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: Movement and cells, variation and human reproduction and Environmental Relationships. Physics: Speed and gravity, voltage, resistance and current and energy costs and transfers. Chemistry: Particle model and separating, metals, non-metals, acids and alkalis and Structure of the Earth and universe.

Homework

Students will be set a minimum of three tasks per topic studied and each piece should take about thirty minutes, homework could also include a pre-learning activity, online questions and revising for a test.

Assessment

The main form of assessment for year 7 is in the form of an end of topic test. These tests are design to mimic the AQA GCSE examinations that students will complete in year 11.

Year 8

Science Curriculum

Aim

Building on the fundamentals from the three Science disciplines covered in year 7, as well as the principles of how science works in terms of investigations and using evidence.

Topics covered

Biology: Breathing and digestion, respiration and photosynthesis and Evolution and inheritance. Physics: Contact forces and pressure, magnetism and electromagnets, work and heating and cooling and wave effect and properties. Chemistry: Periodic table and elements, chemical energy and types of reactions and climate and Earth resourses.

Homework

Students will be set a minimum of three tasks per topic studied and each piece should take about thirty minutes, homework could also include a pre-learning activity, online questions and revising for a test.

Assessment

The main form of assessment for year 8 is in the form of an end of topic test. These tests are design to mimic the AQA GCSE examinations that students will complete in year 11.

Year 9

Science Curriculum

Aim

To introduce the students to GCSE topics in biology, chemistry and physics as well as covering scientific literacy, numeracy and practical work.

Topics covered

Biology B1: Cell Biology and B2: Organisation and transport; Chemistry C1: Atomic structure and the periodic table and C2: Structure, bonding and the properties of matter and Physics P1: Energy and P3: Particle model of matter. Students will also have lessons covering scientific literacy and numeracy and practical work. These are designed to provide an understanding of the requirements for the GCSE.

Homework

Students will be set a minimum of three tasks per topic studied and each piece should take about thirty minutes, homework could also include a pre-learning activity, online questions and revising for a test.

Assessment

The main form of assessment for year 8 is in the form of an end of topic test. These tests are design to mimic the AQA GCSE examinations that students will complete in year 11.

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 Biology, Chemistry 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 AQA GCSE syllabus.

Separate Sciences: 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.

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 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






Updated: Jan 2021

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.