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. The exam board being used for GCSE Science is OCR, with the following topics being taught:

  • Biology – B1: You and your genes; B2: Keeping healthy; B4: Using food and controlling growth
  • Chemistry – C1: Air and water; C2: Chemical patterns
  • Physics – P5: Radioactive materials; P6: Matter – models and explanations

There are also required practical activities which account for approximately 20% of the GCSE grade.

 

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: 

Students will cover the following:

  • Biology (autumn): B5 the human body; B3 living together – food & ecosystems; B6 Evolution
  • Chemistry (spring): C5 chemical analysis; C6 making useful chemicals
  • Physics (summer) : P3 electric circuits; P4 explaining motion

 

Year 11: will begin to edge closer to finishing the course content and begin focused revision.

  • Biology: B3 living together

  • Chemistry: C3 making useful chemicals; C4 chemicals of the natural world

  • Physics: P1 Waves; P2 sustainable energy

 

Assessment:

Year 10:

3 assessments per term:

  • Precycle: 15 question multiple choice quiz
  • Mid cycle: same 15 questions multiple choice quiz and a few exam style questions
  • End cycle: End of cycle exam question on topics they have covered

 

Year 11:

2 lots of PPEs to take the following papers:

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)

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