Science

Overview
At Honywood, we want learners to not only progress in the subject but to develop a love for science and to understand how it links to their everyday lives. It’s not only about preparing them for their exams, but it’s about preparing them for the world beyond school.
 
KS3
Our KS3 curriculum is both challenging and engaging. Each topic has been carefully designed to build upon another to help with their understanding and retrieval of the subject.
 
They study four units each of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. These are;
 
Biology

  • Cells
  • Body systems
  • Gas exchange
  • Relationships between organisms

Chemistry

  • Particles
  • Environmental chemistry
  • Chemical patterns
  • Chemical reactions

Physics

  • Forces and motion
  • Energy
  • Light and sound
  • Circuits and magnets

Within each unit we look to build their practical and mathematical mastery through stimulating and relevant hands on activities, discussions and written work. We set valuable independent study to either practice what they have been learning in a lesson, look ahead at a new topic or revise older content. Students are assessed regularly, both within sessions and at the end of a unit using varied methods such as quizzes, discussions, questioning and formal assessments.
 
KS4
We follow the AQA 9-1 science courses where learners have the option to take Triple or Combined Trilogy science from the end of C8. In Triple science they learn more science content and obtain three separate GCSE’s for Biology, Chemistry and Physics. In Combined Trilogy science they get two GCSE’s which is a combination of all three sciences. Then, in C11 we then make the decision whether the Foundation or Higher paper is more appropriate for them.

Biology Chemistry Physics
Cell Biology Atomic structure Energy
Organisation Bonding, Structure and Matter Electricity
Infection and response Quanititative Chemistry Particle model of matter
Bioenergetics Chemical Changes Atomic Structure
Homeostasis and response Energy Changes Forces
Inheritance, variations and evolution Rate of Chemical Changes Waves
Ecology Organic Chemistry Magnetism and Electromagnetism
  Chemical Analysis Space Physics (Triple Science only)
  Chemistry of the Atmosphere  
  Using Resources  

Like in KS3, independent study is designed to either practice what they have been learning in a lesson, look ahead at a new topic or revise older content. Students are assessed regularly, both within sessions and at the end of a unit using varied methods such as quizzes, discussions, questioning and formal assessments.