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Science

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 about 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 intending 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 in 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.

 

Five Year Plan

Biology

 Chemistry

 Physics

 

Key Stage Four

Combined Trilogy 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

Biology

  • Cell Biology
  • Organisation (enzymes, organ systems, plant systems)
  • Infection and Response
  • Bioenergetics (photosynthesis and respiration)

 

Chemistry

  • Earth’s Atmosphere
  • Using resources (extraction of metals, alloys, recycling etc)
  • Atomic structure (elements, periodic table, separation techniques)
  • Bonding (ionic, covalent, metallic)
  • Energy changes (exothermic, endothermic)

  

Physics

  • Forces (introduction)
  • Forces B (distance/time graphs, stopping distance, momentum)
  • Energy (energy transfers, efficiency)
  • Energy Resources (renewable, non-renewable)
  • Waves (properties of waves, EM)
  • Atomic Structure

Biology

GCSE Biology
Exam board AQA Course code 8461
Examined by 2 x 1hr 45mins exams worth 50% each.
Key topics taught in Year 10
  • Cell Biology
  • Organisation (enzymes, organ systems, plant systems)
  • Infection and Response
  • Bioenergetics (photosynthesis and respiration)

Chemistry

GCSE Chemistry
Exam board AQA Course code 8462
Examined by 2 x 1hr 45mins exams worth 50% each.
Key topics taught in Year 10

Earth’s Atmosphere

Using resources (extraction of metals, alloys, recycling etc)

Atomic structure (elements, periodic table, separation techniques)

Bonding (ionic, covalent, metallic)

Energy changes (exothermic, endothermic)  

Physics

GCSE Physics
Exam board AQA Course code 8463
Examined by 2 x 1hr 45mins exams worth 50% each.
Key topics taught in Year 10

Forces (introduction)

Forces B (distance/time graphs, stopping distance, momentum)

Energy (energy transfers, efficiency)

Energy Resources (renewable, non-renewable)

Waves (properties of waves, EM)

Atomic Structure