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Science

 

Heads of Department: Mrs J. Birkitt/Miss K. Knowles

Teaching staff: Mrs E McGill

                            Mr G Fitton

                            Miss V Henderson

Technicians:     Mrs L Ward

                            Mr J Winston

 

In Science, we expose all students to a broad range of learning opportunities to deepen their knowledge and understanding of themselves and the world around them and to build a solid foundation of Science knowledge and skills.

We believe in developing curiosity and understand that science is an active process with many questions to be answered and still to be asked.  We provide an understanding of how knowledge was derived, discovered and came to be accepted by the scientific community.  By focusing on thinking, interpreting and evaluating rather than simply memorising scientific fact we intend to enable our students to use the skills that they need to answer their own scientific questions.  

Our focus on the scientific process as a way of thinking and working will allow our students to develop their own ideas, attitudes and interpretations.

 

Departmental Curriculum

 

Year 7

The science course in Year 7 is designed so pupils explore the science curriculum in an investigative way. We try to engage pupils to develop an interest and enthusiasm for Science. Pupils are afforded the opportunity to do as much relevant practical work as possible to help develop their hypothesising, 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 will be able to use scientific knowledge to form conclusions. Pupils are also encouraged to evaluate their own practical work and look for ways to improve it.

Lessons are taught as topics. In y7 pupils will study:

Investigating Science

Cells and Living Things

Particles

Acids and Alkalis

Energy

Atoms, elements and Compounds

Ecosystems

Magnets

Pure and Impure Substances

Forces

Reproduction

 

Year 8

The science course in Year 8 builds on and further develops the Scientific skills learnt in y7. Lessons continue to be taught as topics. In y8 pupils will study:

Planet Earth

Periodic Table

Digestion and Nutrition

Waves

Respiration and Breathing

Motion and Forces

Electricity

Space

Chemical Reactions

Light

Inheritance

 

Year 9

In y9 we begin to teach separate sciences

 

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.

Units studied:

Cell biology including microscopy and transport in cells

Organisation

Infection and Response.

 

Chemistry 

The 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 its essential role in society.

The units studied:

 Atomic structure and the Periodic Table

Structure, Bonding and Properties of Materials

Chemical Change.

 

Physics 

The 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 its essential role in society.

The units studied:

 Particle model of matter

Energy

Forces

Waves.

 

Year 10

In y10 we follow the AQA syllabus for Triple or Combined Science.

We continue practising and developing skills through practical work and build further on knowledge previously learnt. All students study all three Sciences

Biology

The units covered are:

Bioenergetics

Homeostasis and Response

Ecology (intro)

 

Chemistry

The units covered are:

Energy changes

Quantitative Chemistry

Rates of Reaction

Organic Chemistry

 

Physics

The units covered are:

Electricity

Atomic Structure

Forces

Electromagnetic Spectrum

 

Year 11

In y11 we continue with preparation for success in External Examinations. Some pupils will follow the Triple Science route whilst some will follow the Combined Science route. All will study all 3 of the sciences.

Biology

The units covered are:

Ecology

Variation and Inheritance

 

Chemistry

The units covered are:

Chemistry of the Atmosphere

Using Resources

Chemical Analysis

 

Physics

The units covered are:

Domestic Electricity

Magnetism and Electromagnetism

Space (triple only)

 

Year 10 Course Overview is available here.

Year 11 Course Overview is available here.