Who are we?
• Mr Adam Williams – Director of Science
• Miss Tara Lloyd – Deputy Head of Science, KS4 coordinator (Chemistry Specialist)
• Mr. Andy Scott – Leading Practitioner (Chemistry Specialist)
• Ms. Salena Hirons – Assistant Head Teacher (Biology Specialist)
• Mr. Nathan Blight – Head of Year (Chemistry Specialist)
• Ms. Heather Hollett - KS3 Coordinator (Biology Specialist)
• Dr. Anthony Cherry (Chemistry Specialist)
• Ms. Natalie Carwithen (Chemistry Specialist)
• Mr. Jean-Julien Gazet (Biology Specialist)
• Miss Stacy Waters (Biology Specialist)
• Mrs Maria Sangster (Biology Specialist)
• Mr Kieran Thompson (Physics Specialist)
• Ms Charlotte Golder (Chemistry Specialist)
• Miss Kim Lewis (Chemistry Specialist)
• Ms Kirsten Nixon (Biology Specialist)
• Mrs. Kirsty Chant (Technician)
• Mrs. Mariola Lawani (Technician)
What do we do in Key Stage 3:
Science is taught in Key stage 3 as combined science over a two year accelerated course (Years 7 & 8) using a bespoke scheme of work to prepare students for KS4. The curriculum at KS3 includes the skills, vocabulary and scientific knowledge pupils will need to be successful at KS4.
Students study a wide variety of topics in preparation for GCSEs across the three Sciences following the new National Curriculum. Topics include Life processes, Forces, Light, Elements, Acids and Alkalis, Keeping Healthy, Electricity, Pressure, Chemical Reactions, Waves, Ecology and Inheritance.
What do we do in Key Stage 4:
There are two routes available to students at Key Stage 4. Each route involves a three-year course (Year 9, 10 and 11)
Year 11 2016-2017
Core Science – AQA Science A. Students study unit 1 in Physics, Chemistry and Biology. Each paper carries a 25% weighting. Students complete an Investigative Skills Assessment (ISA) also worth 25% during the year.
Additional Science – AQA Additional Science. Students Study AQA science A in year 10, and move on to Study AQA additional science in year 11. Students sit unit 1 exams and unit 2 exams in all three sciences in year 11. Two ISAs are completed in the year as coursework. At the end of the course students gain a GCSE for science A, and a second GCSE for additional science.
Triple Science – AQA Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Students study Science A in year 10. In year 11 they study unit 2 and unit 3 in each of the sciences. At the end of year 11 students sit unit 1,2 and 3 exams in each science specialism and gain 3 separate science grades.
Year 11 2017/18 onwards
AQA Science – Trilogy – AQA Trilogy replaces Core and Additional Science. AQA Trilogy is worth two Science GCSE’s and is graded 9-1. Students study a combination of Biology, Chemistry and Physics over years 9, 10 and 11. They will then sit two exams in each discipline of science to give a total of 6 exams, all worth 16.7% each. A summary of this course can be found here: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/combined-science-trilogy-8464/specification-at-a-glance
Triple Science – Students will study separate sciences, AQA Biology, Chemistry and Physics in years 9, 10 and 11. At the end of year 11 students will sit two exams in each subject area, each paper counting for 50% of that qualification. Students will receive a separate GCSE grade, graded 9-1, for each science giving 3 GCSEs in total.
Links to the summaries for each of the courses are:
- Biology http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/biology-8461/specification-at-a-glance
- Chemistry http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/chemistry-8462/specification-at-a-glance
- Physics http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/physics-8463
What do we do in Key Stage 5?
The Science Department offer three A Level courses in the Sixth Form. All courses are examined by AQA and delivered by two subject specialists.
AQA Biology AS/A Level – The course takes students into the molecular detail of biological substances and processes such as Photosynthesis, how your body turns DNA code into proteins like enzymes and how these enzymes work. The course also take a wider view of processes such as ecological development and speciation. A full course summary can be found at http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/as-and-a-level/biology-7401-7402/specification-at-a-glance
AQA Chemistry AS/A level – The course looks at three main areas, Physical, Organic and Inorganic Chmeistry. Physical Chemistry looks at the structure of atoms, bonding and factors effecting reaction rates including mathematical calculations. Inorganic chemistry focuses on specific groups of the periodic table and their properties. Organic chemistry looks at the different groups of chemicals including, alkanes, alcohols, alkenes, carboxylic acids and ketones. Amino acids and DNA is also studied in year 2 of the course allowing links with A level Biology. A full course summary can be found at http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/as-and-a-level/chemistry-7404-7405/specification-at-a-glance
AQA Physics AS/A level – The course includes 13 units. Units 1-8 are compulsory, students in conjunction with their teacher select one unit from units 9-13. In order to be successful in A level Physics students must demonstrate excellent mathematical skills and this should be taken into consideration by any student wishing to study Physics at A level. Students look in detail at measurements and errors, radiation, waves, mechanics, further mechanics and nuclear physics. A full course summary can be found at http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/as-and-a-level/physics-7407-7408/spec-at-a-glance
Skills gained for the future:
Studying the scientific disciplines in addition to gaining scientific knowledge develops students' skills in logical thinking, planning, analysis skills (interpretation of data and mathematical), evaluative skills (evaluating sources of information and data), research, ICT skills (data logging, simulations, office applications) and communication skills (team work and presentation). The study of the sciences can lead to higher education in many areas but also gives students a sound understanding of science in everyday life - from loft insulation to genetic disorders.
How to find out more information:
For more information about Science at Cornwallis Academy please contact Adam Williams, Head of Department by email (Adam.Williams@futureschoolstrust.com), Miss Heather Hollett Head of KS3 by email (Heather.Hollett@futureschoolstrust.com), Miss Tara Lloyd Head of KS4 by email (email@example.com).