Mrs L Seedat – Head of Department
Dr G O’Keeffe
Mr B Horne
Mrs S Murphy

About Science

In Year 7 and 8, pupils build their Key Stage 3 portfolios and a supporting electronic book.  Pupils complete work in the following categories:

1.            Food, Respiration and Energy

2.            How and why food webs are affected by environmental factors.

3.            Introduction to tables, graphs, success criteria and review of success criteria

Pupils are asked to produce enquiries to demonstrate their planning, developing and reflecting skills.

Year 9 pupils then continue to build their Key Stage 3 portfolios by studying topics including the following:

(1)          The beneficial and detrimental effects of some drugs on the organs of the human body and other consequences of their use, e.g. smoking, alcohol, caffeine

(2)          Looking at how to present Scientific findings, setting success criteria and reviewing success criteria in Science

(3)          How human activity affects the global environment, e.g. acid rain, greenhouse effect, and the measures taken to minimise any negative effects and monitor them.

Again, pupils are asked to produce enquiries to demonstrate their planning, developing and reflecting skills and are also introduced to themes such as Energy and Forces and Metals and Acids.

At GCSE, students learn Biology, Chemistry and Physics and develop the three strands of science via:

  • Practical work
  • Developing a critical approach to scientific evidence and methods
  • Acquiring and applying skills, knowledge and understanding of how science works
  • Science’s essential role in society

In Year 10 students complete work in the following categories:

  • Biology:  Cells and cell processes, Transport in and out of cells, Photosynthesis and respiration, Genetics, Classification and Ecosystems, Biodiversity and the environment and Health and Homeostasis.
  • Chemistry:  Elements, compounds and mixtures, Physical properties, Atomic structure, Elements and the Periodic Table. The ever-changing Earth, production and uses of fuels and plastics. Natural and Human influences on changes to the Earth and its atmosphere.
  • Physics:  Generating and Transmitting of Electricity, Energy and Electromagnetic spectrum, Waves, Ionising Radiation, the Solar System and evolving Universe.

They then move on to study the following topics in Year 11:

  • Biology:  Planning a Scientific Experiment and producing a project plan and carrying out practical investigation, Variety of life, adaptation and competition, the environment, variation, inheritance and evolution.
  • Chemistry:  Types of Bonding, Properties of Substances and energy changes in reactions, Atomic structure and the periodic table, organic chemistry, Chemical calculations, Nanomaterials.
  • Physics:  Investigating motion and energy. Distance, speed and acceleration and the effect of forces. Radioactive decay, fission and fusion.
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