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Science

Science gives students the knowledge to explore and appreciate the world around us. We encourage students to have the understanding and confidence to pose and answer questions about the workings of the physical, biological, chemical and technological world in which we live.

Key Stage 3

KS3 Science is delivered across Years 7, 8 and 9 where students extend and consolidate their knowledge. Students are monitored and tracked to ensure progression and preparation to embark upon GCSE courses. The range and content of the course is delivered as units with timings of topics varying between groups. There is a good balance of both practical and theory lesson taught in our dedicated laboratories.

Year 7 Science Topics

Autumn
Volcanology
Cells
Kinetics

Spring
Reproduction
Elements, mixtures, compounds and metals
Forces
Magnets

Summer
Separating mixtures and acids
Habitats

Year 8 Science Topics

Autumn
Photosynthesis
Patterns
Plant reproduction

Spring
Energy
Variation and adaptation

Summer
Electricity
Respiration
Digestion

Key Stage 4

During Year 9, the prior knowledge gained throughout Key Stage 3 is enhanced, further preparing students for the KS4 courses via deeper levels of skills and knowledge. In Year 9 students begin their GCSE studies as part of specific topics during the year. Students are assessed throughout the year and sit an internal exam towards the end of the year. This assessment, in conjunction with continuous assessment during Year 9, will determine which students will be invited to take the Triple Science option in Year 10. All students take at least Double Science.

Year 9 Science Topics

Autumn
Waves, light and sound
Particle properties
Earth, rocks and atmosphere
Atoms and Periodic Table
Evolution

Spring
Chemical Analysis
Convection, conduction, radiation
Pressure

Summer
Cell Biology
Cell Transport
Force Interactions

Year 10 – Science Spring and Summer Term Topics

Core/Additional Science
Autumn

Energy changes
Heat transfers
Animal organisation
Transitional metals
Coronary heart disease
Bonding, structures, properties
Photosynthesis
Plant organisation
Efficiency conservation

Triple Science
Autumn

Identifying chemicals
Micro-organisms
Trophic levels
Nanoscience
Plant disease and monoclonal antibodies

Spring
Bioenergetics
Respiration
Infection response
Reaction acids
Waves
Electro-magnetic spectrum
Drug discovery

Spring
Using materials
Plant disease
Neutralisation
Waves in air, fluids, solids
Chemical and fuel cells

Summer
Quantitative Chemistry
Electrolysis
National Grid
Metal reactivity
Magnetism

Summer
Space

Year 11 Science Spring and Summer Term Topics

Core/Additional Science
Energy
Forces
AC/DC Mains Power
Masses, molecules, calculations
Electrolysis
Radioactivity
Rates of reaction
Bonds/structures
Acids
Sales

Triple Science
Ammonia
Identifying chemicals and titration
Homeostasis

Year 11 only

GCSE Science Specification: AQA

Double Science – students study all three disciplines and gain two GCSEs (Science A and Additional Science)

Triple Science – students study each discipline to a higher level than in the Double Science programme. They will gain a GCSE in each subject ie three GCSEs-Science A, Additional Science and Further Additional Science

Controlled Assessment
(Investigative Skills Assignments: ISAs)

The majority of the assessed coursework in Science is practically based and carried out under controlled conditions in the classroom. One part of the coursework involves researching experimental methods outside of the classroom. Students will complete a number of ISAs and their best marks will be put forward. Each ISA contributes 25% of one GCSE.

Year 10 and below

GCSE Science Specification: AQA

GCSE Combined Science Trilogy – students study all three disciplines and gain a double award GCSE

Triple Science – students study each discipline to a higher level than in the Double Science programme. They will gain a GCSE in each subject ie three GCSEs: Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

There is no controlled assessment or coursework for these GCSEs.

Literacy

AQA has introduced a stronger emphasis on literacy in Science and marks will be deducted in exams for spelling and grammar mistakes. Students will therefore be working on extended writing tasks during their Science lessons.

For Subject Content and Assessment for each GCSE Science Specification (see codes below),  click on the link:

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science

Year 11

Science A (4405) represents Core Science (Double Science)
Additional Science (4408)
Further Additional Science (4410)

Triple Science encompasses each of the above specifications

Year 10

Triple
Biology (8461)
Chemistry (8462)
Physics (8463)

Double
Combined Science Trilogy (8464)

Extra Curricular

A wide variety of trips, visits, presentations by external speakers and competitions related to science are arranged and offered to different groups of pupils at all key stages. The aim of this is to provide science enrichment opportunities in a number of different contexts.

More detailed course information is on the Portal.