Science

Year 7

Students in Year 7 receive 4 or 5 hours of science each week.

We aim for students to progress in their mastery of the following key skills:
– Scientific enquiry (the ability to investigate through experimentation and practical work, and to ask questions).
– Scientific modelling (to be able to use theories and models to explain scientific principles).
– Scientific numeracy (to be able to use mathematical skills to describe and explain scientific principles).
– Scientific literacy (to be able to communicate scientific discoveries to a range of audiences using a range of skills).
Curriculum:
The Year 7 course covers a range of knowledge and understanding in biology, chemistry and physics.
The topics covered are cells, reproduction, organ systems, plants and photosynthesis,
acids and bases, atoms elements and compounds, pure and impure substances, combustion and energetics
space, magnetism, particle theory, and energy.

Year 8

Students in Year 8 receive 4 or 5 hours of science each week.

We aim for students to progress in their mastery of the following key skills:
– Scientific enquiry (the ability to investigate through experimentation and practical work, and to ask questions).
– Scientific modelling (to be able to use theories and models to explain scientific principles).
– Scientific numeracy (to be able to use mathematical skills to describe and explain scientific principles).
– Scientific literacy (to be able to communicate scientific discoveries to a range of audiences using a range of skills).
Curriculum:
The Year 8 course covers a range of knowledge and understanding in biology, chemistry and physics;
classification and food webs, variation, pathogens, the periodic table, properties of materials, earth and atmosphere
waves, motion and forces, and electricity are the topics covered.

Year 9

Students in Year 9 receive 4 hours of science each week.
Student aims.
To progress in their mastery of the following key skills:
• AO1: demonstrate knowledge and understanding of scientific ideas, scientific techniques and
procedures;
• AO2: apply knowledge and understanding of scientific ideas, scientific enquiry, techniques and
procedures;
• AO3: analyse information and ideas to interpret and evaluate, make judgments and draw
conclusions, develop and improve experimental procedures.

Curriculum:
The Year 9 course covers a range of knowledge and understanding in biology, chemistry and physics. Ten topics are covered:
cell biology, organisation, ecology
chemical changes, energy changes, rates of reaction, using resources
energy, waves, forces.

Year 10

Students in Year 10 receive 4 hours of science each week.
Student aims
To progress in mastery of the following key skills:
• AO1 (demonstrate knowledge and understanding of scientific ideas, scientific techniques and
procedures).
• AO2 (apply knowledge and understanding of scientific ideas, scientific enquiry, techniques and
procedures).
• AO3 (analyse information and ideas to interpret and evaluate, make judgments and draw
conclusions, develop and improve experimental procedures).

Curriculum
The Year 10 course covers a range of knowledge and understanding in biology, chemistry and physics.  Nine topics are covered:
bioenergetics, infection and response, homeostasis and response,
chemistry of the atmosphere, organic chemistry, chemical analysis,
forces, particle model of matter, atomic structure.

Year 11

Students in Year 11 receive five hours of science each week.
Student aims
To progress in mastery of the following key skills:
• AO1 (demonstrate knowledge and understanding of scientific ideas, scientific techniques and
procedures).
• AO2 (apply knowledge and understanding of scientific ideas, scientific enquiry, techniques and
procedures).
• AO3 (analyse information and ideas to interpret and evaluate, make judgments and draw
conclusions, develop and improve experimental procedures).

Curriculum
The Year 11 course covers a range of knowledge and understanding in biology, chemistry and physics. Topics covered include the following:
cells, organisms and energy, common systems,
atomic structure and the periodic table, ionic compounds and analysis, covalent compounds and separation techniques, groups in the periodic table, chemical reactions, quantitative chemistry,
static and current electricity, controlling and using electric currents, motion and forces, momentum energy work and power, nuclear fission and fusion, benefits and drawbacks of using radioactive materials.

Year 12

Students follow the BTEC Applied Science (certificate) course in Year 12.
Students studying Applied Science in year 12 will produce portfolios of work for:
• Fundamentals of science
• Working in the science industry
• Scientific practical skills

Year 13

Students follow the BTEC Applied Science (Subsidiary Diploma) course in Year 13.
Students studying Applied Science in Year 13 will produce portfolios of work for:
• Chemical laboratory techniques
• Perceptions in science
• Physiology of human body systems