Science

HEAD OF SUBJECT - MRS M.DAVIES

Contact m.davies@smithillsschool.net

We aim to be a high performing department that has high standards and expectations for both staff and pupils. The provision of a highly engaging, skills based curriculum that challenges and motivates pupils to learn and achieve is paramount. We strive to equip pupils with the skills they require to make good progress across the curriculum and as lifelong learners. Underpinning our vision is the provision of a supportive, nurturing learning environment where all pupils feel confident to participate, strive to achieve their full potential and enjoy learning.

The Science Department consists of a team of 10 specialist teachers and has 10 purpose built science laboratories. ICT within Science is well developed and integral to the course. Each laboratory has interactive technology, computers and projector, to enable pupils to fully engage with learning. We also have a designated ICT suite for pupils to use.

Careers

​Biology can be useful in many different careers including jobs within environmental sciences, medicine and nursing, and science and research.

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Chemistry can be useful in many different job families such as engineering and manufacturing, science and research, as well as medicine and nursing and environmental science.

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 Physics and the problem solving skills it develops is useful in many different job families including agriculture, plans and land, environmental sciences, construction, engineering and manufacturing, medicine and nursing, medical technology, and science and research.

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Extra-curricular Science

​The science department arranges a variety of extra-curricular activities throughout the academic year such as Salters’ Festival of Chemistry, Science Shows by Sam Gregson at Bolton School, Science & Technology Challenge Day and revision and catch up classes.

 

Key Stage 3 

In Science students follow a 5 year GCSE curriculum.There are 10 big ideas: Forces, Electromagnetism, Energy, Waves, Matter, Reactions, Earth, Organisms, Ecosystems and Genes. Each big idea contains smaller topics that build in complexity from year 7-11. 

Working scientifically, mathematical skills are literacy skills are embedded throughout the schemes of learning to meet the demands of the new GCSE curriculum.

 

Throughout each topic pupils will complete a variety of assessments to prepare for the new (9-1) GCSEs. These include summary and exam-style questions with GCSE command words, as well as extended writing, mathematical and working scientifically tasks. 

 

Year 7

Autumn term

  • Forces (Physics) – Speed and gravity 

  • Matter (Chemistry) – Particle model and separating mixtures

Spring Term

  • Organisms (Biology) – Movement and cells 

  • Electromagnets (Physics) - Potential difference, current and resistance

Summer Term

  • Earth (Chemistry) – Earths structure and the universe 

  • Ecosystems (Biology) – Interdependence and plant reproduction 

  • End of Year Test assessing all topics learnt throughout the year

 

Year 8

Autumn Term

  • Energy (Physics) – Energy costs and transfer

  • Reactions (Chemistry) – Acids and alkalis, metals and non-metals 

Spring Term

  • Genes (Biology) - Variation and human reproduction

  • Forces (Physics) – Contact forces and pressure

Summer Term

  • Earth (Chemistry) - Climate and earth’s resources

  • Organisms (Biology) – Breathing and digestion

  • Waves (Physics) – Sound and light

  • End of Year Test assessing all topics learnt throughout the year

 

Year 9

Autumn Term

  • Energy (Physics) – work and heating and cooling 

  • Reactions (chemistry) – Types of reaction and chemical energy

  • Genes (Biology) – Evolution and inheritance 

Spring Term

  • Electromagnets (Physics) – Magnetism and electromagnets 

  • Matter (chemistry) Elements and the periodic table

  • Ecosystems (Biology) – Respiration and photosynthesis 

Summer Term

  • Waves (Physics) – Wave effects and wave properties 

  • Students start AQA GCSE Combined Science: Trilogy

Biology: Infection and response

Chemistry: Chemistry of the atmosphere and Using resources.

  • End of Year Test assessing all topics learnt throughout the year

 

 

Key Stage 4 
Students follow the AQA Trilogy Specification if doing the double award. This qualification is linear. Linear means that students will sit all their exams at the end of the course.


As this is a linear course, the following topics, in all 3 sciences, will be delivered over the course of year 10 and 11.

 

Year 10 & Year 11 – GCSE Combined Science

 

Biology
1. Cell biology
2. Organisation
3. Infection and response
4. Bioenergetics
5. Homeostasis and response
6. Inheritance, variation and evolution
7. Ecology

 

Chemistry
8. Atomic structure and the periodic table
9. Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter
10. Quantitative chemistry
11. Chemical changes
12. Energy changes
13. The rate and extent of chemical change
14. Organic chemistry
15. Chemical analysis
16. Chemistry of the atmosphere
17. Using resources

 

Physics
18. Energy
19. Electricity
20. Particle model of matter
21. Atomic structure
22. Forces
23. Waves
24. Magnetism and electromagnetism

Exam Board Specifications
Visit the website 
(http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/combined-science-trilogy-8464).

 

Year 10 & Year 11 – Triple Science
All 3 qualifications are linear. Linear means that students will sit all their exams at the end of the course.

 

Biology
1. Cell biology
2. Organisation
3. Infection and response
4. Bioenergetics
5. Homeostasis and response
6. Inheritance, variation and evolution
7. Ecology
8. Key ideas

 

Chemistry
1. Atomic structure and the periodic table
2. Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter
3. Quantitative chemistry
4. Chemical changes
5. Energy changes
6. The rate and extent of chemical change
7. Organic chemistry
8. Chemical analysis
9. Chemistry of the atmosphere
10. Using resources

 

Physics
1. Energy
2. Electricity
3. Particle model of matter
4. Atomic structure
5. Forces
6. Waves
7. Magnetism and electromagnetism
8. Space physics

Exam Board Specifications
Visit the website
 (http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/biology-8461).
Visit the website (http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/chemistry-8462).
Visit the website (http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/physics-8463).

​Revision

KS3 Revision websites

KS4 Revision websites