In Science, students develop understanding of key facts and concepts with a wide range of up-to-date content; and carefully designed questions and activities to encourage students to measure their own progress. We test students scientific knowledge at the end of every topic, and we assess their scientific skills at the end of every term.
In Key Stage 4 the WJEC GCSE Science (double award) specification provides a broad, coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study. It encourages learners to develop confidence in, and a positive attitude towards, science and to recognise its importance in their own lives and to society.
Studying GCSE Science (double award) provides the foundations for understanding the material world. Scientific understanding is changing our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity, and all learners should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of Science. They should be helped to appreciate how the complex and diverse phenomena of the natural world can be described in terms of a small number of key ideas relating to the sciences which are both inter-linked, and are of universal application.
Pupils also have the option to choose single Science during the options process which provides pupils with three separate GCSEs in biology, chemistry and physics. As opposed to the double award qualification they would receive due to Science being a core subject. Through opting for the single Science qualification pupils have the opportunity to cover a broader range of challenging content which further prepares them to take science at A-level.
Shown below is an outline of what we teach in our Key Stage 3 and 4 Science lessons: