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Science

Members of Staff and Roles/Responsibilities

Mrs R Carrington Curriculum Team Leader

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Subject Overview

The study of science fires student’s curiosity about phenomena in the world around them and offers opportunities to find explanations. It engages learners at many levels, linking direct practical experience with scientific ideas. Experimentation and modelling are used to develop and evaluate explanations, encouraging critical and creative thought. Students learn how knowledge and understanding in science are rooted in evidence. They discover how scientific ideas contribute to technological change – affecting industry, business and medicine and improving quality of life. They trace the development of science worldwide and recognise its cultural significance. They learn to question and discuss issues that affect their own lives, the direction of societies and the future of the world.

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KS3 Structure

The Key Stage 3 programmes of study include:

  • Key concepts – deepen and broaden students' knowledge, skills and understanding.
  • Key processes -  are essential skills and processes in science.
  • Curriculum opportunities – are integral to students' learning and engagement with the concepts, processes and content of the subject.

KS3 Content


YEAR 7
TOPICS COVERED

Introduction, skills and safety
Life process, growth and reproduction
Variation and Interdependence
Particles
Chemical reactions
Energy
Forces
Earth and space
Health

YEAR 8
TOPICS COVERED

Systems for survival
How we stay healthy
Heating and cooling
Light and sound
Magnetism
Rocks

YEAR 9
TOPICS COVERED

Breathing
Respiration
Skeleton
Drugs
Reproduction revision
Genetics
Calculating force
Pressure
Moments
Electricity and energy
Alternative energy
Periodic table
Elements and compounds
Mixtures and their separation techniques
Patterns of reactivity
Combustion and the environment


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KS4 Structure

In Year 10 all students study Core Science leading to one GCSE.  In Year 11 all students will study Additional Science leading to a further GCSE qualification. Both Core and Additional Science will be examined at the end of Year 11.  For higher ability students there is a two year option to extend their Science qualification to three separate GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.  This latter option would better prepare students wishing to take Science at A1 and A2 level.

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KS4 Content

YEAR 10
TOPICS COVERED

 

 

BIOLOGY

 

CHEMISTRY

 

PHYSICS

Keeping healthy
Nerves and hormones
The us and abuse of drugs
Interdependence and adaptation
Energy and biomass
Waste materials from plants and animals
Genetic variation and its control
Evolution

Fundamental ideas in chemistry
Limestone and building materials
Metals and their uses
Crude oil and fuels
Other useful substances from crude oil
Plant oils and their uses
Changes in the earth and its atmosphere

The transfer of energy by heating processes and factors
Energy and efficiency
Electrical appliances
Methods to generate electricity
Waves of communication

 

YEAR 11
TOPICS COVERED

 

 

BIOLOGY

 

CHEMISTRY

 

PHYSICS

Cells and simple cell transport
Tissues, organs and systems
Photosynthesis
Organisms
Proteins, functions and uses
Respiration
Cell division and inheritance
Speciation

Structure and bonding
Influences of structures
Atomic structure
Rates of reaction
Exothermic and endothermic reactions
Acids, bases and salts
Electrolysis

Forces and their effects
Kinetic energy
Electrical circuits
Electricity and appliances
Radioactive substances
Nuclear fission and nuclear fusion

Triple science students take all units plus the unit below for the relevant subject

 

BIOLOGY

 

CHEMISTRY

 

PHYSICS

Movement of molecules
Animal and plant transport systems
Homeostasis
Humans and their environment

 

The periodic table
Water
Energy changes
Quantitative chemistry
Production of ammonia
Alcohol, carboxylic acids and esters

Medical applications of physics
Physics to make things work
Keeping things moving


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Additional Information

The curriculum at both Key Stages is enriched through a wide variety of opportunities available during lessons, lunchtimes and after school. There is also input from science ambassadors and lecturers from the two Leicester Universities who deliver aspects of science to students in the science clubs, lessons and lunchtime workshops. Our students have the opportunity to take part in workshops at both Universities which not only enhances their science knowledge but also inspires that to consider science as a future career option.

To view forthcoming opportunities in Science and reviews of events and trips please click here

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