Science

Aims

The course aims to

• provide pupils with a science base for further study in a modern technological society

• prepare pupils to become a confident citizens with informed interests in matters of scientific importance

• enable pupils to recognise the usefulness and limitations of the scientific method and to appreciate its application to everyday life  

• develop an understanding of scientific concepts together with the skills to communicate, apply and investigate them.

Organisation

Triple Science will result in the award of three separate IGCSE grades in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. On the basis of assessment in the first two years of the course, some candidates may be prepared for Dual Science in Year 11 leading to two IGCSE grades. Dual Science is pupils will only sit Paper 1 in each Science discipline.  

IGCSE Assessments

Biology

Paper 1 (2 hours) 

Examination  

66%  

33%

Paper 2 (1 hour)

Examination

Chemistry

Paper 1 (2 hours)

Examination

66%  

Paper 2 (1 hour)

Examination 

33%

Physics

Paper 1 (2 hours)

Examination

66%

Paper 2 (1 hour) Examination   33%

In School Assessment

Assessment of progress and performance is achieved by a variety of means: these include homework marks, end of topic tests, investigative and research tasks, presentations and the end of year practical and theory examination results. Girls’ progress is monitored by the teachers’ record of written, practical and oral work, via parent evenings and reports, and by discussion within the Science Department. Girls are encouraged to set personal targets.

Homework

Homework tasks set may include written work, learning, research, thinking or observation. Homework is used to consolidate understanding and to support learning: opportunities are provided wherever possible for thinking skills to be applied.

Differentiation

Pupils' different abilities are accommodated within the department’s schemes of work. Differentiation is achieved by task, by dialogue, by textbook or worksheet and by context. Graded questions and alternative exercises are offered. Pace may vary and expectation will be matched to ability. .

ICT

Girls are encouraged to use ICT applications to: word-process their work; model scientific situations; capture, store and manipulate data; research topics; consolidate, extend and revise work covered in class.

Extra-curricular activities

The department offers Science Club and Gardening Club on a weekly basis with occasional trips to museums, exhibitions and other establishments to cultivate a broad interest in science.  Each year the department celebrates National Science Week and participates in the Salters Chemistry Festival, Biology Challenge Competition and the Society for General Microbiology’s annual competition.