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Science

We are committed to providing a stimulating, engaging and intellectually challenging learning environment to enable all our students to develop scientific consciousness, from the subatomic to the intergalactic. We are extremely proud of the broad and balanced curriculum we offer to all of our students.

In the Science Faculty we aim to inspire students to discover the wonder of Science through both practical and academic aspects, stimulate debate, develop a critical approach to scientific evidence and ignite student’s passion to learn in all three disciplines.

All science lessons at Gable Hall School encourages students to work as part of a team during group work and practical tasks, this enhances the students’ ability to respond to others and their needs. Within lessons students are encouraged to voice their opinions and express their views using evidence to back up their ideas; they are taught to listen respectfully to others and to try to see issues from multiple points of view.

Literacy in science and Numeracy are developed across all disciplines. Students who enter the school working at a lower-than-expected level in English and Mathematics are supported via additional Literacy and Numeracy interventions (Steps to Learning).

Special features of the department include extra-curricular activities e.g. Stem Classes for Year 7-9, Visits to the Science Museum and London Zoo, Inter-school competitions, Sixth Form trips to CERN and Devon. Science Club takes place after school, once a week, and all Y7-9 students are welcome.  The Science Club members engage in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) scheme and students work towards Bronze Awards. 

We operate a positive behaviour management strategy at all times, Gable Hall Way. Students are expected to follow safety guidelines laid out in the Safety Policy, given the nature of the subject. Good behaviour and effort is rewarded using whole school systems; through the achievement of points, certificates and prizes.

The Team The science teaching team is made up of 16 fully qualified science teachers supported by a senior science technician and 2 further science technicians. The team is housed in 10 purpose built laboratories with 3 prep rooms. With an emphasis on learning through doing, we are well equipped for practical experimentation.

Key Stage 3

In Year 7, Year 8 and the first term of Year 9, the students follow the AQA KS3 scheme of work, which is supported using Activate. Each topic is around 3-4 weeks in duration with an assessment at the end of each topic. The aim of KS3 is to enthuse students with appreciation of science learning and allow them to discover how things work. We aim to provide a grounding in Biology, Chemistry and Physics as well as looking at scientific problem solving and use of evidence to develop theories and explanations. The emphasis of KS3 is on practical and investigative work with a constant effort to relate what we teach to the world around them.

Students are also given an opportunity to undertake a variety of project based learning which is additional to the curriculum topics in order to raise awareness of science in society.

Year 7:

Enquiry Processes

Breathing

Respiration

Digestion

Periodic Table

Metals and non-metals

Variation

Interdependence

Contact forces

Pressure

Electromagnets

Magnetism

Work

Heating and cooling

Photosynthesis

Climate

Earth resources

Wave effects

Wave properties

 

Year 8:

Enquiry Processes

Breathing

Respiration

Digestion

Periodic Table

Metals and non-metals

Variation

Interdependence

Contact forces

Pressure

Electromagnets

Magnetism

Work

Heating and cooling

Photosynthesis

Climate

Earth resources

Wave effects

Wave properties

 

Year 9:

In Year 9 students continue with the KS 3 programme until the end of the autumn term.

Students in Year 9 begin studying modules for their Combined Science GCSE. At the end of Year 9 able pupils who wish to pursue a career in Science can choose to follow Separate Science courses for GCSE.  It will only be suitable for those pupils who are in Set 1 or those at the top of Set 2 for Science and Maths. Everyone else will follow GCSE Combined Science.

Students will develop their SKILLS in:

  • hypothesising and testing theories and concepts
  • assessing hazards and taking precautions to minimise the associated risks
  • using appropriate apparatus and techniques
  • observation, enquiry and problem solving
  • analysing methodology, evidence and conclusions
  • interpreting and evaluating
  • communication, mathematics and the use of technology in scientific contexts

Progress is assessed throughout the course using end of unit tests that are based on past examination papers. Students are given detailed feedback on their progress in each individual unit, and parents are welcome to contact science teachers at any time during the year for a discussion of progress and attainment.

KS3 Curriculum Map

KS3 Curricukum Map - Topics

Key Stage 4

All of our new GCSE courses are linear and provide a clear progression in complexity and demand. We start by addressing the key concepts of Biology, Chemistry and Physics to support students through the transition from KS3 Science and to ensure they have a solid grounding in the fundamentals necessary to make good progress through the GCSE courses. Whichever pathway students follow, our new curriculum is inclusive yet challenging and will allow students to progress to further academic study of Sciences following their GCSEs.

The majority of our student’s study Combined Science. This gives a balanced coverage of Biology, Chemistry and Physics topics and will result in students achieving 2 grades for science. All assessment will be by external examination at the end of Year 11. All exams will carry equal weighting in the overall grade achieved, and will utilise a mixture of different question styles, including multiple-choice questions, short answer questions, calculations and extended open-response questions.

Students are also given the option to take Separate Sciences when making their curriculum choices in Year 9. This will lead to students achieving separate GCSE qualifications in Biology, Chemistry and Physics and will include additional subject content. All assessment will still be through external examination, but the exams will be longer than those for Combined Science. Exams will still utilise a mixture of different question styles, including multiple-choice questions, short answer questions, calculations and extended open-response questions.

 

GCSE Combined Science

Exam Board and course reference number: AQA 8464

Units (with weightings): 6 Examinations in total, all sat in year 11.

2 Examinations at 16.7% each for each component of Combined Science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics).

Separate Science

Exam Board and course reference number: AQA 8461, 8462, 8463

Units (with weightings): 2 Examinations in each subject (Biology, Chemistry, Physics) at 50% each

Biology 8461 gives students the chance to gain a good understanding of:

  • Cell Biology
  • Organisation
  • Infection & Response
  • Bioenergetics
  • Homeostasis & Response
  • Inheritance, Variation and Evolution
  • Ecology

Chemistry 8462 gives students the chance to gain a good understanding of:

  • Atomic Structure
  • Bonding
  • Quantitative Chemistry
  • Chemical Changes
  • Energy Changes
  • The rate of Chemical Reactions
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Chemical Analysis
  • Chemistry of the Atmosphere

Physics 8463 gives students the chance to gain a good understanding of:

  • Energy
  • Electricity
  • Particle model of Matter
  • Atomic Structure
  • Forces
  • Waves
  • Magnetism & Electromagnetism

KS4 Curriculum Map

Co-curricular

We work with several organisations that offer great experiences to young people.

We encourage students to attend Open Days and to make trips to hear engaging lectures at Imperial College, UCL and King’s College London.

Each year a large proportion of our students apply to university.  Students are encouraged to aim high and are guided through the application process early in year 12.

 

Year group

Term

Activity

 Year 7, 8, 9

 

Stem Club

Year 7

Summer

London Zoo

Year 7

Autumn, Spring and  Summer

Science Stem Award 

Year 8

Autumn

Science Museum Trip

 

Autumn, Spring and  Summer

Science Stem Award 

Year 9

Summer

Big Bang Science Fair

Year 10

Autumn, Spring and  Summer

 Intervention

Year 11

Autumn, Spring and  Summer

 Intervention

 

 

 

Year 12 Biology

Spring

Devon Trip

Year 12 Chemistry/ Physics

Spring

Cern Trip

Year 13

Autumn, Spring, Summer

Academic Dialogue

Staff

Mr J. Bunn –Vice Principal
Mr G. Walker –Vice Principal
Dr. N. Oguledo– Lead Practitioner
Ms U. James – Head of Year 9
Mr A. Taku – Head of Biology Teacher
Mr A. Bovolenta –Head of Physics Teacher
Mrs K. Westwood – Head of BTEC Science Teacher
Mr C. Hellis-Tatum
Miss L. Nancolas – Associate Vice Principal
Mr C. Rosales
Mrs S. Ingram
Miss E. Carver
Mrs R. Degan
Mr L Lightbourne
Ms I Logofetescu
Mr A. Russell – LSA (Science) 

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