Science

At Wilnecote High School we aim to provide all our students with both the scientific knowledge and transferable lifelong skills in the form of practical lessons.

 

We condense Key Stage 3 Science in to the first 2 years. We use this time to teach a strong foundation of key scientific concepts but also to develop the skills that will allow our students to fully access the GCSE content later on.

Year 7 and 8 classes are all ability groups with the class teacher differentiating their lessons to suit the needs of individual pupils.

In year 9 our students begin to study the course content for GCSE. This is to allow sufficient time to cover all required aspects of the three subject areas; Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

In year 10 students will have chosen to follow either the double award pathway or the separate sciences pathway. Those that opt for the double award route will follow the AQA Trilogy course and achieve a qualification which is equivalent to two GCSEs. Those that opt to follow the separate sciences pathway will achieve three separate GCSEs in each of the three sciences biology, chemistry and physics. Much of the content is common to both pathways and students study this in all ability groups. The additional content requited for the separate sciences is studied in five additional lessons per fortnight for the students following this pathway.

All students cover the same topics but the level that they work at is based upon prior knowledge and achievement.

 

Topics covered are as follows:

Year 7:

Cells; Particles; Sound;  Forces; Environment; Acids and Alkalis; Using Particles; Bones and Muscles; Reproduction; Gravity

Year 8:

Forces and Motion; Electricity; Pressure; Chemical Reactions; Circulatory System; Photosynthesis; Breathing; Variation; Elements and Compounds; Dissolving; Magnets

Each topic is assessed separately and there is an end of year exam which assesses all the work covered that year.

In Year 9:

Students begin to study for their GCSE course (see KS4 tab)

  Biology Chemistry Physics
 

Year 9

Trilogy

1.       1. Cell biology

2.       2. Organization

 

1.       1. Atomic structure and the periodic table

2.       2. Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter

 

1. Maths for Physics

2. Energy

3. Change of State and the Particle Model of Matter

 

Year 10

Trilogy

3.       3. Infection and response

4.       4. Bioenergetics

 

3.       3. Quantitative chemistry

4.       4. Chemical changes

5.       5. Energy changes

6.       6. The rate and extent of chemical change

 

4. 3 Atomic Structure

5. Forces and Motion

6. Waves

 

 

Year 11

Trilogy

5.       5. Homeostasis and response

6.       6. Inheritance, variation and evolution

7.       7. Ecology

 

8.       7. Organic chemistry

9.       8. Chemical analysis

10.   9. Chemistry of the atmosphere

11.   10. Using resources

 

7. Electricity

8. Magnetism and electromagnetism

 

 

Final Assessment for Double Award (Combined Science Trilogy)

(6 written papers total)

 

 

 

2 written papers

1 hour and 15 minutes each

Each worth 16.7% of GCSE

33.4% total

 

 

2 written papers

1 hour and 15 minutes each

Each worth 16.7% of GCSE

33.4% total

 

 

2 written papers

1 hour and 15 minutes each

Each worth 16.7% of GCSE

33.4% total

Biology Chemistry Physics
·         Culturing microorganisms

·         Monoclonal antibodies

·         Plant disease

·         The brain

·         The eye

·         Control of body temperature

·         Maintaining water and nitrogen balance in the body

·         Plant hormones

·         Advantages and disadvantages of sexual and asexual reproduction

·         DNA structure

·         Cloning

·         Theory of evolution

·         Speciation

·         The understanding of genetics

·         Decomposition

·         Impact of environmental change

·         Trophic levels in an ecosystem

·         Food production

 

·         Properties of transition metals

·         Bulk and surface properties of matter including nanoparticles

·         Yield and atom economy of chemical reactions

·         Using concentrations of solutions in mol/dm3

·         Use of amount of substance in relation to volumes of gases

·         Titrations

·         Chemical cells and fuel cells

·         Reactions and alkenes and alcohols

·         Synthetic and naturally occurring polymers

·         Identification of ions by chemical and spectroscopic means

·         Using materials

·         The Haber process and the use of NPK fertilisers

·         Static electricity

·         Pressure in gases

·         Increasing the pressure of a gas

·         Hazards and uses of radioactive emissions and of background radiation

·         Nuclear fission and fusion

·         Moments, levers and gears

·         Pressure and pressure differences in fluids

·         Changes in momentum

·         Reflection of waves

·         Sound waves

·         Waves for detection and exploration

·         Lenses

·         Visible light

·         Black body radiation

·         Loudspeakers

·         Induced potential, transformers and the National Grid

·         Space Physics

·         Solar system; stability of orbital motions; satellites

·         Red shift

2 written papers

1 hour and 45 minutes each

Each worth 50% of Biology GCSE

 

2 written papers

1 hour and 45 minutes each

Each worth 50% of Chemistry GCSE

 

2 written papers

1 hour and 45 minutes each

Each worth 50% of Physics GCSE

 

Much of the course content for triple Science is generally identical to that of double award.

However, when appropriate throughout course, the single Sciences build on these key topics with the aim of achieving a greater depth of knowledge and understanding.

+ key Stage 3

All students cover the same topics but the level that they work at is based upon prior knowledge and achievement.

 

Topics covered are as follows:

Year 7:

Cells; Particles; Sound;  Forces; Environment; Acids and Alkalis; Using Particles; Bones and Muscles; Reproduction; Gravity

Year 8:

Forces and Motion; Electricity; Pressure; Chemical Reactions; Circulatory System; Photosynthesis; Breathing; Variation; Elements and Compounds; Dissolving; Magnets

Each topic is assessed separately and there is an end of year exam which assesses all the work covered that year.

In Year 9:

Students begin to study for their GCSE course (see KS4 tab)

+ Key Stage 4
  Biology Chemistry Physics
 

Year 9

Trilogy

1.       1. Cell biology

2.       2. Organization

 

1.       1. Atomic structure and the periodic table

2.       2. Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter

 

1. Maths for Physics

2. Energy

3. Change of State and the Particle Model of Matter

 

Year 10

Trilogy

3.       3. Infection and response

4.       4. Bioenergetics

 

3.       3. Quantitative chemistry

4.       4. Chemical changes

5.       5. Energy changes

6.       6. The rate and extent of chemical change

 

4. 3 Atomic Structure

5. Forces and Motion

6. Waves

 

 

Year 11

Trilogy

5.       5. Homeostasis and response

6.       6. Inheritance, variation and evolution

7.       7. Ecology

 

8.       7. Organic chemistry

9.       8. Chemical analysis

10.   9. Chemistry of the atmosphere

11.   10. Using resources

 

7. Electricity

8. Magnetism and electromagnetism

 

 

Final Assessment for Double Award (Combined Science Trilogy)

(6 written papers total)

 

 

 

2 written papers

1 hour and 15 minutes each

Each worth 16.7% of GCSE

33.4% total

 

 

2 written papers

1 hour and 15 minutes each

Each worth 16.7% of GCSE

33.4% total

 

 

2 written papers

1 hour and 15 minutes each

Each worth 16.7% of GCSE

33.4% total

Biology Chemistry Physics
·         Culturing microorganisms

·         Monoclonal antibodies

·         Plant disease

·         The brain

·         The eye

·         Control of body temperature

·         Maintaining water and nitrogen balance in the body

·         Plant hormones

·         Advantages and disadvantages of sexual and asexual reproduction

·         DNA structure

·         Cloning

·         Theory of evolution

·         Speciation

·         The understanding of genetics

·         Decomposition

·         Impact of environmental change

·         Trophic levels in an ecosystem

·         Food production

 

·         Properties of transition metals

·         Bulk and surface properties of matter including nanoparticles

·         Yield and atom economy of chemical reactions

·         Using concentrations of solutions in mol/dm3

·         Use of amount of substance in relation to volumes of gases

·         Titrations

·         Chemical cells and fuel cells

·         Reactions and alkenes and alcohols

·         Synthetic and naturally occurring polymers

·         Identification of ions by chemical and spectroscopic means

·         Using materials

·         The Haber process and the use of NPK fertilisers

·         Static electricity

·         Pressure in gases

·         Increasing the pressure of a gas

·         Hazards and uses of radioactive emissions and of background radiation

·         Nuclear fission and fusion

·         Moments, levers and gears

·         Pressure and pressure differences in fluids

·         Changes in momentum

·         Reflection of waves

·         Sound waves

·         Waves for detection and exploration

·         Lenses

·         Visible light

·         Black body radiation

·         Loudspeakers

·         Induced potential, transformers and the National Grid

·         Space Physics

·         Solar system; stability of orbital motions; satellites

·         Red shift

2 written papers

1 hour and 45 minutes each

Each worth 50% of Biology GCSE

 

2 written papers

1 hour and 45 minutes each

Each worth 50% of Chemistry GCSE

 

2 written papers

1 hour and 45 minutes each

Each worth 50% of Physics GCSE

 

Much of the course content for triple Science is generally identical to that of double award.

However, when appropriate throughout course, the single Sciences build on these key topics with the aim of achieving a greater depth of knowledge and understanding.