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Welcome to Science

The Science Department philosophy is based on high expectations and standards, and the desire to assist all students to achieve their full potential.

We aim to provide lifelong skills and to develop confident individuals who can continue to succeed and enjoy their study of Science through A-Levels and beyond.

The curriculum is delivered in eight specialist rooms.

Departmental staff

  • Mrs Holroyd – Head of Department
  • Mr Holroyd – KS4 Lead
  • Mrs Cobain – KS3 Lead

 

Curriculum

Year 7 –  Lesson contact time is 6 to be completed for you
The topics followed are:

Cells Sexual reproduction
Muscles and bones Ecosystems
Mixtures and separating   Acids and alkalis
The Particle Model Atoms, elements and molecules
Energy   Current electricity
Forces Sound

 

Year 8 – Lesson contact time is 6 to be completed for you
The topics followed are:

Food and nutrition Plants and their reproduction
Breathing and respiration Unicellular organisms
Combustion  Periodic table
Metals and their uses Rocks
Fluid Light
Energy transfers Earth and space

 

Year 9 – Lesson contact time is 6 to be completed for you
The topics followed are:

Genetics and evolution Plant growth
Biology transition unit to GCSE Making materials
Reactivity Chemistry transition unit to GCSE
Forces and motion Forcefields and electromagnets
Physics transition unit to GCSE Light
Energy transfers Earth and space

 

Year 10
Lesson contact time is five hours per week for Combined Science and five hours per fortnight for Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Students follow the Edexcel GCSE syllabuses for Chemistry, Physics, Biology or Combined Science. 
The topics are as follows:


Combined Science

Biology

  • Combined Science GCSE Paper 1 – Key Concepts in Biology; Cells and Control; Genetics; Natural Selection and Genetic Modification; Health Disease and the Development of Medicines.

Chemistry

  • Combined Science GCSE Paper 3 – States of Matter; Methods of Separating and Purifying Substances; Atomic Structure (paper 3 & 4); The Periodic Table (paper 3 & 4); Ionic Bonding (paper 3 & 4); Covalent Bonding (paper 3 & 4); Types of Substance (paper 3 & 4); Acids and Alkalis; Calculations involving Masses (paper 3 & 4); Electrolytic Processes; Obtaining and Using Metals; Reversible Reactions and Equilibria.

Physics

  • Combined Science GCSE Paper 5 – Motion; Motion and Forces; Conservation of Energy; Waves; Light and the electromagnetic Spectrum; Radioactivity.

 

Single Science
Biology

  • Biology GCSE Paper 1- Key Concepts in Biology (also on paper 2); Cells and Control; Genetics; Natural Selection and Genetic Modification; Health, Disease and the Development of Medicines.

Chemistry

  • Chemistry GCSE Paper 1 – States of Matter; Methods of Separating and Purifying Substances; Atomic Structure; The Periodic Table; Ionic Bonding; Covalent Bonding; Types of Substance; Acids and Alkalis; Calculations involving Masses; Electrolytic Processes; Obtaining and Using Metals; Reversible Reactions and Equilibria; Transition Metals Alloys and Corrosion; Quantitative Analysis; Dynamic Equilibria, Calculations Involving Volumes of Gases; Chemical Cells and Fuel Cells

Physics

  • Physics GCSE Paper 1 – Motion; Motion and Forces; Conservation of Energy; Waves; Light and the electromagnetic Spectrum; Radioactivity; Astronomy.

 

Year 11
Lesson contact time is five hours per week for Combined Science and five hours per fortnight for Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Students follow the Edexcel GCSE syllabuses for Chemistry, Physics, Biology or Combined Science. 
The topics are as follows:

 

Combined Science
Biology

  • Combined Science GCSE Paper 2 – Plant Structure and their Function; Animal Coordination, Control and Homeostasis; Exchange and Transport in Animals; Ecosystem and Material Cycles.

Chemistry

  • Combined Science GCSE Paper 4 – Groups of the Periodic Table; Rates of Reaction; Heat Energy Changes in Chemical Reactions; Fuels; Earth and Atmospheric Science; Atomic Structure (paper 3 & 4); The Periodic Table (paper 3 & 4); Ionic Bonding (paper 3 & 4); Covalent Bonding (paper 3 & 4); Types of Substance (paper 3 & 4); Calculations involving Masses (paper 3 & 4).

Physics

  • Physics GCSE Paper 6 – Energy – Forces Doing Work; Forces and their Effects; Electricity and Circuits; Magnetism and the Motor Effect; Electromagnetic Induction; Particle Model; Forces of Matter.

 

Single Science
Biology

  • Biology GCSE Paper 2 – Key Concepts in Biology; Plant Structures and Functions; Animal Coordination, Control and Homeostasis; Exchange and Transport in Animals; Ecosystems and Material Cycles

Chemistry

  • Chemistry GCSE Paper 2 – Groups of the Periodic Table; Rates of Reaction; Heat Energy Changes in Chemical Reactions; Fuels; Earth and Atmospheric Science; Hydrocarbons; Alcohols and Carboxylic Acids; Polymers; Qualitative Analysis: Tests for Ions; Bulk and Surface Properties of Matter Including Nanoparticles

Physics

  • Physics GCSE Paper 2 – Energy – Forces Doing Work; Forces and their Effects; Electricity and Circuits; Static Electricity; Magnetism and the Motor Effect; Electromagnetic Induction; Particle Model; Forces of Matter.

 

Equipment / Kit
Scientific calculator

Resources
www.samlearning.com
www.peasonsactivelearn.com

Qualifications
In years 10 and 11 pupils follow the Edexcel course for either Combined Science or separate Biology, Chemistry and Physics.  These course are assessed by examinations only at the end of Year 11.  The Combined Science GCSE is based on six exam papers (paper 1 & 2 Biology; paper 3 & 4 Chemistry; paper 5 & 6 Physics). Biology, Chemistry and Physics GCSE qualifications are each based on two papers. Further details are available from the examination boards, as shown below.
http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/sciences-2016.html

 

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