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 Science Faculty

 


Keys stage three;

At year 7 all students experience three Science lessons per week, year 8 are taught Science four times per week. The lessons are carefully designed to provide a variety of challenging and interesting activities, whilst fully utilising the specialist practical equipment available. Our scheme of work has been adapted from and incorporates all of the key elements of the Key Stage 3 National Strategy for Science; it also includes practical activities, skills, how Science works and investigation skills.

Keystage 4
For students beginning Key stage four in September 2015

All students will complete one of the two GCSE courses which is a combination of Biology, Chemistry and Physics is called Combine Science: Trilogy from AQA. Triple Science is a three GCSE course consisting of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. All exams are taken at the end of Year 11. The specification for both can be found on the AQA website (www.aqa.org.uk)

All courses cover the following topics in differing levels of detail.
Biology
1 Cell biology
2 Organisation
3 Infection and response
4 Bioenergetics
5 Homeostasis and response
6 Inheritance, variation and evolution
7 Ecology

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

Physics
20 Energy
21 Electricity
22 Particle model of matter
23 Atomic structure
24 Forces
25 Waves
26 Magnetism and electromagnetism

Key stage four (students who began key stage four before 2015);

Students continue their studies of Science in a variety of pathways depending on ability and exam capability. In the current year 11 students are taught all three Sciences in their 5 science lessons per week for Double Science (Core and Additional) and 6 lessons per week for the Triple Science (Core, Additional and Extended Additional). In the current year 10 students either study Double Science (core and additional) having 5 lessons of Science per week or Triple Science (core, Additional and extended Additional).

We also teach GCSE Health and Social Care as an option in year 10 and 11.

Key stage five;

We offer A level Biology, Chemistry, Physics the students for this have five lessons per week. We also offer Level 3 BTEC Applied Science and Level 3 Health and Social Care, students for these subjects are taught four times per week with an additional mandatory study period if studying at A2 or 5 lessons per week if studies at AS.

KS3

Year 7 topics;
Becoming a Scientist –science skills
Separating mixtures
Cells and systems
Reproduction
Magnets
Energy
Respiration
Space

Year 8 topics;
Chemical reactions
Forces and motion
Nutrition and health
Periodic table
Earth atmosphere and rocks
Ecosystem
Electricity
Atoms, elements and mixtures
Waves
Plants and photosynthesis.

KS4

All students studying GCSE Science carry out the core science modules (specification available at www.aqa.org.uk). The course consists of the three Sciences and also incorporates How Science works. The pathway then will either lead on to double or triples science.

Core Science

B1:

  • Keeping healthy
  • Co-ordination and control
  • Medicine and drugs
  • Adaptation for survival
  • Energy in biomass
  • Variation, reproduction and new technology
  • Evolution

C1:

  • Fundamental ideas
  • Rocks and building materials
  • Metals and their uses
  • Crude oil and fuels
  • Products from oils
  • Plants oils
  • Our changing planet

P1:

  • Energy transfers by heating
  • Using energy
  • Electrical energy
  • Generating electricity
  • Waves
  • Electromagnetic waves

Additional Science:

B2

  • What are animals and plants built from?
  • How do dissolved substances get into and out of cells?
  • How do plants obtain the food they need to live and grow?
  • What happens to energy and biomass at each stage in a food chain?
  • What happens to the waste material produced by plants and animals?
  • What are enzymes and what are some of their functions?
  • How do our bodies keep internal conditions constant?
  • Which human characteristics show a simple pattern of inheritance?

 

C2

  • How do sub-atomic particles help us to understand the structure of substances?
  • How do structures influence the properties and uses of substances?
  • How much can we make and how much do we need to use?
  • How can we control the rates of chemical reactions?
  • Do chemical reactions always release energy?
  • How can we use ions in solutions?

 

P2

  • How can we describe the way things move?
  • How do we make things speed up or slow down?
  • What happens to the movement energy when things speed up or slowdown?
  • What is momentum?
  • What is static electricity, how can it be used and what is the connection between static electricity and electric currents?
  • What does the current through an electrical circuit depend on?
  • What is mains electricity and how can it be used safely?
  • Why do we need to know the power of electrical appliances?
  • What happens to radioactive substances when they decay?
  • What are nuclear fission and nuclear fusion?

Triple Science

Triple Science students study the core and additional science modules plus a further module in each of the three Sciences.

B3

  • How do dissolved substances get into and out of plants and animals?
  • How are dissolved materials transported around the body?
  • How does exercise affect the exchanges taking place within the body?
  • How do exchanges in the kidney help us to maintain the internal environment in mammals and how has biology helped us to treat kidney disease?
  • How are microorganisms used to make food and drink?
  • What other useful substances can we make using microorganisms?
  • How can we be sure we are using microorganisms safely?

 

C3

  • How was the periodic table developed and how can it help us  understand the reactions of elements?
  • What are strong and weak acids and alkalis? How can we find the amounts of acids and alkalis in solutions?
  • What is in the water we drink?
  • How much energy is involved in chemical reactions?
  • How do we identify and analyse substances?

 

P3

  • How do forces have a turning effect?
  • What keeps bodies moving in a circle?
  • What provides the centripetal force for planets and satellites?
  • What do mirrors and lenses do to light?
  • What is sound?
  • What is ultrasound and how can it be used?
  • How can electricity be used to make things move?
  • How do generators work?
  • How do transformers work?
  • What is the life history of stars?