Science

We teach Science with an integrated approach in Years 7 to 9.   At the same time, we ensure that all students gain an understanding of the meaning of Biology, Chemistry and Physics and the Earth and Environmental Sciences.

Our science teachers’ specialist backgrounds cover all of the areas within science and we work closely as a team to share our strengths.  We make wide use of ICT to help develop students’ understanding of scientific ideas and to illustrate how Science is used in real life.

At Key Stage 3, students follow Schemes of Work developed nationally.  Emphasis is placed on practical work, research work and problem-solving.  Students are set by ability in Years 8 and 9.    

At Key Stage 4, most students will take a double award GCSE in Combined Science, whilst more able students may opt for separate GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. From 2016, (first exams 2018), all GCSEs are assessed solely by terminal examinations, (six for Combined Science and six longer papers for Separate Sciences).

SCIENCE CURRICULUM

KS3

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

12 modules through which classes rotate: 4 each Biology, Chemistry, Physics

12 modules through which classes rotate: 4 each Biology, Chemistry, Physics

6 modules until final exam and practical assessments at Spring half term: 2 x biology, 2 x chemistry, 2 x physics. GCSE work begins after Christmas

Topics covered include Cells, Reproduction, Ecology, Chemical reactions, Particle models, Acids and Alkalis, Energy, Electricity, Solar System, Forces

Topics covered include Microbes, Digestion, Respiration, Elements and Compounds, Geology, Heat, Magnetism, Light and Sound

KS3 topics include Fitness and Health, Plant Biology, Metals, Reactivity, Gravity and Space, Pressure and Moments

KS4 topics include Inheritance and Genetics, Atomic Structure and Metal Extraction, Forces and Motion

 

KS4

Year 10 and 11

Year 10 and 11

AQA GCSE COMBINED SCIENCE (Double Award = 2 GCSEs)

Biology

1. Cell biology

2. Organisation

3. Infection and response

4. Bioenergetics

5. Homeostasis and response

6. Inheritance, variation and evolution

7. Ecology

Chemistry

8. Atomic structure and the periodic table

9. Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter

10. Quantitative chemistry

11. Chemical changes

12. Energy changes

13. The rate and extent of chemical change

14. Organic chemistry

15. Chemical analysis

16. Chemistry of the atmosphere

17. Using resources

Physics

18. Forces

19. Energy

20. Waves

21. Electricity

22. Magnetism and electromagnetism

23. Particle model of matter

24. Atomic structure

 

Assessments

There are six 1 hr 15 min papers: two biology, two chemistry and two physics. Each of the papers will assess knowledge and understanding from distinct topic areas. Students must take all papers at either Foundation (Grades 1-5) or Higher (Grades 5-9)

Paper B1: Topics 1-4            Paper B2: Topics 5-7

Paper C1: Topics 8-13           Paper C2: Topics 13-17

Paper P1: Topics 18,20,22    Paper P2: Topics 19, 21, 23, 24

 

AQA GCSE SEPARATE SCIENCES (3 GCSEs)

Biology

1. Cell biology

2. Organisation

3. Infection and response

4. Bioenergetics

5. Homeostasis and response

6. Inheritance, variation and evolution

7. Ecology

NB Each of the above topics contains extra content compared with the Combined Science versions.

Assessment:  There are two 1hr 45 min exam papers assessing Topics 1-4 and 5-7

Chemistry

1. Atomic structure and the periodic table

2. Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter

3. Quantitative chemistry

4. Chemical changes

5. Energy changes

6. The rate and extent of chemical change

7. Organic chemistry

8. Chemical analysis

9. Chemistry of the atmosphere

10. Using resources

NB Each of the above topics contains extra content compared with the Combined Science versions.

Assessment:  There are two 1hr 45 min exam papers assessing Topics 1-5 and 6-10

Physics

1. Forces

2. Energy

3. Waves

4. Electricity

5. Magnetism and electromagnetism

6. Particle model of matter

7. Atomic structure

8. Space physics

NB Each of the above topics contains extra content compared with the Combined Science versions.

:  There are two 1hr 45 min exam papers assessing Topics 1,4,6 and 7 and Topics 2,3,5 and 8

 

 

Year 7 students attended a fabulous day out at the National Marine Aquarium on 26th February. Once again with their knowledge and skill our students impressed the scientists and illustrators who work at the aquarium.

All students took part in both a science based tour, an art related tour and a practical workshop in the afternoon. The 4D cinema experience was also a big hit!

Well done to all students who took part.