Science

Science Curriculum Overview

In Science at The Bishopton PRU we strive to maintain students’ curiosity in the world around them.  Linking scientific concepts with real life situations.  We have a belief that Science is best taught, where possible, within a practical context and endeavour to produce lasting learning experiences to enrich student’s understanding.

During lessons pupils will be involved in carrying out experiments and watching demonstrations, in addition to working from textbooks and using ICT resources.

In Key Stage 3 Science the pupils will be completing a mixture of all 3 strands of Science – Chemistry, Physics and Biology.

 

In Key Stage 4 Pupils study towards AQA GCSE Combined Science: Synergy. This is a two year linear course which is assessed across four examinations at the end of Year 11. The examinations include multiple choice, structured, closed and open short answer questions.

Throughout the course pupils will study:

Life and environmental sciences (4.1 – 4.4)

  • 4.1 Building blocks: from atoms to cells, behaviour and transport on the small scale.
  • 4.2 Transport over larger distances: systems in animals and plants and how these systems interact.
  • 4.3 Interactions with the environment: the effects of factors in the environment on organisms, how

our choices affect our health.

  • 4.4 Explaining change: how organisms, species, living and non-living systems change over time.

Physical sciences (4.5 – 4.8)

  • 4.5 Building blocks for understanding: organising, patterns, properties and analysis.
  • 4.6 Interactions over small and large distances: strong and weak forces between atoms, molecules
  • and larger structures and how they interact.
  • 4.7 Movement and interactions: rates of change of motion and direction of large and small objects,
  • and chemical changes.
  • 4.8 Guiding Spaceship Earth towards a sustainable future: resources of materials and energy.

Pupils will complete 21 required practicals over the two years.

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