George Salter Academy

George Salter Academy in West Bromwich, Sandwell, is a mixed comprehensive school for 11 to 16 year olds.

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Science

Overview

George Salter Science Department is a dynamic place to learn and is one in which students learn about the way in which the world around them works. Students learn to be curious, to question why things happen and to experiment to aid their discovery of the laws underpinning the universe. We have a brand new science block with 10 amazing science laboratories, and more importantly we have an incredible science team, who will go the extra mile to ensure that all students progress and achieve to their potential.

What the students say about the department

"Science at George Salter is exciting and is full of new experiences"

"The work in Science is hard and tests your knowledge, but the rewards are life changing"

"Science tests your knowledge of many other subjects. That’s why it’s challenging yet rewarding"

"The experience of the Space Centre in Leicester was very interesting and gave me lots of knowledge about space"

"The Science teachers are very helpful and great at explaining things"

"I enjoy Science as there is always something new to learn. Even though Science can be challenging, School makes it enjoyable and interesting"

"The Science department brings everyone a fun new way of learning with fascinating experiments"

 

Contact

Mrs J. Gregory (Head of Science Department), email: j.gregory@georgesalter.com

Key Stage 3 (Years 7 and 8)

Our lessons at KS3 are designed from AQA Key stage 3 Scheme of work to support the learning of your child. We regularly assess the progress of each child with an assessment at the end of every unit. The assessments are made to challenge the students and help them to reach their full potential.

We also support the continued learning of each student at KS3 with a variety of practical activities to enhance their understanding of the science they will be studying.

In Biology, topics covered include: cells, breathing system, respiration, circulatory system, osmosis, diffusion, photosynthesis, organ systems, Human reproduction, Plant reproduction, evolution , adaptations and environmental biology.

In Chemistry, topics covered include Particle model, chemical changes, Periodic table , rates of reaction, elements compounds and mixtures, Rock cycle and weathering, carbon cycle.

In Physics, topics covered include forces, energy transfers, electrical circuits, energy efficiency and heat transfer, speed, pressure and moment, Electricity, Waves.

Key Stage 4 (Years 9, 10 and 11)

At key stage 4 all students follow AQA GCSE (9-1) Science qualifications. Students are selected by aptitude and ability to begin studying either the GCSE Trilogy or GCSE Triple science courses from year 9.

AQA GCSE (9-1) Trilogy Science

The AQA Trilogy Science course introduces students to fundamental ideas in scientific theory and helps them learn practical skills through mandatory practical activities.

The specification covers Biology, Chemistry and Physics. This is a three year course with all the examinations at the end of year 11. Students will sit six examinations, two in Biology, two in Chemistry and two in Physics. Each examination is one hour and fifteen minutes in length and worth 16.7% of the final grade. Students can be entered at either Foundation or Higher tier and will attain the equivalent of two GCSEs at 9-1 grades.

Students receive weekly biology, chemistry and physics lessons over the course and study the following topics:

Biology

  1. Cell biology
  2. Organisation
  3. Infection and response
  4. Bioenergetics
  5. Homeostasis and response
  6. Inheritance, variation and evolution
  7. Ecology

Chemistry

  1. Atomic structure and the periodic table
  2. Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter
  3. Quantitative chemistry
  4. Chemical changes
  5. Energy changes
  6. The rate and extent of chemical change
  7. Organic chemistry
  8. Chemical analysis
  9. Chemistry of the atmosphere
  10. Using resources

Physics

  1. Energy
  2. Electricity
  3. Particle model of matter
  4. Atomic structure
  5. Forces
  6. Waves
  7. Magnetism and electromagnetism

AQA GCSE (9-1) Triple Sciences

Students following triple sciences will gain three separate GCSE grades in biology, chemistry and physics. These courses build on fundamental scientific ideas and develop student skills through mandatory practical activities. Students receive weekly biology, chemistry and physics lessons over the three year course and will study:

AQA GCSE (9-1) Biology

At the end of Year 11 students will sit two examinations; each will be one hour and forty five minutes in length and worth 50% of the final grade. Students can be entered at either Foundation or Higher Tier.

Subject content:

  1. Cell biology
  2. Organisation
  3. Infection and response
  4. Bioenergetics
  5. Homeostasis and response
  6. Inheritance, variation and evolution
  7. Ecology
  8. Key ideas

AQA GCSE (9-1) Chemistry

At the end of Year 11 the students will sit two examinations. Each examination will be one hour and forty five minutes in length and worth 50% of the final grade. Students can be entered at either Foundation or Higher Tier.

Subject content:

  1. Atomic structure and the periodic table
  2. Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter
  3. Quantitative chemistry
  4. Chemical changes
  5. Energy changes
  6. The rate and extent of chemical change
  7. Organic chemistry
  8. Chemical analysis
  9. Chemistry of the atmosphere
  10. Using resources

AQA GCSE (9-1) Physics

At the end of Year 11 the students will sit two examinations. Each examination will be one hour and forty five minutes in length and worth 50% of the final grade. Students can be entered at either Foundation or Higher Tier.

Subject content

  • Energy
  • Electricity
  • Particle model of matter
  • Atomic structure
  • Forces
  • Waves
  • Magnetism and electromagnetism
  • Space physics (physics only)
Exam results 2016 2017 2018
GCSE Trilogy 15% A*-A
71% A*-C
100% A*-G
9% A*-A
53% A*-C
98% A*-G
12.5% 9-7
61.2% 9-4
98.4% 9-1
GCSE Triple Sciences not offered not offered not offered
Table of Science Key Stage 4 exams results 2016 - 2019

 

 

Key Stage 5 / Post-16

science studentsAt KS5, the Science Department offers several courses.

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