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Science

Head of Department: Mr R Beaumont

At KS3, pupils follow an in-house modular course, aligned to the national curriculum. Pupils develop their knowledge and understanding of range of science topics over the course of the three years. We to foster enjoyment science, and develop a range of skills through engaging practical work. Assessment is via formative end of unit assessments and end of term tests. At the end of year 9, students take an end of KS3 test which covers material from all three years. Pupils in year 7 are taught in mixed ability groups, while in year 8 and 9 they are taught in broad ability bands. At KS4, pupils either complete ‘Double Award’ science, for which they receive two GSCEs, or opt to take triple science, for which they receive a separate GCSE in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

Core Equipment - All Years

Pens, pencils, calculator and ruler.

Year 7

 Term

Course Content: Knowledge and Skills

Assessment :

1st half term

Being a Scientist – pupils become accustomed to using scientific apparatus safely and practise the skills a scientist needs in carrying out an investigation from the planning stage to the evaluation.

This unit is not assessed.

 

2nd half term

Core Science – Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Pupils cover the key ideas and vocabulary needed for KS3 Science.

Tests for Core Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Revision will be completed in lessons.

Rotation 1

Reproduction – plant reproduction, fertilisation, puberty, human reproduction, pregnancy and birth.

End of term test

Keystone assessment

Atom and its History – structure of atom, history of the atom, electronic structure and reactivity, chemical formulae

End of term test

Keystone assessment

Space – Planets in our solar system and their motions, day and night, seasons, moon and its phases, mass and weight

End of term test

Keystone assessment

Rotation 2

Light – seeing things, reflection, refraction, colour, lenses, cameras and eyes

End of term test

Keystone assessment

Simple Chemical Reactions – atoms, molecules and compounds. Signs of chemical reactions, oxidation and combustion, gas tests and decomposition reactions

End of term test

Keystone assessment

Living World – habitats, ecosystems, adaptations, variations and feeding relationships, the water cycle

End of term test

Keystone assessment

Groupings

Pupils are taught in X and Y half-year groups

SEN support is provided for pupils as appropriate.

Homework Information

Homework will be set by teachers for pupils as appropriate and should take approximately 30 minutes to complete. Extension homework may also be set as appropriate.

Extended Study Information

The Library has a range of texts and study guides to support pupils’ learning, and if pupils are interested in a specific topic they can ask for recommendations. The BBC Bitesize for KS3 Science website contains up-to-date subject content that can be used for revision.

Visits / Extra-Curricular opportunities

STEM club will run once a week 3-4pm on a day confirmed at the start of the year. Various trips take place throughout the year and pupils are informed of these.

Year 8

 

Half -Term

Course Content:  Knowledge and Skills

Assessment

Rotation 1 (1.5 terms)

Cell Biology: cell structure, unicellular organisms, microscopy, diffusion, osmosis, anaerobic respiration and fermentation

End of rotation test

Keystone assessment

Breathing and respiration - human respiratory system, aerobic and anaerobic respiration, circulatory system, smoking and asthma, non-communicable diseases

End of rotation test

Keystone assessment

Periodic Table - understanding patterns in the periodic table, metals and non-metals, chemical symbols and balancing equations,

End of rotation test

Keystone assessment

Reactions of acids - Word equations, acids and alkalis, reactions of acids and rates of reactions, gas tests

End of rotation test

Keystone assessment

Forces and motion – forces, friction, Hooke’s law, speed, distance time graphs, velocity- time graphs,

End of rotation test

Keystone assessment

Rotation 2 (1.5 terms)

Separating mixtures – solutions and solubility, filtration, evaporation, simple and fractional distillation, chromatography, formulations.

End of rotation test

Keystone assessment

Understanding Health - What is fitness? What is fitness? Skeletal and muscular systems, circulatory system, non-communicable disease, microbes and pathogens, immune system, impact of smoking and alcohol on the body.

End of rotation test

Keystone assessment

Waves – longitudinal and transverse waves, wave terminology, sound in solids liquids and gases, the human ear, music, ultrasound

End of rotation test

Keystone assessment

Matter – heat transfer, conduction, radiation, convection, evaporation, heating and cooling curves, radioactivity,

End of rotation test

Keystone assessment

Groupings    

Pupils are taught in X and Y half-year groups. Pupils are taught in broad ability bands. Grouping is regularly reviewed.

SEN support is provided for pupils as appropriate.

Homework Information

Homework will be set by teachers for pupils as appropriate and should take approximately 30 minutes to complete. Extension homework may also be set as appropriate.

Extended Study Information    

The Library has a range of texts and study guides to support learning. The BBC Bitesize for KS3 Science website contains up-to-date subject content that can be used for revision.

Visits / Extra-Curricular opportunities 

STEM club will run once a week 3-4pm on a day to be confirmed. Various trips take place throughout the year and pupils are informed of these.

Year 9

 

Term

Course Content: Knowledge and Skills

 

Assessment 

Rotation 1 (approx. 1 term)

Environmental Chemistry – evolution of atmosphere, carbon cycle, greenhouse effect and climate change, acid rain, human impacts on the planet

End of rotation test

Keystone assessment

Energy Changes in Chemical Reactions – word and symbol equations, thermal decomposition, catalysts, exothermic and endothermic reactions, changes of state

End of rotation test

Keystone assessment

Electricity and Magnetism – static electricity, series and parallel circuits, potential difference, current, resistance, Ohm’s law, plugs and electrical safety, magnets, electromagnets

End of rotation test

Keystone assessment

Food and digestion – food groups, deficiency diseases, energy in food, digestions and digestive system, enzymes

End of rotation test

Keystone assessment

Rotation 2 (approx. 1.5 terms)

Pressure and moments – pressure in solids, liquids and gases, Hooke’s Law, Machines and moments

End of rotation test

Keystone assessment

DNA – structure of DNA, inheritance, variation, evolution, natural selection, selective breeding

End of rotation test

Keystone assessment

Materials – word and symbol equations, displacement reactions, reactivity series, polymers, composite materials

End of rotation test

Keystone assessment

Energy – types of energy, energy conversions, efficiency, fossil fuels, renewable energy, power

End of rotation test

Keystone assessment

Photosynthesis – parts of a flower, photosynthesis reaction, rate of photosynthesis, limiting factors, transport in plants, respiration in plants

End of rotation test

Keystone assessment

Final half term

Introduction to GCSE

Students study short units as an introduction to GCSE. In Biology they focus on cells, in Chemistry students focus on deepening their understanding of the atom and in Physics students study waves

End of topic test

Groupings    

Pupils are taught in X and Y half-year groups. The groups are taught in broad ability bands.

SEND support is provided for pupils as appropriate.

Homework Information

Homework will be set by teachers for pupils as appropriate and should take 30 minutes to complete. Extension homework may also be set as appropriate.

Extended Study Information    

The Library has a range of texts and study guides to support pupils’ learning. The BBC Bitesize website is a useful revision resource.

Visits / Extra-Curricular opportunities 

Science club will run once a week 3-4pm on a day to be confirmed. Various trips take place throughout the year and pupils are informed of these.

Years 10 & 11

CORE: COMBINED SCIENCE

Course Content 

Combined Science is the compulsory Science GCSE. The course combines Biology, Chemistry and Physics and is equivalent to two GCSEs—a ‘Double Award’.  

The Combined Science course is assessed through six, 70 mark exam papers each worth 16.7% (2 per science subject). The examinations can be taken at one of two tiers of entry: Foundation and Higher. The exams are all 1hour 15 minutes in length and are taken at the end of Year 11. Assessment will be made using the 9-1 grading system, the foundation tiers will cover grades 1–5 and the higher, grades 4-9. There are no controlled assessments in the new science qualification, however the questions assessing pupils’ investigative skills will make up 15% of the examinations.  

Biology units are: 

  • Cell Biology 
  • Organisation 
  • Infection and response 
  • Bioenergetics 
  • Homeostasis and Response 
  • Inheritance, Variation and Evolution 
  • Ecology 

Chemistry units are: 

  • Atomic structure and the periodic table 
  • Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter 
  • Quantitative chemistry 
  • Chemical changes 
  • Energy changes 
  • Rate and extent of chemical change 
  • Organic chemistry 
  • Chemical analysis 
  • Chemistry of the atmosphere 
  • Using resources 

Physics units are: 

  • Energy 
  • Electricity 
  • Particle model of matter 
  • Atomic structure 
  • Forces 
  • Waves 
  • Magnetism and electromagnetism 

Homework 

Homework is meaningfully related to classwork and includes: planning and writing up experiments, reading, note-taking and answering questions to aid understanding, extending your understanding of a topic through research and revision for the end of unit tests and end of year examinations. 

Visits/Extra-curricular 

Currently there are no trips planned, though this may change over the course of the year.  

 

OPTION: TRIPLE SCIENCE

Course Content 

Pupils will follow the Biology, Chemistry and Physics separate science courses from AQA.  

The three sciences are assessed through two 100 mark exam papers each worth 50%. The examinations can be taken at one of two tiers of entry: Foundation and Higher.  The exams are all 1hour 45 minutes in length and are taken at the end of Year 11.  Assessment will be made using the new 9-1 grading system. The Foundation tiers will cover grades 1–5 and the Higher, grades 4-9. There are no controlled assessments in the new science qualification, however the questions assessing pupils’ investigative skills will make up 15% of the examinations. Units studied in triple science are the same as in combined science, but the units contain more content. The exception to this is Physics, where Space is only studied in triple science.  

Biology units are: 

  • Cell Biology 
  • Organisation 
  • Infection and response 
  • Bioenergetics 
  • Homeostasis and Response 
  • Inheritance, Variation and Evolution 
  • Ecology 

Chemistry units are: 

  • Atomic structure and the periodic table 
  • Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter 
  • Quantitative chemistry 
  • Chemical changes 
  • Energy changes 
  • Rate and extent of chemical change 
  • Organic chemistry 
  • Chemical analysis 
  • Chemistry of the atmosphere 
  • Using resources 

Physics units are: 

  • Energy 
  • Electricity 
  • Particle model of matter 
  • Atomic structure 
  • Forces 
  • Waves 
  • Magnetism and electromagnetism 
  • Space physics 

Homework 

Homework is meaningfully related to classwork and includes: planning and writing up experiments, reading, note-taking and answering questions to aid understanding, extending your understanding of a topic through research and revision for the end of unit tests and end of year examinations. 

Visits/Extra-curricular 

Currently there are no trips planned, though this may change over the course of the year.