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Science (curriculum)

Subject Leader: James Kay –
Head of Biology: Nancy Deakin –
Head of Chemistry: Anna Toner –
Head of Physics: Michael Iliffe –

Students are encouraged to incorporate imagination and creativity in science where they will be able to experience and investigate how science impacts on everyday life, the world around us and the expanding universe.

Students are exposed to concepts which require a moral viewpoint to be debated during group discussion. Developing an evaluative argument allows students to explore the scientific thinking surrounding procedures such as IVF and genetic engineering.

Students build an appreciation for how science is accepted by a range of faiths and beliefs in relation to ideas such as the big bang theory. Spiritual growth is developed through deep thinking and questioning in order to broaden understanding of fundamental science.

Students experience a range of cultural links through the science curriculum. In Chemistry, the periodic table is used as a universal tool for presenting elements and compounds, whilst students are also able to explore how a variety of cultural backgrounds respond to techniques such as blood transfusions.

The science department are dedicated to inspiring and foster the scientists of the future. Students have the opportunity to participate in projects which involve creative thinking around cutting edge scientific discovery. Students are also encouraged to attend STEM club during lunchtimes.

In Key Stage 3, pupils study fundamental scientific concepts in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Each topic has links with the GCSE specification, whilst an emphasis on practical science develops independent, inquisitive learners.

Year 7 Scheme of Work
Autumn Term
Forces, Particles and Atoms, Cells

Spring Term
Space, Reactions, Structure and Function of Body Systems

Summer Term
Waves, Acids and Alkalis, Reproduction

Year 8 Scheme of Work
Autumn Term
Motion and Pressure, the Periodic Table, Health and Lifestyle

Spring Term
Energy, Separation Techniques, Ecosystems

Summer Term
Electricity, Metals and Acids, the Earth, Adaptations and Inheritance

In Key Stage 4 pupils who have opted for Triple Science will sit 6 exams at the end of year 11. These pupils will study Biology, Chemistry and Physics twice a week throughout the course of a year. At the end of the course pupils will attain a GCSE in each of the sciences. Those pupils who did not opt to complete triple science will study GCSE Combined Sciences. On successful completion of the course, pupils will achieve two GCSE sciences.

GCSE Science

Year 9
Autumn Term
Pupils will study foundations of science preparing them for the GCSE courses. This will include Physics topics: Energy Transfers, Electricity, Motion, Pressure and Forces, Chemistry topics: Particles, The Periodic Table and Metals and Acids, and Biology topics: Adaptations and Inheritance, Cells and Ecosystems.

Spring Term
Pupils complete a whole year test. The assessment will be used to highlight any pupils who are in the wrong group and allow changes to be made before pupils begin their higher and foundation courses.
Biology: Healthy Diet
Chemistry: Atomic Structure
Physics: Heat Transfer

Summer Term
Biology: Nerves and Hormones, Health and Disease
Chemistry: Metals and Their Uses, Crude Oil
Physics: Energy Transfer

Year 10
Autumn Term
Biology: Adaptations and Environments, Ecosystems and Habitats, Natural Selection
Chemistry: Obtaining Useful Products from Crude Oil, Plant Oils and Emulsions
Physics: Usefulness of Electrical Appliances, Generating Electricity

Spring Term
Biology: Evolution
Chemistry: Changes in the Earth and the atmosphere
Physics: Waves
Once pupils have finished studying these topics they complete a mock exam for the first year of modules of each course.

Summer Term
Biology: Plant and Animal Cells, Diffusion.
Chemistry: Structure and Bonding, Rates of Reaction
Physics: Forces and Their Effects, Energy – Speeding up and Slowing Down.

Year 11
Autumn Term
Biology: Photosynthesis, Organisms.
Chemistry: Rates of Reaction, Energy, Acids, Bases and Salts
Physics: Electric Circuits, Electricity in the Home

Spring Term
Biology: Enzymes, Respiration, Cell Division
Chemistry: Electrolysis, How Much – Chemical Equations
Physics: Radioactive Decay, Fission, Fusion and Stars

Summer Term
Pupils will use time built into the course to revise for their summer exams. This time will be used effectively to target any areas of obvious weakness.

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