Science

“The good thing about science is that it’s true whether or not you believe in it.” – Neil deGrasse Tyson

“Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.” – Marie Curie

The Science Department aims to do so much more than just “teach science”, but to impart on students the life skills that they will need throughout life. Science matters for all, as Neil DeGrasse Tyson states, whether you believe aspects of it or not, it is undeniable fact, and it matters for all irrespective of career choice when older. From the Mobile Phones we use to communicate to the awareness of the food that we eat, science drives so many aspects of our lives.

The Science Department seek to teach; Curiosity, Resilience, Critical Thinking, Self-Motivation, Creativity, Communicative skills, Reasoned Judgements, Problem-Solving, Adaptability and to foster the love of discovery. All valuable life skills that will aide your son or daughter whatever their future holds.

Key Stage 3

At Key Stage 3, Years 7 and 8 have 3 One Hour lessons of Science Per Week. Our AQA GCSE specifications describe content and processes that students need to demonstrate competence and understanding in to help begin their GCSE studies. These areas are developed in the AQA KS3 science syllabus so that students enter Key Stage 4 (KS4) with a level of proficiency. Pupils are set in two bands of four and three sets that are created on information received from their Primary schools, as well as internal assessments for Years 8 & 9.

In Year 9, students progress to 4 hours of Science Per week. Students move to beginning studying the GCSE Content in Science, introducing them to the introductory topics which prove a keen foundation for their learning over the following 3 years. The students are additionally taught how to approach ideas and work as a Scientists and additionally how to use Maths in Science.

AQA KS3 Science

AQA GCSE Science Specification

Topics Studied at Key Stage 3
Term Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
Autumn Lab Safety

Cells

Movement

Particle Model

Acids & Alkali’s

Contact Forces

Speed

Periodic Table

Elements

Universe

Gravity

Breathing

Digestion

Respiration

Working as a Scientists

 

AQA GCSE: Cell Biology

 

AQA GCSE: Atomic Structure & Periodic Table

 

Spring Reproduction in Humans

Reproduction in Plants

Variation

Current

Voltage & Resistance

Metals & Non-Metals

Earth Structure

Wave Properties

Wave Effects

Sound

Light

Climate

Earth Resources

Evolution

Inheritance

AQA GCSE: Atomic Structure & Periodic Table

 

AQA GCSE: Energy

 

Maths in GCSE Science

 

AQA GCSE: Organisation

 

 

Summer Photosynthesis

Interdependence

Magnets

Electromagnets

Energy Transfer

Energy Cost

Separating Mixtures

Types of Reactions

Work

Heating & Cooling

Pressure

AQA GCSE: Bonding & Structure

 

AQA GCSE: Electricity

 

 

Key Stage 4

At KS4 pupils learn about a wider range of scientific ideas, and consider ideas taught at KS3 in much greater detail. Students have to look at not only the fundamentals in Science but also the ethical, cultural and environmental issues that Science and Research plays in society. Students need a keen knowledge about the role of experimental technique and methods, alongside why scientists complete and formulate theories.

They see how scientists work together to develop new ideas, how new theories may, at first, give rise to controversy and how social and cultural contexts may affect the extent to which theories are accepted.

Unless selected to study Separate Sciences, pupils will study for 2 GCSEs as part of their KS4 course, and will be reported a combined Science Grade.. We follow the AQA Trilogy syllabus, and the details of these courses can be found below in the exam specifications.

Exam Specifications

AQA GCSE Biology (8461)

AQA GCSE Chemistry (8462)

AQA GCSE Physics (8463)

AQA GCSE Trilogy (8464)

YEAR 10 AQA GCSE SCIENCE
Term AQA TRILOGY TRIPLE SCIENCE
Autumn Infection and response

Bioenergetics

Quantitative Chemistry

Chemical Changes

Energy Changes

Electricity

Infection & Response

Bioenergetics

Quantitative Chemistry

Chemical Changes

Spring Rate and extent of chemical reactions

Homeostasis and response

Electricity

Atomic Structure

Matter

Bioenergetics

Homeostasis and Response

Matter

Atomic Structure

Energy Changes

Rate & Extent of Change

Summer Forces

Ecology

Forces

Homeostasis & Response

Organic Chemistry

Key Stage 5

All 3 Sciences are offered at A Level, and the entry requirements can be seen in our Sixth Form Prospectus.

The aims and objectives of the Level 3 Advanced GCE in Biology, Chemistry and Physics are to enable students to develop:

  • Essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of the subject and how they relate to each other.
  • Demonstrate a deep appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding of scientific methods.
  • Competence and confidence in a variety of practical, mathematical and problem solving skills.
  • Interest in, and enthusiasm for, the subject, including developing an interest in further study and careers associated with the subject.
  • Understanding of how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how the sciences contribute to the success of the economy and society.

 

Edexcel GCE Biology A (Salters-Nuffield – 9BN0)

Edexcel A Level Chemistry

Edexcel GCE Physics (9PH0)

 

Contacts

 

Mr. M Adenekan – Curriculum Leader for Science

m.adenekan@stbons.org

 

Mr. N Bennett

Assistant Curriculum Leader

n.bennett@stbons.org