Aims of the department
- To stimulate students interest and enjoyment of Science
- To enable students to communicate and apply their scientific knowledge
- To enable students to develop knowledge and practical skills which will allow them to explore and investigate the world of Science
- Develop pupil’s scientific literacy and numeracy skills
- Help students understand key scientific concepts to help solve problems
- Allow students to develop scientific methods of investigation
- Encourage students to develop their awareness of the importance of Science in everyday life, and appreciate the contribution science makes to social, moral and ethical issues.
- Allow students access to careers information in Science, Technology Engineering and Maths at various levels.
Key Stage Three
Students are taught through the exciting world of Kerboodle, a scheme of work specially developed to engage pupils in all disciplines of Science and give every pupil the opportunity to reach their full potential and beyond. Kerboodle is specially designed to complement the AQA GCSE course and give KS3 pupils the knowledge they need to excel at GCSE.
Every KS3 pupil will have access to their own individual online Kerboodle book alongside thousands of excellent resources they can access at home. Every KS3 pupil will also be offered a copy of the Kerboodle workbook on the school gateway at the start of year 7 complete with answers to encourage parents and guardians to promote independent study and to get involved at home.
During the course students will be provided with opportunities to develop their planning, observational and analytical skills in Science through scientific investigations. Each pupil will be provided with their own lab book to carry out investigations alongside a workbook for their notes. During the course of these investigations they will be encouraged to:
- Make predictions
- Make observations
- Use measuring instruments
- Interpret observations
- Solve problems
- Analyse data
- Evaluate scientific evidence
This will enable students to develop their knowledge and practical skills that allow them to explore the world of science.
How will students be assessed?
Throughout the course students will be assessed on their ability to identify, describe, explain, apply and link scientific concepts through banded activities and end of topic tests. Students will be set according to their learning behaviour, performance in class and end of unit tests alongside their target grades to ensure every learner is working in an environment which allows them to work to their full potential.
Our KS3 course runs until the Christmas of year 9 where they will then start the AQA GCSE syllabus.
Year 7 Topics
Building blocks - Forces 1 - Organisms 1 - Matter 1 - Energy 1 - Earth 1 - Genes 1 - Reactions 1 - Ecology 1
Year 8 Topics
Waves 1 - Matter 2 - Organisms 2 - Electromagnets 1 - Earth 2 - Energy 2 - Ecosystems 2 - Waves 2 - Electromagnets 2
Key Stage Four
During year 9 pupils at East Bergholt High School will be given a choice to take either Combined Science (2 GCSEs) or Triple Science (3 GCSEs). Combined Science students will be allocated 10 hours over two weeks in Science and Triple Science 15 hours over the same period.
What resources do we offer to help?
Pupils are required to carry out 21 required practical’s as part of the AQA syllabus. Every pupil regardless of their choice will be provided with an individual Lab Book for their experiments which includes GCSE questions and answers in the back alongside a working book for their written notes. The school will also provide an opportunity at the start of year 10 and again in year 11 to purchase revision resources specific to AQA at a discounted rate on the school gateway. Our department has also developed a Google Classroom (code - v6ec27b) whereby all of our revision resources including past papers and mark schemes are available. We also have bought into a packaged called Educake which is an online program designed to assess understanding through structured questions. This is a automatically marked and teachers often use this for homework or class assessment but students can create their own quizzes and use it as part of their revision strategy.
AQA Triple Science - GCSE Biology: AQA 8461, GCSE Chemistry: AQA 8462, GCSE Physics: AQA 8463
Where can I find more information?
More information about the course can be found using the links below.
Specimen paper questions can be found using the links below.
GCSE Combined Science – Trilogy: AQA 8464
Where can I find more information?
More information about the course can be found using the link below.
Specimen paper questions can be found using the link below.
Useful information on Science careers can be found using the links below.
GCSE Science Revision Support Video Tutorials
Useful revision support videos can be found using the links below.
GCSE Science Revision Support Websites
Useful revision support materials can be found using the links below.
Mr R. Lynch - Head of Key Stage 3
Mr J. Tutt - Leader of Work Related Learning
Mr M. Wilshaw - Year Leader
Mrs S. Reeve - Assistant Headteacher