Science

Science

In Science we aim to establish the desire to explore the world around us with a sense of ‘ awe and wonder’ using acquired skills, both practical and theoretical, to enhance students understanding of a rapidly changing world where huge moral issues such as climate change, energy production and health choices impact on everyone’s daily life.

With our broad specialism in Science, the department are well-placed to deliver lessons that are designed to meet the needs, abilities and aspirations of every individual student.

Science lessons are vibrant, lively and fun. All teachers frequently use a wide range of imaginative, innovative resources and teaching methods to ensure active participation in every lesson. By modelling, demonstrating and preparing well-organised and safe practical activities students learning is enhanced meaning stretch and challenge is a cornerstone of the experience offered to every individual, irrespective of their starting point. There is a close liaison with the Learning support department to identify and provide support for those who need it.

Staffing:

Mr Bullman –  Curriculum Leader for Science

Mrs Goldsmith – Teacher of Science

Mr Kelly – Teacher of Science

Mrs Silcock – Teacher of Science

All pupils study Science until the end of Year 11.

All pupils have the opportunity to opt to study Edexcel separate science to extend their knowledge and understanding at GCSE in KS4. If pupils do not choose separate science they will study the Edexcel dual award Science GCSE.

The following topics are studied at KS3.

 

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

Year 7

Cells; Mixtures and separation; Energy; Reproduction; Acids and alkalis

Current electricity; muscles and bones; particles and forces

Ecosystem; Atoms; elements and compounds; sound

Year 8

Food and nutrition; combustion; Fluids; Plants and reproduction; Periodic table

Light; Breathing and respiration; metals and their uses; energy transfers

Unicellular organisms; rocks; Earth and Space

Year 9

Genetics and evolution; Making materials; Forces and motion; Plant growth; Reactivity; Force fields and magnets

Key concepts in Biology; States of matter; Methods of separating and purifying substances; Motion

Atomic structure; The periodic table; Cells and control

 The following units are studied at KS4.

 

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

Year 10

Dual Award

Conservation of energy; Health, disease and development of medicines; Ionic bonding; Covalent bonding; Genetics; Waves; Plant structures and their functions

Types of substance; Electrolytic processes; Light and the electromagnetic spectrum; Obtaining and using metals; Forces and motion; Exchange and transport in animals.

Calculations involving masses; Reversible reactions and equilibria; Radioactivity; Natural selection and genetic modification; Groups in the periodic table; Rates of reaction.

Year 10

Seperate Science

Cells and control; Atomic structure SC4 and The periodic table; Forces and motion; Ionic bonding; Covalent bonding; Types of substance; Genetics; Conservation of energy; Natural selection and genetic modification.

Acids and alkalis; Calculations involving masses; Waves; Health Disease and development of medicines; Electrolytic processes; Obtaining and using metals; Reversible reactions and equilibria; Transition metals, alloys and corrosion; Light and the electromagnetic spectrum.

Quantitative analysis; Dynamic equilibria, calculations involving volumes of gases; Chemical cells and fuel cells; Radioactivity; Astronomy; Energy forces doing work; Forces and their effects.

Year 11

Dual Award

Genetics; Natural selection and Genetic modification; Radioactivity; Obtaining and using metals; Forces and their effect; Heat energy changes in chemical reactions; Plant structures and their functions

Radioactivity; Natural selection and genetic modification; Electrolytic processes; Obtaining and using metals; Reversible reactions and equilibria; Transition metals; Quantitative analysis; Chemical cells and fuel cells; Dynamic equilibria; Astronomy; Plant structures and their function; Rates of reaction; Heat energy changes in chemical reactions; Groups in the periodic table

Year 11

Seperate Science

Rates of reactions; Animal coordination, control and homeostasis; Magnetism and the motor effect; Electromagnetic induction; Fuels; Forces and matter; Ecosystems and material cycles; Exchange and transport in animals; Earth and atmospheric science 

Forces and their effects; Animal coordination, control and homeostasis; Fuels; Hydrocarbons; Exchange and transport in animals; Alcohols and carboxylic acids; Magnetism and the motor effect; Electromagnetic induction; Bulk and surface properties of matter including nanoparticles; Energy and forces doing work; Polymers; Forces and matter; Ecosystems and materials cycles; Qualitative analysis, tests for ions; Earth and atmospheric science  

Extra-curricular activities and visits:

There are external links to UCLAN through the Ogden Trust for exceptional Physics students.