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Science

Course Director Rachel Stone

 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-curriculum-in-england-science-programmes-of-study

 Term / Year  Year 10  Year 11
 Autumn 1
to Summer 1

Set 1:

 

EDEXCEL Additional Science

 

Chemistry 2: Discovering Chemistry

Mendeleev, the modern periodic table, structure of the atom, electron shells, ionic bonds, ionic compounds, properties of ionic compounds, solubility, precipitates, ions tests, covalent bonds, properties of covalent substances, miscible and immiscible, chromatography, chemical classification, metallic bonding and transition metals, alkali metals, halogens, displacement reactions of halogens, halogen reactions, noble gases, temperature changes, rate of reaction, collision theory, catalysts, relative mass, empirical formula, percentage composition, yield, waste and profit.

Biology 2: The Components of Life

Plant and animal cells, inside bacteria, DNA, extracting DNA, DNA discovery, genetic engineering, mitosis and meiosis, clones, stem cells, protein manufacture, mutations, enzymes, enzymes and temperature, enzyme action, aerobic respiration, anaerobic respiration, photosynthesis, limiting factors, water transport, osmosis, organisms and their environment, fossils and evolution, growth, blood, the heart, the circulatory system, the digestive system, breaking down food, villi, probiotics and prebiotics.

Physics 2: Physics for your Future

Static electricity, uses and dangers of static, electric current, current and voltages, changing resistances, transferring energy, vectors and velocity velocity-time graphs, acceleration, forces, resultant forces, forces and acceleration, terminal velocity, stopping distances, momentum, momentum and safety, work and power, kinetic and potential energy, isotopes, ionising radiation, nuclear reactions, nuclear power, fusion, fission, changing ideas, nuclear waste, half life, background radiation, uses of radiation

Set 2 and 3: Over 2 years (Dependant on group)

 

EDEXCEL Core Science as above

Set 1: Further Additional Science

 

Chemistry 3: Chemistry in Action

Water testing, safe water, ion identification, safe limits, water solutes, hard and soft water, particles and moles, preparing soluble salts, acid/alkali titrations, titrations and calculations, electrolysis, electrolysis of salts/copper sulphate, uses of electrolysis, Molar volume of gas, fertilisers and the Haber process, fermentation, alcoholic drinks, ethanol production, Homologous series, ethanoic acid, esters, fats oils and soap

Biology 3: Using Biology

Rhythms, plant defences, vaccines, antibodies, kidneys, inside the kidneys, menstrual cycle, fertilisation, sex determination, courtship and parenting, innate behaviour and imprinting, learned behaviour, plant communication, evidence for human evolution, human migration, biotechnology, micro-organisms for food, enzyme technology, enzymes in food production, global food security. GM future

Physics 3: Applications of Physics

Radiation in medicine, how eyes work, sight problems, convex lens distances, different lenses, reflection and refraction, x rays, using x rays, ECGs and pulse oximetry, beta and positron radiation, alpha and gamma radiation, the stability curve, quarks, dangers of ionising radiation, radiation in hospitals. Collaboration and circular motion, collisions, PET scanners, kinetic theory, calculating volumes and pressures

Set 2 and 3: EDEXCEL Additional Science

 

Chemistry 2: Discovering Chemistry

Mendeleev, the modern periodic table, structure of the atom, electron shells, ionic bonds, ionic compounds, properties of ionic compounds, solubility, precipitates, ions tests, covalent bonds, properties of covalent substances, miscible and immiscible, chromatography, chemical classification, metallic bonding and transition metals, alkali metals, halogens, displacement reactions of halogens, halogen reactions, noble gases, temperature changes, rate of reaction, collision theory, catalysts, relative mass, empirical formula, percentage composition, yield, waste and profit.

  

Biology 2: The Components of Life

Plant and animal cells, inside bacteria, DNA, extracting DNA, DNA discovery, genetic engineering, mitosis and meiosis, clones, stem cells, protein manufacture, mutations, enzymes, enzymes and temperature, enzyme action, aerobic respiration, anaerobic respiration, photosynthesis, limiting factors, water transport, osmosis, organisms and their environment, fossils and evolution, growth, blood, the heart, the circulatory system, the digestive system, breaking down food, villi, probiotics and prebiotics.

Physics 2: Physics for your Future

Static electricity, uses and dangers of static, electric current, current and voltages, changing resistances, transferring energy, vectors and velocity velocity-time graphs, acceleration, forces, resultant forces, forces and acceleration, terminal velocity, stopping distances, momentum, momentum and safety, work and power, kinetic and potential energy, isotopes, ionising radiation, nuclear reactions, nuclear power, fusion, fission, changing ideas, nuclear waste, half life, background radiation, uses of radiation

Summer 2

All sets:

 

Controlled Assessment:

 

Core, Additional or Further Additional Science controlled assessment to be completed for year 11 course to be completed.

Students to complete a full scientific investigation as prescribed by EDEXCEL assessment system to include:

Equipment, risk assessment,control variable, hypothesis, plan, primary evidence and recording, secondary evidence, processing evidence, quality of evidence, conclusion, evaluation of conclusion, evaluation of method.

All sets:

 

Controlled Assessment:

 

Additional or Further Additional Science controlled assessment to be completed for year 11 course to be completed.

Students to complete a full scientific investigation as prescribed by EDEXCEL assessment system to include:

Equipment, risk assessment,control variable, hypothesis, plan, primary evidence and recording, secondary evidence, processing evidence, quality of evidence, conclusion, evaluation of conclusion, evaluation of method.

Science Club:

Science club is available for all students in year 7 and 8 and is designed to encourage enthusiasm and enhance the learning of students within science.

Rewards:

  • Science star award: One pupil to be identified in each year 7 and 8 class once per term for their efforts in science. They will be awarded a small prize and certificate and their achievements recognised through a display board and inclusion in the termly academy newsletter.
  • Raffle Tickets: Every student in year 7/8 who either meets or beats their target in the termly examinations will be awarded a raffle ticket which will be entered into a draw for a relatively big prize
  • Pupil Planner: Quick note home to parents
  • Achievement postcards: may be sent home as appropriate by staff and should be approximately one/class per 2/3 weeks
  • Positive phone calls home

HOMEWORK:

Homework is considered an essential tool in the learning process and it should reinforce or extend what is learned in the classroom. At KS3 students are set a minimum on one piece of homework per week

Topics covered during the course:

Biology: The building blocks of cells. Organisms and energy and common systems

Chemistry: Atomic structure and the periodic table, ionic compounds and analysis, covalent compounds and separation techniques, groups in the periodic table, chemical reactions and quantitative chemistry

Physics: Static and current electricity, controlling and using electric current, motion and forces, momentum, energy, work and power, nuclear fission and fusion, advantages and disadvantages of using radioactive materials

Weblinks:

EDEXCEL Core Science GCSE:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/science/edexcel/

EDEXCEL Additional Science GCSE:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/science/add_edexcel/

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