Science

Science at Tring School helps develop the confidence, knowledge and skills to find answers to students’ questions about the workings of the biological, chemical, physical and technological world and become better informed about the world around them.

To enter the Science Department Virtual Learning Environment please click  link below. https://sites.google.com/a/tringschool.org/science/

KS3

Students will be working with language for learning and building learning power programmes incorporating national curriculum content. Year 7 start with Science Enquiry which is a programme that will focus on aspects they like about science. They will then move on to our Exploring Science curriculum for the remainder of year 7 and 8 with an emphasis on independent and personalised learning and discovery.

In year 9 there will be an option for green pathway students to begin GCSE science in a programme that results in three GCSE qualifications. However if they feel that they are not ready they can continue along with blue pathway students on the Exploring Science programme.

We have a very active Science Club programme in Science. In year 7 they have an option to come along and do experiments that normally would not happen in lessons. In year 8 students will work towards their Bronze Crest Award which is a recognised National Award in Science. In year 9 they can take part in entering a competition called ‘Google fair’ where teachers will be on hand to guide them through the process. We are very proud of our KS3 programme in science at Tring School and hope that students will take the opportunities that are open to them to progress.

We run science events for KS3 students that brings outside speakers to school as well as trips and visits.

What equipment will my child need in Science during KS3?

Pens, pencils, ruler, scissors, glue, eraser, protractor, calculator and colouring pencils

What will my child be studying?

Year 7

  • Tissues and transplants
  • Acids & alkalis
  • Electrical circuits
  • Sex and science
  • Materials from the Earth
  • Forces and their effects
  • Classified
  • What a waste
  • The solar system & beyond

Year 8

  • Going for gold
  • In the drink
  • Sound & hearing
  • Doctor and disease
  • Light
  • Explaining the Earth
  • All that glitters
  • Heat transfers
  • Food, glorious food

Year 9 blue/purple pathway

  • Crime scene investigations
  • Flying materials
  • Record breakers
  • Science & fiction
  • Satellites in space
  • Building for the future
  • Dam it!

The Exploring Science books for each KS3 year are:

  • Year 9: ISBN 978-1-4058-9551-4

(Should you wish to purchase it, it is not obligatory.)

Year 9 green pathway students will be studying the Core Science (Science A) GCSE syllabus (ISBN 978-1-4085-0822-0)

How can I support my child through KS3 Science?

How will they be assessed in KS3 Science?

  • Tests at the end of each module
  • Through Unit Assessment projects
  • End of year examination

KS4

At GCSE in Science our aim is to enthuse and excite the students about how the world around them works. We do this by offering different GCSE courses for each pathway; this provides stretch and challenge work for the most able and extra time for those who need it. Every student has separate Biology, Chemistry and Physics lessons and will study a range of subjects over their GCSE course. Their lessons are made up of a range of practical and theoretical work and will involve preparation for final exams and controlled assessments.

Students on the blue and green pathway study the Core and Additional modules of Science unless they have also opted to take the Further Additional Science in their option blocks at the end of year 9 or have been studying GCSE content in year 9. They will take the Core exams at the end of year 10 and the Additional (and Further Additional if taken) at the end of year 11.

Students on the purple pathway study for a single Core Science GCSE for two years.

At KS4 we celebrate success by rewarding effort in lessons by awarding achievement points, post cards home and a wall of fame for our highest achievers. We run a club for year 10 and year 11 students in which we offer the opportunity to complete Bronze and Silver Crest awards and participate in Science fairs or competitions.

We also have visiting speakers and trips and visits to allow students to experience the world of science outside of school.

Exam Board: AQA
Tiered Exam: Foundation C-G, Higher A*-D

How is the course assessed?

  • Core: 25% Biology, 25% Chemistry, 25% Physics, 25% controlled assessment
  • Additional: 25% Biology, 25% Chemistry, 25% Physics, 25% controlled assessment
  • Further Additional: 25% Biology, 25% Chemistry, 25% Physics, 25% controlled assessment

How long are the examinations?

1 hour each

Are there controlled assessments?

In the Autumn Term. Dates will be published on the Parent Calendar on the website

What texts would you recommend?

We have AQA textbooks that we would recommend.
Science GCSE Revision Guides with ISBN numbers

What websites would you recommend?

BBC Bitesize and AQA for past papers

What equipment should my child have?

A calculator, protractor, ruler, pen and pencil are essential at all times.

KS5

At KS5 we run traditional programmes in Physics, Chemistry and Biology.

We follow the AQA course in Physics and Biology and the OCR course in Chemistry.

Students are expected to be independent in learning tasks and begin to prepare for the nature of further study or the world of work by taking part in theoretical and practical tasks confidently.

Students will follow the course for two years before taking exams at the end of year 13. There is an option to study for a separate AS level during year 12 and to take exams in this at the end of that year.

We run a Biology trip at the end of the summer term to Wales to increase students investigative skills and we have speakers and visits to industry for Chemistry and Physics students.

A Level Biology

For details of the Biology course, please click on the link below:
UCAS Progress.com – Biology

A Level Chemistry

For details of the Chemistry course, please click on the link below:
UCAS Progress.com – Chemistry

A Level Physics

For details of the Physics course, please click on the link below:
UCAS Progress.com – Physics

Contact:

Subject Leader: Mrs Jo Pennington-Wright (jpennington-wright@tringschool.org)

KS3 Co-ordinator: Miss E McErlane (emcerlane@tring@tringschool.org)

KS4 Co-ordinator: Miss Laura Thompson (ljthompson@tringschool.org)

KS5 Co-ordinator: Dr Keith Irlam (kirlam@tringschool.org)