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. Through the experience of practical investigations, students learn many different analytical skills that are invaluable, not only for academic success but also beneficial beyond the classroom.

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 D. Mandair (Head of Science Department), email: d.mandair@georgesalter.com

Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 and 9)

The KS3 curriculum in science aims to create awe and wonder for students and develop a much deeper understanding of how the world and Universe works around us. Students are taught core knowledge and concepts which traverse all three disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics, enabling students to not only make inter curricular, but also cross curricular links. The students are introduced to the principles of scientific method through the teaching of different themes across the 3 years. Some GCSE content is introduced in year 9, but the students are not likely to notice because the transition between KS3 & KS4 should be seamless.

 

In year 7, the topics covered include:

  • Biology - Cells, tissues, organs & organ systems, Reproduction in animals, Muscles & bones, Ecosystems.
  • Chemistry – Mixtures & separation techniques, Acids & alkalis, Atoms, elements & compounds, The particle model.
  • Physics – Energy, Electricity, Forces & Sound.

In year 8, the topics covered include:

  • Biology – Food & nutrition, Plant reproduction, Respiration, Unicellular organisms.
  • Chemistry – Combustion, The periodic table, Metals & their uses, Rocks
  • Physics – Fluids, Light, Energy transfers, Earth & Space

In year 9, the topics covered include:

  • Biology – Cell biology & Organisation
  • Chemistry – Atomic structure & The periodic table
  • Physics – Energy & Electricity

 

Assessment:
The students will complete Knowledge Recall assessments at the end of each topic. They will also complete an accumulative assessment at the end of each term, which will assess both their skills and their knowledge.

 

Enrichment:
The KS3 science club runs every Tuesday after school. There is a different theme for each term, so that the students have the opportunity to enjoy all 3 principles of science. They plan and carry out practical investigations each week. At the end of each term, the students are given the opportunity to go on a trip, which is linked to the theme for the term.

  • Autumn theme – Microbes, with a trip to a hospital pathology laboratory.
  • Spring theme – Forensics, with a trip to a local university to see a mock ‘crime scene house’.
  • Summer theme – Space, with a trip to the National Space Centre in Leicester.

Key Stage 4 (Years 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 10.

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 linear 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.

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. At the end of Year 11 students will sit two examinations in each subject; 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.

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

Biology                                               

  1. Infection and response
  2. Bioenergetics
  3. Homeostasis and response
  4. Inheritance, variation and evolution
  5. Ecology

Chemistry

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

Physics

  1. Particle model of matter
  2. Atomic structure
  3. Forces
  4. Waves
  5. Magnetism and electromagnetism
  6. Space
Exam results 2018 2019
GCSE Trilogy 12.5% 9-7
61.2% 9-4
98.4% 9-1
9-7 - 0.9%
9-4 - 34.4%
9-1 - 98.3%
GCSE Triple Sciences not offered Biology 9-7 - 23.5%
9-4 - 84%
9-1 - 98.8%
Chemistry 9-7 - 21%
9-4 - 82.7%
9-1 - 98.8%
Physics 9-7 - 19.8%
9-4 - 82.7%
9-1 - 98.8%
Table of Science Key Stage 4 exams results

 

 

Key Stage 5 / Post 16

science studentsAt KS5, the Science Department offers several courses.

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