Science

Our Teaching Staff

Head of Department                   Teaching Staff
Mr A Taylor Mrs K Jess                             Lead Teacher KS4
 

Mrs E O’Donnell                    Lead Teacher KS3

Mr R Lenihan                         HoY Yr11

Miss E Mannah

Miss K Monin                         HoY Yr9

Miss M Nadeem                    Assistant HoY8

Miss S Roberts

Miss E Zalanyi

 

Science is a process that is continually refining and expanding as our knowledge of the universe increases. It allows us to question and attempt to solve some of humanities most challenging problems. It is a way of discovering what's in the universe and how those things work today, how they worked in the past, and how they are likely to work in the future.

 

THE SCIENCE CURRICULUM

Science is a wide-ranging and complex field and as students embark on their learning journey within our department we like to encourage understanding and deep thinking. To enable us to do this we have interlinked our KS3 and KS4 curriculum into ten big ideas. This allows us to ensure that rather than covering fragmented content students will develop confidence to apply their scientific knowledge in unfamiliar contexts.

The big ideas that run throughout our curriculum are:

  • Forces
  • Electromagnetism
  • Energy
  • Waves
  • Matter
  • Reactions
  • Earth
  • Organisms
  • Ecosystems
  • Genes
 

 

KS3

In KS3 students will cover all ten big ideas at least twice, developing both their scientific understanding and ability to synthesise and evaluate new information. This will lead to the students learning to see the world analytically, being able to explain phenomena and make predictions – all skills they will need for their next stage of scientific learning.

The topics in Year 7 include:

  • Speed & Gravity
  • Voltage, Resistance & Current
  • Energy Costs & Transfer
  • Sound & Light
  • Particle Model & Separating Mixtures
  • Metals, Acids & Alkalis
  • Earth Structure & Universe
  • Movement & Cells
  • Interdependence & Plant Reproduction
  • Variation & Human Reproduction

The topics in Year 8 include:

  • Contact Forces & Pressure
  • Electromagnets & Magnetism
  • Work, Heating & Cooling
  • Wave Effects & Properties
  • Periodic Table and the Elements
  • Chemical Energy & Types of Reactions
  • Climate & Earth Resources
  • Breathing & Digestion
  • Respiration & Photosynthesis
  • Evolution & Inheritance

KS4 

GCSE work in science starts in Year 9. Students will all follow the AQA Combined Science syllabus (http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/combined-science-trilogy-8464). Students will be awarded three GCSE grades separately in biology, chemistry and physics if they move onto the separate science pathway, or will be awarded a combined GCSE grade if they continue to follow the combined route.

The units taught in Year 9 include:

  • Energy & Efficiency
  • Atomic Model & Radiation
  • Elements & The Periodic Table
  • Cell Biology
  • Digestion & Exercise
  • Botany & Plant Systems

The units taught in Year 10 include:

  • Forces
  • IVR
  • Particles
  • Wave properties and Electromagnetic waves
  • Chemical Bonding
  • Chemical Analysis
  • The Atmosphere and Pollution
  • Disease
  • Ecology & Biodiversity
  • Genetics

The units taught in Year 11 include:

  • Motion
  • Electromagnetism
  • Rate of Change
  • Organic Chemistry & Sustainability
  • Control
  • Evolution & Biotechnology

The units for separate science include all of the above units but also increase the depth and level of understanding.

Further Information

If you would like to find out more about the Science curriculum, please contact Mr Taylor at:

admin@stccg.co.uk