Key Stage 4 – Years 10 & 11

Science is fundamental to life. By studying science children learn to understand everything around them. The depth of knowledge they achieve is outstanding! 

Children are naturally curious, and initially science allows them to explore and discover new things and learn the building blocks of scientific concepts.  

Children begin to make links between their everyday life and the things they do, with difficult scientific concepts and in studying science this allows them to question why and how.  

As they move through the curriculum they learn transferable skills such as practical and theoretical problem solving, analysing data and reaching conclusions alongside creating vast new knowledge about origins, life, living and the future. Science allows children to understand the processes through which people develop knowledge and understanding and begins to assist them in making informed decisions about every aspect of their life.  

Science ultimately allows children to realise that what they have transferred to long-term memory whilst studying science can be applied personally to absolutely everything!  

Qualification received:

  • AQA GCSE COMBINED SCIENCE TRILOGY (2 GCSE’s)
  • AQA GCSE BIOLOGY, CHEMISTRY, PHYSCIS (3 GCSE’s)

Assessment methods and schedule: 100% exam sat at the end of year 11

Content overview:

Most students will study GCSE Trilogy course at KS4 achieving two GCSEs that incorporate core concepts of Biology, Chemistry and Physics, with the option of Single Science selection in Year 10 achieving three GCSEs in the separate fields of Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

Both routes follow the AQA syllabus.

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.

Physics: Energy, electricity, particle model of matter, atomic structure, forces, waves, magnetism and electromagnetism.


Assessment

Students are formally assessed at the end of each unit and are given a GCSE grading to show their progress. These assessments are linear in content to mirror examinations done at the end of Year 11. Following this, students are given the opportunity to address any misconceptions and to improve their knowledge according to their most recent assessment. Students will also complete end of year exams in years 9 and 10.

Homework

A substantial piece of homework is set and will be completed once a fortnight – this is the minimum requirement – class teachers may choose to set further pieces on homework. Homework tasks will be based around examination style questions and students will be given 1 week to complete their homework to the best of their ability.

How can I support my child’s learning at home?

Science contains a lot of abstract ideas and keywords therefore you could support your child by testing their learning. This could be done in the form of flashcards, producing mind maps or students writing out answers to pre-made questions; picture quizzes can also be used to reinforce learning.

In Year 11, another popular method of revision is using the GCSE Pod website where relevant videos are added regularly for students to use to reinforce and embed their learning in preparation for their examinations.

If you have any questions or queries please do not hesitate to contact your child’s science teacher.

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