Years 7 cover the three science subjects of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. The aim of the course is to stimulate student’s enthusiasm and interest in science and to provide the foundations for understanding the world through the disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics, whilst introducing them to scientific skills. Students will also be measured against key performance indicators; a set of skills that students should be able to master throughout the course of the year.
Biology – Cells, reproduction
Chemistry – Particles, Chemical Reactions
Physics – Energy, Forces
All three disciplines will continue to be taught throughout 3 lessons per week. Content will become gradually more challenging and will build on the fundamentals which have been taught throughout Y7. Students will also continue to be measured against key performance indicators; a set of skills that students should be able to master throughout the course of the year. Assessments will be based on challenging content to give you an accurate picture of your child’s current performance in science.
The topics that will be studied in this year are:
Biology – Ecology, Digestion and Nutrition
Chemistry – Atoms, Elements & Compounds, Materials & the Earth
Physics – Electricity and magnetism, Light and space
All three disciplines will continue to be taught throughout 3 lessons per week. Content will become gradually more challenging and will build on the fundamentals which have been taught throughout Y7 and Year 8. Students finish the KS3 curriculum this year. Around April time, students will begin their work covering the new AQA GCSE ‘Combined Science’ qualification. The following units will be covered this year:
Biology – Biological systems, Plants and photosynthesis
Chemistry – Reactivity, Energetics and rates
Physics – Sound, forces in action, matter
All three disciplines will continue to be taught throughout 6 lessons per week. Students will work through the AQA GCSE curriculum being led by teachers teaching within their specialist subjects. Students will work on developing their knowledge of all three subjects, as well as beginning to develop their practical skills by completing the GCSE required practicals.
By the end of Y10, all students will have covered all of the Paper 1 content as follows:
Infection and Response
Atomic Structure and the Periodic Table
Bonding, Structure and the Properties of Matter
Particle Model of Matter
During Y11, students will follow either the Trilogy Science pathway (2 GCSE’s) or the Triple Science pathway (3 GCSEs) based on their progress made in Years 10.
For students following Trilogy pathway science, they will cover Paper 2 content as listed below. For student following the triple award pathway, they will also cover paper 2 topics with additional content compared to those following the Trilogy pathway.Throughout the year, students will continue to develop their practical skills by completing the remainder of the GCSE required practicals. They will also develop their understanding of how science works, including maths skills within science through sitting weekly fluency tests. They will also be revising paper one content which was covered in Year 10 through the use of Paper 1 home learning sheets which will be set weekly. Students will receive weekly feedback on home learning during lesson time in order to help them develop their existing knowledge from Year 10.
Inheritance, Variation and Evolution
The Rate and Extend of Chemical Change
Chemistry of the Atmosphere
Magnetism and Electromagnetism