Science Faculty

Teaching and Learning Director
Mr T Bates

As a Science department we believe that all students should leave Oulder Hill with a wide and varied experience of the Sciences. An understanding of it is crucial in an ever evolving world. Science helps to develop transferable analytical, investigative, and evaluative skills whilst supporting the development of their literacy and numeracy skills. The overall aim is to develop students into independent learners who strive for success in all aspects of their life and studies.

Through a study of Science, students learn to question the world around them and search for the meaning of phenomena; to gain an understanding of the infinite universe, from the microscopic to the macroscopic. Science is at the forefront of technological advancement and as such is a very dynamic and diverse subject. Science will be integral to the new world economy and securing a place within it.

The teaching and assessment of Science should therefore be personalised to enable all pupils, of all backgrounds, and abilities, to achieve the highest understanding that they can in Science and acquire the skills required to be a good Scientist. Where students have difficulties with their understanding, intervention should be made to support them in making progress towards their goals. All students should leave school equipped to understand the world around them and Sciences place in the world.

Key Stage 3 – Year 7 and Year 8

Students complete one unit per half term in Science at Key Stage 3. Within each unit, they will be assessed on an extended piece of writing (6 mark exam question), an Application of Science task and a summative test. To prepare them for this within lessons, progress checks will also occur to enable students to practise applying their knowledge to exam style questions. Progress will be evidenced through the class exercise books but primarily on the consistency of pupils in each of their assessments per unit. Pupils will also be given an end of year exam testing all aspects of Science from within the year.

Year Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
7 Whizz Bang Pop Exciting energy Microscopic Mania Cool Chemical reactions Electrifying energy Breeding and Evolution
8 Marvellous Mendeleev May the force be with you Fit and healthy Industrial Chemistry Give us a wave Ecosystems

Key Stage 4 – Year 9, 10 and 11

At Key Stage 4, students study units of Biology, Chemistry and Physics as part of the Combined Science and Separate Science courses. Within each unit, they will be assessed using extended writing pieces (6 mark exam questions) and a summative test. Progress is measured and reported on in a similar fashion to that of Key Stage 3.

Edexcel GCSE (9-1) – Combined Science

Year Biology Chemistry Physics
9

CB1 Key concepts

CB2 Cells and control

 

CC1, CC2 States of matter

CC3 Atomic Structure

CC4 The periodic table

CC5, CC6, CC7 Bonding

CP1 Motion

CP2 Forces and motion

CP7, CP8 Energy and forces and their effects

Year Biology Chemistry Physics
10

CB3 Genetics

CB4 Natural selection

CB5 Health and disease

CB6 Plant structures and their functions

CC8 Acids and alkalis

CC10, CC11, CC12 Electrolytic processes, obtaining and using metals, reversible reactions and equilibrium

CC13 Groups in periodic table

 

CP3 Conservation of energy

CP4 Waves

CP5 Light and the EM spectrum

CP6 Radioactivity

CP10, CP11 Magnetism

Year Biology Chemistry Physics
11

CB7 Animal coordination

CB8 Exchange and transport in animals

CB9 Ecosystems and material cycles

CC14, CC15 Rates of reaction, heat energy changes

CC16, CC17 Fuels, Earth and atmospheric science

CC9 Calculations involving masses

 

CP9 Electricity and circuits

CP12, CP13 Particle model, forces and matter

View Combined Science Specification

Edexcel GCSE (9-1) – Separate Science

Year Biology Chemistry Physics
9

SB1 Key concepts

SB2 Cells and control

SB6 Plant structures and their functions

SC3 Atomic structure

SC4 The periodic table

SC5, SC6, SC7 Bonding

SC1, SC2 States of matter

SP1 Motion

SP2 Forces and motion

SP8, SP9 Energy and forces and their effects

SP3 Conservation of energy

Year Biology Chemistry Physics
10

SB3 Genetics

SB4 Natural selection

SB5 Health and disease

SC8 Acids and alkalis

SC10, SC11, SC12, SC13 Electrolytic processes, obtaining and using metals, reversible reactions and equilibrium

SC17, SC18, SC19 Groups in periodic table, rates of reaction, heat energy changes

SC22, SC23, SC24 Hydrocarbons, alcohols, polymers

SP4 Waves

SP5 Light and the EM spectrum

SP6 Radioactivity

SP12, SP13 Magnetism

SP7 Astronomy

Year Biology Chemistry Physics
11

SB7 Animal coordination

SB8 Exchange and transport in animals

SB9 Ecosystems and material cycles

SC20, SC21 Fuels, Earth and the atmospheric science

SC9 Calculations involving masses

SC14, SC15, SC16 Quantitative analysis etc

SC25, SC26 Qualitative analysis, tests for ions

 

SP10, SP11 Electricity and circuits

SP14, SP15 Particle model, forces and matter

View Biology Specification

View Chemistry Specification

View Physics Specification

Further Information

All pupils at KS4 are provided with a revision guide and workbook to support their learning in and outside of school.

After school clubs range from gym club to a science club for Year 7 and Year 8 run by our gifted and talented students.

There is a homework support session for KS3 students run by our Science specific Teaching Assistant Mr Jackson which is designed to help students get ready for the demands of Science. If this is something you feel your child would benefit from please contact us directly.

Revision sessions will be provided to all KS4 pupils at key points in the year. These will be communicated to parents through letters at the time.