Year 8 to 10 at Key Stage 3 (KS3) follow the new Northern Ireland Curriculum. Schemes of work are thematic with links to everyday life, careers in Science and other subjects across the curriculum.
The Key Elements are addressed throughout the schemes and there is a strong emphasis on Thinking Skills and Personal Capabilities in lessons and assessments.
Opportunities in Communication, Using Maths and ICT are also addressed in lessons and assessed through challenge tasks.
The scheme is made up of 3 thematic units
1) Becoming a Scientist
Skills and Safety
2) Salt of the Earth
Investigating Road Grit
Linked with Technology Department, pupils make cars and test on different surfaces to investigate friction.
3) Your Body Matters
Investigates Body Systems
Includes an ICT task
3 modules of work:
– In the Garden
- Study plants
- Endangered Species Project
- Electricity in the home – Renewable Energy
- Link to Geography and Technology
- Using Maths – Paying for Electricity
Chemistry - Science in the Kitchen – from freezer to the table
Biology – Water Pollution Project including podcasting and using Audacity software to record a radio broadcast.
Chemistry – CSI Module
Physics – Practical Assessment
All pupils study GCSE Science at Key Stage 4 (KS4)
80% of pupils study
GCSE Double Award Science (Modular) – CEA
6 units, 2 Chemistry
2 Biology 75%
Controlled assessment 25%
(Link to spec page)
GCSE Single Award Science – CEA
3 units – 1 Chemistry
1 Biology 75%
Practical Controlled Assessment 25%
CCEA GCSE Agriculture and Land Use
This course is aimed at pupils interested in the farming industry. Progression from this course would be our new OCR BTEC Agriculture, further progression to places such as Greenmont or Harper Adams.
We have an Occupational Studies Course available:
Horticulture – This specification is designed to develop practical skills. It is particularly suitable for those considering careers in horticultural industries eg floristry, organic/market gardening etc.
Key Stage 5 (KS5)
CCEA AS and A2 Biology
CCEA AS and A2 Chemistry
CCEA AS and A2 Physics
OCR BTEC Agriculture
New for 2017
CCEA Life and Health Science