Science

Key Stage 3

Key Stage 3

The Key Stage 3 course offers students a high-quality science education providing the foundations of understanding the world through specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Pupils are taught the essential aspects of knowledge, practical methods, uses and processes of science. The course offers an engaging scheme of work which allows students to develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena and build upon the foundations needed to study Science at Key Stage 4.

Key Information

  • Lessons per week: 2 sessions

Year 7

Autumn 1 Lab Skills – This unit introduces the fundamental skills and understanding needed for working in a Laboratory such as hazards, safety and practical skills

Particles and Solutions– Students develop an understanding of the properties of different states of matter in terms of the particle model, including pressure in gases diffusion and simple techniques for separating mixtures

Elements, Compounds and Mixtures – focuses on differences between atoms, elements and compounds, chemical symbols and conservation of mass and the periodic table

Autumn 2 Variation and Inheritance – this unit focuses adaptations of organisms, variation within a species as well how genetic information is inherited by organisms

Acids and Alkalis – defines acids and alkalis in terms of neutralisation reactions, using the pH scale and indicators

Spring 1 Classification – focuses on how organisms can be identified using identification keys and how organisms can be classified based on their key features and adaptations

Rocks  and the Rock cycle – focuses on the composition of the Earth and formation of igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks

Magnets – students learn magnetic poles, attraction and the Earth’s magnetism

Spring 2 Diet and Disease – establishes the content of a healthy human diet as well as how deficiencies can occur from a lack of vital nutrients
Summer 1 Cells and Reproduction – Students learn how cells are a fundamental unit of living organisms, the similarities and differences between plant and animal cells and reproduction in humans including the structure of male and female reproductive systems.

Forces – students develop an understanding of speed, distance-time graphs and forces arising from interactions of two objects

Summer 2 Energy – compares energy values of different foods, compares the amounts of energy transferred in appliances and fuels and energy resources

Year 8

Autumn 1 Health and Fitness – Students develop an understanding of the effects of recreational drugs on behaviour, health and life processes and

Light and Sound – encourages students to identify waves in the form of light and sound and the similarities and differences between these

Autumn 2 Pressure and Moments – identifies pressure in liquids, atmospheric pressure and how pressure is measured

Electricity – This unit focuses on electric current and voltage in simple circuits, as well as the differences in resistance between conducting and insulating components

Spring 1 Chemical Reactions – students learn about chemical reactions and representing these using chemical formulae and equations. This unit focuses on reactions of acids and metals as well as acids and carbonates
Spring 2 Plants and Ecology – students develop an understanding of the interdependence of organisms in an ecosystem, including food webs and insect pollinated crops.
Summer 1 Space – This unit focuses on gravitational forces and how this differs on different planets, weight and mass, the seasons and the Earth’s tilt
Summer 2 Applied Science – This final unit bridges the gap between Key Stage 3 and 4 and highlights some of the fundamental ideas such as Global Warming

 

To find out more information about this course, you can email science@heathpark.net.

Key Stage 4

Key Stage 4

Students will cover all three sciences over the three year period building on knowledge and skills they have developed during the KS3 curriculum. Students will be given the opportunity to carry out practical investigations. The students are given a broad curriculum covering aspects of science that will be important in their lives. The SOW has been designed to be engaging and will help develop the skills students need to problem solve and carry out scientific enquiry.

Key Information

  • Exam Board: AQA Combined Science Route and Triple Science Route
  • Lessons per week
    • Combined Science: 3 sessions
    • Triple Science: 6 sessions

Examination Details

Combined Science:

  • Six papers: two biology, two chemistry and two physics. Each will assess different topics.
  • Each paper is worth 16.7% of the final grade and has 70 marks.
  • All the papers are 1 hour 15 minutes.

Triple Science:

  • Six papers: two biology, two chemistry and two physics. Each will assess different topics.
  • Each paper is worth 50% of the grade and has 100 marks available.
  • All the papers are 1 hour 15 minutes.

Year 9 

Autumn 1 Physics – Motion and forces- Students will learn how to calculate speed and acceleration and see what forces are acting on objects.

Biology – Cells tissues and organs- Students will find out about different types of cells and how they combine together to make tissues and organs.

Chemistry – Fundamentals – Students will learn about the basics of chemistry.

Autumn 2 Physics – Momentum- Students will learn about how momentum is conserved and will apply this to real life situations.

Biology- Transport- Students will learn about transport in animals and plants. They need to know how this process can be speeded up.

Chemistry – Structure and bonding- Students will learn about the 3 different types of bonding.

Spring 1 Physics – Heat transfers- Students will build on knowledge from KS3 and learn about how energy can be transferred in different states.

Biology – Infection and disease- Students will learn about what the different types of diseases and how they affect the way our bodies work.

Chemistry – Structure and properties- Students will look at different types of compounds and how their properties arise.

Spring 2 Physics – Using energy- Students will learn about the different energy forms and how each form can be transferred from one for into another.

Biology – Organisms in the environment- Students look at plants and the factors that affect the rate of photosynthesis.

Chemistry- Identification- Students will discover how different inorganic chemicals can be identified using chemical tests.

Summer 1 Physics – Generating electricity- Students will learn about how electricity can be generated in renewable and non-renewable ways.

Biology – Respiration- Students will find out about aerobic and anaerobic respiration. They will see what is needed for each and the purpose of each type.

Chemistry – Crude oil and fuels- Students will learn about what crude oil is and how it can be distilled into different fractions. They will learn about different types of fuels and what each one can be used for.

Summer 2 Physics – Mains electricity- Students will examine the national grid and how electricity can be moved from one place to another.

Biology – Keeping healthy- Students will learn about the main food groups and what happens if these food groups become out of balance.

Chemistry – Products from oil- Students will find out about plastics and how they can be made from crude oil.

Year 10

Autumn 1 Biology – Cells tissues and organs- Students will find out about different types of cells and how they combine together to make tissues and organs.

Chemistry – Salts – Students will discover how salts are formed.

Physics- Waves- Students will look at different types of waves and will discover what the different properties are for longitudinal and transverse waves.

Autumn 2 Biology- Gas exchange- Students will learn about gas exchange in animals and plants. They need to know how this process can be speeded up.

Chemistry – Electrolysis- Students will discover how salts are formed and will find out how they can be split apart.

Physics- Electromagnetic waves- students will have an in depth look at the electromagnetic spectrum and what it can be used for.

Spring 1 Biology – Coordination and control- Students will learn about how the body reacts to stimuli and find out about the endocrine systems and why we need both systems.

Chemistry – How much- This unit will give the students the opportunity to develop their maths skills by doing complex chemical calculations.

Physics- Reflection of waves- students will be given the opportunity to explore how light can be reflected.

Spring 2 Biology- Homeostasis- Students look at systems within the body such as the kidneys that control the levels of substances within the body.

Chemistry – How much- This unit will give the students the opportunity to develop their maths skills by doing complex chemical calculations.

Physics- Circuits- Students will look at building different types of circuits and learn the different symbols used in circuit diagrams.

Summer 1 Biology – Inheritance- Student will out about inheritance. They will look at pedigree crosses and discover how characteristics can be passed down a family.

Chemistry – Moles and titrations – This unit will give the students the opportunity to develop their maths skills by doing complex chemical calculations.

Physics- Resistance- Students will experiment to find out the link between voltage and current. They will look at different types of components and how resistance plays a role in how they operate.

Summer 2 Biology – Variation – students will look at genetics, reproduction and how variation arises within plants and animals.

Chemistry – Our changing planet- Students will find out about how our atmosphere and the planet surface have changed over the past 4 billion years.

Physics- Mains electricity- Students will look at mains electricity and will see how electricity is generated and sent to our homes.

Year 11

Autumn 1 Biology – Coordination and control- Students will learn about how the body reacts to stimuli and find out about the nervous system.

Chemistry – Rates and energy- Students will carry out a number of experiments to find out how different factors affect the rate of reactions.

Physics- Magnetism- students will look at magnetic fields and how different magnetic fields can be used for example in electricity generation.

Autumn 2 Biology – Old and new species- Students will study why species become extinct and how new species are formed through the process of evolution.

Chemistry – Energy changes- Students will carry out a number of experiments to investigate exothermic and endothermic reactions.

Physics- National grid- students will look at transformers and how electricity is transferred to our homes.

Spring 1 Biology – Variation and evolution- Students will find out about why variation is important and then link this to the evolution of a species using Darwin’s Theory of Natural Selection.

Chemistry – Equilibria – Students will find out how particular conditions effect equilibrium by applying their knowledge to the Haber process.

Physics-Density of materials- students will to see how the density of materials can be calculated.

Spring 2 Biology – Energy in biomass- Students will look at different types of food chains and food webs and learn how energy is transferred through an ecosystem.

Chemistry- Water- students will look at the chemistry of water and how water can be treated.

Physics- Specific heat capacity- students look to see how energy transfer can be calculated from experimental data.

Summer 1 Revision
Summer 2 Revision

 

To find out more information about this course, you can email science@heathpark.net.

Key Stage 5 – Biology

Key Stage 5 – Biology

The course builds on concepts and skills that will have been developed in the new GCSE.

Science specifications. It presents biology as exciting, relevant and challenging. The course presents essential principles in contexts that we know students find interesting. It will stimulate the enthusiasm of students and teachers from the start.

Key Information

  • Exam Board: AQA
  • Lessons per week: 4 sessions

Examination Details

AS level

  • Paper 1 50% of AS  (75 marks) 1 hour 30 min
  • Paper 2  50% of AS (75 marks) 1 hour 30 min

A Level

  • Paper 1 35% of A level (91 marks) 2 hours
  • Paper 2 35% of A level (91 marks) 2 hours
  • Paper 3 30% of A level  (78 marks) 2 hours

Year 12

Autumn 1 Biological Molecules

All life on Earth shares a common chemistry. This provides indirect evidence for evolution. Despite their great variety, the cells of all living organisms contain only a few groups of carbon-based compounds that interact in similar ways.

Autumn 2 Cells

All life on Earth exists as cells. These have basic features in common. Differences between cells are due to the addition of extra features. This provides indirect evidence for evolution.

Spring 1 Exchange in organisms

The internal environment of a cell or organism is different from its external environment. The exchange of substances between the internal and external environments takes place at exchange surfaces. To truly enter or leave an organism, most substances must cross cell plasma membranes.

Spring 2 Genetic information variation and relationships

Biological diversity – biodiversity – is reflected in the vast number of species of organisms, in the variation of individual characteristics within a single species and in the variation of cell types within a single multicellular organism.

Summer 1 Revision
Summer 2 Examinations

Year 13

Autumn 1 Energy transfers between organisms

Life depends on continuous transfers of energy. In photosynthesis, light is absorbed by chlorophyll and this is linked to the production of ATP. In respiration, various substances are used as respiratory substrates. The hydrolysis of these respiratory substrates is linked to the production of ATP.

Autumn 2 How organisms respond to changes in their environment

An organisms survival is dependent upon its ability to respond to the environment. This topic will explore the various ways living things are able to respond to environmental changes.

Spring 1 Genetics and populations

The theory of evolution underpins modern Biology. All new species arise from an existing species. This results in different species sharing a common ancestry, as represented in phylogenetic classification.

Spring 2 Control of gene expression  /  Core assessment

Cells are able to control their metabolic activities by regulating the transcription and translation of their genome. Although the cells within an organism carry the same genetic code, they translate only part of it. In multicellular organisms, this control of translation enables cells to have specialised functions, forming tissues and organs.

Summer 1 Revision
Summer 2 Examinations

 

To find out more information about this course, you can email science@heathpark.net.

Key Stage 5 – Physics

Key Stage 5  – Physics

The course builds on concepts and skills that will have been developed in the new GCSE.

Science specifications. It presents Physics as exciting, relevant and challenging. The course presents essential principles in contexts that we know students find interesting. It will stimulate the enthusiasm of students and teachers from the start.

Key Information

  • Exam Board: AQA
  • Lessons per week: 4 sessions

Examination Details

AS level

  • Paper 1 50% of AS  (70 marks) 1 hour 30 min
  • Paper 2  50% of AS (70 marks) 1 hour 30 min

A Level

  • Paper 1 34% of A level (85 marks) 2 hours
  • Paper 2 34% of A level (85 marks) 2 hours
  • Paper 3 32% of A level  (80 marks) 2 hours

Year 12

Autumn 1 Measurements and errors

For the students a working knowledge of the specified fundamental (base) units of measurement is vital. They will carry out practical work in the subject which will underpin awareness of the nature of measurement errors and of their numerical treatment. They will learn how to carry through reasonable estimations which is a skill that is required throughout the course and beyond.

Particles and radiation

This section introduces students both to the fundamental properties of matter, and to electromagnetic radiation and quantum phenomena. Through a study of these topics, students become aware of the way ideas develop and evolve in physics. They will appreciate the importance of international collaboration in the development of new experiments and theories in this area of fundamental research.

Autumn 2 Waves

GCSE studies of wave phenomena are extended through a development of knowledge of the characteristics, properties, and applications of travelling waves and stationary waves. Topics treated

include refraction, diffraction, superposition and interference.

Spring 1 Mechanics and materials

Vectors and their treatment are introduced followed by development of the student’s knowledge and understanding of forces, energy and momentum. The section continues with a study of materials

considered in terms of their bulk properties and tensile strength. As with earlier topics, this section and also the following section Electricity would provide a good starting point for students who prefer to begin by consolidating work

Spring 2 Electricity

This section builds on and develops earlier study of these phenomena from GCSE. It provides opportunities for the development of practical skills at an early stage in the course and lays the groundwork for later study of the many electrical applications that are important to society.

Summer 1 Revision
Summer 2 Examinations

Year 13

Autumn 1 Further mechanics and thermal physics

The earlier study of mechanics is further advanced through a consideration of circular motion and simple harmonic motion (the harmonic oscillator). A further section allows the thermal properties of materials, the properties and nature of ideal gases, and the molecular kinetic theory to be studied in depth.

Autumn 2 Fields and their consequences

The concept of field is one of the great unifying ideas in physics. The ideas of gravitation, electrostatics and magnetic field theory are developed within the topic to emphasise this unification. Many ideas from

mechanics and electricity from earlier in the course support this and are further developed. Practical applications considered include: planetary and satellite orbits, capacitance and capacitors, their charge and discharge through resistors, and electromagnetic induction. These topics have considerable impact

on modern society.

Spring 1 Nuclear physics

This section builds on the work of Particles and radiation to link the properties of the nucleus to the production of nuclear power through the characteristics of the nucleus, the properties of unstable nuclei, and the link between energy and mass. Students should become aware of the physics that

underpins nuclear energy production and also of the impact that it can have on society.

Spring 2 Options

Students are able to choose an options unit that meets their interests. The options include

1.       Astrophysics

2.       Medical Physics

3.       Engineering Physics

4.       Turning points in Physics

5.       Electronics

Summer 1 Revision
Summer 2 Examinations

 

To find out more information about this course, you can email science@heathpark.net.