Science

Years 7 & 8

Our aim and objective is to engage young learners with a wide variety of scientific concepts and activities to stimulate their natural enquiring mind into asking the question ‘How does science work?

The curriculum is essentially a balanced curriculum providing learners with the knowledge of the natural world, the skills of investigation and experimentation, and an appreciation of the importance of science to individuals and society.

The learners follow the National Curriculum utilising the AQA Kerboodle model; the themes studied are additionally used to develop their science skills as described in the ‘Working Scientifically’ framework. The course includes Biology, Chemistry and Physics, giving learners a platform for their GCSE science course. The units in the topics are:

• Organisms, Behaviour and Health
• Chemical and material behaviour
• Energy Electricity and Forces
• The Environment, Earth and Universe

Learners are taught in mixed ability groups in Year 7 and ability groups in Year 8. Learners in year 7 & 8 receive 4 lessons of science weekly. Year 9 have 5 lessons per week.

The science course engages, enthuses and excites learners resulting in the development of skills. Our priority is to generate a learning environment that learners will enjoy whilst giving them the tools to answer questions scientifically.

Years 9, 10 & 11

Learners in Year 9, 10 and 11 follow the AQA syllabus. The learners are taught in ability groups, with the top sets taking triple science. Learners work towards the terminal Science examinations in Biology, Chemistry and Physics at the end of Year 11. There are no controlled assessments (ISAs). Students will carry out a number of practicals over the two years and exam questions will refer to these practicals. Questions may be multiple choice, structured, closed short answer, and open response.

All learners receive 5 lessons per in year 9 and 6 lessons of science per week in year 10 &11.

Subject content for Trilogy (Double science)

Biology

• 1. Cell biology
• 2. Organisation
• 3. Infection and response
• 4. Bioenergetics
• 5. Homeostasis and response
• 6. Inheritance, variation and evolution
• 7. Ecology

Chemistry

• 8. Atomic structure and the periodic table
• 9. Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter
• 10. Quantitative chemistry
• 11. Chemical changes
• 12. Energy changes
• 13. The rate and extent of chemical change
• 14. Organic chemistry
• 15. Chemical analysis
• 16. Chemistry of the atmosphere
• 17. Using resources

Physics

• 18. Energy
• 19. Electricity
• 20. Particle model of matter
• 21. Atomic structure
• 22. Forces
• 23. Waves
• 24. Magnetism and electromagnetism

Please follow the link for further information: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse

Trilogy (double science) – http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/combined-science-trilogy-8464

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

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

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

A Level

The Science Faculty offer Biology, Chemistry and Physics at A level. Learners receive six periods per subject each week. Learners are expected to complete five hours of independent study per week.

We also offer BTEC level 3 in Applied Science

A- Level Chemistry

Exam Board: AQA

Entry Requirements: GCSE Chemistry or GCSE Trilogy at Grade 6 and above, and GCSE Maths at grade 6 and above.

Content:

These are some of the topics are studied over the two years:
Topic 1: Atomic Structure
Topic 2: Amount of a substance
Topic 3: Bonding
Topic 4: Energetics
Topic 5: Kinetics
Topic 6: Equilibria
Topic 7: Oxidation, reduction and redox
Topic 8: Periodicity

There are also 16 core practical experiments required to pass the course.

A – Level Biology

Exam Board: AQA

Entry Requirements: GCSE Biology or GCSE Trilogy at Grade 6 and above, and GCSE Maths at grade 6 and above.

Content:

The following 8 topics are studied across the 2-year course;
1. Biological Molecules
2. Cells
3. Exchanges with the Environment
4. Genetics, Variation, & Biodiversity
5. Energy Transfer
6. Homeostasis
7. Populations, Evolution, & Ecosystems
8. Gene Expression
There are also 12 core practical experiments required to pass the course.

A – Level Physics

Exam Board: AQA

Entry Requirements: GCSE Physics or Trilogy at Grade 6 and above, and GCSE Maths at grade 6 and above.

Content:

The following topics are studied over two years:
1 Measurements and their errors
2 Particles and radiation
3 Waves
4 Mechanics and materials
5 Electricity
6 Further mechanics and thermal physics
7 Fields and their consequences

BTEC extended certificate in Applied Science

Exam Board: Edexcel

Entry Requirements: GCSE Trilogy at Grade 6 and above, and GCSE Maths and English at grade 5 and above.

Content:

The Applied Science course is a vocational course that will lead you into a career in Science or the NHS.
These are some of the topics are studied over two years:

1 Fundamentals of Science
2 Mathematical tools for Science
3 Human physiology
4 Microbiology
5 Electricity

How Learners are assessed in science

Learners are assessed regularly using a combination of practical skill and progress tests at the end of teaching units. Learners are expected to assess their learning whilst reviewing their progress and learning targets. Students are monitored and tracked closely to ensure both they and their parents are aware of their progress.

Homework

Homework is considered to be an important factor in achieving high standards. It is set weekly for all year groups. Learners are given homework during their lesson which is set on Show My Homework. Both students and parents have access to Show My Homework either through the web or on mobile devises.

Revision, Intervention and Enrichment
A science club is run weekly for year 7 & 8 learners. The Crest award is offered to the Gifted and Talented students, the award is nationally recognised. Learners are invited to attend enrichment classes after school and during school holiday. The lessons are tailored to prepare learners for terminal key stage examinations.

We offer revision/intervention sessions after school for students who want to improve their grades. Students often pop into the science department after school for help with homework and exam questions they are struggling to complete.