Science

The aims of the Science programme are to enable pupils to:

  • Work scientifically and become STEM aware
  • Plan investigations to achieve reproducible and accurate results
  • Conduct experiments safely and effectively
  • Record evidence clearly and transfer this to tables and graphs
  • Form conclusions and predictions based on evidence, experience and results

In Years 7 and 8, Science is organised into three courses - Biology Chemistry and Physics. The courses are specifically designed to provide the foundation and baseline skills for transition to GCSE. A combination of animated lessons, practical experience, instructional videos, exam examples, workbooks, quizzes and tests give a well-rounded programme to support the study of the three disciplines.

Biology topics include:

Chemistry topics include:

Physics topics include:

  • Breathing and gas exchange
  • Digestion and food tests
  • Respiration and biotechnology
  • Photosynthesis and plant growth
  • Evolution and inheritance
  • Movement and support
  • Cells and the using the microscope to study them
  • Interdependence and ecosystems
  • Reproduction in plants and animals
  • Variation and adaptation
  • Elements, atoms and compounds
  • The periodic table
  • Reactions and conservation of mass
  • Types of reaction and bonding
  • Global warming, carbon cycle and recycling
  • Particle model and states of matter
  • Separating mixtures using filtration, evaporation, distillation and chromatography
  • Acids and alkalis
  • Metals and non-metals
  • Earth structure and the universe
  • Forces and speed cameras
  • Pressure
  • Magnets and electromagnets
  • Work, energy and machines
  • Heating and cooling
  • Radiation
  • Waves and energy
  • Gravity and space
  • Electricity, potential difference and resistance
  • Series and parallel circuits
  • Current and charge
  • Energy costs and transfer
  • Sound and hearing
  • Light and vision

Years 9 and above follow the AQA GCSE Science course. Pupils may take Combined (Double Award) Science, where students study Biology, Chemistry and Physics to receive two GCSEs. Alternatively, pupils may also study Triple Award where all three sciences are taken into greater depth and three GCSEs are awarded.

The Biology course consists of:

The Chemistry course consists of:

The Physics content consists of:

  • Cell biology and transport
  • Stem cells and cell division
  • Digestion, diet and food
  • Infection and response
  • Heart, blood and vessels
  • Infection and disease
  • Biogenetics – photosynthesis and respiration
  • Homoeostasis, nervous system and hormones
  • Reproduction, inheritance, variation and evolution
  • Ecology, biodiversity and ecosystems
  • Atomic structure and the periodic table
  • Bonding structures and the property of matter
  • Quantitative chemistry
  • Chemical calculations and titration
  • Chemical changes and states of matter
  • Electrolysis
  • Organic chemistry: reactions and fuels
  • Polymerisation
  • Chemical analysis
  • Chemistry of the atmosphere
  • Chemistry of the earth’s resources
  • Conservation and dissipation of energy
  • Electricity, circuits, appliances and efficiency
  • Particle model of matter – density and specific latent heat
  • Radioactivity and nuclear reactions
  • Forces, vectors and equilibrium
  • Speed, distance and time
  • Waves and the electromagnetic spectrum
  • Magnetism and electromagnetism
  • Space and the Universe

Extra-Curricular

There will be trips arranged during the year to support the Science programme and bring concepts to life.

Science club runs in the week and takes on the various disciplines using multi-media facilities and debate.