Science at GCSE level aims to develop pupils’ knowledge and understanding of scientific theories, and also their ability to apply that knowledge, analyse and evaluate information, in practical and everyday scenarios. It gives students good life skills, regardless of the path they follow.
During Key Stage 3 pupils cover a range of topics which will stretch and challenge them and provide an opportunity to learn about their own bodies and the world around them. We aim to promote inquisitive and curious minds, who enjoy planning practical investigations to answer their questions. As part of being an independent learner, the team encourages the pupils to get involved in project work, use the ICT resources to develop presentation skills and use their laboratory skills to pose their own hypothesis and test their theories.
In Year 7, the topics pupils cover include:
Biology: cells, healthy living and the respiratory system.
These topics are not necessarily covered in this order. Through these topics pupils will develop key fundamental biological theories and broaden their understanding of a range of human anatomical features with direct application to their own health and wellbeing
Chemistry: states of matter, changing state, diffusion, pressure, elements, atoms, compounds, chemical formulae, reactions, acids, alkalis and salts.
Physics: Forces, Water waves, sound, light, lenses, colour and space.
In Year 8, the topics pupils cover include:
Biology: exploring how their bodies interact with the outside world and gets everything it needs to function, before focusing on our interaction with plants and ecosystems.
Chemistry: metals and non-metals, groups and periods, mixtures, solutions, filtration, chromatography, metal reactions and extraction, ceramics, polymers, rocks and the carbon cycle.
Physics: static electricity, electricity and circuits, magnetism, energy, power, motion, pressure and moments.
Science will be examined in end of year examinations in both year 7 and year 8. There will also be a number of end of unit test which will form the basis of the end of learning cycle grade.
In year 9 pupils will study the 3 separate science, but they will be able to elect to study combined science in year 10 and year 11 which will give two GCSE instead all 3 separate sciences. GCSE study in the sciences provides the foundation for understanding the material world. Scientific understanding is changing our lives and is vital to future prosperity.
Cells and control, genetics, natural selection and genetic modification, health, disease and the development of medicines.
Formulae, equations and hazards, atomic structure, the periodic table, ionic bonding, covalent bonding, types of substance, calculations involving masses, States of matter, Methods of separating and purifying substances, acids, obtaining and using metals, electrolytic processes, reversible reactions and equilibria.
Motion, forces and conservation of energy, waves, light and the electromagnetic spectrum, particle model, radioactivity
Plant structures and their functions, animal coordination, control and homeostasis, exchange and transport in animals and ecosystems.
Formulae, equations and hazards, overarching concepts in chemistry, atomic structure, the periodic table, ionic bonding, covalent bonding, types of substance, calculations involving masses, groups 1, 7 and 0, rates of reaction, fuels, topic heat energy changes.
Energy and forces doing work, forces and their effects, electricity and circuits, magnetism and the motor effect, electromagnetic induction, particle model, forces and matter.
Assessed at the end of Year 11 by 6 papers, each of 75 minutes. All topics are equally weighted, counting for 16.67 % of the final mark.
In year 7 and 8 there are a number of educational trips. In year 7 there is a trip to Chester zoo, to look at animal groups and during their visit the pupils have a lesson by the staff on animal classification. In year 8 or year 9 there is a trip to Birmingham NEC to the big bang science event which is a huge display on future science, with many interactive displays to capture the imagination of the pupils.