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Science

Curriculum Intent for Science

Our curriculum is focused on big ideas. Students are taught essential aspects of knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. This foundation aims to encourage our students to recognise the power and importance of rational explanation and develop their excitement and curiosity about the world around us. They are encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse the causes. Through this process they learn how to apply their knowledge to unfamiliar situations, being able to analyse and critically evaluate real world scenarios.

Click below to download the Curriculum map that shows a student’s learning journey throughout this subject at Finham Park School.

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The Science team at Finham Park are committed to delivering a high quality lively interesting and above all scientifically rich curriculum. Unlike most schools in Coventry, and indeed in England, Finham has a full range of qualified Biology, Chemistry and Physics specialist teachers.

We also realise that learning takes place beyond the classroom. We have a series of links with Warwick and Coventry University at both pre and post 16. The department regularly runs trips and activity days including our ever-popular Rocket Launch competition. Events such as the planetarium and STEM linked projects in school help cater for our Gifted and Talented students.

The science department is a great place to learn where nothing is impossible.

Key Stage 3

KS3 Science will provide a foundation for the students at Finham Park to understand the world around them through the teaching of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Through a curriculum focused on big ideas students are taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. This foundation of key knowledge and concepts aims to encourage our students to recognise the power and importance of rational explanation and develop their excitement and curiosity about the world around us. They are encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse the causes.

The KS3 Science curriculum the students follow leads directly into the AQA GCSE with links throughout year 7 and 8 in order for students to develop the skills they need to succeed and to make the transition from KS3 into KS4 as smooth as possible.

GCSE Science Year 9 -11

NEW AQA GCSE SCIENCE 9-1

Students start their GCSE work at the beginning of Year 9. There are two routes through GCSE Science, Double Award (AQA GCSE Combined Science Trilogy 8464) or Triple Award separate Sciences (AQA GCSE Biology 8461, Chemistry 8462 and Physics 8463).

Combined Science students are set based on ability and are taught 9 science lessons per week. They are taught short topics that cover Physics, Chemistry and Biology. There are various assessment points throughout the year.

The aim of the GCSE Science course is to allow students to develop essential knowledge and understanding of key concepts in science. We have good laboratory facilities and the subject is delivered with a great deal of hands-on practical experience. Science stimulates student’s curiosity about the world around them, it enables students to develop and evaluate explanations through experimental evidence and modelling.

Separate Science is the same as Double Award, however there is extra content for most topics where ideas are explored at a greater depth and breadth of learning. The final exams are longer and students will be awarded 3 separate GCSEs (GCSE Biology, Chemistry and Physics) with 3 separate and unconnected Grades 9-1.

Support for Year 11 students

Frog: We have updated our Science site with revision material. You can download revision resources such as PowerPoints and past paper questions.

Revision guides: Please ensure your child has a copy of a revision guide and a matching workbook to support revision. These can by purchase from https://www.cgpbooks.co.uk/

EDUCAKE: Please encourage your child to use Educake for revision. There are a range of interactive quiz’s matched to the AQA specification which can make revision fun!

Kerboodle: Kerboodle is an online resource where students can access a digital textbook and a range of revision resources such as end of topic checklists, progress quizzes and summary notes. https://www.kerboodle.com

Science at A level

A Level Biology, Chemistry and Physics are taught as  2 year linear subjects with 3 exams totalling 6 hours of exam assessment. All 3 sciences are 100% externally assessed and there is no coursework or controlled assessments. However, learners will be required to develop a range of practical skills throughout their course in preparation for the written examinations. Planning, analysing data and evaluation of practicals will constitute a minimum of 15% of the available marks in the written exam. Students studying A level Biology, Chemistry or Physics  can be awarded a Practical Endorsement. This non-exam assessment component rewards the development of practical competency and is teacher assessed. Learners complete a minimum of 12 assessed experiments covering specified technical skills (together with the use of apparatus and practical techniques) and each student will keep an appropriate record of their assessed practical activities. Students who demonstrate the required standard across all the requirements of the assessment criteria will receive a ‘pass’ grade.  The assessment of practical skills is a compulsory requirement of the course of study for A level qualifications and will appear on all students’ certificates as a separately reported result, alongside the overall grade for the qualification.   The school follows the Oxford Cambridge and RSA (OCR) exam board which specifies 10% of the marks available within written examinations for Biology, 20% for Chemistry and 40% for Physics, will be for assessment of mathematics.

Department Staff

Director of Science Ms J Gill
Head of Biology Ms J Page
Head of Chemistry Ms I Ali
Head of Physics Ms S Annison
Mr N Powell
Mr J Brennan
Ms R Charlesworth
Mr P Darby
Ms K Dhanjal
Ms B Djaba
Ms E Koutsou
Ms M Sarosh
Dr N Uliana
Dr J Woodward
Ms F Wright