Curriculum - Science

We have a very successful science department comprising of a dedicated team of teachers. The names of staff and the subject they teach can be found on the Science department section below.

 

The Department

Miss Messom

Acting Subject Leader for

Science

Mrs Jepson

Subject Leader for Physics

Mrs Haywood Acting Subject Leader for Biology

Mrs Lomax

Mr Warren

Dr Benn

Ms Miller

Mr Jones

Mrs Storer

Mrs Fox

Ms Akbar

Ms Weir

Mrs Howitt

Mrs Alberts

Mr Shepstone

Miss Petrie

Subject Leader for Chemistry

Miss Winter

Ms Caulton

Mr Clarke

Dr Parker

Mrs Allen

KS3 Science

In Science, we follow the National Curriculum programme of study which involves teaching the following key areas of Science.

 

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Working Scientifically

 

These areas are taught through a collection of topics which have context relevant to applications of science in everyday life. Wherever possible, practical and experimental skills are incorporated into the lessons to stretch and challenge all students.

 

In Year 7, pupils will study the following topics:

 

* Solids, liquids and gases

* Cells

* Energy

* Space

* Acids and alkalis

* Reproduction

* Inheritance

* Heating and cooling

* Nutrition and digestion

* Simple reactions

* Magnets

 

 

In Year 8, pupils will study the following topics:

 

* Forces and motion

* Atoms, elements and compounds

* Electricity

* Sound and light

* Ecology

* Fit and healthy

* Rocks

* Chemical reactions

 

 

In Year 9, pupils will study the following topics:

 

* Inheritance

* Reactions of metals

* Chemistry today

* Magnets and electromagnets

 

 

 

Year 7 setting and baseline tests

 

Students are set based on their KS2 Maths and English results, there is no movement between sets in Year 7.

 

Due to the removal of the Science Key Stage 2 SATs, pupils will sit a Science Key Stage 2 assessment within the first 2 weeks of Year 7 to provide us with a working level.  This will allow us to track and monitor the pupils so that expected progress can be made.

 

Year 7 and Year 8 course and assessments

 

Students in Year 7 and Year 8 are studying a 2 year KS3 course, to allow the to start their GCSE work in Year 9.

 

Students study a number of Biology, Chemistry and Physics topics and at the end of each topic pupils will sit a 40 minute topic test. This test will allow teaching staff to RAG (red, amber, green) rate specific knowledge based skills, so students are aware of their strengths and areas for development. Results from these tests will be used to inform Year 8 and Year 9 settings.

 

 

Year 9 course and assessment

 

Students are finishing their KS3 course in the Autumn term.

 

At the end of each topic they study in the Autumn term, a mini assessment will be sat.

 

At the end of the Autumn term of Year 9, pupils will sit their 'end of KS3 assessments'. These 2 x 1 hour paper will be used to inform pupils' KS3 grade along with Y10 sets. Following these assessments, pupils will embark upon their GCSE course.

GCSE Science

Students in Year 10 have the option of following one of the following GCSE courses:

 

1) Combined Science

 

The majority of students will complete the AQA Combined Science Trilogy course. This is a double award GCSE course and students will gain 2 GCSEs in Combined Science. The grades will be awarded using the 1-9 grading system. Students have 9 lessons per fortnight.

 

6 exam papers are completed: 2 x Biology, 2x Chemistry & 2 x Physics, at the end of Year 11. Each exam paper is 1 hour and 15 minutes.

 

There are no practical coursework units in the Combined Science GCSEs, instead there are 21 ‘required practicals’ that will be completed in lessons. Practical work completed in lessons is then assessed in the final written external examinations.

 

Due to the linear nature of the GCSE Science courses, all examined units are taken at the end of Year 11 in the summer term.

 

 

2) Separate Sciences

 

Some pupils have opted to take the AQA Separate Sciences course. This is a triple award GCSE course and students will gain 3 separate GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. The grades will be awarded using the 1-9 grading system. Students have 14 lessons per fortnight.

 

6 exam papers are completed: 2 x Biology, 2 x Chemistry & 2 x Physics, at the end of Year 11. Each exam paper is 1 hour and 45 minutes.

 

There are no practical coursework units in the Separate Science GCSEs, instead there are 28 ‘required practicals’ that will be completed in lessons. Practical work completed in lessons is then assessed in the final written examinations.

 

Due to the linear nature of the GCSE Science courses, all examined units are taken at the end of Year 11 in the summer term.

 

 

Subject content (Combined Science and Separate Science)

 

Biology:

 

• Cell biology

• Organisation

• Infection and response

• Bioenergetics

• Homeostasis and response

• Inheritance, variation and evolution

• Ecology

 

Chemistry:

 

• Atomic structure and the periodic table

• Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter

• Quantitative chemistry

• Chemical changes

• Energy changes

• The rate and extent of chemical change

• Organic chemistry

• Chemical analysis

• Chemistry of the atmosphere

• Using resources

 

Physics:

 

• Energy

• Electricity

• Particle model of matter

• Atomic structure

• Forces

• Waves

• Magnetism and electromagnetism

 

 

All students will be taught by 3 specialist teachers in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. In order for progress to be tracked and enable targets to be made, students will complete end of topic tests at the end of each topic.

 

Y10 students will sit PPEs in the Summer term. Y11 students will sit PPEs in the Autumn term.

A-Level Science

Science A-Levels are offered in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. All courses are examined by OCR (www.ocr.co.uk) and are assessed using the same combination of external examinations and school-moderated practical tasks:

 

CHEMISTRY

 

Year 12

Module 1 Development of practical skills in Chemistry

Module 2 Foundations of Chemistry

Module 3 Periodic table and energy

Module 4 Core organic chemistry

 

Year 13

Module 5 Physical chemistry and transition elements

Module 6 Organic chemistry and analysis

 

Students are assessed on Practical skills via 12 PAG activities within lessons over the course of the 2 years of study.  They are externally assessed on the 2 year content via exams in the Summer at the end of Year 13.

 

A grid showing further information about Chemistry papers is available here.

 

 

BIOLOGY

 

Year 12

Module 1 – Development of practical skills in Biology

Module 2 – Foundations in Biology

Module 3 – Exchange and Transport

Module 4 – Biodiversity, evolution and disease

 

Year 13

Module 5 – Communication, homeostasis and energy

Module 6 – Genetics, evolution and ecosystems

 

Students are assessed on practical skills via 12 PAG activities within lessons over the course of the two years of study.  They are externally assessed on the two year content via exams at the end of Year 13.

 

A grid showing further information about Biology papers is available here.

 

 

PHYSICS

 

Year 12

Module 1 Development of practical skills in Physics

Module 2 Foundations of Physics

Module 3 Forces and Motion

Module 4 Electrons, Waves and Photons

 

Year 13

Module 5 Newtonian world and astrophysics

Module 6 Particles and medical physics

 

Students are assessed on Practical skills via 12 PAG activities within lessons over the course of the 2 years of study.  They are externally assessed on the 2 year content via exams in the Summer at the end of Year 13.

 

A grid showing further information about Physics papers is available here.

 

Long Term Plan

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Long Term Plans for Science can be downloaded here