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Science

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Science

Mr B. Charles: Director of Science

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.


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 scheme within their science lessons during the first term. Then pupils will then begin their Science GCSE during our second and third term.

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
 

All pupils are required to have a Science revision guide to support them in their studies at Reddish Vale High School. Pupils will use these guides both at home for their personal revision, but also as an active part of learning. They will be continually used throughout lessons as resources and be referred to so pupils can ensure they focus on understanding key concepts and being able to apply scientific principles to the world around them and not on just recording information to learn later. Please see the letter below which clarifies the course of study and the current pricing for the revision guides, accurate as of January 2019.