Science

‘Science is beautiful when it makes simple explanations of phenomena or connections between different observations. Examples include the double helix in Biology and the fundamental equations in Physics’

Stephen Hawking


As a faculty we want to inspire students to appreciate the importance of the subject and how the world that surrounds them would not be here today if it wasn’t for Science. We as a faculty like to think we bring enthusiasm and passion to the young minds that join Redden Court School. We cover such a vast variety of scientific concepts in each specialism, Biology, Chemistry and Physics. We want students to be asking questions as soon as they walk into a laboratory, such as why does the heart beat every second? What force is it that allows us to remain on the ground? How is plastic made? We want the students to be challenging the teachers with their curiosity.

Key Stage Three

All students study Science with difference scheme of work for Biology, Chemistry and Physics. There are a variety of ways to develop the students scientific skills and prepare them as much as possible for GCSE.

In Year 7, students begin by investigating ‘Science In a Lab’ before beginning the main concepts in Science, it is fundamental that they develop skills in a laboratory and familiarise themselves with important equipment they will be exposed to in their future, along with graph skills, investigational skills and generally allowing them to organise themselves as young scientists. They will then continue to learn a scheme of work which will give them the fundamentals that they will cover at GCSE. These include topics such as cell, enzymes, forces and the atom. Similarly, In Year 8 they build on skills from Year 7 to further develop this with topics such as the Heart and Human Body and KS3 to KS4 transition which will better prepare them for when they start their GCSE.

Key Stage Four

During the Key Stage 4, the current Year 9, 10 and 11 students follow the Edexcel syllabus, which is broken down into subunits of study.

Biology - Paper 1 and 2

Key Concepts (Paper 1 and 2)

Cells and Control

Genetics

Natural Selection and Genetic Modification

Health Disease and the development of Medicines

Plant structures and functions

Animal Coordination, Control and Homeostasis

Exchange and transport in animals

Ecosystems and Natural Cycles

Chemistry – Paper 3 and 4

States of Matter, Methods of Separating and Purifying Substances

Atomic Structure

The Periodic Table

Ionic Bonding, Covalent Bonding and Types of Substances

Acids and Alkalis

Calculations involves Masses

Electrolytic Processes, Obtaining and Using Metals, Reversible Reactions

Groups in the Periodic Table, Rates of Reaction

Fuels, Earth and Atmospheric Science

Physics – Papers 5 and 6

Waves

Motion and Forces

Conservation of Energy

Motion

Light and the Electromagnetic Spectrum

Radioactivity

Energy – Forces doing work

Electricity and Circuits

Magnetism

Particle Model


Students have two courses, either a Combined Science award or Separate Science Award. If students complete the combined qualification, they take part in three papers (Paper 1 (B), 3 (C) and 5 (P) each worth 60 marks (1 hour and 10 minutes each). The second grade of their combined award they sit Paper 2 (B), Paper 4 (C) and Paper 6 (P) again worth 60 marks each. The Key Concepts in Biology, Chemistry and Physics appears in Papers 1,2,3,4,5 and 6.

We do not offer Separate Science as an option but the students who are the show they are able cope with the high demand of the Science curriculum may have the opportunity to do the Separate Science curriculum. Similarly, they topics above are the same but there is extra content which makes the papers 1 hour 45 minutes each, being worth 100 marks.

Required practical’s are now a huge component in the new Science 9-1 GCSE, with these being worth 40% of their GCSE examination. These are covered in detail in class and it is expected that students are independently revising for these in preparing for their GCSE.

Learning Outside of the Classroom

  • Read and revise from the revision guides (CGP) - this is vital to ensure you maintain your knowledge of the key topics we learn in class

  • Prepare revision cards and materials to help you remember key information. Ask friends and family to test you on your knowledge of important factors

  • Practise exam style questions to apply your knowledge from the revision you are doing

  • Use Google Classroom to use the Pixl resources available to help consolidate knowledge learnt at home and in class.

Meet the Department

Head of Faculty

Miss K. Davies

2nd in Faculty

Mrs S. Harvey

Internal Lead Practitioner for Science

Mrs M. Slattery

Teacher of Science and Deputy Head of Student Achievement

Mrs S Thompson

Teachers of Science

Mr R. Ruthven

Mrs J. Lebow

Mr K. Hikel

Miss N. Brotherton

Mrs S. Kruse

Senior Technician

Ms B. Szewczyk

Technicians

Mrs S. Wilkins

Mrs M. Abbott

Miss A. Hayles