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Science

 

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Introduction

At Hodge Hill College we aim to create scientists with well-rounded practical, scientific and mathematical skills by delivering engaging lessons taught by expert teachers. Pupils are confident in their scientific abilities and are passionate towards Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

From KS3 we aim to equip pupils with the correct skills base in terms of practical and mathematical skills as well as introducing them to the world of work and the importance of Science in real world situations. We continue this into KS4 with an aim to inspire the next generation of scientists by instilling the core school principles of courtesy, achievement, respect and empathy.

It is important to show pupils the world of Science outside of the lesson setting. We provide the following enrichment activities:

  • Interactive workshops on alternative NHS jobs. These allow pupils to explore the practical side of employment as well as giving them a chance to talk to professionals about career entry routes and salaries
  • 4d immersive lessons on cells and the atmosphere. These allow pupils to ‘talk science’
  • Virtual reality workshops on aerospace and what it is like to work at an exciting workplace environment
  • Rocket launch events. These allow pupils to demonstrate their collaborative and creative sides as well as stimulating an enjoyment of Science.
  • Visits to RAF Cosford. These allow pupils to see a workplace that is reliant on science skills and engineering. This is aimed mainly at girls that are studying physics to help inspire the next generation of female engineers

Our curriculum aims to develop:

Personal learning: Promoting self-awareness and learning about lab safety and the consciousness that an individual’s discoveries can impact positively on the wider world. We actively promote the concept of ‘talking science’ to allow pupils to express their views and use ‘thinking harder’ tasks to allow pupils to stretch and challenge themselves.

Social learning: Working as part of a team during practical and group work tasks enables the pupils to see the effectiveness of collaborative work and equips the pupils with communication and leadership skills.

Cultural learning: Introducing the pupils to ethical and moral situations that link into British values and to new scientific developments that may directly or indirectly impact on one’s cultural beliefs is imperative i.e. nanotechnology or embryonic stem cell science vs. embedded religious or cultural views

Economic learning: Introducing the world of Science in the workplace with links to specific jobs, the skillset needed for these jobs and how to get there in terms of academic and apprenticeship routes. We emphasise the salaries involved and show pupils the alternatives in specific fields. Lessons with workplace links also show the contribution of Science jobs on the wider economy.

 

 

KS3

Year 7

Biology Topic How it is assessed Number of lessons until assessment
Human body Open book skills assessment 6
Reproduction  and variation Topic test 6
Enzymes and food groups  Open book skills assessment 7
Classification and adaptations Topic test 7
Chemistry Topic How it is assessed Number of lessons until assessment
Changes of state and particle model Open book skills assessment 7
Separation techniques  Topic test 7
Acids and alkalis  Open book skills assessment 5
Chemical reactions  Topic test 7
Physics Topic How it is assessed Number of lessons until assessment
Energy  Open book skills assessment 6
Fuels  Topic test 6
Forces  Open book skills assessment 7
Magnets and space Topic test 7

Year 8 

Biology Topic How it is assessed Number of lessons until assessment
Cells  Topic test 9
Photosynthesis and leaves Open book skills assessment 7
Breathing and respiration  Topic test 5
Drugs and exercise Open book skills assessment 7
Chemistry Topic How it is assessed Number of lessons until assessment
Compounds and displacement Open book skills assessment 7
Polymers and bonding Topic test 7
Combustion and fuels Open book skills assessment 6
Atmosphere and pollution Topic test 10
Physics Topic How it is assessed Number of lessons until assessment
Electrical circuits Open book skills assessment 7
Waves and sound Topic test 10
Properties of light Open book skills assessment 7
Uses of light and The eye Topic test 7

Year 9 

Biology Topic How it is assessed Number of lessons until assessment
DNA and variation Topic test 7
Communicable and non commynicable diseases Topic test 7
Digestive system and enzymes Topic test 8
Osmosis and investigating osmosis Heart and blood (Set 1 only)

Topic test

Topic test

4

7

Chemistry Topic How it is assessed Number of lessons until assessment
Reactivity and neutralisation Topic test 9
Resources from the Earth Topic test 8
Atomic structure and development of the periodic table Topic test 11

Endo and exothermic reactions

Electrolysis and cells (Set 1 only) 

Exam question practice

Topic test

6

6

Physics Topic How it is assessed Number of lessons until assessment
Energy and efficiency Topic test 7
Forces and motion time graphs Topic test 9
Hooke's Law  Exam question practice     3
Basic waves and EMS Light and sound waves (set 1 only)

Topic test

Topic test

7

 

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KS4

GCSE Combined Trilogy Science

Exam board

AQA

Course code

8464

Examined by

6x 1hr 15mins worth 16.7% each (2 x Chemistry exams, 2x Physics exams, 2x Biology exams)

Key topics taught

Chemistry

Topic 1 – Earth’s Atmosphere

Topic 2 – Using resources (extraction of metals, alloys, recycling etc)

Topic 3 – Atomic structure (elements, periodic table, separation techniques)

Topic 4 – Bonding (ionic, covalent, metallic)

Topic 5 – Energy changes (exothermic, endothermic)

 

Biology

Topic 1 - Cell Biology

Topic 3 – Organisation (enzymes, organ systems, plant systems)

Topic3 – Infection and Response

Topic 4 – Bioenergetics (photosynthesis and respiration)

 

Physics

Topic 1 – Forces (introduction)

Topic 2 – Forces B (distance/time graphs, stopping distance, momentum)

Topic 3 – Energy (energy transfers, efficiency)

Topic 4 – Energy Resources (renewable, non-renewable)

Topic 5 – Waves (properties of waves, EM)

Topic 6 – Atomic Structure

 

 

GCSE Biology

 

 

 

Exam board

AQA

Course code

8461

Examined by

2 x 1hr 45mins exams worth 50% each.

Key topics taught in Y10

Biology

Topic 1 – Cell Biology

Topic 3 – Organisation (enzymes, organ systems, plant systems)

Topic3 – Infection and Response

Topic 4 – Bioenergetics (photosynthesis and respiration)

 

GCSE Chemistry

Exam board

AQA

Course code

8462

Examined by

2 x 1hr 45mins exams worth 50% each.

Key topics taught in Y10

Topic 1 – Earth’s Atmosphere

Topic 2 – Using resources (extraction of metals, alloys, recycling etc)

Topic 3 – Atomic structure (elements, periodic table, separation techniques)

Topic 4 – Bonding (ionic, covalent, metallic)

Topic 5 – Energy changes (exothermic, endothermic)  

 

GCSE Physics

Exam board

AQA

Course code

8463

Examined by

2 x 1hr 45mins exams worth 50% each.

Key topics taught in Y10

Topic 1 – Forces (introduction)

Topic 2 – Forces B (distance/time graphs, stopping distance, momentum)

Topic 3 – Energy (energy transfers, efficiency)

Topic 4 – Energy Resources (renewable, non-renewable)

Topic 5 – Waves (properties of waves, EM)

Topic 6 – Atomic Structure

 Year 10

Biology

Topic

How it is assessed

Number of lessons until assessment

Cell biology

Topic test

9 (10)

Organisation

Topic test

5 (6)

Infection and response

Topic test

5 (6)

Bioenergetics

Topic test

5 (6)

Chemistry

Topic

How it is assessed

Number of lessons until assessment

Atmosphere and pollutants

Topic test

6

Resources from the Earth

Topic test

9 (14)

Atomic structure and development of the periodic table

Topic test

9 (13)

Bonding

Topic test

9 (12)

Energy changes (endo/exo)

Topic test

6 (9)

Physics

Topic

How it is assessed

Number of lessons until assessment

Forces A

Topic test

7 (11)

Forces B

Topic test

12 (13)

Energy

Topic test

11

Energy resources

Topic test

5

Waves

Topic test

5 (11)

Atomic Structure

Topic test

5

Year 11

Biology

 

 

Homeostasis and response

Topic test

7 (8)

Inheritance, variation and response

Topic test

6 (8)

Ecology

Topic test

7 (8)

Chemistry

 

 

 

 

 

Topic

How it is assessed

Number of lessons until assessment

Quantitative chemistry

Topic test

8 (10)

Chemical changes

Topic test

9 (10)

Organic chemistry

Topic test

7 (9)

Rate and extent of reaction

Topic test

6

Chemical analysis

Topic test

5 (7)

Physics

 

 

 

 

Topic

How it is assessed

Number of lessons until assessment

Electricity

Topic test

11 (13)

Magnetism and electromagnetism

Topic test

11

Particle model of matter

Topic test

10

Space physics

Topic test

6

 

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