Head of Department: Ms A Byrne

Exam board: AQA

Power standards
1. Describe key concepts using scientific keywords
2. Explain key concepts using scientific keywords
3. Apply key concepts to familiar and unfamiliar contexts
4. Manipulate data to carry out calculations, represent data and identify patterns
5. Analyse and interpret data to formulate a conclusion

 

Year 7:

 

Content covered

What is being assessed in the end of term exam

Term 1

Biology: Cells

Chemistry: Particles and behaviour

Physics: Forces and Space

Animal, plant and specialised cells, parts and functions of the cells, states of matter structure and properties, types of forces and consequences of forces, planets in space. 

Term 2

Biology: Structure and function of body systems: gas exchange and breathing

Chemistry: Elements, Mixtures and Compounds

Physics: Electrical circuits

Respiratory system structure, function and adaptations, element, mixture and compound definitions, examples and reactions. Series and parallel circuits and calculating resistance.

Term 3

Biology: Reproduction in plants and animals

Chemistry: Reactions, acids and alkalis

Physics: Waves and Sound- revisit forces from term 1

Parts of a plant and animal including their functions. Definition of fertilisation and development of a baby. Observations of a reaction, acid and alkali examples and neutralisation. Transverse and longitudinal waves, how we hear sound. 

 

Year 8:

 

Content covered

What is being assessed in the end of term exam

Term 1

Biology: Health and lifestyle: drugs and digestion

Chemistry: The periodic Table

Physics: Energy and power

Nutrients and their functions. Factors affecting a lifestyle. Drugs and their effects and digestive system parts, their functions and process of digestion. Elements, metals and non-metals. Types of energy, energy transfers and power calculations. 

Term 2

Biology: Ecosystem processes, photosynthesis, respiration and interdependence

Chemistry: Separation Techniques

Physics: Light and Magnetism

Ecosystem definition and examples. Processes that happen in an ecosystem. Photosynthesis process and application. Different type of separation techniques. Reflection, refraction, dispersion. Magnets and electromagnets. 

Term3

Biology: Adaptation and inheritance

Chemistry: Metals and acids

Physics: Forces and acceleration

Different examples of adaptations, definitions of key words linked to inheritance, properties of metals and reactions of metals and acids. Acceleration, deceleration and Newton's Laws. 

 

Key stage 3 revision

The science department recommends the following revision techniques:

  • When students find a topic difficult, students should read back through their notes in class and use BBC bitesize and/or you tube videos (fuse school) to go over the content to help consolidate understanding
  • Make flash cards and revision posters if students learn and can remember by doing this
  • Regular self-testing. Students can repeat questions completed in class on a blank sheet of paper or work with friends to test each other. Students can also make up questions/tests themselves and a mark scheme to match it
  • Students should find a memory/revision technique that will help them remember all the key facts they need to know
  • Plan a revision timetable to make sure students go over topics. This should include social down time and also prioritising topics they find difficult
  • Seek a teacher’s help with specific questions of what they need help with

 

Key stage 4 curriculum

In year 9, students are presented with GCSE options. In Science, students have 2 routes;

Combined Science (2 grades, Biology, Chemistry and Physics covered) or

Triple Science – Biology, Chemistry and Physics (1 grade per Science).

A higher attaining student will be able to opt for the Triple Science option assuming it does not clash with another option in that block. The Science department will also help guide students to choose an option that is best suitable for them.

Year 9:

 

Content covered

What is being assessed in the end of term exam

Term 1

Biology: cells, specialisation and transport

Chemistry: Atomic structure and bonding 

Physics: Energy and particle model of matter

Biology: Animal and plant cells, microscopes, diffusion and osmosis.

Chemistry: Structure of an atom, charges, mass, separation techniques, 3 types of bonding and large covalent structures.

Physics: Energy systems, types of stores, conservation of energy, calculations of energy, power and efficiency, states of matter, specific heat capacity and specific latent heat.

Term 2

Biology: Photosynthesis and respiration

 

 

 

 

Chemistry: Chemical changes and energy changes

 

 

 

Physics: Electricity

 

Biology: Plant tissues, organs, limiting factors, heart, breathing, anaerobic and aerobic.

Chemistry: Word and symbol equations, reactions with metals and acids/alkalis, electrolysis, endothermic and exothermic reactions.

Physics: Circuit diagrams, charge, current, voltage, resistance, series and parallel circuits and domestic uses.

Term 3

Biology: Infection and Response

 

 

 

 

Chemistry: Chemistry of the atmosphere

 

 

 

Physics: Forces

 

Biology: Diseases, symptoms and causes and the immune system (monoclonal antibodies).

 

Chemistry: How did the early atmosphere form and how is it different today. How is oxygen and carbon dioxide increased and decreased in the world.

 

Physics: Speed, acceleration, velocity-time graphs, Newton’s laws, moments, levers, pressure.

 

Year 10:

 

Content Covered

What is being assessed in the end of term exam

Term 1

Biology: Cell division and organisation

 

 

Chemistry: Quantitative chemistry and chemical analysis

 

 

Physics: Atomic structure and electromagnetism

 

Biology: Cell division, cell cycles, types of cells, cellular transports, microscopes and digestive system.

 

Chemistry: Calculate relative formula mass (Mr), percentage composition, mass, moles and concentration. Chromatography and tests for gases.

Physics: Radioactive decay, half-life, equations, magnetic fields and forces, electric motors.

Term 2

Biology: Homeostasis and response

 

 

Chemistry: Rates of reaction and organic chemistry

 

 

Physics: Forces (Combined and Triple) and Space (Triple only)

 

Biology: Glucose, temperature, ions and water control. Brain, eye and reflexes.

 

Chemistry: Investigating factors that affect rate, calculating rate, alkanes, alkenes and fractional distillation.

Physics: Scalars, vectors, contact and non-contact forces, gravity and resultant forces. Space – red shift, satellites, stars and the solar system.

Term 3

Biology: Ecology

 

Chemistry: Using resources

 

 

Physics: Waves

 

Biology: Food chains, webs, sampling, global warming, deforestation and food security.

 

Chemistry: Life cycle of a product, recycling, potable water, waste water treatment

Physics: Transverse, longitudinal, wave speed, reflection, refraction, wave fronts.

By the end of Y10 students would have been taught all of the content for their GCSE science exams.

In the GCSE papers, the topics are tested in 2 papers which include:

Combined Science:

Biology:

Paper 1

Paper 2

Cell biology, organisation, infection and response and bioenergetics

Homeostasis and response, inheritance, variation, evolution and ecology

 

Chemistry:

Paper 1

Paper 2

Atomic structure, periodic table, bonding structure, properties of matter; quantitative chemistry, chemical changes and energy changes

The rate and extent of chemical change, organic chemistry, chemical analysis, chemistry of the atmosphere and using resources

Physics:

Paper 1

Paper 2

Energy, electricity, particle model of matter and atomic structure

Forces, waves, magnetism and electromagnetism

 

Triple Science:

Biology:

Paper 1

Paper 2

Cell biology, organisation, infection and response and bioenergetics

Homeostasis and response, inheritance, variation, evolution and ecology

Chemistry:

Paper 1

Paper 2

Atomic structure, periodic table, bonding structure, properties of matter; quantitative chemistry, chemical changes and energy changes

The rate and extent of chemical change, organic chemistry, chemical analysis, chemistry of the atmosphere and using resources

 

Physics:

Paper 1

Paper 2

Energy, electricity, particle model of matter and atomic structure

Forces, waves, magnetism and electromagnetism and space physics

Year 11:

 

Topics

What is being assessed in the end of term exam

Term 1

Revision of Paper 1 Topics in Biology, Chemistry and Physics

Paper 1 and Paper 2 Topics

Term 2

Revision of Paper 2 Topics in Biology, Chemistry and Physics

Term3

Public GCSE Exams (Student revise ‘hot’ topics and topics they find challenging to prepare them for their exams

 

Key stage 4 revision

Students should map out a revision timetable that allocated different subjects to times and ensure this includes social down time away from game consoles and mobile phones. Students have to contend with learning a lot of facts and concepts in science and therefore need to find a technique that allows them to remember facts. This may include:

  • Students should support their learning in class by bringing their revision guides to class. The department recommends AQA Biology, Chemistry and Physics Collins revision guides or AQA Combined Science revision guide (depending on the course they do). These can be purchased at reception, amazon or any book shop
  • Re-writing notes in a manner that suits them. This can include flashcards, posters, handwritten notes, typed up notes or mind maps
  • Students should track the content covered. The specification is on the AQA website (https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse). They can check the lesson in their books and tick off each topic done. They can then make a list of topics they do not fully understand and ensure they go over them as independent learning. Use BBC Bitesize, your revision guide, exercise book and you tube videos to go over the topic and secure understanding. Make notes, cover them up and see if you can remember the key points without looking.
  • Students need to regularly re-visit these topics they find difficult to help them remember. This should be mapped out in their revision timetable.
  • Students should practice applying the concept they learn to practice exam questions. This can be done by practicing questions attempted in class on a different piece of paper or using LogOn Science (students have their logon details) and practice exam questions online. Students can also practice specimen and past papers available on the AQA website (https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse)

Feedback

Feedback in science is given through a variety of ways including:

  • and driving high standards of presentation: 

 

Ambition and careers

Careers permeate through lessons and feature on read now activities and through medium term plans and PLC’s. Additionally, in order to support pupils’ understanding of the job a scientific qualification can lead to, the science department has a dedicated member of staff who is the representative of STEAM (working toward achieving outstanding education in science, technology, engineering, the Arts and mathematics). This project provides a range of opportunities such as inviting STEM ambassadors and other professionals in the industry to work with students. They are able to give students an insight into their education in science and career progression. Students are able to speak with ambassadors individually and ask questions about their education and career with the intention to open pupils understanding of careers and pathways post-16. Currently our department is partnered with JP Morgan and a selected group of year 9 students will be participating in “Schools challenge”. We also have links with the Royal Society, Formula 1 and Imperial College London.

 

Enrichment and Drop Down Days

In school, science specific enrichment opportunities currently include drop down days:

  • Yr 7 - Science Museum – to allow students to become aware of topical issues in science and discover science through a different medium
  • Yr 8 – Space Day – to consolidate understanding of space knowledge, evaluate ideas and theories whilst becoming aware of topical issues
  • Yr 9 – Ecology Day – to explore different methods of measuring the distribution of species
  • Yr 10 – Forensics Day – to develop techniques and consolidate experimental methods used to analyse forensic samples and reinforce links between each science discipline
  • Yr 11 – Walking Talking Mocks – to develop scientific exam techniques to prepare for all future Science exams. This will also allow students to develop assessment tactics for their future and succeed
  • CREST club for Year 7,8 &9

On Wednesday afternoons, the department also offer a Science enrichment club (P5 and P6 for Y7-9 where students complete a variety of experiments such as making plastic milk and chromatography trolls. They also develop leadership skills by leading experiments with local primary schools.