The science department are passionate and fiercely ambitious in challenging and enthusing our students, igniting their natural curiosity about the world around them. We are all scientists by nature, and here at JSTC we equip them with the knowledge, skills and understanding (or substantive knowledge) that can be applied to any given situation to describe the world we live in; whether that by explaining how fireworks work, or why you have your grandparents’ green eyes.
We also strive to develop the students logical thinking; the scientific method (or disciplinary knowledge) that underpins all good science, that allows students to be critical thinkers that question the validity of information they are provided by the media.
Also a big part of science are the skills (or procedural knowledge) for success, whether that be the ability to do a calculation of correctly carry a titration.
Science has a central role in today’s society; in developments to improve and respect the world, but also to provide solutions to issues that the planet faces. Here at JSTC we expose students to the responsibilities of science and how they can play a part in it; this is the part science plays in developing students SMSC education within the framework of British values.
Engendering a life-long interest in science and examination success, is a key part of the ensuring all students whatever their ability or background, leave JSTC fully prepared to lead for filled and purposeful lives; this is the deep social justice that JSTC strives to deliver.
To achieve this, we aim to deliver science in a practical active manner, using experiment, role-play and discussion to draw upon prior learning and build upon it.
The 'Learning Journey' to the left, outlines the experiences, knowledge and skills, a student will be exposed to during their 5 years at JSTC. This 5 year learning journey starts from the experiences students have had of chemistry at key stage 2, revisiting and building upon knowledge, understanding and skills and taking them further in line with the national curriculum, to deepen and broaden student knowledge, skills and understanding. The journey is spiral in nature, meaning that previously taught ideas are revisited, as students progress through the year, building upon them to again further deepen knowledge skills and understanding. As can be seen, at the end of the journey, students can progress to post-16 education.
The learning journey also high-lights a few 'golden thread' ideas, through the cross curricluar links with other subjects, to aid the bridging of knowledge and skills and broadening their cultural capital.
The curriculum map documents here outline intentions via 'knowledge and skills' and 'cultural capital' and also how we can measure impact, via our varied 'assessment opportunities'.
It is the assumed expectation of many that science develops a students knowledge and skills during their time in school, learning how distillation works, or how to separate a mixture of liquids. The knowledge and skills listed in the documents give a brief outline of these knowledge and skills, they are not comprehensive, but do address the requirements of the key stage 3 and key stage 4 national curriculum, as well as addressing the GCSE specification content, and preparing students for post-16 education and a place as a functioning and informed member of British society, and beyond.
Cultural capital is defined as the accumulation of knowledge, behaviours, and skills that a student can draw upon and which demonstrates their cultural awareness, knowledge and competence; it is one of the key ingredients a student will draw upon to be successful in society, their career and the world of work.
The documents here also state the many opportunities the science department provide to broaden the experiences of students, placing science in a whole world context, thus deepening and broadening their cultural capital, making them better citizens in todays society. An example of this could be teaching students that the model of the atom has changed over time, due to the work and endeavours of many people, or varied nationalities, gender, and background. Another example may be to take an everyday occurrence, such as the melting and burning of a candle, or the awe of a firework and place it in a scientific context, through the 'gaze' of science, thus enabling students to appreciate these occurrences from a scientific point of view. A very significant one, could be the relationship between human activities and the impact upon the world, through such things as use of fossil fuels, climate change, and the impact upon the environment, ecosystems, and human behaviour.
The table below outlines the long term curriculum plan for the Chemistry aspect of the AQA TRILOGY SCIENCE course (8464). The plan outlines the unit topics the students cover in years 9, 10 and 11, broadly when they will be delivered, and which exam paper it is will be externally assessed in.
Also, to aid students in their studies, included are weblink to YouTube videos that summarise the topics and the required practical.
The ‘Big Idea’ is to give a brief idea of what the topic is about.
As part of the AQA Trilogy Course, the students in year 11 will do 2 external 75 minutes exams, paper 1 and paper 2. The papers are tiered, higher (that enable students to achieve grades 9-4) and foundation (grades 5-1) Although the exams papers are exclusively chemistry, physics and biology, ultimately a student will be awarded a double grade (from 9-9 to 1-1), that is a combination of the attainment in all 3 areas of the course.
AQA Biology TRILOGY Overview
B01 Cell Structure and Support
Cells and specialism
Y9 Term 1
B02 Cell Division
Making new cells, stem cells
Y9 Term 2
B03 Organisation and digestion
Enzymes - pH Osmosis Food tests
How enzymes work
Y9 Term 3
B04 Organisation- plants and animals
Transportation in humans
Y9 Term 4
B05 Communicable Diseases
Y9 Term 5
B06 Preventing and treating disease
Making new drugs
Y9 Term 5
B07 Non-communicable disease
Lifestyle affects health
Y9 Term 5
Light intensity and rate Investigating light and gravity
Photosynthesis and rate
Y9 Term 6
Aerobic and anaerobic respiration
Y9 Term 6
B10 Human Nervous System
The parts of the brain, reflex arcs, synapses
Y10 Term 1
B11 Hormonal Coordination
How is diabetes controlled, fertility and contraception
Y10 Term 2
Meiosis cell division, genetic crosses and genetic diseases
Y10 term 2
B13 Variation and Evolution
Variation, Genetic engineering, cloning
Y10 Term 3
B14 Genetics and Evolution
Evolution theories, examples, extinction
Y10 Term 5
B15 Adaptations, Interdependence and Competition
Y10 Term 6
B16 Organising an Ecosystem
Food chains, Decay, carbon cycle
Y11 Term 1
B17 Biodiversity and Ecosystems
Global warming, pollution, biodiversity
Y11 Term 2