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Science

 

 

Subjects Overall Aim

 

The aim of the Science department is to ensure the students develop an understanding of the Scientific world around them, relating everyday experiences to what they learn in the lab. Underpinning this is the knowledge of ‘How Science Works’ skills, which helps students to think and act like real scientists.  Independent learning is essential in the world of Science and students are encouraged to be responsible and take ownership of their learning.

 

KS3 Curriculum (Year 7+8)

 

At KS3, pupils study the Activate Science Course.  This is mapped to link with the KS4 curriculum, to provide the students with a seamless transition onto their GCSE courses in year 9.  The following content is covered over the two year course:

 

Year 7

Year 8

B1.1 Cells

B1.2 Structure and function of body systems

B1.3 Reproduction

C1.1 Particles and their behaviour

C1.2 Elements, atoms, and compounds

C1.3 Chemical reactions

C1.4 Acids and alkalis

P1.1 Forces

P1.2 Sound

P1.3 Light

P1.4 Space

B2.1 Health and lifestyle

B2.2 Ecosystem processes

B2.3 Adaptation and inheritance

C2.1 The Periodic Table

C2.2 Separation techniques

C2.3 Metals and acids

C2.4 The Earth

P2.1 Electricity and magnetism

P2.2 Energy

P2.3 Motion and Pressure

 

 

 

Working Scientifically is integrated into the teaching and learning of the Biology, Chemistry and Physics topics.

 

KS4 Curriculum (Years 9-11)

At KS4, pupils will study either Combined Science or Triple Science GCSE’s.  GCSE Combined Science is a double award: equivalent to two GCSEs; GCSE Triple Science is a triple award: equivalent to three GCSEs.  All qualifications are linear - students will sit all their exams at the end of the course.

There is no longer any Controlled Assessment (Coursework) for any Science GCSE.  Instead the students will complete a number of required practical activities during the delivery of the subject content.  Students understanding of these will be assessed during the written exams.

GCSE Combined Science (DOUBLE AWARD)

Specification code: 8464

Subject content

Biology content for CS

1. Cell biology

2. Organisation

3. Infection and response

4. Bioenergetics

5. Homeostasis and response

6. Inheritance, variation and evolution

7. Ecology

Chemistry content for CS

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 content for CS

1. Energy

2. Electricity

3. Particle model of matter

4. Atomic structure

5. Forces

6. Waves

7. 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. 

Each written exam will take 1 hour 15 minutes and is worth 70 marks, equivalent to 16.7% of the Combined Science GCSE.  Question styles will include multiple choice, structured, closed short answer, and open response.

Biology Paper 1: What's assessed: Biology topics 1–4: Cell Biology; Organisation; Infection and response; and Bioenergetics.

Biology Paper 2: What's assessed: Biology topics 5–7: Homeostasis and response; Inheritance, variation and evolution and Ecology.

Chemistry Paper 1: What's assessed: Chemistry topics 8–12: Atomic structure and the periodic table; Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter; Quantitative chemistry; Chemical changes and Energy changes.

Chemistry Paper 2: What's assessed: Chemistry topics 13–17: The rate and extent of chemical change; Organic chemistry; Chemical analysis; Chemistry of the atmosphere and using resources.

Physics Paper 1: What's assessed: Physics topics 18–21: Energy; Electricity; Particle model of matter; and Atomic structure.

Physics Paper 2: What's assessed: Physics topics 22–24: Forces; Waves; and Magnetism and electromagnetism

 

GCSE Triple Science – Biology, Chemistry and Physics

Specification codes: GCSE Biology 8461, GCSE Chemistry 8462, GCSE Physics 8463

Subject content

Biology GCSE

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 GCSE

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 GCSE

1. Energy

2. Electricity

3. Particle model of matter

4. Atomic structure

5. Forces

6. Waves

7. Magnetism and electromagnetism

8. Space physics

 

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. 

Each written exam paper will take 1 hour 45 minutes and is worth 100 marks, equivalent to 50% of the Biology, Chemistry or Physics GCSE’s.  Question styles will include multiple choice, structured, closed short answer, and open response.

Biology Paper 1: What's assessed: Topics 1–4: Cell biology; Organisation; Infection and response and Bioenergetics.

Biology Paper 2: What's assessed: Topics 5–7: Homeostasis and response; Inheritance, variation and evolution and Ecology.

Chemistry Paper 1: What's assessed Topics 1–5: Atomic structure and the periodic table; Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter; Quantitative chemistry, Chemical changes and Energy changes.

Chemistry Paper 2: What's assessed Topics 6–10: The rate and extent of chemical change; Organic chemistry; Chemical analysis, Chemistry of the atmosphere and Using resources.

Physics Paper 1: What's assessed: Topics 1-4: Energy; Electricity; Particle model of matter; and Atomic structure.

Physics Paper 2: What's assessed: Topics 5-8: Forces; Waves; Magnetism and electromagnetism; and Space physics.


 

 

 

Extra Curricular Activities / Parental Support:

The most recent extracurricular learning opportunity allowed the students in year 10 to visit Thorpe Park at the end of the academic year.  This was linked to their study of the Physics of rollercoasters, such as the forces experienced during the ride and the speeds needed to navigate the loops.  Students made models and presentations to show their understanding.  All students presented to their rollercoaster designs to their peers and overall winners were determined by a student vote.

 

It is anticipated that the Science department will continue to run such trips that engage the students, allowing them to relate their knowledge and understanding from the class room to the outside world. 

 

Parents can support the Science department by encouraging their son to:

  • look for the Scientific content in the news and other media, such as articles connected with health (statins and heart disease, obesity), disease (antibiotic resistance and the Zika virus outbreak), new technologies (smart materials and nanotechnologies). 
  • Watch educational programmes on the television, for example, featuring David Attenborough or  Brian Cox; Myth busters; nature documentaries.
  • Family visits to museums or scientific exhibits on display locally or in London.  

Useful Links

 

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

http://www.nhm.ac.uk/

http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 


 

 

 


 

 

 


 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 


 

 

 


 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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