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14/05/18

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Year 7 OVERVIEW for Science


Key Stage 3 (Years 7 & 8)
Students follow a rich and varied curriculum in Years 7 & 8, in keeping with the new national guidelines.  A passion for curiosity and investigation is encouraged at every stage, with students now assessed on their practical, as well as their academic skills.  Through a combination of experiment, demonstration, and the attention to the quality of written work, students receive a thorough basis in the subject.  The weekly Science club sees a growing number of budding scientists making radios, concocting slime, getting to grips with the theory behind sparklers, and carrying out flame tests.  The learning route is influenced by the constantly changing world of science, as well preparation for the demands of Key Stage 4 study. Literacy is embedded into all aspects of students’ work. Regardless of the element of study, students are expected to describe, explain, and evaluate using key scientific terminology.

Each year group has been allocated appropriate content to ensure all students have the opportunity to achieve the highest levels of progress and attainment at GCSE. There are generally 2-3 units each half term.

Overview Autumn Term:

  • Introduction unit
  • Atoms Elements and Compounds
  • Forces Practical Skills 1 and 2
  • Inside Cells
  • Electromagnetism

Overview Spring Term:

  • Chemical Reactions
  • Practical Skills 3
  • Gas Exchange States of Matter
  • Nutrition
  • Properties of Matter

Overview Summer Term:

  • Practical Skills 4, 5 and 6
  • Waves
  • Environment Earth and rocks
  • Polymers, Ceramics and Composites

Assessments:


Teachers will use work produced in books to assess progress and identify how students might improve. Progress will be assessed through questioning in class and assessment tasks in the classroom. Intervention will be targeted where it is needed.

There will be a half termly written paper which will assess students’ ability to apply the knowledge and skills they have studied in that half-term. The papers will include questions based on previous units to test how deeply embedded the learning and understanding is. The papers will include questions to assess the quality of written communication in science as well as numeracy skills. Results for these assessments will be reported to parents as percentages and we will use these scores to predict a student’s Most Likely Grade (MLG) at the end of Year 11 and to assess whether they are on track.

In addition, at the end of each half-term there will be a set of lessons where students have an opportunity to practice these key skills through set practical investigations which can be separately assessed and progress measured across the year.

The new grading system for Science GCSE is 9-1 with 9 being the highest. The half-termly papers taken will be in two tiers, foundation and higher. Students taking the foundation tier can achieve a grade 5-1 and those taking the higher can achieve a grade 9-4. These tiers have been chosen to reflect the new GCSE. We will be able to change a student’s tier of entry as appropriate. The reported Most Likely Grade will be given using the 9-1 scale.     

Homework:


Homework will be set regularly usually one piece of homework per week which should take approximately 40-60 minutes


Events and Trips:


Science Club for all Year 7 students.


Other useful resources that may help to support your child with their learning:
Websites:


http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zng4d2p -  BBC Bitesize KS3 Science
http://www.scibermonkey.org/
http://www.planet-science.com/categories/parentsteachers/science-resources/2013/04/online-revision-resources-for-ks2,-ks3-and-gcses.aspx

Books, Articles and other Resources:


KS3 Study Guide – CGP 
Collins KS3 Revision and Practice 
Letts KS3 Revision Success
Educational Visits: e.g. museums, galleries, places of interest etc.
Natural History Museum (http://www.nhm.ac.uk/schools/things-to-do-schools.html)
Science Museum (http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/)

Year 8 OVERVIEW for Science


Key Stage 3 (Years 7 & 8)
Students follow a rich and varied curriculum in Years 7 & 8, in keeping with the new national guidelines.  A passion for curiosity and investigation is encouraged at every stage, with students now assessed on their practical, as well as their academic skills.  Through a combination of experiment, demonstration, and the attention to the quality of written work, students receive a thorough basis in the subject.  The weekly Science club sees a growing number of budding scientists making radios, concocting slime, getting to grips with the theory behind sparklers, and carrying out flame tests.  The learning route is influenced by the constantly changing world of science, as well preparation for the demands of Key Stage 4 study. Literacy is embedded into all aspects of students’ work. Regardless of the element of study, students are expected to describe, explain, and evaluate using key scientific terminology.

Each year group has been allocated appropriate content to ensure all students have the opportunity to achieve the highest levels of progress and attainment at GCSE. There are generally 3-4 units each half term.

Overview Autumn Term:

  • Introduction Unit
  • Space Physics
  • Acids and Alkalis
  • Light I Digestion
  • Pure and Impure Substances
  • Magnets and Electromagnets
  • Practical Skills 2


Overview Spring Term:

  • Respiration 
  • Practical Skills 3
  • The Atmosphere Light II
  • Humans as Organisms

Overview Summer Term:

  • Practical skills 4
  • Periodic Table
  • Photosynthesis 
  • Forces and Motion Practical Skills 5
  • Energy Changes
  • Materials

Assessments:


Teachers will use work produced in books to assess progress and identify how students might improve. Progress will be assessed through questioning in class and assessment tasks in the classroom. Intervention will be targeted where it is needed.

There will be a half termly written paper which will assess students’ ability to apply the knowledge and skills they have studied in that half-term. The papers will include questions based on previous units to test how deeply embedded the learning and understanding is. The papers will include questions to assess the quality of written communication in science as well as numeracy skills. Results for these assessments will be reported to parents as percentages and we will use these scores to predict a student’s Most Likely Grade (MLG) at the end of Year 11 and to assess whether they are on track.

In addition, at the end of each half-term there will be a set of lessons where students have an opportunity to practice these key skills through set practical investigations which can be separately assessed and progress measured across the year.

The new grading system for Science GCSE is 9-1 with 9 being the highest. The half-termly papers taken will be in two tiers, foundation and higher. Students taking the foundation tier can achieve a grade 5-1 and those taking the higher can achieve a grade 9-4. These tiers have been chosen to reflect the new GCSE. We will be able to change a student’s tier of entry as appropriate. The reported Most Likely Grade will be given using the 9-1 scale.     

Homework:


Homework will be set regularly usually one piece of homework per week which should take approximately 40-60 minutes. 
Homework Club for year 8 runs after school on a Wednesday.

Events and Trips:


STEM club for all KS3 and 4 students for students interesting in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths challenges. 
Other useful resources that may help to support your child with their learning:
Websites:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zng4d2p -  BBC Bitesize KS3 Science
http://www.scibermonkey.org/
http://www.planet-science.com/categories/parentsteachers/science-resources/2013/04/online-revision-resources-for-ks2,-ks3-and-gcses.aspx
Books, Articles and other Resources:
KS3 Study Guide – CGP 
Collins KS3 Revision and Practice 
Letts KS3 Revision Success
Educational Visits: e.g. museums, galleries, places of interest etc.
Natural History Museum (http://www.nhm.ac.uk/schools/things-to-do-schools.html)
Science Museum (http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/)


Year 9, 10, 11 OVERVIEW for Science


Key Stage 4 (Years 9, 10 & 11)

All students are assumed to have the potential to study Separate Sciences (three GCSEs) in Year 9.  The best performing sets are given a Separate Science entry test in Year 10.  This assessment is used to indicate which students have the ability and motivation to study the more challenging Separate GCSE pathway.  They will achieve a GCSE in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

The AQA specification and assessment materials can be found in these links:
http://www2.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/biology-8461
http://www2.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/chemistry-8462
http://www2.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/physics-8463

Students that do not follow the Separate Sciences pathway will progress through the Combined Trilogy Course from year 11 onwards.  Students will study all three sciences equally and be awarded 2 GCSE’s in science at the end of year 11.  

This AQA specification can be found here: http://www2.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/combined-science-trilogy-8464

There is no coursework involved but students will need to carry out experiments that may appear in their final examination.  They will focus on practical skills like methodology and analysis of data.


Assessments:

Combined science 
2 biology, 2 chemistry and 2 physics papers (higher or foundation level)

http://www2.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/combined-science-trilogy-8464/specification-at-a-glance

Separate sciences 
Biology (3 papers)
http://www2.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/biology-8461/specification-at-a-glance

Chemistry (3 papers)
http://www2.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/chemistry-8462/specification-at-a-glance

Physics (3 papers)
http://www2.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/physics-8463/specification-at-a-glance

Students are assessed in Autumn, Spring and Summer throughout year 9, 10 and 11.  

Homework:


Students will receive one piece of homework per science subject per week equating to 3 pieces of homework a week each piece expected to take approximately 40 minutes.

Study Support 
Takes place on a Thursday after school in every core week.  Students have been assigned specific groups and subjects to focus on.  They should bring their revision guides to support them during this time.

Events and Trips:
Student learning inside the classroom is supported by a rich variety of extra-curricular visits.
Biology trips include visits to the royal college of pathologists, surgical workshops and dissections at the Linn Theatre.  Physicists have the opportunity to attend the North London Observatory, and to take part in the London Gifted and Talented Technology Challenge.

Other useful resources that may help to support your child with their learning:
Websites:


http://www.my-gcsescience.com/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zrkw2hv
http://www.planet-science.com/categories/parentsteachers/science-resources/2012/04/online-gcse-revision-resources-.aspx
http://www.s-cool.co.uk/

Books, Articles and other Resources: (Trilogy Specification, AQA from 2016 onwards)


AQA GCSE Combined Science Trilogy Textbook 
AQA Combined Trilogy CGP Revision Guide
AQA Combined Trilogy Collins Revision Guide
AQA Biology CGP Revision Guide
AQA Chemistry CGP Revision Guide
AQA Physics CGP Revision Guide 

Educational Visits: e.g. museums, galleries, places of interest etc.


Natural History Museum, Science Museum, Kings College museum of life sciences. 

Departmental blog, website, twitter etc.
Announcements and information will be shared on showmyhomework 



Year 12 & 13 OVERVIEW for Biology


Key Stage 5 (Years 12 & 13)

This two (AS Level) or four unit (A Level) GCE Biology provides a flexible approach to teaching. The specification is divided into topics, each covering different key concepts of biology. Teaching of practical skills is integrated with the theoretical topics and they are assessed through the written papers.
For A level only, the Practical Endorsement will also support the development of practical skills.


The aims of the OCR Advanced Level GCE in Biology are to:

 

  • Develop essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of the subject and how they relate to each other.
  • Develop and demonstrate a deep appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding of scientific methods.
  • Develop competence and confidence in a variety of practical, mathematical and problem solving skills.
  • Develop their interest in and enthusiasm for the subject, including developing an interest in further study and careers associated with the subject.
  • Understand how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how the sciences contribute to the success of the economy and society as exemplified in ‘How Science Works’. 

AS Content Overview

Module 1 – Development of practical skills in biology
Module 2 – Foundations in biology
Module 3 – Exchange and transport
Module 4 – Biodiversity, evolution and disease

Assessments:


AS Level:

 

  • Breadth in biology (01) 70 marks 1 hour 30 minutes written paper (50%)
  • Breadth in biology (02) 70 marks 1 hour 30 minutes written paper (50%)

A Level:

 

  • Biological Processes (01) 100 marks 2 hour 15 minutes written paper (37%)
  • Biological diversity (02) 100 marks 2 hour 15 minutes written paper (37%)
  • Unified biology (03) 70 marks 1 hour 30 minutes written paper (26%)
  • Practical endorsement in biology (04) (Non exam assessment) (Reported separately)

The Academy reports the assessment of student performance and progress to parents/carers four times a year in writing following formally moderated examinations/tests. In addition the one Academic Tutoring Days and annual Parents’ Subject Consultation Evenings for each year group are further opportunities for parents/carers to discuss their child's progress with teaching staff.

Homework:


Students are expected to spend a minimum of three hours on top of class time on their Biology study. This may be from homework set by the classroom teacher which will be one piece per week which should take approximately one hour and then two extra hours should be spent on making notes around the topics studied and preparing for the next lessons work.

Events and Trips:


The Students visit ICL where they have a workshop run by leading scientists, there are also lots of opportunities for prospective medical students, e.g. the Medical Society and visits to the Royal College of Pathology to debate the ethics around transplants. 

Other useful resources that may help to support your child with their learning:
Websites:


http://www.mheducation.co.uk/
http://www.s-cool.co.uk/a-level/biology
http://www.mrothery.co.uk/
www.tedtalks.com

Books, Articles and other Resources:


OCR AS Biology Student Book – Heinemann
Oxford University Press Student book
Biological Sciences Review 
New Scientist
National Geographic 
Nature 

Educational Visits: e.g. museums, galleries, places of interest etc.


Natural History Museum 
Science Museum 
Kings College, Life Sciences Museum 
Hornimann Museum 
Wellcome Centre
Royal College of Surgeons museum 

Year 12 & 13 OVERVIEW for Chemistry


About the course
The GCE Chemistry specification is divided into topics, each covering different key concepts of physical, organic and inorganic Chemistry.
Teaching of practical skills is integrated with the theoretical topics and they are assessed both through the written papers and, for A level only, the Practical Endorsement.

The aims of the AQA Advanced Level GCE in Chemistry are to:

  • Develop essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of the subject and how they relate to each other
  • Develop and demonstrate a deep appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding of scientific methods
  • Develop competence and confidence in a variety of practical, mathematical and problem solving skills
  • Develop interest in and enthusiasm for the subject, including developing an interest in further study and careers associated with the subject

Assessments:


How it is assessed
The AS Level is a standalone and will only be assessed using Modules 1 – 4. The full A Level requires assessment on all six Modules. The practical elements are no longer assessed as coursework; instead, as skills in the written papers, with an additional Endorsement for A Level candidates.

Homework:


Students are expected to spend a minimum of three hours on top of class time on their Chemistry study. This may be from homework set by the classroom teacher which will be one piece per week which should take approximately one hour and then two extra hours should be spent on making notes around the topics studied and preparing for the next lessons work.

Events and Trips:


The Students visit ICL where they have a workshop run by leading scientists. 

Other useful resources that may help to support your child with their learning:
Websites:


S-cool, the revision website: http://www.s-cool.co.uk/a-level/chemistry
Chemguide: http://www.chemguide.co.uk/
The Royal Society of Chemistry: http://www.rsc.org/
AQA resources/links: http://www.aqa.org.uk/resources/science/as-and-a-level/chemistry-7404-7405/teach/website-resource-list
Rod Beavon: www.rod.beavon.clara.net/chemistry_contents.htm (Similar to chemguide, lots of very useful information for extended reading and note making)

Books, Articles and other Resources:


AQA A Level Chemistry (2nd edition)
AQA A-level Chemistry Year 1 and AS Student Book
AQA A-level Chemistry 1
Wider Reading:
Some wider reading and support materials:
Advanced Chemistry –Clugston and Flemmings, Oxford 2000 
A-Level Chemistry – E.N Ramsden, Stanley Thornes
Chemical Ideas – Salters Advanced Chemistry, Heineman
Chemical Principles – Steven S Zumdahl
Calculations for A-Level Chemistry – E.N Ramsden, Stanley Thornes
 
Educational Visits: e.g. museums, galleries, places of interest etc.


Natural History Museum 
Science Museum 
Kings College, Life Sciences Museum 
Hornimann Museum 

Departmental blog, website, twitter etc.


Chemistry World Blog – discussion on current affair in chemistry www.rscweb.org/blogs/cw 



Year 12 & 13  OVERVIEW for Physics


About the course:
Physics is the study of the Universe around us.
Physicists investigate the very large, from black holes and supernova, to the very small, looking at atoms, quarks and other sub-atomic particles.

Studies are underpinned by a practical approach to learning, so lab skills are just as important as theoretical understanding.

In the first year of study students complete six pieces of assessed experimental that form a practical skills endorsement – this is awarded with the course leader’s discretion.

There are applications within the course, to aerospace, architecture, law, engineering, medicine, transport and many more. Any student interested in these areas will find a wealth of material to fascinate them in physics.

Subject content:
The A level syllabus is divided into nine teaching sections
(1-8 core plus one of the option sections to be decided by the course leader).
The AS only covers core sections 1 – 5.

Core content
1 Measurements and their errors 
2 Particles and radiation                                              
3 Waves  
4 Mechanics and materials 
5 Electricity

Key Skills:
ICT: Students use modelling software to recreate what they see, laptops and data loggers to record data, and software packages to produce presentations.
Analytical skills: Once data is retrieved, information is processed and manipulated to give a clear reading.
Problem solving skills: Physicists are cherished by employers for having sound problem solving skills. Being able to reduce a complicated problem down to its key parts, then developing a solution to that problem, is a universal skill.
Assessments:
AQA CGE AS Level
 

Homework:


Students are expected to spend a minimum of three hours on top of class time on their Physics study. This may be from homework set by the classroom teacher which will be one piece per week which should take approximately one hour and then two extra hours should be spent on making notes around the topics studied and preparing for the next lessons work.

Events and Trips:


The Students visit ICL where they have a workshop run by leading scientists. We also run a STEM club which we recommend students to help run to enhance their CVs. 

Other useful resources that may help to support your child with their learning:
Websites:

Books, Articles and other Resources:


AQA AS Physics Student Book – Heinemann
Oxford University Press Student book
Physics Sciences Review 
New Scientist


Educational Visits: e.g. museums, galleries, places of interest etc.


Natural History Museum 
Science Museum 
Kings College, Life Sciences Museum 
Hornimann Museum 

 

Year 13 OVERVIEW for Physics

About the course:
Physics is the study of the Universe around us.
Physicists investigate the very large, from black holes and supernova, to the very small, looking at atoms, quarks and other sub-atomic particles.

Studies are underpinned by a practical approach to learning, so lab skills are just as important as theoretical understanding.
In the second year of study students complete six pieces of assessed experimental that form a practical skills endorsement – this is awarded with the course leader’s discretion

There are applications within the course, to aerospace, architecture, law, engineering, medicine, transport and many more. Any student interested in these areas will find a wealth of material to fascinate them in physics.

Subject content:
The A level syllabus is divided into nine teaching sections
(1-8 core plus one of the option sections to be decided by the course leader).
The AS Level covered core sections 1 – 5.

Core content
1 Measurements and their errors 
2 Particles and radiation                                              
3 Waves  
4 Mechanics and materials 
5 Electricity 
6 Further mechanics and thermal physics
(A-level only) 
7 Fields and their consequences (A-level only)
8 Nuclear physics (A-level only) 
Options
9 Astrophysics (A-level only) 
10 Medical physics (A-level only) 
11 Engineering physics (A-level only) 
12 Turning points in physics (A-level only)
13 Electronics (A-level only) 

Key Skills:
ICT: Students use modelling software to recreate what they see, laptops and data loggers to record data, and software packages to produce presentations.
Analytical skills: Once data is retrieved, information is processed and manipulated to give a clear reading.
Problem solving skills: Physicists are cherished by employers for having sound problem solving skills. Being able to reduce a complicated problem down to its key parts, then developing a solution to that problem, is a universal skill.
 

Assessments:


AQA CGE A Level
 

Homework:


Events and Trips:


We organise an annual trip to CERN, Geneva, Switzerland, to see the large hadron collider; the world’s largest experiment.

Other useful resources that may help to support your child with their learning:

To access the full syllabus, please see AQA’s A-level physics website: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/as-and-a-level/physics-7407-7408
Books, Articles and other Resources:


Educational Visits: e.g. museums, galleries, places of interest etc.


Students have the opportunity to attend lectures, discussions and workshops at learned societies such as the Royal Institution, The Royal Society as well as some of the top universities such as Imperial College London and University College London.

 

 
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