What is Science all about?
As a Science Department, we aim to deliver a varied, engaging and innovative curriculum that inspires our students to discover more about the world by questioning what they see in their everyday lives and testing their ideas using experimentation.
By studying Science, students learn vital skills which will aid them in their future lives. Our curriculum is designed to encourage all students to:
- develop a detailed knowledge of scientific phenomena which are relevant to student’s lives in an increasingly technological world
- develop the ability to independently think, question, and evaluate scientific theories and be able to identify the ‘bad science’ that we see reported on a regular basis
- develop literacy skills which help them to write thoughtfully and accurately
- recognise the implications and importance of science to their everyday lives
- be inspired to continue to study Science in Higher and Further education and be aware of the opportunities and countless possibilities that a career in Science can offer
Science at The Albany is way better than at Primary. We do a lot of breath-taking experiments! It’s so fun I wish Science was our every lesson! I’m always hoping my next lesson is Science
Ellie Gibson, Year 7
OUR CURRICULUM – KS3 Science
Students are taught in mixed ability groups in year 7 and 8 and then in sets in year 9 when they prepare for KS4 study. They study Science for three hours every week and homework is set on a weekly basis. Students also have the opportunity to attend our weekly Science club which provides further opportunity for students to experience an interactive and exciting hands-on scientific education.
KS3 Science is delivered over 2 and a half years and consists of the following units:
- B1 – Cells, Tissues & Organs
- B2 – Reproduction
- B3 – Body System
- C1 – Reactions of Acids
- C2 – Particles in Action
- C3 – Elements & Compounds
- P1 – Electricity & Magnetism
- P2 – Forces & Energy
- P3 – Light & Space
- B4 – Ecology
- B5 – Health
- B6 – Classification
- C4 – Our Planet
- C5 – Marvellous Metals
- C6 – Chemical Reactions
- P4 – Heat & Sound
- P5 – Energy & Electricity
- P6 – Force & Motion
Science at The Albany is exciting and fun. You find out about Bunsen burners, microscopes circuits and more. You can do even more fun things like making rockets at Science club
Kayleigh Edgar, Year 7
OUR CURRICULUM – KS4 Science
At Key Stage 4, we offer a range of courses to ensure every student has the opportunity to leave school with a qualification that they can be proud of and that will help them succeed in higher education.
AQA GCSE SCIENCE (‘Double Science’)
The AQA GCSE course consists of two separate GCSE’s; one studied in year 10 and one studied in year 11.
In year 10, students complete AQA GCSE Science A. This course consists of three 1-hour exams (Biology 1, Chemistry 1, Physics 1) and one piece of coursework, each worth 25%.
In year 11, students complete AQA GCSE Additional Science. This course consists of three 1-hour exams (Biology 2, Chemistry 2, Physics 2) and one piece of coursework, each worth 25%.
Triple Science GCSE
Triple Science is a very demanding course that consists of the two AQA GCSE’s above as well as an additional GCSE (AQA Further Additional Science). Motivated and conscientious students who achieve high levels at KS3 are offered the opportunity to study this course which involves studying Science for 6 lessons every week, including one compulsory after-school lesson.
http://www.thealbany.biz/ (revision packs and GCSE HW are available on the portal)
http://live.kerboodle.com/ (GCSE students can access their science book from home and download practice questions, revision podcasts and more from here)
http://www.my-gcsescience.com/ (lots of useful revision videos for GCSE)
www.CollinsOnlineLearning.co.uk (more resources for GCSE students – the password is displayed in all Science labs)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/science/ (Useful for GCSE study and revision)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks3/science/ (Useful for KS3 study and revision)