Science

Welcome to the Science department

Phase 2 (Years 7 and 8)

The Phase 2 Curriculum (Years 7 and 8) is well established in Science here at The Bay and covers “Ten big ideas” which are taught over a two year programme with part one taught in Year 7 and part two taught in Year 8. We split our Phase 2 teaching of seven lessons as 5:2 with five lessons per fortnight focussing on content and two lessons per fortnight focussing on enquiry processes and working scientifically. The Big Ideas taught in Years 7 & 8 underpin the fundamental knowledge and understanding required for the Phase 3 learning which begins in Year 9.

Click here to view Year 7 Topics 

Click here to view Year 8 Topics 

 

Phase 3 (Years 9, 10 and 11)

The Phase 3 GCSE curriculum divides learning into three areas, specifically:  

1: Demonstrate knowledge and understanding.

2: Apply knowledge and understanding

3: Analyse information and ideas.

These are taught across the disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics with specialist teachers leading on all aspects of the learning journey. We are an enthusiastic and motivated team with a real focus on nurturing enquiry and confidence in our students. We reach for the stars with high aspirations and embed practical lessons within the process to engage interest, have fun and learn at the same time.  With lots of application to the world and environment around us, we aim to teach students to be independent, inspired and informed as they progress through the school and beyond.

 

Science: Combined Trilogy 

This course is a linear qualification and is designed to be taken over two years, with students gaining 2 GCSE at the end, both of the same grade or adjacent grades e.g. 5:5, 5:4, or 4:4., 4:3 etc.

Students will be examined on the content studied at the end of the course assessing both knowledge and understanding. There is no controlled assessment element to the course however throughout the course students will complete Required Practical Activities (RPAs), which will be referred to in their exams.

Topics studied include:

Biology: Cell biology, organisation, Infection and response, Bioenergetics, Homeostasis and response, Inheritance, variation and evolution and Ecology 

Chemistry: Atomic structure and the periodic table, Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter, Quantitative chemistry, Chemical changes, Energy changes, The rate and extent of chemical change, Organic chemistry, Chemical analysis, Chemistry of the atmosphere and Using resources

Physics: Energy, Electricity, Particle model of matter, Atomic structure, Force,  Waves and Magnetism and Electromagnetism

Assessment:

There will be 6 exams completed, 2 in Biology, 2 in Chemistry and 2 in Physics. Each will last for 1hr 15min and will be worth 16.7% of the total grade. Each paper will consist of 70 marks and will include multiple choice, structured, closed short answer, and open response. The final grade is an averaged score from all 6 papers. 

Triple Award Science 

The course covers all the same topics as Combined Science Trilogy but some topics go into more depth. Students will gain 3 GCSEs, one in each of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Any student considering a  science related degree, career (e.g. Doctor, Vet, Engineer) or plan to complete science A’ levels should be aiming to take Triple Science.

Assessment: The students will still be assessed over 6 exams (2 exams for each subject) – each exam will be 1hr 45min contributing to 50% of each GCSE.

Click here to view Year 9 Topics 

 Click here to view Year 10 Topics

Click here to view Year 11 Topics

 

Support available 

Useful Websites

Tassomai
www.freesciencelessons.co.uk
www.pmt.co.uk
www.mme.co.uk
www.gcsepod.com
www.mrcorfe.com
http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize

Intervention 

Year 11 – Afterschool every Tuesday w37/ Escape room challenges, Start with 5 programme

Masterclasses 

Escape Room Challenge, Physics practicals

 

How parents can support 
Homework

1. Knowledge Acquisition / 2. FLIP Learning (F) or Grasp Its (H) /

3. Exam Questions 4. Testing knowledge of Equations.

5. Resilience training

Reading

Catalyst: STEM Learning (Digital Magazine @ www.stem.org.uk)

BBC Focus MagazineNew Scientist Journal

Revision Guide

Collins AQA GCSE All-in-One Revision and Practice or separate Science-Collins AQA GCSE Revision Biology, Chemistry and Physics

Exam Practice

Walking Talking QuestionsExam Question Homework, Escape room challenge

Re-teach & Extend completed further at home using SMHW

Resources

TASSOMAi, PiXL Suite of GetIT KnowIT GraspIT ThinkIT

PiXL DTT Booster Packs Equation Flashcards, Kerboodle

 

Career Opportunities

 

Earth and Environmental Science

Physical Science

 

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