Science

Head of Department:

Mrs Urquhart (Acting Head of Science)

Subject Overview:

In Science at NLL, students will learn how to develop practical skills though investigation work. Students will learn about the importance of Science to society through the disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics and how learning Science helps us to understand the world around us. Students will learn how to handle equipment, measure and record, research and select information. They will also focus on key skills in literacy, numeracy and ICT.

Key Stage 3 

Key Stage 3 Overview:

At KS3, students study topics that will give them the foundation skills needed to be successful in the separate science specialisms at KS4. 

Year 7:

In Year 7, students will get to explore a range of different topics including cells and life processes, the periodic table, forces and motion, space, light and sound and chemical reactions.

Year 8:

In Year 8, students will build on what they have learnt in Year 7 and carry out projects on photosynthesis, electricity and magnetism, keeping healthy, atomic structure, energy transfers and the chemistry of the atmosphere.

Assessment at Key Stage 3:

At the end of each topic, students will sit a test. When students have learnt certain skills this will be recorded and reported home.  An ATL grade will also be reported.

Key Stage 4 

Key Stage 4 Overview:

The KS4 curriculum is separated into 12 topics; four for biology, four for chemistry and four for physics. Students in Years 9 and 10 will study biology, chemistry and physics separately and will work on topics that are part of the new GCSE trilogy specification.
During Year 11, students will spend a year preparing for their examinations in Science, of which there are six.  These are titled B1 and B2 (biology), C1 and C2 (chemistry) and P1 and P2 (physics).  Each exam is 1hour and 15 minutes long, and the six exam results are combined to give two GCSE grades.                                                            

Assessment at Key Stage 4:

All students will be studying the AQA trilogy specification which gives them the equivalent of two GCSEs in Science.

Students will be assessed at the end of each topic and these assessments will be in the same format as the new GCSEs.  Students will also do end of year exams based on past GCSE papers so that they can get used to sitting longer assessments.