Science

Science at Sedgehill aims to provide students with a scientific method of enquiry: formulating hypotheses, testing these practically using natural systems and through the science of the society (in which we live) and doing this in a challenging but enjoyable way.

Science is key to a wide variety of career choices.

KS3

Students receive five hours of science lessons per fortnight in year 7, 8 and 9. These lessons are a combination of practical and theory lessons, with regular activities to support student learning and attainment. Progress checks and tests provide data to support the tracking of students, to ensure that students make good or better progress. Our KS3 curriculum is an in-house produced curriculum written to balance our students understanding of Science and provide a firm basis for study at GCSE level.
 

Term Y7 Y8 Y9
Autumn  Term 1 Y7U1- Introduction and Acids and Alkalis Y8U1 – Our Chemical Library Y9U1 - Rates, Reactivity & Electrolysis
Autumn Term 2 Y7U2 – Cells and Body Systems Y8U2 – Classification, Variation and Feeding Relationships Y9U2 - Photosynthesis & Respiration
Spring Term 1 Y7U3 - Energy Transfers & Electricity Y8U3 – Space and the Solar System Y9U3 - Small Scale Physics
Spring Term 2 Y7U4 – Particles and Solutions Y8U4 – Chemical reactions Y9U4 - Environmental Chemistry
Summer Term 1 Y7U5 - Reproduction Y8U5 – Health and Disease Y9U5 - Genetics
Summer Term 2 Y7U6 – Forces, Magnetism and Electricity Y8U6 – Light and Sound Start GCSE Chemistry Unit C1 Atomic Structure

KS4

At KS4 almost all students study GCSE Core and Additional Science with two groups of students in each year studying Triple Science. We teach Biology, Chemistry and Physics separately irrespective of whether a student is on the Core and Additional Science or Triple Science route. Both these options provide a starting point for A-levels in Biology, Chemistry and Physics in the sixth form.

Regular teacher assessment ensures students are prepared for both their controlled assessment (25%) and final external examinations (75%) held in the Summer for year 11.

The new year 10 GCSE Sciences courses are 100% examined at the end of year 11.

Subject Syllabus
Core Science (Y11) AQA GCSE Core Science 4405
Additional Science (Y11) AQA GCSE Additional Science 4408
Biology (Y11) AQA GCSE Biology 4401
Chemistry (Y11) AQA GCSE Chemistry 4402
Physics (Y11) AQA GCSE Physics 4403
Science Trilogy AQA GCSE Science Trilogy 8464
Biology (Y10) AQA GCSE Biology 8461
Chemistry (Y10) AQA GCSE Chemistry 8462
Physics (Y10) AQA GCSE Physics 8463


KS5

At KS5 we offer two pathways, an academic A-level pathway or a vocational BTEC level 3 pathway. We offer A-levels in Biology, Chemistry and Physics all on the AQA syllabi to ensure continuity from GCSE. The minimum entry requirements for A-levels in these subjects are at least two grade Bs at GCSE Additional Science or two of Biology, Chemistry, Physics which must include the subject applied for.

BTEC level 3 Science is offered giving students the opportunity to study Science in a vocational context. Our current optional units include the popular forensic science route.

Subject Syllabus
A Level Biology AQA A Level Biology 7402
A Level Chemistry AQA A Level Chemistry 7405
A Level Physics  AQA A Level Physics 7408
BTEC Level 3 Applied Science Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Applied Science Subsidiary Diploma in Forensic Science

Students are also supported in their learning in revision and period 6 sessions in the Science Department both before and after school.