Curriculum

SCIENCE

Single Science

Science is a core GCSE subject as well as an essential requirement for most Science based career routes. In the Separate Science pathway students will be studying the disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics discretely and with greater depth. This programme of study will lead to separate GCSE qualifications for each of the disciplines. Students who wish to study Separate Science must demonstrate a high aptitude in their KS3 assessments as well as the ability to cope with the demands of this challenging course.

Students will develop the following skills:
•Communication
•Prediction
•Analysis
•Evaluation
•Problem solving

Curriculum Overview
Year 7 Year 8

•7 A Cells, tissues and organs
•7E Mixtures and separation
•7F Acids and alkalis
•7B Sexual reproduction
•7B Sexual reproduction
•7I Energy
•7J Current electricity ,
• 7C Muscles and bones
•7G The particle model ,
•7K Forces7D Ecosystems, variation and food chains ,
•7H Atoms, elements and compounds
•7L Sound,
•8A Food and nutrition
•8E Combustion
•8I Fluids

•8B plants and reproduction8F The periodic table8J Light,
•8C Breathing and respiration
•8G Metals and their use
•s8K Energy transfer,
•8D Unicellular organisms
•8L Earth and space
•8H Rocks, 9E Making material
•s9F Reactivity , 9I Forces and motion
•9J Force fields and electromagnets
•9A Genetics and evolution,
• 9A Genetics and evolution
•9B plant growth
•Required practicals

 
Year 9 Year 10 Year 11

B1 Key Concepts
C1 States of matter
C2 Methods of separating
P1 Motion ,
B1 Key concepts
B2 Cells and control
C3 Atomic structure
C4 Periodic table
C5 Ionic bonding
P2 Forces and motion,
B2 Cells and control
C6 Covalent bonding
C7 Types of substance
sP3 Conservation of energy,
B3 Genetics
C8 Acids and alkalis
P4 Waves , B4 natural selection and genetic modification
C9 Calculations involving masses
C10 Electrolytic processe
sP5 Light and EM spectrum,
B4 Natural selection and genetic modification
C11 Obtaining and using metals
P5 Light and EM spectrum

B5 Health and disease
C12 Reversible reactions and equilibria
C13 Transition metals, alloys and corrosion
P6 radioactivity
B5 Health and disease
C14 Quantitative analysis
C15 Dynamic equilibria
C16 Chemical cells and fuel cells
P7 Astronomy ,
B6 Plants
C17 Groups in the periodic table
C18 Rates of reaction
P8 Energy
P9 Forces,
B7 Homeostasis
C18 Rates of reaction
C19 Heat changes in chemical reactions
P10 Electricity and circuits ,
B7 Homeostasis
B8 Exchange and transport in animals
C20 Fuels
P11 Static electricity,
B8 Exchange and transport in animals
C21 Earth and atmospheric science
P12 Magnetism and the motor effect
B9 Ecosystems and material cycles
C22 Hydrocarbons
C23 Alcohols and carboxylic acids
P13 Electromagnetic induction
P14 particle model ,
B9 Ecosystems and material cycles
C24 Polymers
C25 Qualitative analysis
C26 Nanoparticles
P14 Particle model
P15 Forces and matter
Assessment

Internal assessments take place every half term. All students studying Separate Science will be entered for Higher tier, targeting grades 9-4. The assessment is 100% exam in Year 11, where students will take six written exam papers, two for each of the Science disciplines. Each exam paper will last 1 hour 45 minutes and will be scored out of 100 marks.

Exam Board Specification: Edexcel

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Enrichment Offer

Intervention to maximise performance and consolidate prior learning is at the heart of our delivery model.

Useful Resources and Revision Support

www.edexcel.com
www.kerboodle.com
http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/science/edexcel/
http://www.biologyinfo.co.uk/
https://www.senecalearning.com/

Combined Science

Science is a core GCSE subject as well as an essential requirement for most Science based career routes. In the Combined Science pathway students will be studying the disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics; this will lead to two GCSE’s. Teaching and assessment of this course will allow students to develop their practical skills in all three Science disciplines as well as deepening their understanding of scientific content. Students will develop the following skills:

•Communication
•Prediction
•Analysis
•Evaluation
•Problem solving
•Working with others

Curriculum Overview
Year 7 Year 8

•Introduction to Science
•Cells, tissues, organs and systems
•Mixtures and separation
•Acids and Alkali
•Sexual reproduction in animals
•Energy
•Current and electricity
•Muscles and bones
•The particle model
•Forces
•Ecosystems, variation and food chains
•Atoms, elements and compounds
•Sound
•Food and nutrition
•Combustion
•Fluids
•Practical science

•Plants and reproduction
•The periodic table
•Light
•Breathing and respiration
•Metals and their uses
•Energy transfer
•Unicellular organisms
•Earth and space
•Rocks
•Making materials
•Reactivity
•Forces and motion
•Force fields and electromagnets
•Genetics and evolution
•Plant growth
•Practical science

 
Year 9 Year 10 Year 11

•Begin GCSE course
•B1 Key concepts
•C1 States of matter
•C2 Methods of separation and purifying substances
•P1 Motion
•B2 Cells and control
•C3 Atomic structure
•C4 Periodic table
•P2 Forces and motion
•B3 Genetics
•C5 Ionic bonding
•C6 Covalent bonding
•C7 Types of substances
•P3 Conservation of energy
•B4 Natural selection and genetic modification
•P4 Waves
•P5 Electromagnetic Spectrum

•C8 Acids and Alkali
•C9 Calculations involving masses
•B5 Health and disease
•P6 Radioactivity
•P7 Energy forces doing work
•P8 Forces and their effects
•C10 Electrolytic processes
•C11 Obtaining and using metals
•C12 Reversible reactions and equilibria
•B6 Plant structures and their functions
•B7 Animal coordination, control and homeostasis
•P12 Particle model
•P9 Electricity and circuits
•C13 Groups in the Periodic table
•C14 Rates of reaction
•B9 Ecosystems and material cycles
•B8 Exchange and transport in animals
•P10 Magnetism and the motor effect
•P11 Electromagnetic induction
•P13 Forces and matter
•C15 Heat energy changes
•C16 Fuels
•C17 Earth and atmospheric science
•Revision
Assessment

Internal assessments take place every half term. Exams will be assessed at two levels; standard tier to achieve grades 5 to 1 and higher tier for targeting grades 9 to 4. The assessment is 100% exam in Year 11, where students will take six written exam papers, two for each of the Science disciplines. Students entered for the combined science course will sit an exam which will last for 1 hour 10 minutes and will be scored out of 60 marks.

Year 11 students have access to two key online revision resources to support with their independent revision; My GCSE Science and Tassomai. My GCSE Science is an excellent online learning and revision platform that is fully updated for the 9-1 GCSE specifications. As well as video tutorials, the platform provides multiple-choice quizzes, exam-style questions and mark schemes on every topic. It covers both Foundation and Higher tier material and provides key material to develop practical and mathematical skills. Tassomai is an online revision resource whereby the syllabus has been broken down into quizzable micro-fact, covering everything students need to know for their exams. Tassomai’s unique algorithm adapts itself to the user, targeting their weaknesses, and tailors the quizzes accordingly.

Exam Board Specification: Edexcel

Click here for specification

Enrichment Offer

Intervention to maximise performance and consolidate prior learning is at the heart of our delivery model. The Science department runs intervention sessions for our Key Stage 4 students, practical carousels after school on alternating Fridays and masterclasses focussing on content and exam technique. We are proud of our links with local universities and industries, therefore provide opportunities for students to visit campuses such as University of Birmingham, partake in regional competitions and invite guest speakers into school to run interactive sessions.

Useful Resources and Revision Support

www.edexcel.com
www.kerboodle.com
https://www.my-gcsescience.com/
https://app.tassomai.com/login
https://www.savemyexams.co.uk/
https://www.freesciencelessons.co.uk/