Science

Science at Rushey Mead enables students to discover what is in the universe and how it works. 

We seek to inspire awe and wonder while uncovering processes which underlie the natural world. 

We have eight purpose built science labs and four dedicated classrooms, reflecting the large practical content of our teaching. This is supported by a team of qualified technicians and excellent equipment and resources. There is a large teaching team from diverse range of subject backgrounds with a history of achieving excellent results.

KEY STAGE 3

In KS3 Science, Year 7, 8 and 9 students are taught three lessons of Science per week and are taught in groups based on their ability from teacher assessment, previous test scores, and assessed tasks.

Science lessons are taught in 7 topics each year that cover physics, chemistry, and biology. Students are assessed with short assessments each topic, assessing key concepts and working scientifically skills and given a 9-1 grade in line with the Rushey Assessment frame work. They also have to complete end of topic quizzes at the end of each topic and 2 SATs style exams per year. They do their work in an exercise book, which they must bring to every lesson.

Science helps students to develop the following skills: Practical, group work, independent learning, safety, following instructions, scientific literacy, numeracy, graph skills, analysis and interpretation of results, and evaluation of experimental methods. To help students in their learning and understanding of the topics covered in Years 7, 8 and 9, there are revision guides on sale for £2.50. 

KEY STAGE 4: Year 11 Only

Science is a core subject at Key Stage 4.  Most Double Award students have five lessons of Science per week, with separate Science students having 6 lessons.

GCSE Biology, Chemistry and Physics

Some students in Year 10 and 11 study the three separate Sciences (sometimes called triple Science). They have six lessons of Science a week.  As these are three separate subjects students will need to complete 3 pieces of coursework, will have nine exams at the end of Year 11 and will have extra homework to complete. The separate Science route is only suitable for students who love Science and who have consistently worked at a high level 6 or level 7 in Year 9.

GCSE Science A and GCSE Addtional Science

All other students study GCSE Science A (sometimes called core Science). This consists of 6 Units covering all three Sciences. Students will complete one compulsory piece of coursework before Christmas in Year 10 that will count towards their GCSE. They will also sit a Mock exam in January of year 10. Each topic will have 4 exam style assessed tasks. Parents will be informed of the grades achieved in these assessments throughout the course.

Based on students’ progress, some students will sit three exams for GCSE Science A in Year 10 and go on to study GCSE Additional Science in Year 11, so completing 2 Science GCSEs. Some students who are not ready to complete their GCSE in Year 10 will continue studying GCSE Core Science alongside GCSE Additional Science and sit all 6 exams at the end of Year 11, so completing 2 Science GCSEs.

New 9-1 GCSE Science Year 10 only


Students start their GCSE work after the May half term in year 11. There are two routes through GCSE Science, Double Award (AQA GCSE Combined Science Trilogy 8464) or Triple Award separate Sciences (AQA GCSE Biology 8461, Chemistry 8462 and Physics 8463)

Double Award students are set based on ability and are taught 5 science lessons per week. They are taught short topics that cover Physics, Chemistry and Biology. Each topic contains at least 2 short assessments, one covering a Key Concept from the assessment and another covering a required practical or working scientifically skill. Parents will be informed of these assessment grades by the School Gateway app

Working scientifically and numeracy are very important skill areas that will be assessed in the final exams, so it is important that students attend all lessons and take full part in practical experiments and make every effort to catch up with missed work in their own time. The course is assessed by 6 final exams covering all aspects of the course. As this is a double award the final grade award will consist of 2 numbers from 9-1, for example 99, 98, 88 etc.

Triple Award Separate science

This is the same as Double Award, however there is extra content for most topics which means the students have 6 hours of science per week and are taught as 3 separate subjects, usually by 3 different teachers. The final exams are longer and students will be awarded 3 separate GCSEs (GCSE Biology, Chemistry and Physics) with 3 separate and unconnected Grades 9-1.

EXAM BOARD WITH LINK TO WEBSITE

The AQA website has past papers, mark schemes and the specification all free to download:

For the current year 11 (GCSE A*-E)

For GCSE Science A: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/Science/gcse/Science-a-4405 
For GCSE Additional Science: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/Science/gcse/additional-Science-4408 
For separate Sciences: 
http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/Science/gcse/biology-4401 
http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/Science/gcse/chemistry-4402 
http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/Science/gcse/chemistry-4402

 For the current year 10 (GCSE 9-1)

For the Separate sciences Triple Award:

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/biology-8461

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/chemistry-8462

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/physics-8463

For Combined Science Double Award:

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/combined-science-trilogy-8464

USEFUL WEBSITES AND SOURCES OF SUPPORT

We have subscribed to a website www.doddlelearn.co.uk which has thousands of interactive PowerPoints’ that cover all of Science. Your son / daughter has a password to this website and can use it at any time. Their homework record is also visible on this website.

For the new 9-1 GCSE students also have access to https://connect.collins.co.uk/ where they can access the full Biology, Chemistry and Physics text books.

All students have access to GCSE pod, http://www.gcsepod.com/  with podcasts on Science.

Revision guides for sale from the Kiosk at any time.  There are lots of other very good websites to support revision, the best being:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/Science/ 
You can also contact the Science curriculum leaders for further information:
Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 and 9) Mrs V. Patel vpatel@rushey-rmet.org.uk
Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11) Mr M Stopp mstopp@rushey-rmet.org.uk

EXTRA-CURRICULAR OPPORTUNITIES

Science Study Club every Tuesday 3pm to 4pm; this is a drop in session for all students for help with their Science homework, classwork, revision or any Science questions students may have. Computers are available for their use.

Eco-schools group every other Wednesday in D014 with Mr Kurth. This is a group of student leaders from all years who plan and run their own campaigns to help improve the school environment and impact on the environment.

There are many other curriculum enrichment activities, trips and competitions that vary from year to
year.

Contact Us:

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Ms Patel (Key Stage 3) – vpatel@rushey-rmet.org.uk
Mr Stopp (Key Stage 4) - mstopp@rushey-rmet.org.uk