Science at Rushey Mead Academy 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 eleven purpose built science labs, 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 £3.00 from the kiosk.
New 9-1 GCSE Science Year 10 and Year 11
Students start their GCSE work after the May half term in year 9. 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 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 Separate sciences Triple Award:
For Combined Science Double Award:
USEFUL WEBSITES AND SOURCES OF SUPPORT
All students have access to past exam papers and mark schemes, advice for revision, the physics equations and key words, knowledge organisers, quizzes, contents sheets for each topic and information about the required practicals via the school website, Foldr, Faculty of Science Data, GCSE. This is an excellent place to begin revision.
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:
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.
Year 10 and 11 Revision Class: This is every Thursday, 3pm to 4pm in D026 with Mr. Stopp.
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.
Science Club: Every Wednesday, 3pm to 4pm in D011 with Ms. Wharton. Aimed at our younger students it is about practical science investigations.
There are many other curriculum enrichment activities, trips and competitions that vary from year to