Science

We believe passionately at Tring school that our students need the best education that we can provide.  With government changes and increased rigor we have devised schemes of work at all key stages that not only go through content but develop skills necessary for our students to reach their full potential as well as try to inspire them to move into science careers.  Science is all about finding things out and we have developed our curriculum to improve students curiosity, independence, determination and resilience.  Many scientific discoveries only happened because there were many failed attempts; we try and give our students the opportunities needed to recognise the importance of these skills not only in the classroom but also with our science clubs.

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KS3 (yr 7, 8 & 9)

All KS3 lessons follows the national curriculum. All our lessons have been written by our teachers to support the learning of our students at Tring school. We have an emphasis on students finding things out for themselves as any good scientist would do.

We have a whole term when they join us in year 7 devoted to ‘being a scientist’ with students planning and carrying out their own investigations. This is a theme that carries on throughout our KS3 curriculum. Students will be taught in mixed ability groups up until the end of year 8 and then students will be tiered into triple or double science groups for GCSE.  We test students every term and all students will complete an end of year test.

We offer science clubs for all year groups and compete in various competitions nationally. We also complete the Bronze CREST award in year 8 science club.  

Topics at KS3

Year 7Year 8Year 9
Scientific SkillsWavesGenetics and Evolution
ReproductionRespirationChemical Reactions
ElectricityPeriodic TablePhotosynthesis
Cells Nutrition and DigestionSpace
AtomsForces
Earth and Atmosphere

KS4 (GCSE)

We study the three separate sciences for our more acamedicially able students as well as the Trilogy science approach for the remainder of the students.  The triple students will be selected in year 9 and start at the beginning of this year to make sure that content can be taught ready for the linear exams at the end.  We study AQA specification for all the science subjects at KS4. All trilogy students will start GCSE at the end of year 9.  Students are grouped accordingly to their science pathway.

All pathways will have two exams for each Science subject.  Separate subjects exams will be 1hr 45mins and the Trilogy approach 1hr 15mins.  

We offer a science club at KS4 which works with students to achieve a Silver CREST award. We attend GCSE live conference every year where there are talks by scientists such as Sir Robert Winston and Professor Alice Roberts.

Topics for Separate Science and Trilogy

BiologyChemistryPhysics
CellsStructures, Bonding and PropertiesWaves
OrganisationQuantitativeNuclear and Space
Infection and ResponseChemical ChangesElectricity
BioenergeticsRates and EnergyForces
HomeostasisOrganic ChemistryEnergy
ResponseChemical AnalysisMagnets and Electromagnets
InheritanceParticle Model
Variation and Evolution
Ecology

KS5 (A2)

Biology

We study AQA Biology and eight hours per fortnight. The qualification is linear and examined at the end of the second year of study. There will be 3 papers 2 hours each.  We take our students on field trip at the end of year 1, this is to develop their field work skills.

Subject content

1 Biological molecules

2 Cells

3 Organisms exchange substances with their environment

4 Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms

5 Energy transfers in and between organisms

6 Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments

7 Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems

8 The control of gene expression

12 x Required Practicals

Chemistry

We study OCR.  You will have Chemistry for eight hours per fortnight.  This is a linear specification. We attend A-level Chemistry live trip every year. The A-Level in Chemistry (A) specification content is divided into six teaching modules and each module is further divided into key topics.  A summary of the content for the A-level course is as follows:

Module 1 – Development of practical skills in chemistry

Practical skills assessed in a written examination

Practical skills assessed in the practical endorsement

Module 2 – Foundations in chemistry

Atoms, compounds, molecules and equations

Amount of substance

Acid–base and redox reactions

Electrons, bonding and structure

Module 3 – Periodic table and energy

The periodic table and periodicity

Group 2 and the halogens

Qualitative analysis

Enthalpy changes

Reaction rates and equilibrium (qualitative)

Module 4 – Core organic chemistry

Basic concepts

Hydrocarbons

Alcohols and haloalkanes

Organic synthesis

Analytical techniques (IR and MS)

Module 5 – Physical chemistry and transition elements

Reaction rates and equilibrium (quantitative)

pH and buffers

Enthalpy, entropy and free energy

Redox and electrode potentials

Transition elements

Module 6 – Organic chemistry and analysis

Aromatic compounds

Carbonyl compounds

Carboxylic acids and esters

Nitrogen compounds

Polymers

Organic synthesis

Chromatography and spectroscopy (NMR)

12 x Required Practicals

Physics

We study AQA.  Your child will have Physics for eight hours per fortnight.  There are two other periods per fortnight that are allocated to studying Physics within school.  This qualification is linear.  The written exams will be 2 hours.  We attend A level physics live event each year and go to CERN biannually.

Subject content

1 Measurements and their errors

2 Particles and radiation

3 Waves

4 Mechanics and materials

5 Electricity

6 Further mechanics and thermal physics

7 Fields and their consequences

8 Nuclear physics

Options (choose x2)

9 Astrophysics

10 Medical physics

11 Engineering physics

12 Turning points in physics

13 Electronics

12 x Required practicals

Environmental Science

We study AQA specification.  You will have Environmental Science for eight hours per fortnight. This qualification is linear. Linear means that students will sit all the A-level exams at the end of their A-level course. There will be 2 papers that will be 3 hours long.  There will be various field work trips that will be done outside of teaching hours

Subject content

  1. The living environment,
  2. The physical environment,
  3. Energy resources,
  4. Pollution,
  5. Biological resources,
  6. Sustainability,
  7. Research methods.