Curriculum Plan – Biology 

‘Igniting curiosity and respect for the Natural World’

Key Stage 3 Content Skills Curriculum Intent
Year 7

Working Scientifically
Investigation based unit to introduce and Science skills. 

Cell Biology
Animal and plant cells, microscopy, specialised cells and unicellular organisms.

Reproduction
Reproduction, fertilisation, reproductive organs, foetal development, adolescence, menstrual cycle, plant reproduction. 

Bioenergetics - Photosynthesis
Plant cell organisation, photosynthesis, food chains and interdependence. 

Developing Scientific Thinking
Theory development, use of models, limitations and ethics in Science, applications of Science, risks to society, peer review.

Experimental Skills and Strategies
Theories and hypotheses, planning experimental methods, using apparatus, taking measurements, risk assessments, recording observations, evaluating methodology. 

Analysis and Evaluation
Presenting data, statistical manipulation, interpret data, explain data and relate to hypotheses, evaluate data quality. 

Scientific vocabulary, quantities, units, symbols and nomenclature. 

Students cover the fundamental aspects of living things. They discover that all living things are made of the same universal building blocks, how life is propagated and how all the energy in living things comes from the Sun and is dependent on plants. We start to explore how all living things are dependent on each other and the impact that human activity potentially has on this.
Year 8

Organisation
Healthy diet, digestive system, food tests, enzymes, alcohol, drugs and tobacco.

Bioenergetics
Lungs and gas exchange, respiration, skeleton, joints, muscles, effects of exercise. 

Ecology
Classification, adaptation, variation, evolution and extinction.

Developing Scientific Thinking
Theory development, use of models, limitations and ethics in Science, applications of Science, risks to society, peer review.

Experimental Skills and Strategies
Theories and hypotheses, planning experimental methods, using apparatus, taking measurements, risk assessments, recording observations, evaluating methodology. 

Analysis and Evaluation
Presenting data, statistical manipulation, interpret data, explain data and relate to hypotheses, evaluate data quality. 

Scientific vocabulary, quantities, units, symbols and nomenclature. 

Building on the work in year 7 students explore how cells and tissues are organised in living things and how glucose is used as an energy source. Towards the end of year 8 students consider the wider interactions between organisms at a global scale and revisit the impact that human activity is having on our environment.
Year 9

Cell Biology - Cell structure (including prokaryotes), cell division and cell cycle, stem cells and differentiation, substance exchange, culturing bacteria, aseptic techniques.

Organisation - Tissues, organs and organ systems (including plants), digestive system, enzymes, food tests, heart, blood, circulation, lungs, gas exchange. Non-communicable diseases (cardiovascular disease, health, cancer).


Bioenergetics
Photosynthesis, factors affecting rate, products of photosynthesis, optimisation of photosynthesis.

Developing Scientific Thinking
Theory development, use of models, limitations and ethics in Science, applications of Science, risks to society, peer review.

Experimental Skills and Strategies
Theories and hypotheses, planning experimental methods, using apparatus, taking measurements, risk assessments, recording observations, evaluating methodology. 

Analysis and Evaluation
Presenting data, statistical manipulation, interpret data, explain data and relate to hypotheses, evaluate data quality. 

Scientific vocabulary, quantities, units, symbols and nomenclature. 

Students build on the fundamental topics of cell biology and bioenergetics that were covered in years 7 and 8. In particular, they explore the universal aspects of life shared between all living things. 

Students also consider the impact of lifestyle on non-communicable disease and the impact that this has on individuals and Society.  

Key Stage 4 – GCSE Exam Board AQA
Year 10

Bioenergetics
Respiration, response to exercise, metabolism, liver. 

Infection and Response
Pathogens, barriers to infection, immune response, vaccination, drug development, monoclonal antibodies, plant disease.

Homeostasis and Response
Nerves, reflexes, brain, eye.
Endocrine system, control of body temperature, menstrual cycle, control of fertility, control of blood sugar, control of water and nitrogen in blood, negative feedback,  plant hormones. 

Developing Scientific Thinking
Theory development, use of models, limitations and ethics in Science, applications of Science, risks to society, peer review.

Experimental Skills and Strategies
Theories and hypotheses, planning experimental methods, using apparatus, taking measurements, risk assessments, recording observations, evaluating methodology. 

Analysis and Evaluation
Presenting data, statistical manipulation, interpret data, explain data and relate to hypotheses, evaluate data quality. 

Scientific vocabulary, quantities, units, symbols and nomenclature.

Students in year 10 explore the key aspects of defence against disease and communication and control within organisms. While we focus predominantly on human biology the principals also relate to many other animals. We focus on the use of animals in medical and scientific research and the responsibility that Scientists have to the animals that they use and Society as a whole.
Year 11

Inheritance, Variation and Evolution
Sexual and asexual reproduction, meiosis, advantages and disadvantages of sexual and asexual reproduction, inheritance, DNA structure,  genetics, inherited disease, sex determination. Variation, evolution, selective breeding, genetic engineering, cloning, theory of evolution, speciation, genetics and evolution, evidence for evolution, fossils, extinction, drug-resistant bacteria, classification.

Ecology
Adaptation, interdependence, abiotic and biotic factors, competition. Levels of organisation, carbon and water cycle, decomposition, impact of environmental change, biodiversity, waste management, land use, deforestation, maintaining biodiversity, trophic levels, pyramids of biomass, transfer of biomass, food production.

Developing Scientific Thinking
Theory development, use of models, limitations and ethics in Science, applications of Science, risks to society, peer review.

Experimental Skills and Strategies
Theories and hypotheses, planning experimental methods, using apparatus, taking measurements, risk assessments, recording observations, evaluating methodology. 

Analysis and Evaluation
Presenting data, statistical manipulation, interpret data, explain data and relate to hypotheses, evaluate data quality. 

Scientific vocabulary, quantities, units, symbols and nomenclature. 

Year 11 students explore inheritance and evolution to understand how characteristics are inherited. When considering evolution students consider how humans are part of a much larger evolutionary context. 

Humans can manipulate genetic inheritance but this can have a wider impact on other organism and the environment. 

In studying classification and ecology students start to understand links between organisms.  Interdependence demonstrates the importance of sustainability and the wider impacts of human activity on the environment.

 

Curriculum Plan – Chemistry

‘Igniting curiosity and respect for the Natural World’

 
Key Stage 3 Content Skills Curriculum Intent

Year 7

Atomic Structure and Periodic Table
Atoms, elements, compounds, understanding chemical formulae, properties of metals and non-metals, understanding properties of group 0,1 and 7.  

Chemical Changes – Chemical Reactions
 Chemical and word equations, combustion (complete and incomplete), fuels, reactivity of metals, displacement reactions.

Chemical Changes – Acids and Alkalis
pH scale, acids and alkalis, making salts, neutralisation, thermal decomposition, and conservation of mass. 

Developing Scientific Thinking
Theory development, use of models, limitations and ethics in Science, applications of Science, risks to society, peer review.

Experimental Skills and Strategies
Theories and hypotheses, planning experimental methods, using apparatus, taking measurements, risk assessments, recording observations, evaluating methodology.


Analysis and Evaluation
Presenting data, statistical manipulation, interpret data, explain data and relate to hypotheses, evaluate data quality. 

Scientific vocabulary, quantities, units, symbols and nomenclature.

Students spend year 7 looking at patterns in Chemistry and how these link through all aspects of our world. Students explore the layout of the Periodic Table and why groups of elements have the properties that they do. They then apply the universality of these chemical theories to chemical reactions and acids and alkalis.
Year 8

Atomic Structure and Periodic Table - Particles
Brownian motion, particle model, states of matter, melting, freezing, boiling, evaporating, condensing, diffusion and gas pressure. 

Atomic Structure and Periodic Table – Mixture and Separation Techniques
Mixtures, solutions, solubility, filtration, evaporation and chromatography. 

Earth Science
Composition of the atmosphere, sedimentary rocks, weathering, igneous and metamorphic rocks, the rock cycle and the carbon cycle. 

Developing Scientific Thinking
Theory development, use of models, limitations and ethics in Science, applications of Science, risks to society, peer review.

Experimental Skills and Strategies
Theories and hypotheses, planning experimental methods, using apparatus, taking measurements, risk assessments, recording observations, evaluating methodology.


Analysis and Evaluation
Presenting data, statistical manipulation, interpret data, explain data and relate to hypotheses, evaluate data quality. 

Scientific vocabulary, quantities, units, symbols and nomenclature.

Students study particle theory and apply this to the concepts looked at in year 7. Students have the opportunity to develop practical skills by looking at separation techniques. Earth Science allows students to draw many of these concepts together and to look at the impact of human activity on the environment.
Year 9

Using Resources
Finite and renewable resources, sustainable development, potable water, wastewater treatment, alternative ways to extract metal. Life cycle assessments, reducing use of resources. 

Organic Chemistry
Hydrocarbons, crude oil and alkanes, fractional distillation, cracking and alkenes. 

Chemical Analysis
Purity and formulations, chromatography, gas testing. 

Chemistry of the Atmosphere
Atmosphere composition and evolution, greenhouse gases, climate change, carbon footprints, air pollution.

Developing Scientific Thinking
Theory development, use of models, limitations and ethics in Science, applications of Science, risks to society, peer review.

Experimental Skills and Strategies
Theories and hypotheses, planning experimental methods, using apparatus, taking measurements, risk assessments, recording observations, evaluating methodology.


Analysis and Evaluation
Presenting data, statistical manipulation, interpret data, explain data and relate to hypotheses, evaluate data quality. 

Scientific vocabulary, quantities, units, symbols and nomenclature.

During year 9 students explore the natural resources that human’s extract from the Earth, the impact this has and how sustainable strategies are being developed to minimise and reverse damage that has been inflicted on the environment.
Key Stage 4 – GCSE Exam Board AQA
Year 10

Organic Chemistry (triple only)
Reactions of alkenes and alcohols, carboxylic acids, polymers and polymerisation, amino acids and DNA.

Using Resource (triple only)
Corrosion and its prevention, alloys, ceramics, polymers, composites. Haber process and NPK fertilisers.

Chemical Analysis (triple only)
Identifying ions, flame emission spectroscopy.

Rate and Extent of Chemical Change
Calculating rates, factors affecting rates, collision theory and activation energy, reversible reactions, equilibrium, Le Chatelier’s principle. 


Atomic Structure and Periodic Table
Atoms, elements, compounds, mixtures, development of the atomic model, atomic structure, relative atomic mass, electronic structure, separation techniques.
Periodic table and development. Group 1, 7 and 0. Transition metals.  

Bonding, Structure and Properties of Matter (combined science)
Chemical bonds, ionic bonding and structure, covalent bonding and metallic bonding. Simple and giant structures, polymers. Properties of ionic, covalent and metallic compounds. States of matter, changing state, nanoparticles. 

Developing Scientific Thinking
Theory development, use of models, limitations and ethics in Science, applications of Science, risks to society, peer review.

Experimental Skills and Strategies
Theories and hypotheses, planning experimental methods, using apparatus, taking measurements, risk assessments, recording observations, evaluating methodology.


Analysis and Evaluation
Presenting data, statistical manipulation, interpret data, explain data and relate to hypotheses, evaluate data quality. 

Scientific vocabulary, quantities, units, symbols and nomenclature.

Older students in year 10 develop deeper understanding on more abstract ideas in Chemistry of collision theory, reaction energetics, atomic structure and chemical bonding. Opportunities to link this to earlier year 9 content are capitalised on.
Year 11

Bonding, Structure and Properties of Matter (triple)
Chemical bonds, ionic bonding and structure, covalent bonding and metallic bonding. Simple and giant structures, polymers. Properties of ionic, covalent and metallic compounds. States of matter, changing state, nanoparticles. 

Quantitative Chemistry
Conservation of mass, relative formular mass, chemical measurements.  Moles, Molar equations, 
limiting reactants, concentration of solutions. Percentage yield, atom economy, using concentration of solutions, amounts of substances in reactions with gases. 

Chemical Changes
Reactivity, extraction of metals, redox. Reactions of acids, pH and neutralisation, titration, strong and weak acids. Electrolysis and half-equations.

Energy Changes
Endo- and exothermic reactions, reaction profiles, energy changes. Measuring and calculating energy changes. Cells and batteries, fuel cells

Developing Scientific Thinking
Theory development, use of models, limitations and ethics in Science, applications of Science, risks to society, peer review.

Experimental Skills and Strategies
Theories and hypotheses, planning experimental methods, using apparatus, taking measurements, risk assessments, recording observations, evaluating methodology.


Analysis and Evaluation
Presenting data, statistical manipulation, interpret data, explain data and relate to hypotheses, evaluate data quality. 

Scientific vocabulary, quantities, units, symbols and nomenclature.

Finally students study quantitative chemistry and chemical reactions (including the energy changes that occur). These units are excellent opportunities to draw in and apply content covered in previous years. This is the year that everything falls into place for most students and they see how all the fundamental concepts interlink.

 

Curriculum Plan – Physics

‘Igniting curiosity and respect for the Natural World’

Key Stage 3 Content Skills Curriculum Intent
Year 7

Forces
Forces & force diagrams, squashing and stretching, balanced and unbalanced forces, resultant forces, weight and mass.

Space
Structure of the solar system, universe and galaxy, day and night, seasons, months and years, satellites, eclipses. 

Waves (Light and Sound)
Sound waves, understanding the speed of sound, understanding how we hear, uses of sound waves, transmitting light, reflecting and refracting light, the eye and camera, colour.

Developing Scientific Thinking
Theory development, use of models, limitations and ethics in Science, applications of Science, risks to society, peer review.

Experimental Skills and Strategies
Theories and hypotheses, planning experimental methods, using apparatus, taking measurements, risk assessments, recording observations, evaluating methodology.

Analysis and Evaluation
Presenting data, statistical manipulation, interpret data, explain data and relate to hypotheses, evaluate data quality. 

Scientific vocabulary, quantities, units, symbols and nomenclature.

Students explore Forces and develop the idea that all motion is governed and can be predicted using three fundamental laws. They will gain a sense of perspective when studying space and the Solar System and then will start investigate energy by looking at Light and Sound.
Year 8

Electricity and magnetism
Static electricity, models of electricity, current, voltage, resistance, magnetism and electromagnetism. 

Energy 
Energy stores and transfers, conservation of mass, energy efficiencies, energy and temperature, conduction, infrared energy, energy resources, renewable energy. 


Motion and Pressure
Speed, motion graphs, pressure in gasses, liquids and solids, moments. 

Developing Scientific Thinking
Theory development, use of models, limitations and ethics in Science, applications of Science, risks to society, peer review.

Experimental Skills and Strategies
Theories and hypotheses, planning experimental methods, using apparatus, taking measurements, risk assessments, recording observations, evaluating methodology.

Analysis and Evaluation
Presenting data, statistical manipulation, interpret data, explain data and relate to hypotheses, evaluate data quality. 

Scientific vocabulary, quantities, units, symbols and nomenclature.

Students study the key idea of energy and how it is transferred. We explore how the use of energy resources and how useful energy is transferred. We look at the impact of the use of different energy resources on the environment and how this is being minimised. Earlier concepts of forces and particles are applied to motion and pressure. 
Year 9 Energy
Energy stores and systems, energy transfer by heating, specific heat capacity, infra-red radiation, conservation & dissipation of energy, efficiency, energy resources, renewable and non-renewable energy resources.

Developing Scientific Thinking
Theory development, use of models, limitations and ethics in Science, applications of Science, risks to society, peer review.

Experimental Skills and Strategies
Theories and hypotheses, planning experimental methods, using apparatus, taking measurements, risk assessments, recording observations, evaluating methodology.

Analysis and Evaluation
Presenting data, statistical manipulation, interpret data, explain data and relate to hypotheses, evaluate data quality. 

Scientific vocabulary, quantities, units, symbols and nomenclature.

Students build on the concepts of energy from year 8 and go into greater depth on energy transfer. Students also study the use of different energy resources and their potential environmental and economic impact.
Key Stage 4 – GCSE Exam Board AQA
Year 10

Atomic Structure
Model of the atom, isotopes and nuclear radiation, nuclear equations, half-life.  Nuclear fission & fusion, nuclear radiation in medicine, nuclear issues.

Particle Model of Matter
Particle model and motion of gases, density, internal energy, specific latent heat, gas pressure & volume.

Electricity
Electrical charges & fields, current, resistance, circuits, series and parallel, electrical appliances, National Grid

Forces
Contact and non-contact, resultant forces, moments, resolving forces.

Developing Scientific Thinking
Theory development, use of models, limitations and ethics in Science, applications of Science, risks to society, peer review.

Experimental Skills and Strategies
Theories and hypotheses, planning experimental methods, using apparatus, taking measurements, risk assessments, recording observations, evaluating methodology.

Analysis and Evaluation
Presenting data, statistical manipulation, interpret data, explain data and relate to hypotheses, evaluate data quality. 

Scientific vocabulary, quantities, units, symbols and nomenclature.

Older students in year 10 develop deeper understanding on more abstract ideas of atomic structure and particles. This relates to the content covered during year 10 in Chemistry. Electricity and circuits is revisited and issues of supply and demand are examined.
Year 11

Forces
Weight, mass, gravity, work done, elasticity, springs. Motion and graphs. Newton’s laws. Stopping distances and reaction times. Momentum.

Pressure
Pressure in liquids, gases & solids.

Waves
Properties and behaviour (reflection and refraction), sound, ultrasound and seismic waves. Electromagnetic waves.

Light
Reflection, refraction, colour and lenses.

Magnetism and Electromagnetism
Magnets, electromagnets, the motor effect, the generator effect, transformers.

Space
Formation of the solar system and stars, planets satellites & orbits, the expanding universe the future of the universe.

Developing Scientific Thinking
Theory development, use of models, limitations and ethics in Science, applications of Science, risks to society, peer review.

Experimental Skills and Strategies
Theories and hypotheses, planning experimental methods, using apparatus, taking measurements, risk assessments, recording observations, evaluating methodology.

Analysis and Evaluation
Presenting data, statistical manipulation, interpret data, explain data and relate to hypotheses, evaluate data quality. 

Scientific vocabulary, quantities, units, symbols and nomenclature.

The concepts of forces first covered in year 7 are built on and extended to cover real life applications such as stopping distances and reaction times. Students explore waves and magnets and electromagnetism and their applications. Triple Science students also explore Space and the Universe.

 

Curriculum Plan – Year 7 (KS3 Science)

Working scientifically intent Students cover the fundamental aspects of living things. They discover that all living things are made of the same universal building blocks, how life is propagated and how all the energy in living things comes from the Sun and is dependent on plants. We start to explore how all living things are dependent on each other and the impact that human activity potentially has on this.

Biology intent:  Students cover the fundamental aspects of living things. They discover that all living things are made of the same universal building blocks, how life is propagated and how all the energy in living things comes from the Sun and is dependent on plants. We start to explore how all living things are dependent on each other and the impact that human activity potentially has on this.

Chemistry intent: Students spend year 7 looking at patterns in Chemistry and how these link through all aspects of our world. Students explore the layout of the Periodic Table and why groups of elements have the properties that they do. They then apply the universality of these chemical theories to chemical reactions and acids and alkalis.

Physics intent: Students explore Forces and develop the idea that all motion is governed and can be predicted using three fundamental laws. They will gain a sense of perspective when studying space and the Solar System and then will start investigating energy by looking at Light and Sound.

Year 7

Subject Content

Homework and Assessments

Subject Skills and 21st Century Soft Skills

Rotation 1

Working scientifically 

Students are set 2 hours  of Educake retrieval questions per fortnight. We are trialling flip-learning homework with some groups.

Developing Scientific Thinking

Theory development, use of models, limitations and ethics in Science, applications of Science, risks to society, peer review.

Experimental Skills and Strategies

Theories and hypotheses, planning experimental methods, using apparatus, taking measurements, risk assessments, recording observations, evaluating methodology.

Analysis and Evaluation

  Presenting data, statistical manipulation, interpret data, explain data and relate to hypotheses, evaluate data quality.

Scientific vocabulary, quantities, units, symbols and nomenclature.

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Lesson 1*

Working safely in the lab

Lesson 2

Using Bunsen burners

Lesson 3

Asking scientific questions

Lesson 4

Planning investigations

Lesson 5

Recording and collecting data

Lesson 6

Representing data

Lesson 7

Analysing data

 

 

 

 

Rotation 1

Biology – Cell biology

Students are set 2 hours  of Educake retrieval questions per fortnight. We are trialling flip-learning homework with some groups.

Developing Scientific Thinking

Theory development, use of models, limitations and ethics in Science, applications of Science, risks to society, peer review.

Experimental Skills and Strategies

Theories and hypotheses, planning experimental methods, using apparatus, taking measurements, risk assessments, recording observations, evaluating methodology.

Analysis and Evaluation

  Presenting data, statistical manipulation, interpret data, explain data and relate to hypotheses, evaluate data quality.

Scientific vocabulary, quantities, units, symbols and nomenclature.

 

Lesson 1

Animal cells

Lesson 2

Introduction to microscopes

Lesson 3

Observing cells

Lesson 4

Specialised cells

Lesson 5

Unicellular organisms

Lesson 6

Cell transport – diffusion

Lesson 7

Consolidation lesson – cell biology

 

 

 

 

Rotation 1

Chemistry – The periodic table

Students are set 2 hours  of Educake retrieval questions per fortnight. We are trialling flip-learning homework with some groups.

Developing Scientific Thinking

Theory development, use of models, limitations and ethics in Science, applications of Science, risks to society, peer review.

Experimental Skills and Strategies

Theories and hypotheses, planning experimental methods, using apparatus, taking measurements, risk assessments, recording observations, evaluating methodology.

Analysis and Evaluation

  Presenting data, statistical manipulation, interpret data, explain data and relate to hypotheses, evaluate data quality.

Scientific vocabulary, quantities, units, symbols and nomenclature.

 

Lesson 1

Periodic table

Lesson 2

Atoms and elements

Lesson 3

Compounds

Lesson 4

Understanding chemical formulae

Lesson 5

Properties of metals and non-metals

Lesson 6

Features of group 1 elements

Lesson 7

Features of group 7 elements

Lesson 8

Features of group 0 elements

Lesson 9

Consolidation lesson – the periodic table

 

 

 

 

Rotation 1

Physics – The forces

Students are set 2 hours  of Educake retrieval questions per fortnight. We are trialling flip-learning homework with some groups.

Developing Scientific Thinking

Theory development, use of models, limitations and ethics in Science, applications of Science, risks to society, peer review.

Experimental Skills and Strategies

Theories and hypotheses, planning experimental methods, using apparatus, taking measurements, risk assessments, recording observations, evaluating methodology.

Analysis and Evaluation

  Presenting data, statistical manipulation, interpret data, explain data and relate to hypotheses, evaluate data quality.

Scientific vocabulary, quantities, units, symbols and nomenclature.

 

Lesson 1

Forces

Lesson 2

Force diagrams

Lesson 3

Squashing and stretching

Lesson 4

Balanced and unbalanced forces

Lesson 5

Resultant forces

Lesson 6

Weight and mass

Lesson 7

Consolidation lesson - forces

 

 

 

 

Assessment window 1

 

35-minute assessment per science. Section A – retrieval questions on year 5 and 6 content. Section B – structured and extended response questions on all biology, chemistry or physics content taught to this point in the students learning journey.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rotation 2

Biology – Reproduction

Students are set 2 hours  of Educake retrieval questions per fortnight. We are trialling flip-learning homework with some groups.

Developing Scientific Thinking

Theory development, use of models, limitations and ethics in Science, applications of Science, risks to society, peer review.

Experimental Skills and Strategies

Theories and hypotheses, planning experimental methods, using apparatus, taking measurements, risk assessments, recording observations, evaluating methodology.

Analysis and Evaluation

  Presenting data, statistical manipulation, interpret data, explain data and relate to hypotheses, evaluate data quality.

Scientific vocabulary, quantities, units, symbols and nomenclature.

 

Lesson 1

Internal and external fertilisation

Lesson 2

Male anatomy

Lesson 3

Female anatomy

Lesson 4

Journey of the sperm

Lesson 5

Fetal development

Lesson 6

Birth

Lesson 7

Adolescence and puberty

Lesson 8

Plant reproduction – pollination

Lesson 9

Plant reproduction – fertilisation and germination

Lesson 10

Plant reproduction - Seed dispersal

Lesson 11

Consolidation lesson - reproduction

 

 

 

 

Rotation 2

Chemistry- Reactions

Students are set 2 hours  of Educake retrieval questions per fortnight. We are trialling flip-learning homework with some groups.

Developing Scientific Thinking

Theory development, use of models, limitations and ethics in Science, applications of Science, risks to society, peer review.

Experimental Skills and Strategies

Theories and hypotheses, planning experimental methods, using apparatus, taking measurements, risk assessments, recording observations, evaluating methodology.

Analysis and Evaluation

  Presenting data, statistical manipulation, interpret data, explain data and relate to hypotheses, evaluate data quality.

Scientific vocabulary, quantities, units, symbols and nomenclature.

 

Lesson 1

Types of reaction

Lesson 2

Word equations

Lesson 3

Burning fuels 1

Lesson 4

Burning fuels 2

Lesson 5

Reactivity of metals

Lesson 6

Displacement reactions 1

Lesson 7

Displacements reactions 2

Lesson 8

Consolidation lesson - reactions

 

 

 

 

Rotation 2

Physics – Space

Students are set 2 hours  of Educake retrieval questions per fortnight. We are trialling flip-learning homework with some groups.

Developing Scientific Thinking

Theory development, use of models, limitations and ethics in Science, applications of Science, risks to society, peer review.

Experimental Skills and Strategies

Theories and hypotheses, planning experimental methods, using apparatus, taking measurements, risk assessments, recording observations, evaluating methodology.

Analysis and Evaluation

  Presenting data, statistical manipulation, interpret data, explain data and relate to hypotheses, evaluate data quality.

Scientific vocabulary, quantities, units, symbols and nomenclature.

 

Lesson 1

Days and years

Lesson 2

Shadows

Lesson 3

Seasons

Lesson 4

The Moon

Lesson 5

Eclipses

Lesson 6

The solar system

Lesson 7

Constellations

Lesson 8

Satellites and space exploration

 

Lesson 9

Consolidation lesson – space

 

 

 

 

Rotation 3

Biology – plants and photosynthesis

Students are set 2 hours  of Educake retrieval questions per fortnight. We are trialling flip-learning homework with some groups.

Developing Scientific Thinking

Theory development, use of models, limitations and ethics in Science, applications of Science, risks to society, peer review.

Experimental Skills and Strategies

Theories and hypotheses, planning experimental methods, using apparatus, taking measurements, risk assessments, recording observations, evaluating methodology.

Analysis and Evaluation

  Presenting data, statistical manipulation, interpret data, explain data and relate to hypotheses, evaluate data quality.

Scientific vocabulary, quantities, units, symbols and nomenclature.

 

Lesson 1

Levels of organisation

Lesson 2

Plant organs

Lesson 3

Leaf structure

Lesson 4

Photosynthesis

Lesson 5

Plant minerals

Lesson 6

Plants as producers

Lesson 7

Food chains

Lesson 8

Interdependence

Lesson 9

Ecosystems

 

 

 

 

Rotation 3

Chemistry – acids and alkalis

Students are set 2 hours  of Educake retrieval questions per fortnight. We are trialling flip-learning homework with some groups.

Developing Scientific Thinking

Theory development, use of models, limitations and ethics in Science, applications of Science, risks to society, peer review.

Experimental Skills and Strategies

Theories and hypotheses, planning experimental methods, using apparatus, taking measurements, risk assessments, recording observations, evaluating methodology.

Analysis and Evaluation

  Presenting data, statistical manipulation, interpret data, explain data and relate to hypotheses, evaluate data quality.

Scientific vocabulary, quantities, units, symbols and nomenclature.

 

Lesson 1

The pH scale

Lesson 2

Neutralisation 1

Lesson 3

Neutralisation 2

Lesson 4

Acids and alkalis around us

Lesson 5

Making copper sulphate 1

Lesson 6

Making copper sulphate 2

Lesson 7

Thermal decomposition

Lesson 8

Consolidation of acids and alkalis

Assessment window 2

 

35-minute assessment per science. Section A – retrieval questions on assessment window 1 content. Section B – structured and extended response questions on all biology, chemistry or physics content taught to this point in the students learning journey.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rotation 3

Physics – Light and sound

Students are set 2 hours  of Educake retrieval questions per fortnight. We are trialling flip-learning homework with some groups.

Developing Scientific Thinking

Theory development, use of models, limitations and ethics in Science, applications of Science, risks to society, peer review.

Experimental Skills and Strategies

Theories and hypotheses, planning experimental methods, using apparatus, taking measurements, risk assessments, recording observations, evaluating methodology.

Analysis and Evaluation

  Presenting data, statistical manipulation, interpret data, explain data and relate to hypotheses, evaluate data quality.

Scientific vocabulary, quantities, units, symbols and nomenclature.

 

Lesson 1

Light interactions

Lesson 2

Reflection

Lesson 3

Refraction

Lesson 4

Prisms and lenses

Lesson 5

Pinhole camera and the eye

Lesson 6

Colour

Lesson 7

Consolidation of light lessons

Lesson 8

Features of waves

Lesson 9

Wave types

Lesson 10

Superpose – loudness and pitch

Lesson 11

Detecting sound

Lesson 12

Sound and energy transfer

Lesson 13

Microphones and speakers

Lesson 14

Echoes and other uses of sound

Lesson 15

Consolidation of sound lessons

 

Curriculum Plan – Year 8 (KS3 Science)

Working scientifically intent:  This unit has a dual focus. 1. to ensure pupils have the necessary skills to safely conduct practical investigations, 2. To evaluate and develop pupils existing working scientific skills to support pupils in engaging with practical investigations with a scientific mind-set.

Biology intent:  Students cover the fundamental aspects of living things. They discover that all living things are made of the same universal building blocks, how life is propagated and how all the energy in living things comes from the Sun and is dependent on plants. We start to explore how all living things are dependent on each other and the impact that human activity potentially has on this.

Chemistry intent: Students study particle theory and apply this to the concepts looked at in year 7. Students can develop practical skills by looking at separation techniques. Earth Science allows students to draw many of these concepts together and to look at the impact of human activity on the environment

Physics intent:  Students study the key idea of energy and how it is transferred. We explore how the use of energy resources and how useful energy is transferred. We look at the impact of the use of different energy resources on the environment and how this is being minimised. Earlier concepts of forces and particles are applied to motion and pressure.

Year 8

Subject Content

Homework and Assessments

Subject Skills and 21st Century Soft Skills

Rotation 1 

Working scientifically   

Students are set 2 hours  of Educake retrieval questions per fortnight. We are trialling flip-learning homework with some groups.

  Developing Scientific Thinking

Theory development, use of models, limitations and ethics in Science, applications of Science, risks to society, peer review.

Experimental Skills and Strategies

Theories and hypotheses, planning experimental methods, using apparatus, taking measurements, risk assessments, recording observations, evaluating methodology.

Analysis and Evaluation

  Presenting data, statistical manipulation, interpret data, explain data and relate to hypotheses, evaluate data quality.

Scientific vocabulary, quantities, units, symbols and nomenclature.

 

Lesson 1 

Working safely in the lab  

Lesson 2 

Using Bunsen burners  

Lesson 3  

Asking scientific questions  

Lesson 4  

Planning investigations  

Lesson 5  

Recording and collecting data  

Lesson 6  

Representing data 

Lesson 7  

Analysing data 

Lesson 8

Scientific poster lesson 1

Lesson 9

Scientific poster lesson 2

 

 

 

 

Rotation 1

Health and Lifestyle

Students are set 2 hours  of Educake retrieval questions per fortnight. We are trialling flip-learning homework with some groups.

  Developing Scientific Thinking

Theory development, use of models, limitations and ethics in Science, applications of Science, risks to society, peer review.

Experimental Skills and Strategies

Theories and hypotheses, planning experimental methods, using apparatus, taking measurements, risk assessments, recording observations, evaluating methodology.

Analysis and Evaluation

  Presenting data, statistical manipulation, interpret data, explain data and relate to hypotheses, evaluate data quality.

Scientific vocabulary, quantities, units, symbols and nomenclature.

 

Lesson 1

A healthy lifestyle

Lesson 2

Anatomy of the digestive system

Lesson 3

Food tests practical

Lesson 4

Food test theory

Lesson 5

Enzymes

Lesson 6

Unhealthy diets

Lesson 7

Drugs, alcohol and smoking 1

Lesson 8

Drugs, alcohol and smoking 2

Lesson 9

Consolidation lesson – health and lifestyle

 

 

 

 

Rotation 1

Chemistry – Particles

Students are set 2 hours  of Educake retrieval questions per fortnight. We are trialling flip-learning homework with some groups.

  Developing Scientific Thinking

Theory development, use of models, limitations and ethics in Science, applications of Science, risks to society, peer review.

Experimental Skills and Strategies

Theories and hypotheses, planning experimental methods, using apparatus, taking measurements, risk assessments, recording observations, evaluating methodology.

Analysis and Evaluation

  Presenting data, statistical manipulation, interpret data, explain data and relate to hypotheses, evaluate data quality.

Scientific vocabulary, quantities, units, symbols and nomenclature.

 

Lesson 1

Introduction to particles

Lesson 2

Particle model

Lesson 3

States of matter

Lesson 4

Melting and freezing

Lesson 5

Boiling, evaporation and condensing

Lesson 6

Diffusion

Lesson 7

Gas pressure

Lesson 8

Consolidation lesson - particles

 

 

 

 

Rotation 1

Physics – Electricity and magnetism

Students are set 2 hours  of Educake retrieval questions per fortnight. We are trialling flip-learning homework with some groups.

  Developing Scientific Thinking

Theory development, use of models, limitations and ethics in Science, applications of Science, risks to society, peer review.

Experimental Skills and Strategies

Theories and hypotheses, planning experimental methods, using apparatus, taking measurements, risk assessments, recording observations, evaluating methodology.

Analysis and Evaluation

  Presenting data, statistical manipulation, interpret data, explain data and relate to hypotheses, evaluate data quality.

Scientific vocabulary, quantities, units, symbols and nomenclature.

 

Lesson 1

Charging up

Lesson 2

Modelling electricity

Lesson 3

Current in a series circuit

Lesson 4

Current in a parallel circuit

Lesson 5

Potential difference -series and parallel

Lesson 6

Resistance

Lesson 7

Magnets and magnetic fields

Lesson 8

Electromagnets

Lesson 9

Consolidation lesson – electricity and magnetism

 

 

 

 

Assessment window 1

 

35-minute assessment per science. Section A – retrieval questions on year 7 content. Section B – structured and extended response questions on all biology, chemistry or physics content taught to this point in the students learning journey.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rotation 2

 

 

Biology – Respiration and movement

Students are set 2 hours  of Educake retrieval questions per fortnight. We are trialling flip-learning homework with some groups.

  Developing Scientific Thinking

Theory development, use of models, limitations and ethics in Science, applications of Science, risks to society, peer review.

Experimental Skills and Strategies

Theories and hypotheses, planning experimental methods, using apparatus, taking measurements, risk assessments, recording observations, evaluating methodology.

Analysis and Evaluation

  Presenting data, statistical manipulation, interpret data, explain data and relate to hypotheses, evaluate data quality.

Scientific vocabulary, quantities, units, symbols and nomenclature.

 

Lesson 1

Respiration systems

Lesson 2

Breathing

Lesson 3

Gas exchange

Lesson 4

Aerobic respiration

Lesson 5

Anaerobic respiration

Lesson 6

The effect of exercise 1

Lesson 7

The effect of exercise 2

Lesson 8

The skeleton

Lesson 9

Joints and movement

Lesson 10

Muscles and movement

Lesson 11

Consolidation lesson – respiration and movement

 

 

 

 

Rotation 2

Chemistry- Separating techniques

Students are set 2 hours  of Educake retrieval questions per fortnight. We are trialling flip-learning homework with some groups.

  Developing Scientific Thinking

Theory development, use of models, limitations and ethics in Science, applications of Science, risks to society, peer review.

Experimental Skills and Strategies

Theories and hypotheses, planning experimental methods, using apparatus, taking measurements, risk assessments, recording observations, evaluating methodology.

Analysis and Evaluation

  Presenting data, statistical manipulation, interpret data, explain data and relate to hypotheses, evaluate data quality.

Scientific vocabulary, quantities, units, symbols and nomenclature.

 

Lesson 1

Mixtures

Lesson 2

Solutions

Lesson 3

Solubility

Lesson 4

Filtration

Lesson 5

Evaporation and distillation 1

Lesson 6

Evaporation and distillation 2

Lesson 7

Chromatography

Lesson 8

Consolidation – separating mixtures

 

 

 

 

Rotation 2

Physics – Energy  

Students are set 2 hours  of Educake retrieval questions per fortnight. We are trialling flip-learning homework with some groups.

Developing Scientific Thinking

Theory development, use of models, limitations and ethics in Science, applications of Science, risks to society, peer review.

Experimental Skills and Strategies

Theories and hypotheses, planning experimental methods, using apparatus, taking measurements, risk assessments, recording observations, evaluating methodology.

Analysis and Evaluation

  Presenting data, statistical manipulation, interpret data, explain data and relate to hypotheses, evaluate data quality.

Scientific vocabulary, quantities, units, symbols and nomenclature.

 

Lesson 1

Energy changes

Lesson 2

Energy stores and transfers

Lesson 3

Conservation of energy

Lesson 4

Energy efficiencies

Lesson 5

Energy and temperature

Lesson 6

Energy transfers

Lesson 7

Power stations 1

Lesson 8

Power stations 2

 

Lesson 9

Energy and power

Lesson 10

Consolidation – energy

 

 

 

 

Rotation 3

Biology – Ecology and adaptation

Students are set 2 hours  of Educake retrieval questions per fortnight. We are trialling flip-learning homework with some groups.

Developing Scientific Thinking

Theory development, use of models, limitations and ethics in Science, applications of Science, risks to society, peer review.

Experimental Skills and Strategies

Theories and hypotheses, planning experimental methods, using apparatus, taking measurements, risk assessments, recording observations, evaluating methodology.

Analysis and Evaluation

  Presenting data, statistical manipulation, interpret data, explain data and relate to hypotheses, evaluate data quality.

Scientific vocabulary, quantities, units, symbols and nomenclature.

 

Lesson 1

Classification

Lesson 2

Adaptation

Lesson 3

Variation

Lesson 4

Inheritance

Lesson 5

Evolution

Lesson 6

Extinction

Lesson 7

Fossils

Lesson 8

Consolidation lesson – ecology

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rotation 3

Chemistry – The earth

Students are set 2 hours  of Educake retrieval questions per fortnight. We are trialling flip-learning homework with some groups.

Developing Scientific Thinking

Theory development, use of models, limitations and ethics in Science, applications of Science, risks to society, peer review.

Experimental Skills and Strategies

Theories and hypotheses, planning experimental methods, using apparatus, taking measurements, risk assessments, recording observations, evaluating methodology.

Analysis and Evaluation

  Presenting data, statistical manipulation, interpret data, explain data and relate to hypotheses, evaluate data quality.

Scientific vocabulary, quantities, units, symbols and nomenclature.

 

Lesson 1

The atmosphere

Lesson 2

Sedimentary rocks

Lesson 3

Weathering

Lesson 4

Igneous and metamorphic rocks

Lesson 5

The rock cycle

Lesson 6

The carbon cycle

Lesson 7

Climate change

Lesson 8

Recycling

Lesson 9

Consolidation – the earth

 

 

 

 

Assessment window 2

 

35-minute assessment per science. Section A – retrieval questions on Y7 and assessment window 1 content. Section B – structured and extended response questions on all biology, chemistry or physics content taught to this point in the students learning journey.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rotation 3

 

Physics – Motion and pressure

Students are set 2 hours  of Educake retrieval questions per fortnight. We are trialling flip-learning homework with some groups.

Developing Scientific Thinking

Theory development, use of models, limitations and ethics in Science, applications of Science, risks to society, peer review.

Experimental Skills and Strategies

Theories and hypotheses, planning experimental methods, using apparatus, taking measurements, risk assessments, recording observations, evaluating methodology.

Analysis and Evaluation

  Presenting data, statistical manipulation, interpret data, explain data and relate to hypotheses, evaluate data quality.

Scientific vocabulary, quantities, units, symbols and nomenclature.

 

Lesson 1

Speed

Lesson 2

Motion graphs

Lesson 3

Pressure in gasses

Lesson 4

Pressure in liquids

Lesson 5

Pressure in solids

Lesson 6

Turning forces

Lesson 7

Consolidation – motion and pressure

 

Curriculum Plan – Biology (AQA)

Intent    Students build on the fundamental topics of cell biology and bioenergetics that were covered in years 7 and 8. In particular, they explore the universal aspects of life shared between all living things.

Students also consider the impact of lifestyle on non-communicable disease and the impact that this has on individuals and Society.

Year 9

Subject Content

Homework and Assessments

Subject Skills and 21st Century Soft Skills

Term 1

Topic

Cell Biology

Students are set 40 minutes of Educake retrieval questions per fortnight. We are trialling flip-learning homework with some groups.

 

Lesson 1*

Cell Structure

 

Developing Scientific Thinking

Theory development, use of models, limitations and ethics in Science, applications of Science, risks to society, peer review.

Experimental Skills and Strategies

Theories and hypotheses, planning experimental methods, using apparatus, taking measurements, risk assessments, recording observations, evaluating methodology.

Analysis and Evaluation

Presenting data, statistical manipulation, interpret data, explain data and relate to hypotheses, evaluate data quality.

Scientific vocabulary, quantities, units, symbols and nomenclature.

 

Lesson 2

Prokaryotic and Eukaryotic Cells

 

Lesson 3

Biological Measurements

 

Lesson 4

Using a Microscope

 

Lesson 5

Required Practical – Microscopy

 

Lesson 6

Specialised Cells

 

Assessment Window 1 (weeks 6 and 7)

 

 

35 minute assessment. Section A – retrieval questions on year 7 and 8 content. Section B – structured and extended response questions on Cell Structure, Microscopy and Specialised Cells.

Lesson 7

Diffusion

 

Lesson 8

Osmosis

 

Lesson 9

Required Practical - Osmosis

 

Lesson 10

Active Transport

 

Lesson 11

Exchange Surfaces

 

Lesson 12

Genetics Overview

 

Lesson 13

Cell Cycle

 

Lesson 14

Mitosis

 

Lesson 15

Stem Cells in Animals

 

Lesson 16

Stem Cells in Plants

 

Term 2

Topic

Organisation

Students are set 40 minutes of Educake retrieval questions per fortnight. We are trialling flip-learning homework with some groups.

 

Lesson 1

Cell Organisation

 

Developing Scientific Thinking

Theory development, use of models, limitations and ethics in Science, applications of Science, risks to society, peer review.

Experimental Skills and Strategies

Theories and hypotheses, planning experimental methods, using apparatus, taking measurements, risk assessments, recording observations, evaluating methodology.

Analysis and Evaluation

Presenting data, statistical manipulation, interpret data, explain data and relate to hypotheses, evaluate data quality.

Scientific vocabulary, quantities, units, symbols and nomenclature.

 

Lesson 2

Digestive System

 

Lesson 3

Chemistry of Foo

 

Lesson 4

Required Practical – Food Tests

 

Lesson 5

Structure of Enzymes

 

Lesson 6

Factors Affecting Enzymes

 

Lesson 7

Digestive Juices

 

Lesson 8

Required Practical - Enzymes

 

Assessment Window 2 (weeks 23 and 24)

 

 

35 minute assessment. Section A – retrieval questions on year 7 and 8 content. Section B – structured and extended response questions on Cell Biology and Organisation (the Digestive System)

 

Term 3

Lesson 9

Blood

 

Developing Scientific Thinking

Theory development, use of models, limitations and ethics in Science, applications of Science, risks to society, peer review.

Experimental Skills and Strategies

Theories and hypotheses, planning experimental methods, using apparatus, taking measurements, risk assessments, recording observations, evaluating methodology.

Analysis and Evaluation

Presenting data, statistical manipulation, interpret data, explain data and relate to hypotheses, evaluate data quality.

Scientific vocabulary, quantities, units, symbols and nomenclature.

 

Lesson 10

Blood Vessels

 

Lesson 11

Heart

 

Lesson 12

Heart Disease

 

Lesson 13

Breathing and Gas Exchange

 

Lesson 14

Plant Organs

 

Lesson 15

Transport in Plants

 

Lesson 16

Transpiration

 

Lesson 17

Health and Non-Communicable Disease

 

Lesson 18

Cancer

 

Topic

Bioenergetics

Students are set 40 minutes of Educake retrieval questions per fortnight. We are trialling flip-learning homework with some groups.

 

Lesson 1

Photosynthesis

 

Developing Scientific Thinking

Theory development, use of models, limitations and ethics in Science, applications of Science, risks to society, peer review.

Experimental Skills and Strategies

Theories and hypotheses, planning experimental methods, using apparatus, taking measurements, risk assessments, recording observations, evaluating methodology.

Analysis and Evaluation

Presenting data, statistical manipulation, interpret data, explain data and relate to hypotheses, evaluate data quality.

Scientific vocabulary, quantities, units, symbols and nomenclature.

 

Lesson 2

Testing for Starch

 

Lesson 3

Limiting Factors

 

Lesson 4

Required Practical – Photosynthesis

 

Lesson 5

Uses of Glucose

 

Lesson 6

Using Photosynthesis (HT)

 

 

* Please note that a lesson may cover more than one period. This is often dependent on the group as some groups may cover content quicker than others. It is also common for practical work. This is factored into the curriculum time allocated for the year.

 

Curriculum Plan – Chemistry (AQA)

Intent  During year 9 students explore the natural resources that human’s extract from the Earth, the impact this has and how sustainable strategies are being developed to minimise and reverse damage that has been inflicted on the environment.

Year 9

Subject Content

Homework and Assessments

Subject Skills and 21st Century Soft Skills

Term 1

Topic

Chemistry of the Atmosphere

Students are set 40 minutes of Educake retrieval questions per fortnight. We are trialling flip-learning homework with some groups.

 

Lesson 1*

History of the Atmosphere

 

Developing Scientific Thinking

Theory development, use of models, limitations and ethics in Science, applications of Science, risks to society, peer review.

Experimental Skills and Strategies

Theories and hypotheses, planning experimental methods, using apparatus, taking measurements, risk assessments, recording observations, evaluating methodology.

Analysis and Evaluation

Presenting data, statistical manipulation, interpret data, explain data and relate to hypotheses, evaluate data quality.

Scientific vocabulary, quantities, units, symbols and nomenclature.

 

Lesson 2

Evolution of the Atmosphere

 

Lesson 3

Greenhouse Gases

 

Lesson 4

Climate Change

 

Lesson 5

Carbon Footprint

 

Lesson 6

Atmospheric Pollutants

 

Assessment Window 1 (weeks 6 and 7)

 

 

35 minute assessment. Section A – retrieval questions on year 7 and 8 content. Section B – structured and extended response questions on Chemistry of the Atmosphere topic.

 

Topic

Using Resources

Students are set 40 minutes of Educake retrieval questions per fortnight. We are trialling flip-learning homework with some groups.

 

Lesson 1

Finite and Renewable Resources

 

Developing Scientific Thinking

Theory development, use of models, limitations and ethics in Science, applications of Science, risks to society, peer review.

Experimental Skills and Strategies

Theories and hypotheses, planning experimental methods, using apparatus, taking measurements, risk assessments, recording observations, evaluating methodology.

Analysis and Evaluation

Presenting data, statistical manipulation, interpret data, explain data and relate to hypotheses, evaluate data quality.

Scientific vocabulary, quantities, units, symbols and nomenclature.

 

Lesson 2

Water Treatment

 

Lesson 3

Required Practical – Water Purification

 

Lesson 4

Waste Water Treatment

 

Lesson 5

Extracting metals from low grade ores (HT)

 

Lesson 6

Life Cycle Assessments

 

Lesson 7

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

 

Term 2

Topic

Chemical Analysis

Students are set 40 minutes of Educake retrieval questions per fortnight. We are trialling flip-learning homework with some groups.

 

Lesson 1

Pure Substances and Mixtures

 

Developing Scientific Thinking

Theory development, use of models, limitations and ethics in Science, applications of Science, risks to society, peer review.

Experimental Skills and Strategies

Theories and hypotheses, planning experimental methods, using apparatus, taking measurements, risk assessments, recording observations, evaluating methodology.

Analysis and Evaluation

Presenting data, statistical manipulation, interpret data, explain data and relate to hypotheses, evaluate data quality.

Scientific vocabulary, quantities, units, symbols and nomenclature.

 

Lesson 2

Analysing Chromatograms

 

Lesson 3

Required Practical - Chromatography

 

Lesson 4

Testing for Gases

 

Assessment Window 2 (weeks 23 and 24)

 

 

35 minute assessment. Section A – retrieval questions on year 7 and 8 content and Chemistry of the Atmosphere. Section B – structured and extended response questions on Using Resources and Chemical Analysis.

 

Term 3

Topic

Organic Chemistry

Students are set 40 minutes of Educake retrieval questions per fortnight. We are trialling flip-learning homework with some groups.

 

Lesson 1

Crude Oil and Fuels

 

Developing Scientific Thinking

Theory development, use of models, limitations and ethics in Science, applications of Science, risks to society, peer review.

Experimental Skills and Strategies

Theories and hypotheses, planning experimental methods, using apparatus, taking measurements, risk assessments, recording observations, evaluating methodology.

Analysis and Evaluation

Presenting data, statistical manipulation, interpret data, explain data and relate to hypotheses, evaluate data quality.

Scientific vocabulary, quantities, units, symbols and nomenclature.

 

Lesson 2

Fractional Distillation

 

Lesson 3

Burning Hydrocarbons

 

Lesson 4

Cracking Hydrocarbons

 

* Please note that a lesson may cover more than one period. This is often dependent on the group as some groups may cover content quicker than others. It is also common for practical work. This is factored into the curriculum time allocated for the year.

 

Curriculum Plan – Physics (AQA)

Intent  Students build on the concepts of energy from year 8 and go into greater depth on energy transfer. Students also study the use of different energy resources and their potential environmental and economic impact.

Term 1

Year 9

Subject Content

Homework and Assessments

Subject Skills and 21st Century Soft Skills

Topic

Energy A

Students are set 40 minutes of Educake retrieval questions per fortnight. We are trialling flip-learning homework with some groups.

Developing Scientific Thinking

Theory development, use of models, limitations and ethics in Science, applications of Science, risks to society, peer review.

Experimental Skills and Strategies

Theories and hypotheses, planning experimental methods, using apparatus, taking measurements, risk assessments, recording observations, evaluating methodology.

Analysis and Evaluation

Presenting data, statistical manipulation, interpret data, explain data and relate to hypotheses, evaluate data quality.

Scientific vocabulary, quantities, units, symbols and nomenclature.

 

Lesson 1*

Energy changes

Lesson 2

Energy demands

Lesson 3

Specific heat capacity

Lesson 4

Energy from Sun & Earth

Lesson 5

Energy from wind & water

Lesson 6

Big energy issues

Lesson 7

Conduction

Lesson 8

Work done & energy

Lesson 9

Energy & power

Lesson 10

Conservation of energy

Assessment Window 1 (weeks 6 and 7)

 

 

35-minute assessment

Section A – retrieval questions on year 7& 8 science content.

Section B – structured and extended response questions on the Energy A topic.

 

Topic

Particle model of matter

 

 

Lesson 1*

Density

Students are set 40 minutes of Educake retrieval questions per fortnight. We are trialling flip-learning homework with some groups.

Developing Scientific Thinking

Theory development, use of models, limitations and ethics in Science, applications of Science, risks to society, peer review.

Experimental Skills and Strategies

Theories and hypotheses, planning experimental methods, using apparatus, taking measurements, risk assessments, recording observations, evaluating methodology.

Analysis and Evaluation

Presenting data, statistical manipulation, interpret data, explain data and relate to hypotheses, evaluate data quality.

Scientific vocabulary, quantities, units, symbols and nomenclature.

 

Lesson 2

States of matter

Lesson 3

Change of state

Lesson 4

Specific latent heat

Lesson 5

Gas pressure & temperature

Lesson 6

Gas pressure & volume

Assessment Window 2 (weeks 23 and 24)

 

 

35-minute assessment.

Section A – retrieval questions on year 8 content & year 9 content (Energy A).

Section B – structured and extended response questions on Particle model of matter.

 

Topic

Atomic structure (Radioactivity)

 

 

Lesson 1*

Atoms & radiation

 

 

Lesson 2

Discovery of the nucleus

 

 

Lesson 3

Changes in the nucleus

 

 

Lesson 4

Mare about alpha, beta & gamma

 

 

Lesson 5

Activity & half life

 

 

Lesson 6

Nuclear radiation in medicine

 

 

Lesson 7

Nuclear fission

 

 

Lesson 8

Nuclear fusion

 

 

Lesson 9

Nuclear issues

 

 

 

* Please note that a lesson may cover more than one period. This is often dependent on the group as some groups may cover content quicker than others. It is also common for practical work. This is factored into the curriculum time allocated for the year.

 

Curriculum Plan – Biology (AQA Combined Science Trilogy)

Intent   Students in year 10 explore the key aspects of defence against disease and communication and control within organisms. While we focus predominantly on human biology the principals also relate to many other animals. We focus on the use of animals in medical and scientific research and the responsibility that Scientists have to the animals that they use and Society as a whole.

Year 10

Subject Content

Homework and Assessments

Subject Skills and 21st Century Soft Skills

Term 1

Topic

Bioenergetics (Respiration)

Students are set 40 minutes of Educake retrieval questions per fortnight. We are trialling flip-learning homework with some groups.

 

Lesson 1*

Aerobic Respiration

Developing Scientific Thinking

Theory development, use of models, limitations and ethics in Science, applications of Science, risks to society, peer review.

Experimental Skills and Strategies

Theories and hypotheses, planning experimental methods, using apparatus, taking measurements, risk assessments, recording observations, evaluating methodology.

Analysis and Evaluation

Presenting data, statistical manipulation, interpret data, explain data and relate to hypotheses, evaluate data quality.

Scientific vocabulary, quantities, units, symbols and nomenclature.

 

Lesson 2

Anaerobic Respiration

Lesson 3

Effect of Exercise

Lesson 4

Metabolism

Topic

Infection and Response

Students are set 40 minutes of Educake retrieval questions per fortnight. We are trialling flip-learning homework with some groups.

 

Lesson 1

Communicable Diseases

Developing Scientific Thinking

Theory development, use of models, limitations and ethics in Science, applications of Science, risks to society, peer review.

Experimental Skills and Strategies

Theories and hypotheses, planning experimental methods, using apparatus, taking measurements, risk assessments, recording observations, evaluating methodology.

Analysis and Evaluation

Presenting data, statistical manipulation, interpret data, explain data and relate to hypotheses, evaluate data quality.

Scientific vocabulary, quantities, units, symbols and nomenclature.

 

Lesson 2

Viral, Bacterial and Fungal Diseases

Lesson 3

Protist Diseases

Lesson 4

Human Defence Systems – Barrier

Lesson 5

Human Defence Systems – Immune Response

Lesson 6

Vaccination

Lesson 7

Antibiotics

Lesson 8

Painkillers

Lesson 9

Drug Discovery and Development

Assessment Window 1

 

35 minute assessment. Section A – retrieval questions on year 9 content. Section B – structured and extended response questions on Bioenergetics (Respiration) and Infection and Response

 

Term 2

Topic

Homeostasis and Response

Students are set 40 minutes of Educake retrieval questions per fortnight. We are trialling flip-learning homework with some groups.

 

Lesson 1

Control System

Developing Scientific Thinking

Theory development, use of models, limitations and ethics in Science, applications of Science, risks to society, peer review.

Experimental Skills and Strategies

Theories and hypotheses, planning experimental methods, using apparatus, taking measurements, risk assessments, recording observations, evaluating methodology.

Analysis and Evaluation

Presenting data, statistical manipulation, interpret data, explain data and relate to hypotheses, evaluate data quality.

Scientific vocabulary, quantities, units, symbols and nomenclature.

 

Lesson 2

Human Nervous System

Lesson 3

Required Practical – Reaction Time

Lesson 4

Principles of Hormonal Control

Lesson 5

Control of Blood Glucose

Lesson 6

Treating Diabetes

Lesson 7

Negative Feedback

Lesson 8

Hormones and Puberty

Lesson 9

Control of the Menstrual Cycle

Lesson 10

Artificial Control of Fertility

Lesson 11

Infertility Treatments (HT)

Term 3

Assessment Window 2

 

Students sit full paper mock exams. Biology Paper 1 – 75 minutes.

 

 

For the remainder of the term students conduct an exam review to close the gaps in their subject knowledge and understanding. We take the opportunity to develop Working Scientifically skills by revisiting the Required Practicals.

Students are set 40 minutes of Educake retrieval questions per fortnight. We are trialling flip-learning homework with some groups.

Developing Scientific Thinking

Theory development, use of models, limitations and ethics in Science, applications of Science, risks to society, peer review.

Experimental Skills and Strategies

Theories and hypotheses, planning experimental methods, using apparatus, taking measurements, risk assessments, recording observations, evaluating methodology.

Analysis and Evaluation

Presenting data, statistical manipulation, interpret data, explain data and relate to hypotheses, evaluate data quality.

Scientific vocabulary, quantities, units, symbols and nomenclature.

 

* Please note that a lesson may cover more than one period. This is often dependent on the group as some groups may cover content quicker than others. It is also common for practical work. This is factored into the curriculum time allocated for the year.

 

 

Curriculum Plan – Chemistry (AQA Combined Science Trilogy)

Intent   Older students in year 10 develop deeper understanding on more abstract ideas in Chemistry of collision theory, reaction energetics, atomic structure and chemical bonding. Opportunities to link this to earlier year 9 content are capitalised on.

Year 10

Subject Content

Homework and Assessments

Subject Skills and 21st Century Soft Skills

Term 1

Topic

Rate and Extent of Chemical Change

Students are set 40 minutes of Educake retrieval questions per fortnight. We are trialling flip-learning homework with some groups.

 

Lesson 1*

Introduction to Rates

Developing Scientific Thinking

Theory development, use of models, limitations and ethics in Science, applications of Science, risks to society, peer review.

Experimental Skills and Strategies

Theories and hypotheses, planning experimental methods, using apparatus, taking measurements, risk assessments, recording observations, evaluating methodology.

Analysis and Evaluation

Presenting data, statistical manipulation, interpret data, explain data and relate to hypotheses, evaluate data quality.

Scientific vocabulary, quantities, units, symbols and nomenclature.

 

Lesson 2

Effect of Concentration on Rate of Reaction

Lesson 3

Required Practical – Rates of Reaction

Lesson 4

Effect of Temperature on Rate of Reaction

Lesson 5

Effect of Surface Area on Rate of Reaction

Lesson 6

Effect of Catalysts on Rate of Reaction

Lesson 7

Reversible Reactions

Lesson 8

Dynamic Equilibrium (HT)

Topic

Atomic Structure and Periodic Table

Students are set 40 minutes of Educake retrieval questions per fortnight. We are trialling flip-learning homework with some groups.

 

Lesson 1

Atoms

Developing Scientific Thinking

Theory development, use of models, limitations and ethics in Science, applications of Science, risks to society, peer review.

Experimental Skills and Strategies

Theories and hypotheses, planning experimental methods, using apparatus, taking measurements, risk assessments, recording observations, evaluating methodology.

Analysis and Evaluation

Presenting data, statistical manipulation, interpret data, explain data and relate to hypotheses, evaluate data quality.

Scientific vocabulary, quantities, units, symbols and nomenclature.

 

Lesson 2

Structure of the Atom

Lesson 3

Electronic Structures

Lesson 4

Ions, Atoms and Isotopes

Lesson 5

History of the Atom

Lesson 6

Chemical Equations

Lesson 7

Separating Mixtures

Lesson 8

The Periodic Table

Assessment Window 1

 

35 minute assessment. Section A – retrieval questions on year 9 content. Section B – structured and extended response questions on Rates of Reaction and Atomic Structure and Periodic Table

 

Term 2

Lesson 9

Electronic Structures and the Periodic Table

Students are set 40 minutes of Educake retrieval questions per fortnight. We are trialling flip-learning homework with some groups.

Developing Scientific Thinking

Theory development, use of models, limitations and ethics in Science, applications of Science, risks to society, peer review.

Experimental Skills and Strategies

Theories and hypotheses, planning experimental methods, using apparatus, taking measurements, risk assessments, recording observations, evaluating methodology.

Analysis and Evaluation

Presenting data, statistical manipulation, interpret data, explain data and relate to hypotheses, evaluate data quality.

Scientific vocabulary, quantities, units, symbols and nomenclature.

 

Lesson 10

Group 1 – Alkali Metals

Lesson 11

Group 7 – Halogens

Lesson 12

Group 0 – Noble Gases

Lesson 13

Explaining Trends in Groups

Topic

Bonding, Structure and Properties of Matter

Students are set 40 minutes of Educake retrieval questions per fortnight. We are trialling flip-learning homework with some groups.

 

Lesson 1

States of Matter

Developing Scientific Thinking

Theory development, use of models, limitations and ethics in Science, applications of Science, risks to society, peer review.

Experimental Skills and Strategies

Theories and hypotheses, planning experimental methods, using apparatus, taking measurements, risk assessments, recording observations, evaluating methodology.

Analysis and Evaluation

Presenting data, statistical manipulation, interpret data, explain data and relate to hypotheses, evaluate data quality.

Scientific vocabulary, quantities, units, symbols and nomenclature.

 

Lesson 2

Chemical Bonds

Lesson 3

Covalent Bonding

Lesson 4

Simple Covalent Molecules

Lesson 5

Giant Covalent Structures

Lesson 6

Fullerenes and Graphene

Lesson 7

Atoms and Ions

Lesson 8

Ionic Bonds

Lesson 9

Giant Ionic Structures

Lesson 10

Bonding in Metals

Lesson 11

Giant Metallic Structures

Term 3

Assessment Window 2

 

Students sit full paper mock exams. Chemistry Paper 2 – 75 minutes.

 

 

 

Students are set 40 minutes of Educake retrieval questions per fortnight. We are trialling flip-learning homework with some groups.

 

 

For the remainder of the term students conduct an exam review to close the gaps in their subject knowledge and understanding. We take the opportunity to develop Working Scientifically skills by revisiting the Required Practicals.

Students are set 40 minutes of Educake retrieval questions per fortnight. We are trialling flip-learning homework with some groups.

Developing Scientific Thinking

Theory development, use of models, limitations and ethics in Science, applications of Science, risks to society, peer review.

Experimental Skills and Strategies

Theories and hypotheses, planning experimental methods, using apparatus, taking measurements, risk assessments, recording observations, evaluating methodology.

Analysis and Evaluation

Presenting data, statistical manipulation, interpret data, explain data and relate to hypotheses, evaluate data quality.

Scientific vocabulary, quantities, units, symbols and nomenclature.

 

* Please note that a lesson may cover more than one period. This is often dependent on the group as some groups may cover content quicker than others. It is also common for practical work. This is factored into the curriculum time allocated for the year.

 

Curriculum Plan – Physics (AQA Combined Science Trilogy)

Intent  Older students in year 10 develop deeper understanding on more abstract ideas of atomic structure and particles. This relates to the content covered during year 10 in Chemistry. Electricity and circuits is revisited and issues of supply and demand are examined.

Year 10

Subject Content

Homework and Assessments

Subject Skills and 21st Century Soft Skills

Term 1

Topic

Atomic structure (Radioactivity)

Students are set 60 minutes of Educake retrieval questions per fortnight. We are trialling flip-learning homework with some groups.

Developing Scientific Thinking

Theory development, use of models, limitations and ethics in Science, applications of Science, risks to society, peer review.

 

Experimental Skills and Strategies

Theories and hypotheses, planning experimental methods, using apparatus, taking measurements, risk assessments, recording observations, evaluating methodology.

 

Analysis and Evaluation

Presenting data, statistical manipulation, interpret data, explain data and relate to hypotheses, evaluate data quality.

 

Scientific vocabulary, quantities, units, symbols and nomenclature.

Lesson 1

Atoms & radiation

Lesson 2

Discovery of the nucleus

Lesson 3

Changes in the nucleus

Lesson 4

Mare about alpha, beta & gamma

Lesson 5

Activity & half life

Lesson 6

Nuclear issues

Topic

Particle model of matter

Students are set 60 minutes of Educake retrieval questions per fortnight. We are trialling flip-learning homework with some groups.

Developing Scientific Thinking

Theory development, use of models, limitations and ethics in Science, applications of Science, risks to society, peer review.

 

Experimental Skills and Strategies

Theories and hypotheses, planning experimental methods, using apparatus, taking measurements, risk assessments, recording observations, evaluating methodology.

 

Analysis and Evaluation

Presenting data, statistical manipulation, interpret data, explain data and relate to hypotheses, evaluate data quality.

 

Scientific vocabulary, quantities, units, symbols and nomenclature.

Lesson 1

Density

Lesson 2

States of matter

Lesson 3

Change of state

Lesson 4

Internal energy

Lesson 5

Specific latent heat

Lesson 6

Gas pressure & temperature

Assessment Window 1

 

Section A – retrieval questions on year 9 content (Energy).

Section B – structured and extended response questions on Atomic structure (Radioactivity) and Density.

 

Term 2

Topic

Electric circuits

Students are set 60 minutes of Educake retrieval questions per fortnight. We are trialling flip-learning homework with some groups.

Developing Scientific Thinking

Theory development, use of models, limitations and ethics in Science, applications of Science, risks to society, peer review.

 

Experimental Skills and Strategies

Theories and hypotheses, planning experimental methods, using apparatus, taking measurements, risk assessments, recording observations, evaluating methodology.

 

Analysis and Evaluation

Presenting data, statistical manipulation, interpret data, explain data and relate to hypotheses, evaluate data quality.

 

Scientific vocabulary, quantities, units, symbols and nomenclature.

Lesson 1

Current & charge

Lesson 2

Potential difference & resistance

Lesson 3

Component characteristics

Lesson 4

Series circuits

Lesson 5

Parallel circuits

Lesson 6

Calculation practice

Topic

Electricity in the home

Students are set 60 minutes of Educake retrieval questions per fortnight. We are trialling flip-learning homework with some groups.

Developing Scientific Thinking

Theory development, use of models, limitations and ethics in Science, applications of Science, risks to society, peer review.

 

Experimental Skills and Strategies

Theories and hypotheses, planning experimental methods, using apparatus, taking measurements, risk assessments, recording observations, evaluating methodology.

 

Analysis and Evaluation

Presenting data, statistical manipulation, interpret data, explain data and relate to hypotheses, evaluate data quality.

 

Scientific vocabulary, quantities, units, symbols and nomenclature.

Lesson 1

Alternating current

Lesson 2

The national grid

Lesson 3

Cables & plugs

Lesson 4

Electrical power & potential difference

Lesson 5

Electrical currents & energy transfer

Lesson 6

Appliances & efficiency

Term 3

Assessment Window 2

 

Students sit full paper mock exam. Physics Paper 1 – 105 minutes.

 

Topic

Forces in balance

Students are set 60 minutes of Educake retrieval questions per fortnight. We are trialling flip-learning homework with some groups.

Developing Scientific Thinking

Theory development, use of models, limitations and ethics in Science, applications of Science, risks to society, peer review.

 

Experimental Skills and Strategies

Theories and hypotheses, planning experimental methods, using apparatus, taking measurements, risk assessments, recording observations, evaluating methodology.

 

Analysis and Evaluation

Presenting data, statistical manipulation, interpret data, explain data and relate to hypotheses, evaluate data quality.

 

Scientific vocabulary, quantities, units, symbols and nomenclature.

Lesson 1

Vectors &scalars

Lesson 2

Resultant forces

Lesson 3

Centre of mass

Lesson 4

Parallelogram of forces (HT only)

Lesson 5

Resolution of forces (HT only)

 

 

 

Curriculum Plan – Biology (AQA Triple Science)

Intent   Students in year 10 explore the key aspects of defence against disease and communication and control within organisms. While we focus predominantly on human biology the principals also relate to many other animals. We focus on the use of animals in medical and scientific research and the responsibility that Scientists have to the animals that they use and Society as a whole.

Year 10

Subject Content

Homework and Assessments

Subject Skills and 21st Century Soft Skills

Term 1

Topic

Bioenergetics (Respiration)

Students are set 60 minutes of Educake retrieval questions per fortnight. We are trialling flip-learning homework with some groups.

Developing Scientific Thinking

Theory development, use of models, limitations and ethics in Science, applications of Science, risks to society, peer review.

Experimental Skills and Strategies

Theories and hypotheses, planning experimental methods, using apparatus, taking measurements, risk assessments, recording observations, evaluating methodology.

Analysis and Evaluation

Presenting data, statistical manipulation, interpret data, explain data and relate to hypotheses, evaluate data quality.

Scientific vocabulary, quantities, units, symbols and nomenclature.

 

Lesson 1*

Aerobic Respiration

Lesson 2

Anaerobic Respiration

Lesson 3

Effect of Exercise

Lesson 4

Metabolism

Topic

Infection and Response

Students are set 60 minutes of Educake retrieval questions per fortnight. We are trialling flip-learning homework with some groups.

Developing Scientific Thinking

Theory development, use of models, limitations and ethics in Science, applications of Science, risks to society, peer review.

Experimental Skills and Strategies

Theories and hypotheses, planning experimental methods, using apparatus, taking measurements, risk assessments, recording observations, evaluating methodology.

Analysis and Evaluation

Presenting data, statistical manipulation, interpret data, explain data and relate to hypotheses, evaluate data quality.

Scientific vocabulary, quantities, units, symbols and nomenclature.

 

Lesson 1

Communicable Diseases

Lesson 2

Viral, Bacterial and Fungal Diseases

Lesson 3

Protist Diseases

Lesson 4

Culturing Microorganisms

Lesson 5

Required Practical - Microbiology

Lesson 6

Human Defence Systems – Barrier

Lesson 7

Human Defence Systems – Immune Response

Lesson 8

Vaccination

Lesson 9

Antibiotics

Lesson 10

Painkillers

Lesson 11

Drug Discovery and Development

Lesson 12

Monoclonal Antibodies (HT)

Lesson 13

Uses of Monoclonal Antibodies (HT)

Lesson 14

Detection and Identification of Plant Diseases

Lesson 15

Plant Defence Responses

Assessment Window 1

 

35 minute assessment. Section A – retrieval questions on year 9 content. Section B – structured and extended response questions on Bioenergetics (Respiration) and Infection and Response

 

Term 2

Topic

Homeostasis and Response

Students are set 60 minutes of Educake retrieval questions per fortnight. We are trialling flip-learning homework with some groups.

Developing Scientific Thinking

Theory development, use of models, limitations and ethics in Science, applications of Science, risks to society, peer review.

Experimental Skills and Strategies

Theories and hypotheses, planning experimental methods, using apparatus, taking measurements, risk assessments, recording observations, evaluating methodology.

Analysis and Evaluation

Presenting data, statistical manipulation, interpret data, explain data and relate to hypotheses, evaluate data quality.

Scientific vocabulary, quantities, units, symbols and nomenclature.

 

Lesson 1

Control Systems

Lesson 2

Human Nervous System

Lesson 3

Required Practical – Reaction Time

Lesson 4

The Brain

Lesson 5

The Eye

Lesson 6

Defects of the Eye

Lesson 7

Control of Body Temperature

Lesson 8

Principles of Hormonal Control

Lesson 9

Control of Blood Glucose

Lesson 10

Treating Diabetes

Lesson 11

Negative Feedback (HT)

Lesson 12

The Kidney

Lesson 13

Kidney Disease

Lesson 14

Hormones and Puberty

Lesson 15

Control of the Menstrual Cycle

Lesson 16

Artificial Control of Fertility

Lesson 17

Infertility Treatments (HT)

Lesson 18

Plant Hormones

Lesson 19

Use of Plant Hormones (HT)

Lesson 20

Required Practical – Plant Responses

Term 3

Assessment Window 2

 

Students sit full paper mock exams. Biology Paper 1 – 105 minutes.

 

 

For the remainder of the term students conduct an exam review to close the gaps in their subject knowledge and understanding. We take the opportunity to develop Working Scientifically skills by revisiting the Required Practicals.

Students are set 60 minutes of Educake retrieval questions per fortnight. We are trialling flip-learning homework with some groups.

Developing Scientific Thinking

Theory development, use of models, limitations and ethics in Science, applications of Science, risks to society, peer review.

Experimental Skills and Strategies

Theories and hypotheses, planning experimental methods, using apparatus, taking measurements, risk assessments, recording observations, evaluating methodology.

Analysis and Evaluation

Presenting data, statistical manipulation, interpret data, explain data and relate to hypotheses, evaluate data quality.

Scientific vocabulary, quantities, units, symbols and nomenclature.

 

* Please note that a lesson may cover more than one period. This is often dependent on the group as some groups may cover content quicker than others. It is also common for practical work. This is factored into the curriculum time allocated for the year.

 

 

Curriculum Plan – Chemistry (AQA Separate Science)

Intent  Older students in year 10 develop deeper understanding on more abstract ideas in Chemistry of collision theory, reaction energetics, atomic structure and chemical bonding. Opportunities to link this to earlier year 9 content are capitalised on.

Year 10

Subject Content

Homework and Assessments

Subject Skills and 21st Century Soft Skills

Term 1

Topic

Organic Chemistry

Students are set 60 minutes of Educake retrieval questions per fortnight. We are trialling flip-learning homework with some groups.

Developing Scientific Thinking

Theory development, use of models, limitations and ethics in Science, applications of Science, risks to society, peer review.

Experimental Skills and Strategies

Theories and hypotheses, planning experimental methods, using apparatus, taking measurements, risk assessments, recording observations, evaluating methodology.

Analysis and Evaluation

Presenting data, statistical manipulation, interpret data, explain data and relate to hypotheses, evaluate data quality.

Scientific vocabulary, quantities, units, symbols and nomenclature.

 

 

Lesson 1*

Structure and Formulae of Alkenes

Lesson 2

Reactions of Alkenes

Lesson 3

Alcohols

Lesson 4

Carboxylic Acids

Lesson 5

Addition Polymerisation

Lesson 6

Condensation Polymerisation (HT)

Lesson 7

Amino Acids (HT)

Lesson 8

DNA

Topic

Using Resources

Students are set 60 minutes of Educake retrieval questions per fortnight. We are trialling flip-learning homework with some groups.

Developing Scientific Thinking

Theory development, use of models, limitations and ethics in Science, applications of Science, risks to society, peer review.

Experimental Skills and Strategies

Theories and hypotheses, planning experimental methods, using apparatus, taking measurements, risk assessments, recording observations, evaluating methodology.

Analysis and Evaluation

Presenting data, statistical manipulation, interpret data, explain data and relate to hypotheses, evaluate data quality.

Scientific vocabulary, quantities, units, symbols and nomenclature.

 

 

Lesson 9

Corrosion

Lesson 10

Preventing Corrosion

Lesson 11

Alloys

Lesson 12

Ceramic, Polymers and Composites

Topic

Chemical Analysis

Students are set 60 minutes of Educake retrieval questions per fortnight. We are trialling flip-learning homework with some groups.

Developing Scientific Thinking

Theory development, use of models, limitations and ethics in Science, applications of Science, risks to society, peer review.

Experimental Skills and Strategies

Theories and hypotheses, planning experimental methods, using apparatus, taking measurements, risk assessments, recording observations, evaluating methodology.

Analysis and Evaluation

Presenting data, statistical manipulation, interpret data, explain data and relate to hypotheses, evaluate data quality.

Scientific vocabulary, quantities, units, symbols and nomenclature.

 

 

Lesson 1

Flame Tests

Lesson 2

Identifying Metal Ions

Lesson 3

Identifying Negative Ions

Lesson 4

Instrumental Methods

Lesson 5

Flame Emission Spectroscopy

Topic

Rate and Extent of Chemical Change

Students are set 60 minutes of Educake retrieval questions per fortnight. We are trialling flip-learning homework with some groups.

Developing Scientific Thinking

Theory development, use of models, limitations and ethics in Science, applications of Science, risks to society, peer review.

Experimental Skills and Strategies

Theories and hypotheses, planning experimental methods, using apparatus, taking measurements, risk assessments, recording observations, evaluating methodology.

Analysis and Evaluation

Presenting data, statistical manipulation, interpret data, explain data and relate to hypotheses, evaluate data quality.

Scientific vocabulary, quantities, units, symbols and nomenclature.

 

 

Lesson 1

Introduction to Rates

Lesson 2

Effect of Concentration on Rate of Reaction

Lesson 3

Required Practical – Rates of Reaction

Lesson 4

Effect of Temperature on Rate of Reaction

Lesson 5

Effect of Surface Area on Rate of Reaction

Lesson 6

Effect of Catalysts on Rate of Reaction

Assessment Window 1

 

35 minute assessment. Section A – retrieval questions on year 9 content. Section B – structured and extended response questions on Organic Chemistry, Using Resources, Chemical Analysis and Rate and Extent of Chemical Change

 

Term 2

Lesson 7

Reversible Reactions

Students are set 60 minutes of Educake retrieval questions per fortnight. We are trialling flip-learning homework with some groups.

Developing Scientific Thinking

Theory development, use of models, limitations and ethics in Science, applications of Science, risks to society, peer review.

Experimental Skills and Strategies

Theories and hypotheses, planning experimental methods, using apparatus, taking measurements, risk assessments, recording observations, evaluating methodology.

Analysis and Evaluation

Presenting data, statistical manipulation, interpret data, explain data and relate to hypotheses, evaluate data quality.

Scientific vocabulary, quantities, units, symbols and nomenclature.

 

 

Lesson 8

Dynamic Equilibrium (HT)

Lesson 9

Haber Process

Lesson 10

Production and Use of NPK Fertilisers

Topic

Atomic Structure and Periodic Table

Students are set 60 minutes of Educake retrieval questions per fortnight. We are trialling flip-learning homework with some groups.

Developing Scientific Thinking

Theory development, use of models, limitations and ethics in Science, applications of Science, risks to society, peer review.

Experimental Skills and Strategies

Theories and hypotheses, planning experimental methods, using apparatus, taking measurements, risk assessments, recording observations, evaluating methodology.

Analysis and Evaluation

Presenting data, statistical manipulation, interpret data, explain data and relate to hypotheses, evaluate data quality.

Scientific vocabulary, quantities, units, symbols and nomenclature.

 

 

Lesson 1

Atoms

Lesson 2

Structure of the Atom

Lesson 3

Electronic Structures

Lesson 4

Ions, Atoms and Isotopes

Lesson 5

History of the Atom

Lesson 6

Chemical Equations

Lesson 7

Separating Mixtures

Lesson 8

The Periodic Table

Lesson 9

Electronic Structures and the Periodic Table

Lesson 10

Group 1 – Alkali Metals

Lesson 11

Group 7 – Halogens

Lesson 12

Group 0 – Noble Gases

Lesson 13

Explaining Trends in Groups

Lesson 14

Properties of Transition Metals

Term 3

Assessment Window 2

 

Students sit full paper mock exam. Chemistry Paper 2 – 105 minutes.

 

 

For the remainder of the term students conduct an exam review to close the gaps in their subject knowledge and understanding. We take the opportunity to develop Working Scientifically skills by revisiting the Required Practicals.

Students are set 60 minutes of Educake retrieval questions per fortnight. We are trialling flip-learning homework with some groups.

Developing Scientific Thinking

Theory development, use of models, limitations and ethics in Science, applications of Science, risks to society, peer review.

Experimental Skills and Strategies

Theories and hypotheses, planning experimental methods, using apparatus, taking measurements, risk assessments, recording observations, evaluating methodology.

Analysis and Evaluation

Presenting data, statistical manipulation, interpret data, explain data and relate to hypotheses, evaluate data quality.

Scientific vocabulary, quantities, units, symbols and nomenclature.

 

* Please note that a lesson may cover more than one period. This is often dependent on the group as some groups may cover content quicker than others. It is also common for practical work. This is factored into the curriculum time allocated for the year.

 

 

Curriculum Plan – Physics (AQA Triple Science)

Intent  Older students in year 10 develop deeper understanding on more abstract ideas of atomic structure and particles. This relates to the content covered during year 10 in Chemistry. Electricity and circuits is revisited and issues of supply and demand are examined.

Year 10

Subject Content

Homework and Assessments

Subject Skills and 21st Century Soft Skills

Term 1

Topic

Atomic structure (Radioactivity)

Students are set 60 minutes of Educake retrieval questions per fortnight. We are trialling flip-learning homework with some groups.

Developing Scientific Thinking

Theory development, use of models, limitations and ethics in Science, applications of Science, risks to society, peer review.

 

Experimental Skills and Strategies

Theories and hypotheses, planning experimental methods, using apparatus, taking measurements, risk assessments, recording observations, evaluating methodology.

 

Analysis and Evaluation

Presenting data, statistical manipulation, interpret data, explain data and relate to hypotheses, evaluate data quality.

 

Scientific vocabulary, quantities, units, symbols and nomenclature.

Lesson 1

Atoms & radiation

Lesson 2

Discovery of the nucleus

Lesson 3

Changes in the nucleus

Lesson 4

Mare about alpha, beta & gamma

Lesson 5

Activity & half life

Lesson 6

Nuclear radiation in medicine

Lesson 7

Nuclear fission

Lesson 8

Nuclear fusion

Lesson 9

Nuclear issues

Topic

Particle model of matter

Students are set 60 minutes of Educake retrieval questions per fortnight. We are trialling flip-learning homework with some groups.

Developing Scientific Thinking

Theory development, use of models, limitations and ethics in Science, applications of Science, risks to society, peer review.

 

Experimental Skills and Strategies

Theories and hypotheses, planning experimental methods, using apparatus, taking measurements, risk assessments, recording observations, evaluating methodology.

 

Analysis and Evaluation

Presenting data, statistical manipulation, interpret data, explain data and relate to hypotheses, evaluate data quality.

 

Scientific vocabulary, quantities, units, symbols and nomenclature.

Lesson 1

Density

Lesson 2

States of matter

Lesson 3

Change of state

Lesson 4

Internal energy

Lesson 5

Specific latent heat

Lesson 6

Gas pressure & temperature

Lesson 7

Gas pressure & volume (Phys only)

Assessment Window 1

 

 

Section A – retrieval questions on year 9 content (Energy).

Section B – structured and extended response questions on Atomic structure (Radioactivity) and Density.

 

Term 2

Topic

Electric circuits

Students are set 60 minutes of Educake retrieval questions per fortnight. We are trialling flip-learning homework with some groups.

Developing Scientific Thinking

Theory development, use of models, limitations and ethics in Science, applications of Science, risks to society, peer review.

 

Experimental Skills and Strategies

Theories and hypotheses, planning experimental methods, using apparatus, taking measurements, risk assessments, recording observations, evaluating methodology.

 

Analysis and Evaluation

Presenting data, statistical manipulation, interpret data, explain data and relate to hypotheses, evaluate data quality.

 

Scientific vocabulary, quantities, units, symbols and nomenclature.

Lesson 1

Electric charges

Lesson 2

Current & charge

Lesson 3

Potential difference & resistance

Lesson 4

Component characteristics

Lesson 5

Series circuits

Lesson 6

Parallel circuits

Lesson 7

Calculation practice

Topic

Electricity in the home

Students are set 60 minutes of Educake retrieval questions per fortnight. We are trialling flip-learning homework with some groups.

Developing Scientific Thinking

Theory development, use of models, limitations and ethics in Science, applications of Science, risks to society, peer review.

 

Experimental Skills and Strategies

Theories and hypotheses, planning experimental methods, using apparatus, taking measurements, risk assessments, recording observations, evaluating methodology.

 

Analysis and Evaluation

Presenting data, statistical manipulation, interpret data, explain data and relate to hypotheses, evaluate data quality.

 

Scientific vocabulary, quantities, units, symbols and nomenclature.

Lesson 1

Alternating current

Lesson 2

The national grid

Lesson 3

Cables & plugs

Lesson 4

Electrical power & potential difference

Lesson 5

Electrical currents & energy transfer

Lesson 6

Appliances & efficiency

Term 3

Assessment Window 2

 

Students sit full paper mock exam. Physics Paper 1 – 105 minutes.

 

Topic

Forces in balance

Students are set 60 minutes of Educake retrieval questions per fortnight. We are trialling flip-learning homework with some groups.

Developing Scientific Thinking

Theory development, use of models, limitations and ethics in Science, applications of Science, risks to society, peer review.

 

Experimental Skills and Strategies

Theories and hypotheses, planning experimental methods, using apparatus, taking measurements, risk assessments, recording observations, evaluating methodology.

 

Analysis and Evaluation

Presenting data, statistical manipulation, interpret data, explain data and relate to hypotheses, evaluate data quality.

 

Scientific vocabulary, quantities, units, symbols and nomenclature.

Lesson 1

Vectors &scalars

Lesson 2

Resultant forces

Lesson 3

Moments at work (Phys only)

Lesson 4

More about levers & gears (Phys only)

Lesson 5

Centre of mass

Lesson 6

Moments & equilibrium (Phys only)

Lesson 7

Parallelogram of forces (HT only)

Lesson 8

Resolution of forces (HT only)

Topic

Motion (Triple only in year 10)

Students are set 60 minutes of Educake retrieval questions per fortnight. We are trialling flip-learning homework with some groups.

Developing Scientific Thinking

Theory development, use of models, limitations and ethics in Science, applications of Science, risks to society, peer review.

 

Experimental Skills and Strategies

Theories and hypotheses, planning experimental methods, using apparatus, taking measurements, risk assessments, recording observations, evaluating methodology.

 

Analysis and Evaluation

Presenting data, statistical manipulation, interpret data, explain data and relate to hypotheses, evaluate data quality.

 

Scientific vocabulary, quantities, units, symbols and nomenclature.

Lesson 1

Speed & distance-time graphs

Lesson 2

Velocity & acceleration

Lesson 3

More about velocity-time graphs

Lesson 4

Analysing motion graphs

 

Curriculum Plan – Biology (AQA Combined Science Trilogy)

Intent   Year 11 students explore inheritance and evolution to understand how characteristics are inherited. When considering evolution students consider how humans are part of a much larger evolutionary context.

Humans can manipulate genetic inheritance but this can have a wider impact on other organism and the environment.

In studying classification and ecology students start to understand links between organisms.  Interdependence demonstrates the importance of sustainability and the wider impacts of human activity on the environment.

Year 11

Subject Content

Homework and Assessments

Subject Skills and 21st Century Soft Skills

Term 1

Topic

Inheritance, Variation and Evolution

Students are set 40 minutes of Educake retrieval questions per fortnight. We are trialling flip-learning homework with some groups.

Developing Scientific Thinking

Theory development, use of models, limitations and ethics in Science, applications of Science, risks to society, peer review.

Experimental Skills and Strategies

Theories and hypotheses, planning experimental methods, using apparatus, taking measurements, risk assessments, recording observations, evaluating methodology.

Analysis and Evaluation

Presenting data, statistical manipulation, interpret data, explain data and relate to hypotheses, evaluate data quality.

Scientific vocabulary, quantities, units, symbols and nomenclature.

 

Lesson 1*

Sexual and Asexual Reproduction

Lesson 2

Meiosis

Lesson 3

Sex Determination

Lesson 4

DNA

Lesson 5

Genetic Inheritance

Lesson 6

Recessive Genetic Diseases

Lesson 7

Dominant Genetic Diseases

Lesson 8

Genetic Engineering

Lesson 9

Advantages and Disadvantages of Genetic Engineering

Lesson 10

Variation

Lesson 11

Selective Breeding

Lesson 12

Evolution and the Theory of Natural Selection

Lesson 13

Evolutionary Trees

Lesson 14

Evidence for Evolution – Fossils

Lesson 15

Evidence for Evolution – Drug Resistant Bacteria

Lesson 16

Extinction

Term 2

Topic

Ecology

Students are set 40 minutes of Educake retrieval questions per fortnight. We are trialling flip-learning homework with some groups.

Developing Scientific Thinking

Theory development, use of models, limitations and ethics in Science, applications of Science, risks to society, peer review.

Experimental Skills and Strategies

Theories and hypotheses, planning experimental methods, using apparatus, taking measurements, risk assessments, recording observations, evaluating methodology.

Analysis and Evaluation

Presenting data, statistical manipulation, interpret data, explain data and relate to hypotheses, evaluate data quality.

Scientific vocabulary, quantities, units, symbols and nomenclature.

 

Lesson 1

Classification – Linnean System

Lesson 2

Classification – Three Domain System

Lesson 3

Interdependence

Lesson 4

Biotic and Abiotic Factors

Lesson 5

Distribution of Organisms

Lesson 6

Required Practical – Field Investigations

Lesson 7

Adaptations

Lesson 8

Levels of Organisation

Lesson 9

Carbon Cycle

Lesson 10

Water Cycle

Lesson 11

Biodiversity

Lesson 12

Increasing Population

Lesson 13

Water Pollution

Lesson 14

Air Pollution

Lesson 15

Land Pollution

Lesson 16

Land Use

Lesson 17

Deforestation

Lesson 18

Global Warming

Lesson 19

Maintaining Biodiversity

* Please note that a lesson may cover more than one period. This is often dependent on the group as some groups may cover content quicker than others. It is also common for practical work. This is factored into the curriculum time allocated for the year.

 

 

Curriculum Plan – Chemistry (AQA Combined Science Trilogy)

Intent   Finally students study quantitative chemistry and chemical reactions (including the energy changes that occur). These units are excellent opportunities to draw in and apply content covered in previous years. This is the year that everything falls into place for most students and they see how all the fundamental concepts interlink.

Year 11

Subject Content

Homework and Assessments

Subject Skills and 21st Century Soft Skills

Term 1

Topic

Quantitative Chemistry

Students are set 40 minutes of Educake retrieval questions per fortnight. We are trialling flip-learning homework with some groups.

Developing Scientific Thinking

Theory development, use of models, limitations and ethics in Science, applications of Science, risks to society, peer review.

Experimental Skills and Strategies

Theories and hypotheses, planning experimental methods, using apparatus, taking measurements, risk assessments, recording observations, evaluating methodology.

Analysis and Evaluation

Presenting data, statistical manipulation, interpret data, explain data and relate to hypotheses, evaluate data quality.

Scientific vocabulary, quantities, units, symbols and nomenclature.

 

Lesson 1*

Law of Conservation of Mass

Lesson 2

Relative Formula Masses

Lesson 3

Observed Changes of Mass

Lesson 4

Moles (HT)

Lesson 5

Reacting Masses (HT)

Lesson 6

Balancing Equations from Experimental Masses (HT)

Lesson 7

Limiting Reactants (HT)

Lesson 8

Concentration of Solutions

Topic

Chemical Changes

Students are set 40 minutes of Educake retrieval questions per fortnight. We are trialling flip-learning homework with some groups.

Developing Scientific Thinking

Theory development, use of models, limitations and ethics in Science, applications of Science, risks to society, peer review.

Experimental Skills and Strategies

Theories and hypotheses, planning experimental methods, using apparatus, taking measurements, risk assessments, recording observations, evaluating methodology.

Analysis and Evaluation

Presenting data, statistical manipulation, interpret data, explain data and relate to hypotheses, evaluate data quality.

Scientific vocabulary, quantities, units, symbols and nomenclature.

 

Lesson 1

Metal Oxides

Lesson 2

Reactivity Series

Lesson 3

Displacement Reactions

Lesson 4

Extracting Metals from Ores

Lesson 5

Oxidation and Reduction (HT)

Lesson 6

Making Salts

Lesson 7

Required Practical – Making Salts

Lesson 8

Neutralisation and the pH Scale

Lesson 9

Strong and Weak Acids

Lesson 10

Electrolysis

Lesson 11

Electrolysis of Molten Compounds

Lesson 12

Extraction of Aluminium

Term 2

Lesson 13

Electrolysis of Aqueous Compounds

 

 

Lesson 14

Required Practical - Electrolysis

Topic