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Science - Curriculum Page

Subject Leader – Mr. Phillips

Science - Years 7 and 8

Content

Year 7

  • Half term 1: Scientific Skills, Particles and Reactions, Working in a Laboratory
  • Half term 2: Heat and Energy, Resources Energy Transfers and Electricity
  • Half term 3: Cells, Health and Reproduction
  • Half term 4: Forces, Magnetism and Space
  • Half term 5: Geology
  • Half term 6: Life and Death Food Webs

Year 8

  • Half term 1: Humans and the Environment Disease
  • Half term 2: Sound and Light
  • Half term 3: Variation
  • Half term 4: Atoms, Elements and Compounds, Chemical Reactions and Patterns
  • Half term 5: Working Scientifically and Year 7 and 8 revision
  • Half term 6: Drugs and Behaviour and Extended Investigations

Assessment

Each half term pupils are will sit an end of topic test. Each test will cover knowledge and understanding, data analysis, planning and evaluation, and practical skills.

Home Learning

Pupils are set home learning on Doddle to be completed over a half term. Pupils should be completing at least one activity on Doddle a week. They are encouraged to make notes while completing Doddle quizzes to help retain knowledge and skills. Pupils must be repeating quizzes until a minimum of 80 % is achieved. Use of internet / text books / exercise books should be used to help pupils achieve this mark.

DODDLE LOGIN INFORMATION

Institution USER NAMES
GARTH HILL COLLEGE Year 7 = namesurname18
Year 8 = namesurname17
Password = garthhill

Other Home Learning may be given on top of this to extend and broaden pupils’ learning.

How Parents and Carers Can Support

  • See science everywhere. Parents can take opportunities to ask, "What would happen if …?" questions or present brainteasers to encourage children to be inquisitive and seek out answers. Children need to know that science is not just a subject, but it is a way of understanding the world around us.
  • Lead family discussions on science-related topics. Dinnertime might be an ideal time for your family to have discussions about news stories that are science based, like space shuttle missions, severe weather conditions, or new medical breakthroughs. Over time, children will develop a better understanding of science and how it affects many parts of our lives. Films and TV shows with science-related storylines are also great topics for discussion.
  • Do science together. Children learn better by investigating and experimenting. Simple investigations done together in the home can bolster what your child is learning in the classroom. Check with your child's teacher on what your child is currently learning in class and what activities you can explore at home. There are also many books on the market and numerous websites that present ideas for investigations.
  • Obtain science resources. Follow up science discussions, home experiments, or classroom lessons with books, magazines, apps, online, and other resources. Science themes will be reinforced through further exploration, and over time your family will have plenty of resources on which to draw.
  • Explore non-formal education sites. In an informal learning situation - the kind of learning that happens outside the traditional confines of the classroom, at science centres, museums, zoos, and aquariums—children are encouraged to experiment on their own and ask questions about what they are experiencing.
  • Connect science with a family holiday. Family holidays are a great way to explore science. It could be a hiking trip where you explore nature or a discussion on tides during a beach holiday.
  • Become active in your children's formal education by getting to know the teacher and the curriculum. Refer to the checklist previously listed to keep track of where your child is in the curriculum.
  • Help pupils with their home learning. Complete Doddle home learning together on a regular basis. Use this to research topics in more detail.
  • Show excitement for science.

Additional Support Available/Useful Links

Reading List

  • KS3 Science Collins 1
  • KS3 Science Collins 2
  • KS3 Science Collins 3
  • Collins KS3 Science Revision Guide
  • CGP KS3 Revision guide

Science GCSE - Years 9, 10 and 11

Exam Board and syllabus code

  • AQA, Combined Science (8462)

Set 1 Year 10 and 11 Only:

  • AQA, Biology (8461)
  • AQA, Chemistry (8462)
  • AQA, Physics (8463)

Content

Over years 9, 10 and 11 pupils will be studying the following topics:

Biology subject content:

  • Cell biology (Year 9)
  • Photosynthesis (Year 10)
  • Moving and Changing Material (Year 9)
  • Health Matters (Year 9)
  • Coordination and Control (Year 11)
  • Genetics (Year 10)
  • Variation and Evolution (Year 10)
  • Ecology in Action (Year 11)

Chemistry subject content:

  • Atomic structure and the periodic table (Year 9)
  • Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter (Year 10)
  • Quantitative chemistry (Year 11)
  • Chemical changes (Year 10)
  • Energy changes (Year 9)
  • The rate and extent of chemical change (Year 9)
  • Organic chemistry (Year 11)
  • Chemical analysis (Year 11)
  • Chemistry of the atmosphere (Year 9)
  • Sustainable development (Year 10)

Physics subject content:

  • Energy (Year 9)
  • Electricity (Year 9) Particle model of matter (Year 9)
  • Atomic structure (Year 10)
  • Forces (Year 10) Waves (Year 10)
  • Magnetism and electromagnetism (Year 11)
  • Space (Year 11)

Assessment

This is a linear qualification. In order to achieve the award, pupils must complete all assessments at the end of the course and in the same series.

GCSE exams and certification for this specification are available for the first time in May/June 2018.

GCSE exams in Chemistry include questions that allow pupils to demonstrate:

  • their knowledge and understanding of the content developed in one section or topic, including the associated mathematical and practical skills or
  • their ability to apply mathematical and practical skills to areas of content they are not normally developed in or
  • their ability to draw together different areas of knowledge and understanding within one answer.

A range of question types will be used, including multiple-choice, short answer and those that require extended responses. Extended response questions will allow pupils to demonstrate their ability to construct and develop a sustained line of reasoning which is coherent, relevant, substantiated and logically structured. Extended responses may be in written English, extended calculations, or a combination of both, as appropriate to the question.

Pupils will sit 2 papers for each Biology, Chemistry and Physics which will be 1 hour 15 each and will achieve 2 GCSE in Combined Science.

Those pupils within sets 1 in year 11, will have the opportunity to achieve GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics and achieve 3 GCSEs. These pupils will sit two exams for each subject 1 hour 45 each.

All pupils will be given the opportunity to do at least 8 required practicals for each Science (Biology, Chemistry and Physics). This practical work will then be assessed within the two written papers.

Home Learning

Pupils are set home learning on Doddle to be completed over a half term. Pupils should complete at least one activity on Doddle a week. They are encouraged to make notes while completing Doddle quizzes to help retain knowledge and skills. Pupils must be repeating quizzes until a minimum of 80 % is achieved. Use of internet / text books / exercise books should be used to help pupils achieve this mark.

DODDLE LOGIN INFORMATION

Institution USER NAMES
GARTH HILL COLLEGE Year 9 = namesurname16
Year 10 = namesurname15
Year 11 = namesurname14
Password = garthhill

Other Home Learning may be given on top of this to extend and broaden pupils learning.

How Parents and Carers Can Support

  • See science everywhere. Parents can take opportunities to ask "What would happen if …?" questions or present brainteasers to encourage children to be inquisitive and seek out answers. Children need to know that science is not just a subject, but it is a way of understanding the world around us.
  • Lead family discussions on science-related topics. Dinnertime might be an ideal time for your family to have discussions about news stories that are science based, like space shuttle missions, severe weather conditions, or new medical breakthroughs. Over time, children will develop a better understanding of science and how it affects many parts of our lives. Films and TV shows with science-related storylines are also great topics for discussion.
  • Do science together. Children learn better by investigating and experimenting. Simple investigations done together in the home can bolster what your child is learning in the classroom. Check with your child's teacher on what your child is currently learning in class and what activities you can explore at home. There are also many books on the market and numerous websites that present ideas for investigations.
  • Obtain science resources. Follow up science discussions, home experiments, or classroom lessons with books, magazines, apps, online, and other resources. Science themes will be reinforced through further exploration, and over time your family will have plenty of resources on which to draw.
  • Explore non-formal education sites. In an informal learning situation - the kind of learning that happens outside the traditional confines of the classroom, at science centres, museums, zoos, and aquariums—children are encouraged to experiment on their own and ask questions about what they are experiencing.
  • Connect science with a family holiday. Family holidays are a great way to explore science. It could be a hiking trip where you explore nature or a discussion on tides during a beach holiday.
  • Become active in your children's formal education by getting to know the teacher and the curriculum. Refer to the checklist previously listed to keep track of where your child is in the curriculum.
  • Help pupils with their home learning. Complete Doddle home learning together on a regular basis. Use this to research topics in more detail.
  • Show excitement for science.

Additional Support Available/Useful Links

Reading List

  • Collins 9-1 AQA GCSE CHEMISTRY Text Book
  • Collins 9-1 AQA GCSE BIOLOGY Text Book
  • Collins 9-1 AQA GCSE PHYSICS Text Book
  • Collins GCSE Revision and Practice: New Curriculum
  • AQA GCSE Combined Science Revision Guide
  • CGP GCSE AQA Combined Revision Guide