Science

Key Stage 3 – Science

The AQA Key Stage 3 Science curriculum is taught using big ideas across the three disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics.

Year 7

In Year 7, within physics, students learn about:

  • Speed and gravity
  • Voltage and resistance and current
  • Energy costs and energy transfer
  • Sound and light
  • The Universe.

 

Within chemistry students learn about:

  • The particle model and separating mixtures
  • Metals and non-metals
  • Acids and alkalis
  • The structure of the Earth.

 

Within biology students learn about:

  • Movement and cells
  • Interdependence and plant reproduction
  • Variation and human reproduction.

Year 8

In Year 8, within physics, students learn about:

  • Contact forces and pressure
  • Electromagnets and magnetism
  • Work and heating and cooling
  • Wave effects and wave properties.

 

Within chemistry students learn about:

  • The periodic table and elements
  • Chemical energy and types of reactions
  • Climate and Earth’s resources.

 

Within biology students learn about:

  • Breathing and digestion
  • Respiration and photosynthesis
  • Evolution and inheritance.

 

Students across both years also learn about how to work scientifically through the four enquiry processes:

  • Analyse, consisting of presenting data, analysing patterns, drawing conclusions and discussing limitations.
  • Communicate, consisting of constructing explanations, communicating ideas, critiquing claims and justifying opinions.
  • Enquire, consisting of devising questions, testing hypotheses, planning to control variables and collecting data.
  • Solve, consisting of estimating risks, examining consequences, interrogating sources and understanding how scientific ideas change over time. 

 The AQA syllabus uses big ideas and mastery goals to equip students for success at GCSE.

KS3 Support

Students are invited to attend the weekly homework club after school on Friday’s in the science department.

KS3 Enrichment

Plans are in place to start offering a monthly Science Club to students.

Key Stage 4 - Science

Year 9

Students will complete the AQA Combined Science Trilogy course but will also be taught aspects of the AQA Separate Science course.

Students receive two GCSE grades for the AQA Combined Science Trilogy course or three grades for the AQA Separate Science course.

Within year 9 students will study the following topics:

 

  • How science works skills

 

  • Biology:
    • Cell biology
    • Organisation in organisms
    • Infection and response

 

  • Chemistry:
    • Model of the atom
    • Bonding & properties
    • Quantitative Chemistry
    • Chemical Changes

 

  • Physics
    • Energy
    • Electricity
    • Particle model of matter

Each topic will be assessed and students will be given the opportunity to consolidate and improve their knowledge and understanding.

Year 10

Students will continue studying the Trilogy course or will be invited to study the Separate Science.

Within year 10 students will study the following topics:

 

  • How science works skills

 

  • Biology
    • Bioenergetics
    • Homeostasis & Response
    • Inheritance, Variation & Evolution

 

  • Chemistry
    • Energy Changes
    • The rate & extent of chemical changes
    • Organic chemistry
    • Chemical analysis

 

  • Physics
    • Atomic structure
    • Forces
    • Waves

Each topic will be assessed and students will be given the opportunity to consolidate and improve their knowledge and understanding.

Year 11

Students will continue studying the Trilogy course or the Separate Science.

Within year 11 students will study the following topics:

 

  • How science works skills – required practical review

 

  • Biology
    • Ecology

 

  • Chemistry
    • Chemistry of the atmosphere
    • Using the resources

 

  • Physics
    • Magnetism and electromagnetism
    • triple only – space physics

 

  • Consolidation of knowledge and exam technique and preparation.

KS4 Support

Students are provided 1 hours additional support on a Tuesday at 3:30 pm in the science department.

Regular target intervention also takes place weekly.

KS4 Enrichment

Various trips are going to be planned including a trip to Science Live.