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Head of Department

Mr J Rodgers

j.rodgers@kingsway.stockport.sch.uk

Powerful Knowledge

Powerful knowledge in science gives rise to the big ideas of and about science and allows us to generalise and think about the concrete world in abstract ways.

Curriculum Intent

At the Kingsway School, the science department aims to provide all students in years seven and eight with a foundation in science that will inspire and educate them in all three sciences (Biology, Chemistry and Physics).  We promote the understanding of key scientific facts and concepts, which underpins learning, but also an understanding of how science works through inquiry.

At the beginning of Key Stage 3 we introduce the big ideas of cells, particles and forces and explore these in more detail through a series of topics that cover a broad range of knowledge. As students begin to grasp basic concepts, we further develop their knowledge and make links to prior learning to allow students to gain a deeper understanding of the content to gain confidence in applying their knowledge to unfamiliar contexts. The aim is to develop students at The Kingsway School who can use their understanding to make informed choices about their life and show an awareness about how their choices can affect others around them as well as the environment.

We aim to deliver the Science National Curriculum in a practical way, through active learning opportunities and investigations to develop pupils practical skills.  Where possible, to stimulate and motivate, students will be given opportunities to devise their own investigations around topic areas to allow them to answer questions that relate to science in everyday life. We encourage students to reflect on their data to allow them to analyse, interpret and evaluate. By doing this, we are encouraging our students to think critically about science to allow understand the world that they live in and to develop skills that will support them for their futures.

Whenever appropriate, we endeavour to include the use of ICT, literacy and mathematical skills in our teaching programmes where students can practice and develop a range of useful life skills.

Year 7

Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term
Cells
Particles
Forces and motion
Reproduction
Chemical reactions
Energy
Ecology and classification
Materials and the Earth
Light and space

Year 8

Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term
Digestion
Periodic table
Electricity and magnetism
Biological systems and processes
Reactivity
Sound waves
Plants and photosynthesis
Energetics and rates
Forces in motion
Matter

All students study science. Students who are keen on Science can opt to do Separate Sciences (also known as Triple Science) which gives students three separate GCSEs in each of the individual sciences. Opting for Separate Sciences uses up one option choice. Students who do not wish to study Separate Sciences will study Combined Science which gives them two science GCSEs.

The different GCSE routes in science (Combined or Separate Sciences) both contain broadly the same science but the separate GCSE’s in Biology, Chemistry and Physics go in to greater depth in same areas and is designed for pupils who have a love for science and know that they will probably undertake further study of science in Further or Higher Education.

In order to study Separate Sciences, students need to be placed in a top-middle set in maths. This is due to the increased mathematical content (up to 40% on Physics papers) that is required when studying the new GCSE specifications.

Content overview:

Biology:  Cell biology, Organisation, Infection and response, Bioenergetics, Homeostasis and response, Inheritance, Variation and evolution & Ecology.

Chemistry:  Atomic structure and the periodic table, Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter, Quantitative chemistry, Chemical changes, Energy changes, The rate and extent of chemical change, Organic chemistry, Chemical analysis, Chemistry of the atmosphere & Using resources.

Physics:  Forces, Energy, Waves, Electricity, Magnetism and electromagnetism, Particle model of matter & Atomic structure.

AQA GCSE Combined Science:

The assessment for GCSE Combined Science is 100% externally assessed exams in May/June of Year 11.

The exams test the students’ knowledge of Biology, Chemistry and Physics; as well as their ability to use scientific equipment safely and precisely. It also looks at their data-handling and evaluation skills and their ability to select and control variables to ensure fair tests. Students’ understanding of the impact of Science on society, economics and the environment is also examined.

Students will sit six papers in total (two for Biology, two for Chemistry and two for Physics). Each paper will be 1hour 15mins.

The final examination has two tiers of entry. Teachers will decide on the tier of entry taking into account the best interests of the pupils following internal assessment of progress.  The grades available at each tier are:

  • Foundation: Grades 1-5
  • Higher: Grades 4-9

Separate (or Triple) Sciences:

The assessment for GCSE Single Science is 100% externally assessed exams in May/June of Year 11.

Students will sit six papers in total (two for Biology, two for Chemistry and two for Physics) and each paper will be 1hour 45mins.

The final examination has two tiers of entry. Teachers will decide on the tier of entry taking into account the best interests of the pupils following internal assessment of progress.  The grades available at each tier are:

  • Foundation: Grades 1-5
  • Higher: Grades 4-9

Year 9

Autumn Term and Spring 1 Spring 2 and Summer Term
Cell Biology
Atomic Structure
Periodic Table
Energy stores and changes
Organisation and the digestive system
Bonding
Energy dissipation and resources

Year 10

Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term
Infection and response
Bonding and structure
Quantitative Chemistry
Energy
Bioenergetics
Practical Biology
Chemical Changes
Energy Changes
Electricity
Homeostasis
Rates of Reactions
Forces

Year 11

Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term
Ecology
Rates and equilibrium
Organic Chemistry
Forces
Inheritance
Chemical Analysis
Space Physics
Preparation for terminal examinations
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