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Science

Updated October 2017

Science Faculty Vision:

Science provides students with powerful tools to describe, analyse, evaluate, create and improve the world. We want our students to experience a sense of awe and wonder as they appreciate the power of science and make links between different disciplines of science.

We want Science at Crawshaw Academy to:

  • Inspire curiosity to enable or students to question intelligently, learn through discovery, be scientifically literate and to connect their learning with the 21st Century world we live in

We want our students to:

  • Be passionate about Science and fully engaged in learning
  • Become fully participating citizens in an ever-changing society who are able to think scientifically, analyse, question, evaluate and assess risks in a range of contexts
  • Develop the skills to understand science, technology and engineering as well as everyday tasks essential for keeping safe and healthy and maintaining their own economic well-being.

Faculty Leader

Miss C Dale (Chemistry/Physics)

Subject Teachers and Associate Staff

Mrs P Dhesi Vice Principal: Standards, Teaching and Learning (Chemistry)

Mrs K Clarke Science Programme Leader Teaching and Learning (Biology)

Mr T McCloy STEM club co-ordinator (Physics)

Miss G Mason (Chemistry/Biology)

Miss K Little (Physics)

Mr D Platt (Biology)

Mrs J Glenn (Chemistry)

Mr M Oxbury (Biology/Chemistry)

Mrs S James Senior Science technician

Mrs S Winn Science technician

Science Curriculum overview including links to exam board specifications.

KS3 Science (Y7 and 8)

At Key Stage 3 students follow schemes of learning based on the National Curriculum. The schemes are designed to give a sound foundation of scientific knowledge, understanding and literacy whilst teaching them the skills required to be successful scientists.  

In Biology the main topics cover life processes in plants and animals, reproductive cycles, variation, health and disease and behaviour. Students are encouraged to think scientifically, critically analyse and evaluate data and look at the ethical and moral implications of using and applying science.

In Chemistry the focus is on the basic building blocks of matter, chemical reactions and reactivity and practical work to develop key skills further.

In Physics, the focus is on establishing the key foundations of what forces are, how they work, what is meant by energy, how energy transfers occur in electrical and mechanical situations, and our place in the Solar System.

Year 7 Curriculum content

AUTUMN TERM

SPRING TERM

SUMMER TERM

INDUCTION

FORCES

MATTER

CELLS

NUTRITION, DIGESTION AND GAS EXCHANGE

INTERDEPENDENCE

ELECTRICITY

GRAVITY AND SPACE

CHEMICAL REACTIONS

MATTER

SUBSTANCES

ENERGY

FORCES AND MOTION

 

ATOMS AND ELEMENTS

 

 

 


Year 8 Curriculum content

AUTUMN TERM

SPRING TERM

SUMMER TERM

MAGNETS

ENERGY

GENETICS

RESPIRATION AND PHOTOSYNTHESIS

THE BODY AND DRUGS

EVOLUTION

CHEMICAL REACTIONS

LIGHT

EARTH

 

FORCES 2

SOUND

ATMOSPHERE

PERIODIC TABLE

 

 

 

 

 

 

Assessment: There will be mini assessments within each topic and a larger assessment during each term.

Homework:

Students will have a minimum weekly Doddle quiz as homework due on Monday of each week.

 

Y7 Science Doddle homework Term 1

Y7

WEEKLY DODDLE HOMEWORK TERM 1

START DATE

DODDLE ACTIVITY QUIZ

11-Sep

 

18-Sep

 

25-Sep

Cells

02-Oct

Human reproduction

09-Oct

Pregnancy to birth

16-Oct

Electrical conductors and insulators

23-Oct

Static electricity

30-Oct

Series circuits

06-Nov

Parallel circuits

13-Nov

Changing state

20-Nov

Particles and properties

27-Nov

Plant reproduction

04-Dec

Describing motion

11-Dec

Introducing forces

18-Dec

Types of forces


Y8 Science Doddle homework Term 1

Y8

WEEKLY DODDLE HOMEWORK TERM 1

START DATE

DODDLE ACTIVITY QUIZ

11-Sep

Magnets

18-Sep

Electromagnetism

25-Sep

Photosynthesis

02-Oct

Respiration

09-Oct

Types of chem reactions

16-Oct

Combustion

23-Oct

Formulae and equations

30-Oct

Exothermic and Endothermic reactions

06-Nov

Stretching and squashing

13-Nov

Pressure

20-Nov

PLANT STRUCTURES

27-Nov

TYPES OF FORCES

04-Dec

Periodic table

11-Dec

Reactivity series

18-Dec

REACTION PATTERNS

 

The following Revision sites may be useful to prepare for assessments or for help with homework, :

BIOLOGY  http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/z4882hv

CHEMISTRY http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/znxtyrd

PHYSICS  http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zh2xsbk

 

KS4 Science

Year 9

Students in 9 will start their GCSEs in the form of a foundation curriculum that covers small sections of the specification common to both AQA Trilogy and AQA Triple sciences.

Assessment

Students will be assessed through a series of checkpoints that are designed to evaluate progress. Students will also have three main assessments in Y9 in accordance with the Academy assessment calendar. 

Year 10

Students in Y10 will be following either the AQA Trilogy specification or AQA Separate GCSE Biology, Chemistry and Physics specifications (triple science).

Year 10 Trilogy Curriculum content

BIOLOGY

CHEMISTRY

PHYSICS

CELL BIOLOGY

ATOMIC STRUCTURE AND THE PERIODIC TABLE

ENERGY

ORGANISATION

BONDING, STRUCTURE AND PROPERTIES

ELECTRICITY

INFECTION AND RESPONSE

QUANTITATIVE CHEMISTRY

ATOMIC STRUCTURE

BIOENERGETICS

CHEMICA CHANGES

PARTICLE MODEL OF MATTER

 

ENERGY CHANGES

 


Year 10 Triple Curriculum content

BIOLOGY

CHEMISTRY

PHYSICS

CELL BIOLOGY

ATOMIC STRUCTURE AND THE PERIODIC TABLE

ENERGY

ORGANISATION

BONDING, STRUCTURE AND PROPERTIES

ELECTRICITY

INFECTION AND RESPONSE

QUANTITATIVE CHEMISTRY

ATOMIC STRUCTURE

BIOENERGETICS

CHEMICA CHANGES

PARTICLE MODEL OF MATTER

 

ENERGY CHANGES

 

 

Year 11

Students in Year 11 will be continuing with either the AQA Trilogy specification or AQA Biology, Chemistry and Physics specifications (triple science).

Year 11 Trilogy Curriculum content

BIOLOGY

CHEMISTRY

PHYSICS

HOMEOSTASIS AND RESPONSE

RATE OF CHEMICAL CHANGE

FORCES

INHERITANCE, VARIATION AND EVOLUTION

ORGANIC CHEMISTRY

WAVES

ECOLOGY

CHEMICAL ANALYSIS

MAGNETISM AND ELECTROMAGNETISM

 

CHEMISTRY OF THE ATMOSPHERE

 

 

USING RESOURCES

 

 

Year 11 Triple Curriculum content

BIOLOGY

CHEMISTRY

PHYSICS

HOMEOSTASIS AND RESPONSE

RATE OF CHEMICAL CHANGE

FORCES

INHERITANCE, VARIATION AND EVOLUTION

ORGANIC CHEMISTRY

WAVES

ECOLOGY

CHEMICAL ANALYSIS

MAGNETISM AND ELECTROMAGNETISM

 

CHEMISTRY OF THE ATMOSPHERE

ASTRONOMY

 

USING RESOURCES

 

 

Assessment

For the GCSE course, 6 exam papers are in two tiers-Higher Tier and Foundation and are taken at the end of Y11. Students will also carry out a series of subject specific practicals to help develop their scientific enquiry.

 Qualification  

2 separate GCSE grades 9-1 (for double award)

Year 11 Triple Science:

Students who choose the Triple Science option gain 3 separate GCSE’s in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. 

Assessment

6 papers are in two tiers-Higher Tier and Foundation taken at the end of Y11.

Students will also carry out a series of subject specific practicals to help develop their scientific enquiry.

Qualifications  

3 GCSEs grade 9-1 in Biology, Chemistry and Physics

Progression Route:

Students successfully completing the Triple Science route are well prepared to study A level Sciences. 

For further information:  http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/gcse-twenty-first-century-science-suite-biology-a-j243-from-2012/ 

http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/gcse-twenty-first-century-science-suite-chemistry-a-j244-from-2012/

http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/gcse-twenty-first-century-science-suite-physics-a-j245-from-2012/

KS5

We currently offer the following courses at KS5:

AS and A2 Biology with the AQA exam board 

At AS the following modules are taught:

MODULE 1: Biological molecules

MODULE 2: Cells

MODULE 3: Organisms exchange substances with their environments

MODULE 4: Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms

At A2 the following modules are taught:

MODULE 5: Energy transfers in and between organisms

MODULE 6: Organisms respond to change in their internal and external environments

MODULE 7: Nervous Coordination

MODULE 8: Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems

A separate endorsement of practical will be taken alongside the A level. This will be assessed by teachers and will be based on the direct observation of students’ competency in a range of skills that are not assessable in written exams.

The specification can be downloaded from www.aqa.org.uk         

AS and A2 Chemistry with the OCR exam board 

 At AS/A1 we study the following theory units:

MODULE 2: FOUNDATIONS IN CHEMISTRY

  • Atoms and reactions
  • Electrons, bonding and structure
  • Formulae and equations

MODULE 3: PERIODIC TABLE AND ENERGY

  • Energy
  • The Periodic Table
  • Periodicity

MODULE 4: CORE ORGANIC CHEMISTRY

  • Basic concepts and hydrocarbons
  • Alcohols, halogenoalkanes and analysis

The specification materials for Year 12 Chemistry can be found at:

http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/as-a-level-gce-chemistry-a-h032-h432-from-2015/

In Year 13 the following theory units will be taught:

Module 5: Physical Chemistry and Transition elements

  • Transition metals
  • Rates and equilibria 

Module 6: Organic Chemistry and Analysis

  • Further organic molecules and reactions
  • Analysis techniques such as NMR

MODULE 1 is practical skills which are taught throughout the other modules and will contribute to the practical endorsement competencies at the end of the 2 year course.

 

Useful revision sites include:

http://www.s-cool.co.uk/a-level/chemistry

http://www.docbrown.info/page04/page04.htm

 

A Level Physics – AQA

Physics is a fascinating subject to study at this level. It is also very highly regarded by universities and employers who recognise that studying Physics develops practical, analytical and logical problem solving skills as well as increasing students’ awareness of how the world works. An A Level in Physics is essential, highly desirable or very useful for many different careers/professions. Amongst these are Engineering, Medicine, Veterinary Science, Dentistry, Architecture, Management, Research, Geophysics and Geology.

Preferred Previous Studies

Ideally students will have achieved a Grade B in GCSE Separate Science Physics or an A in Additional Science (Coordinated Science). A Grade B in Maths is also required before admission to the course, preferably in the Higher Tier paper at GCSE.

Course Content 

AS Level (Y12)

Over the whole AS course students will study:

  • Measurements and their errors
  • Particles and radiation
  • Waves
  • Mechanics
  • Materials
  • Electricity

Through Particles and Radiation many new ideas will be introduced including quarks, antiparticles and quantum concepts such as the photoelectric effect and wave-particle duality. We will also cover many of the fundamental aspects of Physics. Although many topics covered will be familiar from GCSE they are developed further for greater appreciation of the ideas. Some of the concepts encountered will be Equations of Motion, Newton’s Laws, Hooke’s Law, Refraction, Diffraction and Interference, Resistivity and much more besides.

The AS course is assessed by two exams each worth 50%, covering material from the whole of Year 12 including the required practical activities. 

A Level (Y13)

During the A Level course students will study:

  • Further mechanics
  • Thermal Physics
  • Fields
  • Nuclear Physics
  • An optional topic (usually Medical Physics or Astrophysics).

Year 13 allows students to deepen their understanding of Physics and to establish links between the previously separate yet fundamental topics. Some of the concepts to be studied are Circular Motion, Simple Harmonic Motion, Gravitational, Electric and Magnetic Fields, Capacitance and Electromagnetic Induction, Radioactivity, Nuclear Decay and Instability, Nuclear Energy, Heat Capacity, Ideal Gases and Kinetic Theory.

Assessment:  At the end of the two year course students will sit three exams which constitute the A Level assessment:

Paper 1 – primarily assessing AS subject material. (34% of the overall grade).

Paper 2 – primarily assessing new A Level material but with assumed knowledge of all the AS material.

(Also worth 34% of the overall grade). Each of these papers will consist of long and short answer questions as well as some multiple choice questions.

Paper 3 – This final exam makes up the remaining 32% of the overall grade. It is made up of two sections, 18% based on practical experiments and data analysis and 14% based on the optional topic.

 

NEW for 2016 AQA Level 3 Applied Certificates in Science 

These Level 3 qualifications offer a practical introduction to science and support progression to further study or employment. Developed in collaboration with schools, colleges and higher education, they help learners develop the fundamental scientific knowledge and practical skills valued by universities and employers.

Students will: 

  • practise experimental scientific techniques and explore how they’re applied in industry
  • develop their knowledge and understanding of concepts in biology, chemistry and physics
  • plan and carry out a scientific investigation of their own choosing
  • explore ways in which topical scientific issues are presented in the media
  • investigate the role of scientists and the different career pathways open to them 
  • use the optional unit to decide which scientific pathway to follow.

 

Level 3 Certificate in Applied Science

Unit 1 – Key concepts in science

Students will develop an understanding of key concepts relating to biology, chemistry and physics. Teachers are encouraged to use practical work to reinforce knowledge and develop students’ practical skills.

1 ½ hour Written Examination

Unit 2 - Applied experimental techniques

Students are introduced to new experimental techniques, reinforcing methods met previously and developing practical skills including accuracy and precision. Students will research the background to a number of analytical and experimental techniques in an applied or vocational context.

Internally assessed

Unit 3 - Science in the modern world

Students will analyse and evaluate scientific information to develop critical thinking skills and understand the use of the media to communicate scientific ideas and theories. Students will also find out about scientific careers through the different roles scientists undertake in scientific organisations.

1 ½ hour Written examination (pre-release sources)

Y13: Level 3 Extended Certificate in Applied Science

Unit 4 – The human body

Students will develop knowledge and understanding of the structure and function of the digestive system, the components of a balanced and imbalanced diet and the effects on health. Assessment focuses on occupations that require knowledge of the human body, such as sports scientists and dieticians.

1 ½ hour Written examination

Unit 5 – Investigating science

Students gain the opportunity to undertake the role of a research scientist, following standard procedures to complete a scientific investigation. The unit enables students to demonstrate and extend their scientific knowledge and skills. Students may choose one investigation from a list of titles or choose their own investigation in consultation with their teacher.

Internally assessed

Optional: students study one of the three options below

Unit 6a – Microbiology

Students will develop their knowledge and understanding of key microbiological concepts and techniques used when working in biotechnological industries.

Internally assessed

Unit 6b Medical physics

Students will gain an understanding of key areas in modern medical physics. They will learn about different diagnostic techniques and different types of therapy. They will be required to perform specific experiments with radioisotopes and light.

Internally assessed

Unit 6c - Organic chemistry

Students are introduced to preparative organic chemistry in a wide range of contexts, including pharmaceuticals, dyes and bio-diesel. Students will synthesis organic compounds and will develop practical chemistry skills and techniques.

Internally assessed

“The opportunities for broader skills development afforded by this qualification mean that it has a significant edge over A-level. If delivered in the right spirit it will produce well-rounded scientific thinkers who can progress to scientific careers via a range of HE pathways”

Higher education institute

More information can be found from:

http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resources/science/specifications/AQA-TVQ01028-TVQ01029-SP-2016.PDF

 

STEM Club 2017-18 Mondays in Sc2@3pm

 

STEM Club is aimed at any student who would like to develop their interest in science, technology, math and engineering through investigations and activities outside the scope of the regular curriculum.

This will involve practical activities, project work on a wide range of topics, group discussion and visits from expert volunteers from the West Yorkshire STEMnet ambassador programme (dates tbc).

 As has been customary, the STEM club will initially focus on Key Stage 3 students in the autumn term. Other projects will appear over the course of the year to cater for KS4 students e.g. the British Physics Olympiad challenge for Year 11 in March.

Sample of events from calendar:

Sept: Annual parachute drop contest (2-3 weeks)

Oct/Nov:  “Ultimate STEM Challenge” project (in association with BP, the Science Museum and STEMNET) (5-6 weeks)

Oct/Nov: The science of fireworks (30/10 or 6/11                              )

Nov/Dec: In the second half-term we hope to have as our guest the Science – Learning & Access Officer from Leeds City Museums & Galleries. Sessions may include:

“That cannot possibly Fly”

“Scary Skeletons” 

“Smart Materials”

“It’s Logical Captain” 

Spring term: “Beat the flood” design project (5-6 weeks)

March: British Physics Olympiad challenge (Y11 only)

Dates to be confirmed:

Drone demonstrations (spring term)

ASDA Yorkshire STEM Competition 2018 (spring term)

Pudsey Confederation/ Ogden Trust partnership: Cross partnership Physics Olympic event for Year 10 students (tbc)

Cross partnership Xmas lectures. Lectures delivered by Years 7-13.

'Starchaser' Rocket day. Year group tbc.

One-off theme days will also form part of the calendar and will be delivered on an ad-hoc basis using topical science issues from the news. Previous speakers have included Dr Sohan Jheeta of the Royal Astronomical Society, who has delivered sessions on moon rocks, and undergraduate students from the University of Leeds outreach programme “Meteorology into Schools” with their well-received drone demonstration.

This year STEM club will be held on Mondays in Sc2 from 3:00pm to 4:00 pm. As part of ongoing curriculum development and to forge further links with the local STEM community, a representative from our teaching staff will attend termly outreach sessions. The first of these will examine “Pathways into STEM Careers” at the Science & Media Museum in October.