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Science

Welcome to Science at St. Aloysius' College

Staff

Ms H. Clarke Head of Department
Ms N. Tang Wah 2/ic Science
Mrs L. Yepifanova Science / Lead Practitioner
Ms D. Mirabile Science / Maternity Leave
Mr M. Osman Science
Ms B. Shah Science
Mr N. Walters Science
Ms A. Garrib Science / Head of Year 9
Mr J. Reader Science / Lead for A-Level Physics
Miss C. Wu Science
Science Department GCSE Pass Rates
Triple Science St. Aloysius % National Average %
Biology 96 90
Physics 94 91
Chemistry 100 91
Double Science GCSE (Includes Core + Additional Science) 87 66

KS3 Science

Students follow the AQA KS3 Science Syllabus.

Students are taught KS3 Science in Year 7 and Year 8. Biology, Physics and Chemistry are taught each year. Year 7 subject content is developed further in Year 8. The table below shows the topic content taught across KS3.

 

Part 1

Taught in Year 7

Part 2

Taught in Year 8

Forces Speed Gravity Contact forces Pressure
Electromagnets Voltage and resistance Current Electromagnets Magnetism
Energy Energy costs Energy transfer Work Heating and cooling
Waves Sound Light Wave effects Wave properties
Matter Particle model Separating Mixtures Periodic table Elements
Reactions Metals and non-metals Acids and alkalis Chemical energy Types of reaction
Earth Earth structure Universe Climate Earth resources
Organisms Movement Cells Breathing Digestion
Ecosystem Interdependence Plant reproduction Respiration Photosynthesis
Genes Variation Human reproduction Evolution Inheritance

Pupils develop their scientific enquiry skills, which comprises of 4 components:

  • 1. Analyse - Analyse patterns - Discuss limitations - Draw conclusions - Present data
  • 2. Communicate - Communicate ideas - Construct explanations - Critique claims - Justify opinions
  • 3. Enquire - Collect data - Devise questions - Plan variables - Test hypotheses
  • 4. Solve - Estimate risks - Examine consequences - Review theories - Interrogate sources
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    Assessment

    Pupils complete End of Unit tests, Educake online tests homework packs.

     

    EXTENDED SCHOOL ACTIVITIES

    As part of our objective to enhance the understanding of the Science curriculum, we undertake school trips. Places that have been visited include the Science Museum, Natural History Museum, The London Zoo and the Big Bang Fair.

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    KS4 Science

    The exam board is AQA.

    Students begin KS4 Science in Year 9 with a general science course, which includes studying biology, physics and chemistry. There are numerous practicals over the KS4 science course, which develop scientific enquiry skills. Pupils will cover all aspects of a good science education:

    • Evaluating evidence and the implications of science for society

    • Explaining, theorising and modelling in science and procedural and technical knowledge of science practice

    Year 9 pupils begin on the same science pathway. By Year 10, pupils will follow one of two learning pathways i.e. Separate Science or Combined Science. Each pathway takes recognition of a pupil’s ability as well as providing learning opportunities for them to achieve their full potential.

     

    Science pathways

    Separate Sciences – 3 separate GCSE grades in Physics, Biology and Chemistry

    Pupils will study the following modules across 3 years:

    • Physics –Energy; Electricity; Particle model of matter; Atomic structure; Forces; Waves; Magnetism and electromagnetism; Space physics

    • Biology – Cell biology; Organisation; Infection and Response; Bioenergetics; Homeostasis and Response; Inheritance; Variation and Evolution; Ecology

    • Chemistry – Atomic structure and the periodic table; Bonding, structure and the properties of matter; Quantitative Chemistry; Chemical Changes; Energy Changes; The rate and extent of chemical change; Organic chemistry; Chemical analysis; Chemistry of the atmosphere; Using resources

    Pupils will complete 2 Physics, 2 Biology and 2 Chemistry exams. Each written exam is 1 hour 45 minutes and worth 100 marks.

     

    Combined Science – 2 GCSE grades

    Pupils will study the following modules across 3 years:

    • Physics –Energy; Electricity; Particle model of matter; Atomic structure; Forces; Waves; Magnetism and electromagnetism

    • Biology – Cell biology; Organisation; Infection and Response; Bioenergetics; Homeostasis and Response; Inheritance; Variation and Evolution; Ecology

    • Chemistry – Atomic structure and the periodic table; Bonding, structure and the properties of matter; Quantitative Chemistry; Chemical Changes; Energy Changes; The rate and extent of chemical change; Organic chemistry; Chemical analysis; Chemistry of the atmosphere; Using resources

    Pupils will complete 2 Physics, 2 Biology and 2 Chemistry exams. Each written exam is 1 hour 15 minutes and worth 70 marks.

     

    EXTENDED SCHOOL ACTIVITIES

    As part of our objective to enhance the understanding of the Science curriculum, we undertake school trips. Places that have been visited include the Science Museum, Natural History Museum, The London Zoo and the IMAX theatre.

    The Science department runs after-school revision clubs for GCSE pupils. These clubs aim to prepare pupils for the external exams and give them more practise at answering past exam papers.

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    Year 12 AP2 Internal Exams - November 2018

    Year 13 AP2 Internal Exams - November 2018

    November Update Letter to Parents

    End of Term Letter (October 2018)

    School Meals Update

    Extracurricular Activities & Clubs

    Youth Council Members

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    Saint Aloysius' College Sports Principles

    Saint Aloysius' College Sports Principles Part 2

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    Homework Tracking

    NOVEMBER 2018

  • MON 12TH - Year 7-10 Assessment
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    DECEMBER 2018

  • WED 5TH - Year 11 Parent's Evening, 4pm to 7pm
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  • WED 12TH - Year 13 Parent's Evening, 4pm to 5.30pm, STA students only
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  • WED 12TH - 6th Form Open Evening, 6pm to 7.30pm
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  • FRI 14TH - Year 11 Presenting Yourself Day
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  • TUE 18TH - Carol Service at St. Joseph's Church
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  • WED 19TH - 6th Form Christmas Fundraiser Quiz
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    JANUARY 2019

  • TUE 1ST - New Year's Bank Holiday
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  • THU 24TH - Year 12 Parent's Evening, 4pm to 5.30pm, STA students only
  • FEBRUARY 2019

  • WED 27TH - Year 8 Parent's Evening, 4pm to 7pm
  • MARCH 2019

  • THU 7TH - World Book Day
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  • THU 7TH - Year 9 Parent's Evening, 4pm to 7pm
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  • WED 13TH - Year 8 Option Choices Evening, 4pm to 5pm
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  • WED 27TH - Year 10 Parent's Evening, 4pm to 7pm
  • APRIL 2019

  • WED 3RD - Year 7 Parent's Evening, 4pm to 7pm
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  • FRI 19TH - Good Friday
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  • MON 22ND - Easter Monday
  • MAY 2019

  • MON 6TH - May Day Bank Holiday
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  • MON 27TH - May Bank Holiday
  • JULY 2019

  • THU 4TH - Summer Music Concert
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  • MON 8TH - Year 10 Work Experience begins
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  • TUE 9TH - Induction Day for new Year 7's
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  • WED 10TH - 6th Form Farewell Barbeque
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  • THU 11TH - Activities Day
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  • FRI 12TH - Sports Day & Year 9 Trip to WW1 Battlefields
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  • MON 15TH - Year 10 Prize Giving afternoon
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  • TUE 16TH - Year 9 Prize Giving afternoon
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  • WED 17TH - Year 8 Prize Giving afternoon
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  • THU 18TH - Year 7 Prize Giving afternoon