SCIENCE

INTRODUCTION

The science department endeavour to engage, challenge, inspire and enthuse our students using accessible lessons to develop independence, curiosity and resilience in all members of Team Wright Robinson.

1. WHAT WILL I STUDY?

Science is a well-equipped department with modern, purpose built laboratories, as well as extensive practical and technical equipment. Key Stage 3: Years 7, 8 and 9 Year 7’s have the chance to explore and develop a wide range of scientific skills across the three specialisms of Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

At KS3 these are taught in a ‘themed’ approach, so specialisms are not divided but taught alongside one another. For many of our students this is the first time they have experienced working in a laboratory. This opens up a new level of scientific exploration and curiosity for our year 7’s. Within their first half term, students learn how to effectively conduct a full investigation. These skills along with the basic subject knowledge is developed and gives the students the foundations on which to build. In Year 8 and 9, the skills acquired in previous years will continue to be developed. Students are given further content to apply these skills to, and the subject knowledge they have acquired is developed further. Students in year 9 are also exposed to some GCSE level questions in the transition into year 10. This includes working with data and higher level comprehension skills.

Key Stage 4: Years 10 and 11 In year 10 students begin their GCSE program of study. At Wright Robinson we offer GCSE combined science (Edexcel) which results in students being awarded 2 science GCSE’s at the end of year 11. The course is taught across all 3 science specialisms, but unlike KS3 the course is split into these specialisms through each half term. This ensures students are experiencing each specialism equally in the lead up to their GCSE’s. Students conduct a series of Core Practical experiments as well as several experiments which consolidate theory based learning.

2. CURRICULUM IN YEAR 7

7.1 The Scientist
Career Sector – Scientific research and development
Topics covered:
Lab safety – Measurements and units – Lab equipment – Variables – Observations – Graph skills – Interpreting data

7.2 The Chef
Career Sector – Food and nutrition
Topics covered:
Properties of solids, liquids and gases – Changes of state – Conduction, convection and radiation – Diffusion – Osmosis – Atoms, elements and mixtures – Solutions – Separating mixtures – Evaporation and distillation – Food tests

7.3 The Doctor
Career Sector – Healthcare and Medicine
Topics covered:
Plant reproduction – Reproductive organs – Changes in puberty – Pregnancy – Healthy diets and diabetes – Living processes – Microscope – Cells – Specialised cells – Organ systems – Microbes – Electromagnetic spectrum

7.4 The Astronaut
Career Sector – Space and Environment
Topics covered:
Space and our solar system – What causes the seasons – Investigating gravity, mass and weight – Gases in the air – The early atmosphere – The changing atmosphere –
Reducing the impact of change – Combustion and incomplete combustion –
Renewable and non-renewable energy – Classifying materials – Metals and non-metals

7.5 The Magician
Career Sector – Engineering and Manufacturing
Topics covered:
Magnetism and magnetic field – Electromagnets – Reactivity series – Displacement reactions – Metals and acids – Metal oxides and non-metal oxides – Testing for gases – Dissolving – Conservation of mass

7.6 The Police
Career Sector – Public Sector
Speed – Forces – Friction – DNA – Inheritance – DNA and fingerprinting – Effects of drugs – Investigating reaction time – Chromatography”

3. CURRICULUM IN YEAR 8

7.1 The Scientist
Career Sector – Scientific research and development
Topics covered:
Lab safety – Measurements and units – Lab equipment – Variables – Observations – Graph skills – Interpreting data

7.2 The Chef
Career Sector – Food and nutrition
Topics covered:
Properties of solids, liquids and gases – Changes of state – Conduction, convection and radiation – Diffusion – Osmosis – Atoms, elements and mixtures – Solutions – Separating mixtures – Evaporation and distillation – Food tests

7.3 The Doctor
Career Sector – Healthcare and Medicine
Topics covered:
Plant reproduction – Reproductive organs – Changes in puberty – Pregnancy – Healthy diets and diabetes – Living processes – Microscope – Cells – Specialised cells – Organ systems – Microbes – Electromagnetic spectrum

7.4 The Astronaut
Career Sector – Space and Environment
Topics covered:
Space and our solar system – What causes the seasons – Investigating gravity, mass and weight – Gases in the air – The early atmosphere – The changing atmosphere –
Reducing the impact of change – Combustion and incomplete combustion –
Renewable and non-renewable energy – Classifying materials – Metals and non-metals

7.5 The Magician
Career Sector – Engineering and Manufacturing
Topics covered:
Magnetism and magnetic field – Electromagnets – Reactivity series – Displacement reactions – Metals and acids – Metal oxides and non-metal oxides – Testing for gases – Dissolving – Conservation of mass

7.6 The Police
Career Sector – Public Sector
Speed – Forces – Friction – DNA – Inheritance – DNA and fingerprinting – Effects of drugs – Investigating reaction time – Chromatography”

4. CURRICULUM IN YEAR 9

9.1 Photographer
Career Sector – Lighting
Topics covered:
Light – Refraction – Reflection – Lenses – The Periodic Table – Chemical Reactions

9.2 The Activist
Career Sector – Environment
Topics covered:
The Water Cycle – Combustion and fossil fuels – Photosynthesis and respiration – The carbon cycle – Human impact on the environment – Biodiversity and its preservation

9.3 The Pharmacist
Career Sector – Pharmaceuticals
Topics covered:
Acids and Alkalis – Indicators – Neutralisation reactions – Chemistry calculations – Health and disease – Developing medicines

9.4 The Mechanic
Career Sector – Mechanical Engineering
Topics covered:
Moments – Speed – Motion and Momentum – Energy transfers and efficiency – Radiation and radioactive decay – Fossil fuels and other non-renewable fuels

9.5 The Classic Manc
Career Sector – Science and Research
Topics covered:
Structure of the atom – Atomic models – Electronic configuration – Isotopes – Work and Power – Conservation of mass – Energy loss – Charge and Current – Electrical work / power.

9.6 The Florist
Career Sector – Horticulture
Topics Covered:
Pollination – Seed dispersal – Photosynthesis and the factors that affect the rate of photosynthesis – Leaf structure –
Transpiration and Translocation – Selective breeding – Obtaining potable water – Distillation”

5. CURRICULUM IN YEAR 10 - COMBINED SCIENCE

The combined science course consists of six externally examined papers. These are available at foundation tier and higher tier. Each paper is marked out of 60 and last 1h10. Students will also complete 18 core practical experiments which are worth 25% of the overall grade (these are examined within the 1h10 papers). The grades awarded are cumulative so average to give the student two overall grades in science.
Within science lessons through years 10-11, students will complete a series of low stakes 10 mark tests which focus on memory recall, they will also complete end of unit examinations (/30) to evaluate their long term memory and establish understanding of key skills / concepts.

The course consists of the following:

Biology paper 1:
• Topic 1 – Key concepts in biology,
• Topic 2 – Cells and control,
• Topic 3 – Genetics,
• Topic 4 – Natural selection and genetic modification,
• Topic 5 – Health, disease and the development of medicines

Chemistry paper 1:
• Topic 1 – Key concepts in chemistry,
• Topic 2 – States of matter and mixtures,
• Topic 3 – Chemical changes,
• Topic 4 – Extracting metals and equilibria

Physics paper 1:
• Topic 1 – Key concepts of physics,
• Topic 2 – Motion and forces,
• Topic 3 – Conservation of energy,
• Topic 4 – Waves,
• Topic 5 – Light and the electromagnetic spectrum,
• Topic 6 – Radioactivity

6. CURRICULUM IN YEAR 11 - COMBINED SCIENCE

The combined science course consists of six externally examined papers. These are available at foundation tier and higher tier. Each paper is marked out of 60 and last 1h10. Students will also complete 18 core practical experiments which are worth 25% of the overall grade (these are examined within the 1h10 papers). The grades awarded are cumulative so average to give the student two overall grades in science.
Within science lessons through years 10-11, students will complete a series of low stakes 10 mark tests which focus on memory recall, they will also complete end of unit examinations (/30) to evaluate their long term memory and establish understanding of key skills / concepts.

The course consists of the following:

Biology paper 2:
• Topic 1 – Key concepts in biology,
• Topic 6 – Plant structures and their functions,
• Topic 7 – Animal coordination, control and homeostasis,
• Topic 8 – Exchange and transport in animals,
• Topic 9 – Ecosystems and material cycles

Chemistry paper 2:
• Topic 1 – Key concepts in chemistry,
• Topic 6 – Groups in the periodic table,
• Topic 7 – Rates of reaction and energy changes,
• Topic 8 – Fuels and Earth science

Physics paper 2:
• Topic 1 – Key concepts of physics,
• Topic 8 – Energy – Forces doing work,
• Topic 9 – Forces and their effects,
• Topic 10 – Electricity and circuits,
• Topic 12 – Magnetism and the motor effect,
• Topic 13 – Electromagnetic induction,
• Topic 14 – Particle model,
• Topic 15 – Forces and matter

7. TRIPLE BIOLOGY YEAR 10 & 11

Outlined below is the key course content for triple science. Within science lessons through years 10-11, students will complete a series of low stakes 10 mark tests which focus on memory recall, they will also complete end of unit examinations (/30) to evaluate their long term memory and establish understanding of key skills / concepts.

Biology

Biology consists of two externally-examined papers. These are available at foundation tier and higher tier. Each paper is 1h45 and is marked out of 100. Both papers are combined to give an average grade overall in biology. Although in biology the topics are the same as in combined, each unit contains extra material which is only at triple level. Students will also complete 8 core practical experiments in biology which are worth 25% of the grade examined within the 1h45 paper.

Biology paper 1:
• Topic 1 – Key concepts in biology
• Topic 2 – Cells and control
• Topic 3 – Genetics
• Topic 4 – Natural selection and genetic modification
• Topic 5 – Health, disease and the development of medicines

Biology paper 2:
• Topic 1 – Key concepts in biology
• Topic 6 – Plant structures and their functions
• Topic 7 – Animal coordination, control and homeostasis
• Topic 8 – Exchange and transport in animals
• Topic 9 – Ecosystems and material cycles

8. TRIPLE CHEMISTRY YEAR 10 & 11

Outlined below is the key course content for triple science. Within science lessons through years 10-11, students will complete a series of low stakes 10 mark tests which focus on memory recall, they will also complete end of unit examinations (/30) to evaluate their long term memory and establish understanding of key skills / concepts.

Chemistry

Chemistry consists of two externally-examined papers. These are available at foundation tier and higher tier. Each paper is 1h45 and is marked out of 100. Both papers are combined to give an average grade overall in chemistry. Students will also complete 8 core practical experiments in chemistry which are worth 25% of the grade examined within the 1h45 paper.

Chemistry paper 1:
• Topic 1 – Key concepts in chemistry
• Topic 2 – States of matter and mixtures
• Topic 3 – Chemical changes
• Topic 4 – Extracting metals and equilibria
• Topic 5 – Separate chemistry 1

Chemistry paper 2:
• Topic 1 – Key concepts in chemistry
• Topic 6 – Groups in the periodic table
• Topic 7 – Rates of reaction and energy changes
• Topic 8 – Fuels and Earth science
• Topic 9 – Separate chemistry 2

9. TRIPLE PHYSICS YEAR 10 & 11

Outlined below is the key course content for triple science. Within science lessons through years 10-11, students will complete a series of low stakes 10 mark tests which focus on memory recall, they will also complete end of unit examinations (/30) to evaluate their long term memory and establish understanding of key skills / concepts.

Physics

Physics consists of two externally-examined papers. These are available at foundation tier and higher tier. Each paper is 1h45 and is marked out of 100. Both papers are combined to give an average grade overall in physics. Students will also complete 8 core practical experiments in phsyics which are worth 25% of the grade examined within the 1h45 paper.

Physics paper 1:
• Topic 1 – Key concepts of physics
• Topic 2 – Motion and forces
• Topic 3 – Conservation of energy
• Topic 4 – Waves
• Topic 5 – Light and the electromagnetic spectrum
• Topic 6 – Radioactivity
• Topic 7 – Astronomy

Physics paper 2:
• Topic 1 – Key concepts of physics
• Topic 8 – Energy – Forces doing work
• Topic 9 – Forces and their effects
• Topic 10 – Electricity and circuits
• Topic 11 – Static electricity
• Topic 12 – Magnetism and the motor effect
• Topic 13 – Electromagnetic induction
• Topic 14 – Particle model
• Topic 15 – Forces and matter

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