All students at St. Joseph's are able to study science from year 7 to year 11. Through these lessons, we aim to enthuse, engage and inspire all our students and harness and develop their intrinsic love of science. Our aim is to ensure that all students leave their time here at SJCC as caring and competent scientists irrespective of their future paths, with at the very least a basic core knowledge of the sciences. We follow the KS3 National Curriculum in years 7 and 8 and in the first term of year 9. From January in year 9 and through year 10 and year 11 students follow one of our two pathways studying for GCSEs in sciences.
Key Stage 3
The main objectives of the three years in Key Stage 3 are to:
Promote an interest in and enjoyment of Science
Promote knowledge and understanding of key scientific concepts and facts and an appreciation of their significance
Promote awareness and appreciation of the contribution science makes to society through How Science Works activities
Promote respect and responsible attitudes towards safety, including respect for living organisms and the physical environment
The science course is based on the Programme of Study for Key Stage 3 of the National Curriculum. Students in Years 7, 8 and 9 (up until January) will follow an accelerated course which is linked to the AQA Science syllabus using the Kerboodle Activate online textbook and resources.
The topics that the students study are:
|7C1||Elements, atoms and compounds|
|7P2||Light and Sound|
|8C1||Things that go bang|
|8P1||Energy and Magnetism|
|8B1||Fit and Healthy|
|8C2||Acids and Alkalis|
|8P2||Motion and Pressure|
|9B1||Adaptation and inheritance|
|9C1||The Earth, Metals and Acids|
The students are assessed using diagnostic assessments at the end of each topic in order to support and monitor progress.
Key Stage 4
From September 2016 we are delivering the new AQA GCSEs in Science. Students will be following one of two pathways, studying either the ‘Combined Science’ course which will result in two GCSEs in Science, or they will follow the ‘Triple Science’ courses which will result in three GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
This qualification is linear meaning that students will sit all their exams at the end of the course, in Y11. There are six papers: two biology, two chemistry and two physics. Each of the papers will assess knowledge and understanding from distinct topic areas. There is no controlled assessment as in previous years and so 100% of the marks will come from these six examinations. Because there is no longer any assessed practical work that counts towards a student’s grade, there are 21 required practical tasks that students will carry out over the course, questions relating to these practical tasks will be assessed on the written papers.
Subject content covered is listed below:
1. Cell biology
3. Infection and response
5. Homeostasis and response
6. Inheritance, variation and evolution
8. Atomic structure and the periodic table
9. Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter
10. Quantitative chemistry
11. Chemical changes
12. Energy changes
13. The rate and extent of chemical change
14. Organic chemistry
15. Chemical analysis
16. Chemistry of the atmosphere
17. Using resources
20. Particle model of matter
21. Atomic structure
24. Magnetism and electromagnetism
GCSE Biology, GCSE Chemistry and GCSE Physics (Triple Science)
These courses are suitable for the students who enjoy and excel in science. It is hoped that many of the students who study this course will continue to study science at a higher level. We also follow the AQA GCSE Specifications for these courses. The content in these courses is similar to the content covered in the GCSE Combined Science qualification, but lessons will go into more depth in these areas. Students will also only sit a total of six papers, however the papers will be longer than those sat by the Combined Science students. There will also be required practical tasks that students will complete over the two year courses.