Science

Science

INTRODUCTION

Science is a subject that links to most, if not all, careers. We aim to offer a curriculum that provides an engaging and inspiring springboard for our students’ aspirations, from medicine to agriculture to engineering and beyond.

We explore complex ideas in real-world contexts, whilst developing practical and analytical skills which are diverse enough to be developed into life-skills.

At City Academy Norwich, we have introduced a five year GCSE scheme of learning, where GCSE topics are taught in KS3 and developed and built upon in KS4 to enable students to be extremely successful in their science GCSE’s.

KS3

Science lessons at KS3 are designed to build the bridge between the knowledge, skills and techniques introduced at Key Stage 2 and GCSE. Content is delivered under the heading of 10 big ideas, which are listed below. Each idea contains four smaller topics; two of which are covered in year 7, two in year 8.

  • Forces
  • Electromagnetism
  • Energy
  • Waves
  • Matter
  • Reactions
  • Earth
  • Organisms
  • Ecosystems
  • Genes

Assessing Progress

Students’ progress is monitored throughout each of these topics, and then assessed using a variety of strategies and techniques following the topics’ completion.

KS4

Students will study and prepare for the GCSE examinations to be sat at the end of year 11.

AQA GSCE Combined Science (Trilogy) / Separate Science (Triple Science)

Assessment: Combined Science (Trilogy)

Paper 1        Biology 1                      1 hour 15 min
Paper 2        Biology 2                      1 hour 15 min
Paper 3        Chemistry 1                 1 hour 15 min
Paper 4        Chemistry 2                 1 hour 15 min
Paper 5        Physics 1                      1 hour 15 min
Paper 6        Physics 2                      1 hour 15 min

Assessment: Separate Science (Trilogy)

Paper 1        Biology 1                      1 hour 45 min
Paper 2        Biology 2                      1 hour 45 min
Paper 3        Chemistry 1                 1 hour 45 min
Paper 4        Chemistry 2                 1 hour 45 min
Paper 5        Physics 1                      1 hour 45 min
Paper 6        Physics 2                      1 hour 45 min

Assessing Progress

Tracking assessments at the end of every unit will continue regularly throughout years 9, 10 and 11. They will take the form of tests and practise examinations.  There will be a formal mock examination period during Autumn 2 and Spring 2 in year 11, and Summer 2 in year 10.

Homework

Compulsory homework is assigned every fortnight.  It is vital that these tasks are completed in the stated time-frame to ensure the full learning experience is covered.  Homework completion is viewed as essential for developing study skills and self-learning abilities.

Safeguarding

Throughout our curriculum we will provide activities and opportunities for children to develop the skills they need to identify risks and stay safe.  This will also be extended to include material that will encourage our children to develop essential life-skills.

Equipment

All students are expected to bring a pen, pencil, ruler and rubber in order to be prepared for learning.  In addition, it would be useful to have colouring pencils and a calculator.

ENRICHMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Various opportunities are provided to enhance and encourage students in their science studies. There is a weekly science club for KS3, and STEMM club for KS4 students. There are also trips to areas of scientific interest such as the Science Museum, Thorpe Park and Sizewell Nuclear Power Station. This year we are taking students to CERN in Switzerland for the first time to support physics learning and encourage understanding of cultural diversity. We also have organisations come to the school for enrichment days. These have included the Royal Engineers, exotic animal shows, planetariums and the National Space Centre.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES LINKED TO THIS SUBJECT

  • Engineers
  • The medical industry
  • Environmental scientists
  • Forensic scientist
  • Geologist
  • Meteorologist
  • Electrician
  • Pilot
  • Athletic trainer
  • Lawyer
  • Psychologist
  • Veterinarian
  • Marine biologist
  • Plant scientist
  • Architect
  • Physical therapist