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Science Department

The Science Department at Madani School provides a safe learning environment where girls can flourish and develop their scientific skills.

Our aims are to help our students develop the following skills:

  • understanding of key concepts to help solve problems in unfamiliar situations;
  • using scientific methods of investigation to solve problems in a disciplined way;
  • understanding that learning in science contributes to personal development because the interest and curiosity shown need to be balanced by an awareness of health and safety matters and respect for living things and the environment;
  • appreciating the powerful, but provisional nature of scientific knowledge and explanation and understanding that science is always developing;
  • giving students access to careers in science and technology at a variety of levels.


At KS3 the students follow the National Curriculum.

At KS4 the current year 11 will be completing the old GCSE specification. With the majority of students studying Additional Science. They will be sitting exams in Science B and Additional Science in May/June 2017.

Triple Award will be completing the OCR Gateway syllabus.

Year 10 will be studying the new OCR specifications. The majority of students will be studying CORE GCSE Combined Science over the two years which results in an equivalent of 2 GCSE Science qualifications.

Science Triple Option students will be following new OCR Gateway specifications for Biology, Chemistry and Physics. All examinations in May/June 2018.

The Department has 3 teaching staff.

Ms J Williams: Subject Lead

Mrs T Waseer: Science Teacher

Mrs M Chopdat: Science Teacher


Key stage 3 Science


In KS3 Science, Year 7, 8 and 9 students are taught four lessons of science per week following the National Curriculum. Students are taught in mixed ability groups.

Science lessons are taught in 7 or 8 topics that cover: physics, chemistry and biology. Students are assessed and given a level when they have completed an assessed task in the majority of topic areas. They do their work in an exercise book, which they must bring to every lesson. An end of year exam is given during the third term.

Students need to be able to work safely in order to take part in practical work. Science helps students to develop the following skills: Practical, group work, independent learning, safety, following instructions, scientific literacy, numeracy, graph skills, analysis and interpretation of results, and evaluation of experimental methods.

The National Curriculum for science aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics ;
  • develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them;
  • are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.


Key stage 4


Science is a core subject at Key Stage 4. Core students have four lessons of science per week, with separate science students having 7 lessons Students will study OCR Gateway Science Suite. www.ocr.org.uk

This specification aims to give candidates opportunities to:

  • develop their interest and enthusiasm for, science;
  • develop a critical approach to scientific evidence and methods;
  • acquire and apply skills, knowledge and understanding of how science works and its essential role in society;
  • acquire scientific skills, knowledge and understanding necessary for progression to further learning.


CORE STUDENTS ( Students who do not do Triple Award)

Science is a core subject so all students must study at least two GCSE sciences at Madani.

In year 10 students study one GCSE OCR Science B – Gateway Suite
This comprises of nine topics: 3 biology, 3 chemistry and 3 physics.

In year 11 students study their 2nd GCSE OCR Additional Science – Gateway Suite
This comprises nine topics: 3 biology, 3 chemistry and 3 physics, building on the knowledge gained in year 10.

TRIPLE AWARD STUDENTS ( those students who opt for ‘Triple’ at the end of year 9)
By the end of the two years, successful students will have 3 GCSEs: one in biology, one in chemistry and one in physics. During the course, pupils will complete six module areas each for biology, chemistry and physics.

To maximise the progress of your child we recommend that you regularly look at their exercise book and discuss their work with them.

All KS4 students are issued with Lonsdale Revision Guides to assist them with their homework and preparation for assessments and external exams.

The websites below are recommended to support and extend the learning of our students.





Key dates:



Science Map of Learning 2016/2017



Year 7 Science Teaching Schedule
Year 8 Science Teaching Schedule
Year 9 Science Teaching Schedule
Year 10 (Core)Science Teaching Schedule
Year 10 (Triple)Science Teaching Schedule
Year 11 (Core)Science Teaching Schedule
Year 11 (Triple)Science Teaching Schedule



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