Rowhill School

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

SCIENCE

At Rowhill we want all of our pupils to foster a love and curiosity for Science and for them to develop enquiring minds so they can use Science to explain the world around. An emphasis in all lessons on how future careers and aspirations can be underpinned by great science lessons.

 

KS3 (Year 7, 8 and 9)

We follow the BEST (Best Evidenced Science teaching) curriculum that was designed by York University. It allows pupils to challenge their misconceptions whilst exploring the Scientific method in a consistent and interactive way providing them with a firm basis on which to build their knowledge at the next stage. 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

Assessment is ongoing, with a formal assessments at the end of each half term which are accumulative so that knowledge recall can be built over time with plenty of opportunities to demonstrate skills to prove learning.

 

KS4 (Year 10) 

We follow the BEST (Best Evidenced Science teaching) curriculum that was designed by York University. Due to the gaps in learning, this program allows pupils to challenge their misconceptions whilst exploring the Scientific method in a consistent and interactive way and bridging exercises are incorporated to provide key learning for GCSE. 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

Assessment is ongoing, with a formal assessments at the end of each half term which are accumulative so that knowledge recall can be built over time with plenty of opportunities to demonstrate skills to prove learning.

 

KS4 (Year 11)

All pupils work towards the AQA Combined Trilogy GCSE which provides them with 2 GCSEs. More able pupils, or pupils with an aptitude for Maths are encouraged to sit the Higher Tier papers.

Lessons are interactive and relatively fast paced to cover the necessary areas of the curriculum. Practical skills are explored at every opportunity. Homework is set to consolidate knowledge and regular formal assessments are timetabled to practice retrieval skills.

Biology, Chemistry and Physics are covered. Topics include:

  • Cells
  • Organs
  • Infections and response
  • Photosynthesis
  • Respiration
  • Nervous system
  • Reproduction
  • Genetics
  • Classification
  • Biodiversity
  • Atomic Structure and Periodic table
  • Bonding
  • States on matter
  • Quantitative Chemistry
  • Chemical change
  • Energy changes
  • Formulae and equations
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Atmosphere
  • Earth’s resources
  • Energy
  • Electricity
  • Particle model of matter
  • Forces
  • Motion
  • Waves
  • Magnetism