Class Structure

Science is taught to all students in Years 7 to 9 in four 50-minute lessons, the maximum class size at present is 22 and mixed ability (a total teaching time of 3 hours 20 minutes). We follow the Exploring Science curriculum at KS3 but we do have a strong emphasis upon skill development and therefore the team have planned an excellent skills curriculum that runs along side in context. At the end of Year 9 all students take the Key Stage 3 Science attainment tests, and these are used to support the extensive assessment opportunities provided and tracked at all stages of KS3. At Key Stage 4 all students are placed on a pathway that is specialised to their ability and needs. The options on offer from September 2013 are:

Year 10 Year 11 Extra-curricular
Year 10

2014-15

Route 1

AQA Core science

Route 1

AQA Additional Science

AQA HPQ

Curiosity Club

Route 2

AQA iGCSE Science

 

GCSE Environmental Science
Year 11

2014-15

Route 1

AQA Core science

Route 1

AQA Additional Science

GCSE Astronomy
BTEC First in Applied Science AQA Additional Applied science GCSE Astronomy

GCSE Environmental Science

Class sizes vary with an absolute maximum of 30 in the most able groups and smaller class sizes in BTEC pathways. As a result we would describe all classes to some extent mixed ability with broad setting in the acadeimc pathways. We ensure that all students who study any of our KS4 pathways have the opportunity to study Science within Burnside and beyond at KS5.

At present we have a well-subscribed sixth form range of courses that offer a multitude of progression routes, these include: AQA Biology, Physics and Applied Science and OCR Chemistry A. Students who study Applied Science at GCSE often progress to A-level Applied Science and we are excited that many students then progress to university on Science based courses. In addition we not only offer subject teaching but provide information, advice and guidance to assist and prepare students for progression into Higher Education. This includes activities such as university open days, liaising with key lecturers at both local universities, lectures by visiting science professionals and preparation for personal statements and interviews. As a consequence we do have a healthy percentage of our student progressing to the highest tariff courses such as Medicine.

To promote a wider interest and enthusiasm in the curriculum area we work hard to offer a range of opportunities and act as positive role models of Science at all levels. The current extra-curricular offer includes:

 

Year group

 

Activity

Number of students involved
Year 7 science club A range of experiments and practical sessions run by the science technician and Miss Hanlon and opted into on a voluntary basis. 15
Year 8-9 Chaos group A curriculum based around extending subject knowledge and creative problem solving 10
Year 10-11 Chaos group A curriculum based around extending subject knowledge and creative problem solving. Including many external visits to places such as the Kielder observatory and competitive events run by higher education providers. These students also opt into an AQA EPQ (extended project qualification). In addition Facebook and twitter feeds are used to encourage the most up to date concepts, theories and research are regularly discussed an debated. 13
Year 11 A GCSE course runs on Thursday after school to develop skills in Environmental Science. Year 11 students are invited to opt into these sessions and complete a full GCSE by the end of year 11. 22
Visit’s as part of the year 11 Applied science courses e.g. The Blue Reef Aquarium.
Year 12 Biology/Applied Science Oceans of opportunity careers event (Nov) Upto 52
Newcastle University Genetics discovery Day at the centre of life. (Dec)
Visit to North Tyneside Hospital Pathology department. (Feb)
Visit to St Mary’s lighthouse to complete ecology fieldwork (June)
Moodle online Burnside learning website for independent study.
Year 13 Biology/Applied Science -Fieldwork visit (Sept) Upto 35
-Visiting speakers/careers opportunity
-Life-lab at the centre of life. (March)
-Mini-medical school at Newcastle University
-Moodle online Burnside learning website for independent study.