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Contacting the Team

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

We aim to respond to phone calls & emails as quickly as possible, & certainly within 48 hours. Please bear in mind that members of staff may have a day of teaching & 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

KS3 Science

At KS3 in science, pupils will develop their knowledge and understanding about the world around us by studying ‘the three big ideas’ in Biology, Chemistry and Physics by following the ‘Exploring Science’ scheme of work. At the centre of each KS3 topic, there is a focus on investigate skills to allow pupils to investigate and apply skills such numeracy,  problem-solving, evaluation, working in collaboration with other pupils and learning by discovery. Each KS3 topic allows pupils to practice extended writing skills to improve literacy in science but also apply skills learned in the English Faculty, such as the ‘point’, evidence and explain’ for improving higher order thinking skills and use of command language for devising experimental procedures

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

Exam board:

Edexcel

Exam Information:

Combined Science Examinations: There are two tiers:

Higher paper grades 9 – 4. Grades based on marks out of 360 marks from all 6 papers.

Foundation paper grades 5 – 1.  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

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

Overall Year Plan:

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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

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

Careers in Chemistry

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

Careers in Physics

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

Science Events

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Useful websites and books:

Useful resources and past paper exam papers: KS4 Websites/Books

Pearsons Edexcel GCSE Sciences 2016
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)

Useful resources: KS3 Websites

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

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