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SCIENCE

Key Stage 3

Science Club runs after school every Tuesday in Sc1

Students will develop their ability to work scientifically and laboratory skills.                      Students study a balanced science course, covering the following modules:

YEAR 7

BIOLOGY: 

  • Cells;                                                                                                                https://www.bbc.co.uk/education/topics/znyycdm
  • Organisation and DNA; Variation and Interdependence;                                 https://www.bbc.co.uk/education/topics/zpffr82
  • Plants;                                                                                                                              https://www.bbc.co.uk/education/topics/zvrrd2p
  • Animal reproduction;                                                                                                 https://www.bbc.co.uk/education/guides/z9fgr82/revision

CHEMISTRY:           

PHYSICS:                

  • Magnetism;                                                                                                             https://www.bbc.co.uk/education/topics/zrvbkqt
  • The Solar System and Space;                                                                                              https://www.bbc.co.uk/education/topics/z8c9q6f
  • Forces, Movement and Motion;                                                                                   https://www.bbc.co.uk/education/topics/z4brd2p

YEAR 8

BIOLOGY:                   

CHEMISTRY:           

PHYSICS:                   

  • Light;                                                                                                                               https://www.bbc.co.uk/education/topics/zw982hv
  • Sound;                                                                                                                              https://www.bbc.co.uk/education/topics/zw982hv
  • Electricity;                                                                                                                     https://www.bbc.co.uk/education/topics/zgy39j6
  • Energy and Energy Transfers;                                                                                       https://www.bbc.co.uk/education/topics/zc3g87h
  • Static electricity and electrical circuits.                                                                     https://www.bbc.co.uk/education/topics/zgy39j6

Key Stage 4

Students start their GCSE courses at the start of Year 9, following either Triple Science (leading to 3 separate GCSEs in Physics, Chemistry and Biology) or Combined Science (leading to 2 GCSEs in Science).

Useful revision links

Topic covered

AQA COMBINED SCIENCE (Trilogy):

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/combined-science-trilogy-8464

BIOLOGY: 

Cells and Organisation:
Cell structure and Transport; Cell Division; Organisation and The Digestive System; Organising Animals and Plants;
Disease and Bioenergetics:
Communicable Diseases; Preventing and Treating Disease; Non-Communicable Diseases; Photosynthesis; Respiration;
Biological Responses:
The Human Nervous System; Hormonal Coordination;
Genetics and Evolution:
                Reproduction; Variation and Evolution; Genetics and Evolution;
Ecology:
Adaptations, Interdependence and Competition; Organising an Ecosystem; Biodiversity and Ecosystems;
 

CHEMISTRY: 

Atoms, Bonding and Moles:
Atomic Structure; The Periodic Table; Structure and Bonding; Chemical calculations;
Chemical Reactions and Energy Changes:
 Chemical Changes; Electrolysis; Energy Changes;
Rates, Equilibrium and Organic Chemistry:
Rates and Equilibrium; Crude Oil and Fuels;
Analysis and The Earth’s Resources:
Chemical Analysis; The Earth’s Atmosphere; The Earth’s Resources;
 

PHYSICS: 

Energy and Energy Resources:
Conservation and Dissipation of Energy; Energy Transfer by Heating; Energy Resources;
Particles at Work:
Electrical Circuits; Electricity in the Home; Molecules and Matter; Radioactivity;
Forces in Action:
Forces in Balance; Motion; Forces and Motion;
Waves and Electromagnetism:
Wave Properties; Electromagnetic Waves; Electromagnetism;
 

TRIPLE SCIENCE:

 
Cells and Organisation:
Cell structure and Transport; Cell Division; Organisation and The Digestive System; Organising Animals and Plants;
Disease and Bioenergetics:
Communicable Diseases (Including Growing Bacteria in the Lab and Preventing Bacterial Growth; Plant Diseases and Plant Defence Responses); Preventing and Treating Disease (Including Making and Uses of Monoclonal Antibodies); Non-Communicable Diseases; Photosynthesis; Respiration;
Biological Responses:
The Human Nervous System (Including The brain and The Eye); Hormonal Coordination (Including Plant Hormones and Responses; Using Plant Hormones); Homeostasis in Action
Genetics and Evolution:
Reproduction (Including Fungi, Plants and Parasites; DNA Structure and Protein Synthesis; Gene Expression and Mutation); Variation and Evolution (Including Cloning and Adult Cell Cloning); Genetics and Evolution (Including The History of Genetics; Theories of Evolution and Darwin; Evolution and Speciation);
Ecology:
Adaptations, Interdependence and Competition; Organising an Ecosystem (Including Rates of Decomposition); Biodiversity and Ecosystems (Including The Impact of Environmental Change; Trophic Levels and Biomass; Biomass Transfers; Factors affecting Food Security; Making Food Production Efficient and Sustainable
 
 
Atoms, Bonding and Moles:
Atomic Structure; The Periodic Table (Including The Transition Elements); Structure and Bonding (Including Nanoparticles and Their Applications); Chemical calculations (Including Chemical Yield; Atom Economy; Titrations; Titration Calculations; Volume of Gases);
Chemical Reactions and Energy Changes:
Chemical Changes; Electrolysis; Energy Changes (Including Chemical Cells and Batteries; Fuel Cells);
Rates, Equilibrium and Organic Chemistry:
Rates and Equilibrium; Crude Oil and Fuels; Organic Reactions; Polymers;
Analysis and The Earth’s Resources:
Chemical Analysis (Including Tests for Positive and Negative Ions; Instrumental Analysis); The Earth’s Atmosphere; The Earth’s Resources; Using Our Resources
 
 
Energy and Energy Resources:
Conservation and Dissipation of Energy; Energy Transfer by Heating (Including Infrared Radiation); Energy Resources;
Particles at Work:
Electrical Circuits (Including Electrical Charges and Fields; Electricity in the Home; Molecules and Matter (Including Gas Pressure and Volume); Radioactivity (Including Nuclear Radiation in Medicine; Nuclear Fission and Fusion; Nuclear Issues);
Forces in Action:
Forces in Balance (Including Moments at Work; More about Levers and Gears; Moments and Equilibrium); Motion; Forces and Motion (Including Using Conservation of Momentum; Impact Forces; Safety); Forces and Pressure;
Waves, Electromagnetism and Space:
Wave Properties (Including Sound Waves; Uses of Ultrasound; Seismic Waves); Electromagnetic Waves; Light; Electromagnetism (Including Electromagnets in Devices; The Generator Effect; The Alternating-Current Generator; Transformers; Transformers in Action); Space;
 

KEY STAGE 5

Revision

Three Subjects at AS/A2 Level are offered by the Science Department:
 
Biology (OCR)
Content is in six modules:
  • Module 1: Development of practical skills in biology
  • Module 2: Foundations in biology
  • Module 3: Exchange and transport
  • Module 4: Biodiversity, evolution and disease
  • Module 5: Communication, homeostasis and energy
  • Module 6: Genetics, evolution and ecosystems
AS
Module 1-4 will be assessed
 
A-LEVEL
All Modules assessed. Practical Endorsement required
 
Chemistry (OCR)
Content is in six modules:
  • Module 1 – Development of practical skills in chemistry
  • Module 2 – Foundations in chemistry
  • Module 3 – Periodic table and energy
  • Module 4 – Core organic chemistry
  • Module 5 – Physical chemistry and transition elements
  • Module 6 – Organic chemistry and analysis
AS
Module 1-4 will be assessed
 
A-LEVEL
All Modules assessed. Practical Endorsement required
 
Physics (AQA)
 
Core Content
  • 1 Measurements and their errors
  • 2 Particles and radiation
  • 3 Waves
  • 4 Mechanics and materials
  • 5 Electricity
  • 6 Further mechanics and thermal physics
  • 7 Fields and their consequences
  • 8 Nuclear physics
Options
  • 9 Astrophysics
  • 10 Medical physics
  • 11 Engineering physics
  • 12 Turning points in physics
  • 13 Electronics
AS
Units 1-5 will be assessed
 
A-LEVEL
All units assessed, including a written Practical based paper. Students will also pick from one of the option topics listed above.
 

Extra-Curricular

Revision

A range of after school revision sessions run to support our Year 11 and A level students with exam preparation.
Drop in Session Every Lunchtime in Sc5.
 

Literacy In Science

Good literacy skills are becoming increasingly important in Science.  Students are given a range of opportunities to practice and refine their literacy skills, including reading a variety of scientific texts in order to extract information which is needed for a subsequent task, use the correct scientific terminology (key words) in their explanations, and use phonics to help learn how to pronounce new words.