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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;

· give students access to careers in science and technology at a variety of levels.

During year 7 & 8 students will follow a condensed version of KS3 National Curriculum.

Years 9-11 will be studying the new OCR specifications. The majority of students will be studying CORE GCSE Combined Science which results in an equivalent of 2 GCSE Science qualifications.

Science Triple Option students (Year 10 & 11) will be following new OCR Gateway specifications for Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

The Department has 3 teaching staff.

Ms J Williams: Subject Lead

Mrs T Waseer: Science Teacher

Mrs M Chopdat: Science Teacher

Key stage 3

 

 

In KS3 Science, Year 7 and 8 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 allocated a learner band 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.

To give Year 9 students a head start, this year we will be commencing the GCSE curriculum. This will allow students more revision time at the end of the course.

Key stage 4

 

Science is a core subject at Key Stage 4. Core students have five lessons of science per week, with separate science students having 8 lessons Students will study OCR Gateway Science Suite. www.ocr.org.uk (see full links below)

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. A combined science course is taught with equal curriculum content of biology, chemistry and physics.

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.

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

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

http://bbc.co.uk/schools/KS3/science

ocr.gateway suite combined science a

ocr.gateway suite biology a

ocr gateway suite chemistry a

ocr gateway suite physics a

http://www.samlearning.com

http://my-gcseScience.com/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/Science/

Key dates:

 
Key Exam dates: Key Trip dates:
Year 7, 8 and 9 End of year exam (Summer) Year 7, 8, 9 and 10 March
Year 10 Summer Mock exam - June Year 11 depends on curriculum time
Year 11 Mock exam December, with final GCSE exam in summer

Science Map of Learning

 
Map of Learning (Core) Science 
Map Of Learning (Triple) Science 

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