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Science

At Melbourn Village College we provide an engaging and diverse course to develop every pupil’s scientific interest and knowledge, throughout Key Stage 3 (KS3) and their GCSE studies.

Key Stage 3

“The important thing is to never stop questioning.” – Albert Einstein

Our aim is to inspire all pupils in science to allow everyone to reach their full potential. We offer a variety of opportunities for all abilities, both in and outside of the classroom.

All pupils from Year 7 onwards will study the three separate sciences: biology, chemistry and physics.

Practical work is a vital part of science learning, so this features prominently in our curriculum. Our aim is to increase every pupil’s confidence levels, initiative, ability to work in a team, and, most importantly, their curiosity and enthusiasm!

Assessment

Most units will have an assessment task, with the grades being recorded on www.go4Schools.com website. We like pupils to complete a range of assessment tasks, for example completing short tests, gathering and analysing data, or giving a group presentation on current issues in the scientific community.

At the end of each year during the summer term, pupils will also sit a formal test, which is based on SATs-style questions. 

The KS3 revision guides can be downloaded by clicking the tabs on the side of this page. For further support with revision the website http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks3/science/ can be used and Science revision guides borrowed from the library.

Key Stage 4

Key Stage 4 Science is aimed at inspiring and motivating pupils whether they choose to continue their studies further in Science at A Level or College or not.  With this in mind we offer varied curriculum pathways including: 

Please click on each option for the up to date specification.

During Year 9 pupils start their Key Stage 4 studies in one of these options.  Our aim is for every pupils to enjoy all aspects of science and to fulfil their true potential

Exams

All pupils are required to take six exams at the end of Year 11. However, the material and length of these differ with the course being taken.  Please follow the links below for our guide to the exams and what pupils should expect.

GCSE Biology, Chemistry and Physics  

GCSE Combined Science (Trilogy)  

Required Practicals

GCSE Science no longer requires pupils to complete coursework, with 100% of marks being achieved from the exams. 

Pupils are, however, required to complete set practicals during class time, and write up these experiments. The examining body may ask to see evidence of these therefore it is imperative pupils complete these. Pupils will be tested on this material in their exams.  We will endeavour, where possible, to inform you of exactly when we plan to complete these in class through the year.

Teaching Staff

Mr S Callow Science/Head of Department scallow@melbournvc.org 
Dr D Wilson Science/2nd in command Science dwilson@melbournvc.org 
Mrs T Mayhead Science tmayhead@melbournvc.org 
Mr N Rahman Science nrahman@melbournvc.org 
Mr D Essien Science dessien@melbournvc.org 

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