Science is the study of how the world around us, both living and non-living, is made and how it behaves.
As such, it is relevant to everybody and all students can find a topic within Science that engages them. Scientific ideas are regularly part of our daily news and having some understanding of the science behind them as well as how the data is presented is important in being able to make informed decisions about how we live our lives. As an academic subject, Science GCSEs are highly valued by colleges, universities and employers, demonstrating an ability to think critically, evaluate information and explain ideas clearly.
Curriculum & Qualifications
Key Stage 3
- Particles and Solutions - including solids, liquids and gases, particle model, changes of state, diffusion, pure substances, mixtures and separating mixtures.
- The Periodic Table and Simple Chemical Reactions – including elements, the periodic table, chemical reactions, acids, alkalis, pH scale and acid reactions.
- Cells, Digestion and Animal Reproduction – including animal cells and organisation, digestive system, diet and animal reproduction.
- Energy – including energy forms, transformation, energy efficiency, comparing and calculating energy, energy sources and thermal energy.
- Ecology and Plants – including plant cells, photosynthesis, plant reproduction, environment and interdependence.
- Waves – including sound and hearing, light and colour, properties of waves and applications of waves.
- Respiratory and Circulatory Systems – including breathing, the Heart, respiration, skeletal joints.
- Forces and Space – including effect of forces on motion, moments, pressure, structures in the universe.
- Earth Chemistry – including composition of the earth, rock cycle, reactivity series, environmental Chemistry.
- Electricity and Magnetism - including work on electric charge, series and parallel circuits, electrical Power, magnets and magnetic fields.
- Health and Disease – including work on disease, immune system, vaccination, useful microbes.
- Chemical Reactions 2 – including work on atoms and elements, chemical formulae, displacement reactions, endothermic and exothermic reactions.
In Year 9, students are taught three extended units on Biology, Chemistry and Physics which build on their prior knowledge and equip them with the skills and information required for KS4.
- Biology – This includes work on cell organisation, respiration, photosynthesis, genetics, natural selection, communication systems in the body, the reproductive system.
- Chemistry – This includes work on the periodic table, atomic structure, groups in the periodic table, acids and alkalis, extending acid reactions, rates of reaction and organic chemistry.
- Physics – This includes work on energy, quantifying energy, work done, balanced and unbalanced forces, Hooke’s Law, atmospheric pressure, waves and circuits.
Key Stage 4
There are two possible routes through Science at Key Stage 4. The majority of students study separate Sciences at GCSE with our chosen examination board being AQA. Students may choose to study for three GCSEs in Science, and will have six lessons per week, or may choose to study for two GCSEs in Combined Science, and will have four lessons per week. All GCSE courses cover content from the three scientific disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics and are assessed by external examinations.
The course specifications for each option can be viewed by clicking on the links below:
- GCSE Combined Science (Trilogy) - please click here
- GCSE Biology - please click here
- GCSE Chemistry - please click here
- GCSE Physics - please click here
Homework is set weekly on Class Charts for all key stages.
We also encourage students to do the following as part of their independent study time:
- Learn key word spellings and definitions (look/cover/check).
- KS3 BBC Bitesize.
- Learn sections of relevant knowledge organisers (Year 9).
- Have a look on the science pages of the BBC News website for something relevant to what you are studying.
- Research a scientist – who are they, what did/do they do, how has their work changed what we think today?
- Learn sections of relevant knowledge organisers.
- Watch videos for the required practicals.
- App – Temple – simple, easy to use and good for when you only have a short time available.
Extra Curricular Opportunities
There are a number of opportunities for students to get involved in extra curricular activities in the Science department, including:
- Weekly STEM Club.
- Weekly Gardening Club.
- Science Week – Annual event which takes place every March and provides opportunities for enrichment within school, plus trips and/or visiting speakers.
- Big Bang Science Fair.
If you require further information about the Science curriculum at KS3 or KS4, please contact Mr Rowley, Head of Department, at RowleyM@uffculmeschool.net