Homework is provided through Educake online software in order to continue to develop recall and skills that follow up learning in class.
There are also termly independent research projects to complete in Years 7 and 8.
Science at KS3
Key Stage 3 Science at Turves Green Girls' School follows the AQA examination board syllabus and covers the National Curriculum.
The AQA course enables us to provide our pupils with a course which promotes teaching for understanding across ten "big ideas" with mastery goals that are shared with students as they study each of the four building block topics that provide the building blocks for the "big ideas". This allows teaching to develop the links between ideas rather than teaching fragmented ideas. The mastery goals allow pupils to know, apply and extend across topics and investigative skills.
Our lessons are planned to stimulate pupils using exciting contexts, resources and investigations. Pupils are challenged to develop the wide range of skills and knowledge that Science demands, preparing them fully for GCSE study at Key Stage 4.
In addition an independent learning project on health issues is carried out at the end of Year 7 and Science Fair allows pupils to develop an investigation into a question of their choice at the end of Year 8. The Science Fair has developed from our links with schools in Chicago, Illinois and has been a big success in allowing pupils to learn to use investigative skills independently and with passion.
In Year 9 pupils study a transition course in the Autumn term in order to identify skills for development and to refine them ready to begin GCSE studies in the Spring term.