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

Mrs Dunn

Subject Leader for Science

Mrs Jepson

Subject Leader for Physics

Miss Messom

Subject Leader for Biology

Mrs Lomax

Mr Warren

Mrs Haywood

Ms Miller

Mrs Mulvey

Mrs Storer

Mrs Fox

Miss Bevan

Ms Weir

Mrs Howitt

Mrs Alberts

Ms Phillips

Miss Petrie

Subject Leader for Chemistry

Mrs Merlin

Mr Wheat

Dr Benn

Mr Clarke

Dr Parker

KS3 Science

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

 

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • How Science works

 

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:

 

• Cells

• Reproduction

• Nutrition and Digestion

• Solids, liquids and gases

• Acids and alkalis

• Simple reactions

• Energy and energy resources

• Space

• Heating and Cooling

 

In Year 8, pupils will study the following topics:

 

• Fit and healthy

• Microbes

• Atoms, elements and compounds

• Rocks and weathering

• Electricity

• Forces and motion

• Waves

 

In Year 9, pupils will study the following topics:

 

• Classification and ecology

• Inheritance and variation

• Reactions of metals

• Chemistry today

• Magnets and electromagnets

 

Year 7 setting and assessment

 

Students are set based on their KS2 Maths and English results, there is no movement between sets in Y7.

 

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.

 

At the end of each topic pupils will sit a 40 minute topic test, this test will allow teaching staff to RAG rate specific knowledge based skills. The RAG rated skills will be reported to parents. All pupils will sit an 'End of Y7' test in the summer term. Results from this test will be used to inform Y8 setting.

 

 

Year 8 and Year 9 assessment

 

At the end of each topic, a mini assessment will be carried out, and at the end of each term, pupils will sit a block test assessing them on the topics that they have just studied.  The results from the block tests will be used to create the set that the pupil will be in for the following academic year.  We also do termly reviews of all sets and teaching staff identify students who should move up or down based on their assessment data.

 

In the Spring term of Y9, 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 on 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 Y11. 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 Y11. 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, Human 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