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Science

Our Science department believe in ‘Discovering Science in the universe through hands-on investigation, discussion and enquiry.’

One of our largest departments, the Science team boasts eleven teachers and three technicians based across nine laboratories in main school and three specialist laboratories in Faraday, our Sixth Form block, one for each of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. There is also an additional STEM room (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). All students in KS3 and KS4 study Science, and are taught in ability sets. Students in Year 7 and 8 study ‘SMART Science’, then begin their GCSE studies in Year 9 and complete Core Science followed by Additional Science throughout Y10. After this, students will either start preparation for the GCSE or complete Separate Science (separate GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics).

Our Science department subscribe to the view of Jules Verne when encouraging students to explore the world through Science: ‘Science, my lad, is made up of mistakes, but they are mistakes which it is useful to make, because they lead little by little to the truth.’ In their Science lessons, students at Ridgewood make their way to the truth through experimentation, trial, curiosity and understanding.

KS3 

Year 7 Term 1

Year 7 Term 2

Year 7 Term 3

Year 8 Term 1

Year 8 Term 2

Year 8 Term 3

Please download the documents below for more details about the Steps and Strands.

How can students be successful and what support can I offer as a parent?

  • Purchase KS3 Science revision and study guide (available in the school shop)
  • Encourage students to access resources on the VLE
  • Access websites such as BBC Bitesize and Planet Science
  • Create flashcards and other revision materials (quizzes, mind maps) as they go through topics
  • Improve assessments at home using class teacher’s feedback
  • Enrichment and after school clubs
  • KS3 Science club - Tuesday after school in P13

Useful web links:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zng4d2p

http://www.educationquizzes.com/ks3/science/

www.planet-science.com

KS4 

Note: Y9, Y10 and Y11 are completing the new AQA Science specification called Trilogy in Science.

Year 10 Timeline

Year 11 Timeline

Useful web links:

KS5 Biology 

Exam board is AQA

Year 12

  • Biological molecules
  • Cells
  • Organisms exchange substances with their environment
  • Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms
  • Practical Assessment throughout.

Year 13

  • Energy transfers in and between organisms
  • Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments.
  • Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems.
  • The control of gene expression.

Examination

Practical component of KS5 Biology:

Practical work is at the heart of biology, so AQA have placed it at the heart of this specification. Practical assessments have been divided into those that can be assessed in written exams and those that can only be directly assessed whilst students are carrying out experiments.

A Level grades will be based only on marks from written exams. A separate endorsement of practical skills will be taken alongside the A Level. This will be assessed by teachers and will be based on direct observation of students’ competency in a range of skills that are not assessable in written exams. Students will complete 6 practicals in Year 12 and 6 practicals in Year 13.

Assessment:

Internal assessment will take place throughout the year. Students will be informed about these with plenty of time so effective revision can take place. These will be used for CF cycles.

Key practicals will also be assessed throughout the year. Each will have separate focuses on skills, data analysis and technique.

All AQA exams are sat in the Summer.

Useful web links:

www.kerboodle.co.uk

http://vbio.weebly.com/aqa-a-level-revision-material.html

http://www.physicsandmathstutor.com/biology-revision/aqa-unit-1/

http://www.s-cool.co.uk/a-level/biology

http://www.biologyguide.net/

KS5 Chemistry 

The exam board is AQA.

Year 12

  • Atomic structure and associated evidence to support the current model.
  • Calculations involving chemical equations which are essential to determine yields of chemical reactions as well as analyse data from experiments.
  • Bonding in chemicals and shapes of molecules.
  • The energy changes and kinetics involved in chemical reactions.
  • Synthesis of simple organic molecules.
  • Chemical analysis of functional groups.

Year 13

  • Further in-depth study of the energy changes, kinetics and equilibria associate which chemical reactions.
  • The study of transition metals and their associated reactions.
  • Trends in properties and reactivity of known elements.
  • Acids and alkalis.
  • Synthesis of more complex organic molecules.
  • The study of instrumental methods of analysing substances.

Examination

  • Paper 1 - written exam: 2 hours, 105 marks, 35% or A-level.
  • Paper 2 - written exam: 2 hours, 105 marks, 35% or A-level.
  • Paper 3 - written exam: 2 hours, 90 marks, 30% of A-level.

Practical component of KS5 Chemistry:

Practical work underpins many aspects of chemistry and there is a high focus on practical work in the new AQA specification. Practical assessments have been divided into those that can be assessed in written exams and those that can only be directly assessed whilst students are carrying out experiments.

A Level grades will be based only on marks from written exams. A separate endorsement of practical skills will be taken alongside the A Level. This will be assessed by teachers and will be based on direct observation of students’ competency in a range of skills that are not assessable in written exams. Students will complete 6 practicals in Year 12 and 6 practicals in Year 13.

Assessment:

Internal assessment will take place throughout the year. Students will be informed about these with plenty of time so effective revision can take place. These will be used for CF cycles.

Key practicals will also be assessed throughout the year. Each will have separate focuses on skills, data analysis and technique.

All AQA exams are sat in the Summer.

Useful web links:

www.kerboodle.co.uk

http://www.chemguide.co.uk/

http://www.a-levelchemistry.co.uk/

http://www.chemnotes.org.uk/aqa.html

http://chemrevise.org/revision-guides/

http://www.physicsandmathstutor.com/chemistry-revision/

KS5 Physics 

Exam board is AQA

Year 12

  1. Measurements and their errors
  2. Particles and radiation
  3. Waves
  4. Mechanics and materials
  5. Electricity

Year 13

  • 6 Further mechanics and thermal physics
  • 7 Fields and their consequences
  • 8 Nuclear physics
  • Plus an option module from:
  • 9 Astrophysics
  • 10 Medical physics
  • 11 Engineering physics
  • 12 Turning points in physics
  • 13 Electronics

Examination

Practical component of KS5 Physics:

Practical work is at the heart of physics, so AQA have placed it at the heart of this specification. Practical assessments have been divided into those that can be assessed in written exams and those that can only be directly assessed whilst students are carrying out experiments.

A Level grades will be based only on marks from written exams. A separate endorsement of practical skills will be taken alongside the A Level. This will be assessed by teachers and will be based on direct observation of students’ competency in a range of skills that are not assessable in written exams. Students will complete 6 practicals in Year 12 and 6 practicals in Year 13.

Assessment:

Internal assessment will take place throughout the year. Students will be informed about these with plenty of time so effective revision can take place. These will be used for CF cycles.

Key practicals will also be assessed throughout the year. Each will have separate focuses on skills, data analysis and technique.

All AQA exams are sat in the Summer.

Useful web links:

http://physicsnet.co.uk/a-level-physics-as-a2/

http://www.physicsandmathstutor.com/physics-revision/

http://www.antonine-education.co.uk/

http://www.cyberphysics.co.uk/key_stage/KS5.htm

http://www.s-cool.co.uk/a-level/physics