The Science Department at Kineton High School give students Science lessons that cover a range of different skills that can be transferable across the curriculum. Our Science teachers are dynamic and offer a range of activities within their lessons. We aim to provide students with a varied Science curriculum that can lead on to further education.
Key Stage 3
Students are assessed in a range of different ways including;
- Examinations at reporting periods
- Exam style questions through topics
- Practical skills through Investigations designed to maintain and develop the curiosity in Science
- ILTs (Independent Learning Tasks) designed to allow students to be creative and also develop the knowledge, understanding and skills in Science
Year 7 – Based on Fusion 1
- Biology: Cells, Organs, Reproduction and Ecology
- Chemistry: Acids, Alkalis and Particles
- Physics: Electricity and Magnestism, Forces and Light and Space
Year 8 – Based on Fusion 2
- Biology: Diet and Health, Breathing and Respiration
- Chemistry: Atoms and compounds, The Earth and Reactions
- Physics: Matter and Energy
Year 9 – Fusion 3 (until the Year 9 exam early in the Spring term)
- Biology: Genetics and evolution
- Chemistry: Energy changes in reactions
- Physics: Forces and Speed
Key Stage 4
Triple Award Science – This is offered to the highest attaining students after the Core examinations at the end of Y10. We follow the AQA course where students study all 3 Sciences, getting 3 GCSE’s in Core Science, Additional Science and Further Additional Science.
Core Science is examined at the end of Year 10 and Additional and Further additional at the end of Y11, with the exception of the coursework component (ISA’s) which are completed in School over the 2 years account for 25% of each GCSE.
Dual Award Science – This is offered at Higher and Foundation level to all students. Students complete an AQA Core Science GCSE in Year 10 and an AQA Additional Science GCSE in Year 11. The GCSE’s contain elements of Biology, Chemistry and Physics and the coursework component (ISA) is completed in School, each examination and ISA accounting for 25% of each GCSE.
Key Stage 5
AS and A-level’s are offered in Biology, Chemistry and Physics, all following the AQA course.
We are also developing a range of extra curicular activites including workshops at Universities and the EES Engineering Scheme where students can achieve a Gold Crest award.
Biology is one of the most popular A Level subjects in the country, attracting students studying a wide range of other subjects. Many of these students enjoy the subject so much they eventually choose a biologically related degree course. Others go on to careers in law, computing, accounting or teaching. So, whatever field you will eventually work in, you will find Biology a very rewarding and challenging course, which will develop many of the skills essential for a successful career.
The Biology A Level course helps students develop a number of skills:
- How to collect data and evaluate it
- How to investigate facts and use deduction
- How to put over your point of view effectively
- How to take responsibility for your own learning
Students with a wide range of interests enjoy the chemistry course. Whether you want a job in medicine or industry, chemistry is the solid platform upon which careers are built.
The Chemistry A Level course helps students develop a number of skills:
- How to assemble data and assess it
- How to investigate facts and use deduction
- How to put over your point of view fluently
- How to work as a team to achieve results
Chemistry is a great choice of subject for people who want a career in health and clinical professions, such as medicine, nursing, biochemistry, dentistry or forensic science. It will also equip you for a career in industry, for example in the petrochemical or pharmaceutical industries.
The specification is designed to encourage candidates to:
- progress smoothly from previous GCSE studies in physics
- develop in-depth knowledge and understanding of the principles of physics
- gain hands-on practical skills and data analysis skills
- appreciate how science works and its relevance beyond the laboratory
- see how physics links to other sciences and how the subject underpins important modern technologies
A-level Physics provides unparalleled interest for those who want to know more about how things work, from simple mechanical devices, to sub-atomic particles to the workings of whole galaxies. At the same time you will develop your skills in observation, reasoning, logic, presentation and problem solving; making Physics a highly desirable qualification in a wide number of fields, including, engineering, architecture, electronics, programming and medicine.
For more information about Science at Kineton High School please contact Mrs J Stephens.