Teachers of Science at Chatsmore Catholic High School are enthusiastic and passionate about their subject and endeavour to pass this enthusiasm on to our students through exciting experiments, lively discussion and excellent teaching. We cater for all types of learners in the science department and provide a varied and creative curriculum at Key Stage 3, which is closely matched to the skills and knowledge needed for students to make good progress at KS4.

Results from 2019 summer GCSE Exams:

Separate sciences:

Biology 100% grade 4+, 100% 5+

Chemistry 100% grade 4+, 96% 5+

Physics 100% grade 4+, 100% 5+

Trilogy Science

68% grade 4+

40% grade 5+

Teaching staff:

Mr D Kirby – Subject Leader and Assistant Head Teacher (specialism Biology)
Mr P Clarke – 2nd in science (specialism Physics)
Mr S Bell – Science teacher, Head of year 10 and Assistant Head Teacher (specialism Chemistry)
Mr M Smith – Science teacher (specialism Physics)
Mrs Laura Byrne – Science teacher (specialism Biology/Nutrition)
Ms Andrea Murray-Byrne – Science teacher (specialism Biology)
Mrs B Kimber – Science technician
In Key Stage 3 science (Years 7 and 8) we have created a bespoke programme to prepare students for the demands of the new GCSE curriculum covering both skills and content.

Year 7

In Year 7 students will study a range of topics starting off with how science works, laboratory skills and health and safety in the lab. Students will then go on to study: Biology, including cells, body system, reproduction, ecology, muscles and bones; Chemistry, including particle model, reactions, acids and alkalis, separating techniques, atoms, elements and compounds; Physics, including forces, sound, light, space, energy resources and electrical circuits.

• There are thirteen topics in Year 7 including an introduction to science.
• Pupils are taught in mixed ability groups.
• At the end of Year 7, there is an end of year exam with questions that could come from any of the units studied.

Year 8

In Year 8 students are extended on their learning experiences from year 7 covering the following topics: Biology, including food and digestion, breathing and respiration, plant reproduction and unicellular organisms; Chemistry, including the periodic table, metals and their uses, combustion and the rock cycle; Physics, including light, sound, heating and cooling, and electromagnets.

• There are twelve units in Year 8
• There is an accelerate group in year 8 while the rest of the groups are mixed ability.

• At the end of year 8 there is an assessment to give evidence of sets in year 9.

Year 9, Year 10 and Year 11 (GCSE)

In Year 9 students begin their GCSE course following the new specification AQA trilogy award with the expectation that some will take the separate sciences. During the beginning of the year students will cover skills topics in preparation for the start of the KS4 curriculum. These lessons cover both practical and numeracy skills.

As a department we identified the need to focus on skills and the required practicals so the year 9 students will cover 10 of the required practicals with specialist teachers which will then be reinforced again during the course of their GCSE.

Students continue with either Trilogy or the separate science in year 10 and 11.

Trilogy or Separate science.

In KS4 pupils are entered for foundation or higher tier for their GCSE Science exams. Students are offered the opportunity to cover the separate science course in year 10. Students follow a learning pathway in Biology, Chemistry and Physics and complete a 30 minute assessment after each topic. The units are as follows:

B1 – Cell Biology
B2 – Organisation and photosynthesis
B3 – Infection and response and respiration
B4 – Homeostasis and response
B5 – Inheritance, variation and evolution
B6 – Ecology

C1 – Atomic structure and the periodic table
C2 – Quantitative Chemistry and energy changes
C3 – Chemical changes
C4 – Environmental chemistry
C5 – Organic chemistry
C6 – Chemical analysis and reaction rate

P1 – Atomic structure
P2 – Energy and particle model
P3 – Electricity
P4 – Waves
P5 – Forces and motion
P6 – Electromagnetism and space

At the end of Year 11 all pupils will be entered for their GCSE examinations.

The trilogy groups (Higher and Foundation) will sit 6 exams:
Biology paper 1 (16.7%)
Biology paper 2 (16.7%)
Chemistry paper 1 (16.7%)
Chemistry paper 2 (16.7%)
Physics paper 1 (16.7%)
Physics paper 2 (16.7%)

All 6 exams are 1 hour and 15 minutes and equally contribute to their Science double award. Each exam with assess their knowledge and understanding, mathematical skills and knowledge of required practicals, using multiple choice questions, structured questions, closed style questions and open style questions.

The separate science group also sit 6 exams in the same format as the trilogy group. However, each exam will be 1 hour and 45 minutes long (contributing 50% of each subject specific GCSE). The pupils in the separate group will then receive three separate GCSEs (Biology, Chemistry and Physics).