SCIENCE

INTRODUCTION

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.

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 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.

2. CURRICULUM IN YEAR 7
Term 1 7.1

Transition

Lab safety

Measurements and units

Lab equipment

Testing for gases

Gases in the air

Physical and chemical change

Fire triangle

Properties of metals

Structure of metals

Non metals

Practical investigations

 

7.2

Ice age

States of matter –solids/liquids/gas

Particle model

Changing states

Energy changes in change of state

Diffusion and pressure

Plant organs

Reproduction in plants

Reproductive organs

Puberty

Menstruation

Pregnancy and birth

Effect of lifestyle

Variation

 

Term 2 7.3

Charlie

What is in our food

Balanced and unbalanced diet

Food test

Energy in food

Energy changes and transfers

Solution and Mixtures

Dissolving

Conservation of mass

Evaporation

Distillation

Chromatography

Metals and non-metals

 

7.4

Nemo

Using microscopes

Living organisms

Cells, tissues and organs

Specialised cells

Animal reproduction

Predator and Prey

Acids and Alkali

Indicators

Neutralisation

Classification

Invertebrates

Classification

 

Term 3 7.5

Goonies

Speed, distance, time

Distance / Time graphs

Investigating circuits

Current and voltage

Light

Reflection

Refraction

Energy transfers

Day and night

Phases of the moon

 

7.6

Croods

Structure of the Earth

Sedimentary rocks and fossils,

Metamorphic rocks

Igneous rocks

Rock cycle

Weathering

History of the atmosphere

Current atmosphere

Human impact on the atmosphere

Alternative fuels

Recycling

 

3. CURRICULUM IN YEAR 8
Term Content covered
1 Wall-e

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

Digestive enzymes

Understanding enzyme activity

Energy resources

Fossil fuels – advantages and disadvantages

Deciding on renewable energy sources

 

Madagascar

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.

 

 

2 X-men

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.

 

Ice age

Photosynthesis

Plant adaptations for photosynthesis

Aerobic respiration, anaerobic respiration and fermentation

Pressure

Pressure in gases and liquids.

Brownian motion

Diffusion

Moments and levers

 

3 Harry Potter

Reactivity of metals – the reactivity series

Displacement reactions

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

 

Jurassic park

Microscopes

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

Graph analysis

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

4. BIOLOGY CURRICULUM IN YEAR 9-11
Biology

Curriculum

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.

 

Nervous system

Meiosis

DNA and extraction.

Inheritance

Human Genome Project.

Evolution and Darwin’s theory.

Classification

Selective breeding and genetic engineering.

 

Year 10 Health, pathogens and disease.

Human immune system

Antibiotics, medicines.

Cardiovascular disease.

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

Respiration

Ecosystems

Biodiversity

Carbon cycle

Water cycle

Nitrogen cycle

 

Revision

Enzymes – functions, rates of enzyme action.

Factors effecting enzymes

Digestive enzymes.

Gaseous exchange

Respiration core practical revision.

Photosynthesis and leaf adaptations.

Nervous system

 

 

Darwin’s theory and the three domains of classification.

Cells and microscopes

Inheritance

Pathogens

Hormones

5. CHEMISTRY CURRICULUM IN YEAR 9-11

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.

6. PHYSICS CURRICULUM IN YEAR 9-11
Physics

Curriculum

List of Topics
Term One Term Two Term Three
Year 9 Units

Standard Form

Energy Transfers

Sankey Diagrams

Work & Power

Kinetic & Gravitational Energy

Efficiency & Energy Loss

Methods of Heat Transfer

Keeping Warm

Properties of Waves

Types of Wave

Reflection & Refraction

Investigating Refraction

Different Materials

Measuring Waves

Ultra Violet & Infra red

Electromagnetic Waves

Uses & Dangers of Electromagnetic Waves

Inducing Waves

Atomic Models

Inside Atoms

Electrons & Orbits

Background Radiation

Types of Radiation

Radioactive Decay

Activity & Half Life

Dangers of Radiation

Speed

Distance Time Graphs

Vectors & Scalars

Acceleration

Velocity Time Graphs

Acceleration Due to Gravity

 

Year 10 Introducing Forces

Multiple Forces

Resolving Forces

Contact & Non-Contact Forces

Newtons 2nd Law

Investigating Newtons 2nd Law

Newtons 3rd Law

Weight

Momentum

Investigating Momentum

Momentum & Safety

Stopping Distances

Voltage

Current

Charge

Resistance & Diodes

Investigating Lamps

Investigating Resistors

LDRs & Thermistors

Resistors in Series & Parallel

Electrical Work

Electrical Power

Electrical Energy

Electrical Safety

Magnets & Magnetic Fields

Electromagnetism

Magnetic Forces

Non-Renewable Energy

Renewable Energy

Power Stations & the National Grid

Transformers

Year 11 Density

Investigating Density

Changes of State

Energy Calculations

Investigating Water

Absolute Zero

Bending & Stretching

Extension & Energy

Investigating Springs

Revision Revision

 

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