Science

Science

Subject Overview 

Our aims are to foster a deep understanding of scientific principles along with a genuine enjoyment of the diverse subject matter, combined with developing an enquiring mind. 

 The KS3 curriculum offers the opportunity to learn using many different styles. As well as completing the traditional experiments in the laboratories there is a wealth of online quizzes, activities and research tasks that encourages independent learning. In addition to paper textbooks the students also have their own online textbooks that they can annotate and access at home. 

 

Learning takes place through practical activities in dedicated laboratories, where students are challenged to design and undertake their own investigations. These activities support and re-enforce the theory. Students are introduced to the use of sensors and data loggers for taking measurements to reflect the changes and progress in the scientific industries but the pupils will still have the opportunity to develop their multitasking and dexterity skills when they are set the challenge of measuring speed using a tape measure, stopwatch and toy car! Practical activities lie at the heart of all science teaching at Polam Hall School and are actually essential to prepare the students for their examinations as they are a compulsory part of the curriculum. 

 

 

Our students can opt to take three separate GCSE Science subjects or the Combined Science course which delivers content based on all three sciences and is equivalent to two GCSEs. 

 The Science Department values and arranges visits to local engineering and science based companies so the students can relate their learning to practical applications and career opportunities 

 

GCSE Biology AQA specification 8461. Further details can be found using this link: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/biology-8461

   
GCSE Chemistry AQA specification 8462. Further details can be found using this link: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/chemistry-8462

 

GCSE Physics AQA specification 8463. Further details can be found using this link: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/physics-8463

GCSE Combined Science: Trilogy 8464. Further details can be found using this link:
http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/combined-science-trilogy-8464


At A Level students follow the specifications below:
A Level Biology OCR specification. Further details can be found using this link:
http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/as-a-level-gce-biology-a-h020-h420-from-2015/

 

A Level Chemistry OCR specification. Further details can be found using this link:
http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/as-a-level-gce-chemistry-a-h032-h432-from-2015/

A Level Physics AQA specification 7408. Further details can be found using this link:
http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/as-and-a-level/physics-7407-7408

 

 

Year 7 Age Related Expectations Biology

Year 7 Age Related Expectations Chemistry

Year 7 Age Related Expectations Physics 
 

Year 8 Age Related Expectations Biology

Year 8 Age Related Expectations Chemistry

Year 8 Age Related Expectations Physics

 

KS4 Expectations Biology

KS4 Expectations Chemistry

KS4 Expectations Physics

KS4 Expectatons Combined Science

 

KS5 Expectations Biology 

KS5 Expectations Chemistry

KS5 Expectations Physics