"Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world's future prosperity and all pupils should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of Science." (National Curriculum, 2013)
Key Stage 3 Science at Kesteven and Grantham Girls' School is taught throughout Years 7 and 8, using a wide range of teaching and learning techniques by our team of fully qualified and experienced specialists, in well equipped laboratories.
The curriculum aims to encourage pupils to link direct practical experience with scientific ideas. Pupils are introduced to practical skills to allow them to investigate safely and effectively. Their ability to communicate their findings clearly and draw conclusions is developed and they learn to question and discuss scientific issues that may effect their own lives, other societies and the future of the world.
Pupils are assessed using end of topic test and assessing pupil progress (APP) activities, which encourages them to develop thinking and investigative skills, providing a foundation for further study.
The Science GCSEs offered at KGGS are part of the OCR Gateway Science suite of qualifications. The specification aims to give candidates opportunities to:
- Develop their interest in, and enthusiasm for, science;
- Develop a critical approach to scientific evidence and methods;
- Acquire and apply skills, knowledge and understanding of how science works and its essential role society;
- Acquire scientific skills, knowledge and understanding necessary for progression to further learning.
Biology is the study of life. It lies at the heart of our everyday existence. It helps to explain how we work and how we fit in with the world around us. It looks at how we began and what our future may hold. Advances in new technologies, such as recombinant DNA and genomics, have made this varied discipline more exciting than ever.
Whether you are interested in saving threatened species, studying microbes, growing organic plants for food or curing diseases, studying Biology gives you the skills and opportunities to advance human knowledge and understanding in today's world, and make a true difference to the world of tomorrow.
Chemistry is a fundamental science and impacts on all facets of our lives. An understanding of Chemistry is necessary to all other sciences from astronomy to zoology. All of the materials used by engineers and technologists are made by chemical reactions and we all experience chemical reactions continuously, whether it be baking a cake, driving a car or listening to an MP3 player. Chemistry is concerned with all aspects of molecules, their physical and chemical properties, their composition and structure, their synthesis and use in the 21st century.
Full details of the KS5 Chemistry Curriculum (PDF) - Information for 2017
For information on A level courses beginning September 2020 – please see the Sixth Form Admissions page.
Physics is crucial to understanding the world around us, the world inside us and the world beyond us. It is the most basic and fundamental science, underpinning all things.
Physics encompasses the study of the universe from the largest galaxies to the smallest sub-atomic particles. It challenges our imaginations and leads to great discoveries and technologies that change our lives: from healing joints and curing cancer, to developing sustainable energy solutions. Physics forms the basis of most modern technologies and holds the future to our global well-being.