Teachers: Mr Alex Bromley, Mrs Abigail Richardson, Ms Jacqueline Childs, Ms Annabel McQuillan, Mr Gary Brecke, and Mr Jonathan Tudor
GCSE Exam Specification:
Science double award:
Science triple award:
Key Stage 3
Key Stage 3:
Year 7 and 8 students follow the Key Stage 3 National Curriculum. They are taught 6 times per cycle by either one or two specialist science teachers who delivers a combined science course covering all of the key scientific concepts in preparation for GCSE.
Further details can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-curriculum-in-england-science-programmes-of-study/national-curriculum-in-england-science-programmes-of-study#key-stage-3 and clicking the ‘Key Stage 3’ link at the top left of the screen.
Key Stage 4
Key Stage 4:
All students are offered the AQA suite of science exam courses which are based on the National Curriculum.
GCSE sciences are delivered from year 9 through to the end of year 11. The majority of students complete a double GCSE course called Combined Science; we are following the ‘Trilogy’ specification. Further details about this course can be found here: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/combined-science-trilogy-8464
Trilogy is a comprehensive science course which develops students’ ability to think scientifically, to carry out scientific experiments and to critically analyse and evaluate information. This course fully prepares students to continue their studies in science to A-Level and beyond if they wish.
Students who show a special interest in science and particularly those who plan to continue to study science after they have finished at Broadwater School are given the opportunity to sit three separate science GCSE’s in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Current year 9 students who have chosen triple science as part of their ‘options’ process will have an additional 5 hours per 2 week rotation so as to be able to complete the course in due time ready for their GCSE’s in 2021. Year 10 and 11 students will continue to have 9 science lessons per fortnight.
Science GCSE courses no longer have any element of coursework and are all entirely assessed by exam at the end of year 11, however ‘Required Practical’ experiments are completed in classroom time.
Individual liberty of views, tolerance, mutual respect and listening to others’ views is taught through the topics where different individual and cultural views and/or ethics are involved. These topics range across all three disciplines of science from biological theories such as evolution versus creation through to the physics behind the benefits and detriments of renewable energy sources.
Rule of law relates to:
• students following laboratory rules for the safety of all
• understanding of the need to have speed limits (speed, force, change of momentum)
Practical activities in science require students to engage in team work and show mutual respect for each other.
Democracy is taught through student debates on issues such as where to place limestone quarries and examining issues such as whether smoking and drinking should be made illegal. Resilience and self-esteem are not written into the science curriculum per se but are developed through students building independent learning skills, experiencing getting answers wrong and learning how to formulate the correct response, responding to target questions etc.
KS4 Revision Resources
Text books: We currently use the Longman AQA GCSE series, there is a book for physics (978-1-4082-5383-0), chemistry (978-1-4082-5379-3) and biology (978-1-4082-5374-8)
If parents want to buy a text book however I would recommend the “for you” series which are probably clearer and easier to follow:
Physics for you (978-0748762361), Chemistry for you (978-0748783236) and Biology for you (978-0748762323) which can all be picked up for a couple of pounds second hand from Amazon.
We have purchased some Collin’s revision guides and workbooks which we are providing to the students for free so if students have not been provided with one, they should speak to their teachers. We also have available some CGP revision guides and workbooks which we have purchased from the publishers at a reduced ‘schools’ price; we will sell them on to students at cost which is much lower than you would find in the shops, they should speak to their teachers. Otherwise any revision guide specific to the post 2014 AQA GCSE specification would be fine, there are many on offer in all book shops however I would recommend looking on Amazon to buy them second hand, often for pennies.
Core GCSE past exam papers can be found at http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/science-a-4405/past-papers-and-mark-schemes
Additional GCSE papers at http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/additional-science-4408/past-papers-and-mark-schemes
Cambridge National at http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/cambridge-nationals-science-level-1-2-j815/
https://www.youtube.com/user/myGCSEscience - best for students looking to extend themselves towards A* and the higher grades
https://www.youtube.com/user/ChrisThorntonUK - best for students aiming for a C plus https://www.khanacademy.org/ which is American and not specific to GCSE but is really good for certain science topics.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/audio/science/ for core science
http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/audio/science_additional/ - for additional science. There are some paid for podcasts but they are no better than the free BBC bitesize ones.
There are hundreds of GCSE science revision apps on both apple and Google with new ones appearing all of the time.
Gojimo is an excellent free app which encourages students to spend 10 minutes a day answering revision questions.
On Apple the “Test and Learn Lite – GCSE Science” from CGP seems quite good but does not have full access without purchasing the full version for £1.49.
GCSE Core Science for AQA by Learners Box is free however it does not cover all of the topics.
There is a Bitesize app which costs £1.49 for each GCSE, however the free website is excellent.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/science/aqa/ - probably the best, and free
Documents on the R drive:
There are revision resources for all of the GCSE courses which students can access from the R drive.