Science is exciting, innovative and one of the most fundamental subjects that students study: everything in life has a link to Science. Our students experience a broad science curriculum that is designed to inspire, build skills and enable students to investigate the world around them.
- Relationships Within an Ecosystem – creating and interpreting food chains and food webs
- Acids & Alkalis – identifying acidic or alkaline liquids using indicators and exploring uses for both
- Forces – describing different forces and using force calculations
- Cells & Organisation – describing cells and using microscopes
- Particles & Pressure – explaining solids, liquids and gases and describing pressure changes
- Static & Current Electricity – describing static electricity and constructing simple electrical circuits
- Reproduction & Health Issues – listing stages involved in puberty, reproduction, pregnancy and birth
- Pure & Impure Substances – comparing elements, compounds and mixtures
- Energy – listing forms of energy and describing energy transformations
- Microbes & Disease – researching what makes us ill and how the body fights infection
- PAG Chemistry Skills – practicing skills required in Chemistry which are assessed at GCSE
- Space Physics – researching planets in our solar system and what conditions are like on them
- Inheritance – description into how information from one generation to another
- Carbon Chemistry – Investigation into all the chemistry of carbon
- Magnets – Investigation into the properties of magnets
- Nutrition and Digestion –describing the need for different nutrients in the body and how the body digests food
- Periodic table – describing how the periodic table is organised and looking at the reactions and patterns of different elements
- Waves – describing and investigating the properties of light and sound waves
- Chemical Reactions – Investigation into the different type of chemical reactions
- Energy- describing energy sources, stores and transfers.
- Respiration and gas exchange – describing how organism release energy and transfer gases.
- Metals and Rock – Investigations into how rocks and metal react under different conditions
- Photosynthesis – Description of how plant produce glucose using the energy from sunlight
- Pressure – Investigations and description of how pressure it measure and used.
Students in Year 9 are taught their first GCSE topics. They are taught the Combined Science topics and at the end of year 9 they are set for year 10 based on the 6 tests they do in year 9. The topics they will cover in Year 9 are:
Before Xmas – 1st ½ of B1 - Scaling up / C1 – Particles / P5 – Energy.
After Xmas – 2nd ½ of B1 – Scaling Up / C2 Elements, Compounds and Mixtures / P2 Forces
Year 10 and 11
GCSE study in the sciences provides the foundation for understanding the material world. Scientific understanding is changing our lives and is vital to world’s future prosperity, and all learners should be taught the essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. They should be helped to appreciate how the complex and diverse phenomena of the natural world can be described in terms of a small number of key ideas relating to the sciences which are both inter-linked, and are of universal application. These key ideas include:
- the use of conceptual models and theories to make sense of the observed diversity of natural phenomena
- the assumption that every effect has one or more cause
- that change is driven by differences between different objects and systems when they interact
- that many such interactions occur over a distance and over time without direct contact
- that science progresses through a cycle of hypothesis, practical experimentation, observation, theory development and review
- that quantitative analysis is a central element both of many theories and of scientific methods of inquiry