Science

ScienceScholars at Ark All Saints Academy are exposed to a wide range of scientific knowledge, equipping them not only for their GCSE examinations but university and the wider world. Scholars study Biology, Chemistry and Physics as Integrated Science in Years 7 and 8. The units of study are detailed below:

Year 7

Year 7 scholars will begin the year with basic laboratory skills and then progress to study the following subjects throughout the year:

Biology: Cells, Body Systems, Reproduction

Chemistry: Acids and Alkalis, Particles, Reactions and Elements, Atoms and Compounds

Physics: Forces, Light, Space

Year 8

Year 8 scholars will study the following subjects throughout the year:

Biology: Body Works and Health, Respiration, Gaseous Exchange, Photosynthesis and Adaptation

Chemistry: Pure and Impure substances, The Periodic Table, Metals and Acids

Physics: Forces and Motion, Electricity and Magnetism, Light, Waves and Space

Year 9

Year 9 scholars will study the following subjects throughout the year:

Biology: Cell Structure and Transport, Cell Division, Organs and Digestion

Chemistry: Atoms, Periodic Table, Bonding

Physics: Energy Types, Energy Resources, Energy Transfers

At every level of study scholars at Ark All Saints Academy are subjected to rigorous formative and summative assessments. Formative assessments are done on all the units detailed in the various curriculum areas while summative assessments are completed at the end of every term.  Regular homework is also given to encourage scholars to develop their research skills and create a love for learning.

Scholars also have the opportunity to partake in a variety of planned science activities such as: Clinical Skills at Kings College London for Years 7 to 9; geared at inspiring our young people to pursue a career in medicine.

Year 10

In Year 10, scholars are in their second year studying GSCE Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

Subjects are taught by specialist teachers to enable them to make maximum progress in specialisms studies and facilitate effectively the rigours of the new GCSEs.

The units covered in Year 10 are as follows:

Biology

Chemistry

Physics

Organisation & Digestion Chemical calculations Electric circuits
Organising animals & plants Chemical changes Electricity in the home
Communicable diseases Electrolysis Molecules & matter
Disease prevention & treatment Energy changes Radioactivity
Non-communicable disease Rates & Equilibrium Forces & Pressure
Photosynthesis Chemical Analysis Wave Properties
Respiration    
The Human Nervous System    
Hormonal control    

Year 11

Biology

Chemistry

Physics

Cariation & Evolution The Earth's Atmosphere Electromagnetic Waves
Genetics & Evolution The Earth's Resources Electromagnetism
Reproduction   Forces in Balance
Adaptation, Inheritance and Competition   Forces and Motion
Biodiversity   Motion

GCSE Combined Science Pathway

This qualification is linear. Linear means that scholars will sit all their exams at the end of the course.

The Combined Science pathway is equivalent to 2 Science GCSEs.

There are six papers: two 1 hour 15 minute Biology papers, two 1 hour 15 minute Chemistry papers and two 1 hour 15 minute Physics papers. Each of the papers will assess knowledge and understanding from distinct topic areas. Each of the papers is equally weighted as part of the GCSE grade.

GCSE Separate Science Pathway

This qualification is linear. Linear means that scholars will sit all their exams at the end of the course.

The Separate Science pathway is equivalent to 3 Science GCSE: Biology, Chemistry & Physics.

There are six papers: two 1 hour 45 minute Biology papers, two 1 hour 45 minute Chemistry papers and two 1 hour 45 minute Physics papers. Each of the papers will assess knowledge and understanding from distinct topic areas. Each of the papers is equally weighted as part of the GCSE grade.