Science

We live is a technological society where our everyday existence is shaped by the scientific advances of the past few centuries. No matter what path students may take in life, understanding the fundamentals of science and the scientific method is essential in many professions and trades. All citizens need to be able to make sense of the bewildering amount of “scientific” information available through the web and be able to make sense of what is real and what is potentially dangerous fiction in order to shape realistic and balanced decisions in life.

 

Year 7

All students study Science for 7 lessons per fortnight.  During each fortnight they will be set 2 homeworks.  Progress is formally examined at the end of each nine week Teaching and Learning Quarter.
Quarter 1 Skills, cells and reproduction
Quarter 2 Chemistry
Quarter 3 Earth Science and Space
Quarter 4 Energy

Year 8

All students study Science for 6 lessons per fortnight.  During each fortnight they will be set 2 homeworks.  Progress is formally examined at the end of each nine week Teaching and Learning Quarter.
Quarter 1 Light and Sound
Quarter 2 Periodic Table
Quarter 3 Thermal and Electrical Energy
Quarter 4 Biodiversity

Year 9

Students follow the KS3 Science course until Easter and then will begin the GCSE course.  Students have 9 lessons per fortnight and they will receive one piece of homework per week.
Quarter 1 Plants and Chemical Reactions
Quarter 2 Forces
Quarter 3 Respiration and the Human Body
Quarter 4 AQA Science (TBC)

Year 10

Students follow the 21st Century Core Science course.  It is examined by OCR.  Students have 9 lessons per fortnight and they will receive one piece of homework per week.
Quarter 1 B2 – Keeping Healthy
C2 – Material Choices
P2 – Radiation and Life
Quarter 2 B3 – Life on Earth
C3 – Chemicals in our lives: Risks and Benefits
P3 – Sustainable Energy
Quarter 3 Controlled Assessment – Data Analysis and Case Study
Quarter 4 B4 – Processes of Life
C4 – Chemical Patterns
P4 – Explaining Motion

Year 11

Students follow the 21st Century Core Science course.  It is examined by OCR.  Students have 9 lessons per fortnight and they will receive one piece of homework per week.
Quarter 1 B4 – Processes of Life
C4 – Chemical Patterns
P4 – Explaining Motion
Quarter 2 B5 – Growth and Development
C5 – Chemicals of the natural environment
P5 – Electric Circuits
Quarter 3 B6 – Brain and mind
C6 – Chemical Synthesis
P6 – Radioactive Materials
Quarter 4 Revision

Year 12

Students may follow A level courses in all 3 sciences.  Physics and Chemistry are examined by OCR with Biology examined by Edexcel (SNAB).  Students have eight lessons per fortnight and they will receive one piece of homework per week per teacher.
Year 12 Chemistry
Quarter 1 Elements of Life – Bonding and structure, amount of substance, atomic structure, group 2 chemistry, energy and matter.
Quarter 2 Developing Fuels – Energetics, kinetics, organic functional groups, isomerism, organic reactions.
Quarter 3 Elements from the Sea and The Ozone Story – Redox, group 7 chemistry, equilibria, intermolecular bonding, haloalkanes.
Quarter 4 The Ozone Story and What’s in a medicine? – Organic reaction mechanisms, radical reactions, alcohols, phenols, carboxylic acids, modern analytical techniques.
Year 12 Physics
Quarter 1 Charge and current electricity – Kirchoff’s Laws, charge and energy, internal resistance and potential dividers.
Quarter 2 Quantum Mechanics – the quantum nature of the universe.
Quarter 3 The fundamentals of practical physics – accuracy & experiment.
Quarter 4 Waves and motion – simple harmonic motion, wave behavior and SUVAT.
Year 12 Biology
Students follow the SNAB Biology course.  It is examined by Edexcel and examined in 3 written papers in the Summer.  Students have 8 lessons per fortnight and they will receive two pieces of homework per week.
Quarter 1 Circulation, Cells and Biochemistry
Quarter 2 Diet, Health and Genetics
Quarter 3 Genomics & Biodiversity
Quarter 4 Gene control & Natural Resources