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Science

Respect, Aspiration, Determination, Independence.

Next year we are requiring all pupils purchase a revision guide for science. All pupils have been given a letter and an electronic version is here for you to download at the bottom of this page. For any more information please contact the Science department. Thank you

Mr B. Charles: Director of Science

  • Mr. G. Antonelli: Chemistry/Physics Teacher
  • Mr. R. Barlow: Biology Teacher/Head of Year 11
  • Mr. H Fitzwilliam-Pipe 
  • Mrs M Birch
  • Mrs. L. Freer: Assistant Head of Faculty KS3 Science, Biology Teacher
  • Mrs. N Budd
  • Mrs. R. Spencer: Assistant Head of Faculty KS4 Science, Biology Teacher
  • Miss E Firth

 

Science Faculty
The Science Faculty aims to provide a high quality teaching and learning experience for all pupils and to develop a long lasting enthusiasm for science.
 
Studying Science at Reddish Vale High School involves developing the essential knowledge, skills and concepts of Biology, Chemistry and Physics alongside the development of  ‘How Science Works’ skills and understanding. We aim to equip pupils with the knowledge and understanding to be scientifically literate members of society and to develop the ability to evaluate evidence, make informed choices and be aware of the social, environmental and economic implications of science.
 
 
 
The faculty aims to:
  • To deliver outstanding standards in teaching and learning throughout the curriculum.
  • To develop and utilise quality resources in a safe, positive and modern learning environment.
  • Develop a high level of science skills and knowledge.
  • Provide a broad, balanced and differentiated science curriculum to meet the needs of all pupils.
  • Make students aware of the applications of science in the wider context.
  • Develop mathematical and literacy skills.
  • Offer guidance in relation to further education and career aspirations.
  • Prepare students thoroughly for external exams and coursework.

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Key Stage 3:

Key Stage 3

With the introduction of the new Science GCSE’s, the school has created a bespoke scheme of work drawing from different areas to ensure pupils are prepared for the

challenges of GCSE and engaged in the world of science around them.

The topics for each year group are identified below. Pupils will complete two of these topics per half term in their science lessons, with a test at the end of each half term on both.

 

Year 7

Acids and Alkalis, Body systems, Cells, Chemical reactions, Elements, atoms and compounds, Forces, Lab safety, Light, Particles, Reproduction, Sound and Space.

 

Year 8

Adaptation and inheritance, Earth and atmosphere, Ecosystem processes, Electricity and magnetism, Energy, Health, Metals and acids, Motion and Pressure, Periodic table and Separating techniques.

 

Year 9

All classes will follow a tailored intervention programme within their science lessons to help meet the demands of the new GCSE syllabus. The first three half terms will engage pupils with the knowledge and skills needed to access the new GCSE course, they will then begin their Science GCSE after the February half term break.

Pupils will be tested at the end of each half term on the topics they have covered to ensure teachers can tailor learning for pupils and assess pupil progress.

 

 
 
Key Stage 4

 

GCSE

Pupils will be completing the Edexcel Combined Science GCSE or the Edexcel Separate Science GCSE comprising of three areas; Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

Each area will be assessed at the end of year 11 through two exams; meaning every pupil will sit 6 exams in total; the subject will not include any coursework.

Combined Science Standard andHigher exams will be 1hr 10mins each with pupils being assessed over 60 marks per paper.

Separate Science exams will be 1hr 45mins each with pupils being assessed over 100 marks per paper.

 All pupils will be assessed at the end of every half term using past exam paper questions; papers will be marked by staff and annotated by pupils in lessons to ensure they can continually progress towards their targets.

 

EDEXCEL Core and additional science:

CORE SCIENCE
3 units of study in year 10:
B1 Influences on life
C1 Chemistry in our world
P1 universal physics

Assessment:       
25% Biology exam
25% Chemistry exam
25% Physics exam
25% controlled assessment

Additional Science:
Units of study in year 11:
3 units are studied and examined in year 11:
B2 the components of life
C2 Discovering chemistry
P2 physics for your future

Assessment:
25% Biology exam
25% Chemistry exam.
25% Physics exam
25% controlled assessment