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Science

Key Stage 3

KS3 Topics:

Key Stage 3 science is where we capture students interest and inspire them by sharing the diverse world of science each lesson. Lesson’s are always varied and filled with practical work to help students understand the wide-ranging topics we cover. The KS3 curriculum spirals into GCSE as we move into Year 9 and beyond. 

7B1 The Basics of Life
7B2 Ecosystems & Life Processes
7C1 Physical Changes & the Particle Model
7C2 Atoms, Elements & Mixtures
7P1 Energy
7P2 Forces

8B1- The Body
8B2- DNA and Inheritance
8C1- Elements and Reactions
8C2- Chemical Reactions
8P1- Waves
8P2- Electricity and Magnetism

How many lessons per fortnight? 7

ILT information: 

Students receive ILT once a week and it is due in the following week. ILT will always be set on the same day and handed in on the same day to prevent confusion. 

ILT can be a variety of activities from spellings to learn, projects to make presentations to prepare or assessments as described below.

Assessment:

In each topic, students are assessed three times. There are two assessed ILTs and one test per topic. 

There are also End of Year examinations that occur during Timetable rollover.

Out of classroom opportunities: Cheltenham Science Festival Visit, Science Christmas Lectures, Science Club and FameLab

The 3 I's in Science...

Intent:

As science teachers, our main aim is to capture students curiosity of the world around them and provide them with the skills they need to explore and understand it.r

 

We aim to equip students with…

  • Knowledge

  • Thinking Skills

  • Investigative Skills

  • Practical Skills

  • Evaluation Skills

 

Students should always enjoy lessons that are well planned by teachers with expert knowledge, innovative and have practical work at their core

 

So that they could go on to be the scientists of the future or be able to have a well thought out opinion about what is going on in the world. 

 

They should have an appreciation of how different cultures and societies have contributed to the modern world in which we live.

Implementation:

The curriculum we deliver is balanced, rigorous, appropriate and relevant to our students

 

Key Stage 3

 

Where we capture students interest and inspire them by sharing the diverse world of science each lesson. Lessons are always varied and filled with practical work to help students understand the wide-ranging topics we cover. Both the skills and content KS3 curriculum spirals into GCSE as we move into Year 9 and beyond. Students will have a range of teacher specialisms across the two years of Key Stage 3. Students are in mixed ability groups with an additional support group that has two specialist Teaching Assistants attached to it.

 

Key Stage 4

 

Students can sit GCSEs in either Combined Science or Separate Sciences. The Combined Science groups are taught in mixed ability groups. We also offer the Entry Level Certificate, which is most appropriate to our low prior attainers. All courses are Edexcel,  which was selected due to the breadth of its resources and the balance of the topics covered. All students have three subject specialist teachers across their nine science lessons.

 

Key Stage 5

 

Students can study A levels in biology, chemistry or physics and large numbers do at the Dene Magna Sixth Form. All three sciences follow the Edexcel course and this allows an effective transition for our Key Stage 4 students as well as those coming from different schools around the county. Biology and chemistry are taught by two teachers that split the course. Physics is taught by the lead teacher of physics.

 

Assessment

 

All students complete assessed ILTs and Tests that are all Exam Question-based. This allows both the teacher and the student to get a good picture of where they are at

 

We try and both broaden horizons and raise aspirations through our extra-curricular provision. These include:

 

KS3- Xmas Lectures, SCIENCE CLUB, Science Festival, We The Curious Trip 

KS4- FameLab, Industry visits, VetMed+ 

Impact:

The most important thing is that we are confident that students leave science lessons having learned what was set out. Teachers will do this throughout lessons and periodically throughout topics.

 

Experiences

to open students eyes to where the science curriculum can lead through:

 

University Visits

Work Experience

Visits from Experts

6th Form Experiences

 

Destinations

Our aim is for significant numbers of students to go to our 6th form to study science as well as students moving into apprenticeships that are science-based. we have significant numbers of students at the Dene Magna sixth form studying A-Level sciences:

  • Biology

  • Chemistry

  • Physics

 

Results

We aim for our students to achieve results that allow them to go on to their next step, be in line with their targets and significantly above national averages in all areas.

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