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What you will learn in KS3


At loxford we pride ourselves in developing pupil’s skills of Science from their primary years.
The Science department are using the Exploring Science Scheme of Work, which presents Science in an Innovative way, in order to engage pupils’ interest.
Over the next three years pupils will build upon the experiences and skills they learnt at KS2 Science, and develop these to a higher level.
Pupils will be studying a variety of science based topics, during the curriculum, which are taken from the three main schools of Science - Biology, Chemistry, and Physics.
In addition to the knowledge of Science pupils will also be encouraged to develop their skills in specific areas of Science that they may not have come across yet, such as:

• Ethics- The moral codes a Scientist should be working with in order to reduce harm to Humanity, and the Natural World.
• How science works- To be able to understand how experiments are planned, variables to be used, and how to evaluate work.
• Ecology- To be able to understand the delicate balance of ecosystems and how they can be damaged by human activity.
• Conserving Energy- To know how humans in their eagerness to develop, they have altered the natural balance of the world. And what man is doing in order to prevent further damage.

Observational and practical skills will be built upon in order to make pupils more rounded Scientists, and get them ready for GCSE.

Once a year pupils across KS3 will be involved in National Science Week. During this week pupils will be taking part in fun and exciting new ways of looking at Science. For example; pupils in year 8 will have to work out who the murderer is in a Forensic Laboratory!

 

What you will learn in KS4


We follow the AQA Sciences suite, which includes Science Core and Additional. This consists of Biology, Chemistry and Physics at GCSE level. All of our students study at least one GCSE Science subjects, and a large portion of the more able students will study separate sciences and achieve either 2 or 3 science GCSE’s. Coursework is worth 25% of the final qualification, and is done in class during normal science lessons.

A synopsis of the courses available listed in the next column.

BIOLOGY

Human Biology - Co-ordination and control, Healthy eating, Drug abuse, Controlling infectious diseases.

Biology - Cells, How plants produce food, Energy flows, Enzymes, Homeostasis, Inheritance

Evaluation and Environment - Adaption for survival, Variation, Evolution, How people affect the planet



PHYSICS

Energy and Energy Resources - Heat transfer, Using energy, Electrical energy, Generating electricity

Physics - Motion, Speeding up and slowing down, Work energy and momentum, Static electricity, Current electricity, Mains electricity, Nuclear physics

Radiation and the Universe - Electromagnetic waves, Radioactivity, The origins of the Universe



CHEMISTRY

Products from Rocks - Rocks and buildings, Rocks and metals, Crude oil.

Chemistry - Structures and bonding, Structures and properties, How much?, Rates of reaction, Energy and reactions, Electrolysis, Acids alkalis and salts.

Oils, Earth and Atmosphere - Products from oils, Plant olis, The changing world.



TRIPLE SCIENCE

Biology - Exchange of materials, Transporting substances around the body, Microbiology

Chemistry - Development of the periodic table, More about acids and bases, Water, Further Chemistry

Physics - Turning forces, Light and sound, Electromagnism, Stars and space.

KS4 BTEC - This is a new, fun, innovative course, which is being run for those children whom vocational course would suit rather then an academic course. This course is eqvivalent to two G.C.S.E grades and is a double certificate.


What you will learn in KS5


Physics A-Level
 
Why choose this subject?
 
 
 
 
 
Entry requirements:
 
 
 
Combine this course with:
 
Essential if you go on to:
 
Find out about quarks and the forces that control them. 
Explore the structure of atoms and the powers that shape our world. Discover all about waves, energy, light and theories about the structure of the universe through this course.
 
An A/B in Science at GCSE, Maths at B grade and C in
English at GCSE. C grades in Biology, Chemistry, Maths, Design and Technology, are essential.
 
Computing, Art, a Language.
 
Engineering, Design, Teaching, Research, Mechanics.
 

 

 
Biology A-Level
 
Why choose this subject?
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Entry requirements:
 
 
Combine this course with:
 
Essential if you go on to:
 
Biology offers the opportunity to grapple with some of the more contentious issues of our day – cloning humans; genetic finger printing; in-vitro fertilisation, to name but a few. This is a highly rewarding and challenging course which will take you from the lab to theory and out into the field in your quest for information, explanation and results.
 
A or B in Science, C grade in English and Maths at GCSE.
 
Chemistry, Physics, Maths, a Language, History.
 
Medicine, Research Work, Nursing, Teaching.

 
Chemistry A-Level
 
Why choose this subject?
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Entry requirements:
 
 
 
Combine this course with:
 
 
 
Essential if you go on to:
 
 
If you are curious about the air you breath; what trainers are made of; how to make you own cosmetics; the chemicals in your prescription or the forensics used by the police, then this is your subject. You are interested in the very stuff of life. You are probably also ready to work very hard and manipulate complex scientific equipment.
 
A/B grade in Science, C grade in Maths and English at
GCSE.
 
Biology, Physics, Maths, English Literature, Art, Drama,
Geography and History.
 
Medicine, Research Work, Journalism, Pharmacy, Optometry and Nutrition, Teaching.