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 S. Hussain (Head of Science Department), email: s.hussain1@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 GCSE we follow AQA GCSE Science and Edexcel BTEC Science and we have a track record of success with students achieving well above national averages in terms of achievement and attainment of students. This is achieved through the differentiated scheme of work, the subject knowledge and passion of staff, and the hard work ethos which is embedded into students in the science department. Students are streamlined into a BTEC, Double Science or a Triple Science Pathway and each pathway enables each student to achieve to their potential.

Year 9

Year 9 is part of key stage 4 and we run a bespoke core principles scheme of work which prepares students for the challenges and the learning they will encounter when they start their GCSE studies in year 10.

Year 10

GCSE Pathway

Students in year 10 following the GCSE pathway will study AQA Core Science. Students study Biology, Chemistry and Physics and will sit a Unit 1 exam for each of these and combined with their ISA (controlled assessment) which was completed in year 9 forms the overall grade for core science. Students achievement in core science determines whether a student follows double or triple science in year 11.

Topics covered in Biology Unit 1 include health and disease, evolution, nerves and hormones, interdependence and adaptation, as well as energy in ecosystems and genetic variation.

Topics covered in Chemistry Unit 1 include atomic structure, the periodic table, the uses of limestone and metals, crude oil and organic chemistry, as well as changes in the Earth and its atmosphere.

Topics covered in Physics Unit 1 include heat transfer, efficiency, generating electricity, use of waves for communication and the Big Bang theory.

BTEC Science Pathway

Students in year 10 are following the BTEC pathway will study Edexcel BTEC Application of Applied Science which follows on from their year 9 studies. Students complete units 5, 6, 7 and 8 of the BTEC course, with unit 8 being the examined module and units 5,6 and 7 being coursework based.

Year 11

GCSE Pathway

For students following the GCSE pathway students who achieved at least a strong B in their core science will be considered to follow the Triple Science Pathway studying both Additional and Further Additional Science. Those who achieved below this will be entered for Additional (double) Science and will possibly take a resit of core science. The focus is upon ensuring each child takes the qualifications which will suit their needs. Triple science is a bonus science, and doing double science allows students to follow science at A-Level and study at the top Universities.

In Additional Science students study unit 2 modules in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

In Biology Unit 2 topics covered include cells and organ systems, distribution of organisms, photosynthesis, respiration, proteins, cell division and inheritance.

In Chemistry Unit 2 topics covered include structure and bonding, nanotechnology, polymers, analytical chemistry, rates of reaction and acids, bases and salts.

In Physics Unit 2 topics covered include graphs of motion, forces and motion, household electricity, radiation and nuclear physics.

If studying Further Additional Science students will study unit 3 modules in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

In Biology Unit 3 topics covered include, movement of substances in and out of cells, transport in plants and animals, and homeostasis.

In Chemistry Unit 3 topics covered include the development of the periodic table, hard and soft water, calculating energy changes in reactions, ammonia, as well as organic chemistry.

In Physics Unit 3 topics covered include medical physics, circular motion, centre of mass and moment, the motor effect and electromagnetic induction.

BTEC Pathway

For students following the BTEC Pathway students will improve their BTEC and ensure that they are achieving at least their target grade and hopefully aim for Merit and Distinction Level work.

Study Support

  • KS4 & 5 Saturday interventions
  • KS4 ISA interventions
Subject 2014 2015 2016
Core Science 21% A*-A;
96% A*-C
100% A*-G
18% A*-A;
94% A*-C
100% A*-G
15% A*-A;
71% A*-C
100% A*-G
Additional Science 21% A*-A;
96% A*-C
100% A*-G
15% A*-A;
86% A*-C
100% A*-G
22% A*-A;
79% A*-C
99% A*-G
Further Additional Science 56% A*-A;
92% A*-C
100% A*-G
15% A*-A;
92% A*-C
100% A*-G
33% A*-A;
74% A*-C
100% A*-G
BTEC 2014 2015 2016
Principles of Science n/a 9% A*-A;
84% A*-C
96% A*-C
Applications of Applied Science n/a 1% A*-A;
67% A*-C
97% A*-C
Table of Science Key Stage 4 exams results 2014 - 2016

 

 

Key Stage 5 / Post-16

At KS5 we offer AQA A-Levels in Biology, Chemistry and Physics with students fully prepared as a result of their GCSE studies. We also offer Applied Science for students who prefer to learn in a vocational context. We pride ourselves on pushing students at A-Level, and we challenge students with the learning and encourage them to be independent through the use of personalised learning checklists and en emphasis upon independent study and revision. For more specific information.

A-Level

In science we offer A-Levels in Physics, Biology and Chemistry as well as BTEC’s in Applied Science.

Physics

We follow AQA physics, in which students study 5 topics in year 12 and 4 topics in year 13. AQA physics is a linear specification, with all examinations taking place at the end of year 13. The topics of study are outlined below:

AS Physics

  • Topic 1: Measurements and their errors
  • Topic 2: Particles and radiation
  • Topic 3: Waves
  • Topic 4: Mechanics and materials
  • Topic 5: Electricity

A2 Physics

  • Topic 6: Further mechanics and thermal physics
  • Topic 7: Fields and their consequences
  • Topic 8: Nuclear Physics
  • Optional topic selected from either astrophysics or medical physics

Biology

We follow AQA biology, in which students study 4 topics in year 12 and 4 topics in year 13. AQA biology is a linear specification, with all examinations taking place at the end of year 13. The topics of study are outlined below:

AS Biology

  • Topic 1: Biological molecules
  • Topic 2: Cells
  • Topic 3: Organisms exchange substances with their environment
  • Topic 4: Genetic information, variation and relationships with organisms

A2 Biology

  • Topic 5: Energy transfer in and between organisms
  • Topic 6: Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments
  • Topic 7: Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems
  • Topic 8: The control of gene expression

Chemistry

We follow AQA chemistry, in which students study 3 topics in year 12 and the same 3 topics in year 13, but in greater depth. AQA chemistry is a linear specification, with all examinations taking place at the end of year 13. The topics of study are outlined below:

As Chemistry

  • Topic 1: Physical chemistry
  • Topic 2: Inorganic chemistry
  • Topic 3: Organic chemistry

A2 Chemistry

  • Topic 1: Physical chemistry
  • Topic 2: Inorganic chemistry
  • Topic 3: Organic chemistry

Study Support

  • Regular lunch and after-school intervention sessions
  • BTEC interventions

Trips

  • West Midlands Chemistry Teacher Centre lecture series
  • University of Wolverhampton practical experiences

 

2014 2015 2016
AS Biology 64% A*-C;
91% A-E
75% A*-C;
95% A-E
36% A*-C;
79% A-E
A2 Biology 59% A*-C;
100% A-E
43% A*-C;
100% A-E
78% A*-C;
100% A-E
AS Chemistry 82% A*-C;
100% A-E
59% A*-C;
95% A-E
56% A*-C;
88% A-E
A2 Chemistry 67% A*-C;
100% A-E
81% A*-C;
100% A-E
67% A*-C;
100% A-E
AS Physics 50% A*-C;
80% A-E
25% A*-C;
81% A-E
60% A*-C;
100% A-E
A2 Physics 83% A*-C;
100% A-E
66% A*-C;
100% A-E
78% A*-C;
100% A-E
AS Applied Science 100% A*-C;
100% A-E
100% A*-C;
100% A-E
100% A*-C;
100% A-E
A2 Applied Science 80% A*-C;
100% A-E
100% A*-C;
100% A-E
100% A*-C;
100% A-E
Table of Science Key Stage 5 exams results 2014-2016

 

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