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Science

Welcome to Science at St. Aloysius' College

Staff

Ms S Kisten Assistant Headteacher / Head of Science Department
Mr B Lawrence Biology (Deputy Head)
Mr P Mainoo 2IC Science / Biology
Ms D Mirabile Biology / Chemistry
Mr N Walters Physics
Ms H Clarke Biology (Head of Year 12)
Miss N Tang Wah 2IC Science / Biology
Ms B Shah Biology
Mr Y Mesfin Senior Technician
Mr A Nanan Technician
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

KEY STAGE 3

Science at KS3 is built on the knowledge, understanding and skills that have developed in KS2. Most of the pupils in Year 7 have reached at least level 4 of the Science National Curriculum by the end of Year 6.

Our yearly teaching objectives cover both scientific enquiry and the key scientific ideas that underpin the programme of study at KS3. Details on the KS3 curriculum continue in the Science curriculum booklet pages.

KEY STAGE 4

Students begin KS4 with a general science course based on GCSE Science A. They 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,

• though with an emphasis on the first aspect, namely, evaluating evidence and the implications of science for society.

The Key Stage 4 Curriculum starts in March of Year 9 where pupils are taught in sets and will follow one of three Learning Pathways. Each pathway takes recognition of pupil’s ability as well as providing learning opportunities for them to achieve their full potential

The science department determines the most suitable pathway for your child taking into consideration pupil performance, attainment and ability.

Learning Pathway 1

Two Sciences - Awards 2 GCSE grades

This Learning Pathway suits pupils wishing to pursue science related qualifications at Colleges and Universities or a vocational qualification. The course is divided into two segments:

1. Core science &

2. Additional Science.

Core Science

EXAM BOARD – AQA

Pupils study 3 modules with at least one Individual Skills Assignment (ISA). This is done during 5 science lessons per week.

Modules

Biology 1- Human Biology, Evolution and the Environment

Chemistry 1 - Products from Rocks ; Oils, Earth and the Atmosphere

Physics 1 - Energy and Electricity, Radiation and the Universe

Assessment

At the end of each module pupils take a 45 minute externally assessed examination, worth 25% of the GCSE qualification.

Pupils will also take a Level 1 ISA (and a class practical examination) worth 25%.

Award

This leads to the award of one GCSE grade – CORE SCIENCE

Additional Science

EXAM BOARD – AQA

Pupils study 3 modules called Additional Science.

They are: - 1. Additional Physics (P2) 2. Additional Chemistry (C2) and 3. Additional Biology (B2. This is achieved during 5 science lessons per week.

Modules

BIOLOGY 2: Cells, Plants & Photosynthesis, Energy Flows, Enzymes, Homoeostasis and Inheritance

CHEMISTRY 2: Structures & Bonding and Properties, Rates of Reactions, Energy & Reactions, Quantitative Chemistry, Electrolysis and Acids, Alkalis & Salts.

PHYSICS 2: Motion Physics, Work; Energy & Momentum, Static Electricity, Current and Mains Electricity, Nuclear Physics

Assessment

At the end of each Module (P2, C2 & B2), pupils take a 45 minutes externally assessed written examination, worth 25% each towards the GCSE qualification.

Pupils also take a Level 2 ISA worth 25%.

Award

The Additional Science Pathway leads to the award of a second GCSE Science grade - ADDITIONAL SCIENCE.

CORE SCIENCE + ADDITIONAL SCIENCE = 2 GCSE QUALIFICATIONS

Learning Pathway 2

Triple Science - Awards 3 GCSE grades

This pathway suits pupils wishing to study science at AS & A Levels with a view to pursuing science related studies at University. This course is divided into three segments. Pupils follow the Core and Additional Science programmes as described in Learning Pathway 1. In addition, they study 3 other modules generally called Further Science.

They are

1. Further Physics (P3);

2. Further Chemistry (C3) and

3. Further Biology (B3).

EXAM BOARD – AQA

Assessment

Pupils are assessed in the same way as described above for Learning Pathway 1. At the end of each Further science module (P3, C3 & B3), pupils take a 45 minutes written examination worth 25% each towards the GCSE qualification.

They also take a Level 3 ISA worth 25%.

Award

The Triple Science Pathway leads to the Award of 3 separate GCSE Science grades for Physics, Chemistry and Biology.

Learning Pathway 3

BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate in Applied Science

Equivalent to 2 GCSE graded at Pass, Merit or Distinction level respectively.

This Learning Pathway will suit pupils wishing to pursue specialist work-related qualifications in a range of sectors. It provides pupils with the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to prepare for employment or for more advanced qualifications. Pupils can progress to or within employment and/or continue their studies in the same or related vocational areas.

Pupils study and produce a number of portfolio assignments in the following units:

1. Chemistry and our Earth

2. Energy and our Universe

3. Biology and our Environment

Assessment

Pupils must produce a portfolio of evidence justifying their learning for each unit. These are 100% internally assessed but external verification does take place. Pupils are awarded a Pass, Merit or Distinction grade equivalent to 2 GCSE grades.

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 at preparing pupils for the external exams and also give them more practise at answering past exam papers.

Term Dates

Term Dates

Summer Term 2017
Friday 21st July Last Day of Summer Term (Staff and Pupils)
Autumn Term 2017
Monday 4th September First Day of Autumn Term (Staff and Year 7 Pupils only) Year 7 to start school at 1pm
Tuesday 5th September First Day of Autumn Term (Years 8, 9, 10 & 11)
Friday 20th October Last Day of Half Term
Monday 23rd October - Friday 27th October Half Term Break
Monday 30th October First Day of 2nd Half of Term (Staff and Pupils)
Thursday 21st December Last Day of Autumn Term
Spring Term 2018
Wednesday 3rd January First Day of Spring Term (Staff and Pupils)
Friday 9th February Last Day of Half Term
Monday 12th February - Friday 16th February Half Term Break
Monday 19th February First Day of 2nd Half of Term (Staff and Pupils)
Thursday 29th March Last Day of Spring Term
Friday 30th March - Friday 13th April Spring Term Break
Summer Term 2018
Monday 16th April First Day of Summer Term (Staff and Pupils)
Friday 25th May Last Day of Half Term
Monday 28th May - Friday 1st June Half Term Break
Monday 4th June First Day of 2nd Half of Term (Staff and Pupils)
Friday 20th July Last Day of Summer Term

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JUNE 2017

  • MON 26TH - AP4 Internal Exams Week
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  • FRI 30TH - INSET DAY - WHOLE SCHOOL CLOSED
  • JULY 2017

  • MON 10TH - Enrichment Week
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  • MON 10TH - Year 10 Work Experience begins
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  • FRI 14TH - Activities Day
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  • MON 17TH - Enrichment Week
  • AUGUST 2017

  • THU 17TH - GCE Results Day and YR 13 Enrolment
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  • THU 24TH - GCSE Results Day and YR 12 Enrolment
  • SEPTEMBER 2017

     

    OCTOBER 2017

  • WED 4TH - Secondary Transfer Open Evening, 5pm - Head's talk begins at 6pm
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  • SAT 7TH - Secondary Transfer Open Morning, 9.30am to 11am
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  • TUE 10TH - Secondary Transfer Open Morning, 9.15am to 10.30am
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