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 Core Science and Additional Science (OCR)
  • 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.

OPTIONS OFFERED AT THE END OF YEAR 9

Year 7 topics

  • Cells, Tissues And Organs
  • Reproducation
  • 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 Double Award 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.

The current year Eleven are continuing with the legacy specification OCR GCSE courses in Core and Additional Science or Triple Award Science.

The Legacy GCSE Double Award Science course follows the following units

  • Understanding Organisms
  • Understanding Our Environment
  • Living And Growing
  • Plants
  • Carbon Chemistry
  • Chemical Resources
  • Chemical Economics
  • The Periodic Table
  • Energy For The Home
  • Living For The Future
  • Forces For Transport
  • Radiation For Life

The Legacy GCSE Biology course follows the following units

  • Understanding Organisms
  • Understanding Our Environment
  • Living And Growing
  • Plants
  • The Living Body
  • Beyond The Microscope

The Legacy GCSE Chemistry course follows the following units

  • Carbon Chemistry
  • Chemical Resources
  • Chemical Economics
  • The Periodic Table
  • Quantitative Chemistry
  • Chemistry Out There

The Legacy GCSE Physics course follows the following units

  • Energy For The Home
  • Living For The Future
  • Forces For Transport
  • Radiation For Life
  • Space For Reflection
  • Electricity

Units studied in year 10

  • OCR Gateway GCSE Core Science J261
  • B711 75 minute Exam 35% of total mark
  • B712 90 minute Exam 40% of total mark
  • B713 Controlled Assessment 25% of total mark

Units studied in year 11

  • OCR Gateway GCSE Additional Science J262
  • B721 75 minute Exam 35% of total mark
  • B722 90 minute Exam 40% of total mark
  • B723 Controlled Assessment 25% of total mark
  • Units studied in Triple Science Year 10 and 11
  • OCR Gateway GCSE Biology J263
  • B731 75 minute Exam 35% of total mark
  • B732 90 minute Exam 40% of total mark
  • OCR Gateway GCSE Chemistry J264
  • B741 75 minute Exam 35% of total mark
  • B742 90 minute Exam 40% of total mark
  • B743 Controlled Assessment 25% of total mark
  • OCR Gateway GCSE Physics J265
  • B751 75 minute Exam 35% of total mark
  • B752 90 minute Exam 40% of total mark
  • B753 Controlled Assessment 25% of total mark
December 13, 2017
  • Y7 Dream Day Event - Z Arts
    December 13, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 11:50 am

  • Y8 Rewards Trip - Inflata Nation
    December 13, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 11:30 am

  • Y9 Rewards Trip - Inflata Nation
    December 13, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

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