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Science

Science – Curriculum Plan 2018 - 2021

Teaching, Learning and Curriculum Principles

The Science department provides students with a range of opportunities to explore and investigate a range of concepts. We promote learning through a range of strategies such as practical work, group discussions, problem solving and transforming information. The skills and scientific concepts are set in contexts where pupils can apply knowledge and skills to a real life situation.

At the end of Year 9 pupils can choose to study:

  1. AQA Trilogy Combined Science GCSE (2 GCSE grades)
  2. AQA Trilogy GCSE Chemistry, Biology, Physics (3 GCSE grades)

 

Year

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

7

Speed/Gravity

Particle Model

Movement and Cells

Energy

Metals/Acids and Alkalis

Variation/Reproduction

Light/Sound

Universe and Earth Structure

 

Interdependence/Plant Reproduction

Electricity/Voltage, Current

8

Breathing/Digestion

Chemical Energy/Reactions

Contact Forces/Pressure

Elements/Periodic Table

Photosynthesis/Respiration

Magnetism

Energy Stores and Heating and Cooling

 

Climate and Earth’s Resources

Evolution and Inheritance

Waves and Wave Properties

9

Energy

Cells

Atomic Structure

 

Electricity

Structure and Bonding

Photosynthesis

 

Particle Model

Quantitative Chemistry

Moving and Changing Materials

10

Atomic Structure and Radiation

Chemical Changes

Health Matters

Coordination and Control

Energy in Chemistry

Forces

Rates of Reaction

Genetics

Organic Chemistry

Waves and Electromagnetic Spectrum

Evolution

11

 

Analysis

Atmosphere

Magnetism and Electromagnetism

Ecology

Using Resources

Revision

 

Revision

11 (Triple Science)

Analysis

Atmosphere

Magnetism and Electromagnetism

Ecology

Using Resources

Space and Universe

Revision

Revision

 

Assessment

Year 7 and 8

Students will be assessed on overall knowledge, understanding and application of skills. These assessments will be end of topic tests, written and practical reviews. The end of topic tests will be based on multiple choice, short answer, extended response and required practical lessons.

Year 9 and 10

Students will be assessed on quality of written communication questions, required practical’s and frequent low risk tests. This will provide lots of practise for students to develop knowledge development over time for AQA Trilogy GCSE Science or Separate Science qualifications.

Year 11

Students will be assessed on quality of written communication questions, practical write-ups and frequent low risk tests. The assessment objectives are:

AO1 Content (40%)

AO2 Application of knowledge to a different context (40%)

AO3 Analysis and Evaluation (20%)

Post-16

Currently, we offer two A-Level qualifications in Science:

AQA Chemistry GCE

OCR Biology GCE