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Science

We believe that Science has something to offer every student whatever their future needs and aspirations. From trainee hairdresser to particle physicist, mechanics apprentice to cancer researcher, everyone needs some level of basic Science understanding. We want our students to ask questions about the world around us, and find out the answers during their Science lessons. We use a range of teaching methods and use practical experimentation whenever possible. We try to take pupils on out of lesson experiences including outside learning and trips. We have high expectations of our students with regard to behaviour and public examination outcomes. We value all students and the contribution they make to Science lessons and we try to cater for the needs of all. We hope to inspire pupils to become lifelong Science learners and to foster enquiring minds so that many students choose to study the subjects at a higher level.

Science is a compulsory subject in both Key Stage 3 and 4. At Key Stage 5 we offer Biology, Chemistry and Physics A-Level.

Key Stage Three

Autumn Term 1Autumn Term 2Spring Term 1Spring Term 2Summer Term 1Summer Term 2
Year 7CellsAcids & Alkalis Energy Costs and Transfers Light and Sound Reproduction The Particle Model Forces Separating Mixtures
Year 8Elements, Compounds and mixtures Bioenergetics Magnetism and Circuits Metals and Nonmetals and Climate Breathing and Digestion Speed

Key Stage Four

Year Nine:

Biology

  • Cell Biology
  • Digestion
  • Circulation
  • Plant organisation
  • Communicable disease
  • Preventing and treating disease
  • Non-communicable disease

Chemistry

  • Atomic Structure
  • Bonding
  • Quantitative Chemistry  
  • Chemical Changes

Physics

  • Energy stores and Transfer
  • Energy and Periodic table
  • Electricity
  • Electricity in the home
  • Particle models

Year 10

Biology

  • Photosynthesis
  • Respiration
  • Nervous system
  • Hormones
  • Reproduction

Chemistry

  • Energy changes
  • Rates of reactions
  • Crude oil and fuels
  • Organic reactions
  • Polymers
  • Chemical Analysis

Physics

  • Atoms, Isotopes and radiation
  • Forces and pressure
  • Forces and motion

Year 11

Biology

  • Biodiversity
  • Reproduction
  • Variation
  • Evolution 
  • Adaptation 
  • Organisation Ecosystems

Chemistry

  • Crude oil and fuels
  • Organic reactions 
  • Polymers
  • Chemical analysis 
  • Chemistry in the atmosphere
  • Using our resources

Physics 

  • Waves in solids, liquids and gases
  • Electromagnetic Waves
  • Magnetism and Electromagnetism 
  • Transformers
  • Space

Key Stage Five

Examination Board: AQA

Biology

Year 12

  • Biological Molecules
  • Cells
  • Organisms exchange substances with their environment. 
  • Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms.

Year 13

  • Energy Transfers in and between organisms
  • Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments. 
  • Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems. 
  • The control of gene expression.

Practical Work- Practical work is central to A level Biology which give students the skills and confidence needed to investigate the living world.

We develop skills to set students up for carrying out successful experiments in a University Degree. Students are assessed during the practical for their competencies and across the three summer examinations 15% of the marks will be on the practicals during the course.

Chemistry

Examination Board: Edexcel

Chemistry enables students to understand the world they live in from a molecular level, whilst also considering how as chemists they can make a wider impact on some of the big issues affecting the planet today, such as climate change and how to manage our ever dwindling resources with a rapidly expanding population. Students will split their time between the three disciplines of chemistry, inorganic, organic and physical.

Year 12Year 13
InorganicAtomic structure and the Periodic Table
Bonding and structure
Redox Chemistry Groups 2 and 7
Redox chemistry II
The Transition Metals
OrganicAlkanes and alkenes
Halogenoalkanes and alcohols
Modern analytical techniques I
Isomerism Carbonyl compounds and their derivatives
Arenes (benzene)
Organic Nitrogen chemistry
Modern analytical techniques II
PhysicalFormulae, equations and amount of substance
Energetics
Rate kinetics
Chemical Equilibria
Chemical Equilibria II
Acid-base equilibria
Entropy
Rate kinetics II

Students will also have an opportunity to develop the practical skills in these areas, completing a minimum of 16 ‘core’ practicals encompassing 12 important techniques. Students will need a firm grasp of mathematics to study A-Level Chemistry, as in the 2nd year approximately 40% of the topics covered involve looking at chemical laws and properties and the mathematical principles behind these.

Studying chemistry also complements learning in a wide range of other subjects, particularly the other sciences and maths, and prepares students to go on to study a wide range of degree courses at university. A sound knowledge and understanding of chemistry is needed in careers from Astronomy to Zoology, but can also be applied to the worlds of finance, law, medicine and engineering.

Physics

Examination Board: AQA 

Physics encompasses the study of the universe from the largest galaxies to the smallest subatomic particles. Moreover, it’s the basis of many other sciences, including chemistry, oceanography, seismology, and astronomy (and can be applied to biology or medical science). The skills that an A Level Physicists learns and develops can be transferred to many other applications and professions. Physics is crucial to understanding the world around us, the world inside us, and the world beyond us. It is the most basic and fundamental science. Physics challenges our imaginations with concepts like relativity and string theory, and it leads to great discoveries, like computers and lasers, that lead to technologies which change our lives—from healing joints, to curing cancer, to developing sustainable energy solutions.

Year 12:

  • Measurements and their errors
  • Particles and radiation
  • Waves
  • Mechanics and energy 
  • Electricity

Year 13:

  • Further mechanics and thermal physics
  • Fields
  • Nuclear physics
  • Plus one option from:
  • Astrophysics
  • Medical physics
  • Engineering physics
  • Turning points in physics
  • Electronics

Science Team

  • Mrs E. Sweeney (Faculty Leader)
  • Mrs R. Ritchie (Assistant Faculty Leader)
  • Mr T. Baker
  • Mr J. Moss
  • Dr C. Parau
  • Mrs C. Purtell
  • Mrs K. Williams
  • Dr H. De Grave (HLTA)

Technical Support

  • Mrs J. Babister
  • Ms C. Adair

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