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Curriculum | Science

Faculty Vision

  • To teach Science so that it is an enjoyable and participatory experience for all students enabling each student to achieve her full potential.
  • To foster continually improving standards in pupils work by improving the quality of teaching and learning.
  • To encourage creative, independent thinking and develop students problem solving skills.
  • To inspire students to enjoy life-long learning.
  • To build on the experiences of students in the home, school and community.
  • To demonstrate to students the relevance of Science in the community, the environment the world of work and in their everyday lives.
  • To raise the awareness of students to Science being a truly international subject and the use of Science in other countries and cultures.
  • To prepare students for life after school in a modern technological society.
  • To celebrate the achievements of students in Science.

Subjects Included:

  • Double Award Science
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics

Curriculum Overview:

Year 7 – 3 periods per week
Year 8 – 4 periods per week
Year 9 – 4 periods per week

GCSE Courses:

  • GCSE Triple (OCR)

Topics Covered:

Key Stage 3 (Years 7 and 8):

Year 7 and 8 follow the Exploring Science course, which the department has developed to prepare the students for their GCSE Science courses. The students also follow a separate course to develop their thinking skills and develop their scientific understanding.

Key Stage 4 (Years 9, 10 and 11):

The Science department follows the OCR Gateway syllabus for Science, Biology, Chemistry and Physics.  All year 9 students begin their GCSE Science in January of year 9 having completed a preparation for GCSE course in the Autumn term of year 9.

Year 7 topics

  • Cells, Tissues And Organs
  • Ecology
  • Classification
  • Acids And Alkalis
  • Chemical Reactions
  • States of Matter
  • Materials From The Earth
  • Energy
  • Electricity
  • Forces
  • The Solar System

Year 8 topics

  • Digestion
  • Respiration
  • Diseases
  • Extinction
  • Solvents
  • Recycling
  • Reactivity
  • The Rock Cycle
  • Heat Transfers
  • Further Forces
  • Light
  • Sound

Year 9 topics

  • Science and Fiction
  • On The Farm
  • Sculpture Park
  • Cleaning Up
  • Satellites And Space
  • Record Breakers

All students then start the new OCR GCSE Syllabus in January of year 9.

The GCSE Science course follows the following units

Topic B1: Cell level systems
Topic B2: Scaling up
Topic B3: Organism level systems
Topic B4: Community level systems
Topic B5: Interaction between systems
Topic B6: Global challenges
Practical skills (PAGs B1-B5)
Topic C1: Particles
Topic C2: Elements, compounds and mixtures
Topic C3: Chemical reactions
Topic C4: Predicting and identifying reactions and products
Topic C5: Monitoring and controlling chemical reactions
Topic C6: Global challenges
Practical skills (PAGs C1-C5)
Topic P1: Matter
Topic P2: Forces
Topic P3: Electricity and magnetism
Topic P4: Waves and radioactivity
Topic P5: Energy
Topic P6: Global challenges
Practical skills (PAGs P1-P6)

There are six GCSE exam papers, each examines three topics 1, 2 and 3 then 4, 5, and 6. Each exam is 70 minutes long and carries 60 marks. Each exam counts towards 16.7% of the final grades.

The GCSE Triple Award Science course follows the following topics

Biology

Topic B1: Cell level systems
Topic B2: Scaling up
Topic B3: Organism level systems
Topic B4: Community level systems
Topic B5: Genes, inheritance and selection
Topic B6: Global challenges
Topic B7: Practical skills

There are two GCSE exam papers, each examines three topics 1, 2 and 3 then 4, 5, and 6. Each exam is 105 minutes long and carries 90 marks. Each exam counts towards 50% of the final grade.

Chemistry

Topic C1: Particles
Topic C2: Elements, compounds and mixtures
Topic C3: Chemical reactions
Topic C4: Predicting and identifying reactions and products
Topic C5: Monitoring and controlling chemical reactions
Topic C6: Global challenge
Topic C7 : Practical skills

There are two GCSE exam papers, each examines three topics 1, 2 and 3 then 4, 5, and 6. Each exam is 105 minutes long and carries 90 marks. Each exam counts towards 50% of the final grade.

Physics

Topic P1: Matter
Topic P2: Forces
Topic P3: Electricity
Topic P4: Magnetism and magnetic fields
Topic P5: Waves in matter
Topic P6: Radioactivity
Topic P7: Energy
Topic P8: Global challenges
Topic P9: Practical skills

There are two GCSE exam papers, each examines three topics 1, 2, 3 and 4 then 5, 6, 7 and 8. Each exam is 105 minutes long and carries 90 marks. Each exam counts towards 50% of the final grade.

Levenshulme High School

School Address

Levenshulme High School
Crossley Road
Levenshulme
Manchester
M19 1FS

Telephone:

0161 224 4625

Fax:

0161 256 1170

Email:

office@levenshulmehigh.co.uk

Get in Touch

Please direct all queries in the first instance to Mrs Tebb