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Science

Curriculum Overview.

 

Progress report information.

 

Science stimulates and excites students’ curiosity about phenomena and events in the world around them. It also satisfies their curiosity for knowledge. Science links direct practical experience with ideas form every day observations, it engages learners at many levels.

 

Every student at Wade Deacon studies science as it is a core subject in the National Curriculum. Science is taught in 8, state of the art, purpose built laboratories, 2 science classrooms and a science lecture theatre.

 

In Years 7 and 8 students are divided into STEM sets for science, technology and mathematics depending on their performance in numeracy during the previous academic year. In Years 9, 10 and 11 students are placed into ability sets based on their performance in science during the previous academic year. These sets are reviewed at intervals with students’ placements within them being carefully reconsidered. Movement between sets occurs as the need arises.

 

Students in Years 7 and 8 have four science lessons each week, 1 biology, 1 chemistry, 1 physics and 1 science skills lesson (except the Pathway set which has 3 lessons per week.)

 

Students in Year 9 have 9 lessons a fortnight. Years 10 and 11 have four lessons per week. These are split across the areas of science dependant on the course they are following, generally 1 lesson each of biology, chemistry, physics and science skills. Exceptions to this are:

 

  • Year 11 Separate science students study four lessons of Physics per week.
  • Year 10 Separate science students enjoy lessons in physics, biology, and chemistry on a rolling programme throughout the year.
  • Year 9, 10 and 11 BTEC students study 3 or 4 lessons of general science throughout the week.

 

Leader of Science Faculty

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Curriculum Overview

 

Year 7

 

Biology

 

  • Topic 1- Cells, reproduction and the environment
  • Topic 2- Plants and photosynthesis

 

Autumn Term

 

Cells, tissues and organs

Human and plant reproduction

 

Spring Term

 

  • The environment-Interdependence in food chains and webs
  • The environment-populations and animal adaptations

 

Summer Term

 

  • Plant structure and adaptations
  • Plants and photosynthesis
  • pollution due to agriculture

Sampling the environment

Chemistry

  • Topic 1- Particles, atoms, elements and compounds.
  • Topic 2- Physical changes and chemical reactions including acids and alkalis.

 

Autumn Term

 

  • Particle theory and diffusion
  • Changes of state, expansion and contraction
  • Atoms elements compounds and mixtures

 

Spring Term

 

  • Solubility, separation techniques e.g. distillation, chromatography
  • Chemical reactions, combustion and fuels

 

Summer Term

 

  • Acids and alkalis
  • The effects of acid rain on living and non-living materials
  • Research project

 

Physics

 

  • Topic 1- Forces and space
  • Topic 2- Energy, electricity and magnetism

 

Autumn Term

 

  • The earth in space
  • The solar system and the universe
  • Forces

 

Spring Term

 

Speed and representing motion

Energy and energy transfers. Energy efficiency

Fossil fuels and alternative energy resources

 

Summer Term

 

  • Generating electricity, mains electricity and electrical safety
  • Series and parallel circuits.
  • Resistance in circuits.
  • Static electricity
  • Magnetism
  • Electromagnetism

 

Science

 

A series of lessons throughout the year identifying key scientist skills e.g. graph drawing and analysis, quality of written communication, and interpretation of data.

 

Autumn Term

  • Laboratory safety
  • Scientific enquiry and writing
  • Making measurements
  • Graph drawing and interpreting
  • Progress assessments P2S1
  • Reflecting on progress from P2S1
  • Progress assessments P2S2

Spring Term

 

  • Reflecting on progress from P2S2
  • How to effectively research and present a topic
  • Quality of written communication
  • Progress Assessments P2S3
  • Reflecting on progress from P2S3

 

Summer Term

 

How science works

 Progress Assessments P2S4

Reflecting on progress from P2S4

Developing thinking skills.

Science in the media.

 

Year 8

 

Biology

 

Topic 1-Human health

Topic 2- Genetics and evolution

Autumn Term

 

Diet and digestion

Enzymes

Breathing and the respiratory system

Aerobic respiration

Spring Term

 

The circulatory system

Microbes

DNA and inherited characteristics

Variation

Summer Term

 

Classification

Ecology and sampling

Competition, natural selection and evolutionary theories.

Biodiversity

 

Chemistry

 

  • Topic 1 - Atoms and the Periodic Table
  • Topic 2 - Geology
  • Topic 3 – Reactivity of metals and Rates of reaction
  • Topic 5 – Materials and identifying substances


Autumn Term

 

  • Particle theory
  • Atomic structure
  • Groups in the periodic table
  • Rocks, Weathering and the rock cycle

Spring Term

 

  • The structure of the Earth
  • Reactivity series of metals

 

Summer Term

 

  • Rates of reaction
  • Materials, their properties and uses
  • Identify substances

 

Physics

 

  • Topic 1- Moving around and heat transfer
  • Topic 2- Light and sound

 

Autumn Term

 

  • Forces. Moments, levers and pressure.
  • Heat transfer methods

 

Spring Term

 

  • Heat transfer methods (completing)
  • Preventing heat loss.
  • Light properties

 

Summer Term

 

  • Light and Colour
  • The eye and sight.
  • Electromagnetic spectrum
  • Sound

 

Science

 

A series of lessons throughout the year identifying key scientist skills eg graph drawing and analysis, Quality of written communication, interpretation of data, controlled assessment practise.

 

Autumn Term

 

  • Laboratory safety and working practises.
  • Drawing and interpreting graphs
  • Discussing and debating
  • P2S1 Assessments
  • Reflecting on progress
  • Presenting and effective group work
  • Using scientific equipment
  • Quality of written communication and command words
  • P2S2  Assessments

 

Spring Term

 

  • Reflecting on progress
  • Heat transfer methods
  • Preventing heat loss.
  • Light properties
  • P2S3 Assessments
  • Reflecting on progress

 

Summer Term

 

  • Researching and Presenting
  • Quality of written communication
  • Investigative Skills Analysis
  • Internet research
  • P2S4 Assessments
  • Reflecting on progress

 

Year 9 AQA Core Science

 

Biology

 

  • AQA Unit B1

 

Autumn Term

 

  • Diet and health
  • Disease and defence
  • Immunity and vaccinations
  • Homeostasis

 

Spring Term

 

  • Nervous system and reflexes
  • Hormones
  • Drugs

 

Summer Term

 

  • Adaptation
  • Competition
  • Environmental change

 

Chemistry

 

  • AQA Unit C1

 

Autumn Term

 

  • Elements
  • Atomic structure
  • Bonding
  • Limestone uses and mining
  • Limestone  reactions
  • Concrete and cement
  • Extracting metals

 

Spring Term

 

  • Iron and steel
  • Useful products from oil
  • Fuels
  • Alternative fuels
  • Alkanes and alkenes
  • Polymers

 

Summer Term

 

  • Plastics
  • Ethanol·

 

Physics

 

  • AQA Unit P1

 

Autumn Term

 

  • Heat transfer
  • Preventing heat loss
  • Energy and efficiency

 

Spring Term

 

  • Electrical appliances
  • Power
  • cost effectiveness
  • Behaviour of waves

 

Summer Term

 

  • Generating electricity
  • Alternative energy resources
  • Energy and the environment
  • The national grid

 

During Year 9 progression on the AQA course will be assessed and Students who make exceptional progress will take the Separate science route during Year 10 and Year 11. These pupils will undertake all the 9 science examinations in the June series of their final year in school.

 

Other students will follow the AQA Core science course. During Year 10 it is the aim that students following the Core course would be expected to be entered for examinations in June of Year 10. Progression on the AQA course will be assessed during Year 10 and if students are not making the required levels of progress during Year 10 this may be postponed to Year 11 and their entry to the second GCSE will be reviewed.

 

 

Year 9 BTEC Science

 

Students will follow the Edexcel course Principles of Applied Science and complete portfolio assignments on the following areas.

 

Autumn Term

 

  • Investigate the relationships different organisms have with each other and the environment.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the effects of human activity and how these effects can be measured.
  • Explore the factors that affect human health.

 

Spring Term

 

  • Investigate chemical reactivity and bonding.
  • Investigate how the uses of chemicals substances depend on their chemical and physical properties.
  • Investigate the factors involved in the rate of chemical reactions.
  • Understand the factors that affect our earth and the environment.

 

Spring Term

 

  • Understand ionising radiation, its uses and sources.
  • Learn how electrical energy produced from different sources can be transferred through the national grid to homes and industry.
  • Learn about the components of the solar system, the way the universe is changing and the methods we use to explore space.

 

During Year 9 students will only complete portfolio assignments and will not be entered for any external examinations. Assessment will be on a continuous basis.

 

 

Year 10 AQA Core science

 

Biology

 

  • AQA Unit B1

 

Autumn Term

 

  • Energy transfer
  • Decay
  • Inheritance
  • Investigative Skills Analysis

Spring Term

 

  • Cloning
  • Genetic engineering
  • Evolution

Summer Term

 

  • Preparation for examinations.


Chemistry

 

  • AQA Unit C1


Autumn Term

 

  • Oil
  • Emulsions
  • Food issues
  • Investigative skills analysis


Spring Term

 

  • The earths structure
  • Tectonic plates
  • Earths changing atmosphere

Summer Term

 

  • Preparation for examinations

Physics

 

  • AQA Unit P1

Autumn Term

 

  • Behaviour of waves
  • The electromagnetic spectrum
  • Light
  • Investigative Skills Analysis


Spring Term

 

  • Communications
  • The expanding universe


Summer Term

 

  • Preparation for examinations


Science

 

A series of lessons throughout the year identifying key scientist skills e.g. graph drawing and analysis, quality of written communication and interpretation of data.

 

Controlled assessment Science

Autumn Term

 

  • Science and safety
  • ISA Skills
  • P2S1 Assessments
  • Reflecting on progress
  • P2S2  Assessments

Spring Term

 

  • Reflecting on progress
  • Quality of written communication
  • P2S3 Assessments
  • Reflecting on progress


Summer Term

 

  • Investigative Skills Analysis
  • P2S4 Assessments
  • Reflecting on progress


During Year 10 it is the aim that students will be entered for examinations in the June series. Progression on the AQA course will be assessed during Year 10 and if students are not making the required levels of progress during Year 10 this may be postponed to Year 11 and their entry to the second GCSE will be reviewed.

 

 

Year 10 AQA Separate Science

 

Biology

 

  • AQA Unit B2


Autumn Term

 

  • Diffusion
  • Tissues
  • Photosynthesis
  • Enzymes
  • Digestion
  • Respiration


Spring Term

 

  • Cell division and growth
  • Stem cells
  • DNA
  • Origins of life


Summer Term

 

  • Investigative skills analysis


Chemistry

 

  • AQA Unit C2


Autumn Term

 

  • Bonding
  • Properties of ionic covalent materials
  • Metallic bonding and metal properties
  • Polymers
  • Nanoscience
  • Instrumental analysis
  • Quantitative chemistry


Spring Term

 

  • Rates of reaction
  • Endo and exothermic reactions
  • Reversible reactions
  • Salts
  • Electrolysis


Summer Term

 

  • Investigative skills analysis


Physics

 

  • AQA Unit P2

Autumn Term

 

  • Motion
  • Forces
  • Energy
  • Electricity


Spring Term

 

  • Electricity and charge
  • Mains Electricity
  • Nuclear physics
  • Solar system and Stars


Summer Term

 

  • Investigative skills analysis

Progression on the AQA Separate Science course will be assessed during Year 10 and if students are not making the required levels of progress during Year 10 the continuation on this course will be reviewed and pupils may be moved to Core and Additional Science.

 

 

Year 10 BTEC Science

 

Students will follow the Edexcel course Principles of Science and then progress to the second BTEC course Applications of Science and complete portfolio assignments on the following areas.

 

Autumn Term

 

  • Investigate factors that contribute to healthy living.
  • Learn how preventative measures can be used to support healthy living.
  • Investigate how some treatments are used when illness occurs.
  • Investigate chemical reactivity and bonding

Spring Term

 

  • Investigate how the uses of chemicals substances depend on their chemical and physical properties.
  • Investigate the factors involved in the rate of chemical reactions.
  • Learn about the factors that affect our earth and the environment.


Summer Term

 

  • Learn about ionising radiation, its uses and sources.
  • Learn how electrical energy produced from different sources can be transferred through the national grid to homes and industry.
  • Learn about the components of the solar system, the way the universe is changing and the methods we use to explore space.


During Year 10 students will only complete portfolio assignments and will not be entered for any external examinations, assessment will be on a continuous basis.

 

 

Year 11 AQA Additional Science

 

Biology

 

  • AQA Unit B2


Autumn Term

 

  • Cells and organs
  • Diffusion
  • Plants and Photosynthesis
  • Enzymes and industrial biological processes
  • Digestion


Spring Term

 

  • Digestive enzymes
  • Aerobic and aerobic respiration and exercise
  • Cell division
  • Inheritance
  • Evolution and the fossil record


Summer Term

 

  • Life on earth and extinction
  • Preparation for examinations


Chemistry

 

  • AQA Unit C2

 

Autumn Term

 

  • Atomic structure and electronic configuration
  • Ionic Covalent and metallic bonding
  • Properties of simple and giant chemical structures
  • Metals
  • Polymers
  • Nanoscience
  • Analysing substances
  • Quantitative chemistry

Spring Term

 

  • Rates of reaction
  • Endothermic and exothermic reactions
  • Reversible reactions
  • Salts
  • Acids and alkalis
  • Electrolysis
  • Salt and electrolysis of brine
  • electroplating

Summer Term

 

  • Salt and electrolysis of brine
  • electroplating
  • Preparation for examinations


Physics

 

  • AQA Unit P2

Autumn Term

 

  • Motion
  • Analysis of motion
  • Forces
  • Energy
  • Work
  • Momentum

 

Spring Term

 

  • Electricity
  • Circuits
  • Mains electricity
  • Power
  • Nuclear physics
  • The universe and stars

 

Summer Term

 

  • The big questions of science: Where did the elements come from?
  • Preparation for examinations
  • Students will be entered for Additional science examinations in the Junes series and may repeat the Core examinations depending on expected levels of progress.

 

 

Year 11 Separate science Physics

 

  • AQA Unit P1
  • AQA Unit P2
  • AQA Unit P3

 

Autumn Term

 

  • Heat transfer
  • Preventing heat loss
  • Energy and efficiency
  • Electrical appliances, power and cost effectiveness
  • Generating electricity
  • Alternative energy resources
  • Energy and the environment
  • The national grid
  • P2S1 Assessments
  • Reflecting on Progress
  • Behaviour of waves
  • Sound
  • The electromagnetic spectrum
  • Light
  • Communications
  • The expanding universe
  • Mock examination Unit P1
  • Reflecting on progress

 

Spring Term

 

  • Motion
  • Analysis of motion
  • Forces
  • Energy
  • Work
  • Momentum
  • Electricity
  • Circuits
  • Mains electricity
  • Power

 

Summer Term

 

  • Nuclear physics
  • The universe and stars
  • The big questions of science: Where did the elements come from?
  • Mock examination Unit P2
  • Reflecting on progress
  • Preparation for examinations
  • Medical applications X rays and Ultrasound
  • Light the eye and lenses
  • Forces, levers moments, hydraulics
  • Mock examination-P2S2 assessment
  • Reflecting on progress
  • Magnetism
  • Electromagnetism
  • The national grid and transformers
  • Mock examination Unit P3
  • Reflecting on progress

 

Students will be entered for Physics examinations in the Junes series and may repeat the Biology or Chemistry examinations depending on expected levels of progress.

 

 

Year 11 BTEC Science

 

Students will follow the Edexcel course Applications of Science course and complete portfolio assignments on the following areas.

 

Autumn Term

 

  • Investigate factors that contribute to healthy living.
  • Learn how preventative measures can be used to support healthy living.
  • Investigate how some treatments are used when illness occurs.

 

Spring Term

 

  • Principals of science exam preparation
  • Mock exams
  • Completing any unfinished assignments

 

Summer Term

 

  • Applications of science exam preparation
  • Principals of science and Applications of science exams.
  • During Year 11 students will complete portfolio assignments and will be entered for Principals of Science exam and Applications of Science exam in Summer 2015.

 

 

Reporting

 

Year 7 and Year 8

 

P2S1: This grade is based on 3 formal written class assessments in biology, chemistry and physics on work from September onwards. We would expect students to be making some progress at this stage.

 

P2S2: This grade is based on 3 formal written class assessments in biology, chemistry and physics on work from September onwards. We would expect students to be making good progress at this stage.

 

P2S3: This grade is based on 3 formal written class assessments on in biology, chemistry and physics work from September onwards. We would expect students to be making good progress or hitting their minimum expected grade at this stage.

 

P2S3: This grade is based on 3 formal written class assessments on in biology, chemistry and physics work from September onwards. We would expect students to be hitting their minimum expected grade at this stage.

 

Year 9

 

AQA students

 

By the end of the course we would expect students to make a minimum of 3 levels of progress from their Key Stage 2 scores. Gifted students should make a minimum of 4 levels of progress. Year 9 have stepping MEGs which are 1 grade below the end of course MEG.

 

P2S1: This grade is based on 3 formal written class assessments in biology, chemistry and physics on work from September onwards. We would expect students to be making some progress at this stage.

 

P2S2: This grade is based on 3 formal written class assessments in biology, chemistry and physics on work from September onwards. We would expect students to be making good progress at this stage.

 

P2S3: This grade is based on 3 formal written class assessments on in biology, chemistry and physics work from September onwards. We would expect students to be making good progress expected grade at this stage.

 

P2S3: This grade is based on 3 formal written class assessments on in biology, chemistry and physics work from September onwards. We would expect students to be hitting their minimum expected grade at this stage.

 

BTEC students

 

By the end of the course we would expect students to make a minimum of 3 levels of progress from their Key Stage 2 scores.

 

This grade is based on-going modular assignments in chemistry, physics and biology. We would expect students to be making good progress or hitting their minimum expected grades throughout P2S1, 2, 3 and 4, otherwise they will not pass the course. Students who fall behind with units will be reported as making slow progress and need to catch up on assignments they have missed.

 

 

Year 10

 

AQA Separate science students

 

By the end of the course we would expect students to make a minimum of 3 levels of progress from their Key Stage 2 scores. Gifted students should make a minimum of 4 levels of progress.

 

P2S1: Students will have formal assessments in biology chemistry and physics and students should be at least making good progress.

 

P2S2: Students will have formal assessments in biology chemistry and physics and students should be at least making good progress.

 

P2S3: Students will have formal assessments in biology chemistry and physics and students should be at least making good progress.

 

P2S4: Will be an estimated grade of their expected outcome in the end of course grade based on their mock assessments and their controlled assessment grades. We would expect students to be hitting their minimum expected grade at this stage.

 

AQA Core Science Students

 

By the end of the course we would expect students to make a minimum of 3 levels of progress from their Key Stage 2 scores. Gifted students should make a minimum of 4 levels of progress.

 

P2S1: Students will have 3 formal assessments on biology, chemistry and physics and students should be at least making some progress.

 

P2S2: Students will have 3 formal assessments on biology, chemistry and physics and students should be at least making good progress.

 

P2S3: Students will have 3 formal assessments on biology, chemistry and physics and students should be at least making good progress.

 

P2S4: Will be an estimated grade of their expected outcome in the end of course grade based on their mock assessments and their controlled assessment grades. We would expect students to be hitting their minimum expected grade at this stage.

 

BTEC Students

 

By the end of the course we would expect students to make a minimum of 3 levels of progress from their Key Stage 2 scores.

 

This grade is based on-going modular assignments in chemistry, physics and biology. We would expect students to be making good progress or hitting their minimum expected grades throughout P2S1, 2, 3 and 4, otherwise they will not pass the course. Students who fall behind with units will be reported as making slow progress and need to catch up on assignments they have missed.

 

Year 11

 

AQA Separate science students

 

By the end of the course we would expect students to make a minimum of 3 levels of progress from their Key Stage 2 scores. Gifted students should make a minimum of 4 levels of progress.

 

P2S1: Students will have formal assessments in physics 1 and students should be at least making good progress.

 

P2S2: Students will have formal mock examination assessments in physics and students should be at least making good progress.

 

P2S3: Will be an estimated grade of their expected outcome in the end of course grade based on their mock assessments and their controlled assessment grades. We would expect students to be hitting their minimum expected grade at this stage.

 

AQA Additional science students

 

By the end of the course we would expect students to make a minimum of 3 levels of progress from their Key Stage 2 scores. Gifted students should make a minimum of 4 levels of progress.

 

P2S1: Students will have 3 formal assessments on biology, chemistry and physics and students should be at least making some progress.

 

P2S2: Students will have 3 formal mock examination assessments on biology, chemistry and physics and students should be at least making good progress.

 

P2S3: Will be an estimated grade of their expected outcome in the end of course grade based on their mock assessments and their controlled assessment grades. We would expect students to be hitting their minimum expected grade at this stage.

 

AQA Core science students

 

By the end of the course we would expect students to make a minimum of 3 levels of progress from their Key Stage 2 scores. Gifted students should make a minimum of 4 levels of progress.

 

P2S1: Students will have 3 formal assessments on biology, chemistry and physics and students should be at least making some progress.

 

P2S2: Students will have 3 formal mock examination assessments on biology, chemistry and physics and students should be at least making good progress.

 

P2S3: Will be an estimated grade of their expected outcome in the end of course grade based on their mock assessments and their controlled assessment grades. We would expect students to be hitting their minimum expected grade at this stage.

 

BTEC Students

 

By the end of the course we would expect students to make a minimum of 3 levels of progress from their Key Stage 2 scores.

 

This grade is based on-going modular assignments in chemistry, physics and biology. We would expect students to be making good progress or hitting their minimum expected grades throughout P2S1, 2, 3 and 4, otherwise they will not pass the course. Students who fall behind with units will be reported as making slow progress and need to catch up on assents they have missed.

 

Ms A. Ormrod

Leader of Science

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