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Yewlands Academy

Science

 

Our curriculum is designed to support, challenge and stretch students with engaging and varied learning experiences that build, curiosity, science scholarship and cultural capital.

Our dedicated team of specialists is comprised of professionals with a wealth of experience and backgrounds that we use in our teaching. 

Key Stage Three 

 

Students will study all three sciences and can expect to do both practical and more theoretical work. In Year 7 students start by learning how to work safely in a science lab and go on to study topics such as particles, solutions, simple chemical reactions, space, electricity, magnets, cells, reproduction and ecosystems. In Year 8 they will build on knowledge from Year 7 studying genes & inheritance, speed, digestive and respiratory system, ecosystems and the Earth’s atmosphere. In Year 9 topics include cells & organisation, photosynthesis and respiration, atoms & bonding, and energy & electricity. 

 

Key stage four

All students study GCSE science over a two-year period beginning in year 10 and there are two different pathways to suit student needs.

Most students undertake AQA Combined Science GCSE which gives two GCSE grades. Students are entered for either the Higher Tier (grades 9 to 4) or Foundation (grades 1 to 5). Progression to A-levels and other post-16 qualifications is strong, and pupils have a combined total of 6 x 1 hour 15 min exams at the end of Year 11.

Students who excelled academically during Year 7-Year 9 have the option of studying the three Sciences separately to attain three GCSE qualifications in Biology, Chemistry and Physics (AQA). We have an excellent record of our students progressing to study Sciences at A-level or equivalent as a result of high-quality outcomes in these courses, often accepting university placements after Key Stage 5. This is a challenging pathway resulting in 6 x 1 hr 45 min exams being taken by pupils at the end of Y11.  

The department is committed to our students' achievement and future; in order to help them reach their full potential, opportunities for further development of concepts is offered in the form of after school sessions to enhance the science knowledge our students needed for their future career pathways. 

Enrichment 

As well as providing quality learning experiences in the classroom, we strive to offer a range of enrichment activities throughout the year. Activities which have been popular in recent years have included science club, school STEM and career trips and inviting guest speakers to run workshops for students. 

Homework 

Homework is set weekly and directly correlates to the topics taught in class. Homework tasks are set on Educake. Students can also work independently, and can search for quizzes and videos to support, consolidate, or extend their progress in class. 

 

Curriculum Plan