Science

Key Stage 3

 

Year 7:

All pupils will follow the National Curriculum for Science using the Exploring Science scheme as a framework.

Pupils will cover 12 modules of content: 4 Biology (Cells, tissues, organs and systems; Reproduction in animals; Muscles and bones and Ecosystems), 4 Chemistry (Mixtures and separation; Acids and alkalis; The particle model and Atoms, elements and molecules) and 4 Physics (Energy; Current electricity; Forces and Sound). Each module will have ‘Working Scientifically’ and ‘Literacy and Communication’ skills in taught in them.

Assessment is made on end of topic tests and end of term tests.

Year 8:

All pupils will follow the National Curriculum for Science using the Exploring Science scheme as a framework.

Pupils cover 12 modules of content: 4 Biology (Food and nutrition; Plants and their reproduction; Breathing and respiration and Unicellular organisms), 4 Chemistry (Combustion; The periodic table; Metals and their uses and Rocks) and 4 Physics (Fluids; Light; Energy transfers and Earth and space). Each module will have ‘Working Scientifically’ and ‘Literacy and Communication’ skills in taught in them.

Assessment is made on end of topic tests and end of term tests.

 

Key Stage 4

All pupils will be working on AQA GCSEs in Science from Year 9 to Y11 starting from the academic year 2016-2017. The GCSEs have terminal exams in year eleven and whilst there is no formal coursework, there are required practicals which can be assessed within the exams. These required practicals can be found on the VLE in the Science section.

 Pupils will either follow one of two routes.

 

1. Combined Science: Trilogy (Double award)

This is assessed through six exam papers of one hour fifteen minutes duration (seven and half hours of assessment).

 

2. Separate Sciences: Biology, Chemistry and Physics (Triple award).

This is assessed through six exam papers of one hour forty-five minutes duration (ten and a half hours of assessment).

 

Both routes cover exactly the same modules and both have a higher and foundation tier of entry.

 

Irrespective of the strand undertaken by a pupil, both courses allow entry into the Sixth Form to study pure Science A levels. The exact criteria for entry to study A level sciences will be published during the course of the year in which your son/daughter begins year eleven.

 

Pupils will cover the following modules:

Biology:

1.Cells and Transport

2- Cell Division

3- Organisation and the digestive system

4- Organising animals and plants

5- Communicable diseases

6-Preventing and treating disease

7-Non-communable diseases

8-Photosynthesis

9-Respiration

10- The human nervous system

11-Hormonal coordination

12-Homeostasis in action

13-Reproduction

14-Variation and evolution

15-Genetics and evolution

16- Adaptations, interdependence and competition

17- Organising an ecosystem

18- Biodiversity and ecosystems

 

Biology paper 1 is chapters 1-9

Biology paper 2 is chapters 10-18

Chapters 5, 6,10, 11, 13, 14, 15, 17 and 18 all have extra content for Separate Sciences (therefore Trilogy students will not cover all the content for these modules)

Chapter 12 is for Separate Science students only.

 

Chemistry

1 Atomic Structure

2 The periodic table

3 Structure and bonding

4 Chemical calculations

5 Chemical changes

6 Electrolysis

7 Energy changes

8 Rates and equilibrium

9 Crude oil and fuels

10 Organic reactions

11 Polymers

12 Chemical analysis

13 The Earth’s atmosphere

14 The Earth’s resources

15 Using our resources

 

Paper 1 is chapters 1-7. Paper 2 is chapters 8-15.

Chapters 2,3,4,5,7 and 12 all have extra content for Separate Science students (Trilogy students will not be taught all content for these modules).

Chapters 10, 11 and 15 are for Separate Science students only.

 

Physics

1.   Conservation and Dissipation of Energy

2.   Energy Transfer by Heating

3.   Energy resources

4.   Electric Circuits

5.   Electricity in the home

6.   Molecules and Matter

7.   Radioactivity

8.   Forces in balance

9.   Motion

10. Force and motion

11. Force and pressure

12. Wave properties

13. Electromagnetic waves

14. Light

15. Electromagnetism

16. Space

Paper 1 Chapters 1-7

Paper 2 Chapters 8-16

Modules 4,6,7,8,12 and 15 have additional content for Separate Science students (Trilogy students will not be taught all of the content of these modules).

Modules 11, 14 and 16 are Separate Science students only.

Year 11 - 2016/17

 

Assessment Methods

The two main routes to a Science qualification at St Mary’s are;

• Studying Biology, Chemistry and Physics as separate sciences with OCR 21st Century Science. Pupils following this route will gain three GCSE qualifications. This route is only for more able students as the course content is significantly larger than a Double Science qualification. Students study seven modules per subject. The seventh module is significantly more advanced and has more content - the equivalent of three modules. This route is referred to as ‘Triple Science’. All examinations for each separate Science subject will be taken in the summer of Year 11. There will be three exams and a long investigation Controlled Assessment for each GCSE. A decision as to whether your child will be studying the Double or Triple award is made at the start of Year 10 primarily based on two internal exams - one taken at the end of Year 9 and the other taken at the start of Year 10.

• Studying OCR 21st Century ‘Science A’ and ‘Additional Science’ qualifications. Pupils following this route will gain two GCSE qualifications. This route is referred to as ‘Double Science’. Students have terminal examinations for both qualifications in June of Year 11 (75%) and they also submit a Controlled Assessment piece for each qualification in May (25%).

The units studied across all 3 qualifications are:

B1: You and Your Genes

B2: Keeping Healthy

B3: Life on Earth

B4: The Processes of Life

B5: Growth and Development

B6: Brain and Mind

C1: Air Quality

C2: Material Choices

C3: Chemicals in our Lives

C4: Chemical patterns

C5: Chemicals of the Natural Environment

C6: Chemical Synthesis

P1: The Earth in the Universe

P2: Radiation and Life

P3: Sustainable Energy

P4: Explaining Motion

P5: Electric Circuits

P6: Radioactive Materials

 

Topics 1-3 make up the ‘Science A’ qualification.

Topics 4-6 make up the ‘Additional Science’ qualification.

 

Both units are graded independently of each other to provide two GCSE grades.

 

The extra units studied for the Triple Qualification are:

B7: Further Biology

C7: Further Chemistry

P7: Further Physics

 

Key Stage 5

 

A-Level Biology

Exam Board: AQA

Biology involves the study of a wide range of exciting topics, ranging from molecular biology to the study of ecosystems and from micro-organisms to mammoths. Biology is a dynamic subject never far from the headlines.

In the first year you will study 4 main topics:

• Biological molecules

• Cells

• Organisms exchange substances with their environment

• Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms

In addition will there are numerous opportunities to use practical experiences to link theory to reality, and equip you with the essential practical skills you need. Assessment of practical skills in this AS specification will be by written exams only with 15% of the marks in the papers relating to practical work.

AS is assessed by two written papers both of which are 1 hour 30 minutes ,worth 75 marks and comprising 50% each of the AS qualification

Year two helps you build on that firm foundation and at A level you will study

• Energy transfers in and between organisms (A-level only)

• Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments (A-level only)

• Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems (A-level only)

• The control of gene expression (A-level only)

At A-level you will assessed by 3 written papers, each of 2 hours.

Practical assessments have been divided into those that can be assessed in written exams and those that can only be directly assessed whilst students are carrying out experiments. A-level grades will be based only on marks from written exams. A separate endorsement of practical skills will be taken alongside the A-level. This will be assessed by teachers and will be based on direct observation of your competency in a range of skills that are not assessable in written exams.

 

A-Level Chemistry

 

Exam board: OCR

Course: OCR level 3 Advanced GCE in Chemistry A.

The scheme of work can be found in the Science VLE.

This is a linear two year course with 3 exams covering 6 modules (module content and examinations are outlined in the tables below).

Assessment overview

Periodic table, elements and physical Chemistry  (01)

100 marks: 15 marks of multiple choice. 85 marks for short and extended answer questions.

2hr 15 minutes

Written paper

Content from modules 1, 2, 3 and 5

37% of A level

Synthesis and analytical techniques (02)

100 marks: 15 marks multiple choice. 85 marks for short and extended answer questions.

2hr 15 minutes

Written paper

Content from modules 1, 2, 4 and 6

37% of A level

Unified Chemistry (03)

70 marks: All marks are for short and extended answer questions.

1hr 30 minutes

Written paper

All modules 1-6

26% of A level

Practical endorsement in Chemistry (04)

Non exam assessment

Reported separately

Content overview

Module 1- Development of practical skills in Chemistry.

Module 2-Foundations in Chemistry

Module 3-Periodic table and energy

Module 4-Core organic Chemistry

Module 5-Physical Chemistry and transition elements

Module 6-Organic Chemistry and analysis

A-Level Physics

 

Exam board: Edexcel

Course: Pearson Edexcel level 3 Advanced GCE in Physics.

This is a linear two year course with 3 exams covering 12 modules and practical principles (as detailed below)

Assessment overview

A level Paper 1 – Advanced Physics I

 

90 marks 1 hour 45 minutes

 

Question types: multiple choice, short and long answer questions, and calculations.

 

Questions assessing students’ use of mathematical skills will make up 40% of the exam papers.

 

• Working as a Physicist

• Mechanics

• Electric Circuits

• Further Mechanics

• Electric and Magnetic Fields

• Nuclear and Particle Physics

30% of A level

A level Paper 2 – Advanced Physics II

 

90 marks  1 hour 45 minutes

 

Question types: multiple choice, short and long answer questions, and calculations.

 

Questions assessing students’ use of mathematical skills will make up 40% of the exam papers.

 

• Working as a Physicist

• Materials

• Waves and the Particle Nature of Light

• Thermodynamics

• Space

• Nuclear Radiation

• Gravitational Fields

• Oscillations

30% of A level

A level Paper 3 – General and Practical Principles in Physics

 

120 marks         2 hours 30 minutes

 

• All topics across the full A level specification.

• Half of the paper will also focus on testing students’ knowledge and understanding of 

  practical skills and techniques.

40% of A level

There are 16 core practicals that cover all of the 12 techniques required for the practical competency measure.

• Knowledge of all core practicals can be tested within exam papers.

• Core practicals form part of the practical competency assessment.

Reported separately

 

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