Science

Welcome to Science at Clyst Vale. As Science is about finding things out, the tabs are the best place to start.

Please feel free to contact one of our team if you wish to know more about any of the subjects that we deliver.

About us

Our curriculum aim is to give our students a broad experience of the Sciences in years 7-9 and then build on this in years 10-11 before specialising in years 12-13. Science is about answering questions both big and small. Here at Clyst Vale, we also try and develop the skill of asking the right question to help understand better what is going on. The stupid question is the one you don’t ask…

We have high expectations of our students and they in turn have high expectations of us and themselves. Our students achieve well in comparison with others around the county and at the end of year 11, they achieve grades that are consistently at or in most cases above their target.

Post-16 Sciences are very popular with groups of 15-25 in each subject. Many students take their studies further and many subjects see one or more students take their studies on to University.

Staff

Maria Serven Head of Science, Post 16 Chemistry
Chris Moxey KS4 Co-ordinator, Post 16 Biology
Aude Alapini-Odunlade Teacher of Science, Post-16 Physics

 

Kerry Albutt Head of Red School
Chris Dormand Deputy Principal, Post 16 Biology
John King Laboratory Technician
Georgina Govier Teacher of Science, Post 16 Chemistry
Sophie Shillingford Teacher of Science, Post 16 Biology, Applied Science
Mark Hill Teacher of Science, Post 16 Human Biology
Cindy Morgan Laboratory Technician
Stuart Pearce Teacher of Science, Post 16 Physics, BTec Co-ordinator
Paul Sutton Deputy Principal

Science Curriculum

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.

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

Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
Autumn Term:

§  Living Systems

§  Particles

§  Forces

Spring Term:

§  Diet & Health

§  Acids & Alkalis

Summer Term:

§  Reproduction

§  Electricity

Autumn Term:

§  Photosynthesis

§  Atoms,  Elements & compounds

§  Energy   

Spring Term:

§  Diet & Health

§  Waves

Summer Term:

§  Earth & atmosphere

§  Space

Autumn Term:

§  Genetics

§  Chemical Reactions

§  Speed & Pressure

Spring & Summer Terms:

§  Start GCSE topics

Biology: Microscopes and enzymes

Transporting substances

Chemistry: States of Matter

Periodic Table

Physics: Key concepts in Physics

Forces and Motion

Double Science

Year 10 Year 11
Edexcel Combined Science GCSE 9-1

Biology

Cells and Control

Genetics

Natural Selection and Genetic Modification

Health, disease and the development of medicines

Plant structures and their functions

Chemistry

Acids, making salts

Calculations in Chemistry

Obtaining and using metals

Physics

Waves

Light and the Electromagnetic spectrum

Conservation of Energy

Radioactivity

There is no coursework, but knowledge of the practicals procedures taught throughout the course will be assessed in the final written exams.

Additional Science AQA Biology Unit 2(25%):

B2.1 Cells and simple cell transport

B2.2 Tissues, organs and organ systems

B2.3 Photosynthesis

B2.4 Organisms and their environment

B2.5 Proteins – their functions and uses

B2.6 Aerobic and anaerobic respiration

B2.7 Cell division and inheritance

B2.8 Speciation

Chemistry Unit 2 (25%):

C2.1 Structure and bonding

C2.2 How structure influences the properties and uses of substances

C2.3 Atomic structure, analysis and quantitative chemistry

C2.4 Rates of reaction

C2.5 Exothermic and endothermic reactions

C2.6 Acids, bases and salts

C2.7 Electrolysis

Physics Unit 2 (25%):

P2.1 Forces and their effects

P2.2 The kinetic energy of objects speeding up or slowing down

P2.3 Currents in electrical circuits

P2.4 Using mains electricity safely and the power of electrical appliances

P2.5 What happens when radioactive substances decay, and the uses and dangers of their Emissions

P2.6 Nuclear fission and nuclear fusion

Controlled Assessment (25%):

1 practical investigation

 

Separate Sciences

Biology Edexcel  GCSE 9-1 (Final grade based on terminal exams)

Cells and Control

Genetics

Natural Selection and Genetic Modification

Health, disease and the development of medicines

Plant structures and their functions

(these topics contain additio

Chemistry Edexcel  GCSE 9-1 (Final grade based on terminal exams)

Acids, Making Salts

Calculations in Chemistry

Obtaining and Using Metals

Electrolysis

Physics Edexcel  GCSE 9-1 (Final grade based on terminal exams)

Waves

Light and the Electromagnetic spectrum

Conservation of Energy

Radioactivity

Astronomy

Biology iGCSE Edexcel (Final grade based on terminal exams)

Section 3: Reproduction and Inheritance

Section 4: Ecology and environment

Section 5: Use of biological resources

Chemistry GCSE AQA (Exams 75%)

C2.4 Rates of reaction

C2.5 Exothermic and endothermic reactions

C2.6 Acids, bases and salts

C2.7 Electrolysis

C3.1 The periodic table

C3.2 Water

C3.3 Calculating and explaining energy change

C3.4 Further Analysis and Quantitative Chemistry

C3.5 The production of ammonia

C3.6 Alcohols, carboxylic acids and esters

Physics iGCSE Edexcel (Final grade based on terminal exams)

Section 5: Solids, liquids and gases

Section 6: Magnetism and electromagnetism

Section 7: Radioactivity and particles

Post 16

BTec Applied Science 

This is a course based on course work and practical activities. It is a vocational course which develops skills that would be used in a wide variety of science based jobs. It is an extremely successful course , attracting large numbers of students.

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

Year 12 Year 13
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.

A2:  Students in year 13 are following the “old” Biology A OCR course; The overall A Level grade is made up from, AS and A2 grades.

Unit 4: Communication, Homeostasis and Energy Exam – 15%

Unit 5: Control, Genomes and Environment Exam – 25%

Unit 6: Practical Skills in Biology 2 – Practical assessment 10%

Human Biology

Advance Level (A2) Human Biology

This course is designed for those students who wish to focus their study of biological science more specifically on the human animal. Due regard is given though to the importance of plants and micro-organisms particularly in their interactions with humans. Key biological concepts are presented in real world, work-related contexts.

The Advanced (A2) GCE is made up of three mandatory units from AS plus three further mandatory units at A2. Two A2 units are externally assessed and one is internally assessed, and includes the assessment of practical skills.

  • Energy, Reproduction and Populations
  • Genetics, Control and Ageing
  • Practical Skills in Human Biology

Chemistry

Chemistry is the science of materials; it is about how materials can be made, how they interact and how their properties can be related to their internal structure.

If you enjoyed the chemical aspects of your GCSE science course this course could be for you. It gives you the opportunity to extend your understanding and interest in the way in which materials behave and how this knowledge can be harnessed and applied to help solve every day technological problems for man and society at large.

The topics studied are widely inter-linked and the developing patterns are a distinguishing feature of the subject.

Practical work is used throughout the course both to illustrate concepts and to enable the development of technical and investigative skills.

Year 12 Year 13
Year 12 students are following the new Chemistry A OCR course; exams taken at the end of year 12 will not count towards a full A Level.

Module 1: Development of Practical Skills

Module 2: Foundations in Chemistry

Module 3: Periodic Table and Energy

Students in year 13 are following the “old” Chemistry A OCR course; The overall A Level grade is made up from, AS and A2 grades.

The A2 course involves completion of three units:

§  Unit 4: Rings, Polymers and Analysis

§  Unit 5: Equilibria, Energetics and Elements

§  Unit 6: Practical Skills in Chemistry 2

Physics

IS THIS COURSE FOR ME?

Yes if you are willing to work hard and complete all class-based and home-based tasks, are self-motivated, enjoy STEM (Science, Technology, Maths, Engineering), problem solving and finding out why things are the way they are.

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 fascinating areas and introducing more of the applications of Physics.

WHICH  EXAM BOARD IS USED?

AQA AS & APhysics

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.

EXAMINATIONS

2 x 90 minute papers, no coursework tasks or controlled assessments, though 6 standard Physics practicals must be completed (this grade is reported separately and will not form part of your official grade).  20% of each exam is concerned with practical skills (planning, accuracy, graphs, conclusions, evaluations etc)

Year 12 Year 13
·          Measurements and their errors

·         Particles and radiation

·         Waves

·         Mechanics and materials

·         Electricity

·         Further mechanics and thermal physics

·         Fields and their consequences

·         Nuclear physics

Plus one of the following optional topics:

·         Astrophysics

·         Medical physics

·         Engineering physics

·         Turning points in physics

·         Electronics