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Science


Key Stage 3

The science curriculum at The Grange School has been designed to develop students’ interest and ability to explain the natural and increasingly technological world around them.

Students will be exposed to the fundamental laws and history of science upon which the current scientific models are based.

Students will develop their scientific literacy through practical work, research, debate, study and explanation. This will involve experimental design, gathering of data and analysis of results.

At Key Stage 3 students cover topics for biology, chemistry and physics, the curriculum is spiral and key concepts are re-visited and synoptic links made between topics.

Year 7

  • Practical Skills
  • Movement and Cells
  • Particles and Separating Mixtures
  • Speed and Gravity
  • Voltage, Resistance and Current
  • Plant Reproduction and Interdependence
  • Metals and Non Metals
  • Energy Costs and Transfers
  • Sound and Light
  • Earth Structure and The Universe
  • Human Reproduction and Variation

Year 8

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

Year 9

  • Cell Biology
  • Photosynthesis
  • Moving and Changing Materials
  • Atomic Structure and the Periodic Table
  • Structure Bonding and the Properties of Matter
  • Chemical Quantities and Calculations

Key Stage 4 GCSE

Exam board: AQA

Qualification: 2 GCSE's in Combined Science

Specification: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/combined-science-trilogy-8464

Course Overview

Science is a compulsory subject and students at The Grange There follow the Combined Science (Trilogy) specification from AQA. There is no coursework and the course is assessed entirely by exams at the end of year 11. There are six papers, each exam lasting 75 minutes and contributing 16.7% of the final mark. There are two biology, two chemistry and two physics. Each of the papers will assess knowledge and understanding from distinct topic areas and is available at Foundation and Higher tier.

Biology

  • Cell biology
  • Organisation
  • Infection and response
  • Bioenergetics
  • Homeostasis and response
  • Inheritance, variation and evolution
  • Ecology

Chemistry

  • Atomic structure and the periodic table
  • Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter
  • Quantitative chemistry
  • Chemical changes
  • Energy changes
  • The rate and extent of chemical change
  • Organic chemistry
  • Chemical analysis
  • Chemistry of the atmosphere
  • Using resources

Physics

  • Energy
  • Electricity
  • Particle model of matter
  • Atomic structure
  • Forces
  • Waves
  • Magnetism and electromagnetism

More information is available on the AQA website: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/combined-science-trilogy-8464/introduction

More information regarding the marking, year groups and homework can be found by downloading the document below.