St. Anselm's Catholic School

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St Anselm’s Catholic School

YearS 9, 10 & 11

Year 9, 10 and 11 students are studying courses from the AQA GCSE Science For All Suite, including Combined Science: Trilogy (equivalent to two GCSEs), Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

Year 9 and 10 students will be studying this course over three years. Year 11 students are currently doing this over two years, having followed a GCSE Foundation scheme of work whilst the department waited for the new GCSE specifications to be accredited. There is a great deal of overlap between our Foundation Year scheme of work and the courses they are now studying.

These new GCSE courses involve no controlled assessment component. In its place, these courses now highlight a list of Working Scientifically skills which students will be assessed on during their public examinations. This list can be found in any of the specifications below, along with a list of the Required Practicals which form part of the course. AQA's document outlining how their will examine practical skills in the new GCSE exams can be found here.

Students should familiarise themselves with key scientific terminology in preparation for their public examinations in science. Please find two documents which aim to support students in this regard below.

Subject Specific Vocabulary
Command Words

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Specifications
Every GCSE (and A-Level or BTEC) course has a specification which is a document containing all the information about the course. This document can be very useful for revision as it contains a list of statements for each topic that students should know.

Combined Science: Trilogy
Biology
Chemistry
Physics


Revision
Revision guides are available via ParentPay and from the Science Office in B Block.

You can also access an online revision/homework site (called Kerboodle) by clicking here. Once there you will be prompted for a username, password and institution code. Your username and password are the same as the those that you would use to login to a school PC. Our institution code is "se1". This Kerboodle site also offers students the opportunity to access a digital copy of the GCSE textbooks that they use in their science lessons.

Every student in Years 7 through to 11 has also been added to at least one of our online groups. These groups operate through the SharePoint site via Office365 and contain a wide range of resources that our science teachers have collated together to support students with their revision. Instructions for accessing our groups can be found here. These groups also incorporate a conversation feature which students are reminded to use responsibly. Any posts result in every member of the group receiving an email (in some cases up to approximately 300 students and teachers). If this feature is used responsibly, this allows for students to obtain support from every student who studies the course, and also every member of staff who teaches the course.


Go Green
Students are formally assessed during Week 6 of each cycle, with more frequent assessment taking place in class and during teachers' assessment of written work. The Science Department have introduced a 'Go Green' initiative which aims to maximise progress after each cycle assessment. After teachers have marked a classes' cycle assessments, a series of Go Green lessons will allow students the opportunity to re-cover their areas for development from the assessment. Students will then re-attempt the questions from the assessment which related to these areas in order to measure their own progress.


Past Papers
AQA has publish a wide range of resources to support their new GCSE qualifications, including specimen papers. Unfortunately, there are no past paper questions at this moment in time as the first assessment for these courses will be in June 2018.

Combined Science: Trilogy
Biology
Chemistry
Physics

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