Learning & Achieving Together

Science

Our vision is to inspire all Brentside students to develop their curiosity and understanding of the world around them and in doing so we will continually strive to maintain our own sense of wonder and passion for what we do.

We will continually strive to deliver high quality lessons which promote an engaging and fulfilling learning environment for all students. We will maintain a consistent and continued focus on students’ achievement using data to monitor progress of every student’s learning ensuring all achieve their maximum potential. No exceptions. No excuses.

Key Stage 3

In key stage 3, students are taught the Kerboodle Activate course over two years. Students have 5 lessons of science a fortnight. The course is taught in topics covering all three disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Fourteen topics will be covered in Year 7 and thirteen topics will be covered in Year 8.

Year 7

  • Introduction: passport to science
  • Biology: cells, structure and function of body systems, reproduction, new technology
  • Chemistry: particles and behaviour, elements, atoms and compounds, reaction, acids and alkali, new technology
  • Physics: forces, sound, light, space, new technology

Year 8

  • Biology: health and lifestyle, turning points in biology, adaptation and inheritance, ecosystem processes, detection
  • Chemistry: the periodic table, the earth, metals and acids, turning points in chemistry, detection
  • Physics: energy & electricity, motion and pressure, turning points in physics, detection

Year 9

  • In Year 9 students start the GCSE science A course, which is a combination of biology, chemistry and physics. In addition, they also complete a practice individual skills assignment (ISA), which prepares them for their actual ISA taken in Year 10.

Key Stage 4

In key stage 4 students study the GCSE suite of specifications. Students are selected to follow either the separate science route where they will study the three sciences biology, physics and chemistry separately or the double science route in which they study two science courses, Science A and Additional Science, both of which are a combination of biology, chemistry and physics.

  • Science A gives students a good basic knowledge and understanding of the living material and physical world.
  • Additional Science offers students a broad coherent course of study that adds to their knowledge and understanding of the living material and physical world.
  • Biology gives students a good chance to gain the understanding of human biology, organisms, evolution and the environment.
  • Chemistry will give students a good understanding of the nature of substances and how they react together, how chemistry is used in business and industry and how our use of fuels affect the local and global environment.
  • Physics will give students a good understanding of the use and transfer of energy, as well as an insight into the nature of waves, radiation and space. They will also learn about the application of physics in the world.

Assessment and Examinations (AQA)

All courses are linear and examinations are taken at the end Year 11.

  • Science A Route 1: Separate examinations are taken in biology unit 1, chemistry unit 1, physics unit 1 together with the controlled assessment
  • Additional Science Route 1: Separate examinations are taken in biology unit 2, chemistry unit 2, physics unit 2 together with the controlled assessment
  • Biology examinations are taken in units 1, 2 and 3 together with a controlled assessment
  • Chemistry examinations are taken in units 1, 2 and 3 together with a controlled assessment
  • Physics examinations are taken in units 1, 2 and 3 together with a controlled assessment

Key Stage 5

A Level Biology

Year 12 AS Biology

  • Unit 1: Lifestyle, transport, genes and health
  • Unit 2: Development, plants and the environment
  • Unit 3: Practical biology and research skills

Year 13 A2 Biology

  • Unit 4: The natural environment and species survival
  • Unit 5: Energy, exercise and coordination

A Level Chemistry (AS and A2)

Year 12 AS Biology

  • Unit 1: Lifestyle, transport, genes and health
  • Unit 2: Development, plants and the environment
  • Unit 3: Ractical biology and research skills

Year 13 A2 Biology

  • Unit 4: The natural environment and species survival
  • Unit 5: Energy, exercise and coordination

A Level Physics (AS and A2)

Year 12 – AS Physics

  • Unit 1 Physics on the go
  • Unit 2 Physics at Work
  • Unit 3 Exploring Physics

Year 13 – A2 Physics

  • Unit 4 Physics on the move
  • Unit 5 Physics from creation to collapse
  • Unit 6 experimental physics

Assessment and Examinations (Edexcel)

  • Students are continuously assessed on their progress by end of topic tests.
  • AS examinations are taken in May
  • A level examinations are taken in June

Extra Curricular Opportunities

Opportunities include:

  • National Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) club programme
  • Weekly Key Stage 3, 4 and 5 clubs after school
  • Working towards Creativity in Science and Technology (CREST) Awards