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26/06/17

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Science

"I’ve not failed. I’ve successfully discovered 10,000 things that won’t work." - Thomas Edison

Student View

"I love science because it is a lesson where you can learn so much while having fun at the same time. It is a subject that includes loads of exploring and investigating throughout the lessons." - Charlotte​

"I have learned more in science here in two terms than everything in primary school, easily!" - Savannah

"I like science because you get to do cool practical experiments. You also get to learn about fascinating subjects in science." - Katie

Overview

Science touches every aspect of our lives. Medicine, communication, space travel, power generation, material development, transport and pretty much every other aspect of our lives has been guided by science. Many of the things we take for granted have not been around for very long and the pace of change is now getting even faster. This is all down to science.

Science is all about possibilities and asking the right questions to lead us one step further down the road to progress.  Nothing is impossible. Given enough time and thought answers to the most complex questions will reveal themselves.

The future is not set and all it takes is for one person to have what looks like a mad idea, but the perseverance to see it through and the future is brilliant. That person could be you.  An idea is all it takes!

 

Contact – [email protected]

Examination

Students in year 9 and in year 10 follow the OCR Gateway specification (download here). Students in year 11 follow the AQA Trilogy specification (download here). Both these qualifications accounts for two GCSE and cover all three areas of science (biology, chemistry and physics). As well as scientific theory, an emphasis is placed on scientific investigation skills. Students are required to recall the physics equations and to be able to recall and use in unfamiliar contexts the required practicals done in class.

 

 

1

Recall

2

Apply

3

Identify

4

Describe

5

Explain

6

Analyse

7

Link

8

Evaluate

9

Criticise

Knowledge &

Commu-

-nication

Recall some keywords and their meanings.

Apply scientific knowledge in basics contexts.

Use some simple keywords.

Recall some key facts and communicate some knowledge using some keywords correctly.

Recall most key facts & regularly use a range of keywords. Select & communicate secure knowledge.

Recall and communicate scientific facts using appropriate keywords most of the time. Extensive knowledge and understanding.

Recall and communicate detailed scientific knowledge using appropriate keywords all the time.

Discuss ethical issues.

Recall, select and communicate precise knowledge & applications of science. Explain effects & risks of developments on society, industry, economy and the environment.

Recall, select and communicate precise knowledge & applications of science in a full range of contexts. Relate advances to ethical issues.

Apply principles and abstract concepts in familiar & unfamiliar contexts.

Evaluate the impact of science on society.

Numeracy skills

Recall and use a small number of formulae.

Identify simple patterns from graph or data.

Recall and use basic formulae.

Identify simple patterns from graph or data.

Recall simple formulae and use appropriate units.

Convert units.

Recall simple formulae.

Re-arrange some simple formulae. Understand time, size and space scales.

Use standard forms.

Convert units.

Recall & use complex formulae.

Re-arrange & use simple formulae.

Understand time, size & space scales. Use and calculate with standard forms.

Convert units.

Recall, use and re-arrange most formulae.

Understand time, size and space scales. Apply higher level maths skills. Use and calculate with standard forms

Convert units.

Recall, use and re-arrange all formulae.

Understand time, size and space scales. Apply higher level maths skills. Use and calculate with standard forms

Convert units.

Recall, use and re-arrange all formulae.

Understand time, size and space scales. Apply higher level maths skills. Use and calculate with standard forms

Convert units.

Recall, use and re-arrange all formulae.

Understand time, size and space scales. Apply higher level maths skills. Use and calculate with standard forms

Practical skills

Select some appropriate equipment.

Identify a hypothesis and a conclusion.

Recall practicals carried out & select appropriate equipment. Basic understanding of hypothesis & evidence.

Sometimes link hypothesis, evidence, theory and explanation. Develop simple ideas to improve experiments.

when recording my results I noticed that…

Often link hypothesis, evidence, theory and explanation.

Draw ccl consistent with evidence. Know limitations of evidence.

the trend on the graph is… / the overall pattern of my results show …”

Always link hypothesis, evidence, theory and explanation.

Analyse and criticise practical data. Draw ccl and justify improvements.

This happens because… / The cause of this is…./ results are inaccurate because…

Always link hypothesis, evidence, theory and explanation. Analyse and evaluate evidence provided.

I can see my hypothesis was correct because….”

The data which supports the conclusion is….”

Explain a wide range of practical contexts & apply them to solve problems.

Evaluate & mange risks. Work accurately and safely.

If I compare this model to …. I can see that …./ another example of where this would happen is…..”

Adapt, modify and enhance experimental procedures with justifications, both in familiar and unfamiliar contexts.

Formulate and test hypotheses. Critically evaluate data and write ccl.

Plan activities, select techniques and show safe & skilful practice.

Make precise measurements and accurate recordings. Present data as prose, diagrams, tables or graphs.

Analysis

Describe similarities and differences.

Answer basic recall questions in familiar contexts.

Describe simple patters & link simple scientific explanations.

Recognise simple relationships between science & society. Explain straight forward models.

Identify causes and their effects.

Connect some theory to everyday life.

 

Describe reactions, data and events.

Use models in most contexts.

Use wide range of concepts and models.

Use scientific ideas and models to explain data, reactions and events, in a range of contexts.

 

Use complex scientific ideas and models to explain data, reactions and events in a wide range of contexts.

Link science & society (and impact on each other).

 

Use a range of resources, models and ideas to explain key concepts. Synthesise information and data. Evaluate the quality of the evidence provided.

 

Use a wide range of models in familiar and unfamiliar contexts.

Link results with impact on society.

Use a wide range of models in familiar and unfamiliar contexts.

Systematically evaluate statements and conclusions.

 

Extra-curricular/OSL opportunities

Science OSL for Year 11 students is on Thursday after school in the Mabledon building.

Homework club, for all years, is run on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays in MG5.

 

Revision materials:

We are delighted to be able to offer revision material from CGP books at a significantly reduced price. Revision guides and workbooks (to practise answering exam questions) are available at foundation or higher level at a price of £6 each.

 

Key Stage 3 Overview

Students in Year 7 and 8 follow the National Curriculum by completing the Exploring Science scheme of work. Throughout this time students will study a range of units from the three aspects of Science (Biology, Chemistry and Physics).

Year 7

Year 8

Cell, Tissue and Organs and Organs System

Plants and their Reproduction & Plant Growth

Sexual Reproduction & Genetics

Muscles and Bones

Ecosystems

Breathing and Respiration

Food and Nutrition

Unicellular Organisms

Mixtures and Separation

Combustion

Acids and Alkalis

Reactivity

The Particle Model

Metals and their Uses

Atoms, Elements and Molecules

Rocks

Energy and Energy Transfers

Light

Current and Electricity

Fluids

Forces

Earth and Space

Sound

Making Materials

 

Within these topics students will access a range of multisensory lessons. In these lessons they develop practical skills which can be transferred into other areas of the school curriculum and indeed their life outside of education.

Alongside the Exploring Science scheme of work Year 7 students have the opportunity to engage in a range of additional learning opportunities. These include completing tasks on our working farm and undertaking projects to increase the amount of wildlife that visit the school pond area.

Assessment: students in Year 7 and 8 are assessed at the end of each topic by a formal written assessment. These assessments have been adapted to fit in with the new 9-1 GCSE grading system.

Homework:

Year 7 students will complete three homework projects set throughout the year. The project will last two weeks and will contain a variety of tasks to suit all learners’ needs and ability.

Year 8 will have one piece of homework set per week. This will be based on the topic that they are studying.

Clubs:

STEM Club: A new addition this year to the Science department. This is a club to engage students into Science, Technology, Mathematics and Engineering. The club takes place on a Thursday during lunch time in MF07. All KS3 students are welcome.

Homework club: open to all students and takes place on Tuesday and Wednesday in MG06 and MG05

 


 

Year 9 and 10 – OCR Gateway GCSE 9-1 resources

OCR Gateway

 

Year 11 only – AQA trilogy GCSE 9-1 resources

 

Get ITs - Biology:

Cell Biology key words

Diseases key words

Ecosystems key words

Genetics key words

Nervous system key words

Photosynthesis and respiration key words

Transport in animals and plants key words

Transport in cells key words

 

Get ITs - Chemistry

Atomic structure key word

Bonding Key words

Earth and atmosphere Key words

Energy changes Key words

Organic chemistry Key words

Periodic table and elements Key words

Rate of reaction Key words

Separating substances Key words

States of matter and changing states Key words

 

Get ITs - Physics

Atoms and nuclear radiation Key words

Electricity Key words

Energy key words

Forces Key words

Magnetism and Electromagnetism

Particle model of matter Key words

Space Physics Key words

Waves Key words

 

Past Papers and Mark Schemes - Biology

Additional Biology (foundation) - Jun 14 paper

Additional Biology (foundation) - Jun 14 mark scheme

Additional Biology (foundation) - Jun 15 paper

Additional Biology (foundation) - Jun 15 mark scheme

 

Additional Biology (higher) - Jun 14 paper

Additional Biology (higher) - Jun 14 mark scheme

Additional Biology (higher) - Jun 15 paper

Additional Biology (higher) - Jun 15 mark scheme

 

Past Papers and Mark Schemes - Chemistry

Additional Chemistry (foundation) - Jun 14 paper

Additional Chemistry (foundation) - Jun 14 mark scheme

Additional Chemistry (foundation) - Jun 15 paper

Additional Chemistry (foundation) - Jun 15 mark scheme

 

Additional Chemistry (higher) - Jun 14 paper

Additional Chemistry (higher) - Jun 14 mark scheme

Additional Chemistry (higher) - Jun 15 paper

Additional Chemistry (higher) - Jun 15 mark scheme

 

Past Papers and Mark Schemes - Physics

Additional Physics (foundation) - Jun 14 paper

Additional Physics (foundation) - Jun 14 mark scheme

Additional Physics (foundation) - Jun 15 paper

Additional Physics (foundation) - Jun 15 mark scheme

 

Additional Physics (higher) - Jun 14 paper

Additional Physics (higher) - Jun 14 mark scheme

Additional Physics (higher) - Jun 15 paper

Additional Physics (higher) - Jun 15 mark scheme

 

Past Papers and Mark Schemes - Core Biology

Core Biology (foundation) - Jun 14 paper

Core Biology (foundation) - Jun 14 mark scheme

Core Biology (foundation) - Jun 15 paper

Core Biology (foundation) - Jun 15 mark scheme

 

Core Biology (higher) - Jun 14 paper

Core Biology (higher) - Jun 14 mark scheme

Core Biology (higher) - Jun 15 paper

Core Biology (higher) - Jun 15 mark scheme

 

Past Papers and Mark Schemes - Core Chemistry

Core Chemistry (foundation) - Jun 14 paper

Core Chemistry (foundation) - Jun 14 mark scheme

Core Chemistry (foundation) - Jun 15 paper

Core Chemistry (foundation) - Jun 15 mark scheme

 

Core Chemistry (higher) - Jun 14 paper

Core Chemistry (higher) - Jun 14 mark scheme

Core Chemistry (higher) - Jun 15 paper

Core Chemistry (higher) - Jun 15 mark scheme

 

Past Papers and Mark Schemes - Core Physics

Core Physics (foundation) - Jun 14 paper

Core Physics (foundation) - Jun 14 mark scheme

Core Physics (foundation) - Jun 15 paper

Core Physics (foundation) - Jun 15 mark scheme

 

Core Physics (higher) - Jun 14 paper

Core Physics (higher) - Jun 14 mark scheme

Core Physics (higher) - Jun 15 paper

Core Physics (higher) - Jun 15 mark scheme

 

Required Practicals - Biology

Decay

Enzymes

Field Investigations

Food Tests

Microbiology

Osmosis

Photosynthesis

Plant responses

Reaction Time

Respiration rates

 

Required Practicals - Chemistry

Chromatography

Combustion of alcohols

Electrolysis

Identification of ions or species

Investigating pH

Neutralisation by titration

Preparation of a Salt

Rates of Reaction

Temperature Changes

Water

 

Required Practicals - Physics

Density

Force, Mass & Acceleration

Force and Extension

IR Radiation and absorption

I V characteristics

Light

Resistance

Specific Heat Capacity

Waves

 

Skills Sheets - Biology

1. Cell structure and transport

2. Cell division

3. Organisation and the digestive system

4. Organising animals and plants

5. Communicable diseases

6. Preventing and treating diseases

7. Non-communicable diseases

8. Photosynthesis

9. Respiration

10. The human nervous system

11. Hormonal control in humans and plants

12. Reproduction

13. Variation and evolution

14. Genetics and evolution

15. Adaptations, interdependence, and competition

16. Organising and ecosystem

17. Biodiversity and ecosystems

 

Skills Sheets - Chemistry

1. Atomic structure

2. The Periodic table

3. Structure and bonding

4. Chemical calculations

5. Chemical changes

6. Electrolysis

7. Energy changes

8. Rates and equilibrium

9. Crude Oil and fuels

10. Chemical analysis

11. The Earth's atmosphere

12. The Earth's resources

 

Skills Sheets - Physics

1. Conservation and dissipation of energy

2. Energy transfer by heating

3 Energy resources

4. Electrical circuits

5. Electricity in the home

6. Molecules and matter

7. Radioactivity

8. Forces in balance

9. Motion

10. Force and motion

11. Wave properties

12. Electromagnetic waves

13. Electromagnetism

 

MISC

AQA (2016) Combined Science Physics Equations recall and apply CARDS V1

AQA (2016) Combined Science Physics Equations recall and apply V2

AQA trilogy specification
 

AQA-SCIENCE-GCSE-COMMAND-WORDS

9-1 Grade Descriptors - SIMPLE