Science

 
What will the subject enable me to do?

Studying Science allows students to understand the technology and natural phenomena that they see around them every day.

It prepares students to be able to make informed decisions about issues such as vaccination and climate change, and develops practical skills that will enable to thrive in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) career.

 
Staff

S Dewhurst – Head of Dept
J Lightfoot – Second in Dept

P Holmes

A Cartwright

K Garvey

P Scott

J Bell

M Sturrock

M West

C Dogan

W Rhodes –Dept TA

S Goodall – Head Science Technician

T Johnson – Science Technician

 
KeyStage3

Curriculum Plan

Year 7

Unit
Skills
Assessment

Working Scientifically

Students will learn how to work safely in a Science laboratory. They will also develop their ability to plan investigations, record collected data appropriately, analyse results and evaluate the practical.

Formal Test

Biology

In this unit, students will study the structure of cells and observe them using microscopes. Students will then learn how cells work together to form tissues and organs and will then learn about the organ systems found in the human body. For the last topic, students will study reproduction in humans and plants as well as how the human body changes through adolescence.

Formal Test

Chemistry

In this unit, students will learn about the particle theory and how those particles act. Students will then learn about elements, compounds and atoms. They will also have an opportunity to carry out a series of investigations in the Reactions unit, including:- burning fuels, exothermic and endothermic reactions. The final unit introduces pupils to acids and alkali’s.

Formal Test

Physics

In this unit, students will learn about the forces that surround us. Students will also learn about sound and how different sounds are produced and how they are detected. In the light topic, pupils will learn about colour and how the eye enables us to use light to see. The final topic introduces pupils to space including the moon and our solar system.

Formal Test

 

Homework will be set via ShowMyHomework and will comprise of spelling tests and activities designed to consolidate student knowledge. At the end of each topic, students will complete a formal test, designed to assess pupil progress and attainment.

Year 8

Unit
Skills
Assessment

Biology

In this unit, students will learn about having a healthy diet and the impact of drugs on the human body. They will also study habitats and the interactions between living organisms through food chains and webs. The final topic introduces the pupils to Evolution and how Darwin’s theory was developed.

Formal Test

Chemistry

In this unit, students will learn about the periodic table and how it was developed. Students will also learn how to separate mixture through various investigations, as well as reacting metals with acids. In the final topic, students learn about the structure of the Earth’s core, the rock cycle and the carbon cycle.

Formal Test

Physics

In this unit, students will learn about electricity and magnetism and will investigate the theory through various investigations. Students will also study energy including stores and how it is transferred. The final unit introduces pupils to motion and pressure.

Formal Test

 

Homework will be set via ShowMyHomework and will comprise of spelling tests and activities designed to consolidate student knowledge. At the end of each topic, students will complete a formal test designed to assess pupil progress and attainment.

 
Keystage 4

Students will study Edexcel Combined Science.

Component
Content
Assessment

Biology

Topic 1 – Key concepts in biology,

Topic 2 – Cells and control,

Topic 3 – Genetics,

Topic 4– Natural selection and genetic modification, Topic 5 – Health, disease and the development of medicines

Topic 6 – Plant structures and their functions,

Topic 7 – Animal coordination, control and homeostasis,

Topic 8 – Exchange and transport in

animals,

Topic 9 – Ecosystems and material cycles

33 %

 

2 exams

Each 70 mins

Chemistry

Topic 1 – Key concepts in chemistry,

Topic 2 – States of matter and mixtures,

Topic 3 – Chemical changes,

Topic 4 – Extracting metals and equilibria

Topic 6 – Groups in the periodic table,

Topic 7 –Rates of reaction and energy changes,

Topic 8 – Fuels and Earth science

33 %

 

2 exams

Each 70 mins

Physics

Topic 1 – Key concepts of physics,

Topic 2 – Motion and forces,

Topic 3 – Conservation of energy,

Topic 4 – Waves,

Topic 5 – Light and the electromagnetic spectrum, Topic 6 –Radioactivity

Topic 8 – Energy - Forces doing work,

Topic 9 – Forces and their effects,

Topic 10 – Electricity and circuits,

Topic 12 – Magnetism and the motor effect,

Topic 13 – Electromagnetic induction,

Topic 14 – Particle model,

Topic 15 – Forces and matter

33 %

 

2 exams

Each 70 mins

 

Homework and support

Homework will be set via ShowMyHomework and will comprise of theory revision and online exam questions. Students will be given a formal assessment at the end of each topic.

Revision sessions are held most days.

 
Keystage 5

A level Biology (OCR)

 

Content

 

Module 1 – Development of practical skills in biology

Module 2 – Foundations in biology

Module 3 – Exchange and transport

Module 4 – Biodiversity, evolution and disease

Module 5 – Communication, homeostasis and energy

Module 6 – Genetics, evolution and ecosystems

 

Assessment

Biological processes (01) 100 marks 2 hour 15 minutes written paper

37%  of total A level

Biological diversity (02) 100 marks 2 hour 15 minutes written paper

37% of total A level

Unified biology (03) 70 marks 1 hour 30 minutes written paper

 

 

26% of total A level

OCR A level Chemistry (syllabus A)

 

Content

 

Module 1 – Development of practical skills in chemistry

Module 2 – Foundations in chemistry

Module 3 – Periodic table and energy

Module 4 – Core organic chemistry and analysis

Module 5 – Physical chemistry and transition elements

Module 6 – Organic chemistry and analysis

 

Assessment

Periodic table, elements and physical chemistry (01) 100 marks 2 hour 15 minutes written paper

37%  of total A level

Synthesis and analytical techniques (02) 100 marks 2 hour 15 minutes written paper

37% of total A level

Unified chemistry (03) 70 marks 1 hour 30 minutes written paper

26% of total A level

Practical endorsement in chemistry (04) non exam assessment

 

A level Physics A (H556)  OCR

 

Content

 

Module 1 – Development of practical skills in Physics

Module 2 – Foundations in Physics

Module 3 – Forces and motion

Module 4 - Electrons, Waves and Photons

Module 5 – Newtonian world and astrophysics

Module 6 – Particles and medical physics

 

 

Assessment

Modelling Physics (01) 100 marks 2 hour 15 minutes written paper

37%  of total A level

Exploring Physics (02) 100 marks 2 hour 15 minutes written paper

37% of total A level

 

26% of total A level 

Unified Physics (03) 70 marks 1 hour 30 minutes written paper

 

 

Learners are expected to gain practical skills throughout the course which are embedded within the learning outcomes of the course to encourage practical activities in the classroom which contribute to the achievement of the Practical Endorsement and which are assessed throughout the written examinations.

 

BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Applied Science

 

Equivalent in size to two A Levels. 8 units of which 6 are mandatory and 3 are external.

 

Units

 

Principles and Applications of Science I  - Exam

 

Science Investigation Skills - Exam

 

Principles and Applications of Science II – Exam

 

Investigative Project  - Portfolio of work

Mandatory group B units - learners complete all units

Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques – Portfolio of work

 

Laboratory Techniques and their Application – Portfolio of work

 

Diseases and Infections – Portfolio of work

 

Biomedical Science - Portfolio of work