Science

Science at Bishopton Pru 

In Science at 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.

Impact of our offer

We believe that Science has something to offer every student. That is why we have a Science qualification for Key Stage 4 to suit students of all abilities and all aspirations. At Bishopton, we endeavour to foster a love of Science as well as developing pupil’s curiosity in the world around them.

We aim:

  • To provide a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum related to the Programmes of Study within the National Curriculum.
  • To provide pupils with opportunities to develop scientific skills and knowledge and encourage pupils to appreciate the significance of Science in understanding the world around them.
  • To provide activities and resources within modules, which offer differentiation with regard to social, emotional and behavioural difficulties.
  • To provide pupils with opportunities to work independently and collaboratively.
  • To monitor, assess and record pupils’ achievement and provide the opportunity for self-assessment, helping them to develop responsibility for their own learning.
  • To enable pupils to develop an awareness of health and safety issues when undertaking scientific investigations and experiments.

Key stage 3

In Key Stage 3 Science the pupils will be completing a mixture of all 3 strands of Science – Chemistry, Physics and Biology. They follow the National Curriculum aims and objectives throughout.

Curriculum objectives are tailored to the theme used as part of a thematic curriculum i.e students during autumn terms have studied; DNA, Inheritance and genetics in line with the theme crime and punishment.

Students are assessed through APP tasks, Formative and Summative assessments and the use of ‘progression grids’. The progression grids gives students a clear picture of their next steps. At the end of year 9, student’s progression grids will be passed onto the KS4 staff.  

Key stage 4

In Key Stage 4 Pupils study towards AQA GCSE Combined Science: Trilogy. This is a two year linear course which is assessed across six 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:

Biology

  • 1. Cell biology
  • 2. Organisation
  • 3. Infection and response
  • 4. Bioenergetics
  • 5. Homeostasis and response​
  • 6. Inheritance, variation and evolution
  • 7. Ecology

Chemistry 

  • 8. Atomic structure and the periodic table
  • 9. Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter
  • 10. Quantitative chemistry
  • 11. Chemical changes
  • 12. Energy changes
  • 13. The rate and extent of chemical change
  • 14. Organic chemistry
  • 15. Chemical analysis
  • 16. Chemistry of the atmosphere
  • 17. Using resources

Physics 

  • 18. Energy
  • 19. Electricity
  • 20. Particle model of matter
  • 21. Atomic structure
  • 22. Forces
  • 23. Waves
  • 24. Magnetism and electromagnetism

Pupils will complete 21 required practicals over the two years.

Please see links to long term plans for our science curriculum: 

Science road map

Science long term plan KS4

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The Science lead at Bishopton is Mrs Laura Cooling. If you require further information about this subject, please contact Bishopton on 01642 566369.