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Science

"Equipped with his five senses, man explores the universe around him and calls the adventure Science"

Vision

Science at the Hayfield School aims to foster and develop a sense of burning curiosity about the natural world in our young people, instilling them with a sense of awe and wonder of all things scientific.  We strive to make our young people advocates for planet Earth, showing kindness and respect to all living things, taking responsibility for the decisions they make and how these impact on our environment. Our shared ambition is to pass on the passion and enthusiasm we have for science, to celebrate diversity within our subject, to explore STEM related careers and hopefully to grow the scientists of the future. 

Our bespoke Key Stage 3 Curriculum draws upon the National Curriculum to introduce and develop scientific concepts and skills, making links across all three disciplines, and a broader appreciation of the connections between science and the wider world.  The curriculum also encourages students to build and develop their disciplinary skills in science, developing their confidence in scientific inquiry and makes them ‘think scientifically’. Finally the curriculum encourages critical and analytical thinking of the world around us using modeling and abstract ideas to question, evaluate and explain what students observe. 

At Key Stage 4 our students can either study separate science GCSEs or a combined award science, and within both of these we aim to build on the strong foundations shaped and embedded at Key Stage 3, developing conceptual knowledge and skills.  Our Key Stage 4 curriculum prepares students well, enabling those with a real love and aptitude for science to continue their learning journey at Post 16.

Curriculum

KS3

Our vision is to develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. We aim to develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiry that helps pupils to answer scientific questions about the world around them.

Our KS3 curriculum has been designed to equip students for success at GCSE. It will improve their scientific knowledge and understanding and through its strong practical basis it will encourage students to work like scientists. It will ensure that all pupils develop the scientific skills required and the curriculum will enable them to better understand the uses and implications of science in the world around them.

Pupils will become competent scientists and will develop their understanding of the big picture in science forming an idea of the linkages  between the three subjects. They will be encouraged to be critical thinkers, seeing the world analytically and be encouraged to relate scientific explanations to phenomena in the world around them. They will start to use modelling and abstract ideas to develop and evaluate explanations for what they see.

We will deliver a curriculum which is ambitious for all pupils, that is coherently planned and sequenced and that is broad and balanced for all pupils.

KS4

Why should I study this subject?

Science is for all. It has something to suit students of all abilities and aspirations. Students will be engaged and challenged. Success in science can provide access and great preparation to Post 16 Science courses and apprenticeships. In the long term it can lead on to lots of options at university and an almost limitless number of job opportunities. The science based skills you learn and develop will be really helpful in sorts of careers and are favoured by many employers.

What will I learn?

As part of your science lessons you will study three core elements; Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Within these elements you will learn about…

Biology:

  • Cell biology
  • Organisation
  • Infection and response
  • Bioenergetics
  • Homeostasis and response
  • Inheritance, variation and evolution
  • Ecology

Chemistry:

  • Atomic structure and the periodic table
  • Bonding, structure and the properties of matter
  • Quantitative chemistry
  • Chemical changes
  • Energy changes
  • The rate and extent of chemical change
  • Organic chemistry
  • Chemical analysis
  • Chemistry of the atmosphere
  • Using resources

Physics:

  • Energy
  • Electricity
  • Particle model of matter
  • Atomic structure
  • Forces
  • Waves
  • Magnetism and electromagnetism
  • Space physics

How will I be assessed?

In each of the 3 science elements; Biology, Chemistry and Physics, there are two exam papers. All papers are 1 hour 45 mins and there is the option of foundation tier or higher tier papers. The papers each have 100 marks available and the two papers in each science split the topics covered, with half of the content in each paper. The two papers are equally weighted, each worth 50% of the GCSE qualification.

Exams contain a mixture of questioning styles including multiple choice, structured, closed, short answer and open response.

During the GCSE course students will carry out a number of required practicals, the details of which will then be examined and assessed in the GCSE examination papers.

There is no coursework or controlled assessment element to these qualifications.

What skills will I learn?

  • Mathematical skills
  • Critical thinking
  • Problem solving
  • Analysing and interpreting data
  • Reasoning and evaluating
  • Decision making
  • Perseverance
  • Communication
  • Teamwork

What equipment will I need?

Standard stationery including pencil, ruler and rubber

A scientific calculator is also needed from the start of the course

How will this subject help to develop my sense of character and culture?

There are many opportunities in Biology, Chemistry and Physics to develop students character and culture. Diversity, wellbeing, aspirations and values are apparent at many points throughout the courses. Some of the content you expect to specifically support the character and culture curriculum is …

Evaluating the social and ethical issues associated with the use of stem cells in medical research and treatment and the use of monoclonal antibodies.

Understanding physical and mental well being including diet, smoking, alcohol.

Evaluating the relationship between obesity and diabetes, and make recommendations taking into account social and ethical issues.

Evaluating personal, social, economical and environmental implications when discussing contraception.

Understanding the social and ethical issues associated with IVF.

Considering the ethical issues which arise from embryonic screening, gene therapy, selective breeding and cloning in agriculture and in medicine.

Appreciating how waste, energy use and deforestation have an impact on the environment.

Where can this subject take me?

By taking separate science more content is covered which provides students with better-preparation for science A-levels, Applied BTECs and Apprenticeships.

You may decide to continue this qualification and pursue one of the following professions…Doctor, Physicist, Vet, Biomedical Scientist, Sports Science, Food Scientist. Your teacher will be happy to share knowledge of linked professions with you.

Where can I find out more?

Enrichment Activities

The science department offers a range of enrichment activities including KS3 Science club – open to all pupils in Years 7and 8. The club is very well attended and pupils undertake a range of exciting and informative activities throughout the year developing scientific working and reasoning skills, Science club is based around experiments and competitions.

Crest Award – selected pupils from Years 9 and 10 undertake Silver crest award within the department. CREST gives students the chance to participate in hands-on science through investigations and enquiry-based learning, supporting them to solve real-life STEM challenges through practical investigation and discussion

The Curriculum Team

Miss A Hobson
Teacher of Science
Mr R Hough
Teacher of Science
Mr C James
Teacher of Science, Teacher of Animal Care
Mrs A Jones
Teacher of Science
Mr W Kelly
Teacher of Science
Mrs A Marshall
Teacher of Science
Mrs J Smith
Teacher of Science
Miss H Turnbull
Teacher of Science
Mrs J Walls
Teacher of Science
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