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Science

Subject: Science
Contact: Miss F Sutton

Overview:

Science is studied throughout Key Stage 3 and 4 by all students. Our focus is to deliver lessons on biological, chemical and physical aspects of Science through a varied approach of theory-based and practical hands-on learning. Students will develop confidence in being able to describe, explain and apply scientific ideas as well as building on literacy, numeracy and enquiry skills in every lesson.

KEy stage 3 

Overview

Students are taught in mixed ability groups in Year 7 and Year 8 and with ability groups set for Year 9. During the first two years of Key Stage 3 students are taught Science through six main topics covering Biology, Chemistry and Physics content. In addition, there is also a focus on Science enquiry including practical, analytical and mathematical skill development. In Year 9, the same enquiry skills are built on through the introduction of GCSE content. Students begin with GCSE practical skills during Autumn Term and start learning content from Spring Term onwards.

All students complete two assessments per half term and these are a combination a practical assessments which check for competency in how science works and end of unit tests assessing scientific theory. Progress is measured with Age Related Milestones in Year 7 and 8 with GCSE marking criteria for Year 9.

Curriculum Content

Year

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

7

Cells and Organisation (Biology)

Particle Model (Chemistry)

Energy Stores (Physics)

Reproduction (Biology)

Atoms, Elements and Compounds (Chemistry)

Acids and Alkalis (Chemistry)

Space (Physics)

Skeleton and Muscle (Biology)

Digestion (Biology)

Separation Techniques (Chemistry)

Magnetism (Physics)

Static Electricity (Physics)

8

Heart (Biology)

Breathing (Biology)

Periodic Table (Chemistry)

Forces and Motion (Physics)

Photosynthesis and Respiration (Biology)

Reactivity Series (Chemistry)

Materials (Chemistry)

Electricity (Physics)

Evolution and Variation (Biology)

Interdependence (Biology)

Earth and Atmosphere (Chemistry)

Waves (Physics)

9

From September until Christmas, Year 9 students will complete a skills based topic which brings together all KS3 knowledge with KS4 skills in a practical based scheme of work. From January 2020, Year 9 will be taught in a rotation with a specialist teacher taking each group for approximately 7 to 8 weeks. No Triple content will be taught during Year 9

The units to be completed in Biology is B1 (Cells)

The units to be completed in Chemistry are balancing equations, C9 (Atmosphere) and C10 (Resources)

The units to be completed in Physics are P3 (Particle Model) and P4 (Atomic Structure)

Age related milestones

Key staGe 4 

Overview

Students follow two different pathways at Key Stage 4 depending on outcomes in Year 9. The first, where students achieve ‘Exceeding’ criteria at Key Stage 3, are eligible to study Triple Science (GCSE Biology, Chemistry and Physics) where students achieve three GCSE qualifications and this can be chosen as an option. The second is Combined Science for all other students where two GCSE qualifications will be achieved. Either pathway does not limit choices after Key Stage 4. All work covered continues from the topics covered at Year 9.

Students are taught in ability classes and study either, for the Triple route, AQA GCSE Biology, Chemistry and Physics, or for the Combined Science Route, AQA GCSE Trilogy.

The Science department’s guiding principle is to ensure that all students are fully prepared for external examinations at the end of Year 11 by ensuring that each pupil has the knowledge and skills to succeed. This is achieved through regular exam practice for assessment, practical experience to apply scientific knowledge through up to 30 required experiments and skills based learning building literacy and numeracy skills in Science.

Exam board and course

Triple Science

AQA GCSE Biology (8461)

AQA GCSE Chemistry (8462)

AQA GCSE Physics (8463)

Combined Science

AQA Combined Science: Trilogy (8464)

Curriculum Content

All students, irrespective of following the Triple or Combined route cover the same topics. However, there is more in-depth content in Triple Science.

Year

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

10

Half of B7 (Ecology), B3 (Infection and Response

C1 (Atomic Structure), C2 (Structure and Bonding

P2 (Electricity)

B4 (Bioenergetics)

C6 (Rates of Reaction), C7 (Organic Chemistry)

P1 (Energy), P6 (Waves)

B5 (Homeostasis)

C7 (Organic Chemistry), C8 (Chemical Tests

P7 (Magnetism)

11

B6 (Inheritance),

C4 (Reactions), C5 (Energy)

P5 (Forces)

C3 (Calculations), C9 and C10 Review

Required practical, skills and AO2/AO3 focus

Revision

Enrichment opportunities:

STEM Club

STEM club features exciting activities linked to science, technology, engineering and maths. The club involves fun and inquisitive sessions to allow students to explore and further question STEM subjects.

Our STEM club has been hugely successful in recent years with groups of students selected to represent the North West at the National Big Bang finals after winning the regional competition. Our ingenious team of STEM Club students invented an innovative biscuit dunking machine and were awarded national runners-up at the Big Bang National Competition. They were also announced winners of the 'Team of the Year' award at the 2019 Cheshire Schools Awards, presented by Lucy Meacock. 

Our STEM Club is immensely popular at Queen's Park High School with currently over 60 Key Stage 3 students taking part in challenging, fun and at times mind-blowing practical activities every Thursday after school.

STEM opportunities and competitions are also offered to all KS3 and KS4 students throughout the year.

  • Key Stage 3 & Key Stage 4 STEM Club: Thursdays 3.00-4.00pm (6-8 weeks blocks for each year group)
  • Revision Sessions: Wednesdays 3.00-4.00pm
  • Key Stage 4 and 5 Revision Sessions: Days vary

Useful websites to support learning

BBC Bitesize website
AQA Science website