Science

Science is a systematic enterprise that builds and organizes knowledge in the form of testable explanations and predictions about the universe. In an older and closely related meaning, "science" also refers to a body of knowledge itself, of the type that can be rationally explained and reliably applied. A practitioner of science is known as a scientist.

Key Stage 3

In KS3 Science, the students study an adapted topic range from the Activate package which centres on the key themes for all year 7 within Goffs. Each theme covers the key concepts of Biology, Physics and Chemistry where students develop an understanding of different processes and methods used through different scientific enquiries. This encourages students to develop their practical skills and enquiring nature to understand the science of the past, the present and the future.

Topics covered in year 7: safety in the lab, Organisms including cells and movement, the Earth, Matter, Waves, Energy, Magnets, Reactions, Acids and Alkalis, Genes, Ecosystems and Forces.

Year 8 students currently follow the smart science programme where they are taught 30 lessons over one term, broken down into 10 lessons of Biology, Physics and Chemistry.

Topics covered in year 8: Photosynthesis, Gas exchange, Health, Energy, Reproduction, Materials, Earth and the atmosphere, sound and light waves, Ecosystems, Rocks and Space.

For all KS3 Science students, their knowledge is tested every 4th-6th lesson through a mini assessment and at the end of term, students sit a one hour paper which covers all three areas of science covered that previous term. Assessments cover a combination of recall, analysis, evaluation and investigative skills which assess their overall understanding of the key concepts in science.

Key Stage 4

Introduction:

GCSE Science at Goffs School allows students to build on the concepts learned at Key Stage 3. Students will either do the Trilogy specification (combination of Biology, Chemistry and Physics, worth 2 GCSEs) or the Separate Sciences specification (worth 3 GCSEs). Each course covers a range of key principles that provide a platform for students who decided to continue with the Sciences at A level. Embedded within each of the courses are the Required Practicals - a set of mandatory investigations that students have to cover in lesson time. In addition, a greater emphasis is being placed on the development of Maths skills in Science. This will be reflected in the terminal exams, making the teaching and learning of Maths and practical skills fundamental aspects of the course. 


GCSE AT skills matrix for Required Practicals Biology
GCSE AT skills matrix for Required Practicals

GCSE Biology Required Practicals
GCSE Biology Specification

GCSE Chemistry Required Practicals

GCSE Chemistry Specification

GCSE Combined Science Trilogy

GCSE Combined Science Trilogy

GCSE grading

GCSE Physics equations sheet

GCSE Physics Required Practicals

GCSE Physics Specification

GCSE Separate Sciences subject content and assessments information

GCSE Subject content and assessments information

GCSE WS skills matrix for Required Practicals

Periodic table

Key Stage 5

Intro to KS5

A level science at Goffs School allow students to take many concepts from GCSE into a new in depth understand. Each course also offers students the possible to develop a far greater breath of knowledge in preparation for university.  All A level courses prepare students for further education in BSc and other undergraduate course. The aim in every lesson is to nurture student’s passion for the subjects whilst paving the way for their future studies and careers. Students will learn from the AQA syllabus at KS5 in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. All students follow the same pathway for 12 keeping the option open for students to complete the academic year with an AS in the subject or progress onto year 13 to gain the A-level. The vocational pathway at KS5 still continues to be a hugely popular option for many students. Following the same learning hours as a single A level students gain the extended certificate in the BTEC L3 in Applied Sciences.

Biology

Biology A level helps students to understand science of all life that has ever existed. It covers a variety of fascinating topics from molecular biology and ecosystems to microorganisms and disease. Biology is still one of the most popular A levels nationally and at Goffs school and link to future careers such Biological sciences and medicine.

Chemistry

Chemistry A level has never been more relevant to the real world. It examines many of the core concepts at the very foundation of all science. Chemistry provides numerous opportunities to use practical experiences linking theory to reality, and equipping students with the essential practical skills they need.

Physics

Physics has become one of the most respected A levels there is. It offers students to begin to explain a huge variety of scientific phenomena. At the heart of the course is the examination of matter and its motion and behavior through space and time, along with related concepts such as energy and force.


A Level AQA Biology

This course is run over two years (or one if the students are only taking it as AS Level). Students will start  the course in Year 12 and complete it in Year 13.

A Level AQA Chemistry

This course is run over two years (or one if the students are only taking it as AS Level). Students will start  the course in Year 12 and complete it in Year 13.

A Level AQA Physics

This course is run over two years (or one if the students are only taking it as AS Level). Students will start  the course in Year 12 and complete it in Year 13.

BTEC Edexcel Applied Science

This course is run over two years (or one if the students are only taking it as AS Level). Students will start  the course in Year 12 and complete it in Year 13.