Science

Science surrounds us. It is everywhere in our daily lives – all day, every day!

From an early age, we interact with our environment, asking questions and seeking answers. This question-and-answer process lies at the heart of knowing and doing science. It is a way of knowing and thinking about the natural and physical components of the world in which we live.

We make science-based choices every day.  Science is involved when we choose what to eat, or choose products with the least impact on the environment or make informed decisions about our health care. Science is the foundation of an innovative culture and at the core of significant political decisions. Understanding science is crucial for everyone so we can be informed and active in our country’s future.

At Cape Cornwall School, we have a science curriculum that aims to:

  • Give young people a love of science.
  • Stimulate curiosity.
  • Encourage young people to ask questions.
  • Give an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the main scientific concepts.
  • Develop practical and experimental skills.
  • Enable students to find the answers for themselves.
  • Treat information in a critical way.
  • Make student think creatively to suggest their own explanations.

We believe that the best way for your child to learn science is to be taught by excellent teachers who have a deep understanding of and a passion for the subject they teach. 

Key Stage 4:

  1. GCSE Combined Science: Trilogy (Double award)

We deliver the Key stage 4 (KS4) programme of study to students in years 9, 10 and 11.This double award is equivalent to two GCSEs. Students studying Combined Science: Trilogy will cover the three science disciplines in the traditional fashion.  Combined Science will have a 17 point grading scale, from 9–9, 9–8 through to 2–1, 1–1. All science GCSEs will have Higher and Foundation tier papers. We know that practicals are not only one of the most engaging parts of a science education but are also essential for students’ understanding of scientific theory. There are 16 required practicals.

Summary of content

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

Exams

  • Six papers: two biology, two chemistry and two physics. Each will assess different topics.
  • Duration: all the papers are 1 hour 15 minutes.
  • Tiers: Foundation and Higher.
  • Weighting: the papers are equally weighted.
  • Each is worth 16.7% of the grade and has 70 marks.
  • Question types: multiple choice, structured, closed, short answer and open response.

 

Specification link: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/combined-science-trilogy-8464


ii. Triple Science:

Why study Triple Science? Studying the separate sciences means students will cover more content than GCSE Combined Sciences. The new GCSE Biology will provide great preparation for AS and A-level, without overlapping content.

GCSE Biology

Summary of content:

  • Cell biology
  • Organisation
  • Infection and response
  • Bioenergetics
  • Homeostasis and response
  • Inheritance, variation and evolution
  • Ecology

 

Exams:

  • Two papers: each paper will assess knowledge and understanding from different topics. The questions will use clearer and simpler language, to assess students only on their scientific ability. Duration: both papers are 1 hour 45 minutes. Tier: Foundation and Higher.
  • Weighting: the papers are equally weighted. Each is worth 50% of the grade and has 100 marks available.
  • Question types: multiple choice, structured, closed short answer and open response.
  • Paper 1, Topics 1–4: Cell biology; Organisation; Infection and response and Bioenergetics.
  • Paper 2,  Topics 5–7: Homeostasis and response; Inheritance, variation and evolution and Ecology.

 

Specification link: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/biology-8461

 

GCSE Chemistry

Summary of content:

  • 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

 

Exams:

  • Two papers: each paper will assess knowledge and understanding from different topics. The questions will use clearer and simpler language, to assess students only on their scientific ability. Duration: both papers are 1 hour 45 minutes. Tiers: Foundation and Higher.
  • Weighting: the papers are equally weighted. Each is worth 50% of the grade and has 100 marks available.
  • Question types: multiple choice, structured, closed short answer and open response.
  • Paper 1, Topics 1–5: Atomic structure and the periodic table;  Bonding, structure and the properties of matter; Quantitative chemistry; Chemical changes; and Energy changes.
  • Paper 2, Topics 6–10: The rate and extent of chemical change; Organic chemistry; Chemical analysis, Chemistry of the atmosphere and Using resources.

 

Specification link: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/chemistry-8462

 

 

GCSE Physics

Summary of content:

  • Forces
  • Energy
  • Waves
  • Electricity
  • Magnetism and electromagnetism
  • Particle model of matter
  • Atomic structure
  • Space physics

 

Exams:

  • Two papers: each paper will assess knowledge and understanding from different topics. The questions will use clearer and simpler language, to assess students only on their scientific ability. Duration: both papers are 1 hour 45 minutes. Tiers: Foundation and Higher.
  • Weighting: the papers are equally weighted. Each is worth 50% of the grade and has 100 marks available.
  • Question types: multiple choice, structured, closed short answer and open response.
  • Paper 1: Energy; Electricity; Particle model of matter and Atomic structure
  • Paper 2: Forces; Waves; Magnetism and electromagnetism and Space physics

 

 

Specification link: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/physics-8463

 

Key Stage 3:

Year 7 and 8

We deliver the Key stage 3 (KS3) programme of study to students in years 7 and 8. Our schemes of work are based on the Activate scheme published by Oxford University Press.

All students have access to digital texts and other resources via their Kerboodle logins. These are issued during the first weeks of the autumn term. Students are assessed through regular end of module tests and longer written answers which are completed as homework. Termly tests are also carried out in class.

 

The topics to be covered during Year 7 are:

  • Working Scientifically – Basic experimental skills.
  • Cells – Animal and plant cells, specialised cells, cellular movement and Unicellular organisms.
  • Particles and behaviour – Particle model, states of matter, diffusion and pressure.
  • Forces – Stretching and squashing, drag forces and friction, balanced and unbalanced forces.
  • Structure and function of body systems – gas exchange, breathing, skeleton, joints and muscles.
  • Elements, atoms and compounds – chemical formula, elements, atoms and compounds.
  • Sound – Waves, energy transfer, wave properties, Echoes and ultrasound.
  • Reproduction – Adolescence, Puberty, menstrual cycle, pregnancy, seed dispersal and pollination.
  • Reactions – word equations, burning fuels, exothermic and endothermic reactions, thermal decomposition and conservation of mass.
  • Light – reflection, refraction, the eye, and colour.
  • Acids and Alkalis – indicators, pH, neutralisation, making salts.
  • Space – the night sky, the solar system, the Earth and the Moon.
  • Microbes – Types, spread of disease, defence against disease.

Students are assessed both formally and informally, using a mixture of teacher assessment and testing.  Great care is taken to ensure that individuals are supported in their learning to help maximise the progress that they make.

Students in Year 8 are taught in mixed ability teaching groups. From September students will be following a combined scheme of work designed to cover the requirements of the new National Curriculum document. The programme of study is based on the Activate scheme published by Oxford University Press.

 

The topics to be covered during Year 8 are:

  • Health and Lifestyle – Food tests, digestive system, unhealthy diet, enzymes, drugs, alcohol and smoking.
  • The Periodic table – Metals and non-metals, groups and periods, group 1, group 7 and group 0.
  • Electricity and Magnetism – circuits, current, resistance, magnetic fields, and electromagnets.
  • Ecosystems and Processes – Photosynthesis, chemosynthesis, respiration, food chains and webs, and ecosystems.
  • Separation techniques – solutions, solubility, chromatography, evaporation and distillation.
  • Energy – fuels, energy and temperature, particle movement, radiation, energy resources, power, work and machines.
  • Adaptations and Inheritance – competition, adaptations, variation, natural selection and extinction.
  • Metals and acids – metals and oxygen, metals and water, displacement reactions, extracting metals, ceramics, composites, and polymers.
  • Motion and Pressure – Speeds, graphs, pressure in liquids/gases/solids, moments.
  • The Earth – Structure, sedimentary rocks, metamorphic rocks, igneous rocks, the rock cycle, climate change and recycling.

 

Students are assessed both formally and informally, using a mixture of teacher assessment and testing.

 

Specification link: https://global.oup.com/education/content/secondary/series/activate/?region=uk

 


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