Year 8 to 10 at Key Stage 3 (KS3) follow the new Northern Ireland Curriculum. Schemes of work are thematic with links to everyday life, careers in Science and other subjects across the curriculum.
The Key Elements are addressed throughout the schemes and there is a strong emphasis on Thinking Skills and Personal Capabilities in lessons and assessments.
Opportunities in Communication, Using Maths and ICT are also addressed in lessons and assessed through challenge tasks.
The scheme is made up of 3 thematic units
1) Becoming a Scientist
Skills and Safety
2) Salt of the Earth
Investigating Road Grit
Linked with Technology Department, pupils make cars and test on different surfaces to investigate friction.
Katie Walsh from Graham Highway Management Maintenance visits the school annually with her 32 tonne lorry, to allow pupils to see a Road Gritter close up and ask questions about her job.
3) Your Body Matters
Investigates Body Systems
Includes an ICT task
3 modules of work:
– In the Garden
- Study plants
- As part of entrepreneurship grow and sell spring flowers to raise money for Shine a Light Charity in Uganda
- Endangered Species Project
- Electricity in the home - Renewable Energy
- Link to Geography and Technology
- Visit Kilroot Power Station
- Receive a visit from Graham Construction
- Using Maths – Paying for Electricity
Chemistry - Science in the Kitchen – from freezer to the table
Biology – Water Pollution Project including podcasting and using Audacity software to record a radio broadcast.
Chemistry – CSI Module with accompanying STEM Truck Visit
Physics – Practical Assessment
All pupils study GCSE Science at Key Stage 4 (KS4)
80% of pupils study
GCSE Double Award Science (Modular) – CEA
6 units, 2 Chemistry
2 Biology 75%
Controlled assessment 25%
(Link to spec page)
GCSE Single Award Science – CEA
3 units – 1 Chemistry
1 Biology 75%
Practical Controlled Assessment 25%
We also offer GCSE Environmental and Land Based Science
This course is aimed at pupils interested in farming or considering progressing to Greenmount beyond GCSE.
We have two Occupational Studies Courses available:
Horticulture - This specification is designed to develop practical skills. It is particularly suitable for those considering careers in horticultural industries eg floristry, organic/market gardening etc.
Key Stage 5 (KS5)
A Levels CEA AS/A2