Science


Curriculum Information for Science

Staff

Role

ES

HOD

RHS

Teacher of science /PPL Yr 9

HS

Teacher of science

DB

Teacher of science

ELS

Teacher of science

JH

Teacher of science

AW

Science technician

Key Stage 3

All modules in KS3 are taught on a rotation system. This means that all modules will have been studied by the end of the year but not at the same time for the whole year group. All groups in KS3 have a minimum of 3 science lessons per week and there is the opportunity to opt for an additional 3 lessons per week in year 9 if pupils wish to.

The opportunity for pupils to opt for the extra science in year 9 will be offered at the end of year 8 and is separate to the official options choices that take place part way through year 9. Pupils can expect to spend longer studying scientific concepts, to practise coursework skills and undertake extended projects. This is an ideal way to prepare for taking additional or triple science courses in KS4.

Year

Modules studied (New KS3 NC)

Homework

Keywords

7

Biology Modules

7A – Cells, tissues, organs and systems

7B – Sexual reproduction in animals

7C – Muscles and bones

7D – Ecosystems

 

Chemistry Modules

7E – Mixtures and separation

7F – Acids and bases

7G – The particle model

7H – Atoms, elements and compounds

 

Physics Modules

7I – Energy and changes

7J – Electricity

7K- Forces

7L – Sound

Homework will be set and marked approximately every 6 lessons. This timescale may change depending on the nature of the homework set. Ie: A longer project style homework may have a greater time allowance.

Reaction

Particle

Reflection

Energy

Microscope

Cells

Fuel

Acid

Alkali

Newton

Weight

8

Biology Modules

8A – Food and Digestion

8B – Plants and their Reproduction

8C – Breathing and Respiration

8D – Unicellular Organisms

 

Chemistry Modules

8E – Combustion

8F – The Periodic Table

8G – Metals

8H – Rocks

 

Physics Modules

8I – Fluids

8J – Light

8K- Energy Transfers

8L – Earth and Space

Homework will be set and marked approximately every 6 lessons. This timescale may change depending on the nature of the homework set. Ie: A longer project style homework may have a greater time allowance.

Conclusion

Equipment

Investigate

Electricity

Classification

Molecule

Atom

Renewable

Embryo

Habitat

9

Biology Modules

Genetics and Evolution

Growing our food

Revising Key Stage 3 Biology

Preparing for GCSE Biology

 

Chemistry Modules

Making materials

Reactivity

Revising Key Stage 3 Chemistry

Preparing for GCSE Chemistry

 

Physics Modules

Forces and motion

Electricity and magnetism

Revising Key Stage 3 Physics

Preparing for GCSE Physics

Homework will be set and marked approximately every 6 lessons. This timescale may change depending on the nature of the homework set. Ie: A longer project style homework may have a greater time allowance.

Resistance

Photosynthesis

Respiration

Refraction

Environment

Foetus

Cilia

Villi

Alveoli

Neutralisation

Excretion

Key Stage 4

We teach multiple courses in KS4 using the OCR specifications. The following combinations are available to pupils:-

Core Science:- 3 lessons per week, 1 GCSE.

Core and Additional Science:- 6 lessons per week, 2 GCSE’s.

Triple Science:- 9 lessons per week, 3 GCSE’s (One each for Biology, Chemistry and Physics).

BTEC Certificate in Principles of Applied Science:- 3 lessons per week, equivalent to 1 GCSE if passed at level 2. This option will not be available from September 2015.

We offer Core Science as a minimum qualification for all pupils which is worth a single GCSE. Pupils can opt to study Additional Science as well which will take up a single option block or Triple Science which will take up a double option block. All GCSE’s will involve a piece of coursework for pupils to complete.

Brief overview; examination board, syllabus, assessment criteria, homework

Year

Course Information

Homework

Examination Information

10/11

Core Science

Biology Topics

Understanding ourselves (B1)

Understanding our environment (B2)

 

Chemistry Topics

Carbon chemistry (C1)

Rocks and metals (C2)

 

Physics Topics

Energy for the home (P1)

Living for the future (P2)

 

B1, C1, P1 will be taught in year 10 and B2, C2, P2 will be taught in year 11.

Homework will be set and marked approximately every 6 lessons. This timescale may change depending on the nature of the homework set. Ie: A longer project style homework may have a greater time allowance.

Exam 1 (B1, C1, P1): 35% of total grade.

 

Exam 2 (B2, C2, P2): 40% of total grade.

 

Coursework: 25% of total grade.

10/11

Additional Science

Biology Topics

Living and growing (B3)

It’s a green world (B4)

 

Chemistry Topics

Chemical economics (C3)

The periodic table (C4)

 

Physics Topics

Forces for transport (P3)

Radiation for life (P4)

 

B3, C3, P3 will be taught in year 10 and B4, C4, P4 will be taught in year 11.

Homework will be set and marked approximately every 6 lessons. This timescale may change depending on the nature of the homework set. Ie: A longer project style homework may have a greater time allowance.

Exam 1 (B3, C3, P3): 35% of total grade.

 

Exam 2 (B4, C4, P4): 40% of total grade.

 

Coursework: 25% of total grade.

10/11

Biology

Understanding ourselves (B1)

Understanding our environment (B2)

Living and growing (B3)

It’s a green world (B4)

The Living Body (B5)

Beyond the Microscope (B6)

 

B1, B2 and B3 will be taught in year 10 and B4, B5 and B6 will be taught in year 11.

Homework will be set and marked approximately every 6 lessons. This timescale may change depending on the nature of the homework set. Ie: A longer project style homework may have a greater time allowance.

Exam 1 (B1, B2, B3): 35% of total grade.

 

Exam 2 (B4, B5, B6): 40% of total grade.

 

Coursework: 25% of total grade.

10/11

Chemistry

Carbon chemistry (C1)

Rocks and metals (C2)

Chemical economics (C3)

The periodic table (C4)

How much? (quantitative analysis) (C5)

Chemistry out there (C6)

 

C1, C2 and C3 will be taught in year 10 and C4, C5 and C6 will be taught in year 11.

Homework will be set and marked approximately every 6 lessons. This timescale may change depending on the nature of the homework set. Ie: A longer project style homework may have a greater time allowance.

Exam 1 (C1, C2, C3): 35% of total grade.

 

Exam 2 (C4, C5, C6): 40% of total grade.

 

Coursework: 25% of total grade.

10/11

Physics

Energy for the home (P1)

Living for the future (P2)

Forces for transport (P3)

Radiation for life (P4)

Space for reflection (P5)

Electricity for gadgets (P6)

 

P1, P2 and P3 will be taught in year 10 and P4, P5 and P6 will be taught in year 11.

Homework will be set and marked approximately every 6 lessons. This timescale may change depending on the nature of the homework set. Ie: A longer project style homework may have a greater time allowance.

Exam 1 (P1, P2, P3): 35% of total grade.

 

Exam 2 (P4, P5, P6): 40% of total grade.

 

Coursework: 25% of total grade.

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Key Stage 5

Brief overview; examination board, syllabus, assessment criteria, independent learning

Year

Course information

Homework

Assessment

12

Biology

Please note that Year 12 students starting in September 2015 will be studying the new A level specification. They will need to choose whether an AS or A level is appropriate for them. For the first year of each course, the cohorts will taught the same content.

AS Level (Year 12 only) and 1st year of A Level:-

  • Module 1 – Development of practical skills in biology.
  • Module 2 – Foundations in Biology.
  • Module 3 – Exchange and Transport.
  • Module 4 – Biodiversity, evolution and disease.

If completing the AS level only then both examinations assesses content from all four modules.

2nd Year of A Level (Year 13 – September 2016)

  • Module 1 – Development of practical skills in biology (continued).
  • Module 5 – Communication, homeostasis and energy
  • Module 6 – Genetics, evolution and ecosystems

Exam 1 assesses content from modules 1, 2, 3 and 5.

Exam 2 assesses content from modules 1, 2, 4 and 6.

Exam 3 assesses content from all modules (1 to 6).

Homework will be set and marked each week. This may take the form of a poster or project style homework. It could also be in the form of exam questions. Students should take care to take at least the same amount of time they spend in classes working independently to research ideas and consolidate learning.

All assessment will take place terminally, at the end of the course.

For the AS course only:-

Breadth in biology;

1 hour 30 minutes,

written paper. 50%

of total A level.

Depth in biology;

1 hour 30 minutes, written paper. 50% of total A level.

For the full A level course:-

No examinations will be taken at the end of year 12.

1) Biological processes;

2 hour 15 minutes written paper.

37% of total A level

2) Biological diversity;

2 hour 15 minutes

written paper.

37% of total A level

3) Unified biology;

1 hour 30 minutes

written paper.

26% of total A level

4) Practical endorsement in biology;

(non-exam assessment, reported

separately).

12 Chemistry

AS Level (Year 12 only) and 1st year of A Level:-

  • Module 1 – Development of practical skills in chemistry
  • Module 2 – Foundations in chemistry
  • Module 3 – Periodic table and energy
  • Module 4 – Core organic Chemistry

If completing the AS level only then both examinations assesses content from all four modules.

2nd Year of A Level (Year 13 – September 2016)

  • Module 1 – Development of practical skills in chemistry (continued)
  • Module 5 – Physical chemistry and transition elements
  • Module 6 – Organic chemistry and analysis

Exam 1 assesses content from modules 1, 2, 3 and 5.

Exam 2 assesses content from modules 1, 2, 4 and 6.

Exam 3 assesses content from all modules (1 to 6).

Homework will be set and marked each week. This may take the form of a poster or project style homework. It could also be in the form of exam questions. Students should take care to take at least the same amount of time they spend in classes working independently to research ideas and consolidate learning.

All assessment will take place terminally, at the end of the course.

For the AS course only:-

Breadth in chemistry;

1 hour 30 minutes,

written paper. 50% of total AS level.

Depth in chemistry;

1 hour 30 minutes, written paper. 50% of total AS level.

For the full A level course:-

No examinations will be taken at the end of year 12.

1) Periodic table, elements and physical chemistry;

2 hours 15 minutes, written paper. 37% of total A level.

2) Synthesis and analytical techniques;

2 hours 15 minutes, written paper. 37% of total A level.

3) Unified chemistry;

1 hour 30 minutes, written paper. 26% of total A level.

4) Practical endorsement in chemistry;

(non-exam assessment, reported

separately).

13 Biology

Please note that year 13 pupils starting in September 2015 are the last cohort to study the old A level specification. Details of this are listed below.

Biology 2nd year of full A Level

F214: Communications, Homeostasis and Energy.

  • Communication
  • Nerves and Hormones
  • Excretion
  • Photosynthesis and Respiration

F215: Control, Genomes and Environment.

  • Cellular Control
  • Biotechnology
  • Ecosystems and Sustainability
  • Responding to the Environment

F216: Practical skills in Biology 2.

  • Internal assessment of practical skills

Homework will be set and marked each week. This may take the form of a poster or project style homework. It could also be in the form of exam questions. Students should take care to take at least the same amount of time they spend in classes working independently to research ideas and consolidate learning.

The following assessments will be considered along with those already taken at the end of the AS year to calculate the final grade.

Communications, Homeostasis and Energy;  1 hour exam, written paper. 15% of total A level.

Control, Genomes and Environment; 1hour 45 minutes exam, written paper. 25% of total A level.

Practical skills in Biology 2; Internal assessment. 10% of total A level.

13 Chemistry

Please note that year 13 pupils starting in September 2015 are the last cohort to study the old A level specification. Details of this are listed below.

Chemistry 2nd year of full A level

F324: Rings, Polymers and Analysis

  • Rings, Acids and Amines
  • Polymers and Synthesis
  • Analysis

F325: Equilibria, Energetics and Elements

  • Rates, Equilibrium and pH
  • Energy
  • Transition Elements

F326: Practical Skills in Chemistry 2

  • A2 internal assessment

Homework will be set and marked each week. This may take the form of a poster or project style homework. It could also be in the form of exam questions. Students should take care to take at least the same amount of time they spend in classes working independently to research ideas and consolidate learning.

The following assessments will be considered along with those already taken at the end of the AS year to calculate the final grade.

Rings, Polymers and Analysis; 1 hour exam, written paper. 15% of total A level.

Equilibria, Energetics and Elements; 1hour 45 minutes exam, written paper. 25% of total A level.

Practical skills in Chemistry 2; Internal assessment. 10% of total A level.

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Extra-curricular activities

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Useful website/ weblinks