Rowhill School

Rowhill School
York Road
Aldershot
Hampshire
GU11 3JG
Telephone: 01252 367500
Email: adminoffice@rowhill.hants.sch.uk

Science

At Rowhill School, we want every student to make progress in Science. We aim to make lessons interactive and interesting, using experiments and questions to develop understanding.

KS3 (Year 7 and 8)

We follow a series of modules, each of around 2 weeks duration, based on the National Curriculum for KS3 Science. The topics include:

  • Cells and organisation
  • The skeletal and muscular systems
  • Nutrition and digestion
  • The particulate nature of matter
  • Atoms, elements and compounds
  • Pure and impure substances
  • Chemical reactions
  • Describing motion
  • Forces and motion
  • Water waves
  • Sound waves
  • Light waves

Homework is set once a week which might involve reading, memorising, looking something up or watching a video on the internet, and writing answers to questions.

At the end of each topic there is a short multiple choice assessment based on the topic. In addition, there is a more general assessment at the end of each half term.

KS3 (Year 9) 

In Year 9 we start to work towards the GCSE exams taken in Year 11. We follow the AQA syllabus for Combined Science (Trilogy, Specification code: 8464). Over the course of the year we complete three broad topics covering Biology, Chemistry and Physics:

  • Environment Evolution and Inheritance
  • Chemistry in our world
  • Electricity Magnetism and Electro-Magnetic Waves  

Homework is set once a week which might involve reading, memorising, looking something up or watching a video on the internet as well as writing answers to questions.

Within each topic there is an extended practical assessment that encourages a scientific way of working. There are also two very short exams. The practical assessment and the exams contribute to an Entry Level Certificate achieved in Year 10. In addition, there is a more general assessment at the end of each half term.

KS4 (Year 10)

We continue to work towards the GCSE exams taken in Year 11. We follow the AQA syllabus for Combined Science (Trilogy, Specification code: 8464).

Over the course of the year we complete three broad topics covering Biology, Chemistry and Physics:

  • The Human Body
  • Elements Mixtures and Compounds
  • Energy Forces and Structure of Matter

Homework is set twice a week which might involve reading, memorising, looking something up or watching a video on the internet as well as writing answers to questions.

One lesson a week will be devoted to reviewing homework and attempting questions similar to those in the GCSE exam. In this way we aim to build confidence and to give our students every opportunity to achieve.

Within each topic there is an extended practical assessment that encourages a scientific way of working. There are also two very short exams. The practical assessment and the exams contribute to an Entry Level Certificate. In addition, there is a more general assessment at the end of each half term.  

KS4 (Year 11)

We continue to work towards the GCSE exams. We follow the AQA syllabus for Combined Science (Trilogy, Specification code: 8464).

Over the course of the year we revisit the topics covered in Year 9 in order to consolidate and extend what has been learnt.

Within each topic there is an extended practical assessment that encourages a scientific way of working. There are also two very short exams. In addition, there is a more general assessment at the end of each half term.

As in Year 10 homework is set twice a week, and one lesson a week will be devoted to reviewing homework and attempting GCSE questions.