Science Key Stage 3
At Derby Pride Academy, the KS3 curriculum is delivered in stage, not age teaching groups and will be delivered over 2 years. The principal focus of science teaching in KS3 is to develop a deeper understanding of a range of scientific ideas in the subject disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Students should begin to see the connections between these subject areas and Science. They should be encouraged to relate scientific explanations to phenomena in the world around them and start to use modelling and abstract ideas to develop and evaluate explanations. Students will be expected to develop their use of scientific vocabulary, including the use of scientific nomenclature and units and mathematical representations.
KS3 will be following the AQA Activate syllabus and assessment will be based on three bands matched to the national curriculum statements: the middle band indicates that students have a secure grasp of the content or skills specified in the Programme of Study. The band working towards secure is developing, and the band moving past secure is extending.
In Year 9, students will have the opportunity to undertake a 1 or 2 year Entry Level Certificates (ELC) in Science. This is designed for lower ability students who may not achieve a grade 1 at GCSE. The ELCs are also great as a progression to GCSE for students who are unmotivated or have low attendance.
Science Key Stage 4
Students are encouraged to investigate the world around them, and apply their knowledge of Science to explain real life phenomenon. They plan how to investigate problems, deciding on the best method for collecting valid data. Students decide on the most appropriate way to analyse and interpret the data collected. Throughout this process, students are encouraged to use modelling as a process, to help them explain complex and abstract scientific theories. Where appropriate, ICT and investigational tasks are used to further develop understanding.
Students will follow the AQA Combined Science Trilogy course that will result in 2 GCSEs. This course will cover aspects of Biology, Chemistry and Physics and is divided into the following topics.
The Biology topics are: Cell Biology, Organisation, Infection & Response, Bioenergetics, Homeostasis & Response, Inheritance Variation & Evolution, and Ecology.
The Chemistry topics are: Atomic structure and the periodic table, Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter, Quantitative chemistry, Chemical changes, Energy changes, The rate and extent of chemical change, Organic chemistry, Chemical analysis, Chemistry of the atmosphere, and Using resources.
The Physics topics are: Forces, Energy, Waves, Electricity, Magnetism and electromagnetism, Particle model of matter, Atomic structure, and Space physics.
Students will also complete a number of core practicals throughout the course. This course will be graded in line with the new GCSE 9-1 structure and examinations will take place at the end of Year 11.