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Welcome to the Kenilworth School and Sixth Form Science Department. As one of the largest departments in the school, we are a highly driven and dedicated team of 19 specialist Science teachers supported by 5 skilled Science technicians.

As a department, we strive to present Science as a way of understanding nature, as a challenging and satisfying intellectual study, a coherent body of knowledge and, through its manipulation of natural forces, a means of improving people's lives.

Our aim is simple; to inspire, enthuse and excite students of all ages, abilities and interests.

Whilst we consistently achieve excellent examination results at GCSE and A Level, we also aim to broaden students’ understanding and appreciation of Science in our ever-evolving technological world by not just teaching to the specification but allowing students to express their ideas, providing them with a platform to both ask and find answers to their own thought-provoking questions.

We encourage students to be resourceful in finding out the answers to complex questions, reflective in their own analysis of experimental data by building and developing conclusions to scientific investigation. We inspire students to be responsible learners by improving their literacy skills and their ability to be effective and efficient learners, helping all students understand what it takes to be a good independent learner by developing their meta-cognitive skills. Science lessons here at Kenilworth encourage students to be active and collaborative learners, where resilience and reasoning are promoted and nurtured. We believe in facilitation rather than dictation and allow students to formulate their own ideas, help one another and feel confident in offering verbal contributions whether they be right or wrong. A positive and stimulating learning environment is central to all that we offer.

We aim to promote both literacy and mathematics in our Science lessons where students understand the value of good spelling, punctuation and grammar plus the importance of showing all mathematical working. We aim to develop students’ ability to answer longer 6-mark questions from the beginning of year 7 through to the GCSE examinations. In addition, feedback is very important to us and we use the F.A.R. marking method (Feedback, Action, Response) and D.I.R.T. (Directed Improvement Reflection Time) as a means for helping students improve their written work.

The Science team here at Kenilworth school are whole-heartedly passionate about the subject and we aim to captivate, engage and inspire students by demonstrating the applications of Science in our every-day lives. Our mission is to leave students fascinated and absorbed by the complexities of scientific phenomena through lessons, which create a sense of awe and wonder.

 

Key elements that underpin the design, shape and intent of our Science curriculum plus the skills we aim to promote in Science here at Kenilworth School:

  • A curriculum that is ambitious and innovative
  • A progression model based upon the whole learning journey
  • Not narrowed solely for students to pass exams

 

Includes:

  • The 5 R’s which are integral to our whole Science curriculum intent

 

Includes:

  • Sequencing of concepts
  • Students learn a deep body of knowledge with sufficient depth, coverage and knowledge progression
  • Opportunities for creatively, collaboration, independence, challenge, problem solving, ability to think logically, verbal and written communication
  • Allows for learning with meaning and to enhance the change in long term memory
  • Students making progress
  • Includes parity and differentiated to meet the needs of all students
  • Breadth of study

 

Incudes:

  • Reading, oracy and literacy
  • Mathematical fluency and numeracy

 

Includes:

  • Formative assessments (FAR) conducted in between summative assessments
  • Assessments which are not excessive or onerous but designed to shape future learning

 

Includes:

  • Good standards of attainment and well-rounded learners
  • Skills and knowledge
  • Enrichment opportunities
  • Development of students love for learning beyond the classroom and to create a sense of awe and wonder

Mr M. Jones

Head of Science

 

Keystage 3

Science at Key Stage 3:

 

Students study all 3 Science disciplines in both year 7 and 8, which build upon the principles and ideas learnt at Key Stage 2.

Year 7:

In year, 7 students are taught Science 3 hours each week in their mixed ability tutor groups. The following Science topics are covered during student’s first year at Kenilworth School following the AQA Scheme of work.

Sci yr7 table

Year 8:

In year, 8 students are taught Science 3 hours each week in mixed ability tutor groups.

The following Science topics are covered during student’s second year at Kenilworth School following the AQA Scheme of Work.

Sci yr8 table

Year 9:

Students start the GCSE Science course in year 9.

In year, 9 students are taught Science 3 hours each week in sets. Setting is based upon assessment results throughout year 7 and 8.

The following Science topics are covered during student’s third year at Kenilworth School following the AQA GCSE Scheme of Work.

Sci yr9 table

 

Keystage 4

Science at key stage 4:

 

Year 10 & 11:

In year 10, those students we select to study Separate Science (sets 1 & 2) are taught 2 hours of Biology, 2 hours of Chemistry and 2 hours of Physics each week.

Those students studying Combined Science (sets 3-6) are taught topics across Biology, Chemistry and Physics 5 hours each week.

The year group is now split into 2 parallel halves (‘North’ and ‘South’) where there are 6 sets in each half. Setting in year 10 is based upon assessment results throughout year 9 and the end of year 9 summer exam.

Summary:

Separate Science pathway

Combined Science (Trilogy) pathway

Sets 1 & 2

Sets 3-6

6 Science lessons per week

5 Science lessons per week

Higher and Foundation papers available

Higher and Foundation papers available

3 separate GCSE grades will be awarded

2 GCSE grades will be awarded combining all 3 Sciences

10½ hours of examination (across 6 papers)

7½ hours of examination (across 6 papers)

No coursework, 100% exam

No coursework, 100% exam

 

The Separate Science Pathway:

 

Biology

Chemistry

Physics

Paper 1

Paper 2

Paper 1

Paper 2

Paper 1

Paper 2

1hr 45

1hr 45

1hr 45

1hr 45

1hr 45

1hr 45

100 marks

100 marks

100 marks

100 marks

100 marks

100 marks

Weighting:

50%

Weighting:

50%

Weighting:

50%

Weighting:

50%

Weighting:

50%

Weighting:

50%

T o t a l     1 0 0 %     e x a m

T o t a l     1 0 0 %     e x a m

T o t a l     1 0 0 %     e x a m

-Cell Biology

-Organisation

-Infection & Response

-Bioenergetics

-Homeostasis

-Inheritance

-Variation & Evolution

-Ecology

-Atomic structure

-Periodic Table

-Bonding

-Structure

-Properties of matter

-Quantitative Chemistry

-Chemical changes

-Energy changes

-Rates

-Extent of chemical change

-Organic Chemistry

-Chemical analysis

-Atmosphere

-Using resources

-Energy

-Electricity

-Particle models

-Atomic structure

-Forces

-Waves

-Magnetism

-Electro-magnetism

-Space Physics

 

Key points:

  • There is no longer any coursework element; the final grade is compromised solely on exam performance.
  • Students have undertaken 8 Biology Core Practical experiments, 8 Chemistry and 8 Physics over the GCSE course of which 15% of the exam marks in each separate subject will be based upon.
  • 10% of the Biology exams marks will test mathematics skills.
  • 20% of the Chemistry exams marks will test mathematics skills.
  • 30% of the Physics exams marks will test mathematics skills.

Grading system:

  • The marks achieved on each of the 2 papers for each separate subject will be added together to give a total.
  • This total will then be matched up to a 9-point scale.
  • Students can therefore achieve a grade 1-9 for each separate subject (and hence 3 separate grades overall).
  • These 2 GCSE grades achieved will be one of the following:

Example:

A student may achieve the following 3 GCSE grades:                        Biology                 –             Grade 8

Chemistry           –             Grade 5

Physics                 –             Grade 7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Combined Science pathway:

 

Biology

Chemistry

Physics

Paper 1

Paper 2

Paper 1

Paper 2

Paper 1

Paper 2

1hr 15

1hr 15

1hr 15

1hr 15

1hr 15

1hr 15

70 marks

70 marks

70 marks

70 marks

70 marks

70 marks

Weighting: 16.7%

Weighting: 16.7%

Weighting: 16.7%

Weighting: 16.7%

Weighting: 16.7%

Weighting: 16.7%

T   o   t   a   l         1   0   0   %         e   x   a   m

-Cell Biology

-Organisation

-Infection & Response

-Bioenergetics

-Homeostasis

-Inheritance

-Variation & Evolution

-Ecology

-Atomic structure

-Periodic Table

-Bonding

-Structure

-Properties of matter

-Quantitative Chemistry

-Chemical changes

-Energy changes

-Rates

-Extent of chemical change

-Organic Chemistry

-Chemical analysis

-Atmosphere

-Using resources

-Energy

-Electricity

-Particle models

-Atomic structure

-Forces

-Waves

-Magnetism

-Electro-magnetism

 

 

Key points:

  • There is no longer any coursework element; the final grade is compromised solely on exam performance.
  • Students have undertaken 16 Core Practical experiments over the GCSE course of which 15% of the exam marks will be based upon.
  • A proportion of each exam will test mathematics skills.
  • This Combined Science pathway represents 2 GCSE qualifications.

 

Combined Science grading system:

  • The student will gain two GCSE grades.
  • The marks achieved on each of the 6 papers will be added together to give an overall total.
  • This total will then be matched up to a 17-point scale meaning students will achieve 2 GCSE grades which will be one of the following:

 

 

The grade pair available on Higher paper

(99 – 43)

99 ; 98 ; 88 ; 87 ; 77 ; 76 ; 66 ; 65 ; 55 ; 54 ; 44 ; 43 ; 33 ; 32 ; 22 ; 21 ; 11

The grade pair available on Foundation paper

(55 – 11)

 

 

  • Therefore, in summary, the 2 grades will be based upon all 6 papers combined.
  • It will not be possible to achieve 2 non-consecutive grades - a grade 7 and a grade 3 for example.

A Level Requirements

A Level requirement to study Sciences at Kenilworth School Sixth Form:

 

  • Both pathways allow entry to study any of the 3 Sciences at A-Level.
  • To study any Science at A-Level you must achieve the following minimum standard:

 

  • Grade 6 or above in GCSE Mathematics.
  • In addition, grade 6 or above (Separate Science) in the specific chosen A-Level Science.
  • Alternatively, grade 66 or above (Combined Science).

Events, Trips and Competitions

Examples of events, trips and competitions we have offered:

 

Date:

Details

Venue

Year group

October

New Scientist Live exhibition

 

 

Excel, London

10 & 13

November

Boostcrop competition

Warwick University, Warwick

9

November

British Physics Olympiad

 

 

Kenilworth School

13

November

Year 7 3D Cells competition

 

 

Kenilworth School

7

November

Faraday Study Day competition

 

 

Myton School, Warwick

8

December

GCSE Science in Action Lectures

Warwick University, Warwick

10

December

Warwick University Christmas Lectures

Warwick University, Warwick

7

December

BP Ultimate Stem Competition

 

 

Kenilworth School

8

January

Year 12 Analyst competition

Aston University, Birmingham

12

February

 

International Chemistry Olympiad

Kenilworth School

13

February

 

Year 13 Physics Challenge

Kenilworth School

13

February

Study tips, further education advice & university applications – a talk by Nick Barker

 

Kenilworth School

12

February

Year 7 Design a musical instrument competition

 

 

Kenilworth School

7

March

The Big Bang Fair

 

 

NEC, Birmingham

7

March

British Science Week

 

 

 

 

March

Nick Barker’s Whizzes and Bangs demonstration

 

 

Kenilworth School

7

April

Super Science Showcase

 

 

Kenilworth School

KS3

May

 

Year 7 competition – Task TBC

 

 

Kenilworth School

7

June

Salters Institute - Festival of Chemistry

Warwick University, Warwick

7 & 8