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Science

Head of Faculty: Mr O Wharton (wharton@williamellis.camden.sch.uk)

The main aims of our Department are:

  • To inspire students to be engaged citizens who can use scientific knowledge and skills in order to navigate their way through life.
  • To develop pupils' proficiencies in the use of scientific approaches and skills when investigating and problem solving.

To help pupils understand the world of which they are a part, through being able to describe and explain various physical, chemical and biological phenomena.

Key Stage 3

 

Year 7

  • General Laboratory Safety
  • Basic Chemical Reactions
  • Cells, Tissues and Organs
  • Particle Models
  • Electricity and Magnetism
  • Basic Forces.

Year 8

  • Body Systems
  • Elements and Compounds
  • Light, Space
  • Heat, Sound
  • Ecology

Year 9

  • Healthy Lifestyles
  • Genetics
  • Metal Reactions
  • Combustion
  • Electrical Energy
  • Forces and Motion
  • Skills refresher course

Key Stage 4

Route 1: Triple Science GCSE Specification OCR 21st Century Biology, Chemistry & Physics (J243, J244 & J245)

This route is suitable for students who have a keen interest in science and have shown strong academic capabilities over their KS3 course. This route results in 3 GCSE’s in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. We follow the OCR 21st Century Science Curriculum. Over the two years your son will have lessons in each of the disciplines learning the foundations for further study at A-Level. The students will also produce three coursework investigations, each one contributing 25% of the marks to the GCSE qualification.

Route 2: Core and Additional Science (J241 & J242)

This route prepares students to become scientifically literate. It also provides an foundation for further studies in Science and will be a suitable course for those wishing to study A-Levels or vocational courses in Science. This results in two GCSE’s; GCSE Core Science and GCSE Additional Science. Over the two years your son will have lessons in each of the disciplines learning the foundations for further study at A-Level. The students will also produce a case study (science essay), data analysis (practical interpretation) and an investigation. The case study and data analysis contribute 25% of the marks to the GCSE Core Science grade, while the investigation contributes 25% of the marks to the GCSE Additional Science grade.