Science

Preparing students for life after school in a modern technological society by encouraging creative, independent thinking and developing student’s problem solving skills

Head of Faculty

Ms M. Simpkins (msimpkins@levenshulmehigh.co.uk)


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

  • 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)
  • GCSE Courses: GCSE Combined Science

Topics Covered

Key Stage 3

Key Stage 3 students follow the Exploring Science course which the department has designed carefully to build on scientific skills gained at Key Stage 2 and develop inquisitive and enquiring scientific minds. Through building up a body of key, concepts and skills students can explore the world around them with a keen sense of curiosity and excitement.

Key Stage 4

The Science department follows the OCR Gateway syllabus for Science, Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

Year 7

  • Cells, Tissues And Organs
  • Ecology
  • Acids And Alkalis
  • Chemical Reactions
  • States of Matter
  • Water
  • Energy
  • Electricity
  • The Solar System

Year 8

  • Digestion
  • Respiration
  • Diseases
  • Polymers and Recycling
  • Compounds, Elements and Mixtures
  • Intermolecular forces and Bonding
  • Energy Stores and Transfers
  • Heat Transfers
  • Light
  • Sound

Year 9

  • Science and Fiction
  • On The Farm
  • Sculpture Park
  • Cleaning Up
  • Electricity

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

GCSE Science

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.

Quality Marks, Awards & Affiliations

We strive for excellence and are very proud of our achievements and affiliations.

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