Subject: Science
Members of staff: Mrs J Stephenson – Department Leader
Mrs S Woodrow – Deputy Department Leader
Mr L Mason – Teacher
Mrs M Robinson – Teacher
Mrs E Byrom – Teacher
Mrs K Taylor – Teacher
Mrs C McGrath – Teacher
Mrs Y Forster – Teacher
Mr C Devlin – Teacher
Mr J Maloy – Teacher
Dr C Preece – Teacher
Mrs D Curry – Teacher
Subject Overview:

The main aim of the science department is to engage and inspire our learners to think scientifically throughout KS3 and KS4. We teach learners the skills required to investigate scientific concepts through practical experiments, whilst developing their understanding of the subject. Learners will get the chance, at the end of each half term, to focus on inspirational science that has recently been in the news. This keeps learners up to date with current scientific affairs in the real world and allows them to explore careers, within science, that they may wish to pursue in the future. Homework is set on a
weekly basis using the online platform www.educake.co.uk and we encourage that independent study is completed out of class by learners, to allow them to challenge themselves whilst gaining a better understanding of the science curriculum. To facilitate this, all learners will be given access to a Google Classroom area which will give learners a wide range of ideas of tasks that they could complete.

Learners at KS3 cover a variety of biology, chemistry and physics topics focussing on the key ideas behind each topic, whilst also having the experience of developing their practical skills during investigations. All content covered at KS3 provides the basic science that is needed to ensure success at GCSE level, along with the basic practical skills that can be built upon from year 7 onwards.

During KS4 we run GCSE combined science and GCSE separate sciences in biology, chemistry and physics. Learners will follow one of these pathways from year 10 that is based upon their achievement in science throughout KS3. Each course requires students to further develop their skills in specific practical investigations that are set by the exam board and cover a wide range of content across the three science subjects.

At GCSE level, students will study for:  Either Edexcel Combined Science OR Edexcel Separate Sciences in Biology, Chemistry and Physics

Key Stage 3
Content: Year 7: Year 8: Year 9:
Autumn Term 1:
  1. Cells and organisation
  2. Space Physics
  3. Inspirational Science in the news
  1. Nutrition and digestion
  2. Energy
  3. Inspirational Science in the news
  1. Cellular respiration
  2. Periodic table
  3. Motion
  4. Inspirational Science in the news
Autumn Term 2:
  1. Acids and alkalis
  2. Reproduction
  3. Inspirational Science in the news
  1. Chemical Reactions
  2. Inspirational Science in the news
  1. Genetic
  2. Energetics
  3. Energy changes
  4. Inspirational Science in the news
Spring Term 1:
  1. Pure and impure substances
  2. Magnetism and electricity
  3. Inspirational Science in the news
  1. Gas exchange systems
  2. Waves
  3. Atoms, elements and compounds
  4. Inspirational Science in the news
  1. Evolution
  2. States of matter
  3. Energy transfers
  4. Inspirational Science in the news
Spring Term 2:
  1. Particles in matter
  2. Forces
  3. Science Week – Crest awards
  4. Inspirational Science in the news
  1. Health and disease
  2. Science Week – Crest Awards
  3. Inspirational Science in the news
  1. Science week
  2. Separating techniques
  3. Pressure in fluids
  4. Inspirational Science in the news
Summer Term 1:
  1. Relationships in ecosystems
  2. Inspirational Science in the news
  1. Earth and atmosphere
  2. Describing motion
  3. Inspirational Science in the news
  1. Plants and photosynthesis
  2. Light and the electromagnetic
    spectrum
  3. Inspirational Science in the news
Summer Term 2:
  1. Ecology
  2. The science behind sports
  3. Inspirational Science in the news
  1. Ecology
  2. The science behind sports
  3. Inspirational Science in the news
  1. Ecology
  2. The science behind sports
  3. Inspirational Science in the news
Key Stage 4
Content: Year 10: Year 11:
Autumn Term 1: Combined Biology:

  • Health, disease and the development of medicines

Separate Biology:

  • Natural selection and genetic modification

Combined and Separate Chemistry:

  • Electrolytic processes
  • Obtaining and using metals
  • Reversible reactions and Equilibria

Combined and Separate Physics:

  • Radioactivity
Combined Biology:

  • Key concepts in Biology

Separate Biology:

  • Ecosystems and material cycles

Combined Chemistry:

  • Groups in the Periodic table
  • Rates of reaction
  • Heat energy changes in chemical reactions

Separate Chemistry:

  • Transition metals, alloys and corrosion
  • Quantitative analysis
  • Groups in the Periodic table
  • Rates of reaction

Combined Physics:

  • Forces and motion

Separate Physics:

  • Forces and matter
Autumn Term 2: Combined Biology:

  • Plant structures and their functions

Separate Biology:

  • Health, disease and the development of medicines

Combined Chemistry:

  • Groups in the Periodic table
  • Rates of reaction

Separate Chemistry:

  • Transition metals
  • Alloys and corrosion

Combined Physics:

  • Forces and their effects

Separate Physics:

  • Radioactivity
  • Astronomy
Combined Biology:

  • Key concepts in Biology

Combined Chemistry:

  • Fuels
  • Earth and atmospheric science

Separate Chemistry:

  • Heat energy changes in chemical reactions
  • Fuels
  • Earth and atmospheric science hydrocarbons
  • Alcohols and carboxylic acids
  • Polymers
  • Qualitative analysis: Tests for ions
  • Bulk and surface properties of matter including nanoparticles

Combined Physics:

  • Forces and their effects
  • Electricity and circuits
Spring Term 1: Combined Biology:

  • Animal control, Co-ordination and Homeostasis

Separate Biology:

  • Health, disease and the development of medicines

Combined Chemistry:

  • Heat energy changes in chemical reactions
  • Fuels

Separate Chemistry:

  • Quantitative Analysis

Combined Physics:

  • Electricity and Circuits

Separate Physics:

  • Forces and their effects
  • Electricity and Circuits
Combined and Separate Biology:

A review of:

  • Cells and control
  • Genetics
  • Plants structures and their functions
  • Animal coordination, control and homeostasis

Combined and Separate Chemistry:

A review of:

  • States of matter
  • Methods of separating and purifying substances
  • Atomic structure
  • The Periodic table
  • Groups in the Periodic table
  • Rates of reaction
  • Heat energy changes in chemical reactions

Combined and Separate Physics:

A review of:

  • Motion
  • Forces and motion
  • Conservation of energy
  • Energy – Forces doing work
  • Forces and their effects
  • Electricity and circuits
Spring Term 2: Combined Biology:

  • Exchange and transport in animals

Separate Biology:

  • Plant structures and their functions

Combined Chemistry:

  • Earth and atmospheric science
  • Key concepts of Chemistry

Separate Chemistry:

  • Dynamic equilibria, calculations involving volumes of gases
  • Groups of the Periodic table

Combined Physics:

  • Magnetism and the motor effect
  • Electromagnetic induction

Separate Physics:

  • Electricity and circuits
Combined and Separate Biology:

A review of:

  • Natural selection and genetic modification
  • Health, disease and the development of medicines
  • Exchange and transport in animals
  • Ecosystems and material cycles

Combined and Separate Chemistry:

A review of:

  • Ionic and Covalent bonding
  • Types of substances
  • Acids and alkalis
  • Calculations involving masses
  • Electrolytic processes
  • Obtaining and using metals
  • Reversible reactions and equilibria
  • Fuels
  • Earth and atmospheric science

Combined and Separate Physics:

A review of:

  • Waves
  • Light and the Electromagnetic spectrum
  • Radioactivity
  • Magnetism and the Motor effect
  • Electromagnetic induction
  • Particle model
  • Forces and matter
Summer Term 1: Combined Biology:

  • Ecosystems and material cycle

Separate Biology:

  • Plant structures and their functions

Combined Chemistry:

  • Calculations involving masses

Separate Chemistry:

  • Rates of reaction

Combined Physics:

  • Particle model

Separate Physics:

  • Electricity and circuits
  • Static electricity
Combined and Separate science exam dates:

  • Biology paper 1 – 12th May
  • Chemistry paper 1 – 14th May
  • Physics paper 1 – 20th May
Summer Term 2: Combined Biology

  • Ecosystems and material cycles

Separate Biology

  • Key concepts in Biology

Combined Chemistry

  • Calculations involving masses

Separate Chemistry

  • Heat energy changes in chemical reactions

Combined Physics

  • Forces and matter

Separate Physics

  • Motion and forces
Combined and Separate science exam dates:

  • Biology paper 2 – 1st June
  • Chemistry paper 2 – 10th June
  • Physics paper 2 – 12th June
Revision Links for GCSE Course:

Combined science: https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/examspecs/zqkww6f
Separate biology: https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/examspecs/zcq2j6f
Separate chemistry: https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/examspecs/zy984j6
Separate physics: https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/examspecs/zqpshv4
General science revision: https://www.s-cool.co.uk/
Maths in science revision: https://www.physicsandmathstutor.com/chemistry-revision/gcse-edexcel/
Combined science specification:
https://qualifications.pearson.com/content/dam/pdf/GCSE/Science/2016/Specification/GCSE_CombinedScience_Spec.pdf
Biology specification: https://qualifications.pearson.com/content/dam/pdf/GCSE/Science/2016/Specification/GCSE_Biology_Spec.pdf
Chemistry specification: https://qualifications.pearson.com/content/dam/pdf/GCSE/Science/2016/Specification/GCSE_Chemistry_Spec.pdf
Physics specification: https://qualifications.pearson.com/content/dam/pdf/GCSE/Science/2016/Specification/GCSE_Physics_Spec.pdf

How can parents support their child’s progress in this subject?

  1. Provide a device to allow online homework to be accessed or if this is not possible, encourage your child to use the facilities at Kepier to complete it
  2. Encourage your child to access the independent study resources that are available in their Google Classroom area to allow them to further develop their understanding of the subject
  3. Encourage learners to review topics at GCSE level, using GCSE pod, a learning platform that all learners in the school have access to
Extra-Curricular Activities:

  1. STEM club for years 7, 8 and 9 where learners can complete practical based work to achieve a Crest Award on Tuesday from 3.00 till 4.00pm
  2. Robotics club on Thursday lunch times
  3. KS4 Drop in/catch up sessions on Thursday from 3.00 till 4.00pm.
  4. KS3 Drop in/catch up sessions on Monday from 3.00 till 4.00pm.