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Key Stage 3

Key Stage 3

Key Stage 3 Science is loosely based on the Longman Science Course called EXPLORING SCIENCE.

Pupils study the basics of Biology, Chemistry and Physics in separate modules along with Scientific Investigations, Thinking Skills and Graph work.  At present there are End of Year Exams in Years 7 & 8 and 9. The main thrust of KS3 is for pupils to enjoy Science using a range of hands-on experiments and activities. Where-ever possible students use ICT in their work.

In Year 7 pupils study:

Characteristics of Life & Cells, Plant & Animal Reproduction, Solutions & Separation Techniques, Solids, Liquids & Gases, Forces And Energy.

Year 7 is taught in mixed ability form groups usually by a single science teacher.

In Year 8 pupils study:

Adaptation & Variation, Environments & Man’s Effects, Diet & Digestion, Chemical Changes, Elements & Compounds, Combustion, Electric Circuits, Magnetism, Light and Sound.

Year 8 is streamed into Higher & Lower classes, on the basis of Year 7 marks. They are usually taught by a single teacher.

Y8 Key Points.pdf

In Year 9 pupils study:

Plant Processes, Human Bodily Processes and Microbes, Reactions of Metals, Actions of Acids, Pressure, the Electromagnetic Spectrum, Forces and Energy.

Year 9 are set on ability, top to bottom on the basis of Year 8 marks, by a single teacher.

Key Stage 4

Key Stage 4

At Ysgol Gyfun Emlyn we follow WJEC syllabuses, with a range of courses depending on the set and their ability.

Sets 1 & 2

Follow Separate Science GCSEs and achieve 3 GCSEs, one each in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

Each subject has three one hour module exams, the first in January of Year 10, the next January of Year 11 and finally a paper in the May / June of their Year 11.

Each subject has one piece of coursework, carried out individually in science lessons of Year 11.

Sets 3 & 4

Follow Science GCSE in Year 10 and then Additional Science in Year 11, achieving two GCSEs over the two years.

Each course has aspects of Biology, Chemistry and Physics, with one hour external exams in each in the May / June of that year. There is one piece of coursework, carried out in lesson times, in each year.

As of September 2016 sets 3 & 4 will embark on the New WJEC Double Award Syllabus and achieve two GCSEs at the end of their year 11. Syllabuses & assessment arrangements have not been finalised yet but it is envisaged that there will be module exams at the end of Year 10 & 11 in each subject area and coursework ONLY in Year 11.

There are only two WJEC specific revision books on the market and we advise the purchase of any one of them (please note that there is only Bangor University produces guides for the 3rd unit in year 11).

Hodder Education produces the two books below, one for year 10 (up to January 2016) and one for half of year 11 (up to January 2017), both are available on Amazon for less than £10 each.

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Bangor University also produce a set of excellent guides, (3 each for each subject) which are available as a free download from their web site. Alternatively a photocopy can be purchased for 50p a guide from the school photocopy room.

The Science department also produces a host of revision material, past papers & answers – these are freely available on the “SHARED DOCUMENTS” on any school computer, in the folder “Science GCSE”. Pupils are urged to bring in a USB drive and download all of these (and the Bangor Guides) onto their pen.

Pupils will also be given a list of suitable podcasts that they could watch on the website GCSEpod.
Classes are set by ability, on KS3 & 4 marks. There are two tiers of exam entry for each paper, and students can mix & match depending on their strengths:

Higher            A* – C
Foundation    C – G
Generally, the top set sits the Higher tier while other classes sit Foundation tier papers.

Each class has a separate Biology, Chemistry and Physics Teacher.