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Science

Subject: Science
Contact: Mr A Jones

Overview:

Science is studied throughout Key Stage 3 and 4 by all students. Our focus is to deliver lessons on biological, chemical and physical aspects of Science through a varied approach of theory-based and practical hands-on learning. Students will develop confidence in being able to describe, explain and apply scientific ideas as well as building on literacy, numeracy and enquiry skills in every lesson.

KS3 

Overview

Students are taught in mixed ability groups in Year 7 and ability groups in Year 8 and 9. During the first two years of Key Stage 3 students are taught Science through ten ‘Big Ideas’ covering Biology, Chemistry and Physics content. In addition, there is also a focus on Science enquiry including practical, analytical and mathematical skill development. In Year 9, the same enquiry skills are built on through the introduction of GCSE content.

All students complete two assessments per half term and these are differed between writing pieces, mathematical tasks or tests to assess for development across the whole topic. Progress is measured across four main indicators being descriptions, explanations, applications and enquiry.

Curriculum content

 

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Year 7

Organisms

(Movement and Cells)

Matter (Particle Model and Separating Mixtures)

Forces

(Speed and Gravity)

Energy

(Costs and Transfer)

Genes (Variation and Human Reproduction)

Reactions (Metals/Non-Metals and Acids/Alkalis)

Earth (Earth Structure and Universe)

Ecosystems (Interdependence and Plant Reproduction)

Electromagnets (Voltage, Resistance and Current)

Waves (Sound and Light)

Year 8

Organisms (Breathing and Digestion)

Matter (Periodic Table and Elements)

Forces (Contact Forces and Pressure)

Energy (Work and Heating/Cooling)

Genes

(Evolution and Inheritance)

Reactions (Chemical Energy and Types of Reaction)

Earth

(Climate and Earth Resources)

Ecosystems (Respiration and Photosynthesis)

Electromagnets (Electromagnets and Magnetism)

Waves

(Effect and Properties)

Year 9

Biology

(AQA Cell Biology and Organisation)

Chemistry

(AQA Atomic Structure and the Periodic Table and Bonding, Structure and the Properties of Matter)

Physics

(AQA Forces and Energy)

Age related milestones

KS4  

Overview

Students follow two different pathways at Key Stage 4 depending on outcomes in Year 9. The first, where students achieve ‘Exceeding’ criteria at Key Stage 3, are eligible to study Triple Science (GCSE Biology, Chemistry and Physics) where students achieve three GCSE qualifications. The second is Combined Science for all other students where two GCSE qualifications will be achieved. Either pathway does not limit choices after Key Stage 4. All work covered continues from the topics covered at Year 9.

Students are taught in ability classes and study either, for the Triple route, AQA GCSE Biology, Chemistry and Physics, or for the Combined Science Route, AQA GCSE Trilogy.

The Science department’s guiding principle is to ensure that all students are fully prepared for external examinations at the end of Year 11 by ensuring that each pupil has the knowledge and skills to succeed. This is achieved through regular exam practice for assessment, practical experience to apply scientific knowledge through up to 30 required experiments and skills based learning building literacy and numeracy skills in Science.

Exam board and course

Triple Science

AQA GCSE Biology (8461)

AQA GCSE Chemistry (8462)

AQA GCSE Physics (8463)

Combined Science

AQA Combined Science: Trilogy (8464)

Curriculum content

All students, irrespective of following the Triple or Combined route cover the same topics. However, there is more in-depth content in Triple Science.

 

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Year 10

Biology (Infection/Response and Bioenergetics)

Chemistry (Quantitative Chemistry and Chemical Changes)

Physics

(Waves)

Biology (Homeostasis and Response)

Chemistry

(Energy Changes and Rates of Chemical Change)

Physics

(Electricity, Magnetism and Electromagnetism)

Biology (Inheritance, Variation and Response)

Chemistry

(Organic Chemistry and Chemical Analysis)

Physics

(Particle Model of Matter)

Year 11

Biology

(Ecology)

Chemistry

(The Atmosphere and Resources)

Physics

(Atomic Structure and Space Physics –  Triple Only)

Year 9 Content Recap and Revision

Revision

Assessment components

Triple Biology

Paper 1

Paper 2

What's assessed

Topics 1-4: Cell Biology; Organisation; Infection/Response; and Bioenergetics

What’s assessed

Topics 5-7: Homeostasis and response; Inheritance, Variation and evolution; and Ecology.

Assessed

• Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes

(Foundation and Higher Tier)

• 100 marks

• 50 % of GCSE

Assessed

• Written exam: 1 hour 45 Minutes

(Foundation and Higher Tier)

• 100 marks

• 50 % of GCSE

Questions

Multiple choice, structured, closed short answer and open response

Questions

Multiple choice, structured, closed short answer and open response

Triple Chemistry

Paper 1

Paper 2

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.

What’s assessed

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

Assessed

• Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes

(Foundation and Higher Tier)

• 100 marks

• 50 % of GCSE

Assessed

• Written exam: 1 hour 45 Minutes

(Foundation and Higher Tier)

• 100 marks

• 50 % of GCSE

Questions

Multiple choice, structured, closed short answer and open response

Questions

Multiple choice, structured, closed short answer and open response

Triple Physics

Paper 1

Paper 2

What's assessed

Topics 1-4: Energy; Electricity; Particle model of matter; and Atomic structure

What’s assessed

Topics 5-8: Forces; Waves; Magnetism and electromagnetism; and Space physics.

Assessed

• Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes

(Foundation and Higher Tier)

• 100 marks

• 50 % of GCSE

Assessed

• Written exam: 1 hour 45 Minutes

(Foundation and Higher Tier)

• 100 marks

• 50 % of GCSE

Questions

Multiple choice, structured, closed short answer and open response

Questions

Multiple choice, structured, closed short answer and open response

Combined Science

Biology Paper 1

Biology Paper 2

What's assessed

Topics 1-4: Cell Biology; Organisation; Infection/Response; and Bioenergetics

What’s assessed

Topics 5-7: Homeostasis and response; Inheritance, Variation and evolution; and Ecology.

Assessed

• Written exam: 1 hour 15 minutes

(Foundation and Higher Tier)

• 70 marks

• 16.7 % of GCSE

Assessed

• Written exam: 1 hour 15 Minutes

(Foundation and Higher Tier)

• 70 marks

• 16.7 % of GCSE

Questions

Multiple choice, structured, closed short answer and open response

Questions

Multiple choice, structured, closed short answer and open response

Chemistry Paper 1

Chemistry Paper 2

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.

What’s assessed

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

Assessed

• Written exam: 1 hour 15 minutes

(Foundation and Higher Tier)

• 70 marks

• 16.7 % of GCSE

Assessed

• Written exam: 1 hour 15 Minutes

(Foundation and Higher Tier)

• 70 marks

• 16.7 % of GCSE

Questions

Multiple choice, structured, closed short answer and open response

Questions

Multiple choice, structured, closed short answer and open response

Physics Paper 1

Physics Paper 2

What's assessed

Topics 1-4: Energy; Electricity; Particle model of matter; and Atomic structure

What’s assessed

Topics 5-8: Forces; Waves; Magnetism and electromagnetism

Assessed

• Written exam: 1 hour 15 minutes

(Foundation and Higher Tier)

• 70 marks

• 16.7 % of GCSE

Assessed

• Written exam: 1 hour 15 Minutes

(Foundation and Higher Tier)

• 70 marks

• 16.7 % of GCSE

Questions

Multiple choice, structured, closed short answer and open response

Questions

Multiple choice, structured, closed short answer and open response

Enrichment opportunities:

Key Stage 3 STEM Club: Mondays 3.00-4.00pm

STEM opportunities and competitions throughout the year

Key Stage 4 and 5 Revision Sessions: Days vary

Useful websites to support learning

BBC Bitesize website
AQA Science website