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CURRICULUM VISION

“A broad, stimulating and enjoyable curriculum, that engages, motivates and challenges all pupils, giving them the knowledge, skills and understanding to grow as individuals, preparing them for the next stage in their lives”

In Science, we incorporate the curriculum vision by:

Broad:

  • Teaching a range of topics across the sciences that stretch students’ knowledge, understanding and skills.
  • Topics such as fundamentals of Biology, Chemistry and Physics, and investigative skills.

Stimulating

  • Encouraging interest and enthusiasm through inquisitive and investigative learning that allows students to take ownership of their own discoveries and draw valid conclusions.

Enjoyable

  • In Science, a range of learning techniques are implemented to make the subject enjoyable and accessible for all students, e.g. research based inquiry, experimental and practical work as well as field studies.

Engaging

  • Developing an understanding and awareness of how real life situations and current affairs are linked to an understanding and appreciation for science such as health and disease, climate change and global warming, intensive cattle farming and technological advances.

Motivating

  • Making links between the different topics in Science and the potential careers that can stem from an interest in those topic.
  • Learning about future pathways after GCSE or Applied Science and the wide range of careers that a qualification in science can offer.

Challenging

  • Strengthening students’ examination skills by practising a wide range of revision skills and strategies throughout the course.  

Course Content

Year 9, 10 and 11 will be doing one GCSE science per year. GCSE exams are taken at the end of each year

Each science subject has 2 papers, each 1 hour 45 mins in length. There is no coursework in any Science GCSE.

 

Subjects covered in this course -

  • Key Concepts in Biology (paper 1 and 2)
  • Cells and Control (paper 1)
  • Genetics (paper 1)
  • Natural selection and genetic modification (paper 1)
  • Health (paper 1)
  • Health, disease and the development of medicines (paper 1)
  • Plant structures and functions (paper 2)
  • Animal coordination control and homeostasis (paper 2)
  • Exchange and transport in animals ( paper 2)
  • Ecosystems and cycles (paper 2)

 

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Homework

Pupils in years 9 to 11 will have a worksheet given to them by the teacher or work set online.

GCSE homework is set online at https://www.pearsonactivelearn.com   Pupils are provided with a user name and password by their class teacher.

Revision

General Information (Useful for Parents)

Useful Links - see school Sharepoint, plus links below

Science for online home learning www.pearsonactivelearn.com There are many links below, and a large number of downloadable files.
 BBC Bitesize https://www.bbc.com/education/examspecs/zcq2j6f useful revision pages with exercises, quizzes and more
Youtube Channel - Primrose Kitten

Paper 1 - here 

Paper 2 - here

Another useful youtube channel is Primrose Kitten, who does the Edexcel course
Example Exam Questions/Model Answers = Paper 1 Example Exam Questions/Model Answers = Paper 2 
  Foundation Higher
Paper 1 Paper Click Here Click Here
Paper 1 Mark Scheme Click Here Click Here
  Foundation Higher
Paper 2 Paper Click Here Click Here
Paper 2 Mark Scheme Click Here Click Here
Revision Material/Sharepoint

Sharepoint = Click Here

Pupils must log in with their username as their usual computer login followed by @st-georgescofe-thanet.kent.sch.uk (e.g. JSmith123@st-georgescofe-thanet.kent.sch.uk) and their usual password they use to log on to school laptops

Key Word Booklets
KnowIt Information

Edexcel GCSE Natural selection and Genetic modification KnowIT

Edexcel GCSE Biology Plant structures and their functions KnowIT

Edexcel GCSE Biology Key Concepts in Biology KnowIT

Edexcel GCSE Biology Health disease and the development of medicines KnowIT

Edexcel GCSE Biology Genetics KnowIT

Edexcel GCSE Biology Exchange and transport in animals

Edexcel GCSE Biology Ecosystems and material cycles

Edexcel GCSE Biology Cells and Control KnowIT

Edexcel GCSE Biology Animal coordination control and homeostasis KnowIT

Mock Exam Papers

These are mock papers that students have previously completed.

  Paper Mark scheme
Paper 1 Foundation Click Here Click Here
Paper 1 Higher Click Here Click Here
Paper 2 Foundation Click Here Click Here
Paper 2 Higher Click Here Click Here

Job Opportunities / Careers