Core Science

Aims:

GCSE Science A has an emphasis on scientific literacy – the knowledge and understanding that learners need to recognise the impact of science and technology on everyday life.

 

Staffing

Mr S Wade – Director of Science

Mr S Croft – Assistant Director of Learning for Science, Head of Physics

Miss K Bickley – Assistant Director of Science

Mrs Bray – Head of Biology

Miss F Parveen – Head of Chemistry

Mr N Collins – Teacher of Science/STEM co-ordinator

Mr S Saunders – Teacher of Science

Miss K Deane-Hall – Teacher of Science

Mr C Nelson – Teacher of Science

Miss D Georgiou – Teacher of Science

Mrs B Griffiths – Teacher of Science

Mr M Puttock – Teacher of Science

Mr P Diaz – Teacher of Science

Mr B Baines – Teacher of Science/Assistant Head/Teacher of PE

Mr D Ventor – Teacher of Science/World Studies/Psychology 

 

Overview of KS3 Science

The KS3 Science curriculum covers a mixture of biology, chemistry and physics. We currently follow the Kerboodle scheme of work

Topics include cells, body systems, reproduction, particles, elements, atoms and compounds, reactions, acids and alkalis, forces, sound, light, space, health and lifestyle, ecosystem processes, adaptation and inheritance, the Periodic Table, separation techniques, metals and acids, the Earth, electricity and magnetism, energy, motion and pressure.

Year 9 currently follow a transition scheme of work to help prepare them for their GCSE course

 

Overview of Additional Science

Exam Board: OCR A – 21st Century Science

There are 4 main elements of the GCSE Additional Science course:

 

B1 – You and Your Genes (genes, variation, genetic crosses, genetic disorders, genetic testing, cloning, stem cells)

 

B2 – Keeping Healthy (microbes, defence against disease, vaccination, resistance, drug testing, heart and circulation, homeostasis)

 

B3 – Life of Earth (species, adaptation, food chains and webs, nutrient cycling, indicators, evolution, natural selection, fossil evidence, sustainability and diversity)

 

1 Hour paper covering B1, B2 and B3 worth 25% of GCSE

 

C1- Air quality (the air around us, changing air, humans and the air, air quality and health, burning fuels, rearranging atoms, reactants and products,  sources of pollutants, removing pollutants, improving power stations, reducing carbon dioxide, improving transport)

 

C2- Material choices (Natural and synthetic materials, crude oil, separating hydrocarbons, making polymers, better materials, polymer properties, improving polymers, nanotechnology, nanoparticles, making use of nanoparticles, staying safe with nanoparticles)

 

C3- Chemicals in our lives (Moving continents, useful rocks, salt, salty food-risks and benefits, alkalis, reacting alkalis, making alkalis, chlorine water-benefits and risks)

 

1 Hour paper covering C1, C2 and C3 worth 25% of GCSE

 

P1 – The Earth in the Universe (The Solar System and the Universe, plate tectonics and earthquakes)

 

P2 – Radiation and life (electromagnetic radiation models, ionisation and its effects, global warming, communication, digital signals)

 

P3 – Sustainable Energy (Energy sources, electrical power and energy, buying electricity, efficiency, generating electricity, power stations and the National Grid)

 

1 Hour paper covering P1, P2 and P3 worth 25% of GCSE

 

Plus Data Analysis and Case Study Coursework also worth 25% of the GCSE

 

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