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Subject: Science

Head of Subject: Mrs C. Yearwood

Overview

You will study science throughout your 5 years at Icknield High School. Through studying science you will be able to:

  • Gain understanding of key concepts to help you solve problems in unfamiliar situations.
  • Use scientific methods of investigation to solve problems.
  • Use experimentation and modelling to develop and evaluate explanations.
  • Appreciate how science contributes to society and realise that applying science can lead to moral and ethical questions.
  • Discover how scientific ideas help with technological changes affecting industry, business and medicine.
  • Understand that science knowledge and understanding is always developing.
  • Have an awareness of health and safety matters and respect for living things and the environment.
  • Access post-16 science courses at a variety of levels. 
  • Access careers in science and technology at a variety of levels.
  • Be a successful learners who enjoys learning, making progress and achieving.
  • Above all science should fire your imagination and tap into your natural curiosity about the way the world works.

KS3

You will follow a course based on the National Curriculum in science. This includes biology, chemistry and physics topics, as well as “How Science Works” topics. You will carry out practical work to help you develop the skills needed to collect and interpret scientific data. This will help you to make observations, predictions and develop problem solving skills in preparation for GCSE. You will develop and practice the maths skills needed for science.

You will have 6 science lessons per fortnight in both Years 7 and 8.

Science homework is set every two weeks, is completed online using the Educake website and should take 30-45 minutes to complete.

KS4

 

You will begin studying GCSE Combined Science in Year 9. You will study essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science and will learn about the key ideas which are fundamental to the understanding of science. You will study a mixture of biology, chemistry and physics topics during the GCSE science course. Throughout the course you will also continue to develop the skills needed to collect and interpret scientific data. You will make observations and predictions and develop problem solving skills through completion of Core Practicals. There will be questions in the final exams which test your knowledge and understanding of these Core Practicals. You will develop and practice the maths skills needed for science GCSE and these will be tested in the final examinations.

 

At the end of Year 10 if you show the potential to achieve the highest grades in science at GCSE you will be given the opportunity to study Triple Science (separate GCSEs in biology, chemistry and physics). This is a demanding course and is specifically aimed at students with an aptitude for science. Once selected you will need to maintain high grades throughout Year 11 in order to continue to study Triple Science.

If a course leading to GCSE examinations isn’t a realistic or appropriate goal you will follow the support edition of the Edexcel Combined Science GCSE course which will run in parallel with Entry Level Science. Depending on your progress, once in Year 11, you will be entered for the qualification which is most appropriate for you, either Entry Level Science or Combined Science GCSE.

 

You will have 6 science lessons per fortnight in Year 9 and 8 lessons per fortnight in Years 10 and 11.

Science homework is set every week, is completed online using the Educake website and should take 30-60 minutes to complete.

 Key Stage 3 Overview

Year 7

 

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Topic:

  • Introduction to science: Laboratory safety / practical equipment / scientific units.
  • Introduction to science investigations.
  • Solids, liquids and gases.

 

Revisit:

  • KS2 science – working scientifically.
  • Laboratory safety / practical equipment / SI units.

Topic:

  • Atoms, elements and compounds.
  • Forces 1.
  • Energy.

 

Revisit:

  • Solids, liquids and gases
  • End of term test on Autumn 1&2 topics, to include:
  • Lab safety/practical equipment/SI units
  • Science investigations
  • Solids, liquids and gases
  • Atoms, elements and compounds
  • Forces
  • Energy

 Spring 1

Spring 2

Topic:

  • Life processes, cells, tissues, organs and systems.
  • Science investigation – microscope slides.
  • Human reproduction.

 

Revisit:

  • Science investigations.
  • Life processes, cells tissues and organs.

Topic:

  • Plant reproduction.
  • Mixtures and separation techniques.
  • Science investigation - separating mixtures.

 

Revisit:

  • Human reproduction.
  • Atoms, elements and compounds.
  • End of term test on Spring 1&2 topics to include:
  • Energy
  • Life processes, cells, tissues, organs and systems
  • Human reproduction Plant reproduction
  • Mixtures and separation techniques
  • Science investigations: microscope slides and separating mixtures
Summer 1 Summer 2

Topic:

  • Static electricity.
  • Electric circuits.
  • Science investigations – voltage, current and resistance.

 

Revisit:

  • Forces.
  • Energy.
  • Science investigations.

Topic:

  • Magnets and electromagnets.
  • Science investigations – investigating electromagnets. 
  • Ecosystems.

 

Revisit:

  • Electricity.
  • Science investigations.
  • Life processes.
  • End of year 7 exam on all topics studied this year.

Year 8

 

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Topic:

  • Acids and alkalis.
  • Science investigation – testing indigestion remedies.
  • Conduction, convection and radiation.
  • Science investigation – insulation.

 

Revisit:

  • Atoms and molecules.
  • Solids, liquids and gases.
  • Energy.
  • Science investigations.

Topic:

  • Food and digestion.
  • Circulatory system.
  • Respiratory system.
  • Science investigation – investigating variation.
  • Respiration.
  • Science investigation – yeast respiration.

 

Revisit:

  • Cells tissues and organs
  • Science investigations
  • End of term test on Autumn 1&2 topics, to include:
  • Acids and alkalis
  • Science investigation – testing indigestion remedies
  • Conduction, convection and radiation
  • Science investigation – insulation
  • Food and digestion
  • Circulatory system 
  • Respiratory system and respiration

 Spring 1

Spring 2

Topic:

  • Pressure, air resistance.
  • Forces part 2.
  • Science investigation – investigating speed.
  • Types of chemical reaction.

 

Revisit:

  • Forces.
  • Science investigations.
  • Atoms elements and compounds.

Topic:

  • Types of chemical reaction continued.
  • Science investigation – investigating chemical reactions.
  • Metals and their reactions
  • Science investigation – energy reactions.

 

Revisit:

  • Atoms elements and compounds.
  • Science investigations.
  • Acids and alkalis.
  • Science investigations.
  • End of term test on Spring 1&2 topics to include:
  • Pressure, air resistance.
  • Forces part 2. 
  • Types of chemical reaction.
  • Metals and their reactions.
Summer 1 Summer 2

Topic:

  • Sound.
  • Light.

 

Revisit:

  • Energy.

Topic:

  • Light continued.
  • Plants and photosynthesis.
  • Science investigations – investigating photosynthesis.

 

Revisit:

  • Energy.
  • Life processes.
  • Cells, tissues and organs.
  • Science investigations.
  • End of year 8 exam on all topics studied this year.

Useful websites/resources

www.educake.co.uk

activeteachonline.com

www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize - search for KS3 science

CGP Key stage 3 revision guide – available from the Science Prep Room

www.cgpbooks.co.uk/interactive_ks3_science (free access with purchase of revision guide)

Key Stage 4 Overview

Exam Board

Edexcel

Qualification type

GCSE

Assessment

All science GCSEs are linear qualifications with 100% external assessment. This will be in the form of six externally assessed examinations - 2 examinations for each of biology, chemistry and physics.

Combined science examination have a duration of 1 hour and 10 minutes and each paper is worth 60 marks. Triple science examinations have a duration of 1 hour and 45 minutes and each paper is worth 100 marks.

Each examinations includes a mixture of styles of questions, including multiple-choice questions, short answer questions, calculations and extended open-response questions. Maths skills will be examined in a science context in all examinations. 10% of total marks will come from these questions in biology examinations, 20% in chemistry examination and 30% in physics examinations. Practical skills will be examined in all examinations and 15% of total marks will come from these questions.

Entry Level Science is assessed internally using a series of end of topic tests.

Year 9

 

Key:      B = Biology topics             C = chemistry topics            P = physics topics

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Topic:
B1 Key concepts in biology:

  • Microscopes / cells / enzymes / transporting substances.
  • Core practical – using microscopes.
  • Core practical – pH and enzymes.
  • Core practical – osmosis in potato slices.

 

C1, C2 Key concepts in chemistry:

  • States of matter
  • Separating and purifying substances.

 

Revisit:

  • Key Stage 3: cells
  • Key Stage 3: solids, liquids and gases.
  • Key Stage 3: mixtures.
  • Key stage 3: science investigations.

Topic:
C2, C3 Key concepts in chemistry continued:
Separating and purifying substances.
Continued
Atomic structure.

 

Core practical – investigating inks.
P3: Conservation of energy.

 

Revisit:
Key Stage 3: solids, liquids and gases.
Key Stage 3: energy.
Key stage 3: science investigations.

 

End of term exam on Autumn 1&2 topics, to include:

  • B1: Key concepts in biology.
  • C1-3: Key concepts in chemistry.
  • P3: Conservation of energy.

 Spring 1

Spring 2

Topic:
B5: Health, Disease and the development of medicines.
C4: The periodic table.

 

Revisit:
Key Stage 3: cells.
Key Stage 3: elements and compounds.

Topic:
C4: continued.
C5: Ionic bonding.
C13: Groups of the periodic table.
P4: Waves.
Core practical – investigating waves.
P5: Light and the EM
Spectrum.

 

Core practical – investigating refraction.

 

Revisit:
Key Stage 3: elements and compounds.
Key Stage 3: sound.
Key Stage 3: light.
Key stage 3: science investigations.

 

End of term exam on Spring 1&2 topics, to include:

  • B5: Health, Disease and the development of medicines.
  • C4: The periodic table.
  • C5: Ionic bonding.
  • C13: Groups of the periodic table.
  • P4: Waves.
  • P5: Light and the EM.
  • Spectrum
Summer 1 Summer 2

Topic:
P5: continued.
P6: Radioactivity.

 

Revisit:
C3 – atomic structure.

Topic:
P6: continued
B9: Ecosystems and material cycles


Revisit:
Key Stage 3: ecosystems

 

End of term exam on Summer 1&2 topics, to include:

  • P6: Radioactivity
  • B9: ecosystems

Year 10

 

 

 

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Topic:
C6: Covalent bonding.
C7: Types of substance.
B2: Cells and control.
B3: Genetics.

 

Revisit:
C1: States of matter.
C2: Separating and purifying substances.
C4: periodic table.
C5: ionic bonding.

Topic:
C8: Acids and alkalis
Core practical – preparing copper sulphate.
Core practical – investigating neutralisation.
P1: Motion.
P7: Forces and doing work.
P8: Forces and their effects.

 

Revisit:
C2: Methods of separating and purifying substances.
C3: Atomic structure
P3: Conservation of energy.

 

End of term exam on Autumn 1&2 topics, to include:

  • C6: Covalent bonding.
  • C7: Types of substance.
  • B2: Cells and control.
  • B3: Genetics.
  • C8: Acids and alkalis.
  • P1: Motion.
  • P7: Forces and doing work.
  • P8: Forces and their effects.

 Spring 1

Spring 2

Topic:
B4: Natural selection and genetic modification.
C14: Rates of reaction.
Core practical – investigating reaction times.


Revisit:
B5: Health, Disease and the development of medicines.
C4: The periodic table.

Topic:
C15: Heat energy changes in reactions.
P2: Forces and motion.

 

Core Practical – investigating acceleration.

 

Revisit:
C5: Ionic bonding
C6: Covalent bonding.
C13: Groups in the periodic table.
P3: Conservation of energy.
P4: Waves.
P5: Light and the electromagnetic spectrum.

 

Biology paper 1/ Chemistry paper 3/ Physics paper 5 - all topics: Year 10 exam

Summer 1 Summer 2

Topic:
B7: Animal co-ordination and homeostasis.
C16: Fuels.
C17: Earth and atmospheric science.

 

Revisit:
B1: Transporting substances.
C6: Covalent bonding.
C15: Heat energy changes in reactions.
P5: Light and the electromagnetic spectrum.
P6: Radioactivity.

Topic:
C17: continued
B6: Plant structures and their functions

Core practical – light intensity and photosynthesis

 

Revisit:
B1: Key concepts in biology
P6: Radioactivity
B9: Ecosystems and material cycles


End of term exam on Summer 1&2 topics, to include:

  • B7: Animal co-ordination and homeostasis
  • C16: Fuels
  • C17: Earth and atmospheric science
  • B6: Plant structures and their functions

Year 11

 

 

 

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Topic:
P9: Electricity and
Circuits.
Core practical – investigating resistance.
P10: Magnetism and the motor effect.
P11: Electromagnetic induction.
B8: Exchange and transport in animals.

 

Core practical – respiration rates.

 

Revisit:
B1: Key concepts in biology.
B2: Cells and control.
B3: Genetics.
B6: Plant structures and their functions.
B7: Animal co-ordination and homeostasis.
C6: Covalent bonding.
C7: Types of substance.
P8: Forces and their effects.

Topic:
B8: continued
C9: Calculations involving masses.
C10: Electrolytic processes.

 

Core practical – electrolysis of copper sulphate solution.

 

C11: Obtaining and using metals.
C12: Reversible reactions and equilibria.


Revisit:
C1: States of matter.
C3: Atomic structure.
C5 ionic bonding.
C8: Acids and alkalis.
C15: Heat energy changes in reactions.
C16: Fuels.
C17: Earth and atmospheric science. P1: Motion.
P7: Energy – forces doing work.
P8: Forces and their effects.

 

Biology paper 1/ Chemistry paper 3/ Physics paper 5 - all topics: Trial exam 1

 Spring 1

Spring 2

Topic:
P12: Particle model.
Core practical – investigating densities.
Core practical – investigating water.
P13: Forces and matter.
Core practical – investigating springs.

 

Revisit:
B4: Natural selection and genetic modification.
B8: Exchange and transport in animals.
C1: States of matter.
C14: Rates of reaction.
P1: Motion.
P2: Forces and motion.
P7: Forces and doing work.
P8: Forces and their effects.
P9: Electricity and
Circuits.
P10: Magnetism and the motor effect.
P11: Electromagnetic induction.

 

Biology paper 2/ Chemistry paper 4/ Physics paper 6 - all topics: Trial exam 2

Topic:
Revision:
Core practicals.
Interpretation of data.
Key concepts in biology.
Key concepts in chemistry.

 

Revisit:
P12: Particle model.
P13: Forces and matter.
All core practicals.

 

Biology paper 1/ Chemistry paper 3/ Physics paper 5 - all topics.

Summer 1 Summer 2

 

Exams

 

Exams

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Useful websites/resources

qualifications.pearson.com

www.educake.co.uk

activeteachonline.com

www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize - search for Edexcel science GCSEs

www.GCSEPod.com

www.docbrown.info/gcsescience.htm

On YouTube – search for: “Free science lessons” or “Fuse school” – both include a series of useful science videos

Pearson/Edexcel and CGP workbooks – available from the Science Prep Room

Recommended revision guide

Pearson/Edexcel Combined Science GCSE Revision Guide - available from the Science Prep Room

Pearson/Edexcel Biology/Chemistry/Physics GCSE Revision Guides - available from the Science Prep Room

CGP Combined Science GCSE Revision Guide - available from the Science Prep Room