Science

Head of Faculty: Mrs S Bennett Jones

Vision of Subject

Our vision is to create a positive learning environment where all staff and students are passionate about the learning of Science and invest in this learning journey with focus, resilience and pride. As a result students make excellent progress and aspire to reach their future goals with enthusiasm and confidence.

KS3

Students study Science for 3 hours per week in KS3 and homework is set weekly.

Students are taught in sets based upon prior attainment.

We follow the AQA KS3 Scheme of work in Year’s 7 and 8 with 13 topics being covered in each year.

Year 9 follow our pre-GCSE Foundation course with 6 topics being covered throughout the year.

Throughout these topic students are also taught key investigative skills to improve their ability to analyse, enquire, solve and carry out mathematical techniques.

Each skill is assessed 3 times per year.

Students are formally assessed on their subject knowledge at the end of each term.

KS4

Most students follow the AQA Combined Science Trilogy course (8464) and will be awarded two grades 1-9.

Some students follow the AQA separate Science courses and will be awarded 3 separate grades for Biology (8461), Chemistry (8462) and Physics (8463).

In Year 11 combined science students are taught all 3 sciences by one teacher for 4 hours per week. The triple science students are taught all 3 sciences by one teacher for 7 hours per week.

In Year 10 all students have a specialist teacher for 2 hours per week in each science. Students are taught in sets based upon prior attainment and homework is set weekly. Extended writing assessment tasks are set approximately every 8 lessons and students are formally assessed on their subject knowledge at the end of each term.

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

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 S Bennett Jones Head of Faculty
Miss F Edgar Deputy Head of Faculty
Mrs A Doughty Lead Practitioner
Mr N Rooney Science Teacher
Mrs R Tilston Science Teacher
Ms Saly Giegas Science Teacher
Ms J Sand Science Teacher