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Parkside School

Science

Science 

Science is important in helping us understand the world around us through experimentation and observations. It underpins the development of new technologies which can improve our lives and also teaches us how to problem solve and generate solutions.

 Dr Evans

Head of Faculty

 Mr Kelly

Asst Head of Faculty

 

 

 Mrs Preston

Year 7 & 8 Coordinator

 Mrs Barker

Year 9 & 10 Coordinator

 Mrs Handley

KS5 Coordinator

 

Curriculum Plans

 

Subject Overviews

Year 7, 8 & 9

What are we studying?

 Year 7

  • Introduction to science
  • Cells & organisation
  • States of matter & separating mixtures
  • Health & the human body
  • Electricity & magnetism
  • Forces
  • Atoms & the periodic table
  • Space
  • Reproduction
  • Chemical reactions

 Year 8

  • Chemical Reactions
  • Electricity
  • Digestive system
  • Electromagnetism
  • Acids & Bases
  • Respiratory system
  • Sound
  • Earth & Universe
  • Light
  • Photosynthesis
  • Earth’s Resources
  • Interdependence

  Year 9

  • Arrangement of Atoms
  • Energy & Electricity
  • Cells to Organisms
  • Reactions in Chemistry
  • Forces
  • Biological Transfers
  • Variation & Control
  • Radiation
  • Particle model of matter
  • Atomic Structure & the periodic table 

 

How are we assessed?

Each unit will have an end of unit assessment. Students will also have an end of year assessment  covering all of the knowledge and skills they have learnt throughout the year.

What homework are we expected to do?

Students will be set homework each week. Homework will consist of exam questions; retrieval  practice using knowledge organisers or recall questions. All homework will be set on ClassCharts.

What can parents do to help?

Use knowledge organisers to question your child on the information which they are being taught  in lesson.

Check classcharts and encourage your child to complete their homework, award achievement  points for completion of homework

How we provide for SEN and most able students

SEN students will be supported appropriately by the class teacher and where appropriate  learning coaches in lessons. 

Classes are placed in sets based on their assessment scores and KS2 assessment data ensuring  all students can access lessons and be stretched

Our schemes of learning have been designed to stretch the most able students

Useful resources and equipment

Knowledge Organisers

Seneca Learning

BBC Bitesize

Where can this subject take you? Career opportunities

Analytical Chemist

Crime Scene Investigator

Pharmacist

Astronomer

Meteorologist

Science Writer

Biomedical scientist

Oceanographer

Vet

  

Year 10 & 11

What are we studying?

 Year 10

  • Atomic Structure & the periodic table
  • Bioenergetics
  • Bonding, structure & properties of matter
  • Organisation
  • Chemical changes
  • Particle model
  • Electricity
  • Quantitative chemistry
  • Infection & response
  • Energy changes
  • Rate & extent of chemical change
  • Ecology.

 Year 11

  • Forces
  • Homeostasis & response
  • Organic chemistry
  • Inheritance, variation & evolution
  • Chemical Analysis
  • Waves
  • Chemistry of the atmosphere
  • Using resources
  • Magnetism

 

 

 

How are we assessed?

Each unit will have an end of unit assessment. Students will also sit their GCSE exams at the end of the course.

What homework are we expected to do?

Students will be set homework each week. Homework will consist of exam questions; retrieval practice using knowledge organisers or recall questions. All homework will be set on ClassCharts. 

What can parents do to help?

Use knowledge organisers to question your child on the information which they are being taught in lesson.

Purchase revision guides and workbooks for your child, these are sold through the school.

Check ClassCharts and encourage your child to complete their homework, award achievement points for completion of homework 

How we provide for SEN and most able students

Classes are placed in sets based on their assessment scores and KS2 assessment data ensuring all students can access lessons and be stretched

SEN students will be supported appropriately by the class teacher and where appropriate learning coaches in lessons. 

Students have been placed on the correct course to ensure that they can be supported and allow them to make good progress. 

Useful resources and equipment

Knowledge Organisers

Seneca Learning

BBC Bitesize

Revision Guides

Where can this subject take you? Career opportunities

Analytical Chemist

Crime Scene Investigator

Pharmacist

Astronomer

Meteorologist

Science Writer

Biomedical scientist

Oceanographer

Vet

 

Year 12

What are we studying?

 Year 12 Applied

  • Principles & Applications of Applied science
  • Practical Scientific Procedures & Techniques

 Year 12 Biology

  • Monomers and Polymers
  • Cell structure
  • Mitosis;
  • Proteins and enzymes
  • DNA and ATP
  • Transport across membrane
  • Proteins and enzymes
  • DNA and ATP
  • Transport across membrane
  • Transport in animals
  • Transport in plants
  • Genetic diversity and adaptation
  • Respiration
  • Photosynthesis

 Year 12 Chemistry

  • Atomic structure
  • Bonding
  • Amount of substance
  • Energetics
  • Chemical Equilibria
  • Periodicity
  • Group 2
  • Redox reactions
  • Kinetics
  • Group 7
  • Intro to organic chemistry
  • Alkanes
  • Halogenoalkanes
  • Alkenes
  • Organic analysis
  • Alcohols
  • Optical isomerism
  • Aldehydes & ketones
  • Carboxylic acid

 Year 12 Physics

  • Particles and Radiation
  • Mechanics and Materials
  • Electricity
  • Waves

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How are we assessed?

 Year 12 Applied

The practical skills unit consists of four coursework assignments which will be completed throughout the year.

The principles & applications of science unit is an externally assessed unit sat at the end of the year.

 Year 12 Biology, Chemistry & Physics

Each unit will have an end of unit assessment. Students will also have a mock exam at the end of the year, covering all of the knowledge and skills they have learnt throughout the year.

 

 

What homework are we expected to do?

Students will be set homework each week. Homework will consist of exam questions, retrieval practice using knowledge organisers or recall questions. All homework will be set on ClassCharts. 

What can parents do to help?

Use knowledge organisers to question your child on the information which they are being taught in lesson.

Check classcharts and encourage your child to complete their homework, award achievement points for completion of homework 

How we provide for SEN and most able students

SEN students will be supported appropriately by the class teacher and where appropriate learning coaches in lessons. 

Our schemes of learning have been designed to stretch the most able students 

Year 13

What are we studying?

 Year 13 Applied

  • Science Investigation Skills
  • Options Unit – Diseases & Infection

 Year 13 Biology

  • Photosynthesis
  • Respiration
  • Inheritance
  • Energy and ecosystems
  • Nutrient cycles
  • Populations
  • Evolution and speciation
  • Survival and response
  • Receptors and control of heart rate
  • Nerve impulses
  • Populations in ecosystems
  • Gene mutation
  • Synaptic transmission
  • Muscles
  • Control of blood glucose
  • Control of water potential
  • Gene expression/stem cells and regulation of transcription
  • Genetic fingerprinting
  • DNA probes

 Year 13 Chemistry

  • Optical isomerism
  • Aldehydes and ketones
  • Aromatic Chemistry
  • Rate Equations
  • NMR
  • Amines
  • Polymers
  • Amino acids
  • Chromatography
  • Organic synthesis
  • Transition metals
  • Reactions of aqueous ions
  • Thermodynamics
  • Acids & bases
  • Kp
  • Electrode potential

 Year 13 Physics

  • Thermodynamic

  • Further Mechanics

  • Nuclear Physics

  •  Fields and their Consequences

  • Option unit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How are we assessed?

 Year 13 Applied

The options unit consists of four coursework assignments which will be completed throughout the year.

The science investigation skills is an externally assessed unit sat in January and repeated in June if required. 

Year 13 Biology, Chemistry & Physics

Each unit will have an end of unit assessment. Students will also have a mock exam in November, covering all of the knowledge and skills they have learnt throughout the course. Students will sit their final exams in the summer.

 

What homework are we expected to do?

Students will be set homework each week. Homework will consist of exam questions; retrieval practice using knowledge organisers or recall questions. All homework will be set on Class Charts. 

What can parents do to help?

Use knowledge organisers to question your child on the information which they are being taught in lesson.

Check classcharts and encourage your child to complete their homework, award achievement points for completion of homework 

How we provide for SEN and most able students

SEN students will be supported appropriately by the class teacher and where appropriate learning coaches in lessons. 

Our schemes of learning have been designed to stretch the most able students 

Useful resources and equipment

Knowledge Organisers

Seneca Learning

PMT online

Revision Guides

Where can this subject take you? Career opportunities

Analytical Chemist

Crime Scene Investigator

Pharmacist

Astronomer

Meteorologist

Science Writer

Biomedical scientist

Oceanographer

Vet

 

 

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