Science

Science

KS3 Curriculum – Year 7 and Year 8

Our KS3 curriculum provides students with a range of opportunities to allow a deep understanding of the world around us. Students learn how to carry out scientific investigations and to think scientifically about abstract ideas.

This curriculum specifically prepares students for the added demand of the new KS4 GCSE curriculum. In each year students study aspects of each of the three sciences – Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

Students enjoy the varied content and style of learning available in science, particularly with a significant weighting on active learning through scientific practical sessions.

Year 7 Topic List

Year 8 Topic List

Biology

  • Plant and Animal Cells
  • Structure and Function of the Human Body
  • Reproduction of plants and animals
  • Health and Lifestyle
  • Ecosystem Processes
  • Animal Adaptations and Inheritance

Chemistry

  • Particles
  • Elements, Atoms and Compounds
  • Chemical Reactions
  • Acids and Alkalis
  • The Periodic Table
  • Separation Techniques
  • Reaction of Metals
  • The Earth and its structure

Physics

  • Forces
  • Sound
  • Light
  • Space
  • Electricity
  • Energy
  • Motion
  • Pressure in Solids, Liquids and Gases

KS4 – Current Year 9

The department will be following the new AQA Combined Science: Trilogy specification. The students will be terminally assessed in this course at the end of Year 11. The new specification has no weighting on coursework meaning the students are assessed only via written examinations.

Students are taught each of the three sciences – Biology, Chemistry and Physics by one teacher over the course of two years. Please see the content taught in each topic below.

Biology

Chemistry

Physics

  1. Cell biology
  2. rganisation
  3. Infection and response
  4. Bioenergetics
  5. Homeostasis and response
  6. Inheritance, variation and evolution
  7. Ecology

 

  • (8. Key Ideas)               Separate Scientists only
  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

 

  • (25. Space Physics) Separate scientists only

Examination of the AQA Combined Science: Trilogy specification takes the form of 6 separate exams – 2 in each discipline. Please see the examination matrix below. Students gain the equivalent of 2 GCSE by following this course

Biology Paper 1
Tests: Biology Topics 1-4
1 hour 15 minutes
70 Marks
16.7% of GCSE
Chemistry Paper 1
Tests: Chemistry Topics 8-12
1 hour 15 minutes
70 Marks
16.7% of GCSE
Physics Paper 1
Tests: Physics Topics 18-21
1 hour 15 minutes
70 Marks
16.7% of GCSE
Biology Paper 2
Tests: Biology Topics 5-7
1 hour 15 minutes
70 Marks
16.7% of GCSE
Chemistry Paper 1
Tests: Chemistry Topics 13-17
1 hour 15 minutes
70 Marks
16.7% of GCSE
Physics Paper 1
Tests: Physics Topics 22-24
1 hour 15 minutes
70 Marks
16.7% of GCSE

If students chose to follow the Separate Sciences (three GCSEs) option, they will have 2 exams per discipline, each with 100 marks available and each lasting 1 hour 45 minutes. Each exam is worth 50% of that scientific discipline.

KS4 – Current Year 10

Our Year 10 students follow the AQA Science A specification.

Examination of the AQA Science A specification takes the form of 3 separate exams – 1 in each discipline. Each exam is 60 marks, and has a duration of 1 hour.

Yr 10 Biology (25%)

Yr 10 Chemistry (25%)

Yr 10 Physics (25%)

  • B1.1 Keeping Healthy
  • B1,2 Nerves and Hormones
  • B1.3 The use and abuse of drugs
  • B1.4 Interdependence and Adaptation
  • B1.6 Energy and Biomass in Food Chains
  • B1.7 Waste Materials from Plants and Animals
  • B1.8 Genetic Variation and its control
  • B1.10 Evolution

  • C1.1 Fundamental Ideas in Chemistry
  • C1.2 Limestone and Building Materials
  • C1.3 Metals and their uses
  • C1.4 Crude Oil and Fuels
  • C1.5 Other useful substances from crude oil
  • C1.6 Plant Oils and their uses
  • C1.7 Changes in the Earth and its atmosphere
  • P1.1 Heat Transfer
  • P1.2 Energy and Efficiency
  • P1.3 Electrical Appliances
  • P1.4 Generating Electricity
  • P1.5 Waves and the Universe
Coursework (25%)
Each student completes a coursework aspect during the year called the ISA – Investigative Skills Assessment. The ISA is based on practical skills and how students can use their analytical skills.
The students have to complete a practical activity, write up their results and discuss these results in two 50 minute written papers.

KS4 – Separate Scientists (Option Subject)

Separate scientists take all their Science A, Additional Science and the Triple Science exams at the end of year 11. They are awarded GCSE Biology, GCSE Chemistry and GCSE Physics qualifications.

Triple Biology (25%)

Triple Chemistry (25%)

Triple Physics (25%)

  • B3.1 Transport in and out of cells
  • B3.2 Transport in plants and animals
  • B3.3 Homeostasis
  • B3.4 Humans and their environment
  • C3.1 The Periodic Table
  • C3.2 Water
  • C3.3 Calculations of Energy
  • C3.4 Quantitative Chemistry
  • C3.5 Ammonia production
  • C3.6 Alcohols, Carboxylic acids and esters
  • P3.1 Medical applications of physics
  • P3.2 Centre of mass, moments, hydraulics and circular motion
  • P3.3 The motor effect and transformers
Coursework (25%)
Each student completes a coursework aspect during the year called the ISA – Investigative Skills Assessment. The ISA is based on practical skills and how students can use their analytical skills.
The students have to complete a practical activity, write up their results and discuss these results in two 50 minute written papers.

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