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Science

In our Science department the teaching team includes the following members of staff:

Key Stage 3: Year 7 | Year 8

Key Stage 4: Year 9Year 10 Core Science | Year 10 Triple Science | Year 11 Human Health |Year 11 Additional Science | Year 11 Triple Science | Year 11 BTEC

Key Stage 5: Year 12 Biology | Year 12 Chemistry | Year 12 Physics | Year 12 BTEC Science | Year 13 Biology | Year 13 Chemistry | Year 13 Physics | Year 13 BTEC Science

Year 7

Please refer to the information below for details of the course content for this school year. You will also find information in each section relating to the assessments that will take place during each term. Please contact me at school if you require additional information.

Year 7 students will study a 2 year condensed Key Stage 3 course by Exploring Science. Key Stage 4 courses will begin in Year 9.

Term 1

• 7A Cells, tissues, organs and systems
• 7B Sexual reproduction in animals
• 7E Mixtures and separation
• 7F Acids and alkalis

Assessment - all classes will do a test at the end of each unit. In addition to this, there will be tasks carried out in class and homework’s that will also be assessed.

Term 2

• 7C Microbes and Bones
• 7D Ecosystems
• 7I Energy
• 7J Current electricity

Assessment - all classes will do a test at the end of each unit. In addition to this, there will be tasks carried out in class and homework’s that will also be assessed.

Term 3

• 7G The particle model
• 7H Atoms, elements and molecules
• 7K Forces
• 7L Sound

Assessment - all classes will do a test at the end of each unit. In addition to this, there will be tasks carried out in class and homework’s that will also be assessed.

There will also be an end of year exam which will cover material from all twelve units covered during the year.

Year 8

Please refer to the information below for details of the course content for this school year. You will also find information in each section relating to the assessments that will take place during each term. Please contact me at school if you require additional information.

Year 8 students will study a 2 year condensed Key Stage 3 course by Exploring Science. Key Stage 4 courses will begin in Year 9.

Term 1

• 8A Food and nutrition
• 8B Plants and their reproduction
• 8E Combustion
• 8F The periodic table

Assessment - all classes will do a test at the end of each unit. In addition to this, there will be tasks carried out in class and homework’s that will also be assessed.

Term 2

• 8C Breathing and respiration
• 8D Unicellular organisms
• 8I Fluids
• 8J Light

Assessment - all classes will do a test at the end of each unit. In addition to this, there will be tasks carried out in class and homework’s that will also be assessed.

Term 3

• 8G Metals and their uses
• 8H Rocks
• 8K Energy transfers
• 8L Earth and space

Assessment - all classes will do a test at the end of each unit. In addition to this, there will be tasks carried out in class and homework’s that will also be assessed.

There will also be an end of year exam that will cover material from all twelve units studied throughout the year.

Year 9

Please refer to the information below for details of the course content for this school year. You will also find information in each section relating to the assessments that will take place during each term. Please contact me at school if you require additional information.

Term 1

Assessment - all classes will complete a test at the end of each unit, along with regular assessment tasks throughout practical lessons.

Term 2

Assessment - All classes will complete 2 summative assessment papers at the end of the first half term before beginning their GCSE Science qualifications.

Term 2/3

AQA GCSE

Assessment - all classes will complete a test at the end of each unit, along with regular assessment tasks throughout practical lessons. A test on all GCSE material covered so far will happen at the end of the year.

Year 10: Core and Additional Science (AQA Science A)

Please refer to the information below for details of the course content for this school year. You will also find information in each section relating to the assessments that will take place during each term. Please contact me at school if you require additional information.

Term 1

Assessment - all classes will complete a test at the end of each unit, along with regular assessment tasks throughout practical lessons. A full mock exam will also take place.

Term 2

Assessment - all classes will complete a test at the end of each unit, along with regular assessment tasks throughout practical lessons.

Term 3

Assessment - all classes will complete a test at the end of each unit, along with regular assessment tasks throughout practical lessons. Pupils will be required to complete an Investigative Skills Assessment (ISA) as part of their AQA course. End of year examinations will also take place.

Year 10 Separate Sciences (AQA)

Please refer to the information below for details of the course content for this school year. You will also find information in each section relating to the assessments that will take place during each term. Please contact me at school if you require additional information.

Term 1

Assessment - all classes will complete a test at the end of each unit, along with regular assessment tasks throughout practical lessons. A full mock exam will also take place.

Term 2

Assessment - all classes will complete a test at the end of each unit, along with regular assessment tasks throughout practical lessons.

Term 3

Assessment - all classes will complete a test at the end of each unit, along with regular assessment tasks throughout practical lessons. Pupils will be required to complete an Investigative Skills Assessment (ISA) as part of their AQA course. End of year examinations will also take place.

Year 11 Human Health

Please refer to the information below for details of the course content for this school year. You will also find information in each section relating to the assessments that will take place during each term. Please contact me at school if you require additional information.

Term 1

Unit 1 covers topics in preparation for an external examination. Unit 2 is an Investigative Skills Assessment.

Term 2

Unit 1 covers topics in preparation for an external examination. Unit 2 is an Investigative Skills Assessment.

Term 3

Unit 1 covers topics in preparation for an external examination. Unit 2 is an Investigative Skills Assessment.

Year 11 Additional Science (OCR 21st Century)

Please refer to the information below for details of the course content for this school year. You will also find information in each section relating to the assessments that will take place during each term. Please contact me at school if you require additional information.

Term 1

Assessment - all classes will complete a test at the end of each unit, along with regular assessment tasks throughout practical lessons. A full mock exam will also take place.

Term 2

Assessment - all classes will complete a test at the end of each unit, along with regular assessment tasks throughout practical lessons. A controlled assessment, worth 25% of the GCSE, will be carried out.

Term 3

Assessment - External GCSE examinations will take place in May and June.

Year 11 Separate Science (OCR 21st Century)

Please refer to the information below for details of the course content for this school year. You will also find information in each section relating to the assessments that will take place during each term. Please contact me at school if you require additional information.

Term 1

Assessment - all classes will complete a test at the end of each unit, along with regular assessment tasks throughout practical lessons. A full mock exam will also take place.

Term 2

Assessment - all classes will complete a test at the end of each unit, along with regular assessment tasks throughout practical lessons. A controlled assessment, worth 25% of the GCSE, will be carried out.

Term 3

Assessment - External GCSE examinations will take place in May and June.

Year 11 BTEC

Please refer to the information below for details of the course content for this school year. You will also find information in each section relating to the assessments that will take place during each term. Please contact me at school if you require additional information.

Term 1

Units 1 & 8 cover topics in preparation for an external examination. Units 5 & 6 are 100% portfolio assessed. External examinations will take place this term for Units 1 & 8.

Term 2

Units 1 & 8 cover topics in preparation for an external examination. Unit 7 is 100% portfolio assessed. External examinations will take place this term for Units 1 & 8.

Term 3

Units 1 & 8 cover topics in preparation for an external examination. External examinations will take place this term for Units 1 & 8.

Year 12 AS Biology

Please refer to the information below for details of the course content for this school year. You will also find information in each section relating to the assessments that will take place during each term. Please contact me at school if you require additional information.

Term 1

Unit 1 Biology and Disease

Assessment - there will continuous internal assessment with homeworks and end of unit tests.p>

Term 2

Unit 2 The variety of living organisms

Assessment - there will continuous internal assessment with homeworks and end of unit tests. The ISA (unit 3) will also be carried out and this accounts for 20% of the final AS grade.

Term 3

Unit 2 continued

Assessment - there will continuous internal assessment with homework tasks and end of unit tests. The external examination takes place in the summer and is worth 46.67% of the AS Biology.

Year 12 AS Chemistry

Please refer to the information below for details of the course content for this school year. You will also find information in each section relating to the assessments that will take place during each term. Please contact me at school if you require additional information.

Term 1

Unit 1 - Worth 33.3% of the total AS marks, 16.7% of the total A Level marks

Assessment - All classes will be assessed internally at the end of each half term with past paper exam questions.

Term 2

Unit 2 - Worth 46.7% of the total AS marks, 231.3% of the total A Level marks

Assessment - All classes will be assessed internally at the end of each half term with past paper exam questions.

Term 3

Unit 3 - Worth 20% of the total AS marks, 10% of the total A Level marks

Assessment - All classes will be assessed internally at the end of each half term with past paper exam questions. Units 1 & 2 will be externally assessed in the summer for all pupils.

Year 12 AS Physics

Please refer to the information below for details of the course content for this school year. You will also find information in each section relating to the assessments that will take place during each term. Please contact me at school if you require additional information.

Term 1

Unit 1 - Particles, Quantum phenomena and Electricity.

Assessment - All classes will be assessed internally at the end of each half term with past paper questions.

Term 2

Unit 2 - Mechanics, materials and waves

Assessment - All classes will be assessed internally at the end of each half term with past paper exam questions.

Term 3

Unit 3 - Investigative and Practical Skills in AS Physics

Assessment -PHYA3T, Practical examination plus written exam, 20% of the AS qualification. Units 1 & 2 will be externally assessed in the summer for all pupils.

Year 12 BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma Applied Science (Forensics)

Please refer to the information below for details of the course content for this school year. Please contact me at school if you require additional information.

This course is assessed through the completion of a number of assignments. There are no exams. You will receive feedback on your assignments and then have the opportunity to improve your work throughout the course. There are three grades available; pass, merit and distinction.

Term 1

Unit 1 - Fundamentals of science

Term 2

Unit 2 - Working in the science industry

Term 3

Unit 4 - Scientific practical techniques

Year 13 A2 Biology

Please refer to the information below for details of the course content for this school year. You will also find information in each section relating to the assessments that will take place during each term. Please contact me at school if you require additional information.

Term 1

Unit 4 Populations and environment

Assessment - there will continuous internal assessment with homeworks and end of unit tests.

Term 2

Unit 5 Control in cells and in organisms

Assessment - there will continuous internal assessment with homeworks and end of unit tests. The ISA (unit 6) will also be carried out and this accounts for 20% of the final AS grade.

Term 3

Unit 5 continued

Assessment - there will continuous internal assessment with homeworks and end of unit tests. The external examination takes place in May and is worth 46.67% of the qualification.

Year 13 A2 Chemistry

Please refer to the information below for details of the course content for this school year. You will also find information in each section relating to the assessments that will take place during each term. Please contact me at school if you require additional information.

Term 1

Unit 4 - worth 20% of the total A Level marks

Assessment - All classes will be assessed internally at the end of each half term with past paper exam questions.

Term 2

Unit 5- worth 20% of the total A Level marks

Assessment - All classes will be assessed internally at the end of each half term with past paper exam questions.

Term 3

Unit 6 - worth 10% of the total A Level marks.

Assessment - All classes will be assessed internally at the end of each half term with past paper exam questions.

Units 4 and 5 will be externally assessed in June for all pupils.

Year 13 Curriculum Area: BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma Applied Science (Forensics) 

Please refer to the information below for details of the course content for this school year. Please contact me at school if you require additional information.

This course is assessed through the completion of a number of assignments. There are no exams. You will receive feedback on your assignments and then have the opportunity to improve your work throughout the course. There are three grades available; pass, merit and distinction.

Term 1

Unit 10 - Using science in the workplace

Term 2

Unit 22 Chemical laboratory techniques

Term 3

Unit 32 - Forensic evidence collection and analysis