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Science Staff

Dr Matthew Binding - Director of Learning and Teacher of Physics

Dr Mari Johnson – Chemistry

Mrs Heidi Towse – Biology and Chemistry

Mrs Madeline Smyth – Biology

Mrs Mhairi Jauncey – Laboratory Technician

 

 KS3 Information

(i) Induction

All students in year 7 have a two week induction period at the start of the September term. This involves preparing students to become effective and safe learners in Science by studying Safety in Practical Sessions, Learning Skills and a Brain Awareness program.

(ii) Course content

Students in KS3 Science follow the National Curriculum Scheme of work for Science. This involves the study of the following topics

 Year Biology Chemistry Physics
7 Cells, Human Reproduction, Plant Reproduction.

Interdependence

Particles, Atoms, Elements and Compounds, Chemical Reactions, Acids, Alkalis and Neutralisation Forces and their effects, Electric Circuits, The Solar System, Energy Resources
8 Movement and Breathing, Food and Digestion, Respiration, Photosynthesis. Chemical Equations, Mixtures and Separation Techniques, The Periodic Table, Earth and Its Atmosphere Magnets, Light, Sound, Heating and Cooling
9 Genes, Variation and Inheritance, Evolution Atomic Structure, Metals, Using Acids to make Salts, Rates of Reaction Speeding Up, Gravity and Space, Energy and Electricity, Pressure and Moments

 

Methods of assessment.

a) End of topic tests.

On-going student attainment is assessed using differentiated end of topic tests. Student attainment is monitored against their yearly and Key Stage attainment targets. Students whose performance is significantly lower than their targets are expected to re-sit assessments. Students who outperform their targets consistently have their targets elevated.

b) End of Year Exams.

All year groups will complete full end of year examinations.

Homework

Homework for years 7 & 8 follow the school timetable can be a combination of tasks that summarise and consolidate learning from the lesson of the day or revision exercises which may be paper or web-based.

Year 9 homeworks will be based upon work taught as part of the GCSE programme.

KS4 Information for Separate Sciences and Combined Science students

Students in Key Stage 4 studying Separate Sciences, cover the course content and “Required Practical Activities” for separate Biology, Chemistry and Physics GCSEs in accordance with the stipulations of the AQA Separate Sciences Syllabus. Knowledge and understanding of all content is examined at the end of year 11. Students emerge with a Biology, Chemistry and Physics GCSE.

The course content for Separate Sciences is summarised in the table below.

Subject Biology Chemistry Physics
Content ·         1. Cell biology

·         2. Organisation

·         3. Infection and response

·         4. Bioenergetics

·         5. Homeostasis and response

·         6. Inheritance, variation and evolution

·         7. Ecology

·         8. Key ideas

1. Atomic structure and the periodic table

2. Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter

3. Quantitative chemistry

4. Chemical changes

5. Energy changes

6. The rate and extent of chemical change

7. Organic chemistry

8. Chemical analysis

9. Chemistry of the atmosphere

10. Using resources

·         1. Energy

·         2. Electricity

·         3. Particle model of matter

·         4. Atomic structure

·         5. Forces

·         6. Waves

·         7. Magnetism and electromagnetism

·         8. Space physics

 

 

Required Practical Activities.

The table below lists the titles for the Required Practical Activities for each Science subject for Separate Scientists.

Subject Biology Chemistry Physics
Required Practical Activity Titles
Microscopy
Microbiology
Osmosis
Enzymes
Food tests
Photosynthesis
Reaction time
Plant responses
Field investigations
Decay

 

Making salts
Neutralisation
Electrolysis
Temperature changes
Rates of reaction
Chromatography
Identifying ions
Water purification

 

Specific heat capacity
Thermal insulation
Resistance
I-V characteristics
Density
Light
Force and extension
Accelaration
Waves
Radiation and absorption

 

 

Combined Science students cover all topics listed in the course content table except for those recorded in bold which are only studied by Separate Science students. Combined Science students will not be examined on the course content highlighted in bold. Combined Science students do not need to complete the Required Practical Activities Highlighted in bold and will not be examined on this material.

Examinations

Separate Science students sit two 1 hour 45 minute examinations in each Science subject. Combined Science students sit two 1 hour 15 minute examinations in each Science subject. Within each examination 15% of the marks are focussed on questions associated with the Required Practical Activities for each subject. The course content that is examined in each examination paper for each Science subject is recorded in the table below.

Subject Paper 1 (1 h 45 min) Paper 2 (1 h 45 min)
Biology Topics 1–4: Cell biology; Organisation; Infection and response; and Bioenergetics.

Multiple choice, structured, closed short answer and open response.

Topics 5–7: Homeostasis and response; Inheritance, variation and evolution; and Ecology.

Multiple choice, structured, closed short answer and open response.

Chemistry Topics 1–5: Atomic structure and the periodic table; Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter; Quantitative chemistry, Chemical changes; and Energy changes.

Multiple choice, structured, closed short answer and open response.

Topics 6–10: The rate and extent of chemical change; Organic chemistry; Chemical analysis, Chemistry of the atmosphere; and Using resources.

Multiple choice, structured, closed short answer and open response.

Physics Topics 1-4: Energy; Electricity; Particle model of matter; and Atomic structure.

Multiple choice, structured, closed short answer and open response.

Topics 5-8: Forces; Waves; Magnetism and electromagnetism; and Space physics.

Questions in paper 2 may draw on an understanding of energy changes and transfers due to heating, mechanical and electrical work and the concept of energy conservation from Energy and Electricity.

Multiple choice, structured, closed short answer and open response.

Combined Science Biology topics 1–4: Cell Biology; Organisation; Infection and response; and Bioenergetics.

 

Chemistry topics 8–12: Atomic structure and the periodic table; Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter; Quantitative chemistry; Chemical changes; and Energy changes.

 

Physics topics 18–21: Energy; Electricity; Particle model of matter; and Atomic structure.

 

Multiple choice, structured, closed short answer, and open response.

Biology topics 5–7: Homeostasis and response; Inheritance, variation and evolution; and Ecology.

 

Chemistry topics 13–17: The rate and extent of chemical change; Organic chemistry; Chemical analysis; Chemistry of the atmosphere; and Using resources.

 

Physics topics 22–24: Forces; Waves; and Magnetism and electromagnetism

 

Multiple choice, structured, closed short answer, and open response.

Revised 12.12.18