Science

September 12th, 2018

Welcome to the Science Department

Science stimulates and excites candidates’ curiosity about phenomena and events in the world around them. It also satisfies this curiosity with knowledge. Because science links direct practical experience with ideas, it can engage learners at many levels. Scientific method is about developing and evaluating explanations through experimental evidence and modelling. This is to spur critical and creative thought. Through science, candidates understand how major scientific ideas contribute to chronological change – impacting on industry, business and medicine and improving quality of life. Candidates recognise the cultural significance of science and trace its world-wide development. They learn to question and discuss science-based issues that may affect their own lives, the direction of society and the future of the world.

National Curriculum Science, as laid down in Statutory Orders, is taught at Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 with most students being prepared for the GCSE Examination in Combined Science. A few students may be invited to undertake a Single Science course.

In year 9 some students will be invited to take the triple science course. This may involve an extra lesson after school.

Video Prospectus – Science Department

Curriculum Content
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At Key Stage 3, students are taught the following topics:
Year 7

  • Warhorse Literacy Project
  • How science works unit
  • Biology
    • Cells
    • Body systems
    • Ecosystems
  • Chemistry
    • Particles
    • Elements, compounds and the periodic table
    • The Earth and resources
  • Physics
    • Energy
    • Matter
    • Waves

Year 8

  • Biology
    • Variation
    • Photosynthesis
    • Immunity
  • Chemistry
    • State changes and mixtures
    • Chemical reaction
    • Acids and alkalis
  • Physics
    • Magnets
    • Forces
    • Electricity

At Keystage 4, students follow the AQA GCSE Combined Science: Trilogy Specification. The GCSE will be examined terminally in year 11. Throughout the course there will be a set number of required practicals that the students will have to complete.

GCSE Science offers students the ability to gain a good knowledge and understanding of science by studying important aspects of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. The topics studied include:

Year 9

  • Biology
    • Cells
    • Organisation
    • Bioenergetics
    • Disease
  • Chemistry
    • Atoms and the Periodic Table
    • Bonding
    • Quantitative Chemistry
    • Chemical and energy change
  • Physics
    • Mains electricity
    • Energy
    • Matter
    • Atoms and Radiation

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Year 10 & 11

  • Biology
    • Homeostasis and response
    • Inheritance and evolution
    • Ecology
    • Revision
  • Chemistry
    • Rates and chemical change
    • Organic chemistry
    • Chemical analysis
    • The atmosphere
    • Using resources
    • Revision
  • Physics
    • Forces
    • Waves
    • Magnetism and electromagnets
    • Revision
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