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Science  - Introduction

Science is a set of ideas about the material world. We want all students to approach their studies in an inquisitive way by investigating, observing, experimenting or testing out ideas, thinking about them and building a deep understanding. The acquisition of knowledge and skills is in a spiral format, every time students revisit a scientific idea, they deepen their understanding.

Science curriculum

The journey begins in year 7 and 8 where the curriculum is designed to ensure students make an effective transition from primary school science and are well-prepared for the GCSE course. KS3 students follow the 2014 Secondary National Curriculum, which allows them to develop the skills they need to access and understand science in the real world (science capita). Students will do this by engaging in practical lessons (investigations and experiments), teamwork and problem solving. We encourage all students to consider the impact of science in everyday life in preparation for their GCSE courses.

In year 9 the students complete a foundation year for their GCSE, during this time students consolidate their knowledge and understanding of key ideas by studying introductory modules in Biology, Chemistry and Physics, thus providing them with key information, fundamental ideas and concepts required for success at the end of year 11. At the end of this year students select their chosen pathway, be it AQA GCSE (9-1) Trilogy course in Combined Science or Biology, Chemistry and Physics (Triple Science). This decision is carefully considered and involves all stakeholders.
During KS4 students are given a tailored range of science that covers content in an engaging and appropriate manner. There is great emphasis on practical work throughout the course. We have carefully considered the sequence and structure of the course and the organisation and teaching of topics reflect this. This will ensure that students can access all content to maximise understanding and application of concepts.


We are currently able to offer two routes at KS5, including Biology and Applied Science. These are suitable for candidates taking either Combined or Triple Sciences and lead to a wide range of courses in Further education. The A level courses are appropriate for our most academic students, particularly those wishing to go on to study sciences at University whilst the Applied Science course is more modular in design and suits students who need a broader appreciation of the sciences.
Students studying A level biology will cover topics including cellular and genetic principles and how these relate to health and wellbeing. A focus on biodiversity and ecosystems leads the students to an understanding of the living world and issues that we are facing due to the ever-growing population and changing climate. Coursework is assessed throughout the two years of study, leading to a practical qualification and a final assessment is by examination. In the Applied Science course topics are re-visited and build on prior knowledge and understanding. The students learn aspects of science that can be applied in the workplace such as health and safety and laboratory design. Practical topics include aseptic technique, microbiology and chemical analysis. The course is assessed by a mixture of coursework and examinations.

Assessment

There are a variety of methods of assessment for Science. These can be separated into formal and informal assessment.


Informally assessment may be through
• Questioning both verbal and written during lessons. Questioning can be random or directed and should be differentiated to meet the needs of the pupils.
• Do now activities, at the start of lessons can be used to check knowledge or skills both of topics recently covered or topics interleaved if a teacher identifies a ‘gap’.


Formal assessment takes place by
• Use of PLCs in lessons to assess knowledge acquisition.
• Exam question homework (either from Kerboodle or Exampro).
• 6 Mark or ‘Big’ questions one per term – this is as a consequence of exam analysis identifying extended writing as an area of development for our pupils. The pupils are coached in how to complete the extended writing questions during the day to day teaching and learning within the department. The science team includes 2 AQA science examiners who have trained staff.
• End of topic tests one per term – this is an exam style assessment that pupils revise for and attempt in test conditions. Pupils receive feedback in terms of a grade, an area of strength and a target for improvement. They ‘green pen’ the assessment to ensure exam technique and the correct knowledge is revisited. All pupils complete a learner response sheet that enables them to reflect on their result.
• At the end of every term each student will sit a longer length written assessment which contains prior learning interleaved throughout the exam paper. Again, pupils receive feedback in terms of a grade, an area of strength and a target for improvement. They ‘green pen’ the assessment to ensure exam technique and the correct knowledge is revisited. All pupils complete a learner response sheet that enables them to reflect on their result.

STEM

The curriculum is enriched by a variety of inclusive extra-curricular opportunities. Such as STEM club. Here students undertake a variety of individual projects from the CREST resource library or that they have developed themselves. They research a problem, using the internet, surveys and observations, before thinking of a possible solution to that problem. We run a successful LEGO robots club where students work as a team, designing, building and programming a robot to be able to undertake a variety of tasks. We enter competitions often with success. We have an ECO-Schools Committee, where students work towards improving the environment of the school and campaign to improve the behaviour of our community, regarding litter, waste and energy, as well as links with the local and international community and health.
Other opportunities include a Year 8 Field trip where students learn how to study ecology in a local environment. We hold this field trip within walking distance of the school, because it means that everybody can take part and develop pride in their wider surroundings. Every year our year 9 hold a year 5&6 Science and Technology Fair. Our students teach year 5 and 6 students a variety of skills from across the STEM curriculum. It is attended by upwards of 700 primary school children. Our students experience what it is like to teach their peers, explaining not only how to carry out simple experiments, but also why things happen or how things happen.
Other extra-curricular opportunities include the Faraday Challenge, Imperial College Competition,Glider Challenge, Girls in engineering day, STEM days. We are proud to be involved in the Enthuse project sponsored by GSK to improve the delivery of maths and science skills across the curriculum.

In the Spring term your child will study

Year Big Ideas Topics Covered
7 Cells are alive.
Bodies are systems.
Structure determines properties
Radiation transfers energy
Body systems; Reactions; Sound; Elements.
8 Organisms are interdependent.
Structure determines properties.
Reactions rearrange matter.
Energy is conserved.
Forces predict motion.
Adaptations; Metals; Separation techniques; Energy; Motion.
9 Organisms are interdependent.
Ecosystems recycle resources.
Structure determines properties.
Earth systems interact.
Energy is conserved
Photosynthesis; Respiration; Periodic table; Earth’s atmosphere; Energy resources.

10 

Combined

Cells are alive.
Bodies are systems.
Reactions rearrange matter.
Forces predict motion
Nervous system; Rates and Equilibrium; Forces in balance.

10

Triple

Cells are alive.
Bodies are systems.
Reactions rearrange matter.
Forces predict motion.
Nervous system; Rates and Equilibrium; Forces in balance; Motion

11

Combined

Organisms are interdependent.
Ecosystems recycle resources.
Earth systems interact.
Fields produce forces.
Electricity transfers energy.
Biodiversity; Using resources; Space.

11

Triple

Organisms are interdependent.
Ecosystems recycle resources.
Earth systems interact.
Fields produce forces.
Electricity transfers energy
Biodiversity; Using resources; Space.

12

Biology

Cells are alive.
Bodies are systems
Biological molecules & Exchange surfaces.

13

Biology

Cells are alive.
Bodies are systems.
Respiration; Immunity, infection and forensics.

12 & 13

Applied Science

Reactions rearrange matter Unit 21 Product testing techniques (Internal assessment).
Unit 1 & 2 resits.

Exams

Students will be assessed throughout the course and in addition to this year 9 will sit an end of year exam in May whilst year 10 students sit theirs in June. In November and March of year 11 students will sit full mock examination, one each for Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Each of these exams will consist of questions taken from previous AQA exam papers. Revision guides may be purchased through the school at a reduced cost and at various times during the year.
All students conclude the course with two examinations in Biology, two in Chemistry and two in Physics. These examinations are 1 hour and 15 minutes for Double award students and 1 hour 45 minutes for Triple award students due to the additional content studied.

Revision Activities

• Find revision films on YouTube or make your own
• Summarise your class notes
• Make revision flash cards
• Create a colourful mindmap
• Create a film on Moviemaker
• MP3 your work to make a revision tape
• Create a word search/crossword/cloze test and swap with a friend
• Familiarise yourself with the language used in exam questions
• Key words sheet – really important in science as there are a lot!
• Read newspapers and find articles relating to topics you have studied
• Write out past paper questions and swap with a friend
• Read the examiners reports – these are on the OCR website
• Download the specification for your exam (link below) - check you know it

Online revision resources
https://www.gcsepod.com
http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zrkw2hv
https://www.cgpbooks.co.uk/interactive_gcse_science
http://www.planet-science.com/categories/over-11s.aspx
http://revisionworld.com/gcse-revision
http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/by-type/gcse/


Other resources
https://www.medicalprojects.co.uk/pre-med-placements/
https://www.futurelearn.com/

Key Stage 5 Science


We are fortunate to be able to offer a wide range of science course at KS5, including, Chemistry, Physics, Biology and Applied Science. These are suitable for candidates taking Combined or Triple Sciences and lead to a wide range of courses at University.

 

AQA Biology A
Curriculum Year Unit Name Content Key Assessment
AS

Biological Molecules

 

Cells

 

 

Organisms exchange substances with their environment.

 

Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms

Monomers and polymers, Carbohydrates, Lipids and Proteins, DNA, ATP, Water and Inorganic ions.  

Cell structure, microscopes, Cell cycle, Cell division, Membranes, the Immune system.

 

SA to Vol ratio, Gas exchange, Digestion and absorption, Mass transport.

 

DNA, genes and chromosomes, DNA and protein synthesis, Genetic diversity, Species and Taxonomy, Biodiversity, Investigating diversity.

 

Summative assessments and the end of each topic Internal Mock exam.
CPAC assessments
Edexcel Biology A SNAB
Curriculum Year Unit Name Content Key Assessment

A2

 

 

 

 

 

 

Topic 5: On the Wild Side

 

Topic 6: Immunity, Infection and Forensics.

 

Topic 7: Run for your Life

 

Topic 8: Grey Matter

Ecosystems, the importance of photosynthesis and Climate Change

 

Applications of DNA, the immune response and how we treat disease

 

Muscle structure and action, respiration and effects of exercise on the heart and lungs

Nervous system structure and function, brain development and ethical consideration of drug treatments

Summative assessments and the end of each topic
Internal Mock exam

A-level Exams
3 x 2 Hour papers in June

CPAC assessments

OCR Cambridge Technical Applied Science
Curriculum Year Unit Name Content Key Assessment
Certificate

Unit 1 Fundamentals of Science (External assessment)

Unit 2 Laboratory Techniques (External Assessment)

Basic concepts from Physics Biology and chemistry, including cell structure, electricity and atomic structure

A practical based module including Health and Safety procedures, Aseptic techniques, Chemical analysis

Summative End of topic assessments
External Assessment in Jan and May
Extended certificate

Unit 6 Control of Hazards of Laboratory Techniques (Internal Assessment)

 

Unit 18 Microbiology (Internal Assessment)

Unit 21 Product Testing Techniques (Internal Assessment)

 

Health and Safety regulations, risk assessment, lab design

Techniques in microbiology including gram staining, the use of microbiology in food and GM crops

Practical techniques used in industry such as titration

 

Coursework based assessment, marked internally and verified by an OCR moderator
OCR Physics A
Curriculum Year Unit name Content Key Assessment
AS

Module 1 – Development of practical skills in physics

 

 

Module 2 – Foundations of physics

 

 

Module 3–Forces and motion

 

 

Module 4 –Electrons, waves and photons

 

 

 

Practical skills assessed in a written examination
Practical skills assessed in the practical endorsement

 

 

Physical quantities and units, Making measurements and analysing data,
Nature of quantities

 

Motion, Forces in action, Work, energy and power, Materials, Newton’s laws of motion and momentum

 

Charge and current, Energy, power and resistance, Electrical circuits, Waves,
Quantum physics

 

 

Summative assessments and the end of each topic
Internal Mock exam

CPAC assessments

A2

Module 5– Newtonian world and astrophysics

 

 

Module 6 –Particles and medical physics

Thermal physics, Circular motion, Astrophysics and cosmology

 

 

Electric fields, Electromagnetism, Medical imaging, Nuclear and particle physics

 

Summative assessments and the end of each topic
Internal Mock exam

A-level Exams
2 x 2 r 15 mins papers
1 x 1hr 30 min paper
in Jun

CPAC assessments

 

AQA Chemistry
Curriculum Year Unit Name Content Ket Assessment
AS

Physical Chemistry

Inorganic Chemistry

Organic Chemistry

Atomic Structure and bonding, Chemical reactions including; Energetics, Kinetics, Chemical Equilibria, Oxidation and Reduction reactions

The periodic table including; Periodicity, Group 2 elements, and Group 7 elements

Organic Compounds including; Alkanes, Alkenes, Halogenoalkanes, Alcohols and Organic analysis

Summative assessments and the end of each topic
Internal Mock exam

CPAC assessments

A2

Physical Chemistry

 

Inorganic Chemistry

 

Organic Chemistry

Topics include; Thermodynamics, Rate equations, Electrode potentials and Acids & Bases

Properties of materials including period 3 elements and their Oxides, and Reactions of Ions in solution

Organic compounds including aldehydes and ketones, carboxylic acids, Amines and Polymers,
Aalysis techniques including NMR and Chromatography

Summative assessments and the end of each topic
Internal Mock exam

A-level Exams
2 x 2 r 15 mins papers
1 x 1hr 30 min paper
in Jun

CPAC assessments

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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