The Holy Trinity Church of England Secondary School

Science

Science  

Head of Department: Mr K Berry

Dept Office: 132

E-mail: kberry@holytrinitycrawley.org.uk

 

 

Staff Team:

Miss C. Wells

Mr G. Campbell

Miss E. Cooper

Miss T. Bizouarn

Mr M. Price

Mrs J. McDonald

Miss R. Bridges

  

Scroll down for Curriculum Details for each year group.  

Science Year 7 

What is the Aim of the Year? 

All students will follow a pathway which will develop their skills and enhance their scientific knowledge to prepare them for Years 8 and 9, where our most able will start to follow their GCSE pathway. Students will be working towards the four Big Ideas in Science:

What are the Big Ideas?  

  • Subject Specific Knowledge
  • Literacy - applied in exams and in working scientifically
  • Numeracy - applied in exams and in working scientifically
  • Working Scientifically (WS) – research, plan, results, present data, analysis of results

What will I Do? 

Term 1:      

  • Introductory Science: Laboratory skills /working scientifically assessment
  • B1 Cells and Skeletons  
  • C1 Chemical Building blocks  

Term 2:

  • B2 Reproduction and Health
  • C2 Compounds and Mixtures: Formative assessment : Numeracy focus
  • P2 Energy  

 Term 3:

  • B3 Ecosystems and Photosynthesis
  • C3 Chemical Reactions
  • P3 Waves  Formative assessment : Literacy focus

 Assessment :

Students will be assessed throughout the course, via homework, mid topic quizzes end of term tests and longer written pieces of work. Fifteen assessment points across the year will be used to track progress. Each subject will have an equal spread of assessments.

The longer assessments are known as formative skills assessments on the three core skills of literacy, numeracy and working scientifically. These are the core transferable skills from KS3 for KS4 and KS5. There will be three of these a year each associated with one subject: Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

An hour written test will form the final assessment of each term, with questions covering the topics taught that term. The final summer test will be an end of year assessment, covering work from the whole year.

There will be formal teacher PIA sheets and time allocated for student response and improvement in a DIRT lesson.

Useful Links: 

 http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zng4d2p

 

Science Year 8

What is the Aim of the Year?

All students will continue on a pathway which will develop their skills and enhance their scientific knowledge to prepare them for selection to start GCSE early at the start of Year 9. Students will be working towards the four Big Ideas in Science:

What are the Big Ideas?

  • Subject Specific Knowledge
  • Literacy - applied in exams and in working scientifically
  • Numeracy - applied in exams and in working scientifically
  • Working Scientifically (WS) – research, plan, results, present data, analysis of results

 What will I Do?

Term 1:      

  • B4 Nutrition, Digestion and Gas Exchange
  • C4 Our Planet
  • P4 Forces       

Term 2:

  • B5 Cellular Respiration
  • C5 Chemical Reactions 2
  • P5 Electricity and Magnetism Formative assessment: Numeracy focus        

 Term 3:

  • B6 Genetics and evolution
  • C6 Materials Formative assessment: Working Scientifically
  • P6 Space 

Assessment:

Students will be assessed throughout the course, via homework, mid topic quizzes end of term tests and longer written pieces of work. Fifteen assessment points across the year will be used to track progress. Each subject will have an equal spread of assessments.

The longer assessments are known as formative skills assessments on the three core skills of literacy, numeracy and working scientifically. These are the core transferable skills from KS3 for KS4 and KS5. There will be three of these a year each associated with one subject: Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

An hour written test will form the final assessment of each term, with questions covering the topics taught that term. The final summer test will be an end of year assessment, covering work from the whole year.

There will be formal teacher PIA sheets and time allocated for student response and improvement in a DIRT lesson.

 Useful Links:

 http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zng4d2p

Science Year 9

What is the Aim of this year?

All students will start GCSE beginning in Year 9 to allow the content to be covered thoroughly. Students will be place in Triple science, or combined science based on their performance in Years 7-8.

Year 9 will start covering general working scientifically skills. The introduction units will help students develop their investigation skills that will aid them later on in the course.

 Term 1:

The introduction unit will cover the following Working Scientifically concepts:

  1. Making hypothesis’
  2. Identifying variables
  3. Types of variables
  4. Graphing techniques
  5. Validity and evidence
  6. Quantitative and qualitative Data
  7. Calibration
  8. Resolution
  9. True values and accuracy
  10. Uncertainty
  11. Error
  12. Precision
  13. Anomalous Results
  14. Range and intervals
  15. Repeatability and reproducibility
  16. Writing conclusion
  17. Drawing conclusions from graphs
  18. Mean values
  19. Writing Methods

Terms 2 and 3

GCSE Science Content:

The order of topics that will be covered in Science will vary, below are the topics that will be covered over the course year 9.

Biology: B1 Cell Structure and transport, B2 Cell Division, B3 Organisation and the digestive system,

Chemistry: C1 Atomic Structure, C2 The periodic table, C3 Structure and bonding

Physics: P1Conservation and dissipation of energy, P2 Energy transfer by heating, P3 Energy Resources,

For Triple scientists, at the end a year 9 a decision will be made whether or not they are suited for Triple science and considered whether combined science would be a better fit.

Assessment

Students will be assessed throughout the course, via homework,  mid topic quizzes end of term tests and longer written pieces of work. 10 assessment points across the year will be used to track progress. Each subject will have an equal spread of assessments.

 

AQA GCSE Science Combined Science Trilogy (8464)

AQA GCSE Triple Science: Biology (8461), Chemistry (8462), Physics (8463)

What is the Aim of the Course? 

Science is a set of ideas about the material world. Included are all the parts of what good science is at GCSE level: whether it be investigating, observing, experimenting or testing out ideas and thinking about them. The way scientific ideas flow through the specification will support you in building a deep understanding of science. This will involve talking about, reading and writing about science plus the actual doing, as well as representing science in its many forms both mathematically and visually through models. This specification encourages the development of knowledge and understanding in science through opportunities for working scientifically. Working scientifically is the sum of all the activities that scientists do. We feel it is so important that we have woven it throughout our specification and written papers.

Exam Assessment Details 

GCSE: Combined Science Trilogy

There are six papers: two biology, two chemistry and two physics. Each of the papers will assess knowledge and understanding from distinct topic areas.

The qualification is linear. Linear means that students will sit all their exams at the end of the course.

Students will receive 2 GCSE grades upon completion of the course

Biology

Biology Paper 1

Biology topics: Cell Biology; Organisation; Infection and response; and Bioenergetics.

How it's assessed

•• Written exam: 1 hour 15 minutes

•• Foundation and Higher Tier

•• 70 marks

•• 16.7 % of GCSE

Biology Paper 2

Biology topics: Homeostasis and response; Inheritance, variation and evolution; and Ecology.

How it's assessed

•• Written exam: 1 hour 15 minutes

•• Foundation and Higher Tier

•• 70 marks

•• 16.7 % of GCSE

Chemistry

Chemistry Paper 1

Chemistry topics: Atomic structure and the periodic table; Bonding, structure, and the

properties of matter; Quantitative chemistry; Chemical changes; and Energy changes.

How it's assessed

•• Written exam: 1 hour 15 minutes

•• Foundation and Higher Tier

•• 70 marks

•• 16.7 % of GCSE

Chemistry Paper 2

Chemistry topics: The rate and extent of chemical change; Organic chemistry; Chemical analysis; Chemistry of the atmosphere; and Using resources.

How it's assessed

•• Written exam: 1 hour 15 minutes

•• Foundation and Higher Tier

•• 70 marks

•• 16.7 % of GCSE

Physics

Physics Paper 1

Physics topics: Energy; Electricity; Particle model of matter; and Atomic structure.

How it's assessed

•• Written exam: 1 hour 15 minutes

•• Foundation and Higher Tier

•• 70 marks

•• 16.7 % of GCSE

Physics Paper 2

Physics topics: Forces; Waves; and Magnetism and electromagnetism

How it's assessed

•• Written exam: 1 hour 15 minutes

•• Foundation and Higher Tier

•• 70 marks

•• 16.7 % of GCSE

 GCSE: Triple Science (8461, 8462, 8463)

There are six papers: two biology, two chemistry and two physics. Each of the papers will assess knowledge and understanding from distinct topic areas. Each paper is 30 minutes longer than the combined alternative to account for the extra material that is covered.

The qualification is linear. Linear means that students will sit all their exams at the end of the course.

Students will receive 3 GCSE grades upon completion of the course. They will receive individual grades in biology, chemistry and physics. 

Biology

Biology Paper 1

Topics: Cell biology; Organisation;

Infection and response; and Bioenergetics.

How it’s assessed

•• Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes

•• Foundation and Higher Tier

•• 100 marks

•• 50 % of GCSE

Biology Paper 2

What’s assessed

Topics 5 – 7: Homeostasis and response;

Inheritance, variation and evolution; and

Ecology.

 

How it’s assessed

•• Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes

•• Foundation and Higher Tier

•• 100 marks

•• 50 % of GCSE

Chemistry

Chemistry Paper 1

Topics: Atomic structure and the periodic

table; Bonding, structure, and the properties

of matter; Quantitative chemistry, Chemical

changes; and Energy changes.

 

How it's assessed

•• Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes

•• Foundation and Higher Tier

•• 100 marks

•• 50 % of GCSE

Chemistry Paper 2

Topics: The rate and extent of chemical

change; Organic chemistry; Chemical analysis, Chemistry of the atmosphere; and Using resources.

 

How it's assessed

•• Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes

•• Foundation and Higher Tier

•• 100 marks

•• 50 % of GCSE

Physics

Physics Paper 1

Topics: Energy; Electricity; Particle model

of matter; and Atomic structure.

 

How it’s assessed

•• Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes

•• Foundation and Higher Tier

•• 100 marks

•• 50 % of GCSE

 

Physics Paper 2

Topics: Forces; Waves; Magnetism and

Electromagnetism; and Space physics.

 

Questions in Paper 2 may draw on an

understanding of energy changes and transfers due to heating, mechanical and electrical work and the concept of energy conservation from Energy and Electricity.

 

How it’s assessed

•• Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes

•• Foundation and Higher Tier

•• 100 marks

•• 50 % of GCSE

 

What will I Do?  

Year 10:

The order of topics that will be covered in Science will vary, below are the topics that will be covered over the course year 10 and year 11. Topics in bold will only covered by triple scientists however triple scientists will cover extra content in each topic.

Biology: B1 Cell Structure and transport, B2 Cell Division, B3 Organisation and the digestive system, B4 Organising animals and plants, B5 Communicable diseases, B6 Preventing and treating disease, B7 Non-communicable diesases, B8 Photosynthesis, B9 Respiration

Chemistry: C1 Atomic Structure, C2 The periodic table, C3 Structure and bonding, C4 Chemical Calculations, C5 Chemical Changes, C6 Electrolysis, C7 Energy Changes

Physics: P1Conservation and dissipation of energy, P2 Energy transfer by heating, P3 Energy Resources, P4 Electric circuits, P5 Electricity in the home, P6 Molecules and matter, P7 Radioactivity.

Year 11:

Biology: B10 Human nervous system, B11 Hormonal coordination, B12 Homeostasis in action , B13 Reproduction, B14 Variation and evolution, B15 Genetics and evolution, B16 Adaptations, interdependence and competition, B17 Organising an ecosystem, B18 Biodiversity and ecosystems

Chemistry:C8 Rate and equilibrium, C9 Crude oil and fuels, C10 Organic Reactions, C11 Polymers, C12 Chemical Analysis, C13 Our atmosphere, C14 The earth’s resources, C15 Using our resources

Physics: P8 Forces in balance, P9 Motion, P10 Force and Motion, P11 Force and pressure, P12 Wave properties, P13 Electromagnetic waves, P14 Light, P15 Electromagnetism, P16 Space

Internal Assessments 

Students will be assessed at the end of a topic with a 30 minute internal assessment.

Year 10 assessments will cover B1-B8, C1-C7 and P1 –P7. Year 10 assessments will cover B10-B18, C9-C15, and P8-P16.

Click the Link for:

GCSE Combined Science Trilogy Specification (8464) http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/combined-science-trilogy-8464

Triple Science:

Biology Specification (8461)

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/biology-8461

Chemistry Specification (8462)

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/chemistry-8462

Physics Specification (8463)

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/physics-8463

Useful Links: 

Kerboodle – Ask your science teacher for your login. Access to online textbook for all sciences.