Subject Leader: Mrs Louise Ellis

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What are we studying? 

All KS4 courses begin at the start of Year 9. In Year 9 all students will start the first units of the AQA GCSE Trilogy Science course. This will be an equal split of Chemistry, Physics and Biology.

In Years 10 & 11, Students will follow different pathways. Sets 1, 2 & 3 will continue their studies from year 9 onto separate GCSE sciences in Physics, Chemistry & Biology. This will results in students being awarded 3 separate GCSE grades.

In years 10 & 11, sets 4, 5 and 6 will complete the AQA GCSE Trilogy Combined Science Award. Both courses have an even mix of Biology, Chemistry and Physics content. This will result in students being awarded 2 GCSE’s in combined Science.

The pathway students will follow will determined by performance in the end of year 9 examinations & parents will be consulted about these options.

How are we assessed? 

The AQA Trilogy course is linear and all formal GCSE assessment is by terminal exams taken at the end of the course in Year 11

In addition to this students will sit a number of tracking tests each term, which will be used to monitor their progress during the course, but will not count towards their exam grade. Although they will not count towards GCSE it is expected that students will do their utmost to score highly in these tracking assessments.  Students and staff will both keep a record of their progress in these tests.

How we provide for the SEN and most able pupils?

The different pathways support students of different abilities and allow them to make good progress. The amount of curriculum time devoted to GCSE will allow staff to stretch high ability students and go beyond the curriculum and allow more time for students develop a strong foundation for their studies. SEN students will be supported appropriately by class teacher, differentiated materials and teaching assistants in lessons. Group size will be adjusted appropriately to allow more teacher time to support students’ progress. 

How are we grouped?

Students are placed in sets 1 to 6.

The set allocated at the start of year 10 is based on key stage 3 data together with all the assessments made during year 9, particularly the end of year 9 exams.

If it becomes clear that a student is in the wrong set for their ability during the year, this may be adjusted. 

At the end of the year students may move a set depending on assessment outcomes. Parents will be informed if this is the case for their child.

What homework are we expected to do?

Students will be issued with a booklet of homework tasks for GCSE. Tasks will be set in conjunction with the topics studied in class. Again there will be a record sheet to enable staff and students to keep an eye on their progress, in comparison to their target.

The teacher may set additional homework to reinforce the learning taking place in the lesson or to prepare for new learning.

What can parents do to help?

Ask your child to explain the meaning of the scientific vocabulary that is new to each module.

Encourage your child to discuss what they have learnt each week as they are looking through their exercise books and any text books they may have.

Look out for scientific articles in newspapers and discuss them with your child.

Help your child to revise by asking them questions about each module, using their exercise book or text book to support you.

Purchase revision guides for GCSE students.  These are offered through the school, at below RRP, or may be purchased through retailers such as Amazon or local book shops