Science

Year 7

Science Curriculum

Aim

Introduce students to the fundamentals in the three Science disciplines as well as the principles of how science works in terms of investigations and using evidence.

Topics covered

Biology: Cells, Reproduction and Environmental Relationships.  Physics: Forces, Circuits, Space and Energy Sources, Chemistry: Solids, Liquids & Gases, Chemical Reactions and Solutions.

Homework

Students will be set up to three tasks per topic studied and each piece should take about thirty minutes.  Some homework tasks may be finishing or preparing for assessments called ‘APP’ tasks or revising for a test.

Assessment

There is an ‘APP’, a longer answer assessments and end of topic test in each full term.  These will be incorporated into topics and focus on one of three skills areas: Writing a Science explanation and finding data to support it; Writing a Hypothesis, then collecting data to either prove or disprove it; then Evaluating data collected in a practical in terms of its accuracy and repeatability.

There is also an end of term test on all topics studied that consists of classic science examination questions.  The purpose of all of these assessments is to thoroughly prepare students for the expectations of examination courses higher up the school. 

Year 8

Science Curriculum

Aim

Building on the fundamentals from the three Science disciplines as well as the principles of how science works in terms of investigations and using evidence.

Topics covered

Biology: Food & Digestion, Microorganisms, Respiration & Health, Natural Selection & Evolution and Variation, Classification & Ecology.  Physics: Heat Transfer, Waves (including Light and Sound), Pressure & Moments and Magnetism.  Chemistry: Earth Sciences and Elements, Compounds & Mixtures.

Homework

Students will be set up to three tasks per topic studied and each piece should take about forty minutes.  Some homework tasks may be finishing or preparing for assessments called ‘APP’ tasks or revising for a test.

Assessment

There is an ‘APP’, a longer answer assessments and end of topic test in each full term. These will be incorporated into topics and focus on one of three skills areas: Writing a Science explanation and finding data to support it; Writing a Hypothesis, then collecting data to either prove or disprove it; then Evaluating data collected in a practical in terms of its accuracy and repeatability.

There is also an end of term test on all topics studied that consists of classic science examination questions.  The purpose of all of these assessments is to thoroughly prepare students for the expectations of examination courses higher up the school.

Year 9

Science Curriculum

Aim

Consolidating the expected prior knowledge in the three Science disciplines expected at GCSE, as well as preparing students for the controlled assessment tasks in investigations and using evidence.

Topics covered

Key Stage 3 Topics before the Christmas holidays are a Biology topic on Plants & Photosynthesis; Physics topic on Energy, Electricity & Forces and Chemistry topic on the Reactions of Metals.

Key Stage 4 Topics after the Christmas holidays are Biology B1 called Cell Biology; Chemistry C1 Atomic structure and the periodic table and Physics P1 called Forces. 

Homework

Students will be set up to three tasks per topic studied and each piece should take about fifty minutes.  Some homework tasks may be finishing or preparing for assessments called ‘APP’ tasks or Longer answer questions as well as revising for a test.

Assessment

There are three ‘APP’ or longer answer assessments in each full term. These will be incorporated into topics and focus on one of three skills areas: Writing a Science explanation and finding data to support it; Writing a Hypothesis, then collecting data to either prove or disprove it; then Evaluating data collected in a practical in terms of its accuracy and repeatability.

There is also an end of term test on all topics studied that consists of classic science examination questions. The purpose of all of these assessments is to thoroughly prepare students for the expectations of examination courses higher up the school.

Year 10

Science Curriculum

Aim

We follow the AQA GCSE syllabus.

Separate Sciences:  The course provides an opportunity for further developing of an understanding of science explanations in BiologyChemistry and Physics, how science works and makes particular relevance to the roles of professional scientists.

Combines Science - Trilogy:  A GCSE course which has a large emphasis on scientific literacy – for students to have the knowledge and understanding needed to engage in science-based issues as informed citizens.

Combined Science - Synergy:  A GCSE course which has a large emphasis on scientific literacy – for students to have the knowledge and understanding needed to engage in science-based issues as informed citizens.

Topics covered

Separate Sciences:  These are the topics taught during the 2 years that students study biology: Cell biology, Organisation, Infection and response, Bioenergetics, Homeostasis and response, Inheritance, variation and evolution, Ecology and Key ideas. These are the topics taught during the 2 years that students study chemistry: Atomic structure and the periodic table, Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter, Quantitative chemistry, Chemical changes (page 40), The rate and extent of chemical change, Organic chemistry, Chemical analysis, Chemistry of the atmosphere, Using resources, and Key ideas. These are the topics taught during the 2 years that students study physics: Energy, Electricity, Particle model of matter, Atomic structure, Forces, Waves, Magnetism and electromagnetism, Space physics and Key ideas.

Combines Science – Trilogy: These are the topics taught during the 2 years that students study for the trilogy course: Cell biology, Organisation, Infection and response, Bioenergetics, Homeostasis and response, Inheritance, variation and evolution, Ecology and key ideas in biology. 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, and key ideas in chemistry. Energy, Electricity, Particle model of matter, Atomic structure, Forces, Waves, Magnetism and electromagnetism, and key ideas in physics.

Combined Science - Synergy:  These are the topics taught during the 2 years that students study for the synergy course: Building blocks, Transport over larger distances, Interactions with the environment, Explaining change,  Building blocks for understanding, Interactions over small and large distances, Movement and interactions, Guiding Spaceship Earth towards a sustainable future, and Key ideas.

Homework

Students will be set up to three tasks per topic studied and each piece should take up to fifty minutes.  Some homework tasks may be finishing or preparing for longer answer assessments, completing a set of calculations as the amounts of mathematics within each course have increased.

Assessment

Separate Sciences:  There are two 1¾ hours exams in each of the three areas of Science; each paper is worth 50% of the grade.

Combines Science – Trilogy: There are six 1¼ hours exams, two in biology, two in Chemistry and two in Physics, each paper is worth 16.7% of the grade.

Combines Science – Synergy: There are four 1¾ hours exams, two covering Life and environment and two covering Physical Sciences, each paper is worth 25% of the grade.

Year 11

Science Curriculum

Aim

We follow the OCR GCSE syllabus.

Additional AppliedThis course is vocationally focussed and offers the perspective of a Science practitioner. Students explore how science underpins a range of Science-related work places.

AdditionalA concept-led GCSE course developed to meet the needs of students needing a deeper understanding of basic scientific ideas in preparation for study at Key Stage 5.  It focuses on scientific explanations and models, and gives students an insight into how scientists develop their understanding of themselves and the world we inhabit.

Triple Science:  The course provides an opportunity for further developing of an understanding of science explanations in Biology, Chemistry and Physics, how science works and makes particular relevance to the roles of professional scientists.

Topics covered

Additional Applied:  Topics are A1 or Sport and fitness, A2 or Health care, A3 or Monitoring & protecting the environment, A4 or Scientists protecting the public, B1 or Sports equipment, B2 or Stage & screen, B3 or Agriculture, biotechnology & food and B4 or Making chemical products.

Additional:  The Biology topics are B4 or The processes of life, B5 or Growth & Development and B6 or The Brain and Mind.  The Chemistry topics are C4 or Chemical Patterns, C5 or Chemicals of the Natural Environment and C6 or Chemical Synthesis.  The Physics topics are P4 or Explaining Motion, P5 or Electric Circuits and P6 or Radioactive Materials.

Triple:  Topics C1-6, B1-6 and P1-6 that are the same as the Core and Additional Science Courses.  Then B7 or Further Biology, C7 or Further Chemistry and P7 or Further Physics.

Homework

Students will be set up to three tasks per topic studied and each piece should take up to fifty minutes.  Some homework tasks may be finishing or preparing for longer answer assessments, controlled assessment coursework or revising for a test.

Assessment

Applied: There are two examinations called ‘Science in Society’ (20%) and ‘Science of materials’ (20%) as well as the coursework called the ‘Science work related portfolio’ (60%).

Additional: Examinations in Biology, Chemistry and Physics called B456, C456 and P456 (each worth 25% so 75% in total).  The controlled assessment coursework (worth 25%) is an Investigation (students are given a set practical for which they write their own hypothesis and method, and then collect data that they write a full conclusion and evaluation from.  There are also additional sections e.g. where they compare their work to secondary data found on the internet).

Triple:  Examinations in their allocated discipline (worth 75% in total) e.g. C123, C456 and C7 (these will have a ‘B’ prefix if they are studying Biology or ‘P’ for Physics).  The controlled assessment coursework (worth 25%) is an Investigation (students are given a set practical for which they write their own hypothesis and method, and then collect data from which they write a full conclusion and evaluation.  There are also additional sections e.g. where they compare their work to secondary data found on the internet).

Year 12

Biology

Aim

The aims of the OCR specification are to encourage students to develop their interest in and enthusiasm for Biology, including developing an interest in further study and careers in biology. For candidates to appreciate how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how the sciences contribute to the success of the economy and society. To develop and demonstrate a deeper appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding of How Science Works. Students will also develop essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of biology and how they relate to each other.

Topics covered

OCR – Foundations in biology (Cells and Biological molecules), Exchange and transport (animals and plants) and Biodiversity, evolution and disease.

Homework

Students will be set a minimum of one examination question style homework per teacher per fortnight.  They will also be set tasks to consolidate the work carried out in lessons.

Assessment

There are two mock examinations that will be carried out at the end of year 12.  The examinations are: Breadth in Biology and Depth in Biology which will assess understanding of all taught topics – and mathematical and practical skills.

Year 13

Biology

Aim

The aims of the OCR specification are to encourage students to develop their interest in and enthusiasm for Biology, including developing an interest in further study and careers in biology. For candidates to appreciate how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how the sciences contribute to the success of the economy and society. To develop and demonstrate a deeper appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding of How Science Works. Students will also develop essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of biology and how they relate to each other.

Topics covered

OCR - Communication, homeostasis and energy (including excretion, photosynthesis and respiration) and Genetics, evolution and ecosystems.

Homework

Students will be set a minimum of one examination question style homework per teacher per fortnight.  They will also be set tasks to consolidate the work carried out in lessons.

Assessment

There are three examinations Biological processes (Component assessing content from modules 1, 2, 3 and 5), Biological diversity (Component assesses content from modules 1, 2, 4 and 6.) and Unified biology (Component assessing content from all modules). These papers range from 70 – 100 marks and last from 1 hour and 30 minutes to 2 hours and 15 minutes.

There is also a practical endorsement, which is reported separately.

Year 12

Chemistry

Aim

To study the fundamental concepts in Chemistry required to proceed to the A2 level or into employment.   To carry out practical activities and assessments that reflect the true nature of the subject. We follow the Edexcel GCE syllabus.

Topics covered

Formulae, Equations, Amounts of a Substance; Bonding and structure; Redox; Inorganic Chemistry and the Periodic Table; Atomic structure and the Periodic Table,  Energetics; Organic Chemistry; Equilibrium and Mechanisms; Modern analytical techniques.

Homework

Students will be set a minimum of one examination question style homework per teacher per fortnight.  They will also be set tasks to consolidate the work carried out in lessons.

Assessment

There are two mock examinations that will be carried out at the end of year 12.  The examinations are: Paper 1 – Core Inorganic and Physical Chemistry and Paper 2 – Core Organic and Physical Chemistry. These will assess understanding of all taught topics – and mathematical and practical skills.

Year 13

Chemistry

Aim

To study the fundamental concepts in Chemistry required to proceed to Further Education or into employment.  To carry out practical activities and assessments that reflect the true nature of the subject. We follow the Edexcel GCE syllabus.

Topics covered

Equilibrium II, Acid-base equilibria, Lattice energy, Entropy, Redox II, Principles of transition metal chemistry, Reactions of transition metal elements, Carboxylic acids, Arenes-benzene, Amines, amides, amino-acids and proteins, Organic Synthesis, Mass spectrometry, Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), and Chromatography.

Homework

Students will be set a minimum of one examination question style homework per teacher per fortnight.  They will also be set tasks to consolidate the work carried out in lessons.

Assessment

There are three examinations.

Paper 1 – Advanced inorganic and physical chemistry (30% of A level) 1h 45 minutes; 90 marks. This examination covers the following areas of chemistry: Atomic structure and the Periodic Table, Bonding and structure, Redox I & II, Inorganic chemistry and the Periodic Table, Formulae, equations and amounts of substance, Energetics I & II, Equilibrium I & II, Acid-base equilibria, Transition metals.  

Paper 2 - Advanced organic and physical chemistry (30% of A level) 1h 45 minutes; 90 marks. This examination covers the following areas of chemistry:

Bonding and structure, Formulae, equations and amounts of substance, Organic chemistry I, II & III, Modern analytical techniques I & II and Kinetics I & II.

Paper 3 - General and practical principles in chemistry (40% of A level) 2h 30 minutes; 120 marks. This paper covers all the topics taught during the course as well as written assessments of the practical skills.

Year 12

Physics

Aim

To develop an enthusiasm for Physics and an interest in further study and careers involving Physics.  To develop essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of Physics and how they relate to each other.  The OCR course leads naturally on to studying Physics at A2 level. 

Topics covered

Forces and Motion, Work, Energy and Power, Newton’s laws and Momentum, Electricity, Waves and Quantum physics. In addition, practical skills for assessment in the written examination.

Homework

Students will be set a minimum of one examination question style homework per teacher per fortnight.  They will also be set tasks to consolidate the work carried out in lessons.

Assessment

There are two examinations.  The examinations are: Breadth in Physics – (1 hour 30 minutes paper, 50% of the course) and Depth in Physics - (1 hour 30 minutes paper, 50% of the course).  

Year 13

Physics

Aim

To maintain an enthusiasm for Physics and an interest in further study and careers involving Physics.  To develop deeper knowledge and understanding of a wide range of areas of Physics. We follow the OCR syllabus.

Topics covered

All of the year 12 AS Physics topics as above, plus: Circular Motion and Oscillations, Thermal Physics, Gravitational fields, Electric Fields and Electromagnetism, Capacitance, Nuclear and Particle Physics, Medical Imaging, Astrophysics and cosmology.

Homework

Students will be set a minimum of one examination question style homework per teacher per fortnight.  They will also be set tasks to consolidate the work carried out in lessons.

Assessment

There are three examinations.  The examinations are: Modelling physics - (2 hour and 15 minutes paper, 37% of the course), Exploring physics - (2 hours and 15 minutes paper, 37% of the course) and Unified physics – (1 hour and 30 minutes paper, 26% of the course).

In addition, students will be internally assessed for the Practical Endorsement in Physics qualification, which is separate to the A Level Physics qualification

Year 13

A2 GCE Applied Science

Aim

To continue to provide students with the opportunity to develop appropriate skills, knowledge and understanding and apply these where science is used; prepare them for further study on a course in science or in a science-related subject or for training in a science-related occupation; and finally to support and complement other programmes of advanced level study.  Students will acquire knowledge and understanding of the scientific ideas and skills that scientists need in order to be effective in their work and to apply this in a variety of vocational contexts; as well as becoming skilful in carrying out practical techniques and following procedures used in vocational contexts.  All of this increases in demand at an Advanced (rather than Advanced Subsidiary) level.

Topics covered

Students study OCR Science (Applied).  There are three compulsory units Investigating the Scientist’s work; Sampling, testing and processing and Working Waves.  A further three units have been selected and these are Synthesising Organic Chemicals; The Mind and the Brain and Biotechnology.  

Homework

Students will be set a minimum of one examination question style homework or coursework portfolio task per teacher each week.  They will also be set tasks to consolidate the work carried out in lessons and complete parts of the coursework.

Assessment

Each of the G6 Units have a 16.67% weighting towards the A2 Double Award.  Four of the units (the compulsory G627 and three further optional units) will examined through a portfolio of evidence. 

Units G628 – Sampling, testing and processing and G635 – Working Waves are assessed through written examinations that are 1 hour and 30 minutes long.