Science at Haywood Academy
Science is everywhere in today’s world. It is part of our daily lives, from cooking, building and gardening, to recycling and understanding the daily weather report, to reading a map, using a computer and creating a vaccine. 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 Haywood Academy, we see studying science as the final five to seven years of a possible fourteen 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. The content driven nature of the subject also provides student with a rich understanding of the world around them and helps them to succeed in nearly any job market.
Key Stage 3 (Year 7 to 9)
Overview and Scheme of Learning
Key stage three Science at Haywood builds on the fundamental principles covered at primary schools and, which subject expertise and excellent facilities, we work to elevate student interest in Science in to passion, encompassing a wealth of knowledge and skills. The order of teaching has been developed based on students and staff feedback and the natural development of knowledge over time. We have a consistent scheme of work that ensures high quality learning experiences in every lesson and we are driven to ensure we provide key stage 3 students with a broad and balanced Science offer that prepares them for life, not just examinations.
Assessments at KS3
Assessments at KS3 are carried out through our online assessment tool Educake (link). This tool enables students complete secure assessments, recap and revise previous content through a dedicated revision slide section of the website and, most importantly it offers immediate feedback on students work. The eliminates the delay between exam and feedback which ha been proven to be an essential step in helping students to learn. Students will be given log ins by their Science teachers and can reset their own passwords through the Educake website. It may be that paper assessments are taken in some circumstances to allow teachers to make more accurate predictions on future performance.
Key stage 4 (Year 9-11)
Overview and Scheme of Learning
Key stage four Science at Haywood follows the AQA specification and we offer the Separate Science (triple award) qualifications and the Combined Science Trilogy (double award) qualifications.
Combined Science (Double Award) GCSE
The vast majority of students at Haywood will go on to study for the Combined Science (double award) GCSE. This will provide students with 2 GCSEs in Science and will be a suitable foundation for students to go on to study A-levels in Science or any science type award (Forensics for example). This program is offered at a Higher or Foundation tier and students final entry is decided in Year 11 but, based on KS3 performance, this may focus on the fundamentals of Science and a Foundation tier entry only. The grades students can achieve are 11 (one-one), 21 (two-one), 22 (two-two), 32 (three-two), 33 (three-three), 43 (four-three), 44 (four-four), 54 (five-four), 55 (five-five), 65 (six-five), 66 (six-six), 76 (seven-six), 77 (seven-seven), 87 (eight-seven), 88 (eight-eight), 98 (nine-eight), 99 (nine-nine). The program of study is shown above and is designed to sit along the development of knowledge over time and help students to make sense of some fundamental concepts of all sciences, before moving to more difficult concepts.
Separate Science (Triple Award) GCSE
Separate Science is a route offered by the school to some of our highest achievers in Science. This demanding course offers separate GCSEs in Chemistry, Physics and Biology and is a great foundation for anyone wanting to go on to study Science Al-levels or hoping to be a Vet or Doctor. This course is provided in the same timeframe as our Combined Science (double award), so students are expected to complete 3 GCSEs with the same lesson time. This makes this Separate Science course more challenging, which is why we only offer this program of study to our strongest Science students. As shown above, the content is very similar for both courses but this Separate Science award covers an increased depth of knowledge.
Please speak to the class teachers for more information on your course of study, although all students should be clearly aware of there GCSE Science program.
Assessments at KS4
Assessments at KS4 are also carried out through our online assessment tool Educake (link). This tool enables students complete secure assessments, recap and revise previous content through a dedicated revision slide section of the website and, most importantly it offers immediate feedback on students work. The eliminates the delay between exam and feedback which ha been proven to be an essential step in helping students to learn. Students will be given log ins by their Science teachers and can reset their own passwords through the Educake website. Paper assessments are also taken in some circumstances (mocks for example) to allow teachers to make more accurate predictions on future performance.
Key Stage 5 (Year 12-13)
Overview and Scheme of Learning
For students who wish to continue on studying the Sciences at key stage 5, we offer all three specialisms; Biology, Chemistry and Physics. These follow the AQA specification, as a development form AQA at GCSE, and are planned to fit in with student’s building of knowledge and an immersion in the deeper conapts studied at A-level. more information can be found on the AQA website, links below:
Assessments at KS5
Assessments at KS5 are mostly paper based assessments to reflect the exam and to allow for a richer and fuller feedback form the specialist teaching staff. these assessments are used by the teacher to make informed predictions on progress and outcomes.