Key Stage 3 Overview
Students study a two-year KS3 Science programme, based on the National Curriculum. The course is designed to follow on from their KS2 studies, building on knowledge and skills developed at primary school and ensure a smooth transition in their learning. It will continue this development and prepare the students with the tools and confidence required for the challenges that the GCSE courses will present. The KS3 course will stimulate students’ curiosity about the physical and natural world around them, as well as developing the key scientific skills they need now and in the future. Students are faced with challenging activities which encourage engagement and allow teachers to stretch and support students individually.
Classes are set by ability throughout KS3 with a wide range of topics involving all three main science areas being covered in order to produce well-rounded scientists with an impressive range of knowledge and skills.
Key Stage 4 Overview
There are two routes of study leading to GCSE qualifications. Once students have embarked on these routes, it is not possible at a later stage to switch although there may be some movement between groups on the same route as students continue to develop. Route decisions will be based on KS3 data and professional judgement with the intention of allowing students to achieve the highest possible grades. It is judged to be better for students to achieve two high grades rather than three lower ones. This will enhance the chances of the students gaining entry into KS5 education and securing a place on their chosen A level courses.
Combined Science (Double Science): students will complete the science course started in year 9. Their progress will continue to be assessed and monitored to ensure they are in the most suitable teaching group. There will be no external exams in year 9 or 10 and no coursework. This is a linear course and six exam papers (2 biology, 2 chemistry and 2 physics) will be taken at the end of year 11 in the summer, which will lead to the award of two grades for the Combined Science qualification. Whilst the exams will be available in both foundation and higher tiers, students must complete all assessments in the same tier. Taking this course will not prevent students from studying the sciences at A level should they wish to do so.
Triple Science (biology, chemistry, and physics): students will continue where they left off in year 8 to study the three separate sciences in more detail. They will be continually assessed and progress will be monitored to ensure they are in the most appropriate group for their ability. As with Combined Science, there is no coursework and no external exams in year 9 or 10. All assessments must be completed at the end of year 11 in the summer and six exam papers (2 biology, 2 chemistry and 2 physics – different from the Combined Science) will be taken, which will lead to the award of three GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. The exams are available in both tiers although students must complete assessments in the same tier for each subject.
Qualification Assessment Overview
- 0% of internal assessment and 100% of external assessment
- When do internal assessments take place? There are none
- When do external assessments take place? Summer of Year 11 – Terminal examinations
- Required practicals are an integral part of the terminal assessment
How can parents support their child and Sir Thomas Boughey Academy with Science
There are a number of ways a parent can support their child at Sir Thomas Boughey with Science. Below are some of the ways in which you can:
- Buy and use revision guides (we place an annual order as we can source them cheaper from the retailers).
- Ask them if there’s anything they’re struggling with – and do something about it
- Encourage them to read more
- Encourage them to subscribe to educational subscribers on social media such as YouTube
- Stay in touch with their teachers
- Devise fun ways to test them
- Watch scientific documentaries with them
- Encourage dinner table debate by leading family discussions on science-related topics
- Take them on educational trips to places like the Zoo
- Reward them for good results