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Science

Welcome to Key Stage 3 Science where students learn skills and develop ideas to explain the world around us. 

 

Science Key Stage 3

 In Year 7 and 8, each class completes a variety of topics in the three sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Physics) throughout the year, roughly two per half-term on a rota system. Key Stage 3 is taught until the middle of year 9, where students get the opportunity to reach their target level. In February of Year 9 students start their KS4 GCSE work.

Students are assessed continuously across KS3 using subject tests. Each subject (Biology, Chemistry, Physics) assessments consist of two topic tests per half-term.  Each test covers all the topics taught in the current rotation, so pupils are continuously revising past learning, developing a stronger understanding of the topics.  Progress updates depend on the average of these assessments.  Pupils are set into two tops set classes and 6 mixed ability groups and tall classes are reset at the end of every year.

Year 7 Students study 3 key areas of science; Biology, Chemistry and Physics. The topics are completed on a rota system throughout the year. 

These topics are:

Unit of Work Summary
Biology: Cells By the end of this unit students know about classification of living organisms, ecosystems and the relationships between plants and animals.
Biology: Body Systems In this unit students learn about the formation of different rocks, the effects of weathering and how fossils are formed.
Biology: Reproduction In this unit students learn about cells, tissues and organs and reproduction in plants and animals.
Chemistry: Particles Students learn about solids, liquids and gases and The Particle Theory.
Chemistry: Elements and compounds This unit covers the topics of different types of energy, renewable and non-renewable electricity, the effects of forces around us and speed.
Chemistry: Reactions Students study different chemical reactions, combustion, decomposition and learn how to write chemical equations.
Chemistry: Acids and Alkalis By the end of this unit students know about acids and alkalis and what happens during a chemical reaction.
Physics: Forces In this unit students learn about balanced and unbalanced forces that influence the motion of objects.
Physics: Sound In this unit students study waves, vibrations echoes and ultrasounds.
Physics: Light In this unit the students study the key properties of light, reflection, refraction, colour and the function of the human eye.
Physics: Space In this unit the students study space, learn information about the solar system and how the Moon’s positioning influences the phases of the moon.

 

Year 8 Students study 3 key areas of science; Biology, Chemistry and Physics. The topics are completed on a rota system throughout the year.

These topics are:

Unit of Work Summary
Biology: Heath and lifestyle By the end of this unit students will have learnt about the relationship between our bodies and a healthy lifestyle.
Biology: Ecosystem processes In this unit students learn about the importance of plant and animal life in the environment.
Biology: Adaption and inheritance In this unit students learn about how animals and plants have changed due to environmental and evolutionary conditions.
Chemistry: The periodic Table Students learn about organisation of the periodic table.
Chemistry: Separation techniques This unit covers the different methods of separating solids and liquids using numerous practicals.
Chemistry: Metals and acids Students study different chemical reactions involving metals.
Chemistry: The Earth By the end of this unit students know about how the earth was formed, different rocks and the environmental impact of current life.
Physics: Electricity and Magnetism In this unit students learn about how electricity works within everyday life using practicals for hands-on experience.
Physics: Energy In this unit students study the concept of transfer of energy.
Physics: Motion and pressure In this unit the students study key principles of the laws of physics.

 

Year 9 Students continue to study 3 key areas of science; Biology, Chemistry and Physics focusing on developing skills needed for the start of the GCSE course in February.

These topics are:

Unit of Work Summary
Biology: New Technology By the end of this unit students will have gained an understanding of how biology is used currently.  Pupils will investigate genetics and biotechnology.
Biology: Turning points in biology Students will study the development of vaccines and antibiotics.  A focus will be on how you can protect yourself from disease through immunisation and treat conditions using antibiotics.
Biology: Detection Students will learn how forensic scientists help solve crimes through the analysis of evidence found at the scene of a crime.
Chemistry: New Technology Students will learn how new technology in chemistry has changed the materials that we use.  There will be a focus on nanotechnology and investigation of the impact of fuels.
Chemistry: Turing points in Chemistry Pupils will learn about vital developments in the field of Chemistry.  A focus will be on the discovery of the atom.
Chemistry: Detection Students will learn how forensic scientists help solve crimes through the analysis of evidence found at the scene of a crime.
Physics: New Technology

In this unit students learn about how physics relates to everyday life.  Pupils will discuss efficiency of our homes, how new technology has changed sports and medicine.

Physics: Turning points in physics Students will discuss how our ideas about the universe have changed and how people discovered electromagnetism and radioactivity.
Physics: Detection Pupils will learn how scientists look for new particles and life outside of our planet.  We will earn how communication is used on and around our planet including GPS.

 

Science Key Stage 4

Science matters. That’s why we’ve built the most inclusive GCSE (9–1) courses, so every student can enjoy science and succeed in their studies.

In February of Year 9 pupils will begin their Key Stage 4 Science course. During science lessons in Key Stage 4, students cover content in all three Science discipline areas. Students learn in a variety of ways including debate, practical investigations, presentations and role play. The Science qualifications on offer at Blackfen School for Girls enable students to engage with Science and understand scientific issues that affect society.  

The Edexcel GCSE course will give students a qualification which is graded 9 (being the highest) to 1 (being the lowest).

Qualification type: GCSE    

Specification title: Combined Science (1SC0), Biology (1BI0), Chemistry (1CH0), Physics (1PH0)

Exam board: Edexcel   
Course type: Full Course  

Website: http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/sciences-2016.html#tab-0

 

Present Year 9 Topic List

Term Year 9 Year 10 Year 11

Autumn term 1

 

 

 

 

Autumn term 2

 

 

Spring term 1

 

 

 

 

Spring term 2

 

 

 

 

Summer term 1

 

 

 

 

 

Summer term 2

 

 

 

 

 

Completing KS3 Science Content

 

 

 

 

 

Biology

B1- Overarching

Concepts in Biology (Aspects)

B5 – Health and Disease

 

Chemistry

C1&2 – States of Matter and Methods of Separating and Purifying Substances

 

C3&4 – Atomic Structure and The Periodic Table

 

Physics

P1&2 Motion and Forces

P3 – Conservation of Energy

 

Biology

B2 – Cells and Control

B3 - Genetics

B4 – Natural Selection and Genetic Modification

B5 – Health and Disease

 

B6 – Plant structures and their functions

 

 

Chemistry

C5, 6 & 7 – Ionic Bonding, Covalent Bonding and Types of Substances

 

 

C8 – Acids

C9 - Calculations involving masses

 

 

Physics

P4&5 – Waves and Light and the Electromagnetic Spectrum

P6- Radioactivity

 

Biology

B7 – Animal Coordination, Control and Homeostasis

B8 – Exchange and Transport in Animals

 

 

Chemistry

C10, 11 & 12 - Electrolytic Processes, Obtaining and Using Metals & Reversible reactions and equilibrium

 

C13, 14 & 15 – Groups in the Periodic Table, Rates of Reactions, Heat Changes in Chemical Reactions

 

C16 & 17 – Fuels, Earth and Atmospheric Science

 

Physics

P7 & P8 Energy – Forces Doing Work and Forces and Their Effects

P9 – Electricity and Circuits

P10 & P11 – Magnetism and

the Motor Effect & EM Induction

P12 & 13 – Particle Model, Forces and Matter

 

Present Year 10 Topic List

Term Year 10 Year 11

Autumn term 1

 

 

 

 

Autumn term 2

 

 

 

 

Spring term 1

 

 

Spring term 2

 

 

 

 

Summer term 1

 

 

 

Summer term 2

Biology

B2 – Cells and Control

B3 - Genetics

 

 

B4 – Natural Selection and Genetic

Modification

B5 – Health and Disease

 

 

B6 – Plant Structures and their Functions

 

Chemistry

C3&4 – Atomic Structure and The Periodic Table

 

C5, 6 & 7 – Ionic Bonding, Covalent Bonding and Types of Substances

 

C8 – Acids

 

C9 - Calculations involving masses

 

 

C10, 11 & 12 - Electrolytic Processes, Obtaining and Using Metals & Reversible reactions and equilibrium

 

Physics

P3 – Conservation of Energy

P4&5 – Waves and Light and the Electromagnetic Spectrum

P6- Radioactivity

Biology

B6 – Plant Structures and their Functions

 

 

B7 – Animal Coordination, Control and Homeostasis

B8 – Exchange and Transport in Animals

 

 

B9 – Ecosystems and Material Cycles

 

Chemistry

C13, 14 & 15 – Groups in the Periodic Table, Rates of Reactions, Heat Changes in Chemical Reactions

C16 & 17 – Fuels, Earth and Atmospheric Science

 

 

Physics

P7 & P8 Energy – Forces Doing Work and Forces and Their Effects

P9 – Electricity and Circuits

P10 & P11 – Magnetism and the Motor

Effect & EM Induction

P12 & 13 – Particle Model, Forces and Matter

 

Present Year 11 Topic List

Term Year 11

Autumn term 1

 

 

Autumn term 2

 

 

Spring term 1

 

 

Spring term 2

 

 

 

Summer term 1

 

 

Summer term 2

Biology

B7 – Animal Coordination, Control and Homeostasis

 

B8 – Exchange and Transport in Animals

B9 – Ecosystems and Material Cycles

 

Chemistry

C5, 6 & 7 – Ionic Bonding, Covalent Bonding and Types of SubstancesC8 – Acids

 

C8 – Acids

C9 - Calculations involving masses

 

C13, 14 & 15 – Groups in the Periodic Table, Rates of Reactions, Heat Changes in Chemical Reactions

C16 & 17 – Fuels, Earth and Atmospheric Science

 

Physics

P7 & P8 Energy – Forces Doing Work and Forces and Their Effects

P9 – Electricity and Circuits

P10 & P11 – Magnetism and the Motor Effect & EM Induction

P12 & 13 – Particle Model, Forces and Matter

 

Triple Science Year 10 Topic List

Term Year 10    

Autumn term 1

 

 

 

 

Autumn term 2

 

 

 

Spring term 1

 

 

 

 

 

Spring term 2

 

 

 

 

Summer term 1

 

 

 

Summer term 2

Biology

B1- Overarching Concepts in Biology

 

 

B2 – Cells and Control

B3 – Genetics

 

B4 – Natural

Selection and Genetic Modification

 

B5 – Health and Disease

Chemistry

C1&2 – States of Matter and Methods of Separating and Purifying Substances

 

 

C3&4 – Atomic Structure and The Periodic Table

 

C5, 6 & 7 – Ionic Bonding, Covalent Bonding and Types of Substances

 

C8 – Acids

 

 

 

C9 - Calculations involving masses

 

C10, 11 & 12 - Electrolytic Processes, Obtaining and Using Metals & Reversible reactions and equilibrium

 

C13, 14 & 15 – Groups in the Periodic Table, Rates of Reactions, Heat Changes in Chemical Reactions

 

C16 & 17 – Fuels, Earth and Atmospheric Science

Physics

P1 – Motion

P2 – Motion and Forces

 

P3 – Conservation of Energy

 

P4 – Waves

 

P5 – Light and the EM Spectrum

 

 

 

P6 - Radioactivity

P7- Astronomy

 

Year 11 Triple Science Topic List

Term Year 11    

Autumn term 1

 

 

 

 

Autumn term 2

 

 

 

 

Spring term 1

 

 

 

Spring term 2

 

Summer term 1

 

 

 

Summer term 2

Biology

B7 – Animal Coordination, Control and Homeostasis

 

B8 – Exchange and Transport in Animals

B9 – Ecosystems and Material Cycles

Chemistry

C17 – Groups in the Periodic Table

 

 

C18 – Rates of Reaction

SC19 – Heat Energy Changes in Chemical Reactions

 

 

C20 – Fuels

C21 – Earth and Atmospheric Science

 

C22 – Hydrocarbons

 

SC23 – Alcohols and Carboxylic Acids

SC24 – Polymers

 

SC25 – Qualitative Analysis: Tests for Ions

SC26 - Bulk and Surface Properties of Matter Including Nanoparticles

Physics

P8 – Energy – Forces doing Work

 

 

P9 – Forces and their Effects

 

P12 & SP13 – Magnetism and the Motor Effect

 

P14 & SP15 – The Particle Model & Forces and Matter