Science

Assessment and Qualification

Pupils at KS3 follow the National Curriculum Programme of Study and their progress is assessed continually as they complete the topics.

Key Stage 3

Biology Chemistry Physics
Year 7 Cells, Tissues and Organs
ReproductionClassification and Food webs
Working in a Laboratory
Particles and ReactionsWeathering and fossils
Energy Transfers
Forces and Speed
Year 8 Keeping Healthy
Studying DiseaseLife and Death
Separating Mixtures
Atoms, Elements and Compounds
Sound and Heat
MagnetismSpace
Year 9 Drugs and Behaviour
VariationHumans and the environment
Chemical Patterns
Chemical reactions
Geology
Pressure and Forces
Energy Transfers

Key Stage 4

At KS 4 we currently study the Edexcel BTEC Certificate in Applied Science which has equivalence to two GCSEs at grades A-C. Attainment is assessed in two ways:

 

Type of Assessment

How Attainment is Assessed

Percentage of Qualification

Teacher Assessment

Pupils complete a range of assignments which are assessed by the teacher

80%

External Assessment

Pupils sit a formal examination

20%

 

All assignments are completed in the classroom. Pupils will have appropriate guidance and will have the opportunity to improve their work to gain a higher grade if they wish to do so. The following grades are available:

Pass                (P)                   with equivalence to GCSE grade C

Merit                (M)                   with equivalence to GCSE grade B

Distinction        (D)                   with equivalence to GCSE grade A

 

Ethos and Teaching

At Kilgarth we believe that the study of science should widen our pupils’ understanding about every aspect of the world we live in and how science impacts on their everyday lives. We aim to deliver a science curriculum that is stimulating and challenging; taught using a variety of tasks that are often practically based and always take account of the pupils’ individual needs. We have a strong focus on developing the vital skills to enable collaborative and independent learning to take place. All this enables pupils to achieve their individual potential appropriate to their age, ability and emotional development.

Some Curricular Activities

Year 11 pupils had taste of crime scene investigation (CSI) recently when they had to investigate a ‘murder’ in the science laboratory. Wearing full personal protective body suits they analysed the crime scene like true professionals.

 

Criminals beware! The Kilgarth crime squad is hot on your heels.

We all had a fantastic day and made real progress in completing the BTEC assignment ‘Investigating a Crime Scene’. Well done to all and many thanks to PC Evans for his help and for arranging all of the professional forensics equipment we used.