The philosophy of the department is to enthuse, excite and engage students, with a sense of awe and wonder. This is delivered through various mediums, with an aim to promote confidence and curiosity.

Aims and Philosophy

Development of the student is very much the key focus of the department, with an emphasis on;

  • Increasing knowledge to help them remain healthy and safe in the world around them
  • Engaging with ideas that help them to consider their own place in the Universe.
  • Developing skills;
    Problem solving – What went wrong? Why? How can this be fixed?
    Critical thinking – What is the evidence? Is the evidence reliable? Is this a fair test?Analysis – How can I display this data? Is there a relationship? Is this data useful

The science department is committed to developing a STEM curriculum and the Summer 2014 saw a number of stimulating trips to engage students, for example a trip to the Farnborough International Airshow was fabulous. There are more exciting opportunities in the coming year!

Success Headlines

  • July 2014 Two year 9 students were nominated for Young Physicist of the Year award.
  • May 2014 In May, two of our year 10 scientists travelled to Switzerland in order to complete work experience at the world’s leading pharmaceutical company, Novartis. With sales over 50 billion dollars in the last financial year and over 100 million customers, they got to experience what it was like to work for a global leader. The two students worked and lived in Basle (Switzerland) for a week with the focus on developing skills to work in a multidisciplinary team.

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Key Stage 3

From the very start of the students’ scientific journey at King Richard School they are encouraged to think both independently and freely, with access to technology in order to aid development. The opportunity to address misconceptions at KS3 is very important and often evidence is presented in order for the student to come to their own conclusions. This encourages students to develop their own ideas and a steadfast approach to learning, helping them to reach their potential in Science.

The focus in KS3 is the fundamentals of Science, from the structure of the atom to the wonders of the Universe. Students will explore different aspects of Science with the use of enquiry based lessons, which are focused around the individual strengths, whilst developing their weaknesses.  All three Sciences are taught and the pillars are laid before the building blocks of KS4 can be put into place.

The full specification can be found at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/239134/SECONDARY_national_curriculum_-_Science.pdf

Assessment and Progress in KS3 (Year 7 & Year 8)

In order to encourage students to take more responsibility for their learning, they will undertake weekly reviews to judge their progress. These reviews are then used to set targets for their improvement. This is supported through formative feedback, self and peer assessment thus helping students to cultivate and improve their own performance. The range of formative and summative assessment is collated and a judgement is made on the students’ performance. If a student is not making satisfactory progress then intervention strategies are put in place, with the Science department supporting individuals in order to improve.

Key Stage 4

We are committed to ensuring that all students have developed the skills necessary to access the GCSE course. Students will be taught the skills and knowledge to prepare them. The department offers students Triple Science (Biology, Chemistry and Physics) and Double Award Science. Both courses enable students to compete for science courses in college and university.  The exam board is OCR and the specification is 21st Century Science A, for further information please click on the link below:

http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/gcse-twenty-first-century-science-suite-science-a-j241-from-2011/

Assessment and Progression in GCSE/KS4 (Year 9, 10 & 11)

As in KS3 students take responsibility for their own learning, they will undertake weekly reviews to assess their progress. These reviews are then used to set targets for improvement based on their performance. This is supported through formative assessment, self and peer review in order to help pupils develop and improve their performance.

The range of formative and summative assessment is collated and a judgement is made on the students’ performance. If a student is not making satisfactory progress then intervention strategies are put in place, with the Science department supporting individuals in order to improve.

GCSE Biology (single award)

Aim:
Biology is the study and understanding of the natural world and the impact on global biodiversity. From the structure of a cell to drug development, students are encouraged to think of Biology in the greater context. The interactions between species and nature are very much at the centre of this course, with students having to consider how these relationships are essential to life on Earth and how they have evolved over time. As students venture deeper into the course, they are expected to understand how differentiations between species occur and the fundamental processes of life.

Overview:
The course is made up of three exams and one controlled assessment. Each module is 25% of the final grade.

The topics covered include:

Unit 1

  • B1: You and your genes
  • B2: Keeping healthy
  • B3: Life on Earth

Unit 2

  • B4: The processes of life
  • B5: Growth and development
  • B6: Brain and mind

Unit 3

  • B7: Further Biology

Progression:
A GCSE in Biology at grade A*-B would enable a student to study science related courses. Many local colleges now require a B grade in the relevant subject if students want to study AS or A-levels. Success in A-levels allows students to apply for a relevant degree. Examples of jobs include; Doctor, Nurse, Forensic Scientist, Veterinary Surgeon, Oceanographer, Physiotherapist, Sports Scientist and roles within the Pharmaceutical industry.

Further information about the specification and past papers can be found on the link below:

http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/gcse-twenty-first-century-science-suite-biology-a-j243-from-2012/

 

GCSE Chemistry (single award)

Aim:
Chemistry is the investigation of the properties and reactions of matter, and then using this understanding to explain how reactions are used to form new substances. The aim of the course is to develop an interest and intrigue for Chemistry. The course is very diverse in terms of its content. Key focuses include chemical reactions and bonding, as well as considering the impact of the chemical industry on human health and nature.

Overview:
The course is made up of three modular exams and one controlled practical. Each module is 25% of the final grade.

The topics covered include:

Unit 1

  • C1: Air quality
  • C2: Material choices
  • C3: Chemicals in our lives – risks and benefits

Unit 2

  • C4: Chemical patterns
  • C5: Chemicals of the natural environment
  • C6: Chemical synthesis

Module 3

  • C7: Further chemistry

Progression:
A GCSE in Chemistry at grade A*-C would enable a student to study any Science related course, to be able to study AS or A-levels many of the local colleges expect students to have at least  B grade in the specific science or Double Science. Success in A-levels would allow them to apply for a relevant degree. Examples of jobs that would benefit from a chemistry include; Doctor, Pharmacist, Dentist, Forensic Scientist, Analytical Chemist, Chemical Engineer and roles within the Pharmaceutical Industry.

Further information about the specification and past papers can be found on the link below:

http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/gcse-twenty-first-century-science-suite-chemistry-a-j244-from-2012/

 

GCSE Physics (single award)

Aim:
Physics is the study of energy and matter, with the emphasis on the interactions between them. The objective of the Physics course is to understand the evidence for the origins of the Universe and the evolution of the resulting energy and matter. This course has wide variety of content; from understanding how the formation of Earth and how the solar system was discovered to developing telescopes. Nonetheless, the key emphasis is on the application of Physics in order to improve the world around us.

Overview:
The course is made up of three exams and one controlled practical. Each module is 25% of the final grade.

Unit 1

  • P1: The Earth in the Universe
  • P2: Radiation and life
  • P3: Sustainable energy

Unit 2

  • P4: Explaining motion
  • P5: Electric circuits
  • P6: Radioactive materials

Unit 3

  • P7: Further physics – studying the Universe

Progression:
A GCSE in Physics at grade A*-C would enable a student to study Science at college. To study a specific Science at AS or A-levels, many local colleges expect a B grade in the relevant science or Double Science. Examples of jobs where Physics is beneficial include: Engineer, Car Designer, Video Games Designer, Astronomer, Pilot, Astrophysicist and various roles within the Aeronautics Industry.

Further information about the specification and past papers can be found on the link below:

http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/gcse-twenty-first-century-science-suite-physics-a-j245-from-2012/