Science

Science is about asking questions. At KES, students are encouraged to ask questions about the world around them. By working on a series of practical activities, along with teacher guidance, answers to these questions emerge.

Over the course of five years, students study Physics, Chemistry and Biology. During this time, students’ problem solving skills are developed, along with their numeracy and literacy skills. At the end of Key Stage 4, many students then go on to study Biology, Chemistry and Physics A Levels, or Forensic Science BTEC.

The Science team at KES is led by Mr Osei-Poku, who, along with a team of twelve subject specialists, endeavours to develop an inclusive and supported environment where students are encouraged to achieve their personal best.

Key Stage 3

Over the course of Year 7, 8 and 9, students are taught using the Exploring Science scheme. The topic titles are as follows:

Year

Biology topics

Chemistry topics

Physics topics

7

Tissues and transplants

Sex and science

Ecology matters

Classified

Acids and alkalis

Bubbles, bangs and burning

What a waste!

Materials from the Earth 

Energy and sustainable living

Electrical circuits

Forces and their effects

The Solar System and beyond

8

Food, glorious food

Going for gold

Doctors and diseases

The way of the dodo 

Water

Materials and recycling

All that glitters

Explaining the Earth

Heat transfers

Forces and transport

Light

Sound and hearing

9

Science and fiction

A model career

On the farm

Crime scene investigations

Building for the future

Sculpture park

Cleaning up

Flying materials 

Buying energy

Satellites and space

Record breakers

Dam it! 

Key Stage 4

In Year 10 and 11, students study AQA Science. The AQA course offers fifteen different units. If students complete Biology 1, Chemistry 1, Physics 1 and a Centre Assessed Unit (CAU), then they are awarded Core Science A. If they complete Biology 1, Biology 2, Biology 3 and a CAU then they are awarded Biology GCSE. The course outline is found below:

Biology 1

Chemistry 1

Physics 1

CAU

Core Science (code 4405)

Biology 2

Chemistry 2

Physics 2

CAU

Additional Science (code 4408)

Biology 3

Chemistry 3

Physics 3

CAU

 

CAU

CAU

CAU

 

 

Biology (code 4401)

Chemistry (code 4402)

Physics (code 4403)

 

 

Some students will follow the triple Science pathway and complete each unit in order to be awarded Biology, Chemistry and Physics GCSEs. Some students will study the Additional Science pathway, and some Core Science. We will decide the course that allows the student to reach their full potential.

In addition to this, some Year 11 students complete a BTEC Applied Science award which is the equivalent to two GCSEs.

Title

Exam board

Exam code

Content

Biology

AQA

4401

Year 10

Term 1

B1

Term 2

B1, B2

Term 3

B2

Year 11

Term 1

B3

Term 2

B3

Link to specification: http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/subjects/AQA-BIOL-W-SP-14.PDF

 

Title

Exam board

Exam code

Content

Chemistry

AQA

4402

Year 10

Term 1

C1

Term 2

C1

Term 3

C2

Year 11

Term 1

C2, C3

Term 2

C3

Link to specification: http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/subjects/AQA-4402-W-SP-14.PDF

 

Title

Exam board

Exam code

Content

Physics

AQA

4403

Year 10

Term 1

P1

Term 2

P1

Term 3

P2

Year 11

Term 1

P2, P3

Term 2

P3

Link to specification: http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/subjects/AQA-PHYS-W-SP-14.PDF

 

Title

Exam board

Exam code

Content

Science A

Additional Science

AQA

AQA

4405

4408

Year 10

Term 1

P1a, B1a

Term 2

C1a, B1b

Term 3

P1b, C1b

Start B2 and C2 or P2

Year 11

Term 1

B2, P2

Term 2

C2 or P2

Link to specification:

http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/subjects/AQA-4405-W-SP-14.PDF

http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/subjects/AQA-ADDSCI-W-SP-14.PDF

Key Stage 5

In Year 12 and 13, students can choose to follow either:  Biology, Chemistry, Physics A Levels or Forensic Science BTEC.

Course

Course Codes

Content detail

Biology

AQA

AS course code: 2410

A2 course code: 2411

Unit 1, BIOL 1: Biology and disease

Unit 2, BIOL 2: The variety of living organisms

Unit 3, Internal Assessment: Investigative and practical skills in AS Biology

Unit 4, BIOL 4: Populations and environment

Unit 5, BIOL 5: Control in cells and in organisms

Unit 6, Internal Assessment: Investigative and practical skills in A2 Biology

Chemistry

OCR, Salters Chemistry B

AS course code: H035

A2 course code: H435

Unit F331: Chemistry for life                          

Unit F332: Chemistry of natural resources    

Unit F333: Chemistry in practice

Unit F334: Chemistry of materials

Unit F335: Chemistry by design

Unit F336: Chemistry individual investigations.

Physics

Pearson Edexcel

AS course code: 8PH01

A2 course code: 9PH01

 

Unit 1: 6PH01 Physics on the go                    

Unit 2: 6PH02, Physics at work                      

Unit 3: 6PH03 Exploring Physics (experimental Physics)                                   

Unit 4: 6PH04, Physics on the move                 

Unit 5: 6PH05, Physics from creation to collapse

Unit 6: 6PH06, Experimental Physics             

Applied Science (Forensic Science)

Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma

500/6725/4

Unit 1: Fundamentals of science                    

Unit 2: Working in the science industry                      

Unit 4: Scientific practical techniques            

Unit 18: Genetics and genetic engineering     

Unit 31: Criminology                                       

Unit 32: Forensic evidence collection and analysis

 

Gifted and Talented Students

Projects and Opportunities on Offer

  • In the extra-curricular science club students are working towards their bronze or silver CREST Award, a curriculum enhancement programme. Six students were awarded their bronze award last year.

  • Science Live is an annual event where students can listen to eminent British scientists.

  • Unversity student in residence - an ex-KES student who will take up a place at Oxford University this year, returned to speak to Sixth Form students about Maths and Physics.

  • To help identify gifted and talented students from our feeder primary schools, Year 5 and 6 students can attend a Forensic Science Day at KES.