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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 student 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 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 students’ responses to exam questions.
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.
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.
STEM Activity at the BBC with Year 9 Separate Science Students
Current Year 11s at the University of Birmingham – Bespoke Practical Flame Photometry Activity
Useful websites and books:
Useful resources: KS4 Websites/Books
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 https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zng4d2p
Fuse School on Youtube – search for the topic