Key Stage 3 Science: Year 7 and 8
Students in years 7 and 8 complete a series of context-based topics in a rotation to maintain interest and ensure important fundamental ideas are covered and understood. These topics include: Cells, Particles, Forces, Body Systems, Elements and Compounds, Reproduction, Chemical Reactions, Sound, Light, Acids & Alkalis, The Periodic Table, Chemical Separation Techniques, and Space. Students have 6 lessons of Science over the two week timetable.
Students are taught in mixed ability sets for year 7 and are streamed for year 8. Year 7 and year 8 are taught from the Activate 1 and Activate 2 scheme of work and textbooks respectively. The time-plans for what topics should be covered during each year can be found in the links below. At the end of year 8, students are given an exam to assess if they are have reached the necessary level to begin studying for their GCSEs. Students who show that they are of this standard begin studying for their GCSEs at the beginning of year 9, while the students who are not yet ready will do further extension of their KS3 work for the first term of year 9.
We endeavour to give each class a maximum of two teachers who aim to deliver content using a range of teaching styles and activities, including practicals and independent research tasks. Each group receives one 30 minute piece of homework per week (in line with the faculty marking policy), which is designed to develop and consolidate understanding. All students are provided with access to a digital textbook on kerboodle.com. In addition to this, students are encouraged to use resources from the school library, BBC Bitesize and SAM Learning to extend their understanding.
Key Stage 4 Science: Year 9, 10 and 11
Year 9 Science students will be following the AQA Trilogy Science course that is a new scheme developed for first examination in 2018. The course is assessed by terminal examination with no Controlled Assessments to complete during the course. Instead students will be expected to carry out between 18-28 "required" practicals depending on whether they study for Additional or Triple Science. These practical skills will be examined terminally and these questions carry a weighting of 15%.
Year 10 Science students are taught 8 lessons of Science over the two week timetable. The students are following the 2014 AQA scheme of work and will have their exams at the end of Year 11. They will have two assessed Controlled Assessments called ISAs.
Year 11 continue to study the OCR 21st Century Additional Science GCSE. Students will take three exams at the end of year 11 for their Additional Science GCSE grade. There is one piece of controlled assessment in year 11 Additional Science.
Year 11 Triple continue to study the OCR 21st Century Biology, Chemistry and Physics GCSEs. These are three completely separate GCSE courses. Each GCSE contains three exams taken at the end of year 11 and one extended piece of controlled assessment for each subject.
Key Stage 5: A/S and A level
Students require B grade at both Core and Additional Science or B grades in the chosen subject/s if they have studied Triple Science at GCSE to be accepted on to the course.
Students follow the Salters-Nuffield Advanced Biology for Edexcel course. Students following the A level specification will be examined at the end of the two year course. There is no longer any coursework component to the course but students are required to carry out 18 Core Practicals. Students will be examined on these practical skills in the written exams at the end of the course and this carries a weighting of 15%.
Students have 9 lessons over the two week timetable, normally allocated in double blocks to accommodate practicals. Students are usually team taught the Biology content by two teachers. The topics studied in the first year of the course are: Lifestyle, Health and Risk, Genes and Health, Voice of the Genome, and Biodiversity and Natural Resources. In the second year of the course the topics studied are: On the Wild Side, Infection, Immunity and Forensics, Run for your Life and Grey Matter (brain).
Students will be issued with a course textbook which needs to be brought to lessons, as well as being used at home. They are also expected to have a folder for their notes, which again needs to be brought to lessons. Students will be allocated a log on for the SNAB online resource that the school purchases and this will be used alongside other resources to aid their learning. Students will be expected to complete homework every lesson and complete independent study alongside the lesson content.
During the duration of the new 2015 specification (first examination summer 2016) for AQA AS A2 Chemistry, students perform 12 core practical experiments over the two year course. Each experiment is written up fully by the student (alongside their results and calculations) in a hard-bound laboratory journal which is externally checked by AQA exam board each year.
Practical work is at the heart of chemistry, so AQA exam board have placed it at the heart of their specification. Practical assessments have been divided into those that can be assessed in written exams and those that can only be directly assessed whilst students are carrying out experiments. A-level grades will be based only on marks from written exams. A separate endorsement of practical skills will be taken alongside the A-level. This will be assessed by teachers and will be based on direct observation of students’ competency in a range of skills that are not assessable in written exams.
Overall, the 12 core practicals over the two year duration of the course will be expertly augmented with additional skill reinforcements to afford Cavendish students the perfect opportunity to score highly in practical-based examination questions - which comprise 15% of all available marks on written examination papers.
Students follow the OCR A course for Physics. Students following the A level specification will be examined at the end of the two year course. There is no longer any coursework component to the course, and students will be examined on practical skills in the written exams at the end of the course. Students have 9 lessons over the two week timetable, normally allocated in double blocks to accommodate practicals. Students are usually team taught the Physics content by two teachers. The course is split into 6 modules: Development of Practical Skills in Physics, Foundations of Physics, Forces and Motion, Electrons, Waves and Photons, Newtonian World and Astrophysics, Particles and Medical Physics.
Students will be issued with a course textbook which needs to be brought to lessons, as well as being used at home. They are also expected to have a folder for their notes, which again needs to be brought to lessons. Students will be expected to complete homework every lesson and complete independent study alongside the lesson content.