Science is the world around us. It underpins everything we do, see, hear, taste, and smell - every moment of every day. As teachers, we are privileged to bring science alive in the classroom in exciting, innovative, and memorable ways.
Science today is at one of its most exciting times in history, with new technologies developing every day, from the newest iPhone to the next breakthrough in cancer research. It is a subject that has the potential to impact every student in the school and their lives beyond the classroom.
We have the privilege of teaching the scientists of the future who can go on to research treatments of fatal diseases, develop new systems in saving our planet, and create the next best communications device. This is an exciting time to be learning science.
Our aim as a science faculty is to work towards a shared goal of students understanding that science is everywhere and impacts every area of their lives.
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Select year group
The curriculum is based on the AQA KS3 Programme of Study which is designed to support every student on their journey through KS3 to KS4 success. Pupils will be studying elements of biology, chemistry and physics over a two year programme encompassing:
Inquisitive and engaging science
Progression in numeracy and literacy
Sound preparation for KS4
Each term pupils will have a key practical, to help prepare them for the Required Practicals they will have at GCSE. Each one will assess one of the four key science skills - SOLVE, ENQUIRY, ANALYSE, COMMUNICATE. Pupils will have one key homework project each term which will assess their COMMUNICATE skills and will focus on an aspect of the Programme of Study.
How does an ice cube melt?
The journey of a cheese sandwich (digestion)
How do antacid tablets work?
Inheritance and variation
How does a torch work?
Why do we burn fuels?
Sound-how do ear defenders work?
The journey of a pram (forces)
Making a model cell
Pressure and moments
A Race to make a baby (reproduction)
Scrap heap challenge (electromagnets)
For Year 9
Until Christmas of Year 9 will be in mixed ability sets and will be following a bespoke scheme of work based on the new AQA science GCSEs. We have picked out key concepts from biology, chemistry and physics to focus on to support students make the transition from KS3 to KS4. Following new exam board guidelines pupils will complete a number of required practicals which will be assessed in their Y11 exams. After Christmas of Y9 pupils will be put into one of four sets according to how they have performed in class assessments and exams. These sets will inform which students will take Separate Science in Y10.
Assessment will take place in the form of in class tests, homework and mock exams. Homework will be set on Show My Homework and reinforce learning taken place in class. Please see Show My Homework (link from homepage) for more details.
For Year 10 & 11
Year 10 will follow AQA GCSE Science specifications for Combined Science (double science), Separate Sciences (triple science). Students will be put into one of five sets at the start of Y10.
Each course covers biology, chemistry and physics as well as practical skills in science. The biggest change in Science education is the removal of internal assessed coursework. In place of this pupils will be required to carry out a set number of required practicals set by the exam board. These required practicals will be assessed as part of their external exams.
Assessment during y10 and y11 will take place in the form of class tests, homeworks and mock exams. All courses are linear which means all external exams will be taken in the summer of year 11.
Homework will be set on Show My Homework and reinforce learning taken place in class.
We currently offer A Levels in Biology, Chemistry and Physics and Applied Sciences. Pupils are expected to purchase their own textbooks and lab books as part of the course - please speak to our subject teachers for more details.
AS & A2 Science
At AS and A2 pupils have the opportunity to look at one of the major disciplines of science at a deeper level. Pupils need a strong passion for their chosen Science A Level(s) and a high level of knowledge and understanding shown by achieving an A grade at GCSE. We put a high demand put on pupils for commitment to their course and independent learning throughout their two years in KS5.
Each Science is taught by specialist teachers with a passion for their subject. Learning is assessed entirely through terminal external exams. There are also 12 practicals, set by the exam board, which pupils must complete and show evidence of in order to complete their A Level.
At the heart of The White Horse Federation is a belief in using collaboration to provide a first-class education to a wide range of children. This means that every child understands what they are capable of, and can collectively strive for excellence.
Following the Government announcements, we've taken the decision to close the school until further notice. We appreciate this is a difficult time for everyone as we all make personal sacrifices for the greater good of the nation. Where possible, we've tried to contact parents and carers who registered as Key Workers, those with vulnerable children, or who collect Free School Meals. If we have not managed to contact you, here is some further information:
Children of Key Workers
If you need support with childcare because both parents of the child(ren) are critical key workers, then we will do our best to support you while you're on the frontline. This school is now closed, however, we have designated schools within the White Horse Federation that are still operating as hubs. We will organise childcare for your child(ren) at one of these locations. Please contact one of the White Horse Federation Coordinators using the chat facility on the website. You can launch this by clicking the ? in the bottom left of the screen.
Children who are Vulnerable
The White Horse Federation has deemed vulnerable children to be those without adequate care or protection at home or with significant health needs. Given the current Government guidance at this point in time, we deem the safest place to be at the parent's or carer's home. If you believe this is not the case for your child(ren), then please contact one of the White Horse Federation Coordinators using the chat facility on the website. You can launch this by clicking the ? in the bottom left of the screen.
Children who collect Free School Meals
We are making every effort to ensure children who collect Free School Meals have access to food. To that effect we will be supplying parents and carers of children who collect Free School Meals with vouchers to cover the cost of 20 days’ worth of lunches from Tuesday 24th March through to Monday 4th May. The vouchers are ordered and we are currently awaiting receipt of them before the end of the week. We have contact details of those who are registered as receiving Free School Meals and will contact you directly. If you're concerned that we don't have your details, then please contact one of the White Horse Federation Coordinators using the chat facility on the website. You can launch this by clicking the ? in the bottom left of the screen.
We will endeavour to continue the learning for all our children despite these setbacks. You should know that the teaching staff at your school have worked tirelessly both day and night to manage this situation to the best of our ability. Our nation is triumphant against adversity, and we have every confidence we will return to our normal lives as soon as possible. Please take care of yourself and loved ones while we all work through this together.