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Science

Mission Statement

ENTHUSE students through stimulating and relevant science that allows them to develop key skills, knowledge and understanding

ENGAGE students through dynamic lessons and learning opportunities that develop confident learners

ENJOY science both as an academic discipline and also in the wider context of a scientific awareness throughout life

The Science Department at Ercall Wood seeks to develop in pupils an awareness of the relevance of science in everyday life and encourages pupils to see the links that science has with other areas of the curriculum.

Science is a diverse and challenging subject that equips pupils to become confident citizens in a technological society with an appreciation that scientific applications can be both beneficial and harmful to the individual, society and the environment.

The Department aims to develop in pupils, abilities, skills and attitudes which:

  • are useful in everyday life
  • encourage safe practice
  • improve their ability to communicate
  • build their self-confidence
  • sponsor a care for the environment
  • enable them to succeed
  • will inform their decision making.

 

Department Facilities:
The department consists of 6 teaching rooms including 2 Laboratories, all of which have interactive touch-screen displays. Pupils also have access to an open learning zone equipped with laptops and a set of tablet computers is available for use in teaching rooms. Practical work in the department is supported by two technicians working from two prep rooms, while staff have a dedicated workspace to operate from.

Subject Leader – Nick Pollock
Assistant Subject Leader – Faye Keohane

Teacher – Alex Raeside (Lead Practitioner)
Teacher – Jim Rounsley
Teacher – Kara Smith
Teacher – Mrs Caroline MacPhee
Teacher – Linda Moore (Pastoral Head of Year)
Teacher – Lisa Fraser (Assistant Head)
Teacher – Chay Davis (Head teacher)

Senior Technician - Jean Windsor
Technician - Linda Sylvester

department is supported by two technicians working from two prep rooms, while staff have a dedicated workspace to operate from.

KEY STAGE 3
Our Key Stage 3 Scheme of Learning has been developed internally to provide a sound bridge between Key Stages 2 and 4.
In years 7 & 8 students study a range of content arranged in topical areas. They also learn about Working Scientifically, which involves developing explanations, arguments and making decisions as well as practical enquiry.

We are a lead school for the Let’s Think Secondary Science project (LTSS) for which pupils undertake a series of ‘thinking lessons’. These lessons take key themes such as scientific relationships and ratios and challenge pupils to extend their thinking. Our aim, by delivering these lessons, is to increase pupils’ resilience and independent thinking.

 Year 7

Autumn

Spring

Summer

B1 The Human Body

  • The digestive system
  • The breathing system

 

B2 The Microscopic World

  • Cells
  • Micro-organisms

 

B3 The Living World

  • Plant structure and reproduction
  • Interdependence of living things

C1 The Earth

  • Earth and atmosphere
  • SLG
  • Atoms, elements and compounds

 

C2 Separating substances

  • Standard techniques
  • Metals and non-metals

 

C3 Acids and Alkalis

  • Chemical reactions and rearrangement
  • pH of substances
  • Salt reactions

 

P1 Energy and Electricity

  • Types and transfers
  • Fuels and energy sources
  • Static and current electricity

 

P2 Forces

  • Contact forces
  • Non-contact forces
  • Making objects move

 

P3 Physical changes

  • Physical changes of state
  • SAM model of SLG
  • Diffusion

 

LTSS/Skills

LTSS/SKills

LTSS/Skills

 

Year 8

Autumn

Spring

Summer

B4 – The Human Machine

  • Our skeleton
  • Health and Lifestyle
  • Drugs and Medicines

B5 – Being Different

  • Reproduction
  • Variation
  • Genes

B6 – Processes of Life

  • Photosynthesis
  • Respiration

C4 – Earth and its Chemistry

  • Chemical Reactions
  • Our environment
  • Designer materials

C5 – Principles of Chemistry

  • Symbols and Formulae
  • Chemical Properties
  • Periodic Table

C6 – Reactions and Patterns

  • Reactivity series
  • Families of reactions
  • Energy changes

P4 – Waves, Light and Sound

  • Soundwaves
  • Hearing
  • Properties of light

P5 – Magnets, Motion and Pressure

  • Using magnets
  • Analysing motion
  • Pressure

P6 – Energetics

  • Energy calculations
  • Storing energy
  • Using Fuels

LTSS/Skills

LTSS/Skills

LTSS/Skills

 

Homework:

The homework tasks will vary throughout each unit studied. They will include research activities, worksheets, report completion, practical activities, drawing graphs and SAM Learning.

Suggestions for additional independent study:

Use websites such as BBC Bitesize to revise the scientific topics covered and carry out short tests. Go to the library and get a book out on the key topic. With appropriate supervision, use science kits to explore the topic further.

Assessment:

Assessment will take place regularly throughout the school year to ensure rigorous checks on progress can be made. Assessments will take the form of both tests and open-ended tasks.

Year 9:

During the Autumn Term some Year 9 pupil follow a KS3/4 transition course; this is aimed at easing their movement into GCSE phase by ensuring they have a good grasp of the key Big Ideas of science.

Pupils who are deemed to be Key Stage 4 Ready, which may be at the start of year 9, will undertake a range of STEM projects throughout the year. These provide opportunities for pupils to explore science in context; researching and using the information they find to solve problems and undertake experiments. Example projects include planning a way to solve the energy supply problem or tackling obesity. All pupils will complete at least one STEM project depending upon when they are deemed ready to move on from the Key Stage 3 programme of study.

Topics studied:

 

 

 

 

 

Year 9

KS3 Consolidation

STEM Projects (examples)

Cells

Sugar Beet Project

Particles

World Water Shortage

Energy

School Meals

Forces

Plastic Bags Crisis

Interdependence

Drug Development

Scientific Enquiry

Global Challenges

CASE

Forensic Science

 

 

Key Stage 4

Students at Key Stage 4 follow OCR 21st century science course completing either two GCSEs, as Combined Science, or three GCSEs as Biology, Chemistry and Physics (Triple Science)

 

Combined Science:

GCSE Combined Science is a two year course that provides two GCSEs in Science.  Access to all further education is possible from this course, including all A levels.

  • The course is assessed by four exams taken in May or June of Year 11.
  • Three of the exams focus on Biology, Chemistry and Physics respectively and the third centres on data handling and using scientific information.
  • There is no controlled assessment or coursework.

Triple Science:

Able students are offered the opportunity to study for an extra Science GCSE.  This two year accelerated programme leads to Separate GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Most of the specification is the same as for Combined Science but each unit contains extra materials so the science is studied in more depth. It is an academically challenging course, and as such student entry is very carefully considered.

Each GCSE has the following assessment model:

  • 2 terminal exams (in the summer of Y11), making 6 exams in total.
  • There is no controlled assessment or coursework.

Topics Covered:

 
Source: http://www.ocr.org.uk/Images/231416-gcse-9-1-twenty-first-century-science-suite-summary-brochure.pdf page 7

Links to Detailed Course Information:

Combined Science: http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/gcse-twenty-first-century-science-suite-combined-science-b-j260-from-2016/

Biology: http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/gcse-twenty-first-century-science-suite-biology-b-j257-from-2016/

Chemistry: http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/gcse-twenty-first-century-science-suite-chemistry-b-j258-from-2016/

Physics: http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/gcse-twenty-first-century-science-suite-physics-b-j259-from-2016/scheme-of-work/

 

Homework:

The homework tasks will vary throughout each unit studied. They will include research activities, worksheets, report completion, practical activities, drawing graphs and SAM Learning. Exam questions will also form part of the homework tasks. We will pay close attention to the extended maths demands of the new specifications, including the list of formulae that must be memorized.

Suggestions for additional independent study:

Use websites such as BBC Bitesize to revise the scientific topics covered and carry out short tests. Go to the library and get a book out on the key topic. With appropriate supervision, use science kits to explore the topic further.

Assessment:

Assessment will take place regularly throughout the school year to ensure rigorous checks on progress can be made. Assessments will take the form of both tests and open-ended tasks. Mock exams papers will be used for many of the tests.