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Science

Students throughout Key Stage 3 and 4 follow the national curriculum for science. At Key Stage 4 students follow either the Combined Science (9-1) double GCSE course, or study for separate GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

At Key Stage 5 we offer AS and A level courses in Biology, Chemistry Physics and Psychology.

Extra-Curricular Activities

Students at Key Stage 3 have the opportunity to participate in:

  • Whizz Pop Bang Science Club with Paul Foster 3.30-4.00 Tuesdays for Yrs. 7/8 (fun experiments and challenges to promote a love of science)
  • LEGO Club with Louise Oliver and Paul Foster 3.30-4.30 Fridays for Yrs. 7/8/9 (building and programming LEGO MINDSTORMS robotic models in preparation for the annual First Lego League regional, national and international competitions) 

In Key Stage 4, the following extra-curricular activities are available:

  • Revision and intervention; all Science teachers 3.30-4.30 Wednesdays for Yr.11
  • Well-being Gardening Group with Paul Foster during form time Thursdays for Yr. 10 (developing and making good use of the science garden area to promote student well-being and healthy outdoors activity)

In Key Stage 5:

  • A Level Physics revision and intervention with Andy Kirk Fridays 3.40-4.30 for Yrs. 12/13
  • Sixth Form Science Committee with Louise Oliver during form time Fridays for Yrs. 12/13 (planning and delivering science quizzes and other experiments/activities for younger year groups and feeder primary schools to promote a love of science)

For further information regarding science programmes of study please see the information below or contact Head of Science Mr K. Fryett.

The Key Stage 3 Curriculum 

The Key Stage 4 Curriculum

Combined Science (9-1)

Biology 1:
Cells and control; Genetics; Natural selection and genetic modification; Ecosystems and material cycles.

Biology 2:
Plant structure and their functions; Animal coordination, control and homeostasis; Exchange and transport in animals; Health disease and the development of medicines.

Chemistry 1:
Atomic structure and the Periodic table, ionic bonding, covalent bonding, types of substance, calculations involving masses; States of matter; methods of separating and purifying substances; acids; obtaining and using metals; electrolytic processes; reversible reactions and equilibria.

Chemistry 2:
Rates of reaction; Fuels; Heat energy changes in chemical reactions; the earth and atmosphere.

Physics 1:
Motion, forces and conservation of energy; Waves; Light and the electromagnetic spectrum; Particle model; Radioactivity; Astronomy.

Physics 2:
Energy – Forces doing work; Forces and their effects; Electricity and circuits; Magnetism and the motor effect; Particle model 2; Forces and matter.

Separate GCSE Science

Biology
Overarching concepts in biology; Cells and control; Genetics; Natural selection and genetic modification; Ecosystems and material cycles. Plant structure and their functions; Animal coordination, control and homeostasis; Exchange and transport in animals; Health disease and the development of medicines

Chemistry
Atomic structure and the Periodic table, ionic bonding, covalent bonding, types of substance, calculations involving masses; States of matter; methods of separating and purifying substances; acids; obtaining and using metals; electrolytic processes; reversible reactions and equilibria; Rates of reaction; Fuels; Heat energy changes in chemical reactions; the earth and atmosphere; Transition metals, alloys and corrosion; Quantitative analysis; Dynamic equilibria and calculations involving volumes of gases; Chemical cells and fuel cells; qualitative analysis; hydrocarbons; polymers; Alcohols and carboxylic acids; Bulk and surface properties of matter including nanoparticles.

Physics
Waves; Light and the electromagnetic spectrum; Particle model –1; Radioactivity; Astronomy; Energy - Forces doing work; Forces and their effects; Electricity and circuits; Static electricity; Magnetism and the motor effect; Electromagnetic induction; Particle model – 2; Forces and matter.

The Key Stage 5 Curriculum