Science

Overview

Every student studying Science at Edgbarrow will develop the skills to be a success both personally and academically. With high aspirations for all, we deliver excellent teaching and learning in a subject that allows students to understand the world around them. Science will strengthen their literacy, numeracy, analytical and questioning skills. These are skills for life which will open future doors for all our students.

Science lessons at Edgbarrow include:

  • Fundamental concepts in Chemistry, Physics and Biology
  • Data analysis and interpretation skills
  • Critical evaluation skills
  • Observational skills
  • Practical techniques
  • Communication skills
  • Research skills

The Edgbarrow Science Department has 10 fully equipped classrooms and two prep rooms in a purpose-built block. We have an excellent team of staff comprising thirteen teaching staff, four science technicians and one science administrator.


Key Staff

Mrs Mackenzie Dodds - Head of Department
Dr Bingham - Second in Science / Head of Chemistry / Y11 Co-ordinator
Mr Burrell - Second in Science / Head of Physics / Y9-10 Co-ordinator
Mrs Crane - Third in Science /Y7 Co-ordinator
Mrs Rolls-Roake - Third in Science / Y8/9 Co-ordinator
Mr Woolman - Head of Biology
Mrs Banks
Mrs Cooper
Mr Law
Ms O'Shaughnessy
Mr Shingadia 
Mrs Patel
Miss Ahmed


Curriculum Intent

To experience the nature of scientific processes through scientific enquiry and develop an understanding of the world we live in.

Key Stage 3

Our Key Stage 3 Science course is an exciting theme-based learning experience. Within each unit, our students will cover all of the National Curriculum range and content, and 'How Science Works' learning objectives. There is an emphasis on skills development to enable success at Key Stage 4 and beyond. Following major curriculum re-sequencing, students follow a ‘spiral’ curriculum of key concepts (Big Ideas) where frequent links to previous learning are in place, to ensure students can clearly see how all areas of the three sciences are interlinked.

KS3 Banding

Students will follow national guidelines throughout Key Stage 3 to support and prepare them for their Key Stage 4 courses. The school operates a banding system of 1-9 (9 being the highest band). Students will be given a target based upon their Key Stage 2 scores and baseline assessments on arrival at Edgbarrow. The band they are awarded at the end of the Key Stage is intended to be indicative of the grade they may achieve at GCSE.

Due to the re-sequencing of the KS3 curriculum, the banding documents are under review.

Biology

Chemistry

Physics

Year 7 Curriculum Assessment Plan

Year 8 Curriculum Assessment Plan

Year 9 Curriculum Assessment Plan

 


Key Stage 4

The Science department is very proud of its Key Stage 4 curriculum which is personalised for the individual needs of each student. Every student is offered the Key Stage 4 curriculum which best enables them to achieve success, not only during their time at Edgbarrow but throughout their lives. Current Year 11 students will take a minimum of two GCSEs in Science, with guidance on whether to choose the separate sciences in their options choices being given to each student. We strive to ensure all students are placed on the most suitable course and tier to achieve their full potential in Science.

Following major curriculum re-sequencing, students follow a ‘spiral’ curriculum of key concepts where frequent links to previous learning are in place, plus the order of topics covered have been changed to aid fluidity of understanding. We offer two different pathways at Key Stage 4 on the new grading system:

• AQA Combined Science (2 GCSEs banded 9-1)

• AQA Separate Sciences (3 GCSEs banded 9-1)

Students are recommended the most appropriate pathway at the start of Year 9 before they make their option choices.

Year 10 Curriculum Assessment Plan

Year 11 Curriculum Assessment Plan

 


Key Stage 5

All three Sciences are offered at Edgbarrow, with entry requirements of completion of Higher tier exams from either Combined Science or the relevant discipline from the Separate Sciences. Students must also have completed Higher tier maths exams. We follow full A level courses in AQA A-Level Biology, OCR Salters B A-Level Chemistry and Edexcel A-Level Physics, no longer offering an AS Level qualification in these subjects. Students can therefore only study the linear A-Level course which have final exams at the end of Year 13 only. We have a strong focus on delivering the course in a way where the topics flow to aid understanding, and also focus on mathematical skills and essay writing skills (Biology only). We also prepare students for their future choices, giving practice interviews and full support in tailoring their personal statements to their courses. We have a high take up of science-based choices, often with a number of Oxbridge candidates.

Year 12 Curriculum Assessment Plan        

Year 13 Curriculum Assessment Plan 

Level 3 Extended Certificate in Applied Science
 The course in Applied Science is intended as an Applied General qualification for post-16 learners who want to continue their education through applied learning and who aim to progress to higher education and ultimately to employment, possibly in the applied science sector. The qualification is equivalent in size to one A Level and aims to give a coherent introduction to study of the applied science sector. This is a course that can run alongside Sport and Exercise Science, Health and Social Care and other Social Science subjects.


For further information regarding our Sciences Curriculum please contact:
Mrs Mackenzie Dodds  anna.mackenzie-dodds@edgbarrowschool.co.uk