020 8590 2245

Ms J L Hamill (Headteacher)
45-65 Oaks Lane, Newbury Park
Ilford, IG2 7PQ

Science

 

Expectations

All students MUST have the following in all lessons:

Pens - black, green /Pencils/Erasers/ Rulers /highlighters/ Calculator

Exercise Books

Relevant revision guide

Relevant workbooks -  workbooks must be brought to lessons as a tool for exam practice

 

Useful Links:

  • Kerboodle kerboodle.com

Association for Science Education http://www.ase.org.uk

 

Careers which require a science qualification:

There are many careers where a qualification in science will be useful and in some cases essential. These include the following: Medicine; Veterinary; Dentistry; Nursing; ICT; Engineering; Research & Development; Architecture; Education.

 

Key Stage 4 GCSE Science

Exam board: AQA

GCSE Science is designed to engage and challenge all students of all abilities and aspirations. The broad program of study encourages learners to be inspired and challenged and aims to allow them to engage with science in their everyday lives. GCSE science aims to provide an insight into and experience of how science works through practical work.

At Key Stage 4, students have the option of the following Science courses:

  • GCSE Combined Science: Trilogy
  • GCSE Biology, GCSE Chemistry, GCSE Physics: GCSE Separate sciences

 

The GCSE science program for all students begins in Year 9 where all students complete the core topics which are relevant to both courses. Student attainment throughout Year 9 together with the results from the End of Year 9 exam will determine which course best meets the their needs. Therefore, when students commence Year 10, they embark on the course decided most appropriate for their needs.

All GCSE exams for both courses will be at the end of Year 11.

Year 9

All students study the following topics based on the Separate science specifications (Available on the AQA website).

  • Biology:
  • Cell Biology
  • Organization
  • Bioenergetics
  • Chemistry:
  • Atomic structure & the periodic table
  • Bonding, structure & the properties of matter
  • Chemistry of the atmosphere
  • Physics:
  • Energy
  • Particle Model of matter
  • Atomic structure

Assessments

Once a topic is completed, students complete an internal assessment which is used to determine progress. All students complete an End of Year exam. All assessments are used to determine which course students will do as they progress to Year 10.

 

Year 10

Students commence GCSE Combined Science: Trilogy or GCSE Separate sciences courses.

GCSE Combined Science: Trilogy

Students on this course complete a range of biology, chemistry and physics topics over 9 X 1 hour lessons (over a fortnight). Internal topic assessments allow progress to be monitored and relevant support provided.

GCSE Separate sciences

Students on this course are studying 3 science subjects and so have 3 specialist teachers with 3 X 1 hour lessons (over a fortnight). Internal topic assessments allow progress to be monitored and relevant support provided.

 

Year 11

Students complete the course and prepare for their final GCSE exams through a revision program and internal mock exams. The final exams for each course are as follows:

  • GCSE Combined Science: Trilogy
  • 6 exams (Biology – Paper 1 & 2, Chemistry – Paper 1 & 2, Physics– Paper 1 & 2 )
  • Each written exam: 1hour 15mins and 70 marks
  • Foundation and Higher tier
  • GCSE Biology (GCSE Separate sciences)
  • 2 exams (Biology – Paper 1 & 2)
  • Each written exam: 1hour 45mins and 100 marks
  • Foundation and Higher tier
  • GCSE Chemistry (GCSE Separate sciences)
  • 2 exams (Chemistry – Paper 1 & 2)
  • Each written exam: 1hour 45mins and 100 marks
  • Foundation and Higher tier
  • GCSE Physics (GCSE Separate sciences)
  • 2 exams (Physics – Paper 1 & 2)
  • Each written exam: 1hour 45mins and 100 marks
  • Foundation and Higher tier

 

Expectations

  • All students are expected to bring the correct equipment to ALL lessons. These include pens, pencils, rulers, scientific calculators, exercise books
  • It is recommended that students purchase KS4 revision guides to help them consolidate work covered in class at home. KS4 workbooks are also highly recommended as this will be useful for practicing exam technique.
  • All students are expected to attend directed revision or intervention sessions.
  • Complete ALL tasks/questions/assessments/homework on time and to the best of their ability.
  • REVISE and prepare for all assessments.
  • If students are absent from a lesson for any reason, it is their responsibility to catch up on work missed, find out what homework tasks they need to complete and find out if there are any upcoming assessments/tests.
  • Seek support and guidance from teachers if experiencing any difficulty.

 

Resources/Links/Revision guides

  • Use of Kerboodle kerboodle.com provides access to the online textbooks used in class as well as other resources.
  • Many class teachers set up google classrooms to share resources and information.
  • BBC Bitesize - https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/levels/z98jmp3
  • The Association for Science Education (ASE) - https://www.ase.org.uk/resources
  • KS4 revision guides and workbooks are highly recommended to support learning and student progress. These are available from the science department.

 

Expectations

All students MUST have the following in all lessons:

Pens - black, green /Pencils/Erasers/ Rulers / Highlighters/Calculator

Exercise Books

Specification

Folders - needs to be available in all lessons

Relevant revision guide

Relevant workbooks - all workbooks must be brought to lessons as a tool for exam practice

 

Useful Links:

 

 

Careers which require a science qualification:

There are many careers where a qualification in science will be useful and in some cases essential. These include the following: Medicine; Veterinary; Dentistry; Nursing; ICT; Engineering; Research & Development; Architecture; Education.

Ms Y Essibrah-Rockson – Science Team Leader
yessibrah-rockson@oakspark.redbridge.sch.uk

Ms S Gabriel – 2nd I/C
sgabriel@oakspark.redbridge.sch.uk

Ms Y Essibrah-Rockson – Applied Science Subject Leader
Yesibrah-rockson@oakspark.redbridge.sch.uk

Mrs G Ghesi – Biology Subject Leader
gdhesi@oakspark.redbridge.sch.uk

Dr U Alli – Chemistry Subject Leader
ualli@oakspark.redbridge.sch.uk

Mr S Aziz – Physics Subject Leader
saziz@oakspark.redbridge.sch.uk

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