Key Stage 3: Years 7 and 8
Students follow an in house scheme of work in Years 7 and 8 and have 6 lessons per week. Pupils will spend equal time studying Biology, Chemistry and Physics. In order to make links with GCSE the pupils are taught in discreet topics of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. The scheme of work is designed to be investigation led so pupils acquire the necessary scientific skills for GCSE. Pupils are encouraged to complete challenging work so they secure ambitious rates of progress in lessons. The curriculum at Nottingham Free School follows the national curriculum and has been adapted so pupils have a sound understanding of the concepts they require for GCSE and A-level. The curriculum is constantly adapted to meet the changing demands of GCSE and A-Level. Assessments occur formatively in lessons, through end of unit tests and but also through mock examinations.
Key Stage 4: Years 9, 10 and 11
In Years 9, 10 and 11 students follow the GCSE Triple Science course pathway which leads to 3 GCSE's or the GCSE Trilogy course pathway which leads to 2 GCSE's. Students have 8/9 lessons per week split into Biology, Chemistry and Physics. The AQA scheme of work is followed and there are strong links to practical content in lessons in order to develop the scientific skills needed for GCSE. Lessons are challenging and the scheme of work is constantly adapted to meet the needs of all students. Assessments occur frequently in lessons, through end of unit tests but also in examinations taken during the year.
During science lessons, all pupils will have the opportunity to develop and learn many new skills including:
- Investigative skills through experiments
- Scientific enquiry by asking ‘why?’
- Numeracy: graph drawing, calculating the mean, completing scientific calculations
- Literacy: by writing up scientific experiments and explaining scientific concepts
- Evaluation skills as pupils examine their experiments and scientific theories
Please click on 'related downloads' on the right hand side of the webpage to access our Science Curriculum Overview