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15/08/19

We are extremely proud of all our year 13 students who have achieved another year of record results. https://t.co/g9xFBn7bzC

27/07/19

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Congratulations!!! have finished their today in ! Changing perceptions of the industry for students from ! Thank you!! https://t.co/T55mCXbeI7

21/07/19

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Congratulations 🙌 🥇 https://t.co/VP4iXVzDsL

17/07/19

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Well done to Jam Band who won this year’s Creative Clash . What a fantastic evening full of incredible talent. Thanks everyone who came to support our students. Have a wonderful and safe summer holidays! https://t.co/cswM5R7usE

15/07/19

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Jam band performing for year 9 achievement assembly today https://t.co/Lb26RiFq4a

15/07/19

The red carpet is out for our Year 9 Graduation party!! https://t.co/E04zZaoaeQ

15/07/19

Parents: the local authority are giving a training session for parents tomorrow 16th July 7.30pm on how to keep your children safe online at home over the summer hols. The training is on facebook. Link is https://t.co/6VUkSlbwUB

14/07/19

Last week of term coming up. Please ensure your child has 100% attendance...we keep them learning to the last minute - no videos or other waste of time. School finishes at 2pm on Friday.

12/07/19

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Good Luck to ’s own year 11 triple jumper Daniel, who is competing in the ESAA championships today. https://t.co/3sQZlsHt0X 12.30-12.45pm today 🤞🙌💪 https://t.co/MPcE2Bpy2Z

12/07/19

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Year 7 practising their French and learning to make croissants on our visit to Boulogne-sur-Mer https://t.co/aouHibU40T

12/07/19

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12/07/19

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First Batch of medals for at Federation Sports day! https://t.co/aYE3y43GV3

12/07/19

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More medals for 🏅🙌 https://t.co/Os3asxMUAn

12/07/19

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12/07/19

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A great win for Hannah in the year 8 800m 🙌🏅#letsgohannahletsgo https://t.co/lcxgFhdijU

12/07/19

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12/07/19

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12/07/19

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PE team 2018-2019 🙌 https://t.co/o5n5TIiEYR

11/07/19

Ezri Konsa: Aston Villa sign Brentford defender in £12m deal - BBC Sport. Our former pupil!!! https://t.co/Gi2W8b5ngf

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Science

Exam board:  AQA

Science Scheme of Work

The Harris Federation Schemes of Work for KS3 Science have been written in line with the aims and ethos of the new national curriculum and assessments (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-curriculum-in-england-secondary-curriculum)

Each year group has been allocated appropriate content to ensure all students have the opportunity to achieve the highest levels of progress and attainment at GCSE. There are generally 2-3 units each half term.

The changes made to the curriculum at KS3 will prepare our students in gaining the scientific  knowledge and skills needed for life in modern Britain, secure access into and success in further education and raise standards to compete in a global job market.

Key differences in curriculum

The principal focus of science teaching in KS3 is to develop a deeper understanding of a range of scientific ideas in the subjects of biology, chemistry and physics. Pupils will begin to see the connections between these subjects and become aware of some of the big ideas underpinning scientific knowledge and understanding. The order of the units has been chosen by thinking deeply about the connections between topics in each subject area of biology, chemistry or physics.  This has been mapped from the start of Year 7 to the end of Year 11 to ensure significant progression by all pupils. The knowledge and skills required for some of the content  are at a higher level than the previous KS3 curriculum. This will prepare students for the new GCSE curriculum. The new KS3 curriculum aims to deepen scientific knowledge further than previously and if more time is needed to ensure that the key concepts are understood then the new curriculum is flexible to facilitate this.  The scope and nature of the study describes a sequence of knowledge and concepts with a focus on developing a secure and deep understanding of the science rather than a superficial level of knowledge.

There are two sets of Schemes of Work – Standard and Nurture. The Standard Scheme of Work is aimed at Higher and Foundation levels of ability. For those students that find the curriculum a greater challenge the Nurture resources provide a highly differentiated curriculum to ensure sustained progress in Science. Teaching staff will ensure the delivery of the curriculum is appropriate for all students by using resources and strategies that have been created in addition to those provided by the Schemes of Work themselves.    

Working scientifically           

Throughout the Schemes of Work students will be taught :

  • Scientific attitudes
  • Experimental skills
  • Analysis
  • Evaluation
  • Measurement skills

In addition, at the end of each half-term there will be a set of lessons where students have an opportunity to practise these key skills through set practical investigations which can be separately assessed and progress measured across the year.

There is a greater focus on practical skills throughout the entire KS3 curriculum.

Assessment

Teachers will use work produced in books to assess progress and identify how students might improve. Homework will be set regularly and will be integral in assessing student ability to work and apply the knowledge and skills they have learnt independently. The teacher will use this assessment to inform their planning, support individuals and adapt lessons accordingly for their class. We will assess ongoing progress through questioning in class and assessment tasks in the classroom. Intervention will be targeted where it is needed.

There will be a half termly written paper which will assess students’ ability to apply the knowledge and skills they have studied in that half-term. The papers will also include questions based on previous units to test how deeply embedded the learning and understanding is i.e. cumulative assessment. The papers will include questions to assess the quality of written communication in science as well as numeracy skills. Results for these assessments will be reported to parents as percentages and we will use these scores to predict a student’s most likely grade (MLG) at the end of year 11 and to assess whether they are on track.

The new grading system for Science GCSE is 9-1 with 9 being the highest. The half-termly papers taken will be in two tiers, higher and foundation. Students taking the foundation tier can achieve a grade 5-1 and those taking the higher can achieve a grade 9-4. These tiers have been chosen to reflect the new GCSE. We will be able to change a student’s tier of entry as appropriate. The reported MLG will be given using the 9-1 scale. 

If you require more information on the content of these units, please contact the Science department at your Harris Academy. The KS3 national curriculum can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-curriculum-in-england-framework-for-key-stages-1-to-4.

Useful links:

KS3 Science

KS4 Science

Key Stage 4/5

At Key Stage 4/5, we will be following the GCSE/AS specification of our chosen exam board.  At GCSE students study Trilogy (2 GCSEs) or else Separate Science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics).  At Post 16 we offer A levels in all three sciences. Biology: OCR. Chemistry and Physics: AQA.

Please click on the attachments to see our schemes of work. 

 

 

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