Science is all around us, whether we use it within our chosen careers or in everyday life, science is always a part of our lives. Whilst at Wright Robinson, students have the opportunity to not only discover how science applies to them and their lives, but experience science in ways they have never seen it before. Students can access new experiences in science through the key stage 3 Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths (STEM) club, practical experiments and problem solving within lessons.
Science is a well-equipped department with modern, purpose built laboratories, as well as extensive practical and technical equipment.
Key Stage 3: Years 7 and 8
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, the skills acquired in Year 7 will continue to be developed. Students are given further content to apply these skills to, and the subject knowledge they acquired in year 7 is developed further. Students in year 8 are also exposed to some GCSE level questions in the transition into year 9. This includes working with data and higher level comprehension skills.
Key Stage 4: Years 9,10 and 11
In year 9 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.
Measurements and units
Testing for gases
Gases in the air
Physical and chemical change
Properties of metals
Structure of metals
|States of matter –solids/liquids/gas
Energy changes in change of state
Diffusion and pressure
Reproduction in plants
Pregnancy and birth
Effect of lifestyle
|What is in our food
Balanced and unbalanced diet
Energy in food
Energy changes and transfers
Solution and Mixtures
Conservation of mass
Metals and non-metals
Cells, tissues and organs
Predator and Prey
Acids and Alkali
|Speed, distance, time
Distance / Time graphs
Current and voltage
Day and night
Phases of the moon
|Structure of the Earth
Sedimentary rocks and fossils,
History of the atmosphere
Human impact on the atmosphere
What makes up the solar system
Our changing ideas about the solar system – heliocentric and geocentric
Conditions on other planets e.g. temperature and force of gravity
Balanced and unbalanced forces
Identifying dependent and independent variables
Graph construction and analysis
What causes day and night and the seasons
Diet – what constitutes a healthy and unhealthy diet
The digestive system
Understanding enzyme activity
Fossil fuels – advantages and disadvantages
Deciding on renewable energy sources
Microbes, pathogens and their spread.
Natural defences and vaccination
Describing sound and how it travels
Using sound – echolocation and ultrasound
Habitats and environments
Food chains, webs and bioaccumulation up the food chain.
The advantages and disadvantages of zoos.
Magnets, making magnets, magnetic fields and electromagnets.
The structure and function of the skeleton.
The joint and movement
The respiratory system and ventilation
Understanding temperature and thermal energy
Expansion and contruction
Transferring thermal energy by conduction, convection and radiation.
Plant adaptations for photosynthesis
Aerobic respiration, anaerobic respiration and fermentation
Pressure in gases and liquids.
Moments and levers
Reactivity of metals – the reactivity series
Reacting metals with acids
Comparing non-metal oxides and metal oxides
Forces, force diagrams and resultant force
Mass and weight
Friction and investigating friction
Floating and sinking
Cells and cell structure
Diffusion in to and out of cells
Cells, tissues, organs
Atoms, elements, compounds, mixtures
Waves and wave interactions
DNA, genes and chromosomes
Inherited and environmental characteristics
Continuous and discontinuous variation
Interspecific and intraspecific competition
Transition to KS4
Cells, their structure and comparing cells between organisms
Structure of the atom
Writing word equations of chemical reactions
How temperature affects rate of reaction
Identifying, using, and converting units
|List of Topics|
|Term One||Term Two||Term Three|
|Year 9||Cells and microscopes
Enzymes and factors affecting enzymes. Digestive enzymes.
Diffusion, osmosis and active transport.
Mitosis, cell cycle.
DNA and extraction.
Human Genome Project.
|Evolution and Darwin’s theory.
Selective breeding and genetic engineering.
|Year 10||Health, pathogens and disease.
Human immune system
|Plants – photosynthesis, factors affecting photosynthesis, leaf structure and function, plant transport.||Endocrine system – role of hormones in the body.
Contraception and fertility
Glucoregulation and diabetes.
|Year 11||Circulatory system – heart, vessels and blood
Gaseous exchange – focus on alveoli
Enzymes – functions, rates of enzyme action.
Factors effecting enzymes
Respiration core practical revision.
Photosynthesis and leaf adaptations.
|Darwin’s theory and the three domains of classification.
Cells and microscopes
Component 1: Exploring Enterprises
• Examine the characteristics of enterprises
• Explore how market research helps enterprises to meet customer needs and understand competitor behaviour
• Investigate the factors that contribute to the success of an enterprise.
Component 3: Promotion and Finance for Enterprise
• Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of elements of promotion and financial records.
• Interpret and use promotional and financial information in relation to a given enterprise.
• Make connections between different factors influencing a given enterprise.
• Be able to advise and provide recommendations to a given enterprise on ways to improve its performance.
|List of Topics|
|Term One||Term Two||Term Three|
Work & Power
Kinetic & Gravitational Energy
Efficiency & Energy Loss
Methods of Heat Transfer
Properties of Waves
Types of Wave
Reflection & Refraction
Ultra Violet & Infra red
Uses & Dangers of Electromagnetic Waves
Electrons & Orbits
Types of Radiation
Activity & Half Life
Dangers of Radiation
Distance Time Graphs
Vectors & Scalars
Velocity Time Graphs
Acceleration Due to Gravity
|Year 10||Introducing Forces
Contact & Non-Contact Forces
Newtons 2nd Law
Investigating Newtons 2nd Law
Newtons 3rd Law
Momentum & Safety
Resistance & Diodes
LDRs & Thermistors
Resistors in Series & Parallel
Magnets & Magnetic Fields
Power Stations & the National Grid
Changes of State
Bending & Stretching
Extension & Energy