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Science

Year 7 Sciences

Year 7 science introduces key topics, themes and skills to ensure a successful transition into Key stage 3. Topics include an even distribution of biology chemistry and physics concepts. This will enable breadth and depth in all sciences which follows the National Curriculum. Students in year 7 will be introduced and develop their scientific writing through numeracy problem solving, extended essay questions and practical write up. Students are assessed on knowledge and their practical skills throughout the year.

Concentration of mastery of: will be on explanation and analysis of scientific concepts through maths and literacy skills.

 

Key concepts and topics taught

Autumn Term

Baseline

Introduction to science

Atoms, Elements and Compounds

Forces

Electricity

Inside Cells

Electromagnetism

Spring Term

Chemical Reactions

Gas Exchange

States of Matter

Nutrition

Kinetics

Summer Term

Consolidation of units thus far

Waves

Environment

Earth and Rocks

Project

Year 8 Sciences

Students in year 8 will focus on further developing their skills and engaging with challenging content and key questions. The key topics that student learn are still an equal distribution of biology, chemistry and physics all of which follows the National Curriculum. Year 8 students focus on developing their skills as scientists in preparation for GCSE by completing extended writing essays, practical write ups and evaluations and numerical problem solving. Students are assessed on knowledge and these skills throughout the year.

Continued development of: will be on explanation and analysis of scientific concepts through maths and literacy skills.

 

Key concepts and topics taught

Autumn Term

Baseline

Acids and Alkalis

Light

Digestion

Pure and Impure Substances

Magnets and Electromagnets

Spring Term

Respiration

Consolidation of units thus far

Earth and Atmosphere

Light II

Humans as Organisms

Summer Term

Periodic Table

Photosynthesis

Forces and Motion

Energy Changes

Materials

Health

Year 9, 10 and 11 Biology

Biology students in year 9 will primarily focus on starting their three year GCSE study. The AQA course has two pathways depending on the aptitude of the student for science. This pathway will not be decided until the spring term of year 10. Biology pupils will be assessed on their knowledge of 10 required practical's. To enhance their investigative thinking, improve their mastery of techniques and consolidate their understanding of key scientific concepts.

Pathway 1: Triple science

For: Pupils with a constant high grade in all 3 sciences (sets 1 and 2 traditionally)

Assessment: 2 exams for Biology – 1hour 45mins each, 100 marks.

Paper 1: Topics 1–4: Cell biology; Organisation; Infection and response; and Bioenergetics.

Paper 2: Topics 5–7: Homeostasis and response; Inheritance, variation and evolution; and Ecology.

Pathway 2: Combined science: Trilogy

For: Pupils in set 3 and 4

Assessment: 2 exams for Biology – 1hour 15mins each, 70 marks

Papers 1 and 2 same as above

 

Continued development of: explanation and analysis of scientific concepts through maths and literacy skills. Required practical skills

Concentration on mastery of: describing and using data, graphs and biological numeracy.

 

Key concepts and topics taught

Autumn Term

End of KS3 synthesis

Begins GCSE

Eukaryotes and prokaryotes

Animal and plant cells

Practical: microscopes

Cell specialisation

Cell differentiation

Microscopy

Spring Term

Culturing microorganisms (biology only)

Practical: Cultures

Mitosis and Stem Cells

Diffusion

Osmosis

Assessment

Active transport

Summer Term

Plant tissues

Plant organ system

Viral diseases

Bacterial diseases

Fungal diseases

Protest diseases

Human defence system

Vaccination

Antibiotics and painkillers

Assessment

Discovery and development of drugs

 

Year 9 Chemistry

Chemistry students in year 9 will primarily focus on starting their three year GCSE study. The AQA course has two pathways depending on the aptitude of the student for science. This pathway will not be decided until the spring term of year 10.

Pathway 1: Triple science

For: Pupils with a constant high grade in all 3 sciences (set 1 traditionally)

Assessment: 2 exams for Chemistry – 1hour 45mins each, 100 marks.

Paper 1: Topics 1–5: Atomic structure and the periodic table; Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter; Quantitative chemistry, Chemical changes; and Energy changes.

Paper 2: Topics 6 – 10: The rate and extent of chemical change; Organic chemistry; Chemical analysis, Chemistry of the atmosphere; and Using resources.

Pathway 2: Trilogy Combined Science

For: Pupils have a middle grade in all 3 sciences (sets 2 and 3 traditionally)

Assessment: 2 exams for Chemistry – 1hour 15mins each, 75 marks.

Paper 1: Topics 1–5: Atomic structure and the periodic table; Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter; Quantitative chemistry, Chemical changes; and Energy changes.

Paper 2: Topics 6 – 10: The rate and extent of chemical change; Organic chemistry; Chemical analysis, Chemistry of the atmosphere; and Using resources.

 

Assessments in year 9 consist of mock examination of the AQA course.

Continued development of: explanation and analysis of scientific concepts through extended writing, maths and literacy skills.

Concentration on mastery of: describing and using data, graphs and different scientific numeracy techniques.

 

Key concepts and topics taught

Autumn Term

End of KS3 synthesis

Begins GCSE - Atomic structure and the periodic table

Spring Term

Atomic structure and the periodic table

Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter

Summer Term

Energy changes.

Quantitative chemistry

 

Year 10 Chemistry

Year 10 GCSE students’ main focus will be to establish and progress their skills as chemists having started GCSE teaching in year 9. The AQA course has two pathways depending on the aptitude of the student for science. This pathway will not be decided until the spring term of year 10. Students will continue on the course of GCSE to learn the topics for paper 1.

Pathway 1: Triple science

For: Pupils with a constant high grade in all 3 sciences (set 1 traditionally)

Assessment: 2 exams for Chemistry – 1hour 45mins each, 100 marks.

Paper 1: Topics 1–5: Atomic structure and the periodic table; Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter; Quantitative chemistry, Chemical changes; and Energy changes.

Paper 2: Topics 6 – 10: The rate and extent of chemical change; Organic chemistry; Chemical analysis, Chemistry of the atmosphere; and Using resources.

Pathway 2: Trilogy Combined Science

For: Pupils have a middle grade in all 3 sciences (sets 2 and 3 traditionally)

Assessment: 2 exams for Chemistry – 1hour 15mins each, 75 marks.

Paper 1: Topics 1–5: Atomic structure and the periodic table; Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter; Quantitative chemistry, Chemical changes; and Energy changes.

Paper 2: Topics 6 – 10: The rate and extent of chemical change; Organic chemistry; Chemical analysis, Chemistry of the atmosphere; and Using resources.

 

Students will engage in analysis as well as evaluating the validity of practical results. Assessments in year 10 consist of mock examination of the AQA course and previous topics learned in year 9.

Continued development of: explanation and analysis of scientific concepts through extended writing, maths and literacy skills.

Concentration on mastery of: describing and using data, graphs and different scientific numeracy techniques.

 

Key concepts and topics taught

Autumn Term

Atomic structure and the periodic table

Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter

Spring Term

Energy changes.

Quantitative chemistry

Summer Term

Chemical Changes

Consolidation

 

Year 11 Chemistry

Year 11 chemistry students’ primary focus will be to prepare for their GCSE exams. The AQA course has two pathways depending on the aptitude of the student for science. This pathway would have been decided during the spring term of year 10.

Triple pathway:

Pupils have already sat their three core exams in chemistry, physics and biology and will now be concentrating on learning the content of the C2 and C3 modules which will be examined in two 60 minute papers on the same day in June.

Additional pathway:

Pupils will focus on the learning of additional exam content then go back to revise the core content before summer exams. Pupils will sit 6 exams in total, two in chemistry, both 60 minute papers in May and June.

Over the course of the year, students will finish off the course and ensure that all required practical work was completed to a high standard. From the Easter break at the latest, year 11 pupils will go on revise all topics for the examination.

 

Triple pathway

Additional pathway

Autumn Term

C2 consolidation

C3 - The history of the periodic table

Water

Bond energies

C2 - Bonding

Nanoparticles

Quantitative chemistry

Rates of reaction

Spring Term

C3 - Equilibria

Chemical tests

Titrations

Homologous series

Reversible reactions

Energy of reaction

Electrolysis and salts

Summer Term

Revision

Revision

 

Year 12 Biology

Students in year 12 will be introduced to advanced biology content and examination techniques that will lead them to become beginner biologists. To develop a breadth and depth of study students will study four units at AS that are revisited and built upon in A2.

Students are completing the AQA course. The four units taught at AS are: Biological molecules; Cells; Organisms exchange substances with their environment; Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms.

Students will develop the skill set to successfully complete a variety of challenging essay questions , scientific investigation evaluations and statistical analysis. Students will also complete 6 of the 12 required A level practicals. Year 12 students will partake in mock examinations throughout the year to prepare them for the AS Level exams provided by the AQA examination board. This will allow sufficient experience of the examination process and progression to year 13.

AS assessments : Paper 1 – 1hour 30mins, 75 marks. Paper 2- 1hr 30mins , 75 marks. 10% of marks will be math questions, 15% will assess knowledge, skills and understanding in relation to practical work.

Exam dates:        Paper 1 – 25th May

                          Paper 2 – 6th June

Autumn Term

Biological molecules

Cells

Spring Term

Organisms exchange substances with their environment

Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms.

Summer Term

Exam intervention

Exams

Introduction to A level content

Year 12 Chemistry

Chemistry students in year 12 will be introduced to the start of the AS course with a view to widen their breadth of study and become aspirational young chemists. The course will be split into physical, inorganic and organic chemistry and will be examined over 2 90 minute, 80 mark papers each worth 50% of the AS qualification.

Organic and physical chemistry: Relevant Physical chemistry topics (sections 3.1.2 to 3.1.6) and Organic chemistry (Section 3.3.1 to 3.3.6)

Inorganic and physical chemistry: Relevant Physical chemistry topics (sections 3.1.1 to 3.1.4, 3.1.6 and 3.1.7) and Inorganic chemistry (Section 3.2.1 to 3.2.3)

Information on the content of these topics can be found by looking at the AQA specification.

The students will learn about topics both theoretically and through practical techniques. Year 12 students will partake in mock examinations throughout the year to prepare them for the AS Level exams provided by the AQA examination board. This will allow sufficient experience of the examination process and aid progression into year 13.

Year 13 Biology

Students in year 13 will be introduced to advanced biology content and examination techniques that will lead them to become beginner biologists. To develop a breadth and depth of study students will study four units at A2 and revisit topics taught in AS.

Students are completing the AQA course. The four units taught at AS are: Energy transfers in and between organisms, Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments, Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems, and the control of gene expression.

Students will develop the skill set to successfully complete a variety of challenging essay questions , scientific investigation evaluations and statistical analysis. Students will also complete 6 of the 12 required A level practicals. Year 12 students will partake in mock examinations throughout the year to prepare them for the AS Level exams provided by the AQA examination board. This will allow sufficient experience of the examination process and progression to year 13.

Yr 13 Exams Paper 1- 12th June 2hrs

Paper 2- 20th June 2hrs

Paper 3- 26th June 2hrs

Year 13 Chemistry

Chemistry students in year 12 will be introduced to the start of the AS course with a view to widen their breadth of study and become aspirational young chemists. The course will be split into physical, inorganic and organic chemistry and will be assessed in 3, 120 minute assessments. Two of these are comprised of 105 marks (each 35% of the A-level) and one which is a synoptic paper covering all content from the two year course in 90 marks (30% of the A-level).

Paper 1:  Relevant Physical chemistry topics (sections 3.1.1 to 3.1.4, 3.1.6 to 3.1.8 and 3.1.10 to 3.1.12) and Inorganic chemistry (Section 3.2)

Paper 2: Relevant Physical chemistry topics (sections 3.1.2 to 3.1.6 and 3.1.9) and Organic chemistry (Section 3.3)

Information on the content of these topics can be found by looking at the AQA specification.

The students will learn about topics both theoretically and through practical techniques. Year 13 students will partake in weekly mock examinations throughout the year to prepare them for the A-Level exams provided by the AQA examination board.

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