Science

Curriculum Leader: Dr A Cunningham

The Science department consists of a team of 4 full-time teachers and 2 part-time technicians.  Where possible, staff teach predominantly according to their specialism across the key stages.

KS3 Information:

The department currently follows its own scheme of learning which makes extensive use of the Activate and Hodder materials.  This integrates the development of scientific skills alongside subject content throughout our teaching schemes.

In Year 7, students are taught in their form groups and in years 7-10 are broadly set according to their previous academic results.  Throughout years 7-9 students have 3 hours of Science teaching per week.   Most of our students follow a two year Key Stage 3 and commence working on different GCSE Science pathways in Year 9.

Summary of Curriculum Content

Below is a list of the key topics covered for each year group.  Further details such as summary sheets, key word lists and practice questions for each topic will be available on the appropriate section of the school VLE.

Year 7
Biology: tissues, reproduction, ecology, genetics.
Chemistry: acids and alkalis, particles, chemical reactions.
Physics: energy, electricity, forces, solar system.

Year 8
Biology: food and digestion, respiration, movement, ecosystems.
Chemistry: solutions, elements, compounds, rock cycle.
Physics: magnetism, light, energy, sound.

Current Year 10 KS4 Information:
AQA GCSE

At Key Stage 4 pupils can follow a variety of paths.  As mentioned above, some students study AQA Triple Science but students study Core & Additional Science.  The number of groups for each course varies from year to year based on uptake. All the groups following these paths have 4 hours of Science teaching each week.

Summary of Curriculum Content
Core / Unit 1
Biology: Keeping Healthy, Nerves and hormones, Use and abuse of drugs, Interdependence and adaptation, Energy and Biomass in food chains, Waste materials from plants and animals, Genetic variation and its control, Evolution
Chemistry: Fundamental ideas in chemistry, Rock and building materials, Metals, Fuels from oil, Plastics and Polymers, Plant Oils, Earth and Atmosphere,
Physics: Heat, Energy and Efficiency, Electrical Energy, Generating Electricity, Waves, Red Shift.

Additional / Unit 2
Biology: Cells and simple transport, Tissues, organs and organ systems, Photosynthesis, Organisms and their environment, Proteins – their functions and uses, Aerobic and anaerobic respiration, Cell division and inheritance, Speciation.
Chemistry: Structure, bonding and properties, Analysis and quantitative, Rates, Energy, Acids and alkalis, Electrolysis.
Physics: Forces and Motion, Forces and energy, Static electricity, Electrical circuits, Household electricity, Atomic structure & radiation, Nuclear fission & fusion.

Further Additional / Unit 3
Biology: Movement of molecules in and out of cells, Transport systems in plants and animals, Homeostasis, Humans and their environment.
Chemistry: Periodic Table, Water, Energy, Further analysis, Ammonia, Organic.
Physics: Medical Applications of Physics, Lenses and Light, Making Things Work, Keeping Things Moving.

 

New GCSE: Exam Board AQA

Students will be selected to follow either Separate Sciences or Combined Science: Trilogy (Dual Award).
KS4 Information:

Combined Science: Trilogy

This qualification is linear. Linear means that students will sit all their exams at the end of the course.

Subject content
Biology

1. Cell biology
2. Organisation
3. Infection and response
4. Bioenergetics
5. Homeostasis and response
6. Inheritance, variation and evolution
7. Ecology

Chemistry
8. Atomic structure and the periodic table
9. Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter
10. Quantitative chemistry
11. Chemical changes
12. Energy changes
13. The rate and extent of chemical change
14. Organic chemistry
15. Chemical analysis
16. Chemistry of the atmosphere
17. Using resources

Physics
18. Energy
19. Electricity
20. Particle model of matter
21. Atomic structure
22. Forces
23. Waves
24. Magnetism and electromagnetism

Assessments

There are six papers: two biology, two chemistry and two physics. Each of the papers will assess knowledge and understanding from distinct topic areas.
GCSE: Separate Sciences (Biology/Chemistry/Physics)

These qualifications are linear. Linear means that students will sit all their exams at the end of the course.

Biology
Subject content
1. Cell biology
2. Organisation
3. Infection and response
4. Bioenergetics
5. Homeostasis and response
6. Inheritance, variation and evolution
7. Ecology
8. Key ideas

Chemistry
Subject content
1. Atomic structure and the periodic table
2. Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter
3. Quantitative chemistry
4. Chemical changes
5. Energy changes
6. The rate and extent of chemical change
7. Organic chemistry
8. Chemical analysis
9. Chemistry of the atmosphere
10. Using resources

Physics
Subject content
1. Energy
2. Electricity
3. Particle model of matter
4. Atomic structure
5. Forces
6. Waves
7. Magnetism and electromagnetism
8. Space physics (physics only)
Exam Board:  AQA

Useful Links:

http://screencast.com/t/Lw5GFPW5223I
Acids and Bases Screencast

http://screencast.com/t/rCvD8wbXm
Laws of Motion simulations

http://www.autoinsurancecenter.com/newtons-laws-of-motion-learn-about-auto-physics.htm
Bridge Activity

http://www.addfifth.net/Bridge/hands_on_bridge_building.htm
Physics Simulations

http://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulations/category/new
Phet Skate Park (Kinetic and potential energy)

http://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulation/energy-skate-park
Discover how potential and kinetic energy work by building your own skate park obstacle.

http://sciencespot.net/Pages/kidzone.html
Science Spot

http://express.howstuffworks.com/
How stuff Works EXPRESS
Find out about things that you may have an interest in and want to explore more.

http://education.jlab.org/elementbalancing/index.html
Balancing Equations
Practice balancing equations

Chemistry information
This page will allow students to navigate into periodic tables, balancing equations, types of reactions and much more.
http://education.jlab.org/
Graph Creator
This allows students to create their own graphs, which may be useful for projects or research assignments.
http://nces.ed.gov/nceskids/createagraph/default.aspx