Science

The main objectives of the department are;

  • To develop in students lively, enquiring minds so that they can increase their knowledge and understanding of natural phenomena
  • To allow students to acquire scientific skills, to learn to solve problems and learn to make informed judgements
  • To encourage each student to have an appreciation, care and concern for other students, animals, plants and the environment
  • To ensure that all students receive a broad, balanced, relevant and differentiated experience of Science
  • To educate students for a happy and successful life in a society being influence by rapid scientific and technological change
  • To deliver the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum and prepare students for public examinations
  • To enable all students to achieve their maximum potential

Curriculum and courses

Half Term 1 Half Term 2 Half Term 3 Half Term 4 Half Term 5 Half Term 6
Year 7 Content Unit 7A – cells, tissues, organs and systems

Unit 7B – sexual reproduction in animals

Unit 7C – muscles and bones

Unit 7D – ecosystems

Unit 7E – mixtures and separation

Unit 7F – acids and bases

Unit 7G – The particle model

Unit 7H – atoms, elements and compounds

Unit 7I – energy

Unit 7J – current electricity

Unit 7K – forces

Unit 7L – sound

Assessment Baseline Assessments 30 minute end of unit tests 30 minute end of unit tests 30 minute end of unit tests
Units are delivered on rotation, three units per term

 

Half Term 1 Half Term 2 Half Term 3 Half Term 4 Half Term 5 Half Term 6
Year 8 Content Unit 7B – sexual reproduction in animals

Unit 7D – ecosystems

Unit 8C – breathing and respiration

Unit 8D – reproduction in plants

Unit 7F  – acids and bases

Unit 8E – combustion

Unit 8H – rocks

Unit 9E – making materials

Unit 7I  – energy

Unit 7L – sound

Unit 8J – light

Unit 8L – earth and space

Assessment 30 minute end of unit tests 30 minute end of unit tests 30 minute end of unit tests
Units are delivered on rotation – three units per term.

 

Half Term 1 Half Term 2 Half Term 3 Half Term 4 Half Term 5 Half Term 6
Year 9 Content CB1: Key concepts in Biology

CB2: Cells and cell control

CB3: Genetics

CC1: States of Matter

CC2: Methods of separating and purifying substances

CC3: Atomic structure

CC4: The Periodic Table

CC5/6/7: Ionic and covalent bonding

CP1: Motion

CP2: Forces and Motion

CP3: Conservation of Energy

Assessment 30 minute end of unit assessments 30 minute end of unit assessments 30 minute end of unit assessments
First year of new GCSE (9-1) course. Units are delivered on rotation, one subject per term (Biology, Chemistry or Physics).

 

Half Term 1 Half Term 2 Half Term 3 Half Term 4 Half Term 5 Half Term 6
Year 10 Content CB4: Natural selection and genetic modification

CB5: Health, disease and the development of medicine

CB6: Plant structures and their functions

CB7: Animal co-ordination, control of homeostasis

CC8: Acids and Alkalis

CC9: Calculations involving masses

CC10: Obtaining and using metals

CC13: Groups in the Periodic Table

CC14: Rates of Reaction

CP4: Waves

CP5: Light and the Electromagnetic Spectrum

CP6: Radioactivity

CP7: Energy – forces doing work

CP8: Forces and their effects

CP9: Electricity and circuits

30 minute end of unit assessments 30 minute end of unit assessments 30 minute end of unit assessments
Second year of new GCSE (9-1) course. Units are delivered on rotation – one subject per term (Biology, Chemistry or Physics).

 

Half Term 1 Half Term 2 Half Term 3 Half Term 4 Half Term 5 Half Term 6
Year 11 Content CB8: Exchange and transport in animals

CB9: Ecosystems and material cycles

CC15: Heat energy changes

CC16: Fuels

CC17: Earth and atmospheric science

 

CP10: Magnetism and the motor effect

CP11: Electromagnetic induction

CP12: Particle model; forces and matter

Assessment 30 minute end of unit assessments 30 minute end of unit assessments 30 minute end of unit assessments
Third year of new GCSE (9-1) course. Units are delivered on rotation – one subject per term (Biology, Chemistry or Physics).

Extra Curriculuar and Websites

https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/sciences-2016.coursematerials.html#filterQuery=category:Pearson-UK:Category%2FSpecification-and-sample-assessments

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zrkw2hv

Contacts

For further information contact Head of Science Richard Betteley  richard.betteley@snfederation.co.uk

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