Main School

Science

 

Staff

Mrs C Maloney - Acting Head of Department
Mrs Y Akram - Head of KS3 Progress and Achievement
Mr S Muhibul - Acting Head of Biology
Mrs H Kapil - Head of Chemistry
Mr S Adebayo - Head of Chemistry
Mr S Bailey - Head of Physics
Mrs A Baporia
Mr B Audifferen
Miss J Frempong
Mrs T Gandesha
Mr A Moloney
Mrs F Mspiha
Miss S Rahman
Miss R Raja
Ms. M Rajakumar
Mrs R Sharmeen
Mr J Soweby
Ms. P Najman
Dr. Darling-Reid

 

Department Overview

At Barking Abbey School we aim to provide a high-quality science education which will provide the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics.

Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity, and all students should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. Through building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, students should be encouraged to recognize the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena.

They should be encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyses causes.

 

Curriculum Content 

KS3

KS3 curriculum science teaching is aimed to develop a deeper understanding of a range of scientific concepts and ideas in biology, chemistry and physics.

Students should begin to see the connections between these subject areas and become aware of the scientific knowledge and understanding of living organisms, chemical reactions and mathematical calculations. Scientific knowledge can be further enhanced through experimental investigations.

 

KS4

Science at KS4 continues to work on developing scientific and investigative skills of ideas developed in earlier key stages in the subject disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics.

Science is changing our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity, and all students should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. They should be helped to appreciate the achievements of science in showing how the complex and diverse phenomena of the natural world can be described in terms of a number of key ideas relating to the sciences which are inter-linked, and which are of universal application.  

 

KS5

All 3 sciences are composed of three papers, two hours long.

Many of the contexts in the science papers come from peer-reviewed journals. So students will see real data and understand novel contexts you can use in your teaching.

The first paper is mainly content common with the AS (but at A-level standard).

The second paper is A-level only content.

Biology: The third paper includes a practical section, which focuses on practical skills. However, practical contexts could be used in any of the three papers.

The essay question is a long-running feature of AQA Biology and allows a very wide breadth of coverage.

Chemistry: The third paper includes a practical section, which focuses on practical skills. However, practical contexts could be used in any of the three papers.

Extended application style questions.

Physics: The third paper includes a practical section, which focuses on practical skills. However, practical contexts could be used in any of the three papers.

Options section questions.