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Science Curriculum

KS3

Year 7

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

Year 8

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

Year 9

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

KS4

Year 10

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:

Biology

Cell Biology

Organisation

Infection and Response

Bioenergetics

Chemistry

Atomic Structure and the Periodic Table

Bonding, Structure and the Properties of Matter

Quantitative Chemistry

Chemical Changes

Energy Changes

Physics

Energy

Electricity

Particle Model of Matter

Year 11

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

Ecology

Chemistry

The Rate and Extend of Chemical Change

Organic Chemistry

Chemical Analysis

Chemistry of the Atmosphere

Using Resources

Physics

Atomic Structure

Forces

Waves

Magnetism and Electromagnetism

Useful links:

https://www.cgpbooks.co.uk/Student/interactive_gcse_science

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

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqbOeHaAUXw9Il7sBVG3_bw

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