The Science Curriculum at CCSC for 2016/17:
Year 7 & 8
Key Stage 3 is taught over two years. The content reflects the new National Curriculum (2014) and follows the Exploring Science scheme of work. These years will prepare students for the new combined 1-9 GCSE (2018). The content is taught explicitly in sections of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Investigation skills and understanding of how scientists work and how science works are developed throughout the course.
We use a variety of assessments throughout KS3 to meet the learning needs of all students. The main form of assessment that we use to base profile data on is in the form of exam-style questions, which will be carried out at the end of each topic of teaching.
Year 9 and 10
At the start of year 9, pupils will embark on the New Edexcel 1-9 GCSE course. By the end of the 3 year GCSE course they will either achieve 2 GCSE’s in Combined Science or 3 GCSE’s in Separate Sciences. The pathway shall be decided at the end of year 10. The course is broken up into topics, each with Biology, Chemistry and a Physics component. At the end of each topic there will be an assessment to track pupil progress.
Year 11 are following the old Edexcel GCSE specification (2011). Some pupils follow the Triple Science course and will gain 3 GCSE’s in science. The remainder follow the Core and Additional Science course and will gain 2 GCSE’s. For each GCSE students are required to complete a controlled assessment that will accredit for 25% of their GCSE grade. The course is broken up into topics, each with Biology, Chemistry and a Physics component. At the end of each topic there will be an assessment to track pupil progress.