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KS3 Science

Students at The MFG follow the DfE National Programme of study for Science, through Years 7, 8 and 9.

We believe a high-quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity, and all students are taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. Through building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, students are encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. They are encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.

Students are encouraged to think for themselves and will develop their ability to work scientifically throughout the course. They have the opportunity to develop their understanding of scientific attitudes, experimental and investigative skills, analysis and evaluation skills, and measurement taking regularly through carefully planned and well delivered lessons.

We believe students should enjoy science lessons and we offer a weekly KS3 Science Club to allow students to develop enthusiasm, practical skills, and teamwork. We also regularly take groups of KS3 students to external competitions such as Salters’ Chemistry Festival.

KS4 GCSE Science

Students follow the EDEXCEL (9-1) course leading to either 2 or 3 GCSE’s at KS4. Students will be given a 1-9 grade.

KS4 GCSE Combined Science

Students follow the EDEXCEL Combined Science (9-1) GCSE course leading to 2 GCSE’s. This consists of Biology, Chemistry and Physics units. They will be assessed by exam papers at the end of the course in Year 11. There are 2 exam papers for each of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Students will sit all papers at the end of year 11. Each subject (Biology, Chemistry and Physics) are equally weighted. Practical skills are assessed through the exam papers and are taught throughout the course.

In Biology students will study

– Key concepts in biology, cells and control, genetics, natural selection and genetic modification, health, disease and the development of medicines, plant structures and their functions, animal coordination, control and homeostasis, exchange and transport in animals, ecosystems and material cycles.

In Chemistry students will study

– Key concepts in chemistry, states of matter and mixtures, chemical changes, extracting metals and equilibria, Groups in the periodic table, rates of reaction and energy changes, fuels and Earth science.

In Physics students will study

– Key of physics, motion and forces, conservation of energy, waves, light and the electromagnetic spectrum, radioactivity, forces doing work, forces and their effects, electricity and circuits, magnetism and the motor effect, electromagnetic induction, particle model, forces and matter.

Separate Sciences

Students studying separate Science will gain GCSE’s in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Some topics studied are those shared with the Combined Science GCSE’s and others are additional and designed to help bridge the gap between GCSE and A level.

KS4 Biology

Students follow the EDEXCEL Biology (9-1) GCSE course leading to 1 of 3 GCSE’s. They will be assessed by exam papers at the end of the course in Year 11. There are 2 exam papers equally weighted. Practical skills are assessed through the exam papers and are taught throughout the course.

 The students will study

 Key concepts in biology, cells and control, genetics, natural selection and genetic modification, health, disease and the development of medicines, plant structures and their functions, animal coordination, control and homeostasis, exchange and transport in animals, ecosystems and material cycles. Whilst the topics studied are the same as those for Combined Science, separate Science students study these in more detail or with additional aspects of the topics.

 KS4 Chemistry

 Students follow the EDEXCEL Chemistry (9-1) course leading to 1 of 3 GCSE’s. They will be assessed by exam papers at the end of the course in Year 11. There are 2 exam papers equally weighted. Practical skills are assessed through the exam papers and are taught throughout the course.

This course covers three main areas where they need to demonstrate knowledge and understanding, apply their knowledge and analyse information.

 The students will study

 Key concepts in chemistry (atoms, bonding and periodic table and moles calculations), states of matter and mixtures (states of matter and separation and purification techniques), chemical changes (acids, solubility and electrolysis), extracting metals and equilibria, groups in the periodic table (groups1,7 and 0), rates of reaction and energy changes, fuels and Earth science (extraction, separation and combustion of fuels and pollution effects and changes in the atmosphere), qualitative analysis, organic chemistry, polymers and nanoparticles, transition metals, alloys and corrosion, quantitative analysis using moles, dynamic equilibria and chemical cells.

 KS4 Physics

Students follow the EDEXCEL Physics (9-1) course leading to 1 of 3 GCSE’s. They will be assessed by exam papers at the end of the course in Year 11. There are 2 exam papers equally weighted. Practical skills are assessed through the exam papers and are taught throughout the course.

The students will study

Key concepts of physics, motion and forces, conservation of energy, waves, light and the electromagnetic spectrum, radioactivity, forces doing work, forces and their effects, electricity and circuits, magnetism and the motor effect, electromagnetic induction, particle model, forces and matter.

 

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