Science

Welcome to Science.

Our curriculum aims to give our students a broad experience of the Sciences in Years 7 to 9 and then build on this in Years 10 and 11 before specialising in Years 12 and 13.

 

In Science, we are committed to:

Variety in teaching and learning strategies. Science lessons take many forms, from the formal and didactic, to pupil centred investigation, and we aim to enrich the learning experience by using as wide a range as possible.

 

Participative learning. Practical work is at the heart of science teaching and we are working to further expand our use of ICT. Research and library work is included both in lessons and as homework.

 

Differentiation. Matching work to pupil’s ability is an essential part of teaching and has always taken place through the response of teachers to individuals. It is also a central part of lesson planning. The new KS3 scheme of work has differentiated outcomes and allows all students to make progress. Teachers will work within this as appropriate for the students in each class.

 

Staff

Aude Alapini-Odunlade AO PhD Astrophysics, PGCE Teacher
Kerry Albutt KAL BSc Biology, PGCE Head of Red School
Sophie Shillingford SS BSc Biology, PGCE BTEC Level 3 Leader
Georgina Govier GG BSc Biochemistry, PGCE KS3 Coordinator
Mark Hill MH BSc Zoology, PGCE NQT Mentor
John King JK PhD Chemistry Senior Technician
Cindy Morgan CM BSc Biological Studies Laboratory Technician
Chris Moxey CMO BSc Biology, PGCE KS4 Coordinator
Stuart Pearce SP MSc Medical Physics, PGCE BTEC Quality Nominee
Lucy Phillips LP Laboratory Assistant
Maria Serven MS BSc Chemistry, PGCE Head of Department

A Level Chemistry Leader

Paul Sutton PSU BSc Earth Science, PGCE Assistant Principal

Head of Inclusion

Throughout KS3 students learn about all the Sciences and practise the skills that will help them succeed at GCSE. A variety of activities make up the lessons, including practical work, team tasks, individual research tasks, role play and class discussion, amongst others.



Science Curriculum

Students are encouraged to keep track of their progress through target setting and regular feedback from assessment tasks.

Year 7:

AUTUMN: Skills – Intro to practical work. 7A Living systems, 7B Particles,

SPRING: 7C Forces and motion 7D Diet and health, 7E Acids and alkalis

SUMMER: 7F Electricity and magnetism, 7G Reproduction 7H Scientific enquiry

Year 8:

AUTUMN: 8A Photosynthesis, respiration and circulation, 8B Atoms, elements and compounds, 8C Energy

SPRING: 8D Ecosystems, 8F Waves

SUMMER: 8G Earth and atmosphere, 8H Space, 8I Scientific enquiry

Year 9

AUTUMN: 9A Genetics, 9B Chemical reactions, 9C Speed and pressure.

SPRING: Start GCSE course

Combined Science GCSE

Students will study Edexcel GCSE Combined Science over the course of Years 10 and 11, unless they have chosen to do Separate Sciences. Combined Science is a mixture of Biology, Chemistry and Physics and will provide students with two GCSE grades. We have already started teaching these materials to students in Year 9. The examinations are all terminal and as such will be taken at the end of Year 11, either at foundation or higher tier. There is no coursework element and the final grades will be based only on the six examination results.

Content for Combined Science

Biology Chemistry Physics
Paper 1:

Key Concepts in Biology

Cells and Control

Genetics

Natural selection and genetic modification

Health, disease and the development of medicines

 

Paper 1:

Key Concepts in Chemistry

States of matter and mixtures

Chemical Changes

Extracting Metals and Equlibria

Paper 1:

Key Concepts of Physics

Motion and Forces

Conservation of Energy

Waves

Light and the electromagnetic spectrum

Radioactivity

 

Paper 2:

Key Concepts in Biology

Plant structures and their functions

Animal coordination, control and homeostasis

Exchange and transport in animals

Ecosystems and material cycles

Paper 2:

Key Concepts in Chemistry

Groups in the Periodic Table

Rates of reaction and Energy Changes

Fuels and Earth Science

 

Paper 2:

Key Concepts of Physics

Energy – forces doing work

Forces and their effects

Electricity and circuits

Magnetism and the motor effect

Electromagnetic induction

Particle model

Forces and matter

The assessment schedule is as follows:

Biology: Paper 1

1 hour 10 mins

60 marks

16.67%

Chemistry: Paper 1

1 hour 10 mins

60 marks

16.67%

Physics: Paper 1

1 hour 10 mins

60 marks

16.67%

Biology: Paper 2

1 hour 10 mins

60 marks

16.67%

Chemistry: Paper 2

1 hour 10 mins

60 marks

16.67%

Physics: Paper 2

1 hour 10 mins

60 marks

16.67%

SEPARATE SCIENCES GCSE

This path would suit students who are seriously considering the study of one or more sciences at Post 16.

This course will allow students to gain three separate GCSE grades, one each in Physics, Chemistry and Biology. Each subject will be taught separately and the grades obtained will reflect attainment in that subject area. The triple science course offers the best route to advanced level study in science as it takes students up to AS level over the two years. Each grade will be obtained by terminal examination only at the end of Year 11. We have already started teaching the double cross-over content for this in January Year 9.

Content for Triple Science

Biology Chemistry Physics
Paper 1:

Key Concepts in Biology

Cells and Control

Genetics

Natural selection and genetic modification

Health, disease and the

development of medicines

 

Paper 1:

Key Concepts in Chemistry

States of matter and mixtures

Chemical Chages

Extracting Metals and equilibria

Separate Chemistry 1

Paper 1:

Key Concepts of Physics

Motion and Forces

Conservation of Energy

Waves

Light and the electromagnetic spectrum

Radioactivity

Astronomy

Paper 2:

Key Concepts in Biology

Plant structures and their

functions

Animal coordination, control and homeostasis

Exchange and transport in animals

Ecosystems and material cycles

Paper 2:

Key Concepts in Chemistry

Groups in the Periodic Table

Rates of Reaction and Energy Changes

Fuels and Earth Science

Separate Chemistry 2

 

Paper 2:

Key Concepts of Physics

Energy – forces doing work

Forces and their effects

Electricity and circuits

Magnetism and the motor effect

Electromagnetic induction

Particle model

Forces and matter

Static electricity

Assessment Schedule

GCSE Biology GCSE Chemistry GCSE Physics
Paper 1:

1hr 45mins

100 marks

50%

Paper 2:

1hr 45mins

100 marks

50%

Paper 1:

1hr 45mins

100 marks

50%

Paper 2:

1hr 45mins

100 marks

50%

Paper 1:

1hr 45mins

100 marks

50%

Paper 2:

1hr 45mins

100 marks

50%

Post 16

 

BTec Applied Science 

Is this course for me?

Yes, if you are interested in the application of scientific ideas and how Science can be used to solve practical problems in the real world.

What qualifications do I need?

BTEC Level 2 Applied Science at Merit Standard or four GCSE grades (including English and Maths) at grade A*-C / 9-4.

What does the course involve?

Year 12: BTEC Level 3 Certificate

Unit 1:Principles and Applications of Science

Unit 2: Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques

Year 13: BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate

Unit 3: Science Investigation Skills.

Plus ONE optional unit, chosen by the teachers, from:Physiology of Human Body Systems, Human Regulation and Reproduction, Biological Molecules and Metabolic Pathways, Genetics and Genetic Engineering, Diseases and Infections, Applications of Inorganic Chemistry, Applications of Organic Chemistry, Electrical Circuits and their Application.

How will my work be assessed?

All work is graded as pass, merit or distinction which correspond to A Level grades E, C and A respectively.

Year 12

Unit 1 is externally assessed by an examination which will include multiple-choice, calculations, short-answer, and extended open-response questions. This will count towards just over half of the marks. You must achieve at least a pass in this exam in order to complete the course. Unit 2 is internally assessed via assignments (projects, reports, posters, presentations to the group).

Year 13

Unit 3 is externally assessed by a task-based assessment in which you will demonstrate your skills of carrying out a scientific practical investigation to collect and record data. The optional unit is internally assessed via assignments.

What can I do afterwards?

BTEC HNC or HND, Foundation Degree, Bachelor’s Degree, NVQ or Science based employment such as laboratory technician.

EXAM BOARD > EDEXCEL

Biology 

Is this course for me?

Yes, if you:

• Like a challenge

• Are prepared to meet deadlines

• Have a genuine interest in Biology

• Are motivated to study in your own time

What qualifications do I need?

You need to have a GCSE grade 6 in Core and Additional Science, or a grade 6 in Biology GCSE. As well as grade 6 minimum in Maths and grade 5 in English.

What does the course involve?

Year 12

Module 1: Foundations in Biology Cell structure, cell division, cell diversity and organisation. Biological molecules.

Module 2: Exchange and Transport Exchange surfaces, transport in plants and animals.

Module 3: Biodiversity, Evolution and Disease Classification, evolution and biodiversity. Diseases and the immune system.

Year 13

Module 4: Communication, Homeostasis and Energy Nerves and hormones, excretion, photosynthesis and respiration.

Module 5: Genetics, Evolution and Ecosystems Cells, variation and meiosis; biotechnology and the science of cloning and genomics; ecosystems and sustainability.

How will my work be assessed?

There will be three final examinations at the end of Year 13.

What can I do afterwards?

This course can lead on to further studies in Biological Sciences, Nursing, Physiotherapy and Medicine. It will give a good grounding for any further work in Science.

EXAM BOARD > OCR

CHEMISTRY – A LEVEL

 

WHAT QUALIFICATIONS DO I NEED?

You need to have a GCSE grade 6 in Combined Science, or a grade 6 in Chemistry GCSE as well as grade 5 minimum in Maths and English.

WHAT DOES THE COURSE INVOLVE?

The course consists of six modules combined with a Practical Endorsement.

Module 1: Development of Practical Skills

Module 2: Foundations in Chemistry    

Module 3: Periodic Table and Energy

Module 4: Core Organic Chemistry.

Module 5: Physical Chemistry and Transition elements

Module 6: Organic Chemistry and Analysis

 

The topics studied are widely inter-linked and the developing patterns are a distinguishing feature of this subject. Practical work is used throughout the course to illustrate concepts and to develop technical and investigative skills.

 

WHAT EXAM BOARD IS USED?

OCR

HOW WILL MY WORK BE ASSESSED?

There will be three written papers at the end of Year 13:

  • Paper 1 assesses the content from Modules 1, 2, 3 and 5
  • Paper 2 assesses the content from Modules 1, 2, 4 and 6
  • Paper 3 assesses the content from Modules 1 to 6.

WHAT CAN I DO AFTERWARDS?

Studying chemistry opens up many career opportunities: chemistry, biology, physics, medicine, engineering, dentistry, forestry, veterinary science, agricultural science, biochemistry, biotechnology, food science, pathology. If you want any science-based career, then Chemistry keeps your options open.  Potential employers value the analytical and conceptual skills developed during the study of Chemistry. Such skills, coupled with the ability to work in a meticulous and accurate manner, enable Chemistry students to pursue careers within, or outside, the vast area of Science.

Is this course for me?

Yes if you tick all of these boxes:

• like problem solving

• have good mathematical skills

• enjoy finding out why things are the way they are

• are willing to work hard and complete all class-based and home-based tasks

• are self-motivated

• enjoy STEM (Science, Technology, Maths, Engineering)

• like a challenge

What qualifications do I need?

• Level 6 in GCSE Core and Additional Science

or

• Level 6 in Physics GCSE/iGCSE/Certificate

and

• Level 6 in GCSE Maths

• Level 6 in GCSE English

What does the course involve?

The Y12 course is very interesting, covering many of the basics about the rules of our universe. The Y13 topics are even more rewarding, covering some even more ‘glamorous’ areas of Physics and introducing more of the applications of Physics.

In Year 12 you will study:

• Measurements and their errors

• Particles and radiation

• Waves

• Mechanics and materials

• Electricity

In Year 13 you will study:

• Further mechanics and thermal physics

• Fields and their consequences

• Nuclear physics

Plus one of the following optional topics to be decided by teachers and students:

• Astrophysics

• Medical physics

• Engineering physics

• Turning points in physics

• Electronics

How will my work be assessed?

You will be given weekly homework that uses questions related to the work you have done in lessons. These are sometimes extended, or repeated practice, or past-paper exam questions. You will also keep a logbook of the six ‘Required Practicals’. These will be tested in Paper 2 (though there is no official ‘coursework’, 15-30% of this paper will relate to the Required Practicals) Examinations Full A level 3 x 2 hour papers, no coursework tasks or controlled assessments.

What can I do afterwards?

Physics is the route to so many careers, from predicting climate change to designing computer games. Just a few of the possible career paths include Pyrotechnician, Particle Physicist, Astrophysicist, Surgeon, Aeronautical Engineer, Sound Engineer, Clinical Scientist, Solar Energy Physicist, Accountancy and Teaching, in fact any role that requires a high degree of numeracy and/or a deeper understanding of the laws of Physics. More career ideas at www.physics.org/careers

EXAM BOARD > AQA