Science 

Introduction

Our aim at Tabor Academy is to make Science a very exciting course for our students. Everyone studies Science, with a clear focus on the disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. The Faculty is staffed by good teaching and support staff who deliver quality education to students across the age range.

With the phenomenal facilities, resources and modern laboratories including easy access to open spaces, Science can really be brought to life.

Students in year 7 and 8 cover a KS3 curriculum from Collins based on the AQA KS3 syllabus (KS3SCI) that covers key concepts in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. This is supported by Collins Connect.

In year 9-11, students are working towards GCSEs in Science. The new KS4 syllabus allows for a route to either 3 GCSEs, one each in Biology, Chemistry and Physics (Triple Science) or two GCSE grades based on an overall performance in Biology, Physics and Chemistry (Trilogy). Good GCSE grades can lead on to studying A-Level Biology, Physics or Chemistry in years 12 and 13.

How we learn in this subject:

Through a mixture of practical work, peer work, teacher-led discussions and differentiated individual work.

Practical work aims to encourage students to investigate hypotheses and look for patterns in their observations and measurements. Teacher-led discussions then aim to make sense of these observations by developing students’ understanding of the relevant scientific concepts.

Reasons why Science is important:

  • Develops an understanding and appreciation of the world in which we live.
  • Teaches a broad range of skills through a broad range of contexts.
  • Useful in almost any career.

Career / Progression possibilities (the list is endless!):

  • Medical
  • Environmental science · Health and Fitness
  • Geology
  • Fashion
  • Explorer
  • Engineering
  • Sports sciences
  • Forensics
  • Ecology
  • Media
  • Astronaut

In Key Stage 3 we ensure we meet the requirements of the National Curriculum, ensuring we are developing scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the 3 disciplines of Biology, Chemistry & Physics.  During Year 7 and 8 students are able to develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through scientific enquiry.  This enables students to become equipped for the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.

Below is a list of the topic within the 3 disciplines that are studied.

During the Biology focus students are taught;

  • Structure & the function of living things.
    This includes cells and cell organization, the skeletal and muscular systems, nutrition and digestion, gas exchange systems, reproduction and Health
  • Material Cycles and Energy
    This includes photosynthesis and cellular respiration
  • Interactions and Interdependencies
    This includes relationships in ecosystems and the importance of insect pollination in food production
  • Genetic & Evolution
    This includes inheritance; environmental and genetic

During the Chemistry focus students are taught;

  • The particulate nature of matter
  • Atoms, elements and compounds
  • Pure and impure substances
  • Chemical reactions
  • Energetic
  • The periodic table
  • Materials and the reactivity series
  • Earth and the atmosphere

During the Physics focus students are taught;

  • Energy
    This includes the calculation of fuel uses and costs in a domestic context, energy changes and transfers, and changes in systems
  • Motion and forces
    This includes the various forces and calculations, describing motion and calculations, pressure in fluids and balanced forces
  • Waves
    This includes the observation of waves, sound waves, energy waves and light waves
  • Electricity & Electromagnetism
    This includes current electricity, static electricity and magnetism
  • Matter
    This includes physical changes, chemical changes, particle models and energy in matter
  • Space Physics

At GCSE, students have the opportunity to study through a number of learning routes – Separate sciences and Core and/or Additional Science.

Courses Available at KS4

Double Science (Trilogy)

Separate sciences (Biology, Chemistry and Physics – Year 10 & 11)

Having a secure knowledge of science is essential for living in the modern world.  Science qualifications are essential for a large number of jobs and careers and many employers ask for at least one GCSE Science grade. The GCSE Science course can lead to one, two or three GCSE Science grades.

Triple Science
Students who are high achievers will study Triple Science in Year 11.  This offers students the opportunity to achieve three GCSE’s in Science, alongside the Core and Additional GCSE Science awards.  As with the Additional course, students will study the three sciences in even more depth and prepare them to study Science at a higher level post GCSE.

These courses will be assessed using a linear approach, with examinations being taken in June at the end of year 11.  Students will also complete controlled assessments.  This involves students planning and carrying out experiments in the classroom and then sitting exam papers that analyse and evaluate their own and exemplar results.  It should be noted that due to Government guidelines, students will not be able to complete any re-sits in Science.

Qualification: GCSE Science (Core and Addtional or Triple Science)

Exam Board: AQA

Exam Codes

Core Science: SCA1/SCA2

Addtional Science: AS1/AS2

Triple Science: BL1/BL2/BL3 (Biology), PH1/PH2/PH3 (Physics),  CH1/CH2/CH3 (Chemistry)