Year 7

Year 7 students follow modular integrated science programme of study, in line with government’s framework for science.

Scheme of  Work Summary:

  • Catalyst book 1 (Red and Green) published by Heinemann. The resources are differentiated to meet the needs of all students.

Topics include:

  • Cells
  • Reproduction
  • Environment and feeding
  • Variation and classification
  • Acids and Alkalis
  • Simple Chemical Reactions
  • Electrical Circuits
  • Solar System and Forces.

Year 8

Year 8 students follow the modular programme.   Biology, Chemistry and Physics are taught in rotation.

Scheme of Work Summary:

  • Using Catalyst book 2 and 3 ( Red and Green) published by Heinemann and  Badger level assessed tasks book.

Topics include:

  • Food
  • Respiration Digestion
  • Microbes and Disease
  • Atoms Elements
  • Rocks and Weathering
  • Light and Sound
  • Heating and Cooling
  • Sound and Hearing

Year 9

Students start doing some of the GCSE work in preparation for the GCSE exam from the AQA Core science scheme. They also carry out  practice controlled assessments

Scheme of  Work Summary:

Biology topics include:

  • Reflex arc
  • Microbes and disease
  • Drugs

Chemistry topics include:

  • Atomic structure
  • Chemical reactions
  • Bonding

Physics topics include:

  • Energy transfer
  • Energy efficiency
  • Usefulness of electrical appliances

Year 10

Students study Biology, Chemistry and Physics as 3 discreet subject and sit an exam in each. They also complete one piece of course work. Each component contributes 25% towards the final mark

Scheme of  Work Summary:

Using AQA syllabus

Biology topics include:

  • Keeping Healthy
  • Nerves and Hormones
  • The uses and abuses of drugs
  • Interdependence and adaptation
  • Energy and biomass
  • Waste materials from plants and animals
  • Genetic variation
  • Evolution

Chemistry topics include:

  • Fundamental ideas in Chemistry
  • Limestone
  • Metals and their uses
  • Crude oil and fuels
  • Plant oils
  • Changes in the earth’s atmosphere
  • Physics

Physic topics include:

  • Energy transfer
  • Energy and efficiency
  • The usefulness of electrical appliances
  • Generating electricity
  • Waves

Year 11

Students study Additional Science. The course comprises Biology, Chemistry and Physics units which are tested as discreet units and a piece of course work. All contribute 25% to the final mark.

Scheme of  Work Summary:

Using AQA syllabus,

Biology topics include:

  • Simple cells and transport
  • Pathogens and their environment,
  • Proteins
  • Aerobic and anaerobic respiration
  • Cell division and inheritance

Chemistry topics include:

  • Atomic structure
  • Rates of reaction
  • Exothermic and endothermic reactions
  • Acids and alkalis

Physics topics include:

  • Forces and their effects
  • Kinetic energy of objects
  • Current in electrical circuits
  • Mains electricity
  • Decay of radioactive substance
  • Nuclear fission and nuclear fusion

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