Syllabus Biology www.aqa.org.uk/qual/gcse/newscience/biology.php

    Chemistry www.aqa.org.uk/qual/gcse/newscience/chemistry.php

    Physics www.aqa.org.uk/qual/gcse/newscience/physics.php

    Exams All www.aqa.org.uk/qual/gcse/newscience/extassess/php


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What do I need for the KS4 Science Courses?

  • Students are provided with a coursework book for all courses. These replace the traditional text book and contain all the specific subject content required for each course. The students can annotate these books during the course to add additional information as they think fit.

  • Students will also be provided with an exercise book to record work done in lessons or as part of homework.

  • Students require the usual writing equipment together with a calculator.