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Science

Department: Science

Head of department: Dr S.J. Read

If you wish to learn more about the curriculum, please contact the Head of Department by email: s.read@oaklandscatholicschool.org

For information on a specific subject area (particularly for A level courses) please contact:

Mr Charig (Biology) m.charig@oaklandscatholicschool.org

Mrs Lenton (Chemistry) h.lenton@oaklandscatholicschool.org

Mr Barratt (Physics) r.barratt@oaklandscatholicschool.org

Year 9 Options Evening Presentation

Curriculum Content

Years 7-9

We follow the KS3 National Curriculum for Science. A Key Stage 3 Study Guide is available from the Finance Office (and online).

 

Year 7*

Term 1

An introduction to Science

Term 2

The particle model, heating and cooling, cells and separating mixtures.

Term 3

Energy transfers, the skeletal and nervous systems, elements, electricity (charge and current), reproduction.

 

Year 8*

Term 1

Photosynthesis, heating and cooling, energy transfer and types of reaction.

Term 2

The nervous system, sound, the breathing and circulatory systems, acids and alkalis, respiration and excretion and light.

Term 3

Reproduction, electricity (resistance and potential difference), variation, inheritance and evolution, interdependence, Earth structure and the Universe.

*We are in transition between two routes through KS3, therefore topics that you may see under Year 7 are not actually being repeated in Year 8. Students are following different routes.

 

Year 9

Term 1

Adaptations, interdependence, and competition, Atomic structure, Conservation and dissipation of energy, Organising an ecosystem.

Term 2

The Periodic table, Energy transfer by heating, Biodiversity and ecosystems, The Earth’s atmosphere.

Term 3

Cell structure and transport, Energy resources, Maths skills for GCSE Science.

 

GCSEs - Current Year 10

Exam Board: AQA

Exam board specification web-links:

Combined Science: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/combined-science-trilogy-8464  

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

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

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

All students will study either Combined (Double) Science or Triple Science, both options are suitable for students wishing to study science subjects at AS/A2 level. Students  have on-line access to the relevant text books through Kerboodle: www.kerboodle.com

Year 10 Topics*

Term 1

Cell division, Organisation and the digestive system, Structure and bonding, Chemical calculations.

Organising animals and plants, Communicable diseases, Chemical changes, Electrolysis

Term 2

Preventing and treating disease, Non-communicable diseases, Energy changes, Electric circuits

Photosynthesis, Respiration, Electricity in the home, Molecules and matter

Term 3

The human nervous system, Hormonal coordination, Radioactivity, Rates and equilibrium

*Triple Science

Students will begin by being taught the additional content for the topics done in Year 9 followed by that for the topics listed above (all clearly identified in Kerboodle). They will then complete the extra topics of Force and pressure, Light and Space.

 

GCSEs - Current Year 11

Exam Board: AQA

Exam board specification web-links:

Combined Science: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/combined-science-trilogy-8464  

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

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

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

 

All students will study either Combined (Double) Science or Triple Science, both options are suitable for students wishing to study science subjects at AS/A2 level. Students  have on-line access to the relevant text books through Kerboodle: www.kerboodle.com

Year 11 Topics

Term 1

The human nervous system, Hormonal coordination, Homeostasis in action, Rates and equilibrium, Crude oil and fuels, Organic reactions & Polymers, Chemical analysis, The Earth’s resources, Using our resources, Forces in balance, Motion, Force and motion, Force and pressure.

Term 2

Reproduction, Variation and evolution, Genetics and evolution, Adaptations, interdependence, and competition, Wave properties, Electromagnetic waves, Light, Electromagnetism, Space.

Term 3

Examinations techniques and revision.

Note: Triple Science topics only. Other topics may contain some Triple only sections, these are clearly marked in the Triple Science Text books and are not found in the Combined Science text books.

 

A level Biology

Exam Board: Edexcel

Exam Board specification weblink:  http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-a-levels/biology-a-2015.html

Year 12 Topics

Lifestyle, health and risk linked to cardiovascular disease and how the risks can be reduced. Genes and health linked to an understanding of the inheritance and cause of cystic fibrosis. Voice of the genome linked to the cell cycle, control of development and the interaction between genes and the environment. Biodiversity and natural resources linked to evolution, adaptation and biodiversity.

Year 13 Topics

On the wild side linked to linked to ecosystems and the effect of climate change. Infection, immunity and disease linked to forensic biology, causes of death with case studies of TB and HIV/AIDS. Run for your life linked to respiration, energy production, maximising performance during exercise and the effects of over-exercise. Grey matter linked to the development and operation of the nervous system, learning and memory.

 

A level Chemistry

Exam Board: AQA

Exam Board specification weblink:  http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/as-and-a-level/chemistry-7404-7405

Year 12 Topics

Atomic structure, Amount of substance, Bonding, The Periodic table, Introduction to organic chemistry, The alkanes, Energetics, Kinetics, Equilibria, Redox reactions, Group 2, the alkaline earth metals, Group 7 (17), the halogens, Halogenoalkanes, Alkenes, Alcohols, Analytical techniques

Year 13 Topics

Thermodynamics, Rate equations, Equilibrium constants, Acids and bases, Optical isomerism, Aldehydes and ketones, Carboxylic acids and derivatives, Aromatic chemistry, Amines, Polymers, Amino acids, proteins and DNA, Organic synthesis, NMR and chromatography, Electrochemical cells, Period 3 elements and aqueous chemistry of inorganic ions, Transition metals

 

A level Physics

Exam Board: AQA

Exam Board specification weblink:  http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/as-and-a-level/physics-7407-7408

Year 12 Topics

Matter and radiation, Quarks and leptons, Quantum phenomena, Electric current, Direct current circuits, Alternating circuits, Forces in equilibrium, On the move, Motion and force, Work, energy and power, Materials, Waves, Optics

Year 13 Topics

Circular motion, Oscillation, Thermal physics, Gravity, Electric fields, Capacitance, Magnetic fields, Electromagnetic induction and alternating current, Radioactivity, Nuclear energy, Turning points in physics