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Director of Faculty:

Mr Geraint Williams

gwilliams@yht.wales

Deputy Director of Faculty:

Mrs Lyned MacKeen

lmackeen@yht.wales

Key Stage 3 Science

An epic investigative journey through the themes of Destroying, Saving and Leaving the Planet. Each year there will be different AOLE days such as the Christmas market when learners will showcase their learning to the community and wider audience. There will also be specific theme lessons throughout the year. Each topic will be assessed via graphs, variables, full investigation, end of topic test or something completely new and different (we are talking videos, stop motion animation, dramatic reflections, debates or whatever learners can come up with). Homeworks will be developed throughout the course giving pupils a choice of activities and include use of booklet online as well as other more traditional means of homework. We genuinely cannot wait to see what learners come up with.

science curriculum map

Year 7

Theme - Destroying the Planet

  • Topics - Transition, Energy Transfers, Food Chains and Acids and Alkali

Theme - Saving the Planet

  • Topics - Variation, Cells, Elements, Mixtures and Compounds and Renewable Energy

Theme - Leaving the Planet

  • Topics - Forces, Space and States of Matter

Year 8

Theme - Destroying the Planet

  • Topics - Health, Respiration, Microbes, Non-renewable Energy and Pollution

Theme - Saving the Planet

  • Topics - Classification, Genetics, Properties of Materials, Reproduction, Saving Energy and Sustainability

Theme - Leaving the Planet

  • Topics - Digestion, Electric circuits, Reactivity of Metals and Space

Key Stage 4 Science

Year 9, Year 10 and Year 11

WJEC GCSE DOUBLE APPLIED SCIENCE

The majority of pupils will follow the WJEC GCSE DOUBLE APPLIED SCIENCE qualification. This comprises 5 units of mixed biology, chemistry and physics topics and 2 practical/task based assessments. Each unit is examined at either foundation or higher tier. External exams take place in June 2023 and June 2024. Unit 1 and 2 have a weighting of 22.5%, unit 3 25% unit 4 20% and unit 5 10%. The cumulative total of these assessments will gain pupils a double GCSE grade (E.G A*A or BC)

The Applied course looks at real world applications and uses of Science through specified practicals, case studies, additional practicals and theory lessons.

Unit 1 - Energy Resources and the Environment External Exam - Summer Year 10

Unit 2 - Space, Health and Life External Exam - Summer Year 10

Unit 3 - Food Materials and Processes External Exam - Summer Year 11

Unit 4 - Task Based Assessment November-December in Year 11

Unit 5 - Practical Assessment January - February in Year 11

Foundation Tier - Grades C - U

Higher Tier - Grades A* - U

WJEC GCSE TRIPLE SCIENCE

Pupils who opt for Science as an option will get the chance to gain a GCSE in BIOLOGY, CHEMISTRY and PHYSICS individually.

Each separate GCSE Science consists of 3 units – 2 externally examined units and a practical assessment. The examined units each contribute 45% of the final grade, while the practical assessment contributes 10%. Each subject examined separately at either foundation or higher tier. External exams take place in June.

This option gives pupils 3 GCSEs in Science.

Key Stage 5 Science

Year 12 and 13

An A-Level in Science puts you in an extremely good position when you are applying to universities and is highly regarded by employers.

Biology

Biology covers how everything in the natural world functions, from plant to human life, so biology has the utmost relevance to the world. A-Level Biology is an interesting and easy-to-understand subject that broadly covers a range of topics and offers you access to a huge variety of fields in both university courses and careers.

If you are considering applying to university to study biology, zoology, ecology, animal science, marine biology, life sciences, medicine, environmental science, forensic science or any other subject related to the natural world, then A-Level Biology is essential, with many other courses preferring biology at either AS or A-Level.

Possible career choices that require A-Level Biology include: biological testing, biotechnology, independent research, food industry jobs, nutrition, medicine, doctor, nurse, veterinarian, zoologist, zookeeper, animal care, veterinary nurse, scientist, amongst a huge range of others.

AS Level Biology is also a great complementary subject, going hand-in-hand with physics, chemistry, mathematics, English, psychology, sociology and many other subjects.

AS Content

  • Two units are studied as part of the AS Biology course.
  • Practical log book is completed as part of course
  • Two theory papers are sat at the end of Year 12
  • Examinations include aspects of work from log books

A2 content

  • The A2 component is based on three units of study, two theoretical and one practical.
  • Preparation for practical aspect using experimental log book
  • In addition to the content each topic develops skills in working scientifically, mathematics, statistics and how science works.

Chemistry

Students in Year 12 and 13 study WJEC AS/A2 Level in Chemistry. In Year 12, fundamental ideas from GCSE are built upon and new concepts are introduced. At the end of the year, students will sit two examinations that each contribute 20% towards the final grade. In Year 13, the content is extended further and there are three examinations sat. A practical examination contributes 10% towards the end grade, while the final two written papers are worth 25% each. Throughout the two year course a series of practical activities must be carried out and evidence of these is kept in a log book that can be requested by the examination board.

Physics

Students in Year 12 and 13 study WJEC AS/A2 Level in Physics. In Year 12, fundamentals of physics are covered including such topics as particle physics, static and dynamic physics and Astrophysics. At the end of the year, students will sit two examinations that each contribute 20% towards the final grade. In Year 13, the content is extended further to include circular motion, Nuclear decay and lasers. One paper includes an option topic.There are three examinations. A practical examination contributes 10% towards the end grade, while the final two written papers are worth 25% each. Throughout the two year course a series of practical activities must be carried out and evidence of these is kept in a log book that can be requested by the examination board.

Applied Science

Students in Year 12 and 13 can choose to study for a BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Applied Science. In Year 12, two units are studied - one that is externally assessed via a written examination taken in January or June and a unit of internally assessed assignment work on practical techniques, both contributing 25% of the end grade. The written examination comprises content from biology, chemistry and physics and is a consolidation of some GCSE content with some extended content on fundamental ideas. In Year 13, a practically assessed unit comprises the majority of the content for the year and the examination for this can take place in January or June. A final smaller unit is made up of internally assessed assignments on the physiology of the human body.

Newsdesk

A much respected and beloved colleague and member of our staff, Ms Sue Beasley, very suddenly and unexpectedly passed away on 9th November. Ms Beasley had worked at Ysgol Harri Tudur and Pembroke School for 17 years. The most heartfelt of condolences from everybody here are extended to her two daughters. Read More…

The school now has its own twitter account to promote important news and events as well as sharing celebrations of our learner's achievements. Please follow us on Twitter @YsgolHarriTudur. More detailed information can always be found on our school website www.yht.wales and also via the Ysgol Harri Tudur app. Please continue to get in touch with us in the usual ways. Read More…

The Staff Association at Ysgol Harri Tudur have recently been donating toys, books and other gifts to the PATCH (Pembrokeshire Action To Combat Hardship) Annual Christmas Gift Appeal. The charity also run an all year round food bank and provide other household items to families and individuals who are experiencing hardship. Read More…

All drivers are requested to ensure they park in the correct parking areas; please do not park in the Bus Pick Up and Drop Off Zone. Not only does this type of parking create significant difficulties for the buses to collect and pick up learners, it increases the risk of accidents occurring. Read More…

Just a quick reminder that the next Virtual Parent Network Group of the term, which is called "Positive Praise & Rewards" is coming up on Friday 2nd December 10:00-11:30. Read More…

Ysgol Harri Tudur is committed to maintaining a safe and supportive environment for all its learners and staff. We will not tolerate bullying in any form and we remind learners that help is available from Mentors, Subject Teachers and Pupil Support Staff alongside peer support from our Sixth Form Prefects. Learners will be reminded of the school's anti-bullying measures throughout the week in Mentor Time and in Assemblies, emphasising the message that bullying is never acceptable and that help is always available. Read More…

Learners from MPCT, House representatives, school Army cadets and members of staff participated in a small Remembrance Day ceremony on Friday 11th November on the school playground. This comprised of the reading of short war poems, a 2 minute silence and the laying of wreaths. Following a school House wreath design competition, the winning designs were incorporated into wreaths and laid jointly by the winning designer and a cadet from each house. The Head, MPCT staff and the 6th Form also laid wreaths. Full story and images of the ceremony here. Read More…

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