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"The Scientist is motivated primarily by curiosity and a desire for truth".

Key Stage 3 Science Assessment

As you will no doubt be aware, the world of education is in a constant state of flux. Over the last few years, the most notable changes include a new National Curriculum and new, more challenging GCSEs. Your son/daughter will experience these changes.

The new Science Curriculum has a greater focus on knowledge development, along with the opportunity to study the 'Big Ideas' of the  subject in greater depth. 

Assessment at Key stage 3 will be an on-going and continuous process. Learners will be assessed regularly in lessons. Students will undertake formal summative assessments at the end of each unit to enable us to track their progress and identify areas for development and intervene.

We believe we have developed a Science Key stage 3 assessment model which:
* Is focussed on developing the key concepts, knowledge and science skills needed for KS4
* Is based on high expectations and challenge for all
* Uses regular assessments and feedback which gives all students the chance to develop a secure understanding of science 'Big ideas'
* Incorporates high quality baseline and end of topic assessments, helping students to identify their progress and develop the skills needed to tackle more complex Science GCSE exam questions
* Provides data to reliably identify what students have not understood and informs future teaching and learning, including science interventions needs

Students in Year 7 and 8 will undergo Transition Assessments which will support their key stage science movement towards KS4.

Students will be set a Science Key stage 4 target on entry to the school using previous attainment data. These targets will be based around the new GCSE grades 1-9 (with 9 the highest). 

In addition we have launched Science After hours club which will be open to all to complete science project work/homework/specific intervention assessments and simply enjoy science 'fun' experiments whilst gaining a possible Science qualification.

Key Stage 4 Science Assessment - AQA specification
Science is a set of ideas about the material world. We have included all the parts of what good science is at GCSE level: whether it be investigating, observing, experimenting or testing out ideas and thinking about them.

The way scientific ideas will be taught will be to support students in building a deep understanding of science. We know this will involve talking about, reading and writing about science plus the actual doing, as well as representing science in its many forms both mathematically and visually through teaching it and vitally learning it! 

There are six papers: two biology, two chemistry and two physics. Each of the papers will assess knowledge and understanding from distinct topic areas.

Biology course content
Cell biology  
Organisation 
Infection and response 
Bioenergetics  
Homeostasis and response  
Inheritance, variation and evolution 
Ecology

Chemistry course content
Atomic structure and the periodic table  
Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter 
Quantitative chemistry 
Chemical changes 
Energy changes 
The rate and extent of chemical change  
Organic chemistry  
Chemical analysis 
Chemistry of the atmosphere 

Physics course content 
Energy 
Electricity 
Particle model of matter 
Atomic structure 
Forces 
Waves 
Magnetism and electromagnetism  
Space Physics

Assessments 
There are six papers: two biology, two chemistry and two physics. Each of the papers will assess knowledge and understanding from distinct topic areas. GCSE Combined Science: Trilogy 8464 and Separate sciences GCSE exams June 2018 onwards. This qualification is linear - students will sit all their exams at the end of the course in Year 11.