Our aim is to help all learners develop a positive attitude to, and enjoyment of mathematics whilst maintaining progress, celebrating their achievements, building confidence and raising standards. We hope to achieve this by:

  • Delivering the Science Programmes of Study of the National Curriculum
  • Promoting learning through differentiated work and using a variety of teaching and learning styles
  • Developing investigational skills through practical tasks
  • Promoting positive attitudes to the learning of science
  • Equipping learners’ with the knowledge, skills and understanding, promoting positive attitudes to learning
  • Helping learners understand that a knowledge of science is essential in making informed choices in later life
  • Providing a supportive and motivating learning environment
  • Encouraging logical thinking
  • Recording and displaying work
  • Promote independent learning
  • Encourage learners to become reflective in their work
  • Inspire positive thinkers through growth mind set
  • Promote SMSC through delivery of Science
  • Ensure all learners have the opportunities to gain recognised science qualifications from Year 9 onwards

Courses currently offered:

When students arrive at Mary Astell Academy their academic ability in Science is assessed. The data collected from this assessment, combined with information received from previous schools, helps identify the suitable qualification pathway for each individual student.

GCSE Science

In Years 9, 10 and 11 all students will initially follow the AQA Entry Level Science (5960) “Co-teaching Entry Level Certificate (ELC) and Combined Science: Trilogy” scheme of work. This is to ensure that all students (where applicable) receive an accredited science qualification as soon as possible and that all students receive a broad science education, covering Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

Students can achieve a single award by completing an Externally Set Assessment (ESA) and a Teacher Designed Assessment (TDA) in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

Students can achieve a double award by completing an additional Externally Set Assessment (ESA) and a Teacher Designed Assessment (TDA) in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

Entry Level Certificate: Science

Entry Level Certificate: Science aims to provide students with the skills they need to operate confidently, effectively and independently in learning, life and the world of work. Students that are able to apply their skills functionally will improve their employment prospects, and support their progression to further study.  

Upon completion of the Entry Level Certificate Science students in Years 10 & 11 will go on to study AQA (8461) Biology 9-1 GCSE. To achieve this qualification students will sit two 1 hour and 45 minute exams.

Years 7 and 8 

In Years 7 and 8 students will follow the national curriculum and the Exploring Science scheme of work.

Year 7 key concepts: 

  • Tissues and transplants
  • Sex and science
  • Ecology maters
  • Classification
  • Acids and alkalis
  • Materials from the Earth
  • Energy
  • Electrical Circuits
  • Forces and their effects
  • The Solar System and beyond

Year 8 key concepts: 

  • Food and diets
  • Circulation and respiration
  • Diseases
  • Extinction
  • The water cycle
  • Materials
  • Elements
  • The rock cycle
  • Heat transfers
  • Light and Sound
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