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Science

Overview

At Springwell Community College, students follow a varied and interesting range of topics in Science. The topics covered at Key Stage 3 are chosen to engage students in the subject and to grow their enthusiasm for it. They are also based around teaching students the core concepts for Science; key ideas and practical investigations.

At Key Stage 4 we follow the Edexcel GCSE specification. We start to deliver this as subtle units in Year 9 where we focus on the overarching skills and concepts that students will need for the GCSE. This is then followed by two years in Year 10 and Year 11 where students explore the GCSE course fully. 

 

Key Stage 3

At Key Stage 3 we deliver a wide range of subjects. Key Stage 3 is mostly delivered in Year 7 and Year 8.  Year 9 is based around preparing students for the challenges of the GCSE course. In Key Stage 3, students will cover all of the disciplines; physics, biology, chemistry.

Students will get to conduct a variety of practical investigations, as well as covering theory in the classroom. Some opportunities for trips are also given. 

 

Year 7

In Year 7 we cover:

  • Acids and Alkalis
  • Atoms, Elements, Mixtures and Solutions
  • Cells, Health, Disease and Reproduction
  • Force, energy, pressure and moments
  • Space
  • Variation, classification, environment and ecology 

 

Year 8

In Year 8, we cover:

  • Body Systems, Food and Digestion
  • Compounds, reactions, fuels and heat
  • Electricity and magnetism
  • Plants, photosynthesis
  • Rocks and geology
  • Sound, light and waves  

 

The AQA syllabus uses big ideas and mastery goals to equip students for success at GCSE.

 

Year 9

In Year 9, students start to engage with the GCSE specification where they are taught very the overarching concepts from the course. This involves students in the key areas of the GCSE whilst giving them extra time to start to better understand the demands and nature of the specification. 

 

Key Stage 4

Over Key Stage 4 (Year 10 and Year 11), students study the Edexcel specification for GCSE. Students cover a wide range of topics covering the three disciplines of Chemistry, Biology and Physics.

Alongside this, students across both Year 10 and Year 11 learn about how to work scientifically through the four enquiry processes:

  • Analysis; presentation of data, analysing patterns, drawing conclusions and discussing limitations.
  • Communicate; constructing explanations, communicating ideas, critiquing claims and justifying opinions.
  • Enquire; consisting of devising questions, testing hypotheses, planning to control variables and collecting data.
  • Solve; consisting of estimating risks, examining consequences, interrogating sources and understanding how scientific ideas change over time.

Students also have the option of studying for the Triple Award. This will be discussed towards the end of Year 9 once students have started to explore the content of the GCSE. 

 

Facilities

We are situated in discover pod where we have access to 6 large labs and 2 technician rooms. We are fully resourced to conduct experiments/practicals. We also have access to a wide range of ICT including laptops and iPads. 

 

Enrichment

Students are offered the opportunity to take part in a variety of trips over Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 including The Yorkshire Wildlife Park and Jodrell Bank.