Science

There is a good balance of specialists within the department, and two full time technicians servicing six laboratories. This leads to greater consistency of performance within subjects. We deliver a full curriculum of Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 lessons and at GCSE level we offer combined and triple science, both with excellent pass rates.

For further information or support you can contact Head of Science Jenny Hughes jennifer.hughes@snfederation.co.uk

Curriculum Years 7 and 8

Half Term 1 Half Term 2 Half Term 3 Half Term 4 Half Term 5 Half Term 6
Year 7 Content Speed and Gravity

Particle model and separating mixtures

Movement and Cells

Voltage and Resistance and Current

Metals and Non-Metals and Acids and Alkalis Energy Costs and Energy Transfer Earth Structure and Universe

Variation and Human Reproduction

Sound and Light

Revision of all topics

Assessment End of topic tests Autumn Term test End of topic tests Spring Term test End of topic tests Summer Term test
Timings of units of work will vary slightly where groups have more than one science teacher. The rolling programme of topics and assessments means that overall grades can go down as well as up over the course of a year, depending on the student’s strengths and weaknesses in specific areas. End of topic tests will cover the current topic only. End of term tests will cover everything taught so far in the academic year. Students in Yr 7 have five science lessons each fortnight.

 

Half Term 1 Half Term 2 Half Term 3 Half Term 4 Half Term 5 Half Term 6
Year 8 Content Contact Forces and Pressure

Periodic Table and Elements

Breathing and Digestion

Magnetism and Electromagnetism

Chemical Energy and Types of Reaction

Respiration and Photosynthesis

Work and Heating and Cooling

Climate and Earth Resources

Evolution and Inheritance Wave Effects and Wave Properties

Revision of all topics

Assessment End of topic tests Autumn Term test End of topic tests Spring Term Test End of topic tests Summer Term Test
Timings of units of work will vary slightly where groups have more than one science teacher. The rolling programme of topics and assessments means that overall grades can go down as well as up over the course of a year, depending on the student’s strengths and weaknesses in specific areas. End of topic tests will cover the current topic only. End of term tests will cover everything taught so far in the academic year. Students in Yr 8 have six science lessons each fortnight.

New GCSE (9-1) Lesson Guide

Year 9-10-11
Biology Chemistry Physics
PAPER 1- Combined Science

PAPER 1- Triple Biology

PAPER 3- Combined Science

PAPER 1- Triple Chemistry

PAPER 5- Combined Science

PAPER 1- Triple Biology

Topic 1: Key concepts in Biology Topic 1: Key concepts in Chemistry;

– Structure of an atom

– The Periodic Table

– Ionic Bonding

– Types of substance

– Calculations involving masses

Topic 1: Key concepts in Physics
Topic 2: Cells and control Topic 2: States of matter and mixtures;

– Methods of separating and purifying substances

Topic 2: Motion and forces
Topic 3: Genetics Topic 3: Chemical changes;

– Acids

Topic 3: Conservation of Energy
Topic 4: Natural Selection and Genetic Modification Topic 4: Extracting metals and equilibria;

– Obtaining and using metals

– Reversible reactions and equilibria

Topic 4: Waves
Topic 5: Health, disease and the development of medicines Topic 5: Separate Chemistry 1 TRIPLE ONLY;

– Transition metals, alloys and corrosion

– Quantitative Analysis

– Dynamic Equilibria, Calculations Involving Volumes of Gases

– Chemical cells and Fuel Cells

Topic 5: Light and the electromagnetic spectrum
    Topic 6: Radioactivity
    Topic 7: Astronomy
PAPER 2- Combined Science

PAPER 2- Triple Biology

PAPER 4- Combined Science

PAPER 2- Triple Chemistry

PAPER 6- Combined Science

PAPER 2- Triple Physics

 

Topic 1: Key concepts in Biology Topic 1: Key concepts in Chemistry;

– Structure of an atom

– The Periodic Table

– Ionic Bonding

– Types of substance

– Calculations involving masses

Topic 1: Key concepts in Physics
Topic 6 – Plant structures and their functions Topic 6 – Groups in the periodic table;

– Group 1

– Group 7

– Group 0

Topic 8 – Energy – forces doing work
Topic 7 – Animal coordination, control and homeostasis Topic 7 – Rates of reaction and energy changes;

– Rates of reaction

– Heat energy changes in chemical reactions

Topic 9 – Forces and their effects
Topic 8 – Exchange and transport in animals Topic 8 – Fuels and Earth science;

– Fuels

– Earth and atmospheric science

Topic 10 – Electricity and circuits
Topic 9 – Ecosystems and material cycles Topic 9- Separate Chemistry 2 TRIPLE ONLY;

– Qualitative analysis: tests for ions

– Hydrocarbons

– Polymers

– Alcohols and carboxylic acids

– Bulk and surface properties of matter including nanoparticles

Topic 12 – Magnetism and the motor effect
    Topic 13 – Electromagnetic induction
    Topic 14 – Particle model
    Topic 15 – Forces and matter

The delivery of units of work will vary slightly where groups have more than one science teacher. End of topic tests will cover the current topic only.

Year 11 Assessments are as follows;

Combined Science

Common to Papers 1 to 6

  • First assessment: May/June 2018.
  • The assessment is 1 hour and 10 minutes.
  • The assessment is out of 60 marks.
  • The assessment consists of six questions.
  • Students must answer all questions.
  • The paper will include multiple-choice, short answer questions, calculations and extended open-response questions.
  • Calculators may be used in the examination.
  • Available at foundation tier and higher tier.
  • Students must complete all assessments for this qualification in the same tier.
  • The foundation tier paper will target grades 1–5.
  • The higher tier paper will target grades 4–9.
  • 16 marks of the paper will be overlap questions that appear in both the foundation and higher tier papers.

 

Triple Biology

Paper 1 (Paper code: 1BI0/1F, 1BI0/1H)

  • First assessment: May/June 2018.
  • The assessment is 1 hour and 45 minutes.
  • The assessment is out of 100 marks.
  • The assessment consists of ten questions.
  • Students must answer all questions.
  • The paper will include multiple-choice, short answer questions, calculations and extended open-response questions.
  • Calculators may be used in the examination.
  • Available at foundation tier and higher tier.
  • Students must complete all assessments for this qualification in the same tier.
  • The foundation tier paper will target grades 1–5.
  • The higher tier paper will target grades 4–9.
  • 27 marks of the paper will be overlap questions that appear in both the foundation and higher tier papers.

Paper 2 (Paper code: 1BI0/2F, 1BI0/2H)

  • First assessment: May/June 2018.
  • The assessment is 1 hour and 45 minutes.
  • The assessment is out of 100 marks.
  • The assessment consists of ten questions.
  • Students must answer all questions.
  • The paper will include multiple-choice, short answer questions, calculations and extended open-response questions.
  • Calculators may be used in the examination.
  • Available at foundation tier and higher tier.
  • Students must complete all assessments for this qualification in the same tier.
  • The foundation tier paper will target grades 1–5.
  • The higher tier paper will target grades 4–9.
  • 27 marks of the paper will be overlap questions that appear in both the foundation and higher tier papers.

Triple Chemistry

Paper 1 (Paper code: 1CH0/1F and 1CH0/1H)

  • First assessment: May/June 2018.
  • The assessment is 1 hour and 45 minutes.
  • The assessment is out of 100 marks.
  • The assessment consists of ten questions.
  • Students must answer all questions.
  • The paper will include multiple-choice, short answer questions, calculations and extended open-response questions.
  • Calculators may be used in the examination.
  • Available at foundation tier and higher tier.
  • Students must complete all assessments for this qualification in the same tier.
  • The Foundation tier paper will target grades 1–5.
  • The Higher tier paper will target grades 4–9.
  • 27 marks of the paper will be overlap questions that appear in both the foundation and higher tier papers.

Paper 2 (Paper code: 1CH0/2F and 1CH0/2H)

  • First assessment: May/June 2018.
  • The assessment is 1 hour and 45 minutes.
  • The assessment is out of 100 marks.
  • The assessment consists of ten questions.
  • Students must answer all questions.
  • The paper will include multiple-choice, short answer questions, calculations and extended open-response questions.
  • Calculators may be used in the examination.
  • Available at foundation tier and higher tier.
  • Students must complete all assessments for this qualification in the same tier.
  • The foundation tier paper will target grades 1–5.
  • The higher tier paper will target grades 4–9.
  • 27 marks of the paper will be overlap questions that appear in both the foundation and higher tier papers.

Triple Physics

Paper 1 (Paper code: 1PH0/1F, 1PH0/1H)

  • First assessment: May/June 2018.
  • The assessment is 1 hour and 45 minutes.
  • The assessment is out of 100 marks.
  • The assessment consists of ten questions.
  • Students must answer all questions.
  • The paper will include multiple-choice, short answer questions, calculations and extended open response questions.
  • Calculators may be used in the examination.
  • Available at foundation tier and higher tier.
  • Students must complete all assessments for this qualification in the same tier.
  • The foundation tier paper will target grades 1–5.
  • The higher tier paper will target grades 4–9.
  • 27 marks of the paper will be overlap questions that appear in both the foundation and higher tier papers.

Paper 2 (Paper code: 1PH0/2F, 1PH0/2H)

  • First assessment: May/June 2018.
  • The assessment is 1 hour and 45 minutes.
  • The assessment is out of 100 marks.
  • The assessment consists of ten questions.
  • Students must answer all questions.
  • The paper will include multiple-choice, short answer questions, calculations and extended open response questions.
  • Calculators may be used in the examination.
  • Available at foundation tier and higher tier.
  • Students must complete all assessments for this qualification in the same tier.
  • The foundation tier paper will target grades 1–5.
  • The higher tier paper will target grades 4–9.
  • 27 marks of the paper will be overlap questions that appear in both the foundation and higher tier papers.