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Science

Introduction

We aim to provide a challenging, relevant and fun experience.  Our condensed KS3 curriculum gives students the chance to explore scientific concepts through experimentation and demonstrations.  Using new technology, creative lessons and plenty of practical work, we encourage students to show a high level of engagement in order for them to enjoy their science lessons.

Year 7

Students are introduced to health and safety procedures within the department, followed by the strand of science regarding ‘How Science Works’ – Working scientifically – Planning an Investigation, Recording Data, Analysis Data and Evaluating Data.  These aspects of science are incorporated in the following subject areas:

  1. Biology: Cells, Structure and function of body systems, Inheritance and genetics.

  2. Chemistry: Particles and their behaviour, Elements atoms and compounds, Reactions and Acids and Alkalis.

  3. Physics: Forces and density, Energy and Energy resources, Space and Electricity.

Year 8

Students continue with the Programme of Study for Science, with a sequence of units covering:

  1. Biology: The digestive system, Microbes and diseases, Ecosystems and Adaptation and Inheritance.

  2. Chemistry: The periodic table, Separation techniques, Metals and acids, Rocks and the rock cycle.

  3. Physics: Light and sound, Energy transfer and magnetism.

Year 9

All the Year 9 Students start the AQA KS4 science course.  This gives them the opportunity to get a full and engaging start to the KS4 curriculum in science.  Students will be assessed continually in class, throughout the year and one internal Exam covering the unit taught.  Your daughter will continue with the GCSE curriculum, in ability groups through to Year 11.  The GCSE course is linear, all students will be externally examined at the end of Year 11 using the 1-9 grading system.

We offer two strands of Science:

  1. Combined Science (Trilogy), at the end of the course your daughter will achieve 2 GCSE’s.

  2. Separate Sciences (Triple), each area of science is examined separately: Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

Trilogy (also known as combined science) entails 6 exams each 1 hour and 15 minutes long and is a total of 70 marks per exam.  Each exam is worth 16.7% of their total GCSE. Each paper will assess knowledge and understanding from distinct topic areas.

Triple science (Separate Sciences) this entails the three sciences sat individually, Biology is 1 GCSE, Chemistry 1 GCSE and Physics 1 GCSE.  At the end your daughter will achieve three separate GCSE’s.  There will be 6 exams altogether each 1 hour and 45 minutes long, a total of 100marks per exam.

Pupils will cover the following units in Year 9; this will include the mandatory practical’s, how Science works, recall information, practising extended questioning and multiple choice.  Each pupil will be examined internally at the end of each unit.

  • Term 1: Cell biology, the Periodic table and atomic structure.
  • Term 2: Energy and energy changes.
  • Term 3: Organisation, ecology and Particle models of matter.

In Year 9 all pupils will cover the contents common to both courses to allow most pupils the possibility of achieving the three GCSE

Year 10

Pupils will cover the following units in Year 10; this will include the mandatory practicals, how Science works, recall information, practising extended questioning and multiple choice.  Each pupil will be examined internally at the end of each unit.

The units covered in Year 10 are as follows:

  • Term 1: Bioenergetics, Forces and Organic Chemistry.
  • Term 2: Structure and bonding, Chemical changes and electricity.
  • Term 3: Homeostasis and response, Infectious diseases, Radiation with atomic structure.

In Year 10 all pupils will cover the contents common to both courses to allow most pupils the possibility of achieving the three GCSE.

Year 11

Pupils will cover the following units in Year 11; this will include the mandatory practical’s, how Science works, recall information, practising extended questioning and multiple choice.  Each pupil will be examined internally at the end of each unit.

The units covered in Year 11 are as follows:

  • Term 1: Rates of reaction, energy and chemical analysis, Inheritance and variation.
  • Term 2: Waves, magnetism, and space physics. Chemistry of Earth and atmosphere.
  • Term 3: Catch up sessions on investigations and practical’s.  Revision topics and exam practice.

After the pre-public exams the final decisions on whether pupils take the Trilogy or Separate Sciences route and whether they take higher or foundation tiers will be made by the department in conjunction with head of year, the pupil and their parent/carer.