Science

Staff

Mr D Pollock – Curriculum Leader

Mr K Whitehead – Assistant Curriculum Leader

Mr D Deacon – Lead Practitioner

Mr R Gouland – Teacher of Science

Mr Hainsworth – Teacher of Science

Mr R Rose – Teacher of Science

Mr H Leigh – Teacher of Science / SCITT Mentor

Mrs M Vasconcelos – Teacher of Science

Ms C Brown – Senior Technician

Ms C Alves – Technician

Mrs A Thurman – HLTA

The aim of the Science department is to develop and maintain students’ curiosity, interest and enjoyment of science by providing inspiring lessons and stimulating learning. We believe that if we can achieve this, students are better equipped to make sense of the world and understand current issues. Throughout the Science curriculum students will develop transferable skills they will need throughout life such as problem solving, teamwork, communication and numeracy. These essential skills will arm students for the challenges of the working world.

Our curriculum model strives to ensure that all students achieve their potential either in line with or exceeding National standards.

Curriculum

KS3

Year 7

In Year 7 we use the Collins scheme of work, which we use as a basis to write our own in- house schemes. We ensure that within our schemes they include exciting, engaging and effective lessons which meet the demands of the new programme of study.

Topics that are studied include;

Cells Forces and their effects
Energy transfers & sound Plants and ecosystems
Eating drinking and breathing Exploring contact and non-contact forces
Mixing disolving and separating
Elements, compounds and reactions

Year 8

In Year 8 we have used the Collins scheme of work to develop our own engaging in-house schemes and resources.

Topics that are studied include;

Fit & healthy

What is a reaction? How things interact / how we stay healthy
What is environmental chemistry? Upsetting the balance
Systems for survival
Finding out about light & sound Reactivity
Exploring magnetism Pressure & moments
Heating & cooling

Assessment

We assess our pupils using a range of classwork, homework and formal end of topic tests.

KS4

At KS4 we offer a range of courses to match the needs of our pupils. In Year 9 pupils are taught by one teacher, however in subsequent years, pupils are taught by subject specialist wherever possible.

Subject Specifications

Most Edexcel Combined Science GCSE (2 GCSE’s). For further information click here

Option Edexcel GCSE Biology, GCSE Chemistry and GCSE Physics. For further information click here.

Some Edexcel Entry Level Certificate. For further information click here

Year 9 to 11

Year 9 most of our pupils will study Edexcel Combined Science. This is a two-GCSE sized (double award) qualification covering the three science disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Students are awarded a grade based on their overall performance across these three disciplines.

Combined science students will sit six exams at the end of the course as shown here.

Biology 1 – 1hr 10, 60 marks

Chemistry 1 – 1hr 10, 60 marks

Physics 1 – 1hr 10, 60 marks

Biology 2 – 1hr 10, 60 marks

Chemistry 2 – 1hr 10, 60 marks

Physics 2 – 1hr 10, 60 marks

Paper 1: Biology 1 Content overview Topic 1 – Key concepts in biology, Topic 2 – Cells and control, Topic 3 – Genetics, Topic 4 – Natural selection and genetic modification, Topic 5 – Health, disease and the development of medicines

Paper 2: Biology 2 Content overview Topic 1 – Key concepts in biology, Topic 6 – Plant structures and their functions, Topic 7 – Animal coordination, control and homeostasis, Topic 8 – Exchange and transport in animals, Topic 9 – Ecosystems and material cycles

Paper 3: Chemistry 1 Content overview Topic 1 – Key concepts in chemistry, Topic 2 – States of matter and mixtures, Topic 3 – Chemical changes, Topic 4 – Extracting metals and equilibria

Paper 4: Chemistry 2 Content overview Topic 1 – Key concepts in chemistry, Topic 6 – Groups in the periodic table, Topic 7 – Rates of reaction and energy changes, Topic 8 – Fuels and Earth science

Paper 5: Physics 1 Content overview Topic 1 – Key concepts of physics, Topic 2 – Motion and forces, Topic 3 – Conservation of energy, Topic 4 – Waves, Topic 5 – Light and the electromagnetic spectrum, Topic 6 –

Paper 6: Physics 2 Content overview Topic 1 – Key concepts of physics, Topic 8 – Energy – Forces doing work, Topic 9 – Forces and their effects, Topic 10 – Electricity and circuits, Topic 12 – Magnetism and the motor effect, Topic 13 – Electromagnetic induction, Topic 14 – Particle model, Topic 15 – Forces and matter

There will be Foundation tier and Higher tier papers, and students must sit all six exams at the same tier. Foundation tier is for students who are aiming for grades 1–5, and Higher tier is for students who are aiming for grades 4–9.

As it’s a double award qualification, students will receive two grades. These grades could be the same number, e.g. 6, 6 or 7, 7. However, some students may receive a grade with adjacent numbers, e.g. 6, 7. This will signify a student who is at an intermediate point between the standard required for a 6, 6 grade, and the standard required for a 7, 7 grade.

Assessments will all follow the same format, regardless of subject or tier.

They will have a mix of question types which will include a mix of multiple choice questions, short answers, and longer extended answers (worth up to 6 marks).

Formative Assessment

Pupils are assessed by regular progress tests which have been carefully planned into the delivery of the course.

Option – Separate Sciences

In year 8 pupils have the option to study three separate sciences, which gives three GCSEs: GCSE Biology, GCSE Chemistry and GCSE Physics. Currently this is limited to one teaching group per year. Students are awarded individual grades for each discipline.

Separate science students study all of the content from Biology, Chemistry and Physics disciplines of Combined Science, but with added extra material in each discipline.

Separate science students also sit six exams at the end of the course in Year 11.

These six exams, at 1hr 45 minutes, are slightly longer than the Combined Science exams. Each exam will cover half of the content for that discipline.

There will be Foundation tier and Higher tier papers. Foundation tier is for students who are aiming for grades 1–5, and Higher tier is for students who are aiming for grades 4–9. In the separate science pathway, students can choose different tiers for different disciplines. So, for example, a student may choose to sit Physics and Chemistry at Higher tier and Biology at Foundation tier.

Students will receive a grade between 1 and 9 for each of Biology, Chemistry and Physics GCSEs.

Edexcel Entry Level Certificate

We have a small number of pupils that we identify for the completion of the entry level certificate in Year 9.

The Entry Level Certificates are a suitable choice for students who may find the GCSE (9-1) Combined Science course challenging. The course allows Low Attainers to acquire a body of basic scientific knowledge and understanding; to acquire a wider knowledge and understanding of some of the important applications of science to their lives and the world they live in. Covering the Key stage 4 programme of study, the course will provide a progression route to GCSE Combined Science in Years 10 and 11.

Extra-Curricular

We offer a range of enrichment activities aimed at inspiring and motivating our pupils. Below is an example of some of the activities that we have took part in.

Activity Target Description
RSC Top of the Beach Year 7 Chemistry competition run by the University of York
Space Dome All Year 7 Visit to the space dome.

This was augmented by other activities within school such as Design a space suit

Design an alien

Fitness of astronauts

Leeds University Festival of Science Year 8 Visit to Leeds University for

Hesco Engineering Challenge,

Proof of the Pudding Sponsored by M and S

Leeds University Festival of Science

Physics is Fun

Year 10 Full day of activities including using Light to make art.

Speaker from CERN discussing physics of the Hadron collider

Salters Festival of Chemistry KS3 Practical chemistry based at Leeds University
STEM  Physics Top set year 10 to engage in year 11 work Nuclear fusion and nuclear fission