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Students learn Science at Framingham Earl in six fully equipped laboratory classrooms staffed by qualified Biology, Chemistry and Physics teachers. As a department we aim to engage and enthuse students about the natural world that surrounds them and the science that helps us understand it. Through the teaching of a range of topics we aim to provide students with the skills, knowledge and understanding to enable them to become scientifically literate citizens; be successful academically in Science at GCSE and beyond; develop their analytical and critical thinking skills; and develop transferable skills for the world of work. 

In Key Stage 3 students are taught the fundamentals of Biology, Chemistry and Physics with an emphasis on ‘How Science Works’. Students are taught using a wide variety of teaching styles and pedagogies including independent work, computer-based research and investigation, practical activities, group discussion, role play and question and answer sessions.

Key Stage 3

In Key Stage 3 topics are taught on a rotation basis. This means students won’t necessarily study the topics in the order listed below.

 

Year 7

Term

Content

Assessment

Autumn Term 1

(Sept-Dec)

Working safely in a Science laboratory.

Cells, tissues, organs and organ systems.

Mixtures and separations.

Energy.

Students are given a short, knowledge based test every 3-4 weeks, after they have completed each unit.

Spring Term 1

(Dec – Feb)

Sexual reproduction in animals.

Acids and alkalis.

Current and electricity.

Spring Term 2

(Feb – May)

Muscles and bones.

The particle model.

Forces.

Summer Term 1

(May – Jul)

Ecosystems.

Atoms, elements and compounds.

Sound.

 

Year 8

Term

Content

Assessment

Autumn Term 1

(Sept-Nov)

Food and nutrition.

Combustion.

Fluids.

Students are given a short, knowledge based test every 3-4 weeks, after they have completed each unit.

Spring Term 1

(Nov – Jan)

Plants and their reproduction.

The periodic table.

Light.

Spring Term 2

(Feb – Apr)

Breathing and respiration.

Metals and their uses.

Energy transfers.

Summer Term 1

(May – Jul)

Unicellular organisms.

Rocks.

Earth and Space.

 

Key Stage 4

Students build on the Key Stage 3 topics as they start their GCSE course in September. In Year 9, we take the transition to GCSE Science subjects steadily, so students have sufficient time to gain a deep understanding of key concepts that form the foundation of Year 10 and Year 11.

 

Year 9

Term

Content

Assessment

Autumn Term 1

(Sept-Nov)

Plant and animal cells.

States of matter.

Mixtures and separations.

Motion.

At the end of each term, students are given one test to assess the knowledge they have gained over that term.

Spring Term 1

(Dec – Jan)

Enzymes and nutrition.

Atomic structure.

The periodic table.

Forces and motion – resultant forces and Newton’s second law.

Spring Term 2

(Feb – Mar)

Transporting substances across cell membranes.

Ionic bonding.

Covalent bonding.

Forces and motion – momentum and collisions.

Summer Term 1

(Apr – Jul)

Cells, growth and the nervous system.

Types of substances.

Conservation of energy.

 

During Key Stage 4 students have the option of studying either the ‘Combined’ or ‘Triple’ Science qualification at GCSE level following the Edexcel syllabuses. 

GCSE Combined Science is an unusual qualification, it is taught as one GCSE, however, students gain two grades from their final exams. GCSE Combined Science is a recognised award covering elements of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Students complete their GCSE Combined Science exams at the end of Year 11.

If students take what we commonly call ‘Triple Science’, they will gain three separate GCSEs, one in Biology, one in Chemistry and one in Physics. Good grades in any of these 4 subjects will allow students to apply to sixth form centres and colleges to study Science at A-level. 

Students in Year 10 and 11 will build upon solid GCSE preparatory study undertaken in Year 9. Lessons are spent exploring concepts, undertaking a broad range of experiments and analysing scientific data. Practical work will ensure that students are made deeply familiar with the 24 core scientific procedures that are subject to specific exam questions. Students will have completed comprehensive workbooks designed to thoroughly teach and assess understanding of the core practicals.

Internal assessment includes regular testing and guided re-cap of scientific knowledge. All students complete regular added formative tasks exploring key concepts. These help extend learning and consolidate understanding of important bodies of scientific knowledge.

The following tables outline the curriculum for Year 10 and Year 11. The units written in bold, are the units which are Triple Science only.

Year 10 Biology

Term

Content

Assessment

Autumn Term

Genetics.

Natural selection and genetic modification.

At the end of each module, students are given one test to assess the knowledge they have gained over that module.

Spring Term

Health disease and medicine.

Summer Term

Plant structures and functions.

Ecosystems.

 

Year 10 Chemistry

Term

Content

Assessment

Autumn Term

Acids and Alkalis.

Calculations involving masses.

At the end of each module, students are given one test to assess the knowledge they have gained over that module.

Spring Term

Electrolytic processes.

Reversible reactions and equilibria.

Summer Term

Transition metals, alloys and corrosion.

Quantitative analysis.

Dynamic equilibria and calculations.

Chemical cells and fuel cells.

 

Year 10 Physics

Term

Content

Assessment

Autumn Term

Waves.

Light and the electromagnetic. Spectrum.

At the end of each module, students are given one test to assess the knowledge they have gained over that module.

Spring Term

Radioactivity.

Summer Term

Astronomy.

Energy: forces doing work.

Forces and their effects.

 

Year 11 Biology                       

Term

Content

Assessment

Autumn Term

Ecosystems and materials cycles.

At the end of each module, students are given one test to assess the knowledge they have gained over that module.

Spring Term

Animal coordination, control and homeostasis.

Exchange and transport in animals.

Summer Term

Revision and preparation for exams.

 

Year 11 Chemistry

Term

Content

Assessment

Autumn Term

Groups in the periodic table.

Rates of reaction.

Heat changes in chemical reactions.

Fuels.

At the end of each module, students are given one test to assess the knowledge they have gained over that module.

Spring Term

Earth and atmospheric science.

Hydrocarbons.

Alcohols and carboxylic acids.

Polymers.

Qualitative analysis.

Bulk and surface properties.

Summer Term

Revision and preparation for exams.

 

Year 11 Physics

Term

Content

Assessment

Autumn Term

Electricity.

Static electricity.

Magnetism and the motor effect.

At the end of each module, students are given one test to assess the knowledge they have gained over that module.

Spring Term

Electromagnetic induction.

Particle model.

Forces and matter.

Summer Term

Revision and preparation for exams.

 

Our exam board is Edexcel:

https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/sciences-2016.html

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