Science is everywhere in today’s world. It is part of our daily lives, from cooking and gardening, to recycling and comprehending the daily weather report, to reading a map and using a computer. The advances in technology and science are transforming our world at an incredible pace, and our children’s future will surely be filled with leaps in technology we can only begin to imagine. Being “science literate” will no longer be just an advantage but an absolute necessity. We can’t escape from the significance of science in our world.
But not everyone understands that, or has been taught to think critically, or been provided with the tools to analyse and test a problem or situation, hence at King Edward VI School, we see studying science as a five year journey which aims to foster within students a passion for the subject. We aim to develop independent enquiry skills and build on student’s natural curiosity, in order to make them more systematic and critical in their approaches to scientific phenomena.
Dr V Lee (VVL) Head of Department – Teaching and Learning Chemistry
Dr D Squire (DJS) Second in department – Head of Biology T+L Biology
Mrs H Ridgeway (HMR) Assistant Achievement Leader YR7 Biology
Mr A Goodhead (AAG) Assistant Headteacher Biology/Music
Miss A Shaw (AES) Key Stage 3 Science Co-ordinator T+L Biology
Mr S Hensley (SDH) Assistant Achievement Leader Biology
Mr J Phillips (JRP) Head of Chemistry T+L Chemistry
Mr K Chohan (KKC) Chemistry
Dr I Williams (IIW) Chemistry
Mr C Fogarty (CWF) Chemistry
Mr B Mills (BBM) Head of Physics T+L Physics
Mr R Wall (RMW) Physics
Mrs J Bryant (JMB) Physics
Mrs V Tate (VAT) Physics
Key stage 4
The current curriculum follows the AQA specification for either Separate Sciences or Combined Science. The current specification is a two-year course that comprises terminal examinations. This specification was chosen because it encourages the development of knowledge and understanding in science through opportunities for working scientifically. That theme is woven through the specification and written papers.
Within the Separate Science course for each discipline the students sit two one hour and 45 minute papers which are both worth 50% of the GCSE grade, whereas the Combined Scientists sit six one hour and 15 minute papers each worth 16.6% of the GCSE grade. Regardless of the course all papers consist of multiple choice, structured, closed short answer and open responses. There is also a variety of skills used and examined making it a challenging yet engaging course.
At Key Stage 4 students undergo two mock examinations, one at the beginning of the summer term in April in year 10 and in year 11 at the end of the Autumn term in December. These will be past exam papers and the truest likeness to the exams the students will undergo in the summer of year 11. In order to prepare students to answer these, there will be end of unit tests of a similar style and the end of each topic (illustrated above). In addition students will continually be assessed using practise questions throughout the topic and various self and peer assessment used to help students to understand how to attain the highest possible level in answers.
Students will be set work appropriately depending on the part of the course that is being taught. Most often homework will either be revision for a practise question in class, revision for an end of unit test or for the mocks. However in addition to this, students will be asked to carry out independent research or other smaller tasks based on classwork. They should have at least three pieces of homework a half term of varying length. If they are revising for an end of unit test they should spend at least 3-4 hours doing this, therefore revising for a mock should be reflective of the number of units covered e.g. 3 units in year 10 therefore 9-12 hours. A practice question would only require 30 minutes of revision on average.
Key Stage 5
We currently offer a range of courses here at King Edward VI, these include
WJEC Medical Science