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Science

Key Stage 3 Science
At Key Stage 3, students develop their scientific knowledge through study of a range of Biology, Chemistry and Physics topics. These topics are taught as part of a two year cycle in Year 7 and 8 and a fixed structure in year 9 which ensures there is no repetition for new-comers to our school. Within these, Scientific skills are embedded through practical work and experimentation.

Year 7 & 8 year 1

  • Lungs and gas exchange
  • Acids and alkalis
  • Exploring space
  • Animal reproduction
  • Atoms, elements and compounds
  • Photosynthesis
  • Describing reactions
  • Energy resources
  • Environment and adaptation

Year 7 & 8 year 2

  • Muscles and bones
  • Simple chemical reactions
  • Earth and atmosphere
  • Plant reproduction
  • Forces
  • Respiration
  • Variation and classification
  • Describing reactions
  • Magnets and electromagnets

Year 9

  • Food and digestion
  • The Periodic table
  • Waves and sound
  • Inheritance and evolution
  • Light
  • Reactions of acids
  • Domestic and static electricity
  • Extracting metals
  • Innovative materials

Key Stage 4 Science
At KS4, students follow one of three courses, AQA Separate Science GCSE, AQA Science Trilogy GCSE or Edexcel Level 1/2 BTEC in Applied Science.

AQA Separate Science GCSE
The AQA Separate Science GCSE course is designed to introduce students to the complex and diverse phenomena of the natural and man-made world.  As a practical subject, it encourages the development and understanding in Biology, Chemistry and Physics through opportunities for working scientifically.

The course is assessed by six external examinations at the end of Year 11 and students achieve a separate GCSE in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.  The topics covered during the course are:

Year 10
Biology

  • Cell biology
  • Organisation
  • Bioenergetics
  • Ecology

Chemistry

  • Atomic structure and the periodic table
  • Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter
  • Quantitative chemistry
  • Chemical changes
  • Energy changes
  • The rate and extent of chemical change

Physics

  • Forces
  • Waves
  • Magnetism and electromagnetism
  • Space physics

Year 11
Biology

  • Inheritance, variation and evolution
  • Homeostasis and response
  • Infection and response

Chemistry

  • Organic chemistry
  • Chemical analysis
  • Chemistry of the atmosphere
  • Using resources

Physics

  • Forces
  • Waves
  • Magnetism and electromagnetism
  • Space physics

AQA Science Trilogy GCSE
The AQA GCSE Science Trilogy course is designed to introduce students to the complex and diverse phenomena of the natural and man-made world.  As a practical subject, it encourages the development and understanding in Science through opportunities for working scientifically.

The course is assessed by six external examinations at the end of Year 11 and students are awarded two GCSEs in Science.  The topics covered are:

Year 10
Biology

  • Cells and organisation
  • Bioenergetics
  • Ecology

Chemistry

  • Atomic structure, bonding and structure
  • Quantitative chemistry
  • Chemical and energy changes

Physics

  • Energy and electricity
  • Forces

Year 11
Biology

  • Inheritance, variation and evolution
  • Homeostasis and response
  • Infection and response

Chemistry

  • Organic chemistry and chemical analysis
  • Chemistry of the atmosphere
  • Using resources

Physics

  • Waves
  • Magnetism and electromagnetism

Edexcel Level 1/2 BTEC in Applied Science
The BTEC Applied Science course is designed to introduce students to the basic scientific principles.  It is designed to encourage the development of employability skills including teamwork, independent skills, research skills and innovation.

The course is assessed by one external examination in Year 11 worth 25% and three internally examined units which makes up 75% of the final grade.

Year 10
The topics covered in Year 10 are assignments from:

  • Unit 2 – Chemistry & our earth – internally assessed
  • Unit 3 – Energy & our universe – internally assessed
  • Unit 4 – Biology & our environment – internally assessed

Year 11
The topics covered in Year 10 are assignments from:

  • Unit 1 – Principles of science – externally assessed
  • Unit 2 – Chemistry & our earth – internally assessed
  • Unit 3 – Energy & our universe – internally assessed
  • Unit 4 – Biology & our environment – internally assessed

For more information please contact Mr Little.

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