Science

Department Information

Year 7:

Pupils will start their KS3 Science course which is built around scientific enquiry skills and designed to maintain the curiosity of the pupils. The enquiry is delivered through discrete topics and the progress is measured through half termly skills based assessments. These skills are designed to aid progression onto GCSE Science and maximise the ability of pupils to think about problems scientifically.

The following units will be taught during this year:

 

Biology

Health and Reproduction

Sampling and the ecosystem

 

Chemistry

Scientific skills induction

Elements, compounds and mixtures

 

Physics

Forces and pressure

States of matter

Electricity and magnetism

 

Year 8:

Pupils will continue their KS3 Science course which is designed to build upon those scientific enquiry skills taught during Year 7.  Pupils will continue to refine those skills already encountered, whilst learning new skills which require higher levels of thought.

The following units will be taught during this year:

 

Biology

Gas exchange, photosynthesis and respiration

Cells, reproduction and genetics

 

Chemistry

Chemical reactions and energy changes

Earth’s chemistry

 

Physics

Energy changes and transfers

Waves

 

Year 9:

All pupils will start the new AQA GCSE Combined Science course. They will complete Biology, Chemistry and Physics units throughout the year. They will sit mock GCSE examination papers.  The results of these will be used to identify areas of strength, as well as topics where more intervention needs to take place.

The following units will be covered during this year:

Biology

  • Cell biology
  • Organisation
  • Infection & response
  • Bioenergetics

Chemistry

  • Atomic structure and the periodic table
  • Bonding, structure and the properties of matter
  • Quantitative chemistry
  • Chemical changes
  • Energy changes

Physics

  • Energy
  • Electricity
  • Particle model of matter
  • Atomic structure

Year 10:

Pupils will continue to work through the new GCSE combined Science course, which was started in Year 9. They will complete Biology, Chemistry and Physics units throughout the year and will sit mock GCSE papers.

The following units will be covered during this year:

Biology

  • Homeostasis and response
  • Inheritance, variation and evolution
  • Ecology

Chemistry

  • The rate and extent of chemical change
  • Organic chemistry
  • Chemical analysis
  • Chemistry of the atmosphere
  • Using resources

Physics

  • Forces
  • Waves
  • Magnetism and electromagnetism

Year 11:

Pupils will continue to work through the new GCSE combined Science course, which was started in Year 9 and completed in Year 10. They will re-cover the key concepts of all of the modules prior to their examinations at the end of this academic year (see unit breakdown above). Bespoke intervention will be tailored to individual needs following each mock examination.  Using a question by question analysis tracker, areas where extra support needs to be given will be identified.  Period 0, 7 and 8 sessions will be utilised to bridge these gaps.

Bespoke support:

KS4 pupils have regular exam preparation sessions, after (or before) school, where smaller group work is used to solidify key scientific knowledge.  The theme of these sessions is based upon the analysis of mock exams.  Areas in need of extra support are identified and pupils are re-taught topics where misconceptions lie.

 

Departmental Staff

Chris McColl
Joan Ward (Laboratory Technician)
Michelle Robinson
Megan Webster

 

Support your child – useful links and advice

Years 7 and 8:

Into Science: (password provided by your teacher)

http://www.intoscience.com/signin/

 

Educake: (password provided by your teacher)

https://www.educake.co.uk/

 

BBC Bitesize:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/z4882hv

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/znxtyrd

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zh2xsbk

 

Year 9, 10 and 11:

BBC Bitesize:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/z9ddmp3

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zs6hvcw

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zpm6fg8

 

Educake: (password provided by your teacher)

https://www.educake.co.uk/

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