Science

Key Stage 3

Aims

At KS3, students will build a foundation of skills and knowledge that will enable them to become successful in their GCSE exams at KS4.  This includes refining basic practical techniques and enquiry processes, which include:

  • Asking scientific questions
  • Planning investigations
  • Collecting, recording and presenting data
  • Analysing patterns in data
  • Evaluating data and methods

Year 7

Students will study the following content:

  • Biology – movement; cells; interdependence; plant reproduction; variation; human reproduction.
  • Chemistry – particle model; separating mixtures; acids and alkalis; metals and non-metals; the Earth’s structure; the universe.
  • Physics – speed; gravity; potential difference and resistance; current; energy costs; energy transfer; sound; light.

Year 8

Students will study the following content:

  • Biology – breathing; digestion; respiration; photosynthesis; evolution and inheritance.
  • Chemistry – elements; the periodic table; types of reactions; chemical energy; climate; Earth’s resources.
  • Physics – contact forces; pressure; magnetism; electromagnets; work; heating and cooling; wave effects; wave properties.

Year 9

Students will begin their GCSE course in Year 9.  They have the option of studying either Combined Science or Separate Science.  There are also required practical activities which account for 20% of each GCSE exam.  The exam board being used is AQA.  The content taught for GCSE at this stage is as follows:

  • Biology – B1 you and your Genes, B4 using food and controlling growth
  • Chemistry – C1 air & water; C2 Chemical patterns
  • Physics – P5 Radioactive materials; P6 matter – models and explanations

 

Key Stage 4

Why study Science?

Science gives an indication to how the world around us works and developed.  Science is useful in everyday lives such as understanding why a light has blown at home or understanding how to lift something properly.

Content:

Year 10: Will begin to move to the OCR exam board modules, the modules covered at year 9 on AQA are directly transferable.

Students will cover the following:

Biology: B2 keeping health, B5 the human body, B3 living together – food & ecosystems

Chemistry: C1 air & water, C5 chemical analysis, C6 making useful chemicals

Physics: P3 electric circuits, P4 explaining motion

Year 11: will continue with the AQA exam board and begin to edge closer to finishing the course content and begin focused revision.

Chemistry: The rate and extent of chemical change; Organic chemistry; Chemical

analysis; Chemistry of the atmosphere; and Using resources.

Physics: Forces; Waves; and Magnetism and electromagnetism.

 

Assessment:

Year 10: End of module tests for each module studied, PPEs.

The GCSE structure is as follows:

1 biology paper 1 hour 45 mins, 1 chemistry paper 1 hour 45 mins, 1 physics paper 1 hour 45 mins, 1 combined science paper 1 hour 45 mins (practical)

Year 11: end of modules test and PPE throughout the year

2 biology paper 1 hour 15 mins each, 2 chemistry paper 1 hour 15 mins each, 2 physics papers 1 hour 15 mins each

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