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.
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;
- Body systems
- Gas exchange
- Relationships between organisms
- Environmental chemistry
- Chemical patterns
- Chemical reactions
- Forces and motion
- 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.
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.
|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|
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.