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Garth Hill College

Science

The Science Department is striving to offer an excellent science education to students of all ages and abilities. Each year, we build upon the learning and skill development of the previous years by testing knowledge and skills regularly and providing extra support where needed.

We aim to give students the skills they need to become independent and critical thinkers of the scientific world around them.  Practical work is a large part of students Science education at Garth Hill College and we give students as many opportunities as possible to be hands on in the classroom and learn through investigation. 

Through our broad curriculum covering Biology, Chemistry and Physics we want to guide students to the vast career opportunities in Science and show them the importance of Science in society.  

Science subject leader – Mr. Phillips  J-Phillips@garthhillcollege.com

Science-Years 7,8 and 9

Content

Year 7

Year 8

Assessment

Each topic, pupils will sit an end of topic test. Each test will cover Aspect 1 (Knowledge and Understanding) and Aspect 2 (Working Scientifically).  Aspect 3 (Practical Skills) will be assessed during practical activities.  

Home Learning

Pupils must complete 7 quizzes every 7 days. They are each only about 5 minutes long and up to two can be completed each day.

These quizzes can be accessed at http://progressquiz.web.app using their school email address and password.

Other Home Learning will be set based around building students literacy skills, reading of Scientific articles and consolidation of content taught over a topic. 

Year 9

In year 9 students will have separate teachers in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.  Students build on the key stage 3 curriculum and start studying GCSE topics. 

Biology subject content:

  • Cell biology 
  • Moving and Changing Material
  • Photosynthesis 

Biology Learning Journey

Chemistry subject content:

  • Atomic structure and the periodic table
  • Energy changes
  • The rate and extent of chemical change 
  • Chemistry of the atmosphere

Chemistry Learning Journey

Physics subject content: 

  • Particle model of matter
  • Energy 
  • Electricity

Physics Learning Journey

Home Learning

 Each half term students will be set the following home learning in Science:

  • Reading and comprehension of a Scientific article.  This aims to improve students scientific vocabulary.  
  • Seneca.  This is an online platform where students will secure their knowledge of content taught in class. 
  • Revision techniques.  e.g. mind maps / flash cards / revision posters. 

How Parents and Carers Can Support

  • 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.
  • Help pupils with their home learning. Complete Seneca home learning together on a regular basis. Use this to research topics in more detail.

Additional Support Available/Useful Links

Reading List

  • AQA Activate for KS3: Student Book 1
  • AQA Activate for KS3: Student Book 2
  • CGP KS3 Revision Guide

Assessment Framework

Science Assessment Framework - Key Stage 3

Assessment Schedules

Assessment Schedule - Year 7

Assessment Schedules - Year 8

Knowledge Organisers

Year 7 Knowledge Organisers: Click here - Microsoft 365 password required for access to Year 7 KO's

Year 8 Knowledge Organisers: Click here - Microsoft 365 password required for access to Year 8 KO's 

Science GCSE -  10 and 11

Biology subject lead - Mrs. Zullo

Chemistry subject lead - Mr. Phillips

Physics subject lead - Mr. Fitzgerald

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 10 and 11 pupils will be studying the following topics:

Biology subject content:

  • Health Matters (Year 10)
  • Coordination and Control (Year 10)
  • Genetics (Year 11)
  • Variation and Evolution (Year 11)
  • Ecology in Action (Year 10)

Chemistry subject content:

  • Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter (Year 10)
  • Quantitative chemistry (Year 11)
  • Chemical changes (Year 10)
  • Organic chemistry (Year 11)
  • Chemical analysis (Year 11)
  • Sustainable development (Year 10)

Physics subject content:

  • 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 in Science 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

 Each half term students will be set the following home learning in Science:

  • Reading and comprehension of a Scientific article.  This aims to improve students scientific vocabulary.  
  • Seneca.  This is an online platform where students will secure their knowledge of content taught in class. 
  • Revision techniques.  e.g. mind maps / flash cards / revision posters. 

How Parents and Carers Can Support

  • 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.
  • Help pupils with their home learning. Complete Seneca home learning together on a regular basis. Use this to research topics in more detail.

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

Assessment Schedules

Assessment Schedule - Year 9

Assessment Schedule - Year 10

Assessment Schedule - Year 11

Biology  Knowledge Organisers

Chapter 1 - Cells

Chapter 2 - Photosynthesis

Chapter 3 - Moving and Changing Materials

Chapter 4 - Health Matters

Chapter 5 - Homeostasis and Control

Chapter 6 - Genetics

Chapter 7 - Variation and Evolution

Chapter 8 - Ecology in Action

Physics Knowledge Organisers

Unit 1 - Energy

Unit 2 - Electricity

Unit 3 - Particle model of matter

Unit 4 - Atomic Structure

Unit 5 - Force

Unit 6 - Waves

Unit 7 - Electromagnetism

Chemistry Knowledge Organisers

Unit 1 - Atomic Structure

Unit 2 - Structure and Bonding

Unit 3 - Quantitative Chemistry

Unit 4 - Chemical Changes Foundation

Unit 4 - Chemical Changes Higher

Unit 4 - Chemical Changes Triple ScienceUnit 5 - Energy Changes

Unit 6 - Rate of Reaction

Unit 7 - Organic Chemistry

Unit 8 - Chemical Analysis

Unit 9 - Atmosphere

Unit 10 - Sustainable Development