The Science Department
Science, put simply is the art of discovery. It enables us to study the things we are interested in, find answers to important questions and come up with solutions to problems we may face in the future.
Great scientists are able to ask the right questions, talk and listen to other, solve problems, design experiments, have patience, make mistakes, try again, observe findings and come to their own conclusions.
At the Hart school, we aim to provide every child with the skills to succeed in science, supporting everyone to become a successful scientist.
Teaching and Learning
All students in Year 7 and 8 study the AQA KS3 Science Syllabus KS3SCI. The content is divided into 10 topics and spread throughout the two years. Students will study content in 10 big ideas topics: Forces, Electromagnets, Energy, Waves, Matter, Reactions, Earth, Organisms, Ecosystem and Genes. The department provides each student with a range of teaching styles including practical and theory based lessons.
All students in Year 9, 10 and 11 will study the AQA GCSE Combined Science: Trilogy specification. Some students that perform highly will be offered the choice of studying the AQA GCSE Single Sciences Biology, Chemistry and Physics. The content is split into three sections; Biology, Chemistry and Physics and again the department provides both theory and practical based lessons to enable our students to succeed. Specific content is available via the link below.
Students who opt to study science at A-Level, study OCR A-Level Sciences. Biology A, Chemistry A and Physics B. Biology students study Cells, Exchange and Transport, Biodiversity, Communication and Genetics. Chemists study the Periodic Table, Organic Chemistry and Physical Chemistry. Physicists study Waves, Models and Fields.
Supporting Your Child at Home
More information on KS3 science can be found at the following website http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/ks3/ks3-science-syllabus
More information on KS4 science can be found at the following website http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/combined-science-trilogy-8464
More information on KS5 Science can be found at the following website
The AQA website is a useful source of information about the course, exams, and students can access past papers and examiners mark schemes and reports. These are useful revision tools.
Revision Sites: www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize www.gojimo.com – this is also available as a freely downloadable app. www.youtube.co.uk – clips of experiments and explanations of theory. www.ted.com/talks – interesting talks from a range of speakers
There are a wide range of books available to support your child through their GCSE science course. There are revision guides, workbooks and combinations of these. At school we recommend the CGP guides