Science

Department Information

Year 7:

Pupils will start their KS3 science course which is built around scientific enquiry skills and designed to maintain the curiosity of the pupils. The enquiry is delivered through discrete topics and the progress is measured through half termly skills based assessments. These skills are designed to aid progression into the GCSE and maximise the ability of pupils to think about problems scientifically.

The following units will be taught this year:

Biology

Movement and cells

Interdependence and plant biology

Variation and Human reproduction

 

Chemistry

Scientific skills induction

Elements, compounds and mixtures

Metals and non-metals

Earth structure and the universe

 

Physics

Speed and gravity

Electricity and Energy

Sound and light

 

Year 8:

Pupils will continue their KS3 science course which is built around scientific enquiry skills and designed to maintain the curiosity of the pupils. The enquiry is delivered through discrete topics and the progress is measured through half termly skills based assessments. These skills are designed to aid progression into the GCSE and maximise the ability of pupils to think about problems scientifically.

The following units will be taught this year:

Biology

Breathing and digestion

Respiration and photosynthesis

Evolution and inheritance

 

Chemistry

Periodic table and elements

Chemical reactions

Earth chemistry

 

Physics

Forces

Magnetism

Heating and cooling

Waves and their effects

 

Year 9 & 10:

All pupils will begin their work covering the new AQA GCSE Combined Science material. They will complete Biology, Chemistry and Physics units in each term throughout the year. They will sit mock GCSE papers and the results of these will be used to judge their suitability for entry onto the separate Biology, Chemistry and Physics courses in Year 10.

GCSE science is a linear course. Students will sit all of their science exams at the end of Year 11.

Students will be assessed on their knowledge, understanding and application of science ideas. They will also be expected to recall methods, analyse data and apply mathematical skills based on the required practical assessments that they will complete throughout the course.

 

The following units will be covered this year:

Biology

4.1 Cell biology

4.2 Organisation

4.3 Infection and response

4.4 Bioenergetics

4.5 Homeostasis and response

4.6 Inheritance, variation and evolution

4.7 Ecology

 

Chemistry

4.1 Atomic structure and the periodic table

4.2 Bonding structure and props matter

4.3 Quantitative Chemistry

4.4 Chemical changes

4.5 Energy changes

4.6 Rate and extent of chemical change

4.7 Organic Chemistry

4.8 Chemical analysis

4.9 Chemistry of the atmosphere

4.10 Using resources

 

Physics

4.1 Energy

4.2 Electricity

4.3 Particle model of matter

4.4 Atomic structure

4.5 Forces

4.6 Waves

4.7 Magnetism and electromagnetism

4.8 Space physics

 

Does this course lead to a GCSE Qualification?:

Students studying AQA GCSE Combined Science will receive two outcomes. Students who study AQA GCSE Biology, Chemistry & Physics will receive three outcomes.

 

Year 11:

Double Award

Pupils now progress with the AQA Additional Science GCSE. They will sit both the Core and Additional Science GCSE at the end of Year 11, this will give the pupils two GCSEs in science.

 

The following units will be covered this year:

 

Biology

 

B2.1 Cells and simple cell transport

B2.2 Tissues, organs and organ systems

B2.3 Photosynthesis

B2.4 Organisms and their environment

B2.5 Proteins – their functions and uses

B2.6 Aerobic and anaerobic respiration

B2.7 Cell division and inheritance

B2.8 Speciation

 

Chemistry

 

C2.1 Structure and bonding

C2.2 How structure influences the properties and uses of substances

C2.3 Atomic structure, analysis and quantitative chemistry

C2.4 Rates of reaction

C2.5 Exothermic and endothermic reactions

C2.6 Acids, bases and salts

C2.7 Electrolysis

 

Physics

 

P2.1 Forces and their effects

P2.2 The kinetic energy of objects speeding up or slowing down

P2.3 Currents in electrical circuits

P2.4 Using mains electricity safely and the power of electrical appliances

P2.5 What happens when radioactive substances decay, and the uses and dangers of their emissions

P2.6 Nuclear fission and nuclear fusion

 

 

Triple Award

Pupils will complete the final units for each of the three areas of Science. A total of all 9 units will be examined at the end of the year in June.

The following units will be covered this term:

Biology

B3.1 Movement of molecules in and out of cells

B3.2 Transport systems in plants and animals

B3.3 Homeostasis

B3.4 Humans and their environment

 

Chemistry

C3.1 The periodic table

C3.2 Water

C3.3 Calculating and explaining energy changes

C3.4 Further analysis and quantitative chemistry

C3.5 The production of ammonia

C3.6 Alcohols, carboxylic acids and esters

 

Physics

P3.1 Medical applications of physics

P3.2 Using physics to make things work

P3.3 Keeping things moving

 

Does this course lead to a GCSE Qualification?:

Double award pupils will be entered for the AQA Core and Additional GCSE sciences. This will give the pupil 2 GCSE outcomes in science.

Triple award, pupils will be entered for the AQA Biology, Chemistry and Physics sciences. This will give the pupil 3 GCSE outcomes in science.

Departmental Staff

Miss E Robinson – Head of Department- [email protected]
Mrs K Hayes
Mrs L Earnshaw
Miss K McCausland
Mr A Shields
Miss F Doubell
Mr J Webb
Miss K McCausland
Mr I Aindow
Mr A Ali
Miss C Smith
Miss N Wright

Clubs:

A range of KS3 science clubs operate on Monday after school. These are aimed at scientific enquiry, and promoting practical skills.

KS4 and KS5 pupils have daily exam preparation sessions after school, where smaller group work really helps in the understanding to science topics.

Support Your Child – Useful links and advice

Science Banker Packs

Biology Banker Pack Chemistry Banker Pack Physics Banker Pack

Below are links to revision guides for GCSE science- Other revision guides are acceptable if they are for the AQA Science A, Additional Science, Biology, Chemistry or Physics 2011 specification.

  • Both Core and Additional science revision guides are needed for double award science.
  • All 3 revision guides are needed for triple science.
Core science Additional science Triple science
  • The workbooks match the revision guide page for page and contain exam style questions and mark schemes.
Core workbook – for example questions Additional workbook – for example questions Triple workbook – for example questions
  sciencecom revisescience bitesize aqa
Core (Y9 &10) revision-core Biology
Chemistry
Physics
bitesize-science past papers and mark schemes
Additional (Y11) revision-additional Biology
Chemistry
Physics
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Separate (Y11) revision-separate Biology
Chemistry
Physics
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Year 9 & 10 Students:

Below are links to revision guides for the new AQA GCSE science. Other revision guides are acceptable if they are for the AQA Combined Science, Biology, Chemistry or Physics 2016 specification.

  • AQA Combined science revision guides are needed for GCSE Combined science.
  • All 3 revision guides are needed for AQA Biology, Chemistry & Physics separate courses.
Combined Science Biology Chemistry Physics

 

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