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Science

The Team 

Staff Member 

Role 

Email Address 

Miss G Barnes 

Curriculum Leader for Science 

barnesg@ursuline.kent.sch.uk 

Mr P McCarter 

Science Teacher and 2ic for KS3 

mccarterp@ursuline.kent.sch.uk 

Mrs G Close 

Science Teacher and 2ic for KS5 

closeg@ursuline.kent.sch.uk 

Mrs G Groeger 

Science Teacher 

groegerg@ursuline.kent.sch.uk 

Mr N Hales 

Science Teacher 

halesn@ursuline.kent.sch.uk 

Mr C Cooper 

Science Teacher 

cooperc@ursuline.kent.sch.uk 

Mrs T Burr 

Science Teacher 

burrt@ursuline.kent.sch.uk 

Mrs T Winsbury 

Science Teacher 

winsburyt@ursuline.kent.sch.uk 

 

The Science team strive to share our passion for the subject with all our students. We are dedicated to encouraging the development of positive values and attitudes such as curiosity, honesty, respect for evidence, developing perseverance and tolerance of uncertainty through the study of science; developing positive values and attitudes to health and adopt a healthy lifestyle; show an interest in the study of science, appreciate the wonders and complexity of Nature, and show respect for all living things and the environment; be willing to communicate and make decisions on issues related to science and demonstrate an open-minded attitude towards the views of others; appreciate the interrelationship of science with other disciplines in providing societal and cultural values; appreciate the importance of working safely in a laboratory and be aware of the importance of safety for themselves and others; develop personal integrity through objective observation and honest recording of experimental data; develop a habit of self-reflection and the ability to think critically; recognise the importance of lifelong learning in our rapidly changing knowledge-based society; and recognise their responsibility for conserving, protecting and maintaining the quality of the environment for future generations.  

 

Key Stage 3 

Our three-year programme of study ensures that students can learn and develop the skills required for success at KS4. We teach our students the scientific key terminology and investigational skills throughout the course allowing the students to explore new ideas and concepts in a creative and engaging manner in order to develop their knowledge and progress to a smooth transition into their GCSEs. 

 

 

Cycle 1 

Cycle 2 

Cycle 3 

Cycle 4 

Year 7 

Working Scientifically 

Energy  

Particles and their behaviour 

 

Cells 

Sound and light 

Elements, atoms and compounds 

 

Structure and function of body systems 

Forces 

Reactions 

Reproduction 

Recall and retrieval  

Investigations 

Revision for EoY  

Year 8 

Acids and alkalis 

Health and lifestyle 

Space and turning points in physics 

 

Space and turning points in physics 

The Earth 

Adaptation and inheritance 

Motion and pressure 

The periodic table 

Ecosystem processes 

Detection in physics 

Turning points in chemistry 

Working scientifically 

Revision for EoY 

Year 9 

Separating techniques 

Metals and acids 

Electricity and magnetism 

New technology in physics 

New technology in chemistry 

Turning points in biology 

Turning points in biology 

Detection in chemistry 

New technology in biology 

New technology in biology 

Working scientifically 

Exam skills AO3 

Revision for EoY 

 

Key Stage 4 

Our 2 years of study ensures that we have a suite of science qualifications for Key Stage 4 - to suit students of all abilities and aspirations. We will enable our students to develop a deeper understanding of science by enabling them to investigate, observe, experiment or test out different ideas and think about their meaning. This will involve talking about, reading and writing about science plus the actual doing, as well as representing science in its many forms both mathematically and visually through models.   

Exam Board: Combined Science Trilogy: AQA                         Triple Science: AQA 

Link to Specification:  

Combined Science Trilogy: https://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resources/science/specifications/AQA-8464-SP-2016.PDF  

Triple Science:  

Biology: https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/biology-8461  

Chemistry: https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/chemistry-8462 

Physics: https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/physics-8463  

Future Careers:  The analytical, problem solving, and evaluative skills gained through studying Biology, Chemistry and Physics GCSE are very important and transferrable to many other fields. A-level Biology, Chemistry or Physics is vital for any student wishing to pursue careers in medicine, dentistry, veterinary science and pharmacy are only a few. If working in these fields appeals to you, then the Science GCSE is your starting point. 

 

Triple Science 

Cycle 1 

Cycle 2 

Cycle 3 

Cycle 4 

Year 10 

Biology 

Infection and response 

Organisation (2b) 

 

Cell biology review 

Bioenergetics 

 

Organisation (2a) review 

Ecology 

 

Ecology cont. 

Chemistry 

Chemical changes 

Energy changes 

Quantitative chemistry 

Quantitative chemistry cont. 

Atomic structure and PT review 

 

Bonding structure review 

Rate and extent of chemical change 

 

Rate and extent of chemical change cont. 

Revision for Exams 

Physics 

Particle model of matter 

Electricity review 

Atomic structure 

Atomic structure cont.  

Energy review 

Forces 

Forces 

Forces 

Revision for exams 

Year 11 

Biology  

Inheritance 

Evolution  

Ecology 

Revision for summer exams 

Summer exam 

Chemistry 

Organic chemistry 

Chemical analysis 

Chemistry of the atmosphere 

Using resources 

Using resources cont. 

Review of all topics 

Revision for summer exams 

Summer exams 

Physics 

Waves 

Magnetism and electromagnetism 

Space physics 

Review of all topics 

Summer exams 

Combined Science 

Cycle 1 

Cycle 2 

Cycle 3 

Cycle 4 

Year 10 

Infection and response 

Organisation 

Cell biology review 

Chemical changes 

Electricity review 

Energy changes 

Particle model of matter 

Bioenergetics 

Quantitative chemistry 

Atomic structure  

The periodic table reviews 

Energy review 

Organisation review 

Bonding and structure review 

Ecology 

Rate and extent of chemical change 

Forces 

Homeostasis and response 

Organic chemistry 

 

Homeostasis and response 

Organic chemistry 

Waves 

Review of topics in cycle 1-4 

Year 11 

Domestic electricity 

Chemical changes 

Organic chemistry 

Forces 

 

 

Inheritance, variation and evolution 

Waves 

Chemical analysis 

Ecology 

Magnetism and electromagnetism 

 

 

 

Chemistry of the atmosphere and using resources 

Revision of all paper 1 and paper 2 topics 

Summer exams 

 

Key Stage 5 

Our 2 years of study ensures that each course offered develops the essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of the subject and how they relate to each other, develops and demonstrates a deep appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding of scientific methods, develops competence and confidence in a variety of practical, mathematical and problem solving skills, develop their interest in and enthusiasm for the subject, including developing an interest in further study and careers associated with the subject and understand how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how the sciences contribute to the success of the economy and society (as exemplified in ‘How Science Works’. 

Exam Board and Specification Link: 

Biology: AQA - https://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resources/biology/specifications/AQA-7401-7402-SP-2015.PDF  

Chemistry: OCR A - https://www.ocr.org.uk/Images/171720-specification-accredited-a-level-gce-chemistry-a-h432.pdf  

Physics: AQA - https://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resources/physics/specifications/AQA-7407-7408-SP-2015.PDF  

BTEC Applied Science: Pearson Edexcel - https://qualifications.pearson.com/content/dam/pdf/BTEC-Nationals/Applied-Science/2016/specification-and-sample-assessments/9781446938195_BTECNat_AppSci_ExtDips_Spec.pdf  

Future Careers:  As a subject of great versatility, students interested in a career in all aspects of Science or wanting to go down a specific route such as Biology, Chemistry or Physics, these are the cornerstone A levels to undertake to study science further at University which could lead into careers such as Biological sciences, Pharmacy, Nursing, Childcare, Social services, Public services, Engineering, Computer Science, Animal care, Teaching to name a few. 

 

 

Cycle 1 

Cycle 2 

Cycle 3 

Cycle 4 

Year 12 

Biology 

The structure and function of important Biological molecules and their interactions within living things. 

The structure and function of organelles within cells 

The cell cycle and role of mitosis 

Structure and function of cell membranes 

The structure and function of cells of the immune system 

Gas exchange in Humans 

 

More on transport systems to include Circulatory system and disease 

Transport in plants 

DNA, RNA and Protein synthesis 

 

Diversity & selection 

Classification 

Statistical analysis and practice 

End of Year Revision for PPE 

Start on YR 13 Course- Homeostasis and role of the kidneys. 

 

Chemistry 

Modules 1 and 2 

Structure and role of atoms, ions, compounds. Moles as main unit of amount of substance. 

Acids, redox reactions, electrons and bonding. 

Shapes of molecules, types on bonding and intermolecular bonding 

Module 3 

Periodicity, patterns of reactivity of group 2 and 7. 

Qualitative analysis 

Enthalpy changes, reaction rates and chemical equilibria. 

 

Module 4 

Basic concepts of organic chemistry. 

Physical properties and chemical reactions of alkanes, alkenes, alcohols and haloalkanes. 

Organic synthesis. 

 

Module 4 

Spectroscopy of organic compounds. 

Consolidate all 4 modules. 

End of year revision and for PPE. 

Start on Y13 organic chemistry 

Physics 

Measurement and their errors 

SI units and prefixes 

Limitation of physical measurements 

Particles  

Electromagnetic radiation and quantum phenomena 

 

Progressive and stationary waves 

Superposition of waves 

Interference 

Diffraction  

Refraction at a plane surface 

 

Nature of scalars and vectors. 

Moment of forces 

Motion along a straight line 

Projectile motion 

Newton's laws of motion 

Momentum 

Work, energy and power 

Conservation of energy 

Basics of electricity 

Current-voltage characteristics 

Resistivity 

Circuits 

Potential divider 

Electromotive force and internal resistance 

 

Applied Science 

Principles and Applications of Science 

Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques 

Physiology of Human Body Systems 

Science Investigation skills 

Year 13 

Biology 

Nervous coordination to included stimuli and response and muscle contraction 

Biochemistry of respiration and Photosynthesis 

Nutrient cycles and energy transfer 

Genetics 

Populations and evolution and ecosystems 

 

Mutations and gene expression 

Genome projects and Gene technologies 

 

Synoptic learning & Essay writing 

Full revision of 2-year course 

 

Chemistry 

Module 6 

Aromatic chemistry 

Carbonyls and carboxylic acids 

Modules 6 

Amines, amino acids and polymers 

Organic synthesis 

Chromatography and spectroscopy 

Module 5 

Rates of reactions 

Equilibrium 

Acids, bases and pH 

Buffers and neutralisation 

Enthalpy and entropy 

 

Continue module 5. 

Redox and electrode potentials 

Transition elements 

 Consolidate all modules 1 to 6. 

Physics 

Periodic motion 

Thermal physics 

 

Fields 

Gravitational fields 

Electric fields 

Capacitance 

Magnetic fields 

 

Radioactivity 

Optional topic 

 

Synoptic learning & Exam question answering 

Revisiting the CPAC practicals 

Full revision of 2-year course 

Applied Science 

Science Investigation skills 

Laboratory Techniques and their Applications 

Laboratory Techniques and their Applications 

 

Consolidation of all units 

 

Year 7

Content Overview

Following the Activate Scheme of Work students will cover topics on Biology, Chemistry and Physics listed below.  Each topic being taught over 3-4 weeks.

  • Working Scientifically
  • Cells
  • Structure and function of body systems
  • Reproduction
  • Particles and their behaviour
  • Elements, atoms and compounds
  • Acids and Alkalis
  • Forces
  • Space

Assessment

End of topic written tests.

Half termly assessments

Extra-Curricular Activities

Science Club

Year 8

Content Overview

Following the Activate Scheme of Work students will cover topics on Biology, Chemistry and Physics listed below.  Each topic being taught over 3-4 weeks.

  • Working Scientifically
  • Health and Lifestyle
  • Ecosystems
  • Reactions
  • Metals and Acids
  • Separation Techniques
  • Sound
  • Light
  • Energy

Assessment

End of topic written tests

Half termly assessments

Extra-Curricular Activities

Science Club

Year 9

Content Overview

Following the Activate Scheme of Work students will cover topics on Biology, Chemistry and Physics listed below.  Each topic being taught over 3-4 weeks.

  • Adaptation and Inheritance
  • The Periodic Table
  • The Earth
  • Electricity and Magnetism
  • Motion and Pressure

 

On completion of these topics Year 9 students will commence study of GCSE topics.

Assessment

End of topic written tests

Half termly assessments

Extra-Curricular Activities

STEM Events

Science Club

Year 10

Subject

GCSE Combined Science - Trilogy

Exam Board

AQA

Course Specification Link

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

Course Overview

 

 

 

Year 10

Biology Modules

1 Cell Biology

2 Organisation

3 Infection and Response

4 Bioenergetics

 

Chemistry Modules

8 Atomic Structure and the Periodic Table

9 Bonding Structures

10 Quantitative Chemistry

11 Chemical Changes

12 Energy Changes

 

Physics Modules

18 Energy

19 Electricity

20 Particle Model

21 Atomic Structure

 

Year 11

Biology Modules

5 Homeostasis and Response

6 Inheritance, Variation and Evolution

7 Ecology

 

Chemistry Modules

13 Rate and Extent of Chemical Change

14 Organic Chemistry

15 Chemical Analysis

16 Chemistry of the Atmosphere

17 Using resources

 

Physics Modules

22 Forces

23 Waves

24 Magnetism and Electromagnetism

 

Assessment

End of module internal assessment.

6 Externally Assessed examinations at the end of Year 11 each 1hour 15minutes long

Questions are multiple choice, structured, closed short answer and open response answers.

Biology Paper 1 – Modules 1-4

Biology Paper 2 – Modules 5-7

Chemistry Paper 1 – Modules 8-12

Chemistry Paper 2 – Modules 13-17

Physics Paper 1 – Modules 18-21

Physics Paper 2 – Modules22-24

Extra-Curricular Activities

Selection of STEM activities.