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Contacting the department

If you have any questions or concerns about your child, please don’t hesitate to contact a member of the Art department by leaving a message with Reception or by emailing our enquiry address.

We aim to respond to phone calls and emails as quickly as possible, and certainly within 48 hours. Please bear in mind that members of staff may have a day of teaching and may not be able to respond to non-urgent matters until the end of the Academy day or the following Academy day.

By telephone:      0121-464 2737 (main school switchboard)
By email:              enquiry@harborneacademy.co.uk

Rationale KS3/4 2021-22

At KS3 a balance of skills and content will be delivered to support independent learning. Practical lessons will be used wherever appropriate to produce practically competent students. Schemes of learning have been planned to offer appropriate levels of support, flexibility and challenge for all and are designed to lead students towards the next set of learning demands, qualifications and future opportunities.

Year 7

In order to be fully prepared for a successful start with the new Year 6 students moving into KS3 they will complete a baseline assessment at the beginning of year 7. This will identify any gaps in their learning so we can tweak the delivery of our Scheme of Work (SoW) to cater to their needs. Our SoW is focussed on developing skills like scientific analysis, experimental skills, investigations and evaluations and will cover a wide range of topics, for example; electricity, cells, separation techniques, particle models, sound, acids and alkali and ecosystems.

Students will be given a student friendly version of the teaching order explaining the topics they will cover each half term and a brief description of the content in these topics. They will also be given a printed copy of the assessment plan and dates so that they get the opportunity to prepare well in advance. To ensure clarity between the key partners – Teachers, students and parents, a copy of this plan will be displayed on a display board in science corridor and an electronic version will be uploaded onto Microsoft Teams so that they can be readily accesses by everyone.

Year 8

Year 8 students will start with familiar topics that they know of to some extent based on their life experiences (diets, balanced diets, global warming etc.) and gradually moves on to more scientific content (atomic models, light, classification solar system etc).

This year we have gained an additional lesson per week in our timetable which will ensure all the topics in year 7 and 8 that were not covered fully last year due to Covid-19 restrictions are delivered to close the knowledge gap.

The sequence of topics chosen in the teaching order is planned and aimed at building scientific skills and knowledge progressively. The extra time gained this year has been used to revisit concepts that students struggle with owing to their abstract nature (electricity, particles and forces). These topics will be delivered through kinaesthetic activities like modelling and practical’s which are integral to the SoW. Students will be given a student friendly version of the teaching order explaining the topics they will cover each half term and a brief description of the content in these topics.

Students will also be given a printed copy of the assessment plan and dates so that they get the opportunity to prepare well in advance to support their learning. To ensure clarity between the key partners – Teachers, students and parents, a copy of this plan will be displayed on a display board in science corridor and an electronic version will be uploaded onto Microsoft Teams so that they can be readily accesses by everyone.

KS4 Science

KS4 science builds on the ‘three big ideas’ from KS3 Science. ‘Key concept’ topics are the main focus in Year 9 and form the backbone to biology, chemistry and physics. Investigative skills taught at KS3 are continued to be developed at GCSE level and assessed as part of every required practical. The focus on numeracy, literacy and problem-solving continues and exam technique lessons are built into our teaching plan to develop pupils’ responses to exam questions. The curriculum is ‘spiralled’ to ensure that the key ideas are frequently revisited through year 7, 8 and 9 to promote depth of understanding.

Exam board

Edexcel

Exam Information

Combined Science Examinations: There are two tiers:

  1. Higher paper grades 99 – 44. Grades based on marks out of 360 marks from all 6 papers.
  2. Foundation paper grades 55 – 11.  Grades based on marks out of 360 marks from all 6 papers.

Separate Science Examinations. There are two tiers:

Higher paper grades 9 – 4. Grades 9-4 will be based on marks out of a total score of 200 marks for each separate science i.e. 2 biology papers, 2 chemistry papers and 2 physics papers worth 100 marks each.

Foundation paper grades 5 – 1.  Grades 5-1 will be based on marks out of a total score of 200 marks for each separate science i.e. 2 biology papers, 2 chemistry papers and 2 physics papers worth 100 marks each.

Long Term Plan

UNDER REVIEW

Triple science

UNDER REVIEW

Careers information

Science careers involve more than wearing a white laboratory coat and burning things! The skills obtained from studying science can help prepare students for numerous roles which stem from engineering, medicine to quality assurance in many industries and link to other subjects such as Geography and Sport Science.

Careers in Biology link

https://www.rsb.org.uk/careers-and-cpd/careers/make-a-difference

Careers in Chemistry links

https://www.stem.org.uk/elibrary/resource/26616
https://www.rsc.org/careers/future/all-profiles

Careers in Physics links

https://www.rsc.physics.org/careers/asp?contentid=381
https://www.spacecareers.uk/?p=jobprofiles

Science Events

STEM Activity at the BBC

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Useful Resources

Past paper exam papers

https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/sciences-2016.html

KS4 Websites

GCSE Pod 
Focus Elearning

Revision guides/ Books:
Combined Revision Guide (Edexcel)
Target 5 (Edexcel)
Target 7 (Edexcel)
Biology Revision Guide (Edexcel)
Chemistry Revision Guide (Edexcel)
Physics Revision Guide (Edexcel)

KS3 Websites

BBC Bitesize - Science
Fuse School on Youtube – search for the topic
Seneca learning - Science
 

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