Secondary – Science

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Science Key Stage 3

Aims

To develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

To develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help to answer scientific questions about the world around us.

To be equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.

Pupils will be following the New National Curriculum for 2014 using the Smart Science programme of study. 

Year 7

Working scientifically and Scientific Enquiry (SC1)  is taught through the content across all three disciplines.

Term 1  – Cells and Organisation

Biology of living systems.  The structure and function of cells and living organisms.

Term 2 – Particles

Chemistry of the properties and particulate nature of matter. 

Term 3 – Forces and Motion

Physics.  Explaining the forces around us and describing the relationship between forces and motion. Speed, gravity and friction.

Term 4 – Human Reproduction

Human Biology.  The structure and function of the reproductive systems.  Pregnancy and birth.

Term 5 – Acids and Alkalis

Chemistry.  The chemical reactions of acids and alkalis. Uses of acid and alkalis and the pH scale.

Term 6 – Electricity

Physics.  Static and current electricity.  Electrical circuits and energy transfers.

Year 8

Working scientifically and Scientific Enquiry is taught through the content across all three disciplines.

Term 1 – Nutrition and Digestion

Biology of diet and health.  The human digestive system.   Balanced diet and nutrition.

Term 2 – Chemical Reactions

Chemistry.  Reactions of metals and reactivity.  Chemical changes, combustion and oxidation.  Elements and Compounds and the periodic table.

Term 3 – Light and Sound

Physics. Observing the properties of Light and Sound waves.  Uses of light and sound waves.

Term 4 – Photosynthesis

Plant Biology.  Photosynthesis and gas exchange in plants.  Plant reproduction.

Term 5 – Earth, the atmosphere and environment

Chemistry.  The Earth, rocks and the rock cycle.  The atmosphere, recycling and human impact on the climate and environment.

Term 6 – Levers, Moments and Pressure

Physics.  Forces related to levers and pressure.  Biomechanics, forces exerted on muscles.

 

 

Science Key Stage 4 – Old Curriculum followed by current Year 11

Aims

This GCSE qualification in Biology encourages students to be inspired, motivated and challenged by following a broad, coherent, practical, satisfying and worthwhile course of study.

It encourages students to develop their curiosity about the living world and provide insight into and experience of how science works.

It enables students to engage with Biology in their everyday lives and to make informed choices about further study in Biology and related disciplines and career choices.

The Edexcel GCSE in Biology comprises four units:

• Units B1, B2, B3 and BCA

Year 10

Data, evidence, theories and explanations, Practical and enquiry skills, Communication, Applications and implications of science runs throughout modules to prepare for BCA (Biology Controlled Assessment).

Term 1 – B1 Influences on Life

Classification, variation and inheritance

Classifying living things, genetics and evolution.

Term 2 – B1 Influences on Life

Responses to a changing environment

Homeostasis, hormones and stimuli.

Term 3 – B1 Influences on Life

Problems of and solutions to a changing environment.

B1: Externally assessed 1 hour examination (25%)

Term 4 – B2 The components of life

The building blocks of cells

Cells, DNA, cell division and enzymes.

Term 5  – B2 The components of life

Organisms and energy

Respiration, circulation and photosynthesis.

Term 6 – B2 The components of life

Common systems – The heart and digestion.

B2: Externally assessed 1 hour examination (25%)

Year 11

Data, evidence, theories and explanations, Practical and enquiry skills, Communication, Applications and implications of science runs throughout modules to prepare for BCA (Biology Controlled Assessment).

Term 1 – BCA Biology controlled assessment

Part A – Planning (1hr)

Part B – Observations (1hr)

Part C – Conclusions (1hr)  

BCA Internally Assessed (25%)

Term 2 – B3 Using biology

Control systems

The urinary system, hormones and the immune system.

Term 3 – B3 Using biology

Behaviour

Reproduction, natural selection and survival.

Term 4 – B3 Using biology

Biotechnology

B3: Externally assessed 1 hour examination (25%)

 

Key Stage 4

New Curriculum 9-1 Edexcel GCSE Combined Science

Year 9 and 10

Aims:

The GCSE in Combined Science should enable students to:

● develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

 ● develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science, through different types of scientific enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them

● develop and learn to apply observational, practical, modelling, enquiry and problem-solving skills in the laboratory, in the field and in other learning environments.

● develop their ability to evaluate claims based on science through critical analysis of the methodology, evidence and conclusions, both qualitatively and quantitatively.

Students should study the sciences in ways that help them to develop curiosity about the natural world, that give them an insight into how science works and that enable them to appreciate its relevance to their everyday lives.

Term 1: Biology Paper 1

Topic 1 – Key concepts in biology

Topic 2 – Cells and control

Term 2: Chemistry Paper 1

Topic 2 – States of matter and mixtures

Topic 3 – Chemical changes

Term 3 Physics Paper 1

Topic 1 – Key concepts of physics.

Topic 2 – Motion and forces.

Topic 3 – Conservation of energy.

Term 4 Biology Paper 1

Topic 3 –Genetics

Topic 4 – Natural selection and genetic modification

Topic 5 – Health, disease and the development of medicines.

Term 5 Chemistry Paper 1

Topic 1 – Key concepts in chemistry

Topic 4 – Extracting metals and equilibria

Y10 Mock Exam

Term 6 Physics Paper 1

Topic 4 – Waves,

Topic 5 – Light and the electromagnetic spectrum, Topic 6 – Radioactivity