YEARS 7-8

All students study science, learning key practical and investigative skills in addition to the content of the National curriculum.

In Year 7 the subject has been divided up into the following topics:

CELLS – ORGAN SYSTEMSPARTICLE MODEL ENERGYMIXTURES AND SEPARATION
MUSCLES AND BONESFORCES SOUNDACIDS AND ALKALIS
SEXUAL REPRODUCTIONCURRENT ELECTRICITY ECOSYSTEMSATOMS AND ELEMENTS

 

In Year 8 the topics studies are:

FOODWATERHEAT TRANSFER

GOING FOR GOLD

FORCES

EXPLAINING THE EARTH

DOCTORS AND DISEASESOUND AND HEARINGMATERIALS AND RECYCLING

LIGHT

ALL THAT GLITTERS

THE WAY OF THE DODO

YEAR 9-10

Most students study science which will be examined at the end of year 10.

Students study key topics in biology, chemistry and physics leading to a GCSE in Science at the end of year 10. The examination board is AQA. Controlled assessment accounts for 25% of the overall grade.

Topics studied in year 9 are as follows:

Biology topics Chemistry topics Physics topics
Diet and exercise;Defence against disease;The nervous system;

Control in the Human body;

Control in plants;

Drugs;

 

Atoms;The Periodic Table; Chemical reactions;Calcium carbonate;

Extracting metals;

Alloys;

Properties and uses of metals;

Vegetable oils;

Emulsions;

Saturated and unsaturated oils;

 

Infra-red radiation; Kinetic Theory;Energy transfer by heating;Heating and insulating buildings;

Energy transfers and efficiency;

Transferring electrical energy;

Generating Electricity;

The National grid;

 

 

Topics studied in year 10 include:

Biology topics Chemistry topics Physics topics
Adaptation;Environmental change;Energy in biomass;

Decay processes;

The Carbon cycle;

Why organisms are different;

Reproduction;

Evolution.

Crude oil;Hydrocarbons;Hydrocarbon fuels;

Cracking;

Polymers;

Ethanol;

The Earth’s Crust;

The Earth’s Atmosphere;

 

General properties of waves;Reflection;Sound;

red shift;

Students who have opted for triple science will study extra modules in biology, chemistry and physics and will sit these three GCSEs at the end of year 11.

YEAR 11

Those students who are not taking the triple sciences, will study either Additional Science GCSE or Additional Applied Science GCSE.

Additional Science is taken by students who are in sets in the higher bands. Three exams, one each in biology, chemistry and physics are taken and account for 75% of the overall grade.

Additional Applied Science is geared for students who perform better at coursework and there is less emphasis on examinations. The coursework accounts for 60% of the overall grade.

The Additional Science modules are as follows:

Biology topics Chemistry topics Physics topics
Cells, tissues, organ systems;Respiration;Photosynthesis;

Cell division;

Inheritance;

Proteins and digestion;

 

Structures and bonding;Quantitative and analytical chemistry;Rates of reaction;

Exothermic and endothermic reactions;

Acids and bases;

Electrolysis;

Salts;

 

Balanced forces;Forces and motion;Terminal velocity;

Momentum;

Static electricity;

Circuit electricity;

Household electricity;

Radioactivity;

Nuclear power;

Life cycles of stars;

YEARS 12-13

Currently, students can study the following in years 12 and 13: A level Biology, Chemistry and Physics. A very popular course is the BTEC level 3 in Applied Science specialising in Forensic Science.

Clubs

The Science Directorate also runs a number of popular after school clubs including a science club, gardening group and a wildlife club.