Sciences

The Science Department is a passionate and talented team of well qualified Science teachers who are dedicated to ensuring that students at Clayton Hall Academy have a solid grounding in science.  

The intent of the curriculum is to; 

  • Foster curiosity for life and the natural world 
  • To provide students with the scientific skills and knowledge required to function as a well-rounded member of British society 
  • Provide a challenging curriculum that encourages future scientists and prepares them for their next stages. 

Gold Standard Teaching and Learning 

  • Detailed Planning 
  • Engaging, Practical-linked lessons 
  • Regular, Informative Feedback 
  • Students know how to make progress 
  • Students can apply their knowledge to real world situations 

Key Stage 3 Overview 

Brief topics and when etc (You can copy/amend this from your Curriculum and Assessment Handbook) 

Year 7 

When  What we are Studying?  e.g. Topics/ Skills etc 
Autumn 1  Body Systems  

Mixtures and Separation  

Forces 

Ongoing assessment of practical skills 

Autumn 2 
Spring 1  Reproduction 

The Particle Model 

Energy 

Ongoing assessment of practical skills 

Spring 2 
Summer 1  Ecosystems 

Acids and Alkalis 

Sound and Light 

Ongoing assessment of practical skills 

Summer 2 

Year 8 

When   What we are Studying?   e.g. Topics/ Skills etc  
Autumn 1   Food and Nutrition 

Combustion 

Fluids 

Plants and Reproduction 

Ongoing assessment of practical skills 

Autumn 2  
Spring 1   Breathing and Respiration 

The Periodic Table 

Light 

Metals and Their Uses 

Ongoing assessment of practical skills 

Spring 2  
Summer 1   Unicellular organisms 

Rocks 

Energy Transfers 

Earth and Space 

Ongoing assessment of practical skills 

Summer 2  

 

Key Stage 4 Overview 

Brief topics and when etc (You can copy/amend this from your Curriculum and Assessment Handbook 

 Year 9 Combined 

When  What we are Assessing 

e.g. Topics/ Skills etc 

Autumn 1  Cell Structure and Transport 

Atomic Structure 

Conservation and Dissipation of Energy 

Ongoing assessment of practical skills 

Autumn 2  Cell Division 

The Periodic Table 

Energy Transfer by heating 

Ongoing assessment of practical skills 

Spring 1  Organisation and the Digestive System 

Structure and Bonding 

Energy Resources 

Ongoing assessment of practical skills 

Spring 2  Organising Animals and Plants 

Chemical Calculations 

Electric Circuits 

Ongoing assessment of practical skills 

Summer 1  Communicable Diseases 

Chemical Changes 

Electricity in the Home 

Ongoing assessment of practical skills 

Summer 2  Preventing and Treating diseases 

Non Communicable diseases 

Electrolysis 

Molecules and Matter 

Ongoing assessment of practical skills 

Year 9 Triple 2019-2020 AQA 

When  What we are Assessing e.g. Topics/ Skills etc 
Autumn 1  Cell Structure and Transport 

Atomic Structure 

Conservation and Dissipation of Energy 

Ongoing assessment of practical skills 

Autumn 2  Cell Division 

The Periodic Table 

Energy Transfer by heating 

Ongoing assessment of practical skills 

Spring 1  Organisation and the Digestive System 

Structure and Bonding 

Energy Resources 

Ongoing assessment of practical skills 

Spring 2  Organising Animals and Plants 

Chemical Calculations 

Electric Circuits 

Ongoing assessment of practical skills 

Summer 1  Communicable Diseases 

Chemical Changes 

Electricity in the Home 

Ongoing assessment of practical skills 

Summer 2  Preventing and Treating diseases 

Non Communicable diseases 

Electrolysis 

Molecules and Matter 

Ongoing assessment of practical skills 

 

Year 10 Combined 2019-2020 AQA 

When  What we are Assessing e.g. Topics/ Skills etc 
Autumn 1  Photosynthesis 

Respiration 

Energy Changes 

Radioactivity 

Ongoing assessment of practical skills 

Autumn 2  Human Nervous System 

Rates and Equilibrium 

Forces in Balance 

Ongoing assessment of practical skills 

Spring 1  Hormonal control in humans and plants 

Crude Oil and Fuels 

Motion 

Ongoing assessment of practical skills 

Spring 2  Reproduction 

Chemical Analysis 

Force and Motion 

Ongoing assessment of practical skills 

Summer 1  Variation and Evolution 

The Earth’s atmosphere 

Wave Properties 

Ongoing assessment of practical skills 

Summer 2  Genetics and Evolution 

The Earth’s resources 

Electromagnetic Waves 

Ongoing assessment of practical skills 

 Year 10 Triple 2019-2020 AQA 

When  What we are Assessing e.g. Topics/ Skills etc 
Autumn 1  Photosynthesis 

Respiration 

Energy Changes 

Radioactivity 

Ongoing assessment of practical skills 

Autumn 2  Human Nervous System 

Rates and Equilibrium 

Forces in Balance 

Ongoing assessment of practical skills 

Spring 1  Hormonal Coordination 

Crude Oil and Fuels 

Motion 

Ongoing assessment of practical skills 

Spring 2  Homeostasis in Action 

Organic Reactions 

Force and Motion 

Ongoing assessment of practical skills 

Summer 1  Reproduction 

Polymers 

Force and Pressure 

Ongoing assessment of practical skills 

Summer 2  Variation and Evolution 

Chemical Analysis 

Wave Properties 

Ongoing assessment of practical skills  


Year 11 Combined 2019-2020 Edexcel
 

When  What we are Assessing e.g. Topics/ Skills etc 
Autumn 1  Exchange and Transport in Animals 

Fuels 

The Particle Model 

Ongoing assessment of practical skills 

Autumn 2  Ecosystems and Material Cycles 

Earth and Atmospheric Science 

Forces and Matter 

Ongoing assessment of practical skills 

Spring 1  Revision of Y9 Content 

 

Spring 2  Revision of Y10 Content 
Summer 1  Revision 

 Year 11 Triple 2019-2020 Edexcel 

When  What we are Assessing  e.g. Topics/ Skills etc 
Autumn 1  Exchange and Transport in Animals 

Alcohols and Carboxylic Acids 

The Particle Model 

Ongoing assessment of practical skills 

Autumn 2  Ecosystems and Material Cycles 

Polymers 

Ongoing assessment of practical skills 

Spring 1  Revision 

Qualitative Analysis 

Forces  

Ongoing assessment of practical skills  

Spring 2  Revision 

Bulk and Surface Properties of Matter 

Matter  

Ongoing assessment of practical skills 

Summer 1  Revision 

 Key Stage 4 Examination Overview 

 Y11 2019/2020 ONLY 

 Edexcel 

Combined Science (Worth 2 combined GCSEs) –  

  • Six examinations  
  • 2 Biology 
  • 2 Chemistry 
  • 2 Physics 
  • All 70 minutes long 
  • No Coursework Component 

 Triple Science (Worth 3 separate GCSEs) 

  • Six examinations  
  • 2 Biology 
  • 2 Chemistry 
  • 2 Physics 
  • All 105 minutes long 
  • No Coursework Component 

 

What resources could I buy or borrow that will help my child?  

We recommend CGP revision Guides, workbooks and textbooks.  These can be purchased through the school at fixed time during the year, usually in the first half term.  After this, we can send out ISBN numbers to ensure you have the correct revision Guides 

 

What are the key websites or Apps that my child could use? 

 CGP has apps to accompany the revision guides, but we recommend the following websites: 

All Yeargroups: 

https://www.senecalearning.com/ 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ 

Year 9, 10 and 11 

https://www.physicsandmathstutor.com/ 

http://www.docbrown.info/ 

 

 What can I do to encourage my child to take further interest in Science? 

Encourage them to look for science outside of their science lessons, especially in the news and current affairs.   

Promoting and encouraging them to attend any trips we organise – we try and ensure these are run for most year groups.  

Asking them what they have been doing and see if they can explain it back to you so that you understand.  Encouraging them to visit museums and science centres where they can do hands on activities as well.  

 

What after school or other extracurricular activities are available in Science and when are they?  

  • STEM club runs on Wednesdays after school 
  • Revision sessions run after school on Thursdays – these are primarily targeted at Y11 students but any student can attend. 
  • Science staff are always available in the science office at lunchtime and after school if students have any specific queries. 

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