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Science 

Staff

L O'Reilly

D Brown

Overview / Curriculum statement

Our aim is to ensure that all learners:

• Have an understanding of the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity, and all pupils should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. Through building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, pupils should be encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. They should be encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes. 

Key Stage 3 Here at Braidwood our curriculum follows the National Curriculum programme of study
Assessment at KS3 Students are assessed both formally and informally. Formal assessments in the Science department are carried out at the end of each half term. Assessments can be short written summative exams, or through specific activities such as an assessed investigative piece of work. This ensures students receive regular checking of their knowledge with quality and purposeful feedback. Progression is then shown on each pupil's rubrics sheet. Students are also assessed for learning informally with an array of techniques. These include open & closed questioning and online methods
Key Stage 4/5 Students follow either the AQA GCSE Biology or Chemistry course. Some learners are also following WJEC Entry Pathways Qualifications in Science Today
Assessment at Key Stage 4/5 At GCSE level students are entered for their final examination papers at different levels, according to prior individual progress and attainment Higher level will award grades 3-9 (with 9 being the highest) Foundation level will award grades 1-5. For the WJEC Entry Pathways Qualifications in Science Today, the students develop a portfolio of coursework evidencing the completion of assessments objectives
Exam board websites

AQA GCSE Biology.
https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/biology-8461
AQA GCSE Chemistry https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/chemistry-8462
WJEC Pathways Qualification in Science Today.

Possible future careers

Science offers many opportunities for a future career including:

  • Working Health and Social Care
  • Animal Care
  • Health and Beauty
  • Dentistry
  • Medicine
  • Data scientist
  • Teacher Software engineer