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In Science lessons, students will be taught to develop a deeper understanding of a range of scientific ideas in the subject disciplines of biology (life processes and ecological relationships), chemistry (reactions) and physics (waves and energy). Students should begin to see the connections between these subject areas and become aware of some of the big ideas underpinning scientific knowledge and understanding. 

Through discovery and investigation, students will have the opportunity to challenge ideas, to inspire their curiosity and enquiring mind; enabling students to attain the scientific literacy to create a deeper understanding of the world around us, providing opportunities to be independent learners leading into careers and future prosperity. 

Students will use investigations to develop their experimental, analytical, and evaluation skills using the academy learner dispositions of resilience and reflection. 

Implementation

Year 7 & 8 Teaching Routes Students in Y7 and Y8 follow the Activate Science scheme. When practical resources are limited, or a class has more than one teacher the teaching order of units may vary. A brief overview of the topics is shown below. 

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GCSE Science Learning Journey

Science is one of the few qualifications which is still available at either foundation or higher tier exam.  The tier of entry will be decided.

AQA GCSE Combined Science: Trilogy 

Most students will study AQA Combined Science: Trilogy.

There are 6 exams in this qualification, each is 1h15mins each.  This is a double award qualification and students will achieve two GCSEs from the combined exam scores in Biology, Chemistry, and Physics.  A copy of the specification can be found using the link below.  

https://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resources/science/specifications/AQA-8464-SP-2016.PDF

AQA GCSE Biology, AQA GCSE Chemistry, and GCSE Physics

Some students will have the opportunity to study three separate science.  Each qualification is achieved from two exams with each one taking 1h45mins. A copy of each specification can be found using the links below.

 https://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resources/biology/specifications/AQA-8461-SP-2016.PDF https://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resources/chemistry/specifications/AQA-8462-SP-2016.PDF https://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resources/physics/specifications/AQA-8463-SP-2016.PDF

Cultural Capital

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  • Life Science Centre, Times Square, Newcastle upon Tyne
  • Discovery Museum, Blandford Square, Newcastle upon Tyne
  • Science Museum, Exhibition Road, South Kensington, London
  • National Space Centre, Exploration Drive, Leicester

Attend STEM Club

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Social responsibility for the environment

Volunteers needed for litter picks and protecting the natural environment. 

Opportunities to see nature up close.

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