Moorside High School

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Science

Welcome to the Science Faculty

  • Mr A. Prescott - Head of Faculty
  • Miss K. McQueen - 2nd in Faculty
  • Mr N. Dawson- Duke of Edinburgh Coordinator
  • Mr C. Howard
  • Mr P. Leese
  • Miss N. Okolowicz
  • Mr A. Chowdhury
  • Miss R. Martin
  • Mr A Griffiths- Science Technician

Science lessons are always practical based where possible to capture the imagination of pupils.

The Key Stage 3 course runs over 3 years and Key Stage 4 course runs over 2 years.

Pupils will be continually assessed internally at Key Stage 3 through written assignments and test papers and both internally and externally at Key Stage 4. This data is used to move pupils to the appropriate classes and assess whether the pupil is on the right course.

Homework is given weekly via a variety of methods such as research, SAM learning, past exam questions.

There are revision classes which take place after school for pupils who have exams approaching.

These are also drop in sessions that are available for any pupils to attend if they are struggling with their work or feel that they need extra help.

Key Stage 3 Science

Year 7

The Science course starts with the Passport to Science. This is to introduce pupils to the practical skills that they will need throughout their school career and lab safety rules that they will need to follow any time they are in a science lab.

Throughout year 7, pupils will complete 9 units; 3 Biology, 3 Chemistry and 3 Physics. Each unit will be assessed through a written piece of work or a data analysis task. Towards the end of each term, all pupils will sit an end of term test which consists of SATs questions about the topics that term.

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Year 8

Throughout year 8, pupils complete 9 units of work; 3 Biology, 3 Chemistry and 3 Physics. Each unit is will be assessed through a written piece of work or a data analysis task. Towards the end of each term, all pupils will sit and end of term test which consists of SATs questions about the topics that term.

Year 9

During the Autumn term of year 9, pupils complete 3 units of work; 1 Biology, 1 Chemistry and 1 Physics. Each of these units is assessed via written pieces of work or data analysis tasks. Towards the end of the term, all pupils sit an end of term test which is made up of SATs questions about the topics that term. During the Spring and Summer term, pupils start the basics of the GCSE course. One term will be spent looking at some of the content that they will meet during the GCSE course in year 10. This will again be assessed by an end of term test which consists of exam questions that have been used by the exam board. The other term is spent by pupils completing assessed pieces of coursework. This is done to enable pupils to get used to what is expected of them when completing pieces of coursework in the GCSE course. Key words and basic graph skills are discussed and correct ways to analyse data are also worked on to fully prepare pupils for the externally assessed piece of coursework that they complete in year 10 and 11.

Key Stage 4 Science

At Key Stage 4 we offer a variety of courses:

  • Triple Award Science
  • Dual Award Science
  • BTec Science

Triple Award

This course is offered to the most scientifically able pupils and also those who may require separate science topics to continue on to a course at college.

Pupils taking triple award Science will end up with 3 GCSE’s in Science; Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

During the 2 year course, pupils will complete 3 pieces of coursework, one for each Science discipline.

External examinations will take place towards the end of pupils final year within school

Dual Award

This course is separated into Core Science and Additional Science. Pupils taking this course will end up with 2 GCSE’s in Science.

During each course, pupils will complete a piece of coursework and sit external examinations.