Science

General Introduction

Throughout the Science courses delivered at Ada Lovelace, students learn the following key concepts which underpin the study of the subject and how science works:

Using scientific ideas and models to explain phenomena and developing them creatively to generate and test theories.

Critically analysing and evaluating evidence from observations and experiments.

Examining the ethical and moral implications of using and applying science.


KS3 Overview:

In KS3, students learn a different biology, chemistry and physics topic each term.

The Year 7 course is divided into the following modules:

Biology: Organs and Healthy living, Reproduction, Ecology

Chemistry: Matter, Geology, Acids and bases

Physics: Energy and Forces, Space, Light and Sound

The Year 8 course is divided into the following modules:

Biology: Microbiology, Genetics, Organic energy

Chemistry: Periodic table, Chemical reactions, Energy resources

Physics: Electricity and magnetism, Heating and cooling, motion


KS4 Overview

Students begin their GCSE studies in Year 9. We follow the EDEXCEL GCSE science course.

The highest achieving students study Separate Science (3 GCSEs)

Most students study Combined Science (2 GCSEs)

The curriculum has been designed to teach students about Science in the real world and includes a strong emphasis on practical and experimental skills.


Assessment

Students sit a test each term. These are designed to secure students’ knowledge and prepare them for the revision and exam skills that will become vital throughout their schooling. Students

are also carefully monitored regularly through prep tasks, longer homework tasks and informal assessment opportunities.


Lesson Prep & Homework

It will be expected that students complete a short (15mins) prep task following each science lesson. This is designed to both secure knowledge from that lesson and prepare them for their next lesson. They will also complete one longer homework task (1hr) during each unit of work.


Stretching Students

Students are encouraged to extend their learning by making the most of a number of extra-curricular activities in Science:

Our partnership with the Institute of Research in Schools is designed to enable our most able KS3 and KS4 students to carry out projects outside of the curriculum. They involve the use of data and resources provided by top scientists from both Universities and Industry.

Students are encouraged to attend science club, trips, competitions and a variety of other activities throughout the school year.


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