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Science

Science at Warneford

In the Science department, we have carefully chosen our curriculum to meet the needs of our students.

The design of the curriculum has been done with the following key aims at the core:

  • To develop students’ skills to allow them to conduct experiments safely, and produce meaningful and valid results
  • To deepen students understanding of core concepts in science
  • To link the curriculum to the opportunities that studying science at a higher level may lead to in future careers
  • To go beyond the scope of the examined curriculum, so that students are enthused, deepening their interest in the opportunities that science can bring to improve life on Earth
  • To go beyond the scope of the examined curriculum, so that students may understand their role in protecting the environment and the sustainability of the resources on the Earth

KS3 Science at Warneford is taught across two years. Our curriculum is bespoke for our students; building on the knowledge and skills they have learnt in primary school to develop their knowledge and understanding of key scientific ideas. In each topic, lessons are designed to develop skills in conducting experiments, as well as providing opportunities for them to develop their scientific communication skills through pieces of extended writing.

   

The topics are:

YEar 7 YEar 8
B1 Systems B3 Humans II
B2 Humans B4 Organisms
C1 Particles C3 Reactions II
C2 Reactions C4 Resources
P1 Energy P3 Energy II
P2 Motion P4 Matter

KS4 Science at Warneford is taught across 3 years. Through careful tracking and monitoring of progress, we will guide pupils onto one of our science pathways.

All of the pathways will give pupils the opportunities to deepen their scientific knowledge of key concepts, as well as develop their experimental skills.  Lessons, taught by subject specialists, will often go beyond the constraints of the examined curriculum to give students insight into potential careers in science, as well as developing their knowledge, allowing them contribute to improving life on Earth and ensuring the sustainability of the Earth’s resources.

The three pathways include:

Triple Science – this qualification will lead to 3 separate GCSEs in Science

Combined Science – this qualification will lead to 2 separate GCSEs in Science

Entry Level qualifications – this qualification will lead to a Level 1, or Level 2 Certificate in Science.

When identifying the best pathway for the students, we will consider a range of factors.  This includes consideration of academic ability, discussions with class teachers, and consideration of the other subjects taken by each individual pupil, to make sure that they are taking a balance of subjects, without overloading themselves with the number of exams they need to take at the end of Year 11.

Typically, 20% – 25% of pupils will follow the Triple Science Pathway

Typically, 75% – 80% will follow the Combined Science Pathway

Typically, 1% – 5% will follow the Entry Level qualifications

Students who sit the exams for Combined Science, or Triple Science, have the opportunity to study Science beyond Warneford.

   

All our local colleges require two science GCSE qualifications at a grade 6 or above to study science at A level.

Beyond the classroom, pupils have the opportunities to experience science through a wide range of trips, visits and visiting speakers. These include:

  • Trip to the Science Museum London
  • Visit to the Oxford University Lectures
  • Presentation from a local company on the ethics of using animals in scientific research
  • Visit to the Bodyworks exhibition in London
  • Visit to the Natural History Museum in London
  • Participating in the CREST Awards
  • Participating in the local STEM competitions
  • Trip to the Aerospace museum in Bristol
  • Trip to Bristol Zoo

   

Useful Science links:

GCSE Biology Specification

GCSE Chemistry Specification

GCSE Physics Specification

GCSE Combined Science Specification

GCSE Sciences: Physics equations

GCSE Science – explaining our exams