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

Cells to Organism

Plant Biology and Ecosystems

Human Reproduction and Genetic Variation

 

Chemistry

Scientific Skills Induction

Elements, Compounds and Mixtures

Basic Chemical Reactions

Earth Chemistry

 

Physics

Interactions of Forces

Waves

Energy Transformations

 

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

Further Chemical Reactions

Using Earth’s Resources

 

Physics

Electricity & Magnetism

Space Science

Electromagnetic Waves

 

Key Stage 4 (Years 9 – 11):

 

Year 9 is used as a bridging year, further developing experimental skills by introducing the fundamental science concepts: atomic structure, cells and forces.  There is still a strong focus on experimental technique, whilst introducing study skills such as revision techniques, methods to recall key facts and maths in science skills.

 

By the start of Year 10 all pupils will begin their work covering the new AQA GCSE Combined Science (Trilogy) 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 in Key Stage 4:

 

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 science

 

Does this course lead to a GCSE Qualification?:

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

 

Departmental Staff

Mrs K Hayes – Head of Department- [email protected]

Mr I Aindow

Mr A Ali

Mr V Altaf

Miss F Doubell

Mrs L Earnshaw

Mr C Mason

Miss K McCausland

Mrs E Robinson-Coe

Mr A Shields

Miss C Smith

Mr J Webb

Miss N Wright

Clubs:

A range of KS3 science clubs operate after school, including a First Aid Club and a Science Club.  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

Below are links to revision guides for GCSE science.  Other revision guides are acceptable if they are for the AQA 2016 specifications.

 

GCSE Combined Science Trilogy:

Revision Guide                                Work Book

 

GCSE Separate Science:

Biology Revision Guide                  Biology Workbook

Chemistry Revision Guide             Chemistry Workbook

Physics Revision Guide                 Physics Workbook

 

Other useful links to revision resources:

BBC bitesize revision:         Combined Trilogy

                                                Separate Biology

                                                Separate Chemistry

                                                Separate Physics

 

Seneca Learning:                https://www.senecalearning.com/

 

AQA Past Papers:                Combined Trilogy

                                                Separate Biology

                                                Separate Chemistry

                                                Separate Physics

 

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