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Subject: Science

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

Spring

Summer

  • Introduction to science
  • Solids, liquids and gases
  • Atoms, elements and compounds
  • Forces
  • Energy
  • Cells, tissues and organs
  • Human reproduction
  • Plant reproduction
  • Mixtures
  • Static electricity and electric circuits
  • Magnets and electromagnets
  • Ecosystems 

Year 8

 

Autumn

Spring

Summer

  • Acids and alkalis
  • Conduction, convection and radiation
  • Food and digestion
  • Circulatory system
  • Respiratory system and respiration
  • Pressure
  • Air resistance
  • Types of chemical reaction
  • Metals and their reactions
  • Waves
  • Sound
  • Light
  • Plants and photosynthesis

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

 

Autumn

Spring

Summer

  • B1 – key concepts in biology
  • C1 – states of matter
  • C2 – methods of separating and purifying substances
  • C3 – atomic structure
  • P3 – conservation of energy
  • B5 – Health, disease and the development of medicines
  • C4 – The periodic table
  • C5 – Ionic bonding
  • C13 – Groups in the periodic table
  • P4 – Waves
  • P5 – Light
  • P5 – The electromagnetic spectrum
  • P6 – Radioactivity
  • B9 – Ecosystems and material cycles

Year 10

 

 

 

Autumn

Spring

Summer

  • C6 – Covalent bonding
  • C7 – Types of substance
  • B2 – Cells and control
  • B3 – Genetics
  • C8 – Acids and alkalis
  • P1 – Motion
  • P7 – Forces doing work
  • P8 – Forces and their effects
  • B4 – Natural selection and genetic modification
  • C13 – Groups of the periodic table
  • C14 – Rates of reaction
  • C15 – Energy changes in reactions
  • P2 – Forces and motion
  • B7 – animal coordination  and homeostasis
  • C16 – Fuels
  • C17 – Earth and the atmosphere
  • B6 – plant structures and their functions

Year 11

 

 

 

Autumn

Spring

Summer

  • B9 – ecosystems and material cycles
  • P10 Magnetism and the motor effect
  • B7 – Animal coordination and homeostasis
  • C16 – Fuels
  • C17 – Earth and atmosphere
  • P12 – Particle model
  • P13 – Forces and matter
  • B8 – Exchange and transport in animals
  • Revision - Biology paper 1
  • Revision – Chemistry paper 1
  • Revision – Physics paper 1
  • Revision - Biology paper 2
  • Revision – Chemistry paper 2
  • Revision – Physics paper 2
  • Revision

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