Welcome to Science

Meet the Team

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Miss L Eddery

Academy Principal and Teacher of Additional Science

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Mrs A Wilson

Head of Department and Teacher of Physics and Chemistry

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Mrs E Thompson

Second in Science and Radiation Protection Officer

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Mrs R Ward

Teacher of Science

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Mrs V Macleod

Teacher of Science

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The science department at Outwood Academy Bishopsgarth is comprised of five teaching staff and one technician all working collaboratively to ensure students achieve their full potential.
Students are encouraged to investigate the world around them and question why things happen and to embrace curiosity and wonder whilst thinking analytically and critically.
Students enjoy the practical nature of the subject and are encouraged to practise their scientific skills and techniques. The department makes sure that all students have a good knowledge and understanding of science through motivational, fun and engaging lessons to allow them to achieve outstanding progress through hard work, determination and support.

Key Stage 3

Students cover the Key Stage 3 Programme of Study through the AQA KS3 scheme, which develops the key skills needed for GCSE Sciences.

There is a focus on developing students’ knowledge, understanding and skills, so that they can apply their learning to new contexts and prepare for KS4. We also start to teach students recall and revision strategies which will support them in preparing for their GCSE exams and regularly assess students to improve their support.

We offer a broad curriculum at KS3 comprising of biology, chemistry and physics topics.

The biology topics include: Cells, tissues, organs and systems, muscles and bones, ecosystems, plant Science, genes, reproduction, evolution and respiration.

The chemistry topics include: Matter, mixtures and separation, acids and alkalis, reactions, atoms, elements and compounds, the Earth, the Universe and natural resources.

The physics topics include: Energy, electricity, forces, sound, magnetism, light, waves and heating and cooling.

Key stage 4

At GCSE students study the AQA specifications, completing either Double Science (Core and Additional) or Triple Science (Biology, Chemistry and Physics).
Core Science A GCSEAQA (QAN code 60008921)
GCSE Science A gives students a good basic knowledge of Science by studying a single unit from each of the core sciences. It is suitable for students of all abilities and the course encourages students to understand theoretical concepts alongside developing practical Science skills. The course is assessed by three separate Unit 1 exams (1 hour each, 25% each) in Biology, Chemistry and Physics together with a controlled assessment (worth 25% of the GCSE).

Additional Science GCSEAQA (QAN code 60008854)
GCSE Additional Science offers students a broad, coherent course of study that adds to their knowledge and understanding of the living, material and physical worlds. It is a good follow on from GCSE Science A. It is suitable for students of all abilities and helps students to understand theoretical concepts alongside developing practical science skills. The course is assessed by three separate Unit 2 exams (1 hour each, 25% each) in Biology, Chemistry and Physics together with a controlled assessment (worth 25% of the GCSE).

Biology GCSEAQA (QAN code 60008866)
GCSE Biology offers students a broad, comprehensive and coherent course of study that adds to their knowledge and understanding of the living world. It helps students to understand theoretical concepts alongside developing practical science skills and for our higher ability learners it is a good preparation for Biology A level post-16.
The course is assessed by three separate exams in Biology, Units 1, 2 and 3 (1 hour each, 25% each) together with a Biology controlled assessment (worth 25% of the GCSE).

GCSE topics for all pupils include:

• 1. Cell biology
• 2. Organisation
• 3. Infection and response
• 4. Bioenergetics
• 5. Homeostasis and response
• 6. Inheritance, variation and evolution
• 7. Ecology

Chemistry GCSEAQA (QAN code 60008891)
GCSE Chemistry offers students a broad, comprehensive and coherent course of study that adds to their knowledge and understanding of the material world. It helps students to understand theoretical concepts alongside developing practical science skills and for our higher ability learners it is a good preparation for Chemistry A level post-16.

GCSE topics for all pupils include:

• 8. Atomic structure and the periodic table
• 9. Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter
• 10. Quantitative chemistry
• 11. Chemical changes
• 12. Energy changes
• 13. The rate and extent of chemical change
• 14. Organic chemistry
• 15. Chemical analysis
• 16. Chemistry of the atmosphere
• 17. Using resources

The course is assessed by three separate exams in Chemistry, Units 1, 2 and 3 (1 hour each, 25% each) together with a Chemistry controlled assessment (worth 25% of theGCSE).

Physics GCSEAQA (QAN code 6000891X)
GCSE Physics offers students a broad, comprehensive and coherent course of study that adds to their knowledge and understanding of the physical world. It helps students to understand theoretical concepts alongside developing practical science skills and for our higher ability learners it is a good preparation for Physics A level post-16.
The course is assessed by three separate exams in Physics, Units 1, 2 and 3 (1 hour each, 25% each) together with a Physics controlled assessment (worth 25% of theGCSE).

GCSE topics for all pupils include:

• 18. Energy
• 19. Electricity
• 20. Particle model of matter
• 21. Atomic structure
• 22. Forces
• 23. Waves
• 24. Magnetism and electromagnetism

Separate Science pupils will study additional subject content within each of the topics listed above.

All GCSEs are awarded from 100% examination marks. Controlled assessment marks are no longer counted towards the final grade. However, pupils will continue to undertake practical work in lessons and have a number of required practical activities to complete during the course.

Legacy GCSE qualifications (Year 11 only)

Current y11 pupils will, in the 2016-2017 academic year, continue with the AQA core and additional Science qualifications which provides two separate GCSEs in Science. Biology, Chemistry and Physics topics are studied in each GCSE.

Separate Science pupils study additional topics in Biology, Chemistry and Physics and will gain three GCSEs in Science.
25% of each GCSE in Science comes from a controlled assessment mark which is awarded following successful completion of a scientific investigation conducted in our Academy laboratories and two examination papers testing understanding of the practical approaches used.