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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.

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.

   Topics covered during the year 
 

Year 7

 

 

Safety
Kinetics
Cells
Magnetism
Forces
Space
Elements, mixtures and compounds
Separation and acids
Variation and adaptation
Reproduction
Plants
Year 8 Patterns in chemistry
Photosynthesis
Earth and rocks
Digestion and respiration
Habitats
Electricity
Energy
Skeleton 
Year 9 Light, sound and waves
Particles and Properties
Earth
Conduction and Radiation
Hooke’s law
Force Interactions
Cell Biology 
Cell Transport
Chemical Analysis
Atoms and Periodic Table
Ecosystems
Distribution 

 

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.

  Year 10 Year 11
Autumn Animal organisation
Heat Transfers
Energy conservation
Metal reactivity 
Energy changes
Bioenergetics-respiration
Metals
Efficiency
Heat
Chemicals
Magnetism
Stopping distances
Reproduction and DNA
Classification
Motion forces
Atmosphere
AC motor effect
Reversible equilibrium
Classification and differentiation
Atoms and radiation
Spring Bioenergetics- photosynthesis
Infection and response
Drug group discovery
Quantitative chemistry
Bonding, Structure and properties
Using resources
Variation and evolution
Radiation
Homeostasis
Organic chemistry
Using resources
Magnetism
Electricity 
Summer Electricity
National Grid resources
Reactions of acids
Electrolysis
Atoms and radiation
Revision Programme and Exams
Additional topics for Triple students: Transition metals
Microbiology
Chemical fuel cells
Neutralisation
Nanoscience
Static electricity
Yield economy
Monoclonal
Antibodies and plant diseases
Fission, fusion and Radiation
Pressure 
Speciation
Trophic levels
Space
Identifying chemicals
Moments, levers and pressure
Organisation of ecosystems
Using materials
Advanced regulation
Carbon chemistry
Motors and generators
Protein synthesis
Using transformers
Waves in fluids and solids

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

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

Double
Combined Science Trilogy (8464)

A summary of the exam boards for each KS5 Science course:

Biology – Edexcel
Chemistry – Edexcel
Physics – Edexcel
Psychology- AQA

Physics (9PH0)
http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-a-levels/physics-2015.html

Chemistry (9CH0)
http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-a-levels/chemistry-2015.html

Biology A (9NB0)
http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-a-levels/biology-a-2015.html

Psychology (7182)
http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/psychology/as-and-a-level/psychology-7181-7182

Biology Year 12 Year 13
Autumn Structure & function of the heart
Risk factors for cardiovascular disease
reducing risks of cardiovascular disease
Biological molecules
Gas exchange surfaces, Fick’s law, lung structure
Structure and properties of cell membranes
Cell transport
Enzymes
Cystic fibrosis
DNA replication and mutations
Inheritance
Forensic science
Immune system
Transfer of disease (HIV & TB)
Prevention of spreading disease
Ecosystems
Photosynthesis
Productivity
Efficiency of biomass and energy transfers
Climate change, causes, solutions and sustainability
Effects of temperature on the development of organisms
Speciation
Spring Cell structure 
Cell cycle
How development is controlled
Genetic influences on inheritance
Natural selection and evolution
Adaptations of organisms to their environment
Species and adaptations
Biodiversity and endemism
Conservation
Structure and ultrastructure of plant cells
Microscopy of plant fibres and vessels
Tensile strength in plants
Making use of biodiversity
Mineral deficiencies
Historic and contemporary drug testing 
Respiration
Muscle movement
Drugs in sport
The nervous system
Eye structure and development
Roles and responses of phytochromes and IAA in plants
The brain structure and function
Techniques used in medical diagnosis and  brain structure and function
Habituation
Learning and memory
Effects of drugs on synaptic transmission
Genetic engineering 
Summer Prepare for end of year exams
Forensic science (Y13 content)
Sampling techniques (Y13 content) 
Prepare for exams
Scientific article review 

 

 

 

Chemistry Year 12 Year 13
Autumn 1 Atomic structure and the Periodic Table
Formulae, Equations and Amount of Substance 
Mass Spectrometry
NMR
Lattice Energy
Equilibria II
Acid-Base Equilibria
Autumn 2 Introduction to Organic Chemistry
Alkanes
Alkenes
Formulae, Equations and Amount of Substance
Bonding and Structure
Entropy
Chirality
Carbonyl Compounds
Acid-Base Equilibria
Redox II
Spring 1 Alkenes
Halogenoalkanes
Bonding and Structure
Redox 
Carbonyl Compounds
Carboxylic Acids
Arenes
Principles of Transition Metal Chemistry 
Spring 2 Halogenoalkanes
Alcohols
Group 1 and 2 Elements
Group 7 Elements
Analysis of Inorganic Compounds 
Arenes
Amines, Amides
Organic Synthesis
Reactions of Transition Elements
Summer 1 Alcohols
Mass Spectrometry
Infra Red Spectroscopy
Kinetics 1
Energetics 1
Equilibrium 1
Exam Revision
Organic Synthesis
Kinetics II
Exam Revision
Summer 2 Exam Revision 
Examinations
Examinations

 

 

Physics Year 12 Year 13
Autumn 1 Mechanics

 

Magnetic Fields
Thermodynamics
Autumn 2 Waves Nuclear and Particle Physics
Spring 1 Materials

 

Nuclear Radiation

 

 

Spring 2 Electricity

 

Oscillations
Space 
Summer 1 Particle Nature of light
Further Mechanics 
Exam Revision
Summer 2 Gravitational fields
Electric Fields 
Examinations
Extra CurricularA 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.