Subject Leader Mrs H Dave
Knowledge Maps - Autumn
We are a team of committed individuals, providing the opportunities for BFS students to go the extra mile in Science. Emphasis is always on self-improvement for both students and staff with continued development of creative teaching strategies that allow for stretch and challenge as well as consolidation.
Key Stage 3
Students are taught Science as a single subject for five hours per fortnight. The students explore the science behind key themes such as Life on Earth, Waves, Electricity, Energy, Matter and Environmental Science. The emphasis is on learning through performing experiments and discovering key ideas about the world around us. The Key Stage 3 curriculum provides a firm grounding in the key concepts which can be built upon at Key Stage 4.
Key Stage 4
Students follow either the triple Science or the double Science pathway. The highest performers at Key Stage 3 study Triple Science, which consists of three separate GCSEs, one each in Chemistry, Physics and Biology.
The majority of students will follow the double Science course, which is a combination of the three traditional disciplines. The subjects are not studied in the same depth as in triple science, and this pathway results in two Science GCSEs, called Core Science and Additional Science.
Current year 10 and 11 students follow the OCR Gateway specification. This is a linear specification, as all GCSE courses are now. The specification and information about the course can be found at http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/by-subject/science/