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Science

 

Tab 1

Introduction

Our state of the art new Science labs create an excellent environment for learning. We have 9 full science labs and a Physics specialist lab at the moment with a view to a further two more science labs in the summer!

Key stage 3 Science operates over two years (7 and 8). Students in Year 9 study a GCSE preparation course. There are two Science pathways offered in Key Stage 4; GCSE AQA Combined Trilogy Science, which is compulsory unless a pupil has an average grade of 6. In which case they can select GCSE Separate Sciences. Separate Sciences allows pupils to gain a GCSE in Physics, Biology and Chemistry (3 GCSE's). The Combined Science leads to 2 GCSE's.

 

 

Tab 2

KS3 Science

Year 7

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

Year 8

Biology

Topic

How it is assessed

Number of lessons until assessment

Gas exchange

Open book skills assessment

8

Cells

Topic test

7

Microbes and plants

Open book skills assessment

11

DNA and natural selection

Topic test

8

Chemistry

Topic

How it is assessed

Number of lessons until assessment

Compounds

Open book skills assessment

8

Composites, ceramics and polymers

Topic test

8

Combustion and fuels

Open book skills assessment

6

Atmosphere and pollution

Topic test

12

Physics

Topic

How it is assessed

Number of lessons until assessment

Electrical circuits

Open book skills assessment

7

Waves

Topic test

10

Properties of light

Open book skills assessment

7

Uses of light

Topic test

7

 

Year 9

Year 9

Biology

Topic

How it is assessed

Number of lessons until assessment

Cells and microscopy

Topic test

9

DNA and variation

Topic test

7

Digestive system and enzymes

Topic test

9

Heart and blood (Set 1 only)

Topic test

7

Chemistry

Topic

How it is assessed

Number of lessons until assessment

Atmosphere and pollutants

Topic test

9

Resources from the Earth

Topic test

8

Atomic structure and development of the periodic table

Topic test

11

Reactivity series and cells (set 1 only)

Topic test

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

Basic waves and EMS

Topic test

7

Light and sound waves (set 1 only)

Topic test

7

 

Tab 3

KS4 GCSE Science

 

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

Homeostasis and response

Topic test

7 (8)

Inheritance, variation and response

Topic test

6 (8)

Ecology

Topic test

7 (8)

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)

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

 

Tab 3

Support

Support at KS3 – We have a KS3 science and STEM club. It is very popular with pupils as it shows the fun side to learning Science. We allow pupils to get involved in doing practical tasks and join in with demonstrations that they might not get to usually do in class.