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Science

Course description 

The skills and knowledge that students will gain from our science curriculum will enable them to contribute more to society and be better placed for the future that awaits them.

Scientific awareness will prepare students for the life changing decisions they will need to make from vaccinations to contraception, from understanding the implications of generating electricity to assessing the realistic risks faced in everyday life.

Students will learn that science affects our everyday lives. The mobile phone, washing machine, computer, car, skyscraper, and GM crops are all possible because of human’s ability to harness science.

The environmental impact of the lives we live can be more fully understood by understanding the nature of matter and energy. With greater understanding comes greater responsibility and better decision making.

Some of the students we teach will become the policy makers and decision takers in our society. They must be scientifically educated to be able to properly weigh up the decisions they are taking. All students will become voters and as such they are going to need to understand everyday scientific questions.

Strong scientific activity is vital to the social, educational and economic systems of our country. We aim to inspire the next generation of professional scientists, engineers and educators. We want students to be excited by science.

“The scientist is not a person who gives the right answers, he's one who asks the right questions.” ― Claude Lévi-Strauss

Course structure 

At Key Stage 3, students follow the Scheme of Work delivered by smart science resources.

At Key Stage 4, students follow AQA Schemes of Work.

Key Stage 3 

All students will follow an exciting and engaging course that covers all three sciences with a big emphasis on investigative techniques.  Lessons are designed to be fun, interactive and student lead with a strong focus on independent learning so we can shape the scientists of tomorrow!

Topics studied include:

  • Cells
  • Ecology
  • The Human Body
  • Key Biological Processes
  • Atoms, elements and molecules
  • Global Warming
  • The Periodic Table
  • Reactions
  • Forces
  • Waves
  • Energy
  • Sound
  • Light
  • Electricity

Students are assessed at the end of each topic with a test and open book literacy task.

Key Stage 4 

There are two routes to getting good Science qualifications at Fakenham.

Most students will do Combined Science that will lead to two GCSEs in Combined Science. This will include an equal amount of biology, chemistry and physics.

In this course students will study:

Cell biology, transport systems (blood and circulation), health, disease and the development of medicines, coordination and control, photosynthesis, ecosystems, inheritance, variation and evolution, atomic structure and the periodic table, structure, bonding and the properties of matter, chemical changes, energy changes in chemistry, the rate and extent of chemical change,  chemical analysis, chemical and allied industries, Earth and atmospheric science,  energy, forces, forces and motion, waves in matter, light and electromagnetic waves, electricity, magnetism and electromagnetism, the particle model of matter and atomic structure. 

Students carry out at 18 practical tasks. There will be questions on these in the exam. There are 6 exams at the end of Year 11.

Triple Science.

Some students will have the opportunity to apply for “Triple Science”. This means they will study for a GCSE in each of biology, chemistry and physics.

In these courses students will study everything covered in  Combined Science plus:

Organic chemistry, space physics and more in-depth study of all biology topics.

Students will need to carry out at least 8 practicals in each subject. There will be questions on these in the exam.There are 6 exams at the end of Year 11. 

Homework 

Homework is set regularly via Google Classrooms and students are expected to complete this to set deadlines and to the best of their abilities.

Books, Equipment, Materials and Resources Recommended/Needed 

Students require normal writing equipment as set in the academy's basic stationary requirements, including a protractor and calculator. All exercise books and additional paper are provided by the Academy. Revision guides are offered to Key Stage 4 students at half the retail price in the September of each academic year, currently at £5.50 per guide.

Opportunities for Study Beyond Key Stage 4 

The academy offers A Levels in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

The minimum expected GCSE grade for entry to a science A level course is a B grade in both core and additional, although individual circumstances are always considered.

Career Opportunities Supported By This Subject 

The list of science and science related careers is endless but includes possible careers in; medicine, scientific research, aeronautics, engineering, chemical analysis, forensics, oil industry, marine sciences, animal care and zoo management, astronaut, fiels studies ranger, education, journalism, industrial chemist, health care and many more.