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Science

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 Leaders

Mrs K Clarke - Executive Head of Science (Biology)

Miss C Dale - Programme Leader of Science (Chemistry)

Mr T McCloy - Assistant Programme Leader of Science/STEM co-ordinator (Physics)

Subject Teachers and Associate Staff

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

Miss K Little (Physics)

Mr D Platt (Biology)

Mrs J Glenn (Chemistry)

Mr M Oxbury (Biology)

Dr K Smith (Chemistry)

Mr J Buckley (Biology)

Mrs S Winn Science Technician

Miss A Tarique Science Technician

Science Curriculum Overview

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.

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

Homework: Students will have a minimum weekly Century tech quiz as homework due on Monday of each week.

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).

 

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).

 

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