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.

Year 7 and Year 8

In Key Stage 3 pupils have six lessons per fortnight. They are taught in groups based on their flight path from Key Stage 2 to GCSE. Homework is provided weekly and varies in task from literacy activities, to exam style questions to assess knowledge and identify strengths and areas to improve. Students are assessed in every unit by completing an end of unit exam, an extended answer literacy question and an application of Science test. Focussed marked pieces are completed mid unit and at the end of every unit to check progress and address gaps in knowledge and understanding.

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

Year 9 – Edexcel GCSE (9-1)

Due to the up and coming changes to the Science curriculum and the movement to the 9-1 grading system all Year 9 students will be beginning the GCSE course. This will allow greater time to cover content, reinforce knowledge and develop ideas. Within each transition units students will be looking at how to approach exam questions for both knowledge and skill based content. They will learn through the completion of key practical’s and apply new concepts to these. Students who have not opted for Triple Science have three lessons per week and are completing GCSE (9-1) combined Science, specification code ISCO. Those Students that have opted to complete Triple Science will have two extra lessons per week but will follow the same curriculum but at a faster and more challenging level. They will be completing GCSE (9-1) in, Biology (IBIO), Chemistry (ICHO) and Physics (IPHO).

Year Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
9

Biology Unit 1 – Key Concepts in Biology

Chemistry Unit 1 – Key Concepts in Chemistry

Physics 2 – Forces and Motion

Biology Unit 1 – Key Concepts in Biology

Chemistry Unit 1 – Key Concepts in Chemistry

Physics 2 – Forces and Motion

Biology Unit 1 – Key Concepts in Biology

Chemistry Unit 1 – Key Concepts in Chemistry

Physics 2 – Forces and Motion

Biology Unit 1 – Key Concepts in Biology

Chemistry Unit 1 – Key Concepts in Chemistry

Physics 2 – Forces and Motion

Biology Unit 1 – Key Concepts in Biology

Chemistry Unit 1 – Key Concepts in Chemistry

Physics 2 – Forces and Motion

Biology Unit 1 – Key Concepts in Biology

Chemistry Unit 1 – Key Concepts in Chemistry

Physics 2 – Forces and Motion

Year 10

All Students will continue studying the routes and specifications from Year 9. They have ten lessons per fortnight (except the Triple Science cohort who have fifteen) and are taught in sets based on their flight path from Key Stage 2 to GCSE. Homework comes in various forms and will be given by each of their Teachers. In the May of Year 10, all Students will complete an externally marked exam. This will give Students an idea of what a real GCSE exam paper is like and allow them to develop revision techniques.

Subject Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
Biology Detail coming soon Detail coming soon Detail coming soon Detail coming soon  Detail coming soon Detail coming soon
Chemistry    
Physics    

Year 11 – Additional Science

All pupils on the GCSE Science route complete the second of their qualifications at the end of Year 11. They have 10 lessons of Science per fortnight and are taught in ability sets based on previous levels achieved and target grades. Homework is in the form of activities from the revision workbook provided or exam questions and will be given weekly by each teacher. It is expected all Students obtain two GCSEs in Science. This is what is expected by Colleges and Employers alike. Therefore Students must continue to work hard towards this second vital qualification.

The course is compiled of three exams and a coursework piece each equal to 25% of the final grade. The exams are normally complete in early June of Year 11 but this is exam board dependent.

The exam board we follow is Edexcel and the course code is 2SA01.

Subject Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
Biology

B2 – Topic 1

Coursework Completion

B2 – Topic 1/2

Pre Public Exams

B2 – Topic 2

B2 – Topic 2/3

Pre Public Exams

GCSE Exam Preparation GCSE Exams
Chemistry

C2 – Topic 1/2

Coursework Completion

C2 – Topic 3

Pre Public Exams

C2 – Topic 4/5

C2 – Topic 6

Pre Public Exams

GCSE Exam Preparation GCSE Exams
Physics

P2 – Topic 1/2

Coursework Completion

P2 – Topic 3

Pre Public Exams

P2 – Topic 4

P2 – Topic 5/6

Pre Public Exams

GCSE Exam Preparation GCSE Exams

Year 11 Additional and Further Additional Science (Triple pathway)

All pupils on the Triple Science route complete the second and third of their qualifications at the end of Year 11. They have 15 lessons of Science per fortnight. Homework is in the form of activities from the revision workbook provided or exam questions and will be given weekly by each teacher.

Each of the courses are compiled of three exams and a coursework piece each equal to 25% of the final grade. The exams are normally complete in mid to late June of Year 11 but this is exam board dependent.

The exam board we follow is Edexcel and the course code is 2SA01 and 2SF01.

Year Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
Biology

B2 – Topic 1/2

Coursework Completion

B2 – Topic 2/3

Pre Public Exams

B3 – Topic 1/2

B3 – Topic 1/2

Pre Public Exams

GCSE Exam Preparation GCSE Exams
Chemistry

C2 – Topic 1/2/3

Coursework Completion

C2 – Topic 3/4/5

Pre Public Exams

C3 – Topic 1/2/3

C3 – Topic 4/5/6

Pre Public Exams

GCSE Exam Preparation GCSE Exams
Physics

P2 – Topic 1/2/3

Coursework Completion

P2 – Topic 4/5/6

Pre Public Exams

P3 – Topic 1/2/3

P3 – Topic 3/4/5

Pre Public Exams

GCSE Exam Preparation GCSE Exams

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.