Science

The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvellous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery every day. Never lose a holy curiosity.

Albert Einstein

KS3

KS3 students will follow the new AQA KS3 scheme. This scheme consists of 10 Big Ideas. Each idea then contains four smaller topics: the building blocks for the Big Ideas.

The AQA syllabus promotes teaching for understanding rather than covering fragmented content. It approaches the examined content with a mastery of ideas and skills. These are developed over KS3 with the expectation that the students enter KS4 with a level of proficiency.

Students in Year 7 will sit a baseline assessment test to identify areas of strength and weakness and will spend the first few weeks of term 1 ‘Investigating in Science’. This is with the aim of developing their ‘Working Scientifically’ skills. They will then sit an assessment on this in half term 1 before beginning to study content.

All students will complete three end of term assessments throughout the year to assess progress made in the topics covered.

Year 9 students will complete an end of KS3 assessment in February and begin their GCSE studies in March of this year.

Investigating Science
Cells
Particles
Working Scientifically
Interdependence
Voltage and Resistance
Metals and Non-Metals
Human Reproduction
Gravity
Acids and Alkalis
Sound
Separating Mixtures
Energy Costs
Variation
Earth’s Structure
Movement

Current
Breathing
Periodic Table
Working Scientifically
Respiration
Speed
Chemical Energy
Energy Transfer
Light
Inheritance
Universe
Climate
Magnetism
Plant Reproduction
Wave Effects
Working Scientifically

Genetics and evolution
Magnetism
Working scientifically
Current electricity
Reactivity
Growing our food
Forces and motion

KS4

At KS4 we follow the new AQA Science suite of qualifications which fully prepare our learners for the wide field of careers which require a good knowledge of science.

Around a third of our learners have chosen to follow a separate science route which they will follow over the two years into year 11, resulting in three GCSEs, one Biology, one Chemistry and one Physics. The courses will fully prepare students for A-levels in these subjects and provide a solid foundation for those choosing to continue studying the sciences at degree level.

The rest of the year group will follow a combined science course, resulting in a double weighted GCSE, the equivalent of two GCSEs in other subjects. This course still provides sufficient science for any learners wishing to continue their study of science into A-level.

 

Topics covered are

  • Cell biology
  • Organisation
  • Infection and response
  • Bioenergetics
  • Homeostasis and response
  • Inheritance, variation and evolution
  • Ecology
  • Atomic structure and the periodic table
  • Bonding, structure and the properties of matter
  • Quantitative chemistry
  • Chemical changes
  • Energy changes
  • The rate and extent of chemical change
  • Organic chemistry
  • Chemical analysis
  • Chemistry of the atmosphere
  • Using resources
  • Energy
  • Electricity
  • Particle model of matter
  • Atomic structure
  • Forces
  • Waves
  • Magnetism and electromagnetism

IGNITING CURIOSITY CLUB runs throughout the year on a Thursday after school from 3.30pm until 4.30pm. The club will be offered to all students in years 7 and 8 at some point throughout the year. Each block of Igniting Curiosity Club lasts for 6 weeks and students will receive invitations to attend. Year 9 students are our Ambassadors for Igniting Curiosity club

STEM CLUB runs throughout the year, also on a Thursday after school from 3.30pm to 4.30pm. This is for students who have an interest in science and engineering. Our learners are working towards the CREST award and projects this year have included space, making a camera, and building and programming a robot.

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