Welcome to the Science Department at York High School!
Subject Leader: Mrs Y. Duffy
In Years 7 - 9 all pupils follow an integrated science course. Practical units are used to introduce pupils to key scientific ideas that form the basis of their learning through to GCSE. This includes Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
All the units include the latest changes to the national curriculum. Pupils receive regular homework involving a range of activities and they are assessed by the use of regular end of unit tests and written assessments. The outcome of these is used to review progress and set targets for further improvement.
In Years 10 and 11 all pupils spend 20% of their curriculum time following a broad and balanced Science course. This includes a variety of assessment methods including internally assessed work, unit tests and final examinations. A variety of courses are offered including Core and Additional Science at Year 11 and the new Trilogy or Separate Sciences at Year 10. All include the opportunity to study Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
Science is taught in a range of purpose built laboratories which are well equipped. We hope to stimulate a curiosity about Science and its applications, an understanding of its limits, respect for living things, concern for personal health, a sense of wonder at the universe and care for the environment. In short we want to inspire a love of learning and grow our own scientists of tomorrow.
Our wish is to inspire young people to study Science further after they leave York High School.
Key Stage 3
In KS3 pupils are taught 6 hours per fortnight and follow a curriculum that builds on previous knowledge and introduces key ideas that pupils will study at KS4 as well as allowing pupils to develop investigative skills.
All pupils in Science are set by ability at KS3 and all teachers are following a scheme of work that ensures that all pupils cover a range of stimulating and engaging topics. The scheme of work allows for all pupils to be challenged and given additional support where necessary. Pupils are assessed regularly in class and their progress closely monitored, pupils undertake an end of year assessment, as well as assessments at the end of each unit.
Key Stage 4
Students in Year 11 receive 9 hours a fortnight. They are taught by subject specialists and learn all 3 disciplines of Science – Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Students study Core and Additional Science.
In Year 10 students follow either 8 hours a fortnight of Trilogy or 15 hours a fortnight of separate science.
Students are set by ability and are assessed through regular internal assessment followed by terminal exams set by the exam board. All classes at Key Stage 4 follow the AQA course.