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Science

Science Department

Head of Deparment: Mrs K. Kennedy

Miss K. Knowles

Mrs J Birkitt

Miss D Finan

Mrs E McGill

 

Departmental Curriculum

Year 7

The science course in Year 7 is designed so pupils explore the science curriculum in an investigative way. Pupils are afforded the opportunity to do as much relevant practical work as possible to help develop their planning, risk assessment skills and observational skills. Pupils will be taught how to record their observations and handle the data they collect in their lessons. Pupils are expected to be able to plan investigations, record their observations, analyse data and use scientific knowledge to form conclusions. Pupils are also encouraged to evaluate their own practical work and look for ways to improve it.

Pupils are taught distinct biology, chemistry and physics topics. The topics studied are cells, tissues and organs; sexual reproduction in animals; ecosystems; the particle model; atoms, elements and compounds; mixtures and separation; acids and alkalis; energy; current electricity; forces and sound.

Year 8

The science course in Year 8 is designed so pupils explore the science curriculum in an investigative way. Pupils are afforded the opportunity to do as much relevant practical work as possible to help develop their planning, risk assessment skills and observational skills. Pupils will be taught how to record their observations and handle the data they collect in their lessons. Pupils are expected to be able to analyse data and use scientific knowledge to form conclusions.  Pupils are also encouraged to evaluate their own practical work and look for ways to improve it.

Pupils are taught distinct biology, chemistry and physics topics. The topics studied are food and nutrition; plants and their reproduction; breathing and reproduction; unicellular organisms; combustion, the periodic table; metals and their uses; rocks; fluids; light; energy transfer and earth and space. Aspects of the new science GCSE are also taught within the units so as stretch and challenge pupils as well as to prepare them for the demands of the new GCSE courses.

GCSE Courses

Year 9

Biology

The  biology course is designed in such a way as to allow pupils to appreciate the natural world around them and make observations of natural phenomena. It aims to develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science, through different types of scientific enquiries that encourages active learning through practical work for students to gain scientific knowledge, understanding and skills. The course identifies links to scientific ideas and their implications for society and helps pupils develop a critical approach to scientific evidence and methods. Whilst studying the course, pupils are expected to do  practical investigations and learners will be assessed on these skills on the examinations. Topics studied include cell biology, microscopy, transport in cells, plant organ systems and some human biology.

Chemistry 

The GCSE Chemistry course is designed to give pupils the opportunities to develop their interest in and their enthusiasm for chemistry. Pupils are encouraged to develop a critical approach to scientific evidence and methods. There are many opportunities to carry out practical activities to enhance investigative skills. Pupils acquire and apply skills, knowledge and understanding of how science works and it’s essential role in society. Pupils need to carry out practical investigations which will be assessed on the examinations. The examinations are taken at the end of the course. The topics studied include: Atomic structure and the periodic table, Particles, Elements, compounds and mixtures, Chemical reactions, Predicting and identifying reactions and products, and Chemistry practical skills.

Physics 

The GCSE Physics course is designed to give pupils the opportunities to develop their interest in and their enthusiasm for physics. Pupils are encouraged to develop a critical approach to scientific evidence and methods. There are many opportunities to carry out practical activities to enhance physics investigative skills. Pupils acquire and apply skills, knowledge and understanding of how science works and it’s essential role in society. Pupils need to carry out practical investigations which will be assessed on the examinations. The examinations are taken at the end of the course. The topics studied include: particle model of matter, energy, electricity, atomic structure,  and Physics practical skills.

Combined

The Combined Science course is designed to explore scientific principles and introduce the relevance of science through practical application. Pupils engage with the course by making sense of the science they come across in everyday life. It provides opportunities to develop scientific explanations and theories as well as to develop a critical approach to scientific evidence and methods. The development of practical skills is a fundamental and integral aspect of the study. Pupils are expected to carry out practical activities which will be assessed on the examinations. Some of the units study in the course include: Cell biology, microscopy, organ systems, transport in cells, and biology practical skills, The atomic structure and the periodic table, particles, elements, compounds and mixtures, chemical reactions and chemistry practical skills. Energy, forces, electricity, particle model of matter, and Physics practical skills.

 

Year 10 Course Overview is available here.

Year 11 Course Overview is available here.