This hands on practical science course is aimed at those student who may need extra confidence in Science before taking GCSE. The Entry Level Course consists of 39 units 13 for each of Biology Chemistry and Physics.
Each topic takes one week and involves a small test at the end and a series of can do tasks and practical investigations. By completing these the student gain points which lead to Bronze, Silver or Gold award certificates.
|Key Topics||Scientific Skills|
|Biology Items||Title||Given information I can match an animal to where it lives or when it lived.|
|B.1||Dead or Alive||I can add results to a bar chart.|
|B.2||Babies||I can carry out a simple survey of a habitat.|
|B.3||Extinction||I can carry out a test to show the presence of carbon dioxide.|
|B.4||Casualty||I can collect (scientific) information about an endangered or extinct species.|
|B.5||Healthy Eating||I can do a test to compare the quantity of Vitamin C in fruit juices.|
|B.6||Control Systems||I can extract a sample of copper from its ore.|
|B.7||Gasping for Breath||I can find the location of ten earthquakes or volcanoes and put them on a map.|
|B.8||Creepy Crawlies||I can identify some common metals: iron (using a magnet), copper, aluminium and lead (by sight and touch).|
|B.9||Fooling your Senses||I can make a chromatogram.|
|B.10||Food Factory||I can make a leaflet to warn old people of the dangers of hypothermia.|
|B.11||Drugs in Society||I can make a paint sample and prove that it works.|
|B.12||My Genes||I can make a poster to warn about the dangers of CO poisoning.|
|B.13||Body Wars||I can make and then test a sample of concrete for its strength.|
|I can make measurements to test a property of a fibre or fabric.|
|I can measure a person’s breathing rate or pulse.|
|Chemistry Items||Title||I can measure length / distance accurately.|
|C.1||Acids and Alkalis||I can measure reaction time.|
|C.2||Cooking and Cleaning||I can measure the effect of caffeine on heart rate.|
|C.3||Colours and Smells||I can measure the speed|
|C.4||Heavy Metal?||I can measure time accurately (e.g. to time a chemical reaction).|
|C.5||Fibres and Fabrics||I can produce a poster on the safe use of mobile phones.|
|C.6||Clean Air?||I can read a domestic electricity meter.|
|C.7||Strong Stuff||I can read data from a graph.|
|C.8||Restless Earth||I can record my daily protein intake.|
|C.9||How Fast? How Slow?||I can safely carry out a food test for glucose.|
|C.10||Sorting Out||I can safely carry out a food test for starch.|
|C.11||CSI Plus||I can separate a simple mixture (e.g. iron filings/aluminium, salt/sand).|
|C.12||Fuels||I can take a set of fingerprints.|
|C.13||What’s Added to Our Food?||I can use a measuring cylinder to measure volume.|
|I can use a newtonmeter to measure force.|
|I can use a plotting compass to map a magnetic field.|
|Physics Items||Title||I can use a thermometer to measure temperature accurately.|
|P.1||Getting the Message||I can use Universal Indicator solution to find pH.|
|P.2||Our Electricity Supply||I can write a message in mirror writing.|
|P.4||Pushes and Pulls|
|P.5||Let There be Light!|
KS3 science aims to ensure that all pupils:
* Develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics
* Develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them
* Help pupils to become equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.
* In year 7 and year 8 students follow the Activate program. This program is designed to cover the new tougher KS3 National Curriculum and prepare students for the new linear tougher GCSE exams from 2016.
* Maths, literacy and working scientifically are embedded throughout to develop key skills
* Incorporates formative and summative auto-marked assessments, progress tasks and trackers, plus course-work style-tasks and exam-style papers
* Prepares students for GCSE with exam-style questions with GCSE command words and Quality of Written Communication (QWC) questions incorporated throughout
* The content has also been increased at KS3 to include more challenging areas that will be necessary to prepare students for the new GCSE in 2016
* Students are assessed using a banding system. At LCA we then apply a Science progress level to the student. This is similar but not the same as the old NC Level as has been developed to provide a good indicator of how well the student is progressing towards the new GCSE criteria. New yr 7 students will undertake a baseline assessment at the start of yr7 to establish themselves on the new system. Current yr 8 have already been assessed and students may notice a slight dip in level as we move to the new level system which is harder and is linked to the new GCSE Grade boundaries.
|Key topics:||Working Scientifically Skills Developed||Literacy Skills Developed||Numeracy Skills Developed|
* Asking scientific questions
Ask questions to develop a line of enquiry based on observations of the real world, alongside prior knowledge and experience
Select plan and carry out the most appropriate types of scientific enquires to test predictions including identifying independent dependent and control variables
Using appropriate techniques apparatus and materials during fieldwork and laboratory work, paying attention to health and safety
Present observations and data using appropriate methods including tables and graphs
Evaluate data showing awareness of potential sources of random and systematic error
Evaluate the reliability of methods and suggest possible improvement
Use of scientific terms
Adopting an appropriate writing style
Presenting ideas in structured sentences
Summarising and presenting
Constructing and interpreting graphs to find relationships
The majority of students will study either a double science pathway, gaining GCSE certification in Science A and Additional Science A . Soem students will achieve a 3rd award of Further Additional Science. The science subjects will be taught within the allocated science lessons to years 9, 10 & 11 and therefore not impact on option choices for other subjects.
All three science awards include elements of independent study (coursework) and exams, leading to two or three separate GCSE awards.
Each GCSE subject has a 25% coursework element incorporating a detailed and independent practical investigation into contemporary scientific topic, time has been set aside to develop these skills through both key stage 3 & 4. The rest of the marks (75%) are made up with exams sat at the end of year. Pupils study the OCR 21st Century Science Suite A syllabus.
|Key Topics:||Key skills taught across all 3 GCSE's|
GCSE Science - Students learn about
Further Additional Science - - Students learn about
Students learn the following skills in 6 areas
The Scientific Community
Full Curriculum Statements can be downloaded from HERE.