Science

We follow the National Curriculum.

In Key Stages 1 and 2 there is a two year rolling programme which enables children to progress confidently with the same teacher, whilst meeting the objectives over two years.

Key Stage 1

Year 1: Ourselves, Sorting & Using Materials, Light & Dark, Using Electricity, Pushes & Pulls, Forces & Movements.

Year 2: Sound & Hearing, Health & Growth, Plants & Animals in Local Environment, Growing Plants, Variation, Growing & Changing Materials

Key Stage 2 Years 3 & 4

Year 1:  Teeth & eating, Helping Plants Grow Well, Characteristics of Materials, Rocks & Soils, Magnets & Springs, Light & Shadow.

Year 2:  Moving & Growing, Habitats, Keeping Warm, Solids, Liquids & how they can be separated, Friction, Circuits & Conductors.

Key Stage 2 Years 5 &6:

Year 1:  Interdependence & Adaption, Micro-organisms, More About Dissolving, Keeping Healthy, Life Cycles, Gases Around Us.

Year 2:  Changing State, Reversible & Irreversible Changes, Earth, Sun & Moon, Forces in Action, Changing Sounds, How We See Things.

Science in Senior School

Students in the senior school are taught Science by Mrs Patria and follow the National Curriculum. Learning is supported by practical work and students are encouraged to develop independent learning skills. Students in years 7 and 8 will study science at key stage 3 level. This will prepare them for their GCSEs which they will commence half way through year 9. Each pupil has their own text book. A range of resources are available to learners for homework and extension activities.

Key Stage 3

KS3 Science at Pattisons is aimed at motivating and inspiring young and active minds. Students will link their practical experience with scientific ideas and real-life situations with a strong emphasis on ‘Working Scientifically’. Students follow the ‘ActiveLearn Exploring Science course’ for the updated 2014 curriculum in Year 7, 8 and half way through year 9 before commencing OCR 21st century GCSE course. The Schemes of Work are designed to fully prepare and support every student on their journey through KS3 to KS4.

During KS3 students are encouraged to develop their skills in the following areas;
* Using investigative approaches
* Working critically with evidence
* Understanding the applications & implications of science
* Thinking scientifically
* Communicating & collaborating in science

In accordance with the National Curriculum, pupils are expected to make progress in four attainment targets:

  • How Science Works
  • Organisms, their behaviour and the environment
  • Materials, their properties and the earth
  • Energy, forces and space

KS3 Assessment
Throughout the years, Students will complete a range of ‘APP tasks’. These are skills based assessments focusing on the main skill areas of science, including modelling, investigating, analysing and evaluating. Students will also be completing end of topic tests regularly that will assess them on all the Science knowledge they have covered.

Key Stage 4

At Pattison College the current year 11 students study the OCR 21st Century Science syllabus: Core (GCSE Science A) and GCSE Additional Science.

All students will study for two GCSEs in science. These GCSEs are 2 separate GCSE courses. One of which is called ‘Science A’, which is taught in Year 10. The second GCSE ‘Additional Science’ is taught in Year 11. GCSE Additional Science builds upon the content covered in the GCSE Science A.

KS4 Assessment 

GCSEs are assessed via 3 examinations at the end of year 10 and 3 examinations at which are sat at the end of Year 11. They contribute towards 75% of the qualification; the final 25% is assessed via practical and case study based ‘Controlled Assessments’. This course allows students to study science at Post-16 and fulfils the science qualification requirement specified within most post-16 science courses.

From Sept 2016 the exciting new GCSE (9-1) Twenty First Century Science Suite will enable students to understand how science works in everyday life.

The course provides opportunities to link science to real life and develops understanding of scientific concepts, by enhancing students’ ability to plan and carry out practical investigations and their understanding of the role of experimental work.

What We Study in Year 10 / 11

KS4 Assessment:

There will be four examination papers for GCSE Combined science, one for each Physics, Chemistry and Biology covering all of the chapters; the fourth paper will assess content from all chapters in the course. They will be short-answer questions worth up to three marks, structured questions and questions requiring an extended written response. The papers will assess theory, problem solving, calculations and questions about practical work. Students throughout will be assessed at the end of each module in the form a written test, recording results in the assessment logs in the front of their exercise books where recommendations on how they can improve can be found.

All students have the opportunity to perform practical science investigations, as part of the new science course, completing different investigations that belong to different ‘practical activity groups’ known as PAGs. Some of these include investigations such as; Tests for oxygen, hydrogen and carbon dioxide, measuring length of plant cells viewed under a microscope, measuring angles in refraction of light and reflection and conducting microbiological tests using aseptic technique. The investigations that are conducted throughout the course will be used to help with preparation for the fourth combined science exam where pupils will be expected to apply their knowledge of investigative skills gained from all three sciences; Biology chemistry and physics.

Students will have the opportunity to carry out activities individually in pairs and in groups. Activities include poster work, note taking and answering questions, presentations, producing spider diagrams and story boards.

At both Key Stages pupils take part in many science based activities outside school. e.g Big Bang Fair at NEC, Newcomen Steam Conference at Black Country Museum. We also have visiting specialists e.g Warwick University’s Flash Bangs

Years 7 & 8:3 x 70 minutes per week.
Year 9:3 x 70 & 1 x 35 minutes per week
Year 10:4 x 70 minutes per week
Year 11:3 x 70 & 2 x 35 minutes per week