Science

Science

Year 7

In year 7, students will study basic science content that will prepare them for their GCSE study, followed by a combination of experimental discovery and learning within the context of the following topics:
• Cells, living organisms, health and disease and plants.
• States of matter, elements & compounds and chemical reactions.
• Magnets, forces, waves and energy.

Learning in lesson will be reinforced through a variety of online homework quizzes on educake. Students’ skills and knowledge will be assessed through analysis of the work in their books and termly tests. Students are graded by age related expectations.

Year 8

In year 8, students will study basic science content that will prepare them for their GCSE study, followed by a combination of experimental discovery and learning within the context of the following topics:
• The body systems, processes of life, hormones and genes.
• The atom and periodicity, further chemical reactions, fuels and pollution.
• Electromagnets, forces, waves and energy.

Learning in lesson will be reinforced through a variety of online homework quizzes on educake. Students’ skills and knowledge will be assessed through analysis of the work in their books and termly tests. Students are graded by age related expectations.

Year 9

In year 9, the students begin to study towards the AQA GCSE science qualification, using what they have learned in previous years as a good foundation for understanding. Students will cover content from the paper 1 of the GCSE exams, comprising the following topics:
• B1 Cell biology
• B2 Organisation
• B3 Infection and Response
• B4 Bioenergetics
• C1 Atomic Structure and Periodicity
• C2 Bonding and Structure
• C3 Quantitative chemistry
• C4 Chemical Changes
• P1 Energy
• P2 Electricity
• P3 Particle model of matter
• P4 Atomic Structure

Students will carry out a range of required practical activities during the year which they will be tested on in their final exams. Students will also be asked to begin memorising the physics equations needed in their physics exams.

Year 10

In year 10, students will continue their AQA GCSE course and will cover the content from the paper 2 of the GCSE exams, comprising the following topics:
• B5 Homeostasis & Response
• B6 Inheritance & Evolution
• B7 Ecology
• C5 Energy changes
• C6 Rate & extent of chemical change
• C7 Organic chemistry
• C8 Chemical analysis
• C9 Chemistry of the atmosphere
• C10 Using resources
• P5 Forces
• P6 Waves
• P7 Magnetism & Electromagnetism

Students will carry out a range of required practical activities during the year which they will be tested on in their final exams. Students will also continue to learn and keep practicing the physics equations needed for their final exams.

Year 11

In year 11 students will either follow a combined science route worth two GCSEs or a triple/single science route worth three GCSEs. In year 11 most classes should have finished all the topics and the remainder of this year will be used to review and revise previous learning, and to practise exam technique and experimental understanding to enable the best outcomes at the end of their learning. Students will sit mock exams over the course of this year which will inform their lessons so that areas needing improvement can be covered.
Students are expected to carry out independent study in their own time using their revision guides and their online programme educake. After school enrichments will run every week to offer students additional support.