Teaching & Learning

Science

Blessed are your eyes, for they see, and your ears, for they hear.

Matthew 13:16

curriculum intent

In science we aim to provide the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Science is vital to the world’s future prosperity and through the understanding of key foundational knowledge and concepts, pupil will be encouraged to develop a sense of excitement, curiosity and interest about natural phenomena and the world we live in. 

For some students studying science will provide the platform for more advanced studies, establishing the basis for a wide range of careers. For others, it will be formal study of subjects that provide the foundations for understanding the natural world and will enhance their lives in an increasingly technological society. Whichever path they take, students should have the knowledge to develop curiosity about the natural world, have an insight into working scientifically and an appreciation of the relevance of science to their everyday lives. 

As a department we aim to ensure pupils; 

  • Gain the required scientific knowledge of the big ideas in science, through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. 
  • Develop an understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through enquiry, which help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them  
  • Learn to apply observational, practical, modelling, enquiry, problem-solving skills and mathematical skills, both in the laboratory, in the field and in other environments. 
  • Gain confidence to evaluate claims based on science through critical analysis of the methods used, evidence and conclusions, both qualitatively and quantitatively. 
  • Are guided to describe phenomena in the natural world in terms of the key big ideas in science which are interlinked and have universal application.
curriculum overview

 

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

GCSE Combined Science

Year 10

GCSE Combined Science

Year 11

GCSE Combined Science

Year 12

BTEC Applied Science

Year 13

BTEC Applied Science

HT1

Lab safety and practical skills

Book 1: Cells

Book 1:  Particle model

Book 1: Plant reproduction

Book 1: Interdependence

Book 1: metals and non-metals

Book 1 Contact and non-contact

C9 Chemistry of the atmosphere

B1 Cell Biology

 

C2 Structure and Bonding

B3 Infection and response

 

C6 The rate and extent of chemical change

P5 Forces

 

Unit 1 Principles and applications of science 1

Unit 5 Unit 5 Principles and applications of science 2

Unit 6 Investigative project

HT2

Book 1: Speed

Book 1: Movement

Book 1: Separating mixtures

 

Book 1: pressure

Book 1: Variation

Book 2: Inheritance

Book 1: Acids and alkalis

P3 The particle model of matter

 

P1 Energy

C3 Quantitative chemistry

 

B5 Coordination and control

P6 Waves

 

Unit 1 Principles and Applications of Science 1

Unit 2 Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques

Unit 3 Scientific Investigation Skills

Unit 5 Principles and applications of science 2

Unit 6 Investigative project

Unit optional choice 1 tbc

 

 

HT3

Book 1: Gravity

Book 1: Universe

Book 1: Human reproduction

Book 2: The periodic table

Book 2: Evolution

Book 2: Chemical energy

Book 2: Work

Book 2: Heating and cooling

C1 Atomic structure and the periodic table

 

C4 Chemical changes

C5 Energy changes

 

C7 Organic chemistry

B6 Inheritance variation and evolution

 

Unit 2 Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques

Unit 3 Scientific Investigation Skills

Unit optional choice 1 tbc

Unit optional choice 2 tbc

 

HT4

Book 1: Energy costs

Book 2: Elements

Book 2: Breathing

Book 2: Photosynthesis

Book 2: Respiration

B2 Organisation

 

 

P2 Electricity

 

P7 Magnetism and electromagnetism

Revision and exam practise

Unit 4 Laboratory Techniques in the Workplace

Unit 3 Scientific Investigation Skills

Unit optional choice 1 tbc

Unit optional choice 2 tbc

 

HT5

Book 1: Energy transfers

Book 2: Digestion

Book 1: Sound

 

Book 2: Types of reactions

Book 1: Voltage resistance and current

C10 Using resources

 

B4 Bioenergetics

 

Revision and exam practise

Unit 4 Laboratory Techniques in the Workplace

Unit 1 Principles and applications of science 1 revision

Unit 5 Principles and applications of science 2

All unit catch up

HT6

Book 1: Light

Book 1: Earth Structure

Book 2: Wave effects and properties

Book 2: Electromagnets

P4 Atomic structure

 

B7 Ecology

C8 Chemical analysis

 

 

 

Unit 5 Principles and applications of science 2

Unit 6 Investigative project (introduce for summer planning)

Unit catch up (where needed)

curriculum overview: biology

 

Year 10

Year 11

Year 12

Year 13

HT1

 

B3 Infection and Response

Lessons 1-12

B6 Variation Lessons 1-10

Module 2 Chapter 2 Basic components of living systems

Chapter 3 Biological Molecules

Module 5 Chapter 17 Energy, chapter 18 Respiration

Module 6

Chapter 19 Genetics and Chapter 20 Inheritance

HT2

 

B3  Infection and Response

Lessons 13-15

B6 Variation Lessons 11-16

Two weeks revision paper 1 content for Nov Mocks

Chapter 4 Enzymes

Chapter 5 Plasma Membranes

WTM Exams

Module 5 Chapter 12 Neurones, chapter 14 Hormones

Module 6 Chapter 21 Genomes, chapter 22 cloning

Two week revision lessons for Mock exams

HT3

 

Two week revision on lead up to mid-year exam

B4 Bioenergetics

Lessons 1-4

B7 Ecology

Lessons 1-5

Two week revision paper 2 content before 2nd Mock exams

Chapter 6 Cell Division

Chapter 9 Transport in Plants

Two weeks in lesson revision for Feb Mocks

 

Module 5 Chapter 15 Homeostasis

Module 6 Chapter 23 Ecosystems

HT4

 

B4 Bioenergetics Lessons 5-8

B7 Ecology to be completed

Revision

Chapter 9 Transport in plants

Chapter 7 exchange surfaces, Chapter 8 Transport in animals

Module 5 Chapter 16 Plant responses

Module 6 Chapter 24 Sustainability

One week in lesson revision

Mock Exams

HT5

 

Revision on lead up to End of year Exams B1-4 Paper 1 content

B5 Homeostasis and Response Lessons 1-5

Revision

Module 4: Chapter 11 Biodiversity

Chapter 10 Classification and evolution

Chapter 12 Split between both teachers to complete before EOY exam

 

Revision

Catch up of PAGs if required

HT6

 

Complete B5 Homeostasis and Control

Recap required practicals for paper 1

 

Complete chapter 12

One week revision for EOY Exam

Catch up PAGs

 

curriculum overview: chemistry

Coming soon!

curriculum overview: physics

 

Year 10 GCSE Separate Science

Year 11 GCSE Separate Science

Year 12

Year 13

HT1

 

P1 Energy

 

P5 Forces

Module 1 Practical skills

Module 2

Ch 2- Foundations of physics

Ch 3- Motion

Module 4

Ch 8- Charge & current

Ch 9- Energy, power & resistance

Ch 9.1- 9.2

Module 5

Ch 18- Gravitational fields

Ch 19- Stars

Module 6

Ch 21- Capacitance

HT2

 

Recap P3 and P4 covered in year 9

Two weeks revision paper 1 content for Nov Mocks

Start P6- Waves

 

Module 3

Ch 4- Forces in action

Ch 5- Work, energy & power

Ch 6- Materials

Module 4

Ch 9.3- 9.8

Module 5

Ch 20- Cosmology

PAGs catch up

Module 6

Ch 22- Electric fields

Ch 23- Magnetic fields

Ch 24- Particle Physics

HT3

 

Two-week revision on lead up to mid-year exam

P2 Electricity

 

P7 Magnetism and electromagnetism (if not completed in year 10)

Two-week revision paper 2 content before 2nd Mock exams

Module 3

Ch 7- Laws of motion & momentum

Module 4

Ch 11- Waves 1

Ch 9.9- 9.11

Ch 10- Electrical circuits

Ch 10.1 – 10.3

Module 6

Ch 25- Radioactivity

Ch 26- Nuclear Physics

Ch 27- Medical imaging

Ch 27.1 – 27.6

HT4

 

Finish P2

Recap paper 1 topics

Recap required practicals for paper 1

 

Revision paper 1 content

Module 4

Ch 12- Waves 2

Ch 10.4 – 10.6

Ch 13- Quantum Physics

Module 6

Ch 27.7 – 27.8

Review ch 20 & 27

Module 5

Review of ch 14 -17 (done end of y12)

Review ch 19

HT5

 

Revision on lead up to End of year Exams P1-4  Paper 1 content

P8 Space Physics

Revision Paper 1 & 2 content

Module 5

Ch 15- Ideal gases

Ch 14- Thermal Physics

Revision of Y12 concepts

Revision of Y12 concepts

(Both teachers)

Y12 & Y13 revision

PAGs catch-up

HT6

 

Complete P8 Space Physics

P7 Magnetism and electromagnetism (time permitting)

Study leave

Module 5

Ch 16- Circular motion

Ch 17- Oscillations

PAGs catch-up

PAGs catch-up

Study leave



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