Science

Overview:

Science is the systematic study of the physical and natural world through observation and experimentation.

  • Biology is the study of living organisms and their structure, life-cycles, adaptations and environment.
  • Chemistry is the study of the composition, behaviour and properties of matter, and of the elements of the Earth and its atmosphere.
  • Physics is the study of energy, forces, mechanics, waves, and the structure of atoms and the physical universe

Career links

  • Analytical chemist
  • Animal technician
  • Biomedical scientist
  • Clinical scientist jobs
  • Community pharmacist
  • Crime scene investigator
  • Food technologist

Intent:

We believe that Science is best learned and understood through experimentation and investigation.

In lower school, lessons have a practical focus to allow pupils to develop their “can-do” skills and knowledge through direct hands-on experience. We look at examples of how Science is applied in the real world to encourage pupils to further develop their understanding before moving to more abstract Scientific concepts.

In upper school, most pupils study the Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Combined Science course which allows them to continue a balanced approach to their Biology, Chemistry and Physics studies and results in a Double Science GCSE award.
Some pupils make an option choice at the end of Year 9 to study Triple Award science resulting in 3 GCSEs.

 

Subject progression & sequencing

 
Autumn 1
Autumn 2
Spring 1
Spring 2
Summer 1
Summer 2
Year 7
  • Intro to Science
  • Forces
  • Cells
  • Particles
  • Atoms & elements
  • Reproduction
  • Acids and Alkalis
  • Mixtures and Separation
  • Energy
  • Electricity
  • Muscles and Bones
  • Ecosystems
  • Sound
Year 8
  • Recovery:
  • Intro to Science
  • Sound
  • Periodic Table
  • Mixtures & separating
  • Light
  • Energy Transfers
  • Food &Nutrition
  • Breathing and Respiration
  • Unicellular Organisms
  • Combustion
  • Metals
  • Plant Reproduction
  • Fluids
  • Rocks
  • Space
Year 9
  • Recovery:
  • Intro to Science
  • Electricity
  • Key Concepts in Biology
  • Key concepts in Chemistry
  • Key concepts in Physics
  • Forces and Motion
  • Cells and control
  • Atomic structure
  • The periodic table
  • Bonding
  • Types of substance

 

GCSE Combined science (dual award)

 
Autumn 1
Autumn 2
Spring 1
Spring 2
Summer 1
Summer 2
Year 10

Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Combined Science

  • Recovery:
  • Types of substance
  • Cells and control
  • Forces and motion
  • Genetics
  • Natural selection and genetic modification
  • Conservation of energy
  • Health & disease
  • Acids & alkalis
  • Exchange and transport in animals
  • Waves
  • Light and the EM spectrum
  • Calculations involving masses
  • Animal coordination, control and homeostasis
  • Radioactivity
  • Plant structures
  • Electrolysis
  • Obtaining and using metals
  • Reversible reactions
  • Energy and forces
Year 11

Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Combined Science

  • Health & disease
  • Acids & alkalis
  • Waves
  • Light and the EM spectrum
  • Radioactivity
  • Plant structures
  • Animal coordination, control and homeostasis
  • Calculations involving masses
  • Electrolytic processes
  • Obtaining and using metals
  • Reversible reactions
  • Heat energy changes in chemical reactions
  • Exchange and transport in animals
  • Groups in Periodic Table
  • Rates of reaction
  • Magnetism
  • Electromagnetic induction
  • Particle model
  • Forces and matter
  • Ecosystems and material cycles
  • Fuels
  • Earth and atmospheric science
  • (Particle model)
  • Electricity and circuits
 

 

GCSE Triple award Science – additional content

Year 10
Biology
SB1: 1) Testing foods
2) Core Prac: testing foods
3) Core Prac: testing foods
SB2: 4)The brain
5) Brain and spinal cord problems
6) The eye
SB3: 7) Sexual and Asexual reproduction
8)Protein Synthesis
9) Genetic Variants and Phenotypes
10)Mendel
11) Multiple and missing alleles
12) SB4: Development of Darwin’s Theory
13) Tissure Culture
14)GM and agriculture
15) Fertilisers and Biological control
16)SB5: Virus Life cycles
17) Plant defenses
18) Plant diseases
19)Monoclonal Antibodies
20) Core Prac: Antibiotics
21) SB7:Thermoregulation
22) Osmoregulation
23) The kidneys
SB8: 24) Factors affecting diffusion
21) SB7:Thermoregulation
22) Osmoregulation
23) The kidneys
SB8: 24) Factors affecting diffusion
29) Asssessing Pollution
30) Food security
31) Rates of decompostion
Year 10
Chemistry
SC22: 1)Alkanes and Alkenes
2)Reactions of Alkanes and alkenes
SC23:3) Ethanol Production
4) Alcohols
5)Core Prac- Combustion of alcohols
6) Carboxylic acids
SC24: 7)Addition polymerisation
8)Polymer properties and uses
9)Condensation Polymerisation
10)Problems with Polymers
11) Assessment
SC25: 12) Flame tests and Photometry
13) Tests for positive ions
14) Tests for negative ions
15) Core Prac; Identifying ions
SC26: 16) Choosing materials
17) Composite materials
18) Nanoparticles
19) Assessment
SC14 1) Yields
2) Atom Economy
3) Concentrations
4) Titrations and Calculations
5)Core Prac Acid-Alkali titration
6) Molar volume of gases
SC13: 1) Transition metals
2) Corrosion
3) Electroplating
4) Alloying
5) Uses of metals and their alloys
6) Assessment
SC15: 1) Fertilisers and the Haber process
2) Factors affecting equilibirum
3)Chemical cells and fuel cells
4) Assessment
Year 10
Physics
SP7: 1) The Solar System
2) Gravity and orbits
3) Life cycles of stars
4) Red-shift
5) Origin of the Universe
SP2: 6) Breaking distance and energy, CP2
SP5: 7) Ray diagrams
8) Colour
9) Lenses
10) Radiation and temperature
11) Core Prac: Investigating radiation
SP13: 12) The National grid
SP4: 13) Waves crossing boundaries
14) Ears and hearing
15) Ultrasound
16) Infrasound
17) SP6: Using radioactivity
18) Radioactivity in Medicine
19) Nuclear Energy
20)Nuclear Fission
21) Nuclear Fusion
22) SP9: Rotational Forces
23)SP 10: More about resistance
24) Charges and static electricity
25) Dangers and uses of static electricity
26) Electric Fields
   

 

Useful resources

Pearson Activelearn website

BBC Bitesize – Edexcel GCSE Combined science

BBC Bitesize – Key Stage 3 (Yrs 7-9)

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