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Welcome to the Science webpage on the Whitley Academy website. Here you will find useful links and documents that will help you achieve your full potential in Science. We hope you find this helpful.
We have an exciting and dynamic faculty comprising of six members of teaching staff, a science teaching assistant and 2 full time technicians. Each member of staff has their individual responsibilities across the curriculum area and the greater school community. We have a strong policy towards the sharing of best practice materials and resources, supporting each other professionally to ensure the delivery of the highest quality lessons and activities to our students.
Mrs S Akram – Director of science
Ms W Denton – Deputy Curriculum Leader Coordinator of KS3
Ms S Ryan – Teacher of Science and Assistant Vice Principal
Ms L Hayer - Teacher of Science
Ms S Comerford– Teacher of Science
Mr M Eborall – Teacher of Science
Ms K Williams – Teaching Assistant of Science
Mr D Singh – Lead Technician and Health and Safety Manager
Mrs J Geddada – Science Technician
Mrs J Allsopp - Science Technician (Part-time)
Science stimulates and excites students' curiosity about phenomena and events in the world around them. It also satisfies this curiosity with knowledge. Because science links direct practical experience with ideas, it can engage learners at many levels.
Through science, students appreciate how major scientific ideas can contribute to technological change which in turn can make an impact on their everyday lives.
We offer Science across KS3 and KS4, as well as Biology and Chemistry A-level at KS5, with KS5 Physics currently run at a local consortium school. We have a variety of resources available for sciences at all Key Stages which cover all of the required skill areas; additionally, we have text materials available for KS3, GCSE and A level courses, namely Exploring Science 7, 8 and 9, Collins Core and Additional textbooks, as well as AQA A level Biology and Chemistry.
We are based in six principal science laboratories, each equipped with projectors, gas and electricity points, internet access, and audio facilities. Each lab has basic lab equipment such as Bunsen burners, tripods, gauzes, clamp stands and heat proof mats.
In year 7, 8 and 9 classes we have a focus on the use of practical skills and topic based learning at KS3; our methods cover a range of learning styles in the preparation and application of lessons. For the GCSE course all pupils are given the opportunity to purchase revision guides to support Y10 and 11 content. Our exam board for KS4 is AQA; all of our resources dove-tail with the requirements of their examinations for all Sciences. We also offer on-line resources for a more personalised VLE curriculum with pupils having access to the text materials on-line at home and within school.
In addition, the school offers several educational visits to throughout the year, such as lectures and workshops at Warwick University, visiting museums such as Think Tank and trips to London. Our emphasis for AfL and Opening Minds competencies is that of pupil participation and that they are part of the learning process, fully understanding their levels in each of the 3 subject areas, and how they can progress, and who can assist with this development.
The science department is committed to a broad based curriculum incorporating the requirements of the National Curriculum while developing the students’ knowledge of Opening Mind competencies. Students complete Key Stage 3 across year 7, 8 and 9. Throughout these three years they will build on the fundamental science taught to them at key stage two. Topics will cover all areas of science including Biology, Chemistry and Physics; the course aims to be both practical and engaging for the students to give them the best possible start to their GCSE courses.
During Year 7 the following topics are taught include a significant emphasis on the opening minds competencies:
As part of the students science curriculum of the first term the students are taught a practical base, skills unit this is designed to develop the student’s ability to carry out practical safely and how to carryout scientific investigations thoroughly in their first term of year 7. The students also study biological topics including cells and reproduction.
During the spring term the students are taught Chemistry and Physics topics including separating mixtures, particle model, energy and electricity. Within the students last term of year 7 pupils study Physics and biology topics including forces, muscle and bones, sound and ecosystems.
The topics taught in year 8 include a variety of Biology, Chemistry and Physics topics building on the content from the previous year. The content incorporates topics like food and digestion, respiration, light and sound, fuels and energy and earth and space.
Within year 9 students complete their learning of the key stage three curriculum covering topics like health and fitness, pollution and the environment and electricity. Students then move on to revise for end of key stage assessments.
Assessment within key stage three
Students within year 7 and 8 complete a test at the end of each term. These tests include all the material that they have learnt within that academic year and are designed to mimic the style of question they will experience as part of their Science GCSE. Students in year 9 work towards their end of key stage assessments which include a test paper and complete practical investigations.
All Key Stage 3 year groups will complete a practical Investigation Skills Booklet, to support the transition to GCSE. The practical element of GCSE will be embedded within the exam paper.
AQA GCSE Combined Science
The KS4 course in linear, pupils will be expected to complete 6 exams in the summer term of Year 11. In total students will complete of six modules, Biology 1, Biology 2, Chemistry 1, Chemistry 2, Physics 1 and Physics 2.
Year 10 will comprise of Biology 1, Chemistry 1, Physics 1 with Year 11 comprising of Biology 2, Chemistry 2, and Physics 2.
Over the two years, topics covered will include the following:
1. Cell biology
3. Infection and response
5. Homeostasis and response
6. Inheritance, variation and evolution
8. Atomic structure and the periodic table
9. Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter
10. Quantitative chemistry
11. Chemical changes
12. Energy changes
13. The rate and extent of chemical change
14. Organic chemistry
15. Chemical analysis
16. Chemistry of the atmosphere
17. Using resources
22. Magnetism and electromagnetism
23. Particle model of matter
24. Atomic structure
There are six papers: two biology, two chemistry and two physics. Each of the papers will assess knowledge and understanding from distinct topic areas.
Biology Paper 1
Biology topics 1–4: Cell Biology; Organisation; Infection and response; and Bioenergetics.
How it's assessed
Multiple choice, structured, closed short answer, and open response.
Biology Paper 2
Biology topics 5–7: Homeostasis and response; Inheritance, variation and evolution and Ecology.
Chemistry Paper 1
Chemistry topics 8–12: Atomic structure and the periodic table; Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter; Quantitative chemistry; Chemical changes and Energy changes.
Chemistry Paper 2
Chemistry topics 13–17: The rate and extent of chemical change; Organic chemistry; Chemical analysis; Chemistry of the atmosphere and using resources.
Physics Paper 1
Physics Paper 2