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Science: Key Stage 3

Subject Content: Year 7

Students start the year by completing a base line assessment and a working scientifically project. The following biology, chemistry and Physics topics are studied during this term: Cells, forces, particular nature of materials and nutrition and health. Students will also develop their core practical skills in preparation for GCSE.

This involves planning experiments, carrying out experiments and gathering results. Once they have their results they will be required to evaluate and conclude their findings.

Progress is tracked frequently at Key stage 3 and therefore students will complete a pit stop during a topic (to assess working scientifically skills) and an assessment at the end a topic (to assess understanding of the content). Regular assessment allows students to develop their exam technique and to reflect on their progress. 

In Term 2 the following biology, chemistry and Physics topics are studied during this term: Acids and alkalis, Space, Reproduction and electricity. Students will also develop their core practical skills in preparation for GCSE. This involves planning experiments, carrying out the experiments and gathering results. Once they have their results they will be required to evaluate and conclude their findings.

In Term 3 the following biology, chemistry and Physics topics are studied during this term: Pure and impure substances, magnetism and static electricity, classification and sound.  Students will also develop their core practical skills in preparation for GCSE. This involves planning experiments, carrying out the experiments and gathering results. Once they have their results they will be required to evaluate and conclude their findings.

Subject Content: Year 8

The following biology, chemistry and Physics topics are studied during this term: respiration, waves, atoms and elements, genetics and thermal energy. Students will also develop their core practical skills in preparation for GCSE. This involves planning experiments, carrying out the experiments and gathering results. Once they have their results they will be required to evaluate and conclude their findings.

Progress is tracked frequently at Key stage 3 and therefore students will complete a pit stop during a topic (to assess working scientifically skills) and an assessment at the end a topic (to assess understanding of the content). Regular assessment allows students to develop their exam technique and to reflect on their progress.

In Term 2 the following biology, chemistry and Physics topics are studied during this term: speed, microbes and chemical reactions. Students will also develop their core practical skills in preparation for GCSE. 

In Term 3 the following biology, chemistry and Physics topics are studied during this term: energy, pressure, earth and atmosphere, and plants. Students will also develop their core practical skills in preparation for GCSE. This involves planning experiments, carrying out the experiments and gathering results. Once they have their results they will be required to evaluate and conclude their findings.

 

Subject Content: Year 9

Students will complete a preparation for GCSE course where the fundamental science concepts are covered again to cement their knowledge. In this topic pupils will cover aspects of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Within the biology topics students will look at respiration, photosynthesis and DNA.

The chemistry topics will cover acids and alkalis, rates of reaction and the atomic model. In the physics section students will look at forces, electricity and speed. Throughout the topic areas students will be given the opportunity to complete practical work and build upon the investigation skills that were developed  in year 7and 8. 

In Term 2 students will start their GCSE course. They will either be entered upon the combined science pathway that will ultimately lead to two GCSEs at the end of year 11 or the separate science pathway that will result in three GCSEs.

In this term students will cover both chemistry and biology topics. In chemistry they will cover the atomic model and formulae calculations. In biology they will use microscopes and cover the structures of prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells. 

KS3 Skills Taught

Pupils will practice coursework style skills assessments. During this they will be required to plan an experiment, carry out the experiment and gather results. Once they have their results they will be required to evaluate and conclude their findings. This is all completed in the same format as the coursework they will complete during their GCSE course.

Key Stage 4 Year 10

Exam Board OCR Gateway Combined science or  Separate science (Biology, Chemistry , Physics)

Subject Content

Students will cover topic one from the Chemistry, Biology and Physics section of the GCSE. Biology topic 1 is entitled Cell level systems and will cover what is inside the cell, respiration and photosynthesis. Chemistry topic 1 is entitled particles and covers the atomic model and history of the atom. Physics topic 1 looks at Matter which incorporates the particle model and changes of state. Students on the separate science course cover the same topics but in greater depth.

Students will cover topic 2 from the Chemistry, Biology and Physics section of the GCSE. Biology topic 2 is entitled scaling up and will cover osmosis, diffusion, active transport and surface area to volume ratio. Chemistry topic 2 is entitled elements compounds and mixtures and covers how to separate substances ionic covalent and metallic bonding and the properties of materials. Physics topic 2 looks at forces which incorporate the Newton’s laws of speed and forces in action. Students on the separate science course cover the same topics but in greater depth.

Students will cover topic 3 from the Chemistry, Biology and Physics section of the GCSE. Biology topic 3 is entitled organ level systems and will cover homeostasis, reflex action and hormonal controls in the body. Chemistry topic 3 is entitled chemical reactions and covers energetics, electrolysis and different types of chemical reactions including words and symbol equations. Physics topic 3 looks at Electricity and magnetism where students are taught about static electricity simple circuits and magnetic fields.  Those students on the separate science pathway will also cover physics unit 4 that looks at magnetism in more depth including the role of magnet in motors. Students on the separate science course cover the same topics but in greater depth. 

Skills Taught

Throughout the topics students will work towards improving their investigation skills through a series of 6 core practicals that must be completed. They will have the opportunity to improve their planning analysing, evaluating and concluding skills by completing the core practical and recording these in a separate log book. 

Assessment Detail

Student will sit 6 examinations; 2 for Chemistry; 2 for Biology and 2 for Physics will will make up 100% of the course.

 

Key stage 4 Year 11

OCR Gateway Core (Taught in year 10 examined in year 11)

OCR Gateway Additional Science (taught in year 11)

Subject Content

Students will cover Biology topic 3 and physics topic 3.  In biology topic four students will learn about protein synthesis and cell division. They will also look at the circulatory system and the structure of the heart. In physics topic 3 students will investigate motion and speed.  The speed topic involves students carrying out calculations for acceleration momentum kinetic energy and GPE. 

During Term 2 students will complete chemistry topic 3 and physics topic 4. In chemistry topic three students will learn about rates of reaction and the factors that can affect this. They will also be able to apply this knowledge to real world chemical processes such as the Haber process and learn the difference between batch and continuous manufacturing.  In physics topic 4 students cover topic areas such as static electricity and charges. They will also cover radioactivity in greater depth and understand the use of radioisotopes. 

In their final term students will cover biology and chemistry topic 4. Biology topic 4 incorporates photosynthesis, decay, transpiration along with transport in plants. This includes osmosis and active transport. Chemistry topic 4 cover some of the fundamental aspects of chemistry including ionic, covalent and metallic bonding. Along with the structure of the atom and reactivity of groups 1n and 7 in the periodic table. 
 

Skills Taught

Throughout the science topics students will be given the opportunity to be inquisitive and ask questions. They will be asked to regularly analyse data and evaluate theories and information.  Each week students will be given the opportunity to complete exam questions and improve their ability to understand what the question is asking them to do.  

Assessment Detail

  • Students will complete 2 examinations; one is worth 35% of the course and the other 40% of the course.
  • Students will complete a controlled assessment; internally assessed and externally moderated; 25% of the course.