The vision of the science department at Alvaston Moor Academy is to enthuse and engage students in the amazing subject of science through practical and experiential learning that is tailored to meet their needs. We believe students learn best when they are working collaboratively, asking questions about the world around them and using experiments and other active learning strategies to answer these questions while improving their knowledge and understanding. We have an expert, passionate and dedicated team of professionals who are deeply committed to ensuring Alvaston Moor students achieve their potential in the final examinations and just as importantly leave school with a life-long desire to continue to develop their science learning whether through further and higher education or as a hobby or interest.
From September 2020 we are pleased and excited to announce the introduction of GCSE Triple Science for the 1st time at Alvaston Moor Academy. This demonstrates our determination to continually increase the breadth and challenge of the curriculum for students and ensure the maximum number of learning pathways are available to our learners when they leave.
KS3 Curriculum plan/map
|Term 1||Cells||Seperating Mixtures||Circuits (voltage & resistance / current)|
|Variation||Particle Model||Energy (transfer/costs)|
|Term 2||Movement||Acids and alkalis||Sound|
|Metals & non-metals||Light|
|Term 3||Interdependence||Earth Structure||Space and Universe|
|Reproduction (Human/Plant)||Forces and Gravity|
|Term 1||Digestion||Periodic Table||Magnets & Electromagnets|
|Photosynthesis||Elements||Waves (Properties & effects)|
|Term 2||Respiration||Chemical Energy||Speed|
|Breathing||Types of reaction||Pressure|
|Inheritance||Earth’s Resources||Heating and Cooling|
|September||Transition Test (if not done in July Yr8)|
|Term 1||Cell Biology||Atomic Structure|
|Term 2||Chemical Change||Energy|
|Term 3||Organisation||Particle Model of matter|
|Atomic Structure (overlap)|
KS4 Curriculum plan/map
|Term 1||Infection & Response||Bonding Structure & Properties||Electricity|
|Term 2 11W||Homeostasis||Energy Changes Organic chem & Analysis|
|Rate & Extent chem change|
|Term 3 12W||Bioenergetics||Forces|
|Summer||Year 10 Exams|
|Term 1 15W||Inheritance & variation||Atmosphere||Waves|
How are Students assessed at KS3?
At the beginning of Year 7, all students will sit a Science ‘Baseline’ test covering KS2 topics in order to establish their current level of knowledge and understanding from Primary School Science.
Students will then complete unit tests for the majority of the topics covered during the two year KS3 Science curriculum. These tests will be fairly regular and are likely to take place at least every half term.
The results of these tests will provide evidence for their current level of attainment and predicted grades when making the transition to GCSE Science.
At the end of Year 8, all students will sit a GCSE transition test before starting their GCSE course in Year 9.
How are students assessed at KS4?
Students will have sat a KS3/KS4 transition test at the end of Year 8 in preparation for the start of their GCSE course. All students work towards completing two Science GCSE’s during Years 9-11, with all external exams being completed at the end of Year 11.
In order to track progress throughout the GCSE course, students will complete a topic test in the majority of the units of work. These are short tests of between 30-45 minutes and contain representative GCSE style questions. The results of these assessments will provide the evidence for their current level of attainment and predicted grades for GCSE.
Year 10 complete a Mock Examination in the Summer Term that uses questions from past papers.
Year 11 complete Mock Examinations in the Autumn and Spring Term using past papers and the results are analysed using Pixl to provide personalised targets for students.
Extension Activities / Planned Trips
Tomorrows Engineers workshops and show to Year 8. Energy Busters with Eon workshops for Year 9. STEM Bus workshops for Years 9-11.
STEM Week 11-15th March: After school dissection workshop, after school science show for year 7. STEM workshops for Year 9 – Girls focus.
· Energy Busters with Eon workshops for Year 9.
· STEM Bus workshops for Years 9-11.
· Smallpiece STEM workshops encouraging girls into science.