Science

Key Stage Three (KS3) Science

In Years 7 and 8 all students follow an accelerated KS3 Science Curriculum. The Science department uses the Oxford KS3 Activate Science materials as a framework on which our scheme of work has been developed.

The aim of the Science department is to inspire the students with a love of Science and to show them the application of scientific knowledge in the world around them.

Thinking skills, scientific literacy, practical skills and numeracy are embedded throughout the course. Support and extension is provided for every lesson.

Subject area Year 7 Topics Year 8 Topics
Biology Cells
Body Systems
Reproduction
Health and Lifestyle
Ecosystems and Processes
Adaptation and Inheritance
Chemistry Particles
Elements
Reactions
Acids and Alkalis
Periodic Table
Separation Techniques
Metals and Acids
The Earth
Physics Forces
Sound
Light
Space
Electricity and Magnetism
Energy
Motion and Pressure;
Investigative Skills Working Scientifically Science Skills
Students will cover all of these topics across the year but the order in which they complete them vary from class to class

GCSE Combined Science - Triology For Examination 2018 Onwards
Examination board AQA

Course Components

Biology Paper One: (16.7% of GCSE): Written examination: 1 hour 15 minutes. Biology sections 1-4 of AQA Specification: Cell Biology; Organistation; Infection and response;and Bioenergetics.

Biology Paper Two: (16.7% of GCSE): Written examination: 1 hour 15 minutes. Biology sections 5-7 of AQA Specification: Homeostasis and response; Inheritance, variation and evolution; and Ecology.

Chemistry Paper One: (16.7% of GCSE): Written examination: 1 hour 15 minutes. Chemistry sections 8-12 of the AQA Specification: Atomic structure and the periodic table; Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter; Quantative chemistry; Chemical charges; and Energy changes.

Chemistry Paper Two: (16.7% of GCSE): Written examination: 1 hour 15 minutes. Chemistry sections 13-17 of the AQA Specification: The rate and extent of chemical change; Organic chemistry; Chemical analysis; Chemistry of the atmosphere; and Using resources.

Physics Paper One: (16.7% of GCSE): Written examination: 1 hour 15 minutes. Physics sections 18-21 of the AQA Specification: Energy; Electricity; Particle model of matter; and Atomic structure.

Physics Paper Two: (16.7% of GCSE): Written examination: 1 hour 15 minutes. Physics sections 22-24 of the AQA Specification: Forces; Waves; and Magnetism and electromagnetism.

Practical Component - All students must have undertaken and alaysed 21 practical activities. This deos not contribute to the grade awarded.

General Information:

The subject gives students two Combined Science GCSEs with the same grade; this will be an average calculated from the six exam papers.

The subject content covers approximately two thirds of the courses undertaken when studying the separate scinces by avoiding many of the more complex concepts and calculations that are built upon at A level. While the choice of combined science does not preclude students taking Science at Advanced Level, it will place themat a significant disadvantage when applying for A Level or other equivalent courses.

 

GCSE Combined Science - Triology For Examination 2018 Onwards
Examination board AQA

The course presents Biology, Chemistry and Physics in separate teaching and learning units. All students will follow the individual sciences. These courses provide a firm foundation for progression to AS and A-level Science.


Once the key features of a topic have been developed, applications are considered. While the teaching of practical skills may be integrated with the theoretical topics, they are assessed separately in the ISAs. This allows skills to be developed in a way suited to each individual.

Course Components

Biology Paper One: (16.7% of GCSE): Written examination: 1 hour 15 minutes. Biology sections 1-4 of AQA Specification: Cell Biology; Organistation; Infection and response;and Bioenergetics.

Biology Paper Two: (16.7% of GCSE): Written examination: 1 hour 15 minutes. Biology sections 5-7 of AQA Specification: Homeostasis and response; Inheritance, variation and evolution; and Ecology.

Chemistry Paper One: (16.7% of GCSE): Written examination: 1 hour 15 minutes. Chemistry sections 8-12 of the AQA Specification: Atomic structure and the periodic table; Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter; Quantative chemistry; Chemical charges; and Energy changes.

Chemistry Paper Two: (16.7% of GCSE): Written examination: 1 hour 15 minutes. Chemistry sections 13-17 of the AQA Specification: The rate and extent of chemical change; Organic chemistry; Chemical analysis; Chemistry of the atmosphere; and Using resources.

Physics Paper One: (16.7% of GCSE): Written examination: 1 hour 15 minutes. Physics sections 18-21 of the AQA Specification: Energy; Electricity; Particle model of matter; and Atomic structure.

Physics Paper Two: (16.7% of GCSE): Written examination: 1 hour 15 minutes. Physics sections 22-24 of the AQA Specification: Forces; Waves; and Magnetism and electromagnetism.

Practical Component - All students must have undertaken and alaysed 21 practical activities. This deos not contribute to the grade awarded.

General Information:

The subject gives students two Combined Science GCSEs with the same grade; this will be an average calculated from the six exam papers.

The subject content covers approximately two thirds of the courses undertaken when studying the separate scinces by avoiding many of the more complex concepts and calculations that are built upon at A level. While the choice of combined science does not preclude students taking Science at Advanced Level, it will place themat a significant disadvantage when applying for A Level or other equivalent courses.

BIOLOGY
Term
Year 9
Year 10
Year 11
1
Cell
Health and Disease
Homeostasis
2
Transport
Photosynthesis and Plant Growth
Transfer of Energy and Materials
3
Plant Tissues, Organs and Systems
Cell Division and the Genetic Code
Biodiversity and environmental changes
4
Animal Tissue - Circulation
Evolution and Speciation
Revision
5
Animal Tissues - Digestion
Genetics amd the Farming Industry
Examinations
6
Respiration
The Nervous System and Hormones in Humans
 
CHEMISTRY
Term
Year 9
Year 10
Year 11
1
Atomic Structure
Organic Chemistry
Rate
2
Periodic Table
Chemistry of the Atmosphere
Energy
3
Bonding
Amount
Chemical Analysis
4
Structure
Amount
Revision
5
Structure
Electrolysis
Examinations
6
Chemical Changes
Rate
 
PHYSICS
Term
Year 9
Year 10
Year 11
1
Conservation of Energy
Electricity in the home
Wave Properties
2
Conservation of Energy
Molecules and Matter
Electromangnetic Waves
3
Energy transfer by heating
Radioactivity
Electromagnetism
4
Energy Resources
Forces
Revision
5
Electric Circuits
Motion
Examinations
6
Electric Circuits
Force and Motion
 

 

GCSE Biology
Examination board AQA

General Information:

GCSE Biology at Weald gives students the chance to gain a good understanding of human biology, organisms, evolution and the environment. The AQA specification integrates the principles of 'How Science Works' throughout the units and in the controlled assessment. The course helps put Biology in the context of students' everyday lives with topics ranging from 'Keeping healthy' to 'Humans and their environment'. The teaching they receive will develop students' practical skills with hands-on work which helps engage and enthuse them. Students can see how science is used to solve problems ranging from infectious diseases to creating biofuels.
The specification is based on a series of topics related to the living world and relevant to students (see below). It is designed to help them understand how Science can be used to explain the world in which they live and the impact humans have.

Course Components:

Unit 1 Core Biology
• B1.1 Keeping Healthy
• B1.2 Diet and Exercise
• B1.3 The Use and Abuse of Drugs
• B1.4 Interdependence and Adaptation
• B1.5 Energy and Biomass in Food Chains
• B1.6 Waste Materials from Plants and Animals
• B1.7 Genetic Variation and its Control
• B1.8 Evolution

Unit 2 Additional Biology
• B2.1 Cells and Simple Cell Transport
• B2.2. Tissues, Organs and Organ System
• B2.3 Photosynthesis
• B2.4 Organisms and their Environment
• B2.5 Proteins – their functions and uses
• B2.6 Aerobic and Anaerobic respiration
• B2.7 Cell Division and Inheritance
• B2.8 Speciation

Unit 3 Further Biology
• B3.1 Movement of Molecules in and out of cells
• B3.2 Transport Systems in Plants and Animals
• B3.3 Homoeostasis
• B3.4 Humans and their Environment

Unit 4 Controlled assessment - This covers the practical aspect of the course

GCSE Biology For Examination June 2018 Onwards
Examination board AQA

Course Components

Paper One: Sections 1 – 4 on AQA specification: Cell biology; Organisation;
Infection and response; and Bioenergetics. Written examination consisting of multiple choice, structured, closed short answer and open response. 1 hour 45 minutes. This makes up 50% of the GCSE.

Paper Two: Sections 5 – 7 on AQA specification: Homeostasis and response; Inheritance, variation and evolution; and Ecology. Written examination consisting of multiple choice, structured, closed short answer and open response. 1 hour 45 minutes. This makes up 50% of the GCSE.

In both the written papers, questions will be set that examine How Science Works in biology contexts based on ten required practical activities.

Practical skills are developed throughout the Key Stage with hands-on experiments which help engage and enthuse students. The course integrates the principles of 'How Science Works' throughout and there are ten required practical activities must be carried out by all students taking GCSE Biology.

General Information:

The aim of the Biology Department at Weald of Kent is to richly enhance students’ understanding of themselves and the world around them. Biology has several branches that specialize in certain areas of life. Some of these include genetics, immunology, physiology and ecology and they are all addressed in a series of topics taught over three years.
Students will use biology to understand large ecosystems down to the smallest cell. It is an exciting branch of Science that allows humans to explore issues such as genetic engineering, stem cell research applications and global warming. Students will learn how biology helps humans live healthier and longer lives and how we are able to understand disease and illness and find treatments, vaccines and cures. The Biology GCSE includes the study of plants. Students will find out how scientists use the knowledge to improve crop output for human consumption and use. They will also discover how Biology informs humans what plants they can eat, which are medicinal in small quantities and which are poisonous.

GCSE Biology is suitable for most students whether they intend to continue studying Biology at A-Level or not. It can open the doors to future careers including Medicine and the Life Sciences.
Term
Year 9
Year 10
Year 11
1
Cell Structure Health and Disease Homeostasis
2
Transport in Cells Photosynthesis and Plant Growth Transfer of Energy and Materials
3
Plant Tissues, Organs and Systems Cell Division and the Genetic Code Biodiversity and environmental change
4
Animal Tissues - Circulation Evolution and Speciation Revision
5
Animal Tissues - Digestion Genetics and the Farming Industry Examinations
6
Respiration The Nervous System and Hormones in Humans  

GCSE Chemistry
Examination board AQA

General Information:

Chemistry is the material science which enables humankind to benefit by understanding the principles of substances and helping us to develop new materials with wonderful properties.

Course Components:

Unit 1 Core Chemistry
C1.1 Fundamentals
C1.2 Limestone
C1.3 Metals and their extraction
C1.4 Crude oil and fuels
C1.5 More oil products
C1.6 Plant Oils
C1.7 Earth and atmosphere
 
Unit 2 Additional Chemistry
C2.1& C2.3.1 atoms
C2.2 Structure
C2.3.2 Analysis / Forensics
C2.3.3 Quantitative
C2.4 Rates
C2.5 Energy
C2.6 Acids
C2.7 Electrolysis
 Unit 3 Further Chemistry
C3.1 Periodic Table
C3.2 Water
C3.3 Energy
C3.4 Further Analysis and Quantitative Chemistry
C3.5 Ammonia
C3.6 Alcohols, esters and acids
 
Unit 4 Controlled assessment
This covers the practical aspect of the course

GCSE Chemistry For Examination 2018 Onwards
Examination board AQA

Course Components

Paper One: Paper 1 (50% of GCSE) - Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes: Atomic structure and the periodic table; Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter; Quantitative chemistry, Chemical changes and Energy changes

Paper Two: Paper 2 (50% of GCSE) - Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes: The rate and extent of chemical change; Organic chemistry; Chemical analysis, Chemistry of the atmosphere and Using resources.

Practical Component - All students must have undertaken and written up 8 practical activities. This does not contribute to the overall grade.

General Information:

GCSE Chemistry gives students an insight into the chemical processes, reactions and transformations that impact on our daily lives, including the products we operate and the fuels we use.
The course encourages students to think logically in a way that can be applied to a whole range of other subjects. It promotes methodical working and develops students' analytical and evaluative skills through practical activities and problem solving. It helps students understand how hypotheses, evidence, theories and explanations work together. It enables students to understand how Chemistry can affect society and the environment and develops an awareness of risk and the ability to assess and weigh risk against potential benefits. It will also build skills in communication, Mathematics and the use of technology in scientific contexts.
Having a Chemistry GCSE will be extremely advantageous for those students interested in pursuing A Level Sciences or interested in pursuing a scientific, medical-related or engineering career.

AQA Specification Topics:
1. Atomic structure and the periodic table
2. Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter
3. Quantitative chemistry
4. Chemical changes
5. Energy changes
6. The rate and extent of chemical change
7. Organic chemistry
8. Chemical analysis
9. Chemistry of the atmosphere
10. Using resources

 

GCSE Physics
Examination board AQA

General Information:

Physics is the study of the World around us, from the minutest components of the atom to the vast expanses of our Universe. At Weald Physics is taught from year 10 onwards by specialist teachers who endeavour to engage and enthuse students about the study of the subject. 

Course Components:

Unit 1 Core Physics
• P1.1 The transfer of energy by heating processes and the factors that affect the rate at which that energy is transferred
• P1.2 Energy and efficiency
• P1.3 The usefulness of electrical appliances
• P1.4 Methods we use to generate electricity
• P1.5 The use of waves for communication and to provide evidence that the universe is expanding

Unit 2 Additional Physics
• P2.1 Forces and their effects
• P2.2 The kinetic energy of objects speeding up or slowing down
• P2.3 Currents in electrical circuits
• P2.4 Using mains electricity safely and the power of electrical appliances
• P2.5 What happens when radioactive substances decay, and the uses and dangers of their emissions
• P2.6 Nuclear fission and nuclear fusion
 
 Unit 3 Further Physics 
• P3.1 Medical applications of physics
• P3.2 Using physics to make things work
• P3.3 Keeping things moving

Unit 4 Controlled assessment
This covers the practical aspect of the course

GCSE Physics For Examination June 2018 Onwards
Examination board AQA

Topics

AS Professor Brian Cox so rightly points out “Physics is amazing” it is the study of the World around us, from the minutest components of the atom to the vast expanses of our Universe. At Weald Physics is taught from year 10 onwards by specialist teachers who endeavour to engage and enthuse students about the study of the subject.

 

The list below gives and overview of the topics covered each year however this is not necessarily reflective of the teaching order.

 

Year 9

Unit 4

P12 Wave Properties
P13 The Electromagnetic Spectrum
P14 Light

Unit 3

P8 Forces in action
9 Motion

Year 10

Unit 1

P1 Conservation and dissipation of energy
P2 Energy Transfer by Heating
P3 Energy Resources

Unit 2

P4 Electric Circuits
P5 Electricity in the home
P6 Molecules and Matter

Year11
Unit 3

P7 Radioactivity

Unit 4

P15 Electromagnetism
P16 Space
Assessment

Paper 1

What is assessed?
Units P1-P7 : Energy; Electricity; Particle model of matter; and Atomic structure.

How is it assessed?
• Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes
• 100 marks
• 50% of the GCSE

Questions
• Multiple choice, structured, closed short answer and open response.

Paper 2

What is assessed?
Topics P8-16: Forces; Waves; Magnetism and electromagnetism; and Space physics.

Questions in paper 2 may draw upon an understanding of energy changes and transfers due to heating, mechanical and electrical work and the concept of energy conservation from Energy and Electricity.

How is it assessed?
• Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes
• Foundation and Higher Tier
• 100 marks
• 50% of GCSE

Questions
• Multiple choice, structured, closed short answer and open response.

 


Key Stage Five

A-Level Biology
Examination board: Edexcel (Salters Nuffield) Biology A

Course Components

Paper One: The Natural Environment & Species Survival: 33.33% of the overall qualification, 2 hours, 100 marks

Paper Two: Energy, Exercise and Coordination: 33.33% of the overall qualification, 2 hours, 100 marks

Paper Three:General and Practical Applications in Biology: 33.33% of the total qualification, 2 hours, 100 marks

A scientific article will be pre-released 8 weeks prior to this examination and underpin one question on the paper. This paper will consist of synoptic questions that will draw on a maximum of two topics from topic 1-8.

General Information:

Edexcel (Salters Nuffield) Biology is taught through real-life biology. Students study issues such as cystic fibrosis and place their contexts within the science of Biology. Our course is about turning A Level students into mature and effective biologists. We present the key concepts underpinning Biology today combined with a structured approach to learning the wider skills needed by the modern biologist. Students benefit from learning Biology in the context of real life situations which emphasizes the need for independent work and background reading.
Topics are based on a storyline or contemporary issue, such as risk and cardiovascular disease, with biological principles introduced when required to aid understanding of the context.  In this way, information is presented in manageable chunks and grafted onto existing knowledge, leading to better understanding.
Employing a wide range of teaching and learning styles, activities introduce content, skills and experimental techniques. Biology students will undertake regular hands-on practical work, and as a minimum, must undertake 12 core practical activities. Students will develop their practical skills during the course and will need to demonstrate competence in various techniques in order to gain Science Practical Endorsement.

This course is suitable preparation for study at university and can lead to a number of courses on offer such as Veterinary Science, Medicine, Environmental Science and Biochemistry to name but a few.
Term
Year 12
Year 13
1
Lifestyle, Health and Risk Immunity, Infection & Forensics
2
Genes & Health Run for your Life
3
Voice of the Genome Grey Matter
4

Biodiversity & Natural Resources

Revision
5
On the Wild Side Examinations
6
Immunity, Infection & Forensics  
A-Level Chemistry
Examination board OCR Chemistry A

Course Components

Paper One: Periodic table, elements and physical: 37% of the overall qualification, 2 hours 15 minutes, 100 marks (15 marks multiple choice)

Paper Two: Synthesis and analytical techniques: 37% of the overall qualification, 2 hours 15 minutes, 100 marks (15 marks multiple choice).

Paper Three: Unified chemistry: 26% of the total qualification, 1 hour 30 minutes, 100 marks

Practical Endorsment- Solely pass/fail based on 12 Practical Activities; this does not contribute to the overall grade..

General Information:

Chemistry is literally everywhere; everything you touch or smell involves Chemistry. For students interested in “why” things happen than just being happy with being told “what” happens, Chemistry may be a very good choice. It connects with both Biology and Physics and has a significant Mathematical content. It is advised that students take Mathematics A Level to complement Chemistry. However, a student who found GCSE Mathematics, and manipulating equations in GCSE Chemistry and GCSE Physics, straightforward should also be able to tackle the course effectively.
OCR Chemistry A is a flexible approach where the specification is divided into topics, each covering different key concepts of Chemistry. Teaching of practical skills is integrated with the theoretical topics and they’re assessed both through written papers (15 % of the marks are based around practical skills and data manipulation) and the Practical Endorsement.

Chemistry students undertake regular practical work, and as bare a minimum, must undertake 12 core practical activities. Students will develop their practical skills during the course and will need to demonstrate basic competence in a wide range of techniques in order to achieve a pass for the Science Practical Endorsement.

OCR Specification Topics:
Atoms, compounds, molecules and equations
Amount of substance
Electrons, bonding and structure
Organic Chemistry
The periodic table and periodicity
Group 2 and the halogens
Reaction rates and equilibriumAnalytical techniques (IR and MS)
Polymers
Organic synthesis
pH and buffers
Chromatography and spectroscopy (NMR)
Acid–base and redox reactions
Redox and electrode potentials
Transition elements
Enthalpy, entropy and free energy

This course is suitable preparation for study, at university, of subjects with a high Chemistry component or which rely upon knowledge of chemical concepts, including: Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Veterinary Science, Medicine; Dentistry, Pharmacy, Forensic Science and Biochemistry. Chemistry is a facilitating subject and is accepted as a contributing A level for an offer on any course at Russell Group universities.
Term
Year 12
Year 13
1
Atomic Structure; Amount pH and buffers; Thermodynamics
2
Structure & Bonding; Amount Further Organic; Electrode Potentials
3
Energetics, Kinetics & Equilibria; Core Organic Spectroscopy & Analysis; Transition Metals
4
Redox; Halogens; Analysis Revision
5
Structure Exams
6
Further Equilibria; Further Kinetics  

 

A-LevelPhysics
Examination board OCR Physics A

Course Components

There are 3 written papers and no coursework. All papers may include: multiple-choice; short open; open-response; calculations and extended writing questions.

The Module Content is as follows:

1. Development of Practical Skills
2. Foundations of Physics
3. Forces and Motion
4. Electrons, Photons and Waves
5. Newtonian World and Astrophysics
6. Particles and Medical Physics

Paper 1 Modelling Physics (37% weighting)
• Modules 1,2,3 and 5
• Multiple Choice and short structured questions

Paper 2 Exploring Physics (37% weighting)
• Modules 1,2,4 and 6
• Multiple Choice and short structured questions

Paper 3 Unified Physics (26% weighting)
• Topics 1-6
• Extended written questions that may cover any element from the course.

Please note that A Level Physics has changed and students taking their exams in 2016 still follow the old OCR Physics A course. Details available at www.ocr.org.uk.

General Information:

OCR (Physics A) takes a content-led approach to learning Physics. Topics covered range from the smallest of subatomic particles to the vast history of the Universe, alongside relevant applications in Engineering and Medical Physics. The academic rigour of the subject is supplemented with exciting super-curricular opportunities, including an opportunity to visit the CERN facilities in Geneva.

Employing a wide range of teaching and learning styles, activities introduce content, skills and experimental techniques. Physics students will undertake regular hands-on practical work, working on 12 key practical skills. A log book will be used to demonstrate competence in these skills in order to gain the Science Practical Endorsement.

The course content has been designed to provide a strong foundation of skills and knowledge for students looking to study Physics, or Physics-based subjects such as Medicine or Engineering, at University. There is also a focus on developing skills that can be transferred into many other career options. The exam board have indicated that 40% of the course will require the use of mathematical skills. It is recommended that students studying Physics should also follow an A level in Maths. However, this is not an essential requirement.

 

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