Science

Meet the Team

  • Ms L Haigh – Head of Faculty
  • Mrs C Lee – Teacher of Science
  • Mrs K Wickers – Teacher of Science
  • Mr J Moreton -Teacher of Science
  • Miss E Mangham – Science Technician

All students study science in years 7-11. We believe that students deserve a broad, progressive and ambitious Science curriculum, rich in skills and knowledge which stimulates curiosity and a wonder of their world and prepares them well for future learning or employment.

Science at Serlby Park follows a cyclic approach where each topic from KS3 to KS4 is classified into the ten fundamental areas of science which we call strands. Within each strand, students will build on prior knowledge as they embark on each learning journey.

The 10 Strands are :

Organisms

Cycles and Interactions

Origins

Earth and Beyond

Matter

Reactions

Electricity and Magnetism

Energy

Forces

Waves

Objectives are shared with students each lesson and are reminded of their current position on the learning journey every lesson.

Intent

Key Stage 3

Students follow content according to the National Curriculum for science using a clear strand-based approach, which reviews and builds on the understanding from KS2. There are plenty of practical opportunities for students to develop the skills of enquiry and working scientifically.

Throughout the programme of study pupils are given the opportunity to complete activities linked to national and global celebrations, enhancing pupils understanding of how their science curriculum links to the wider world. These include National Space week, British Science Week, World Bee Day & World Health day.

Key Stage 4

At GCSE we follow the AQA combined science route for most students. The students will study topics that cover Biology, Chemistry and Physics knowledge. Some students will follow the separate science route where they will deepen their knowledge further in each topic.

Topics build on the concepts first met at KS3 and develop understanding further to ensure students become fluent in their scientific understanding.

In Biology we tackle core concepts such as cells, bioenergetics and ecology and these allow us to study recent developments in areas such as infection, inheritance and evolution.

In Chemistry we begin by developing a deep knowledge and understanding across the three key building blocks of Chemistry: the atom, the periodic table and chemical reactions. We use these concepts as a starting point for all chemical knowledge and students are able to find answers through investigation and an understanding of developing scientific models.

In Physics our curriculum revolves around the central themes of Energy, Particles and Forces. Through the study of these larger themes, other associated fields are interwoven and provide practical context.

Possible pathways

The GCSE  qualifications studied  allow you to access A-Level and equivalent courses, progressing onto Degree level. Students wishing to pursue a career in medicine, veterinary nursing, laboratory work, physiotherapy, forensic science, environmental work, dentistry, teaching and skilled trade work will require a qualification in Science.

KS4 Coverage

Qualification nameExam BoardAssessment detailsLink to specifications
GCSE Combined Science: TrilogyAQA6 papers
2 for each Biology, Chemistry and Physics – 1 hr 15 minutes each; 100% examination
https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/combined-science-trilogy-8464
GCSE BiologyAQA2 Paper 1 hr 45 minutes each – 100% examinationhttps://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/biology-8461
GCSE ChemistryAQA2 Paper 1 hr 45 minutes each – 100% examinationhttps://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/chemistry-8462
GCSE PhysicsAQA2 Paper 1 hr 45 minutes each – 100% examinationhttps://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/physics-8463

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