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Thirsk School

& Sixth Form College

    Triple Science Award

    In KS4 Triple Science, the GCSE Science a course we study the following:

    • understanding the three main areas of science and obtaining a broader awareness of the three subjects
    • learning in the first year is the same as the course followed by pupils studying for the Core, (unit 1) and additional science (unit 2) awards
    • studying ‘unit 3’, in each subject, providing a greater breadth of knowledge useful to pupils with a real interest and aptitude in science
    • gain a good understanding of human biology, organisms, evolution and the environment, putting biology in the context of students' everyday lives with topics ranging from 'keeping healthy' to 'humans and their environment'
    • studying in biology a series of topics related to the living world and relevant to students, designed to help us understand how science can be used to explain the world in which we live and the impact humans have
    • integrating the principles of ‘how science works’ in each of the units which are then assessed via the controlled assessment
    • studying topics specific to unit three in Chemistry including…introduction to analytical chemistry, water, more about equilibrium, the history and organisation of the periodic table, more moles and titrations, acids, alcohols and esters
    • learning how things work and how products can be created
    • understanding how the properties of substances can be used to solve problems or fill a need
    • beginning to  recognise the’ green elements’ of the course and  look at everyday things in a new way via the experiments that they get to do and watch
    • analytical chemistry provides a glimpse into the modern applications of chemistry with a brief look at spectroscopy for example
    • moles and titrations can be a challenging topic as it introduces some of the skills and knowledge that will be reworked at AS and A2
    • physics GCSE encourages students to gain knowledge and practical experience about the underlying principles of how things work – from electrical circuits via X-ray machines to fairground rides
    • learning from the work and experiments we do or watch as that helps us see the evidence for ourselves
    • dealing with everyday things like heating buildings and the big questions about the universe and the atom

    Assessment :

    • self assessing our work and that of our peers using the guidelines
    • practical work will largely receive verbal feedback and be peer –assessed
    • home learning  tasks will be assessed especially as it may  consist of  exam –style questions, past papers, or activities that prepare you for the more formal written or practical assessments
    • teacher marked home learning  will be accompanied by written and /or verbal feedback, and all internal assessment will receive written feedback so that targets can be reviewed, this will be about once per subject per term
    • internal assessments take place at the end of each topic, at the end of each unit and via the mock-examinations
    • external assessments consist of three written papers at the end of the course- in year eleven, 3 x 1 hour papers
    • additionally the practical skills are formally assessed via ISAs, these assignments are compulsory and one is completed in each subject, they include both written and practical tasks and are set by the exam board
    • at present the ISA is worth 25% of the total marks

    Learning beyond the classroom :

    • gaining some work experience in the area of science and chemistry, recently students have gained work experience on farms, in plant nurseries
    • talking to family and friends who work in a science related field, (pharmacists, doctors, engineers, geologists,vets) or who have studied science /chemistry
    • contacting and looking for courses run by universities during the summer term, there are a number of local universities now offering open days and taster events specifically aimed at 13-16 year olds
    • visiting the AQA website regularly to obtain past papers and mark-schemes and swap notes with peers about the other useful web-sites such as S-Cool chemistry and BBCbitesize, these sites have interactive revision tools, notes and quizzes to help you learn and navigate your way through the course
    • reading periodicals such as the ‘Science review’
    • looking out for information published by the STEM , science and engineering organisations
    • continuing to watch the science and natural history programs on the television

    Teachers of KS4 Triple Science GCSE A :

    Mrs K Walsh - Head of Department

    Mrs N Simms - 2 i/c Department

    Miss G Dolan -  Head of Year 10

    Mr G Pentland -  Head of Sixth Form College

    Mrs R Elliott -  SENCo

    Dr D Evans

    Mrs S King

    Mr S Lee