Science

Welcome to the Kenilworth School and Sixth Form Science Department. As one of the largest departments in the school, we are a highly driven and dedicated team of 19 specialist Science teachers supported by 5 skilled Science technicians.

As a department we strive to present Science as a way of understanding nature, as a challenging and satisfying intellectual study, a coherent body of knowledge and, through its manipulation of natural forces, a means of improving people's lives.

Our aim is simple; to inspire, enthuse and excite students of all ages, abilities and interests.

Whilst we consistently achieve excellent examination results at GCSE and A Level, we also aim to broaden students’ understanding and appreciation of Science in our ever-evolving technological world by not just teaching to the specification but allowing students to express their ideas, providing them with a platform to both ask and find answers to their own thought-provoking questions.

We encourage students to be resourceful in finding out the answers to complex questions, reflective in their own analysis of experimental data by building and developing conclusions to scientific investigation. We inspire students to be responsible learners by improving their literacy skills and their ability to be effective and efficient learners, helping all students understand what it takes to be a good independent learner by developing their meta-cognitive skills. Science lessons here at Kenilworth encourage students to be active and collaborative learners, where resilience and reasoning are promoted and nurtured. We believe in facilitation rather than dictation and allow students to formulate their own ideas, help one another and feel confident in offering verbal contributions whether they be right or wrong. A positive and stimulating learning environment is central to all that we offer.

We aim to promote both literacy and mathematics in our Science lessons where students understand the value of good spelling, punctuation and grammar plus the importance of showing all mathematical working. We aim to develop students’ ability to answer longer 6-mark questions from the beginning of year 7 through to the GCSE examinations. In addition, feedback is very important to us and we use the F.A.R. marking method (Feedback, Action, Response) and D.I.R.T. (Directed Improvement Reflection Time) as a means for helping students improve their written work.

The Science team at here Kenilworth school are whole-heartedly passionate about the subject and we aim to captivate, engage and inspire students by demonstrating the applications of Science in our every-day lives. Our mission is to leave students fascinated and absorbed by the complexities of Scientific phenomena through lessons which create a sense of awe and wonder.

Mr M. Jones

Head of Science

 

Science at Key Stage 3:

 

Students study all 3 Science disciplines in both year 7 and 8 which build upon the principles and ideas learnt at Key Stage 2.

Year 7:

In year 7 students are taught Science 3 hours each week in their mixed ability tutor groups. The following Science topics are covered during student’s first year at Kenilworth School following the Kerboodle Activate Scheme of Work.

 

Autumn term

Biology

Cells

Chemistry

Particles

Physics

Forces

 

 

Spring term

Biology

Body systems

Chemistry

Atoms, elements, compounds

Physics

Sound

Biology

Reproduction

 

 

Summer term

Chemistry

Chemical reactions

Physics

Light

Chemistry

Acids & alkalis

Physics

Space

 

Year 8:

In year 8 students are taught Science 3 hours each week in sets. The year group is split into thirds where there are 3 sets in each third. Setting is based upon assessment results throughout the year and the end of year 7 summer exam.

Tutor groups C, D, E

Tutor groups F, G, H

Tutor groups J, K, L

Sets 1 - 3

Sets 1 - 3

Sets 1 - 3

 

The following Science topics are covered during student’s second year at Kenilworth School following the Kerboodle Activate Scheme of Work.

 

Autumn term

Biology

Health & lifestyle

Chemistry

The periodic Table

Physics

Electricity & magnetism

 

 

Spring term

Biology

Ecosystems

Chemistry

Separation techniques

Physics

Energy

 

 

Summer term

Biology

Adaptation & inheritance

Chemistry

Metals & acids

Physics

Motion & pressure

Chemistry

The Earth

 

Science at key stage 4:

 

Students start the GCSE Science course at the beginning of year 9 where we follow the AQA specification.

Whilst there are 2 pathways in which students can study Science at GCSE (The ‘Separate Science’ pathway or the ‘Combined Science’ pathway (Trilogy)), during year 9 all students cover the same content. This allows us to determine which is the most suitable pathway for each student come the start of year 10.

 

Year 9:

In year 9 students are taught Science 5 hours each week in sets. The year group is split into 2 parallel halves (‘North’ and ‘South’) where there are 6 sets in each half. Setting is based upon assessment results throughout the year and the end of year 8 exam.

North

Tutor groups C, D, E, F, G

South

Tutor groups H, J, K, L, M

Sets 1 - 6

Sets 1 - 6

 

The following Science topics are covered during student’s third year at Kenilworth School following the AQA ‘Science A’ Specification:

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/combined-science-trilogy-8464

 

[Please note: The order in which we teach the GCSE topics during years 9-11 is currently being reviewed in readiness for September, 2018. This website will be updated once decisions have been finalised.]

 

Year 10 & 11:

In year 10, those students chosen to study Separate Science (sets 1 & 2) are taught 2 hours of Biology, 2 hours of Chemistry and 2 hours of Physics each week.

Those students studying Combined Science (sets 3-6) are taught topics across Biology, Chemistry and Physics 5 hours each week.

Once again, the year group is split into 2 parallel halves (‘North’ and ‘South’) where there are 6 sets in each half. Setting in year 10 is based upon assessment results throughout year 9 and the end of year 9 summer exam.

Summary:

Separate Science pathway

Combined Science (Trilogy) pathway

Sets 1 & 2

Sets 3-6

6 Science lessons per week

5 Science lessons per week

Higher and Foundation papers available

Higher and Foundation papers available

3 separate GCSE grades will be awarded

2 GCSE grades will be awarded combining all 3 Sciences

10½ hours of examination (across 6 papers)

7½ hours of examination (across 6 papers)

No coursework, 100% exam

No coursework, 100% exam

 

The Separate Science Pathway:

 

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/biology-8461

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/chemistry-8462

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/physics-8463

 

Biology

Chemistry

Physics

Paper 1

Paper 2

Paper 1

Paper 2

Paper 1

Paper 2

1hr 45

1hr 45

1hr 45

1hr 45

1hr 45

1hr 45

100 marks

100 marks

100 marks

100 marks

100 marks

100 marks

Weighting:

50%

Weighting:

50%

Weighting:

50%

Weighting:

50%

Weighting:

50%

Weighting:

50%

T o t a l     1 0 0 %     e x a m

T o t a l     1 0 0 %     e x a m

T o t a l     1 0 0 %     e x a m

-Cell Biology

-Organisation

-Infection & Response

-Bioenergetics

-Homeostasis

-Inheritance

-Variation & Evolution

-Ecology

-Atomic structure

-Periodic Table

-Bonding

-Structure

-Properties of matter

-Quantitative Chemistry

-Chemical changes

-Energy changes

-Rates

-Extent of chemical change

-Organic Chemistry

-Chemical analysis

-Atmosphere

-Using resources

-Energy

-Electricity

-Particle models

-Atomic structure

-Forces

-Waves

-Magnetism

-Electro-magnetism

-Space Physics

 

Key points:

  • There is no longer any coursework element, the final grade is compromised solely on exam performance.
  • Students have undertaken 8 Biology Core Practical experiments, 8 Chemistry and 8 Physics over the GCSE course of which 15% of the exam marks in each separate subject will be based upon.
  • 10% of the Biology exams marks will test mathematics skills.
  • 20% of the Chemistry exams marks will test mathematics skills.
  • 30% of the Physics exams marks will test mathematics skills.

 

The new grading system:

  • The marks achieved on each of the 2 papers for each separate subject will be added together to give a total.
  • This total will then be matched up to a 9-point scale.
  • Students can therefore achieve a grade 1-9 for each separate subject (and hence 3 separate grades overall).
  • These 2 GCSE grades achieved will be one of the following:

 

Grade available on Higher paper

 

 

 

9 ;      8  ;      7 ;      6 ;      5 ;      4 ;      3 ;      2 ;      1

Grade available on Foundation paper

 

 

 

Example:

A student may achieve the following 3 GCSE grades:            Biology                         –          Grade 8

Chemistry                    –          Grade 5

Physics                        –          Grade 7

 

 

The Combined Science pathway:

 

 

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/combined-science-trilogy-8464

Biology

Chemistry

Physics

Paper 1

Paper 2

Paper 1

Paper 2

Paper 1

Paper 2

1hr 15

1hr 15

1hr 15

1hr 15

1hr 15

1hr 15

70 marks

70 marks

70 marks

70 marks

70 marks

70 marks

Weighting: 16.7%

Weighting: 16.7%

Weighting: 16.7%

Weighting: 16.7%

Weighting: 16.7%

Weighting: 16.7%

T   o   t   a   l         1   0   0   %         e   x   a   m

-Cell Biology

-Organisation

-Infection & Response

-Bioenergetics

-Homeostasis

-Inheritance

-Variation & Evolution

-Ecology

-Atomic structure

-Periodic Table

-Bonding

-Structure

-Properties of matter

-Quantitative Chemistry

-Chemical changes

-Energy changes

-Rates

-Extent of chemical change

-Organic Chemistry

-Chemical analysis

-Atmosphere

-Using resources

-Energy

-Electricity

-Particle models

-Atomic structure

-Forces

-Waves

-Magnetism

-Electro-magnetism

 

 

Key points:

  • There is no longer any coursework element, the final grade is compromised solely on exam performance.
  • Students have undertaken 16 Core Practical experiments over the GCSE course of which 15% of the exam marks will be based upon.
  • A proportion of each exam will test mathematics skills.
  • This Combined Science pathway represents 2 GCSE qualifications.

 

The new GCSE grading system:

  • The student will gain two GCSE grades.
  • The marks achieved on each of the 6 papers will be added together to give an overall total.
  • This total will then be matched up to a 17-point scale meaning students will achieve 2 GCSE grades which will be one of the following:

 

 

The grade pair available on Higher paper

 

 

 

9,9 ; 8,9 ; 8,8 ; 7,8 ; 7,7 ; 6,7 ; 6,6 ; 5,6 ; 5,5 ; 4,5 ; 4,4 ; 3,4 ; 3,3 ; 2,3 ; 2,2 ; 1,2 ; 1,1

The grade pair available on Foundation paper

 

 

 

 

  • Therefore, in summary, the 2 grades will be based upon all 6 papers combined.
  • It will not be possible to achieve two non-consecutive grades; a grade 7 and a grade 3 for example.

 

 

 

A Level requirement to study Sciences

at Kenilworth School Sixth Form:

 

  • Both pathways allow entry to study any of the 3 Sciences at A-Level.
  • To study any Science at A-Level you must achieve the following minimum standard:

 

  • Grade 6 or above in GCSE Mathematics.
  • Plus, grade 6 or above (Separate Science) in the specific chosen A-Level Science.
  • Or, grade 6,6 or above (Combined Science).

 

 

British Science Week:

 

Each year we celebrate British Science Week by offering a wide variety of exciting activities to students in all year groups. Some examples include:

  • Monitoring penguin movements and numbers in Antarctica.
  • Walking the Solar System using the smartphone app.
  • Dissections.
  • Dry ice demonstrations.
  • Writing about a famous female Scientist for the ‘Good night stories for Rebel Girls’ publication.
  • Whizz & Bangs demonstrations delivered by The University of Warwick.
  • Science in nature photography competitions.