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Curriculum Statement for Science

SCIENCE

Subject Leader – Mr R Carter

rca@pewsey-vale.wilts.sch.uk

Science

Science teaching at Pewsey Vale School encompasses Biology, Chemistry, Physics and utilising practical skills. The students are encouraged to experiment, explore issues and ideas, to express themselves clearly and enjoy the intellectual and creative aspects of Science.

Year 7

In Year 7 we will be learning the following: Skills, Energy, Classification and Cells, Particles and Matter, Body Systems, Electricity, Acids, Life and Forces. These topics are based on the National Framework for Science and will be at a level appropriate for the mixed ability sets. The rough order of the topics is shown below

Autumn Term 

Topic 

Assessment 

Home Learning 

 

Science Skills

Spot the Hazards.

Plan Hooke’s Law Investigation.

Collect and collate observations.

Present results as a graph.

Analyse results.

ID hazard sheet.

Find hazard labels on products around the home- draw the label and write what it means.

Complete planning for investigation.

 

Classification and Cells

Assessed Task – Produce a key for Living Organisms. 

Range of in class research tasks.

End of topic test.

Using a key - Classifying bugs worksheet.

Completion of Invertebrate and Vertebrate worksheets.

The work of Hooke.

Takeaway homework on specialised cells.

Revise for test.

 

Energy

Observations of experiment.

Conclusion of experiment.

Group presentation on Renewable Energy.

End of topic test

Combustion/Lavoisier HW.

Renewable Energy sources Homework.

Revise for test.

 

 

Body Systems

Class work questions based on research work or educational videos.

Homework.

End of topic test

Write a conclusion describing some of the factors affecting lung capacity.

Skeleton question sheet.

Revise for End of topic test.

Spring Term

 

Topic Assessment

Home Learning

 

Particles and Matter

Calibration of thermometer.

Pupil modelling of States of Matter, State Change and Pressure.

Plan for Evaporation Practical.

Graphing Evaporation Practical results.

Conclusion for Evaporation practical. End of topic test.

Classify 5 substances within the home and relate uses to properties

Blown up balloon in freezer and describe/explain what happens?

Particles homework sheet.

Revise for End of topic test.

 

Electricity

Modelling of circuit.

Planning experiment.

Observations of experiment.

Conclusion/Analysis of experiment.

End of topic test.

“What to do during a Thunderstorm?” worksheet.

Complete graph drawing.

“Electricity so far…” question sheet.

Revise for End of topic test.

 

Acids

Plan ‘Which indigestion Remedy is best?’

Communication (graphing) of observations.

Conclusion for Practical work.

Class work – Hazard symbol, indicator scale.

End of topic test

List Acids and Alkalis within the home.

Complete write up of plan for investigation.

Revise for End of topic test.

Summer Term

Topic

Assessment

Home Learning

 

Life

Dissection of flower drawing. 

Conclusion for Seed Dispersal practical.

Changes at Puberty presentation.

End of topic test.

Visit a garden or park and note down 5 species of plant and their methods of pollination.

 Plants reproduction and mechanisms of seed dispersal 

IVF- what is it?

Revise for End of topic test.

 

Forces

Considering/Evaluating practical method. 

Practical write-up. 

End of topic test

Write up practical method and Observations.

Write up Evaluation of method.

Revise for End of topic test. 

 

Environment

Class work practical write ups.

AfL through questioning in class.

End of topic test

“Design” an organism to live in a habitat.

Write a method and conclusion based on evidence.

Global warming research Homework.

Revise for End of topic test.

 

Year 8

Year 8 Science students will continue to build on the foundations they have established in year 7 and will also increase the breadth of the knowledge base by looking at new areas such as Geology, Heat Transfer and Space.

Autumn Term 

Topic 

Assessment 

Home Learning 

 

Environment

Alien Alf Assessed task.

Class work on drawing and interpreting Food Chains.

Practical write ups for sampling.

Exam 1.

Question sheets on drawing food chains and webs.

Question sheets on drawing pyramids of number.

Exam preparation.

 

Materials and Substances

Investigation write up.

Separation task.

Limestone practical.

Exam 1.

Complete investigation write up.

Research types of reaction.

Phlogiston newspaper article.

Exam preparation.

 

Light and Sound

Sound Insulation Investigation - prediction and conclusion writing.

Ray diagram construction.

Musical instrument assessed task.

Periscope assessed task.

Exam 1.

Light paths sheet.

Hearing sheet.

Completion of Investigation write up.

Homework on structure and function of the Eye and its’ parts.

Complete Musical Instrument assessed task.

Exam preparation.

 

Body Systems 2

Dissection practical skills.

Video question sheets.

Food tests write up.

Exam 2.

Enzyme sheet.

Food test write up complete.

Exam preparation.

Spring Term 

Topic 

Assessment 

Home Learning 

 

Magnetism

Making a Compass method write up.

Investigation into Strength of Electromagnets – Planning, Observations and Concluding.

Making Motor – practical skills.

Exam 2

Making a prediction of the effect of coils around the core.

Drawing a conclusion and evaluating their own data.

Exam preparation.

 

Geology

Using a Key to ID rock types.

Describing processes of Rock Cycle.

Interpreting results of crystal size and cooling time.

Exam 2

Produce a list to identify local rock types 

Flipped learning due lesson 8- Provide a print- out of the rock cycle for pupils to annotate

Non-stop Rock Cycle sheet.

Exam preparation.

 

Earth and Beyond

Assessed task on developing ideas of the universe.

Moon spinner work.

Group presentation on a Planet.

Assessed task on satellites.

Exam 3.

Research and present information on Galileo. Copernicus , Newton etc.

Write a postcard from a planet.

Recording phases of the moon.

Exam preparation.

 

Heat Transfer

Assessed task on home insulation using peer and self assessment.

Investigation on thermal insulation.

Exam 3.

Questions on heat transfer.

Writing plan and prediction for investigation.

Improving and conclusions for write up.

Exam preparation.

 

Microbes

Practical skills – Bacteriology.

On Tour activity on Diseases.

Exam 3

Complete “Which microbe “and “microbe quest” sheets.

Complete research task.

Disease sheet.

Exam preparation.

Summer Term 

Topic 

Assessment 

Home Learning 

 

Photosynthesis

Write up of Starch Testing Practical.

Investigation write up (planning, observations and conclusion).

End of topic test

Compete write up of plan.

Complete analysis of evidence.

Complete food web question sheets.

Revise for test.

 

Genetics

AfL task – cloning.

Extended writing task.

End of topic test.

Inside the womb.

In the garden sheet.

Complete AfL task – examples of cloning.

Revise for test.

 

Electricity

Planning of Electromagnets investigation. 

Drawing appropriate graph for results.

Conclusion.

Construction of series and parallel circuits.

End of topic test.

Complete Sankey Diagrams.

Complete Resistance calculations.

Pupils read electricity meter at home and again 24 hours later. Calculate energy used in kWh and cost.

Compete Electromagnet investigation write-up.

Exam Preparation.

 

Year 9

Year 9 students will continue to develop their practical skills and their subject knowledge of the three disciplines. They will also go on to look in more detail at some of the fundamental building blocks of the three sciences such as Cells, Energy and Atomic Structure.

Autumn Term 

Topic 

Assessment 

Home Learning 

 

Metals and Acids 2

Separation challenge.

AfL through questioning.

6 marker GCSE style question.

Construction of Periodic Table.

End of topic test

Separating substances question.

Research Periodic Table.

Neutralisation cartoon.

Extended report on greenhouse effect.

Revise for test.

 

 

Speed, Pressure, Moments and Maths

Correctly drawn and explained graphs.

Ability to manipulate calculations.

Complete various forces circuits and explain observations.

End of topic test.

Research 3 ways to reduce friction.

Complete balanced forces sheet.

Complete moment calculations.

Revise for test.

 

Spring Term 

Topic 

Assessment 

Home Learning 

 

Fundamentals Chemistry 1

(Atomic Structure)

Research task – changing view of atom.

Separation techniques – practical skills.

Balancing equations.

Electron configurations.

End of Topic Test.

Completion of balancing chemical equations.

Practical write up.

Workbook questions.

Revision for end of topic test.

 

Fundamentals Physics 1

(Energy)

Drawing of Sankey diagrams.

Measuring Specific Heat Capacity.

Various calculations using formulae and rearranging formulae.

Renewables research work.

End of Topic Test.

Complete write up of practical work.

Workbook questions.

Revision for end of topic test.

Summer Term 

Topic 

Assessment 

Home Learning 

 

Fundamentals Chemistry 2

(Structures and Bonding)

Drawing of Ionic boning reactions.

Drawing of Covalent molecules.

Allotrope research work.

End of Topic Test.

Workbook questions.

Revision for end of topic test.

 

Fundamentals Physics 2

(Electricity)

Practical skills – constructing circuits.

Drawing of circuit diagrams.

Calculation using the required formulae.

Resistance investigation write ups.

End of Topic Test.

Completion of various calculations.

Complete write up of Resistance investigation.

Workbook questions.

Revision for end of topic test.

 

Assessment

Assessment will take place at the end of each topic. Students will be assessed against Key Stage Three assessment matrices for Science. Teachers will award grades and interim levels to students for individual pieces of work such as assessment tasks, homework, End of Topic tests as well as awarding interim levels for group tasks and project work. During the course of their study these levels can go up and down as students explore new topic areas from the three main disciplines. Final levels will be formed from an overview of the various different forms of assessment from over the assessment period.

Assessment Matrices

Click for access to Assessment Matrices - Biology

Click for access to Assessment Matrices - Chemistry

Click for access to Assessment Matrices - Physics

Equipment

Apart from the standard school equipment no other materials are necessary for KS3 Science. However a Scientific Calculator, coloured pencils, highlighters and geometry sets may be useful in certain lessons.

Extra-Curricular Activities

Science staff are always available at lunchtimes for additional support and enrichment. The Department also runs trips to various science and educational based establishments such as Bristol Zoo, Living Rainforests and Science Live. In year 9 there is also the opportunity to work for the Crest Bronze Award.

Suggested Extension Activities

Visits at weekends or during the holidays are a fantastic way to support pupils including visits to Zoos, nature reserves or various museums. There are some excellent science clips on youtube that can be used to extend the learning of pupils. Wider reading using certain periodicals (Nature, new Scientist, National Geographic etc.) or GCSE level books is strongly encouraged. Watch various documentaries and the news for highlighted stories of a scientific nature to keep up to date and read papers where science stories are featured.

GCSE Science
Examination Board: AQA
Specification: Combined Science Trilogy or Triple Science

Specification link

COMBINED Science - https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/combined-science-trilogy-8464

Biology - https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/biology-8461

Chemistry - https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/chemistry-8462

Physics - https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/physics-8463

Overview

We follow both the 2016 AQA Combined Science – Trilogy GCSE and Triple Science GCSEs.

Pupils who take Combined Science which is worth 2 GCSEs will work through various topics from the three disciplines over the two years. Then they will sit two Biology, two Chemistry and two Physics exams all of which are 1hr 15 minutes in duration, worth 70 marks and come in Foundation and higher Tiers.

Those in Top Set (set 1) will have additional lessons in order to sit the Triple Science GCSEs and they will be awarded GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. They will cover the same content as Combined Scientists with additional material hence their exams are longer and worth more marks (1hr 45 minutes, 100 marks). They will also have one extra Physics Topic – P8 Space.

Both of these GCSE pathways are linear and terminal meaning that pupils will not sit any of their exams until the end of year 11.

Year 10

Autumn Term 

Topic 

Assessment 

Home Learning 

 

Infection and Response (B3)

Research work on causes of communicable disease.

Required Practical – Bacteriology practical write up (Triple ONLY)

Developing Drugs model.

Explanation of Mono-clonal Antibodies (Triple ONLY)

End of Topic Test.

Complete write up of Required Practical work (Triple ONLY).

Workbook questions.

Revision for end of topic test.

 

Quantitative Chemistry (C3)

Various calculations using the mathematical methods taught.

End of Topic Test.

Completion of various calculations.

Workbook questions.

Revision for end of topic test.

 

Particle Model of Matter (P3)

Evaluating Particle model.

Required Practical – Density.

Specific Latent heat calculations.

End of Topic Test.

Complete write up of Required Practical work

Workbook questions.

Revision for end of topic test.

Spring Term

Topic

Assessment

Home Learning

 

Bioenergetics (B4)

Required Practical – Rate of Photosynthesis.

Research activity on Respiration and Metabolism.

End of Topic Test.

Complete write up of Required Practical work

Workbook questions.

Revision for end of topic test.

 

Chemical Change (C4)

Description of the PH scale. 

Required Practical – Titration (Triple ONLY).

Practical skills – reactions of metals and making insoluble salts (Required Practical).

Applying reactivity series.

Writing ionic equations.

Required Practical – Electrolysis.

End of Topic Test.

Complete write up of Required Practical work

Workbook questions.

Revision for end of topic test.

 

Atomic Structure (P4)

Revision work on changing ideas of the atom.

Using nuclear equations.

Half-life calculations.

End of Topic Test.

Complete half-life calculations.

Workbook questions.

Revision for end of topic test.

 

Energy Changes (C5)

Observations of exothermic and endothermic reactions.

Required Practical – Measure Energy Transfer within a reaction

Fuel Cell research (Triple ONLY).

Bond energy calculations.

End of Topic Test.

Complete Bond Energy calculations.

Complete write up of Required Practical.

Workbook questions.

Revision for end of topic test.

Summer Term

Topic

Assessment

Home Learning

 

Homeostasis and Response (B5)

Drawing of nervous pathways.

Required Practical – Investigating reaction times.

Discussing controlling fertility.

End of Topic Test.

Complete drawing of nervous pathways.

Complete write up of Required Practical work

Workbook questions.

Revision for end of topic test.

 

Waves (P6)

Required practical - Measurements of waves.

Research work on parts of ems.

Required Practical – Reflection and Refraction (Triple ONLY).

Constructing ray diagrams for reflection and refraction (lenses) (Triple ONLY).

Required Practical investigating infra-red.

End of Topic Test.

Complete research work on ems.

Complete write up of Required Practical work.

Complete Ray diagrams for Convex lenses (Triple ONLY).

Workbook questions.

Revision for end of topic test.

 

Rate of Chemical Change (C6)

Practical skills for measuring rates Required Practical(s).

Questions based on Le Chatelier’s principle. 

End of Topic Test.

Complete write up of Required Practical work

Workbook questions.

Revision for end of topic test.

 

Year 11

Autumn Term 

Topic 

Assessment 

Home Learning 

 

Inheritance, Variation and Evolution (B6)

DNA research task.

Genetic cross diagrams booklet.

Collection of variation data.

Genetic Engineering class discussion and debate.

End of Topic Test.

Complete Genetic cross diagrams booklet.

Fossil formation.

Workbook questions.

Revision for end of topic test.

 

Organic Chemistry (C7)

Practical skills – cracking.

Research on uses of Crude Oil.

Research on Alkenes, Alcohols, Carboxylic Acids, Esters and Polymers (Triple ONLY).

End of Topic Test.

Complete write up of practical work.

Workbook questions.

Revision for end of topic test.

 

Forces (P5)

Investigating Springs – Required Practical.

Investigating Motion – Required Practical.

Collect data to draw Distance-Time graphs.

Various calculation sheets.

Calculate Moments (Triple ONLY).

Research work on Stopping distances.

End of Topic Test.

Complete write up of Required Practical work.

Complete calculation sheets.

Workbook questions.

Revision for end of topic test.

 

Ecology (B7)

Adaptations research work.

Using Quadrats Required Practical.

Carbon Cycle sort activity.

Global Warming research race.

End of Topic Test.

Complete work on Adaptations.

Complete write up of Required Practical work.

Deforestation research task.

Workbook questions.

Revision for end of topic test.

Spring Term

Topic

Assessment

Home Learning

 

Chemical Analysis (C8)

Required Practical – Paper Chromatography.

Required Practical – Testing Gases, Cations and Anions (Triple ONLY).

End of Topic Test.

Complete write up of Required Practical work

Workbook questions.

Revision for end of topic test.

 

Magnetism and Electromagnetism (P7)

Complete practical work to construct a motor.

Research uses of Motors.

Transformer calculations (Triple ONLY).

End of Topic Test.

Complete write up of Required Practical work.

Complete Transformer calculations.

Workbook questions.

Revision for end of topic test.

 

Chemistry of the Atmosphere (C9)

Research work on Global Warming.

End of Topic Test.

Workbook questions.

Revision for end of topic test.

 

Using Resources (C10)

Purification of Water – Required Practical.

Research work on Life Cycle Assessments.

Research work on Haber Process and Corrosion (Triple ONLY).

End of Topic Test.

Complete write up of Required Practical work

Workbook questions.

Revision for end of topic test.

 

Space (P8) Triple ONLY

Research work on Life Cycle of stars.

Research work on Big Bang.

End of Topic Test.

Complete Life Cycle of Stars research work.

Workbook questions.

Revision for end of topic test.

 

Science Resources

On starting the course students will be expected to purchase the appropriate Revision Guide(s) and Workbook(s) for their respective course(s). Payments will need to be made directly to the school and then we will order them from the Publisher to ensure that pupils have the appropriate resources but also to save parents and carers money as we are able to obtain the books at cost price. All other equipment will be provided by the Department though a scientific calculator would be useful.

Assessment

Students are regularly assessed using the Exam Boards end of topic tests as well as the Workbooks. Assessments are reported to parents/carers at intervals during the academic year. There will also be Walking Talking Mocks and realistic Mocks once the curriculum has been completed in year 11. These will be based upon the previous year’s papers.

Home Learning

All homework for GCSE Science will be available to view online on Class Charts. It will either be preparation for learning, consolidation of classwork or exam revision.

Useful resources

As well as the Revision Guides and Workbooks there are some very good websites/you tube clips on specific topic areas however the two links below are a good place to start searching for useful consolidation and revision resources.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqbOeHaAUXw9Il7sBVG3_bw

https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/levels/z98jmp3

 

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