Science Faculty

Teaching and Learning Director
Mr T Bates

As a Science department we believe that all students should leave Oulder Hill with a wide and varied experience of the Sciences. An understanding of it is crucial in an ever evolving world. Science helps to develop transferable analytical, investigative, and evaluative skills whilst supporting the development of their literacy and numeracy skills. The overall aim is to develop students into independent learners who strive for success in all aspects of their life and studies.

Through a study of Science, students learn to question the world around them and search for the meaning of phenomena; to gain an understanding of the infinite universe, from the microscopic to the macroscopic. Science is at the forefront of technological advancement and as such is a very dynamic and diverse subject. Science will be integral to the new world economy and securing a place within it.

The teaching and assessment of Science should therefore be personalised to enable all pupils, of all backgrounds, and abilities, to achieve the highest understanding that they can in Science and acquire the skills required to be a good Scientist. Where students have difficulties with their understanding, intervention should be made to support them in making progress towards their goals. All students should leave school equipped to understand the world around them and Sciences place in the world.

Key Stage 3 – Year 7 and Year 8

Students complete one unit per half term in Science at Key Stage 3. Within each unit, they will be assessed on an extended writing piece, mid point assessment (focusses on content covered and investigative skills) and a summative test. To prepare them for this within lessons, progress checks will also occur to enable students to practise applying their knowledge to exam style questions. Progress will be evidenced through the class exercise books but primarily on the consistency of pupils in each of their assessments per unit. Pupils will also be given an end of year exam testing all aspects of Science from within the year.

Year Unit 1 Unit 2 Unit 3 Unit 4 Unit 5 Unit 6
7 Chemical reactions Forces and biomechanics Life States of matter and separating techniques Energy Reproduction and Evolution
8 Health and disease The Earth, it’s atmosphere and beyond Waves The Periodic Table Genetics, inheritance and plant breeding Ecosystems, pollution and global warming

Edexcel GCSE Combined Sciences Pathway

Year 9

Year Biology Chemistry Physics
9

Key concepts in Biology

Cells and control

 

States of matter and separating techniques

Atomic Structure and the Periodic Table

Classifying substances and bonding

Motion – vectors, scalars and graph interpretation

Forces and motion – Newton’s first, second and third laws

Year 10 and 11

At Key Stage 4, students study units of Biology, Chemistry and Physics as part of the Combined Science and Separate Science courses. Within each unit, they will be assessed using extended writing pieces (6 mark exam questions) and a summative test. Progress is measured and reported on in a similar fashion to that of Key Stage 3.

Year Biology Chemistry Physics
10

CB3 Genetics

CB4 Natural selection

CB5 Health and disease

CB6 Plant structures and their functions

CB9 Investigative skills that focus on sampling techniques / fieldwork

CC8 Acids and alkalis

CC9 Calculations involving masses

CC10, CC11, CC12 Electrolytic processes, obtaining and using metals, reversible reactions and equilibrium

CC13 Groups in periodic table

 

CP3 Conservation of energy

CP4 Waves 8

CP5 Light and the EM spectrum

CP6 Radioactivity

CP10, CP11 Magnetism

Year Biology Chemistry Physics
11

CB7 Animal coordination

CB8 Exchange and transport in animals

CB9 Ecosystems and material cycles

CC14, CC15 Rates of reaction, heat energy changes

CC16, CC17 Fuels, Earth and atmospheric science

 

CP7, CP8 Energy and forces and their effects

CP9 Electricity and circuits

CP12, CP13 Particle model, forces and matter

View Combined Science Specification

Edexcel GCSE (9-1) – Separate Science

Year 9

Year Biology Chemistry Physics
9

Key concepts in Biology

Cells and control

Plant structures and their functions

Atomic structure and the Periodic Table

Classifying substances and bonding

States of matter and separating techniques

Motion – vectors, scalars and graph interpretation

Forces and motion – Newton’s first, second and third laws

Energy and forces and their effects

Conservation of energy

Year 10 and 11

Year Biology Chemistry Physics
10

SB3 Genetics

SB4 Evolution by Natural selection

SB5 Health and disease

SB9 Investigative skills that focus on sampling techniques / fieldwork

SC8 Acids and alkalis

SC9 Calculations involving masses

SC14, SC15, SC16 Analytical Chemistry – quantitative analysis

SC17, SC18, SC19 Groups in periodic table, rates of reaction, heat energy changes

SP4 Waves

SP5 Light and the EM spectrum

SP6 Radioactivity

SP12, SP13 Magnetism

SP7 Astronomy

Year Biology Chemistry Physics
11

SB7 Animal coordination

SB8 Exchange and transport in animals

SB9 Ecosystems and material cycles

SC20, SC21 Fuels, Earth and the atmospheric science

SC22, SC23, SC24 Hydrocarbons, alcohols, polymers

SC25, SC26 Analytical Chemistry – qualitative and quantitative

 

SP10, SP11 Electricity and circuits

SP14, SP15 Particle model, forces and matter

View Biology Specification

View Chemistry Specification

View Physics Specification

Further Information

All students in Years 10 and 11 are provided with an Exam Plus book, initially to be used in school to support their classroom studies. This includes numerous practice exam style questions.

A weekly Key Stage 3 Science club is run by some of our student Science Ambassadors. Becoming a Science Ambassador is a brilliant opportunity, with these students being involved in numerous schemes in school.

Revision sessions will be provided to all students at key points in the year. These will be communicated to parents/carers via Parentmail at the relevant time.