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Curriculum Intent

The Science curriculum aims to create young scientists who have a broad and in-depth understanding of scientific ideas and are inquisitive about the world around them.

The process through from KS3 to KS4 aims to develop the knowledge and understanding to support this, without imposing any ceiling on any child’s ability. Our curriculum has fully considered the depth and breadth of scientific knowledge and understanding, whilst showing a clear progression model between the different Scientific subject disciplines.

Our curriculum aims to foster positive attitudes toward Science, and to encourage our students to examine and appreciate how Science and Technology affects their lives and the ever-changing environment. We aim to provide students with knowledge and skills that allows for a constructivist and collaborative approach, so that students leave school with a thorough understanding of their capabilities and with improved aspirations that enable them to make informed choices in their future career.

Teachers are encouraged to use context in their Science lessons to facilitate student understanding of Science and to enable them to link learning to everyday issues relating to the wider world and workplace. With our students in mind, we aim to broaden their experiences through:

  • Science club: Designed to inspire and nurture scholastic excellence 
  • Masterclasses: To provide mastery, independence and resilience
  • Lesson Planning that enthuses and raises confidence & aspirations 
  • Extracurricular trips to form enquiry and understanding related to Scientific phenomena
  • Residential trips to build positive relationships and to develop students’ cultural capital

 

Curriculum Content

 

Year 7

Students follow ‘exploring Science’ and learn the basics of Science through the topics of Science skills, cells, particles, energy, mixtures and separation, muscles and bones, forces, atoms, elements and molecules, reproduction, electricity, acids and alkalis and ecosystems.

Year 8

Students follow ‘exploring science’ and the following topics are covered that build on year 7 skills, knowledge and understanding. The topics are food and digestion, fluids, combustion, plants and reproduction, periodic table, metals and their uses, rocks, unicellular organisms, space, energy transfers and breathing and respiration.

Year 9

Students spend the first term completing Biology, Chemistry and Physics transition units that include topics such as genetics and hormones, which introduce GCSE content as well as recapping learning in year 7 and 8. After Christmas, students learn key concepts of Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

Year 10

Entry level students learn: cells, genetics, inheritance and modification, atoms, compounds and states of matter, forces, movement and energy.

Combined science students learn: genetics, acids, conservation of energy, natural selection and genetic modification, electrolysis and extraction of metals, waves and electromagnetic spectrum, health and disease, calculations involving masses and radiation.

Triple science students learn: the same units as combined science with extra lessons and units including, for Biology: additional core practical in Biology, including food testing, structure and function of the brain and how we investigate the brain, the structure and function of the eye and the development of eyesight problems, protein synthesis and the inheritance of sex linked disorders, plant diseases, virus replication and the use of monoclonal antibodies.

For Chemistry: additional core practical lessons involving a titration and the identifications of ions and separate chemistry 1 that includes topics such as, transition metals, alloys and corrosion, quantitative analysis, fuel cells and chemical cells.

For Physics: use of ultrasound in the waves topic, a complete unit on astrology that includes the bodies found in our solar system, how our ideas about the solar system have changed over time, the theory of the big bang, red shift and life cycle of stars.

Year 11

Entry level students learn: health, disease and the development of medicines, separating mixtures, breaking down substances, acids and metals, waves and radiation.

Combined science students learn: plants and photosynthesis, groups of periodic table, rates of reaction and heat changes in chemical reactions, forces and energy doing work, animal coordination and hormone control, fuels, electricity, exchange and transport in animals, magnets and electromagnetic induction, earth and atmosphere, ecosystems and particle model and forces.

Triple science students learn: the same units as combined science with extra lessons and units including:

For Biology: plant hormones, homeostasis including thermoregulation and osmoregulation, the structure and function of the kidneys and evaluation of the use of indicator species in assessing pollution levels.

For Chemistry: topics such as qualitative analysis, testing for alkanes and alkenes, alcohols and carboxylic acids, and bulk and surface properties of matter including nanoparticles.

For Physics: there is a complete topic on static electricity that includes how static electricity occurs and the dangers of static electricity.

 

GCSE Course Details

 

Qualification

GCSE Combined science

Exam Board

Edexcel

Syllabus Details

1SC0

Link to Exam Board Website

Click Here

Assessment Details

Written examination: 1 hour and 10 minutes 16.67% of the qualification 60 marks - Biology paper 1 and 2, Chemistry paper 1 and 2 and Physics paper 1 and 2

A mixture of different question styles, including multiple-choice questions, short answer questions, calculations and extended open-response questions. Calculators may be used in the examination.

Coursework Details

N/A

Recommended Course Books

Pearson’s combined Science textbook

 

Qualification

GCSE Triple Science – Biology, Chemistry and Physics

Exam Board

Edexcel

Syllabus Details

1BIO   1CHEM   1PHYS

Link to Exam Board Website

https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/sciences-2016.html#%2Ftab-Biology

Assessment Details

Written examination: 1 hour and 45 minutes 50% of the qualification 100 marks – 2 papers (paper 1 and 2) for each separate science subject

A mixture of different question styles, including multiple-choice questions, short answer questions, calculations and extended open-response questions. Calculators may be used in the examination.

Coursework Details

N/A

Recommended Course Books

Pearson’s Triple Science – Biology, chemistry and Physics text books

 

Qualification

Entry Level Science

Exam Board

Edexcel

Syllabus Details

NSC0

Link to Exam Board Website

https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-entry-level-certificate/science-2016.html

Assessment Details

Externally-set tests, administered and marked by the centre and moderated by Pearson. There is no set time for when each test is completed or how long the student takes to complete each test.  16.67% of the qualification 25 marks

Coursework Details

N/A

Recommended Course Books

Pearson’s support edition for entry level Science

 

Suggested Websites

GCSE bbc bitesize

Freesciencelessons.com

Seneca learning

Enrichment Opportunities

All students in school are provided with a membership to STEAM school

All students are invited to join STEM club

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