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.

Assessment Window 1 Assessment Window 2 Assessment Window 3 Assessment Window 4 Assessment Window 5 Assessment Window 6
Year 7 Units

Lab safety and practical skills

B1 The basics of cellular structure.

B2 Life (including biomechanics).

P1 Forces.

C1 States of matter.

C2 Atoms, metals, acids and bases.

P2 Energy stores and transfers. Electricity and circuits.

Revision of prior learning.

C3 Separating techniques.

B3 Reproduction and genetics.

Revision of prior learning

Project
Year 8 Units B1 Health and disease.

B2 The digestive system and respiratory system.

P1/C1 The Earth, its atmosphere and beyond.

P2 Sound.

P3 Light.

C2 The periodic table.

B3 Inheritance and plant breeding.

Revision of prior learning.

B4/C3 Ecosystems and pollution.

Revision of prior learning

Project

Edexcel GCSE Combined Sciences Pathway

Year 9

Year Assessment Window 1 Assessment Window 2 Assessment Window 3 Assessment Window 4 Assessment Window 5 Assessment Window 6
Year 9 units (Edexcel GCSE unit codes displayed)

CP3/SP3 Conservation of energy.

CP9/SP10 Electricity and circuits (current, potential difference and resistance only).

CB1/SB1 Key concepts in Biology.

CB2/SB2 Cells and control.

CC1, CC2/SC1, SC2 States of matter. Methods of separating and purifying substances.

CC3, CC4/SC3, SC4 Atomic structure. The periodic table

CP1, CP2/SP1, SP2 Motion. Forces and motion.

Revision of prior learning.

CC5, CC6, CC7/SC5, SC6, SC7 Ionic bonding. Covalent bonding. Types of substances.

CC9/SC9 Calculations involving masses.

CB3/SB3 Genetics.

· Revision of prior learning

CC8/SC8 Acids and bases.

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.

Assessment Window 1 Assessment Window 2 Assessment Window 3 Assessment Window 4 Assessment Window 5 Post-final Assessment Learning
Year 10 Combined Science units (Edexcel GCSE unit codes displayed)

Biology consolidation – cells, microscopes, cellular transport, enzymes, cells and control.

Chemistry consolidation – states of matter and separating techniques, atomic structure, elements and the periodic table, bonding (ionic, covalent, metallic).

Physics consolidation – forces and motion, the conservation of energy.

CB3 Genetics.

CC8 Acids and bases.

CP3 Conservation of energy. Revision of prior learning.

CC9 Calculations involving masses.

CC10, CC11, CC12 Electrolytic processes. Obtaining and using metals. Reversible reactions and equilibria.

CB4 Natural selection and genetic modification.

CP4, CP5 Waves. Light and the Electromagnetic spectrum.

CP6 Radioactivity.

Revision of prior learning.

CB5 Health, disease and the development of medicines.

CB6 Plant structures and their functions.

CP10, CP11 Magnetism and the motor effect. Electromagnetic induction.

CC13, CC14 Groups in the periodic table. Rates of reaction.

Revision of prior learning.

CC15 Heat energy changes in chemical reactions.

CB8 Exchange and transport in animals.

CB9 Ecosystems and material cycles (an introduction).

CP7, CP8 Energy – forces doing work. Forces and their effects.

Year 11 Combined Science units (Edexcel GCSE unit codes displayed)

Biology consolidation – cells, microscopes, cellular transport, enzymes, cells and control, genetics and natural selection.

Chemistry consolidation – states of matter and separating techniques, atomic structure, elements and the periodic table, bonding (ionic, covalent, metallic), acids and bases.

Physics consolidation – forces and motion, the conservation of energy, waves, the Electromagnetic spectrum, radioactivity.

CB7 Animal coordination and control.

CC12, CC14, CC15 Groups in the periodic table. Rates of reaction. Heat energy changes in chemical reactions.

CP7, CP8 Energy – forces doing work, Forces and their effects.

Revision of prior learning.

CB8 Exchange and transport in animals.

CP9 Electricity and circuits.

CC16, CC17 Fuels. Earth and Atmospheric Science pert 1.

CC16, CC17 Fuels. Earth and Atmospheric Science part 2.

CB9 Ecosystems and material cycles.

CP12, CP13 Particle model. Forces and matter part 1.

CP12, CP13 Particle model. Forces and matter part 2.

Revision of prior learning.

Not applicable.

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Edexcel GCSE (9-1) – Separate Science

Year 10 and 11

Year Assessment Window 1 Assessment Window 2 Assessment Window 3 Assessment Window 4 Assessment Window 5 Post-final Assessment Learning
Year 10 Separate Science Biology units (Edexcel GCSE unit codes displayed) Biology consolidation – cells, microscopes, cellular transport, enzymes, cells and control. SB3 Genetics. SB4 Natural selection and genetic modification.

SB5 Health, disease and the development of medicines part 1.

Revision of prior learning.

SB5 Health, disease and the development of medicines part 2.

SB6 Plant structures and their functions part 1.

Revision of prior learning.

SB6 Plant structures and their functions part 2.

SB8 Exchange and transport in animals.

Year 10 Separate Science Chemistry units (Edexcel GCSE unit codes displayed) Chemistry consolidation – states of matter and separating techniques, atomic structure, elements and the periodic table, bonding (ionic, covalent, metallic).

SC8 Acids and Bases.

SC9 Calculations involving masses.

SC14, SC15, SC16 Quantitative analysis. Dynamic equilibria. Calculations involving volumes of gases. Chemical cells and fuel cells.

SC10, SC11 Electrolytic processes. Obtaining and using metals.

Revision of prior learning.

SC12, SC13 Reversible reactions and equilibria. Transition metals, alloys and corrosion.

SC14 Groups in the periodic table.

Revision of prior learning.

SC18, SC19 Rates of reaction. Heat energy changes and chemical reactions.

SC25 Qualitative analysis: Tests for ions.

Year 10 Separate Science Physics units (Edexcel GCSE unit codes displayed) Physics consolidation – forces and motion, the conservation of energy.

SP3 Conservation of energy.

SP4 Waves.

SP5 Light and the Electromagnetic spectrum.

SP7 Astronomy.

Revision of prior learning.

SP6 Radioactivity.

Revision of prior learning.

SP12, SP13 Magnetism and the Motor effect. Electromagnetic induction.
Year 11 Separate Science Biology units (Edexcel GCSE unit codes displayed)

 

Biology consolidation – cells, microscopes, cellular transport, enzymes, cells and control, genetics and natural selection. CB7 Animal coordination and control. SB9 Ecosystems and material cycles. Revision of prior learning. Revision of prior learning. Not applicable.
Year 11 Separate Science Chemistry units (Edexcel GCSE unit codes displayed) Chemistry consolidation – states of matter and separating techniques, atomic structure, elements and the periodic table, bonding (ionic, covalent, metallic), acids and bases. SC20, SC21 Fuels. Earth and Atmospheric Science. SC22, SC23, SC24 Hydrocarbons. Alcohols and carboxylic acids. Polymers. SC25, SC26 Qualitative analysis: tests for ions. Bulk and surface properties of matter including nanoparticles. Revision of prior learning. Not applicable
Year 11 Separate Science Physics units (Edexcel GCSE unit codes displayed)

 

Physics consolidation – forces and motion, the conservation of energy, waves, the Electromagnetic spectrum, radioactivity. SP10, SP11 Electricity and circuits. Static electricity. SP8, SP9 Energy – forces doing work. Forces and their effects. SP14, SP15 Particle model. Forces and matter. Revision of prior learning. Not applicable.

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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.