Science

Meet The Team

Faculty Leader: Mr E Stubley stubley.e@welearn365.com

Deputy Faculty Leader: Mrs J Dyson dyson.j1@welearn365.com

The Team:

Introduction

By fostering an ethos of inquiry, nurturing our students’ natural curiosity and bringing current, relevant and real-world science into the classroom experience, we aim to provide our students with the skills and knowledge to understand and make sense of the ever-changing world around them.

Why it is important to study science Students studying science will experience a curriculum that helps them to apply the science they learn in the classroom to the world outside of it. This is especially pertinent as they will gain an understanding of the science behind current global issues, such as climate change and communicable diseases. The practical based side of the curriculum allows pupils to prove the science behind the theory, whilst also gaining an appreciation of the good laboratory practice and investigative skills adopted by many areas of industry, that they may wish to pursue a career in.

What do we study in Science?

Key Stage 3 – Exploring Science (AQA) by Pearson

Year 7

Biology topics: 7A Cells, tissues, organs and systems; 7B Sexual reproduction in animals; 7C Muscles and bones; 7D Ecosystems.

Chemistry topics: 7E Mixtures and separation; 7F Acids and alkalis; 7G The particle model; 7H Atoms, elements and molecules.

Physics topics: 7I Energy; 7J Current electricity; 7K Forces; 7L Sound.

Year 8

Biology topics: 8A Food and nutrition; 8B Plants and their reproduction; 8C Breathing and respiration; 8D Unicellular organisms.

Chemistry topics: 8E Combustion; 8F The periodic table; 8G Metals and their uses; 8H Rocks.

Physics topics: 8I Fluids; 8J Light; 8K Energy transfers; 8L Earth and space.

Year 9

Biology topics: 9A Genetics and evolution; 9B Plant growth; 9C Biology revision; 9D Transition to GCSE.

Chemistry topics: 9E Making materials; 9F Reactivity; 9G Chemistry revision; 9H Transition to GCSE.

Physics topics: 9I Forces and motion; 9J Force fields and electromagnets; 9K Physics revision; 9L Transition to GCSE.

Year 10 and 11

Specification: OCR Gateway A Combined Science  / OCR Gateway A Separate Sciences

Combined Science – Content and Assessment overview

There are six teaching topics for each of the sciences and a practical skills topic:

Students must complete either foundation tier (papers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6) or higher tier (papers 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 or 12) to be awarded the OCR GCSE (9-1) in Combined Science A (Gateway Science).

There are 18 teaching topics in total, six for each of physics, chemistry and biology, plus a practical skills topic.

In all three sciences, students develop their understanding of how scientific principles and concepts help describe complex and diverse natural phenomena in terms of a small number of key ideas. They also develop relevant practical skills.

Students studying combined science will be awarded with 2 GCSE qualifications.

Separate Sciences Only Content & Overview

Students studying separate science will be awarded with 3 GCSE qualifications

Students must complete either the foundation tier (paper 1 and paper 2) or the higher tier (paper 3 and paper 4) to be awarded the OCR GCSE (9-1) in Biology, Chemistry & Physics A (Gateway Science).

Useful Links

Combined Science specification and full course content:

Separate Science specifications and full course content:

Biology

Chemistry

Physics

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