Science

Head of Faculty: Mrs J Chang

Throughout Key Stage 3 students are taught the three Science disciplines – chemistry, biology and physics, through the completion of 6 units per year. Each unit takes approximately 6 weeks to complete and is assessed with an end of unit test .Throughout these units Students are also taught key practical skills to include:

  • Predictions and Hypotheses
  • Planning Investigations
  • Recording data
  • Making conclusions
  • Evaluating data

 

These are each formally assessed twice during each year.

Students study Science for 3 hours a week in KS3 and home learning tasks are set weekly.

All students follow the Core and Additional Science GCSEs in Key Stage 4 and are working towards two GCSE qualifications. They follow Core and Additional Science and will receive two GCSE grades. Students follow the AQA Trilogy course in Year 10 and will be awarded two grades 1-9 following their GCSE examinations in the summer of Year 11. The current year 11 are studying OCR 21st Century Additional Science which is still graded A*-G. The vast majority of students receive 5 hours a week of Science lessons, while a small number of students that follow a vocational pathway at GCSE receive 4 hours a week of Science. Assessments to track progress are set regularly throughout each half term. With feedback being related to GCSE criteria to highlight areas of strength and development throughout the course.

Throughout their time at Kirkby High, students are taught the following key skills:

 

Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:
• scientific ideas
• scientific techniques and procedures

 

Apply knowledge and understanding of:
• scientific ideas
• scientific enquiry, techniques and procedures

 

Analyse information and ideas to:
• interpret and evaluate
• make judgements and draw conclusions
• develop and improve experimental procedures

 

Overview of the Science Curriculum

The topics students cover throughout Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 are outlined in the table below:

Year Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
7 Introduction to Science

  • · Using the library
  • · Reading scientific articles
  • · Using Google
  • · Referencing
  • · Reading scales
  • · Drawing equipment
  • · Variables
  • · Collecting and working with data
  • · Graphs
  • · Conclusions

 

 

Chemical Reactions (Chemistry)

  • · Solids, liquids and gases
  • · Atoms
  • · The periodic table
  • · Chemical and physical reactions
  • · Conservation of mass
  • · Combustion
  • · Endothermic and exothermic reactions
  • · Thermal decomposition
  • · Ceramics
  • · Separation techniques

 

Electricity and Magnetism (Physics)

  • · Energy
  • · Energy transfer
  • · Calculating energy change
  • · How much energy is needed?
  • · Circuits and symbols
  • · Electricity flow
  • · Current and voltage
  • · Fossil fuels
  • · Renewable fuels
  • · Static electricity
  • · Magnets
  • · Electromagnets
Chemical Reactions (Chemistry)

  • · Solids, liquids and gases
  • · Atoms
  • · The periodic table
  • · Chemical and physical reactions
  • · Conservation of mass
  • · Combustion
  • · Endothermic and exothermic reactions
  • · Thermal decomposition
  • · Ceramics
  • · Separation techniques

 

Electricity and magnetism (Physics)

  • · Energy transfer
  • · Calculating energy change
  • · Circuits and symbols
  • · Electricity flow
  • · Current and voltage
  • · Fossil fuels
  • · Renewable fuels
  • · Static electricity
  • · Magnets
  • · Electromagnets

 

 

Cells and Reproduction (Biology)

  • · Life processes
  • · Microscopes
  • · Plant and animal cells
  • · Specialised cells
  • · Cells, tissues and organs
  • · Reproduction
  • · Fertilisation
  • · The developing baby
  • · DNA and genes
  • · Selective breeding

 

 

Ecology (Biology)

  • · Vertebrates and invertebrates
  • · Species
  • · Variation
  • · Habitats and adaptations
  • · Predator and prey
  • · Competition
  • · Endangerment
  • · Conservation
  • · Biodiversity

 

 

Scientific investigation

  • · Research
  • · Predictions
  • · Variables
  • · Method writing
  • · Collecting data
  • · Graphs
  • · Conclusions
  • · Evaluations

 

 

8 Body systems and drugs (Biology)

 

  • Lungs
  • Gas exchange
  • The heart
  • Circulation
  • Drugs
  • Balanced diet
  • Healthy bodies
  • Food Test
  • Digestion
  • Microbes
  • The skeleton

 

Rocks and climate change (Chemistry)

 

  • Structure of the Earth
  • Weathering
  • Rock cycle
  • Sedimentary rocks
  • Metamorphic rocks
  • Igneous rocks
  • The atmosphere
  • Carbon cycle
  • Climate change
  • Reactivity series
  • Extracting metals
  • pH scale
  • Metals and acids

 

 

Rocks and climate change (Chemistry)

 

  • Structure of the Earth
  • Weathering
  • Rock cycle
  • Sedimentary rocks
  • Metamorphic rocks
  • Igneous rocks
  • The atmosphere
  • Carbon cycle
  • Climate change
  • Reactivity series
  • Extracting metals
  • pH scale
  • Metals and acids

 

Light, forces and speed (Physics)

 

  • Light
  • Reflection
  • Refraction
  • Lenses and the eye
  • Colour and dispersion

 

 

Waves, sound and space (Physics)

 

  • Hearing frequencies
  • The ear
  • Microphones
  • Sound waves
  • Wave speed – Ultrasound
  • Solar system
  • Stars
  • Day, night & seasons
  • Gravity
  • Mass
  • Weight

 

 

Particle model and transfer of heat energy (Physics)

  • Particle model
  • Changes of state
  • Diffusion & Brownian motion
  • Physical & chemical changes
  • Kinetic theory
  • Conduction
  • Convection
  • Radiation
  • Insulation
  • Expansion & contraction

 

Plants and respiration (Biology)

 

  • Plant cells
  • Photosynthesis
  • Adaptation of leaves
  • Plant nutrients
  • · Specialised cells     Insect pollination
  • Seed dispersal
  • Aerobic respiration
  • Anaerobic respiration
  • · Fermentation
Plants and respiration (Biology)

 

  • Plant cells
  • Photosynthesis
  • Adaptation of leaves
  • Plant nutrients
  • · Specialised cells     Insect pollination
  • Seed dispersal
  • Aerobic respiration
  • Anaerobic respiration
  • Fermentation

 

Particle model and transfer of heat energy (Physics)

  • Particle model
  • Changes of state
  • Diffusion & Brownian motion
  • Physical & chemical changes
  • Kinetic theory
  • Conduction
  • Convection
  • Radiation
  • Insulation
  • Expansion & contraction
9 Pre GCSE Biology 1: organ systems and functions.

  • Blood
  • Blood pressure
  • The heart
  • Circulation
  • Digestion
  • Microbes
  • Enzymes
  • Homeostasis

 

 

Pre GCSE Biology 2: energy cycles and processes.

  • DNA
  • Adaptations
  • Natural Selection
  • Photosynthesis
  • Respiration
  • Nitrogen cycle
  • Carbon cycle

 

 

Pre GCSE Chemistry 1: reactions and equations.

  • Molecules
  • The periodic table
  • Word equations
  • Symbol equations
  • Chemical reactions
  • Combustion
  • Fractional distillation
  • Endothermic reactions
  • Exothermic reactions

 

 

 

 

Pre GCSE Chemistry 2: Acids and their reactions.

  • Acids and bases
  • pH Scale
  • Neutralisation
  • Metals and non-metals
  • Metals and acids
  • Reactivity series
  • Displacement

 

 

Pre GCSE physics 1: Heat transfer and light.

  • Heat and temperature
  • Energy in food
  • Specific heat capacity
  • Conduction
  • Convection
  • Radiation
  • Electromagnetic spectrum
  • Eye and lenses
  • Refraction, reflection and dispersion

 

 

Pre GCSE physics 2: Electricity and forces

  • Current and voltage
  • Resistance
  • Generating electricity
  • Electricity bills
  • magnetism
  • Speed
  • Thinking and stopping distances
  • Forces
  • Weight
  • Mass
  • Gravity
  • Pressure

 

 

10 B1 & B2

Cell biology

Organisation

B3 & B4

Infection & response

Bioenergetics

C1 & C2

Atomic structure & the periodic table

Bonding, structure and the properties of matter

C3 – C5

Quantitative chemistry

Chemical changes

Energy changes

P1 & P2

Forces

energy

P3 & P4

Waves

Electricity

11 Additional Biology units B4, B5, B6

Processes of life

Growth & Development

Additional Physics Units P4, P5, P6

Explaining Motion

Electric circuits

Radioactive materials

Additional Chemistry Units C4, C5,, C6

Chemical patterns

Chemicals of the natural environment

Chemical synthesis

Revision Revision  

 

Links to GCSE Exam Board Specifications

The specification code for AQA GCSE Trilogy is 8464

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/combined-science-trilogy-8464

The specification code for AQA GCSE Science Biology is 8461

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/biology-8461

The specification code for AQA GCSE Science Chemistry is 8462

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/chemistry-8462

The specification code for GCSE Science Physics is 8463

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/physics-8463

The specification code for OCR GCSE 21st Century Additional Science is J242

http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/gcse-twenty-first-century-science-suite-additional-science-a-j242-from-2012/

The specification code for OCR GCSE Gateway Science is J261

http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/gcse-gateway-science-suite-science-b-j261-from-2012/

The specification code for OCR GCSE Biology is J263

http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/gcse-gateway-science-suite-biology-b-j263-from-2012/

The specification code for OCR GCSE Chemistry is J264

http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/gcse-gateway-science-suite-chemistry-b-j264-from-2012/

The specification code for OCR GCSE Physics is J265

http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/gcse-gateway-science-suite-physics-b-j265-from-2012/

 

Additional Information

Include details of any extra-curricular activities including:

  • Intervention sessions on Tuesday after school
  • Revision sessions – during school holidays
  • Homework support – every lunch time in Lab 3

Teaching Staff

Mrs J Chang Head of Faculty
Mrs S Bennett Deputy Head of Faculty
Mrs C Colton Science Teacher
Miss F Edgar Science Teacher & Numeracy Coodinator
Mr J Nolan Science Teacher
Mrs K Nolan Science Teacher
Mrs A Thomas Science Teacher