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Year 7

All pupils in Year 7 begin to familiarise themselves with scientific language and investigative skills through the ‘How Science Works’ unit. Here pupils will use a variety of scientific equipment for the first time as well as gain their Bunsen burner licence. Pupils will study Biology, Chemistry and Physics throughout Year 7.

In Biology pupils will master using microscopes as they observe cells and explain how they make us up. Pupils will understand the changes that occur in humans from birth to puberty, and how we fit into a diverse ecosystem consisting of many plants and animals.

Our impact on the Earth is an important focus in Chemistry, where pupils will understand how the greenhouse effect and acid rain occur. Pupils will also study the properties of different elements and how the Periodic Table was developed. Year 7 will complete a range of experiments including acids, alkalis and other compounds.
The study of Physics will help pupils to discover how light and sound behaves and why we can see different colours. Our bright sparks will build electrical circuits and make magnetic materials. Students will continue the great work of Sir Isaac Newton by investigating the effects of gravity and friction on our world.

 

Year 8

In Year 8 pupils will continue to study all three disciplines of Science during the course of the year. This is where we introduce much of the key vocabulary which pupils will use in GCSE.
In Biology pupils will learn the detailed features of specialised animal and plant cells, along with how substances are transported between cells through diffusion and gas exchange. An understanding of the inner working of the immune system and how we can support this will be developed.  We will also explore how organisms have evolved and how genetic features are passed on through inheritance.
The composition of atoms, including the specific structures of electrons within them, is discovered in Chemistry. Pupils will continue to develop their investigative skills through practical based learning of separation techniques, reactivity of elements, displacement reactions and extraction techniques of metals. We will develop environmentally responsible pupils through the study of how combustion reactions impact upon the evolving atmosphere and the carbon cycle.
Physics lessons will provide pupils with opportunities for measuring and recording speed, distance and time, as well as the factors which affect a vehicles motion and stopping distances. Evaluating our energy resource will allow pupils to develop plans for improving our local area and allow for discussions on the sustainability of our earth. Pupils will learn about the electromagnetic spectrum along with its countless uses in today’s world.

 

Year 9 Physics

Physics in Year 9 focuses on forces and motion of objects. Pupils will investigate the different forces present in our universe and calculate their affects in a variety of contexts. Year 9 pupils will become familiar with Newton’s 3 laws of motion as well as using experimental evidence to interpret data on the motion of objects.

 

Year 9 Biology

Biology in Year 9 focus on the fundamentals of Biology including the structures of all living things composed of cells, tissues, organs and organs systems. Pupils will learn how substances are transported between cells and tissues, so chemical reactions can occur. After Christmas pupils will begin to look at how enzymes help the body break down food and will investigate the structure of the heart and learn how substances are transported around our body. Finally, pupils will learn how plants make their own food in photosynthesis and how they are adapted for this function.

 

Year 9 Chemistry

Chemistry in Year 9 focuses on the fundamentals of all chemistry, including the structure of the atom (which makes up everything). They will learn about the discovery of the atom, how the model of the atom has developed over time and the development of the Period Table. Pupils will move on to learn about how molecules bond together and will learn about three main types of bonding: Ionic, Covalent (simple and giant) and Metallic.

 

Year 10 Physics

The study of Physics will have our pupils investigating energy transfers in numerous systems; they will be able to explain how and why the properties of materials change and the factors which affect this. In Year 10 pupils will discover wave phenomena through experimental research and will learn of modern day applications of our ever changing world.

 

Year 10 Biology

Pupils will learn about how living things release energy in the process known as respiration. Pupils will learn how to describe how plants and animals are adapted to different environments. Pupils will discuss effects of deforestation and explain how it is effecting climate change. Pupils will learn about different types of diseases that affect the body, their symptoms and how to treat these diseases. Pupils will have the opportunity to evaluate the use of vaccinations and antibiotics.

 

Year 10 Chemistry

Pupils will investigate a number of methods of how to make salts in the lab. Pupils will investigate how to extract metals by reduction, and explain how to extract metals by electrolysis. Pupils learn how to calculate the formula mass and reacting masses of molecules.

 

Year 11 Physics

Nuclear physics is introduced in Year 11 where pupils will observe first-hand the use of radioactive substances, as well as completing investigations into nuclear decay and understanding the process of nuclear fission and fusion. Pupils will also continue their study of electrical circuits and relate this to electromagnetic phenomena.

For pupils completing the Triple Science award, we will look back to the origin of the universe and scrutinise evidence suggesting different evolutions of our solar system.

 

Year 11 Biology

Pupils will learn how the body reacts to both internal and external stimuli, and how it co-ordinates responses to enable our survival. They will learn about a number of hormones in the body, including the hormones which control the menstrual cycle and reproduction. Pupils will go on to learn about DNA and explain how characteristics are passed on. They will learn the reasons behind variation and why we are all slightly different and will study different genetic disorders. Finally, pupils will learn how living things are classified into different groups and they will learn about how we have evolved.

 

Year 11 Chemistry

Pupils will learn about the composition of the atmosphere and will have the opportunity to develop their understanding of pollution gases in the atmosphere, whilst also discussing the earth’s finite resources.