Science

Subject leader

Clive Buchan

clive.buchan@swale.at

 

“The important thing is to never stop questioning”
Albert Einstein

 

Curriculum Intent

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A high-quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity, and all pupils should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. Through building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, pupils should be encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. They should be encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.

Curriculum implementation 

Learning Journey

KS3

Pupils will get 4 hours of Science a week.  They will cover all aspects of Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

Pupils will do practical experiments, analyse data, evaluate and understand how scientists work

Year 7

In terms 1&2 students will study the following topics…

  • Practical license

  • Particles

  • Atoms and Elements

  • Elements of the periodic table

  • Separation techniques

 

In terms 3&4 students will study the following topics…

  • Cells

  • The body

  • Reproduction

  • Forces

 

In terms 5&6 students will study the following topics…

  • Energy

  • Sound

  • Light

  • Practical investigations

Year 8

In terms 1&2 students will study the following topics…

  • Ecology

  • Diet

  • Genetics

  • Metal reactions

 

In terms 3&4 students will study the following topics…

  • Rocks

  • Magnetism

  • Chemical reactions

 

In terms 5&6 students will study the following topics…

  • Applied forces

  • Space

  • Practical investigations

Year 9

In terms 1&2 students will study the following topics…

  • Cells and Babies

  • Lungs and Heart

  • Infections and disease

  • Inheritance and evolution

 

In terms 3&4 students will study the following topics…

  • Using radiation

  • Electricity and Magnetism

  • Forces and Rockets

  • Neutralisation

 

In terms 5&6 students will study the following topics…

  • Bonding in salt

  • Mixtures and fuels

  • Rates of reaction

  • GCSE skills unit

KS4

Pupils will get 5 hours of Science a week.  They will cover all aspects of Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

Pupils will do practical experiments, analyse data, evaluate and understand how scientists work.

 

Pupils will study the OCR gateway GCSE course.  There is the option of Combined or Triple science.

 

Combined science gives students 2 GCSE’s (an average of all 3 sciences)

 

Triple Science gives students 3 GCSE’s (each science is treated as a separate subject and GCSE)

 

Combined science

https://www.ocr.org.uk/Images/234596-specification-accredited-gcse-gateway-science-suite-combined-science-a-j250.pdf

 

Triple Biology

https://www.ocr.org.uk/Images/234594-specification-accredited-gcse-gateway-science-suite-biology-a-j247.pdf

 

Triple Chemistry

https://www.ocr.org.uk/Images/234598-specification-accredited-gcse-gateway-science-suite-chemistry-a-j248.pdf

 

Triple Physics

https://www.ocr.org.uk/Images/234600-specification-accredited-gcse-gateway-science-suite-physics-a-j249.pdf

Year 10

In terms 1&2 students will study the following topics…

  • B1 - Cell level systems

  • C1 - Particles

  • P1 - Matter

  • B2 - Scaling up

  • C2 - Elements, mixtures and Compounds

  • P2 - Forces

 

In terms 3&4 students will study the following topics…

  • B2 - Scaling up

  • C2 - Elements, mixtures and Compounds

  • P2 - Forces

  • B3 - Organism level systems

  • C3 - Chemical reactions

  • P3 - Electricity

 

In terms 5&6 students will study the following topics…

  • B3 - Organism level systems

  • C3 - Chemical reactions

  • P3 - Electricity

  • B4 - Community level systems

  • C4 - Predicting and identifying reactions and products

  • P4 - Magnetism

  • P5 - Waves

  • P6 - Radiation

Year 11

In terms 1&2 students will study the following topics…

  • B5 - Genes, inheritance and Evolution

  • C5 - Predicting and monitoring reactions

  • P7 - Energy

 

In terms 3&4 students will study the following topics…

  • B6 - Global challenges

  • C6 - Global challenges

  • P8 - Global challenges

 

In terms 5&6 students will study the following topics…

  • Revision of content

  • Preparation for GCSE exams

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Homework

Pupils will receive homework through Google Classroom.

This may be in the form of questions to do, videos to watch, research to do, quizzes online, etc.

Additional websites and resources

Combined Science

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/examspecs/z2dqqhv

 

Triple Biology

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/examspecs/z3dj82p

 

Triple Chemistry

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/examspecs/z92x7hv

 

Triple Physics

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/examspecs/zwtp6fr

Careers and Enrichment

Taking GCSE Science opens up a wide range of careers, which involve problem-solving skills, technical skill, using the scientific method, logic and reason.

 

The list below is a small selection of possibilities

  • Doctor

  • Teacher

  • Vet

  • Nurse

  • Environmental scientist

  • Wildlife conservation

  • Zookeeper

  • Radiographer

  • Paramedic

  • Marine biologist

  • Conservation

  • Food industry

  • Drug companies

  • Electrician

  • Tree surgeon

  • Aerospace engineer

  • Pharmacist

 

The department will offer a science club and will involve students learning more about the things they love in science.