Welcome to The Science Department

Key Stage 3

Year 7

  • Key Topics: See below
  • Important Skills in this subject: Literacy, concentration and collaboration
  • Helpful Websites/resources: BBC KS3 bitesize
  • How parents/carers can help: support with homework (Doddle)

Following on from their work in Science at primary school, students are introduced to working in a laboratory at King Arthur’s. We begin by exploring the laboratory itself and the equipment we use, emphasising the need for working safely at all times.

The Science curriculum is based around the ideas of ‘How Science Works’. This focuses students work on developing important skills such as predicting, investigating, using scientific ideas and models to explain phenomena and events, communicating and evaluating evidence. This is largely done through practical work.

Overview

Year 7 work is broken down into modules that are taught throughout the year.

Topics

  • Biology – Animal and plants cells, reproduction, animal behaviour, environment and feeding relationships.
  • Chemistry – Chemical reactions, particles, acids and alkalis and solutions.
  • Physics  – Forces, electricity, energy and energy resources. .

Year 8

Students continue to develop their investigational skills through a curriculum based around the ideas of ‘How Science Works’. This focuses students work on key skills such as predicting, communicating, scientific ideas and evaluating evidence. This is largely done through practical work.

Overview

The curriculum is broken down into modules that are taught throughout the year.

Topics

  • Biology – Life and Body/Disease/People and the Environment/Animal Behaviour.
  • Chemistry – Periodic Table/Elements and Properties/ Metals and Rocks.
  • Physics – Sound and Movement/ Heating and Cooling/ Light and the Solar System

Throughout both years, students are assessed on both their knowledge and understanding of the topics covered and the skills that they are developing through ‘How Science Works’.

Key Stage 4

GCSE Sciences

During Years 9, 10 and 11 students will study science GCSEs. Students will either study Combined Science, worth two GCSEs or the separate Sciences, which is made up of the three separate Biology, Chemistry and Physics GCSEs.

GCSE Combined Science

Course Content

  • Biology – Cells, organisation, infection and response, bioenergetics, homeostasis and response, inheritance, variation and evolution, ecology.
  • Chemistry – Atomic structure, periodic table, bonding and structure, quantitative chemistry, chemical and energy changes, rates of reaction, organic molecules, chemical analysis, chemistry of the atmosphere.
  • Physics – Forces, energy, waves, electricity, magnetism and electromagnets, particle model of matter, atomic structure.

Students typically have three science teachers at KS4, one for each of these science subjects.

For the specifications follow this link: AQA Trilogy Combined Science

Homework expectations

Homework will be set once a week per teacher and should take between 30 – 45 minutes to complete.

Assessment

There are six 75 minute written exams at the end of Year 11, two in Biology, two in Chemistry and two in Physics. There are no controlled assessments for any Science GCSEs.

GCSE Separate Sciences

 This is the more traditional route of separate Science GCSEs. Students will study Biology, Chemistry and Physics separately and they will have a different specialist teacher for each subject. Some students will be selected to follow this course at the end of year 9. Selection will be based on their current grade at that time.

Course Content

Students will initially study the same units for Combined Science. Students will then cover the extra modules for each separate science during Year 11.  For the specifications follow these links:

  • Biology– Cells, organisation, infection and response, bioenergetics, homeostasis and response, inheritance, variation and evolution, ecology, plant disease, the brain and maintaining biodiversity.
  • Chemistry– Atomic structure, periodic table, bonding and structure, quantitative chemistry, chemical and energy changes, rates of reaction, organic molecules, chemical analysis, chemistry of the atmosphere, using resources and properties of matter.
  • Physics– Forces, energy, waves, electricity, magnetism and electromagnets, particle model of matter, atomic structure and space physics.

Homework expectations

Homework will be set once a week for each subject and should take between 30 – 45 minutes to complete.

Assessment

There are six 1 hour 45 minutes written exams at the end of Year 11, two in Biology, two in Chemistry and two in Physics. There are no controlled assessments for any Science GCSEs.

Who should be taking Separate Sciences?

Students considering taking A level Sciences, because it covers a much wider range of subjects to a higher level. It may also be useful for any students considering Mathematics, Engineering, Technology and ICT based careers.