Welcome to the curriculum page for Science. 

The West Hill School Science Department philosophy is based on high expectations and standards, and the desire to assist all students to achieve their full potential.

We endeavour to create an environment that encourages and rewards good behaviour and all achievement; where students can feel valued and secure, inspired and motivated at all abilities and levels.

We aim to provide lifelong skills and to develop confident individuals who can continue to succeed and enjoy their study of Science through A-Levels and beyond.

The curriculum is delivered in eight specialist rooms.

Curriculum

Curriculum Information - Science

Equipment

To support your son’s learning and engagement in this subject he needs to have:

  • A scientific calculator.
  • A fully equipped pencil case including: Blue/black/green ball point pens,  a pencil , a sharpener, a protractor,  a 30cm ruler, highlighter pens  a glue stick and a pair of compasses and an eraser.

Resources

To support your son in home study and revision we have a suite of resources on the school VLE that includes topic summaries, keyword glossaries and question and answer sheets or past exam papers appropriate for each year group.

We also subscribe to and on an online platform called ‘Kerboodle’ which provides access to digital versions of the text books used in class as well as interactive resources and printable worksheets.  Kerboodle is also used to set homework.

One week prior to each of the assessments, a revision task is set to help prepare for the test.  This helps to develop revision skills as the boy’s progress through school.

The boys also have access to Doddle which provides open access to a huge library of power point revision summaries and worksheets.

In addition to this, we recommend the use of study guides and workbooks for both KS3 and KS4 students.  We evaluate the suitability of the resources each year and so full details, including cost, will be communicated at the start of the summer term.

Useful links:

https://vle.westhillschool.co.uk/

https://www.kerboodle.com/users/login

https://www.doddlelearn.co.uk/app/institution/WestHillSK151LX?

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize

Youtube resources for GCSE Students:

Free Science Lessons - Youtube

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Qualifications

In years 9, 10 and 11, the boys follow the AQA GCSE syllabuses for Chemistry, Physics, Biology and Trilogy Science. 

The courses are assessed by examinations only at the end of Year 11. 

Further details are available from the examination board through the following link:   http://www.aqa.org.uk/

 

Science Department Letters

Combined Science: Trilogy (GCSE)

What will I do?

The students studying the Combined Science (Trilogy) course will study each of the three Sciences during Years 10 and 11. This is a double award and is equivalent to two GCSEs.  In addition to the topics listed below, students will be required to undertake 16 specific practical scientific experiments.

What is studied in Years 10/11?

Biology
  • Cell Biology
  • Organisation
  • Infection and response
  • Bioenergetics
  • Homeostasis and response
  • Inheritance, variation and evolution
  • Ecology
Physics
  • Forces
  • Energy
  • Waves
  • Electricity
  • Magnetism and Electromagnetism
  • Particle model of matter
  • Atomic structure
Chemistry 
  • Atomic structure and the periodic table
  • Bonding, structure and the properties of matter
  • Quantitative Chemistry
  • Chemical changes
  • The rate and extent of chemical change
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Chemical analysis
  • Chemistry of the atmosphere
  • Using resources

How will I be assessed?

At the end of year 11, each pupil will sit six written examination papers, each lasting 1 hour 15 minutes.
Pupils will sit either the higher or foundation tier papers.
Each paper is equally weighted and worth 16.7% of the overall GCSE.

Additional information

Note: Pupils that achieve grades 6 6 in combined science are still able to progress to study A-level Chemistry, Physics and Biology.
More details at:  AQA website—www.aqa.org.uk

Biology, Chemistry, Physics (Separate Sciences GCSE)

What is studied in Years 10/11?

Biology
  • Cell Biology
  • Organisation
  • Infection and response
  • Bioenergetics
  • Homeostasis and response
  • Inheritance, variation and evolution
  • Ecology
Physics
  • Forces
  • Energy
  • Waves
  • Electricity
  • Magnetism and Electromagnetism
  • Particle model of matter
  • Atomic structure
  • Space physics
Chemistry 
  • Atomic structure and the periodic table
  • Bonding, structure and the properties of matter
  • Quantitative Chemistry
  • Chemical changes
  • The rate and extent of chemical change
  • Organic Chemistry; Chemical analysis
  • Chemistry of the atmosphere
  • Using resources

How will I be assessed?

The Separate Science examinations consist of two written papers for each discipline (Chemistry, Physics, Biology) each will be 1 hour and 45 minutes long.  (Six assessments)
Each paper will assess the knowledge and understanding from different topics.
Each is equally weighted and worth 50% of the overall GCSE.

Additional information

Note: Pupils that achieve grade 6 in a particular GCSE Science, will be able to progress to study A-level at college.
More details at:  AQA website—www.aqa.org.uk

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