Science

Science
In Science we aim to establish the desire to explore the world around us with a sense of ‘ awe and wonder’ using acquired skills, both practical and theoretical, to enhance students understanding of a rapidly changing world where huge moral issues such as climate change, energy production and health choices impact on everyone’s daily life.

With our broad specialism in Science, the department are well-placed to deliver lessons that are designed to meet the needs, abilities and aspirations of every individual student.

Science lessons are vibrant, lively and fun. All teachers frequently use a wide range of imaginative, innovative resources and teaching methods to ensure active participation in every lesson. By modelling, demonstrating and preparing well-organised and safe practical activities students learning is enhanced meaning stretch and challenge is a cornerstone of the experience offered to every individual, irrespective of their starting point. There is a close liaison with the Learning support department to identify and provide support for those who need it.

Extra-curricular activities and visits:

There are external links to UCLAN through the Ogden Trust for exceptional Physics students.

Facilities:

Science is taught in five laboratories enabling students to access all areas of Biological, Chemical and Physical sciences. We enjoy a wide range of resources including Spotlight Science text books for Key Stage 3 and Kerboodle texts for Combined and triple sciences as well as interactive materials, a computer room and a technician who prepares practical equipment as well as classroom materials.

Assessment:

A combination of interim assessments and end of topic testing are used to level individuals and compare progress to given targets. Extra support is put into place to enable underachievers to reach their targets.

Schemes of work:

GCSE AQA Specification for Biology (8461)

GCSE AQA Specification for Chemistry (8462)

GCSE AQA Specification for Physics (8463)

GCSE AQA Specification for Combined Science Trilogy (8464)

Year 7 & 8 course:

Throughout Key Stage 3 students cover the key concepts that underpin Biology, Chemistry and Physics to form a solid foundation for their GCSE studies. In addition, we have a particular emphasis on developing student’s practical investigative and analytical thinking skills.

Topics at KS3 are taught on a rota basis.

Year 7 topics: Introduction to Science, Cells, Particles, Forces, Organisation, Atoms, Reactions, Sound, Light, Reproduction, Acids and alkalis and Space.

Year 8 topics: Ecosystems, Light, Periodic Table, Health and Lifestyle, Electricity and magnetism, Separation, Energy, Metals and acids, the earth, Motion and Adaptation.

Year 9 course: The course is topic based up to the end of the autumn term with the topics being, Ecosystem processes, Practical skills, Data handling and a Bridging Unit with key concepts that feature in GCSE from Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Then topics from the first two units of the GCSE specifications are covered.

Year 10 and Year 11 course:

AQA GCSE Biology (8461)

Assessments

Paper 1

Cell Biology, Organisation, Infection and Response, and Bioenergetics

Exam: 1 hour and 45 minutes (F and H) 100 marks. Weighting: 50%

Paper 2

Homeostasis and response, inheritance, variation and evolution and Ecology

Exam: 1 hour and 45 minutes (F and H) 100 marks. Weighting: 50%

AQA GCSE Chemistry (8462)

Assessments

Paper 1

Atomic structure and the periodic table, bonding, structure and the properties of matter, Quantitative chemistry, Chemical changes and Energy changes

Exam: 1 hour and 45 minutes (F and H) 100 marks. Weighting: 50%

Paper 2

The rate and extent of chemical change, Organic chemistry, Chemical analysis, Chemistry of the atmosphere, and using resources

Exam: 1 hour 45 minutes (F and H) 100 marks. Weighting: 50%

AQA GCSE Physics (8463)

Assessments

Paper 1

Energy, Electricity, Particle model of matter, and Atomic structure

Exam: 1 hour 45 minutes (F and H) 100 marks. Weighting: 50%

Paper 2

Forces, Waves, Magnetism and electromagnetism, and Space physics

Exam: 1 hour 45 minutes (F and H) 100 marks. Weighting: 50%

AQA GCSE Combined Science: Trilogy (8464)

Assessments

There are six papers: two biology, two chemistry and two physics. Each of the papers will assess knowledge and understanding from distinct topic areas.

Biology Paper 1

Cell Biology, Organisation, Infection and response, and Bioenergetics

Exam: 1 hour and 15 minutes (F and H) 70 marks. Weighting: 16.7%

Biology Paper 2

Homeostasis and response, Inheritance, Variation and evolution, and Ecology

Exam: 1 hour and 15 minutes (F and H) 70 marks. Weighting: 16.7%

Chemistry Paper 1

Atomic structure and the periodic table, Bonding, structure and the properties of matter, Quantitative chemistry, Chemical changes and Energy changes

Exam: 1 hour and 15 minutes (F and H) 70 marks. Weighting: 16.7%

Chemistry Paper 2

The rate and extent of chemical change, Organic chemistry, Chemical analysis, Chemistry of the atmosphere, and Energy changes

Exam: 1 hour and 15 minutes (F and H) 70 marks. Weighting: 16.7%

Physics Paper 1

Energy, Electricity, Particle model of matter, and Atomic structure

Exam: 1 hour and15 minutes (F and H) 70 marks. Weighting: 16.7%

Physics Paper 2

Forces, Waves and Magnetism and electromagnetism

Exam: 1 hour and 15 minutes (F and H) 70 marks. Weighting: 16.7%