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Science

Science teaches us an understanding of natural phenomena and aims to stimulate our natural curiosity in finding out why things happen in the way they do. At Claremont, pupils gain a well-rounded foundation of knowledge which is built on every year. Pupils carry out many different practical’s which allows them to develop various investigative skills which are transferable to everyday life and their future.

In Key Stage 3, Science is taught as one subject, and all three main disciplines are given equal time. At Key Stage 4, we offer GCSEs in Chemistry, Physics and Biology as well as Combined Science. Our GCSE results are consistently outstanding.

The Sciences are incredibly popular choices at A-level reflecting the dedication and hard work of the Science Faculty. The demand for Sixth Form places and separate sciences at GCSE was recognised by our governors, leading to extensive reconstruction and new, additional laboratories.

Staff and Facilities

The Science Faculty is lucky to have 17 purpose-built science laboratories and Specialist Science Staff who all teach their specialism in Key Stage 4 and 5. We also have a dedicated team of technicians who provide us with the practical work that is crucial to helping children develop an understanding of the processes and theories in the subject. Each room has an interactive whiteboard and we also encourage the use of ICT to facilitate learning.

 

Programme of Study 

Year 7 & 8

Pupils in year 7 and 8 follow an adapted version of the Exploring Science scheme of work which allows them to develop their knowledge and scientific skills from Key Stage 2 to Key Stage 3 and provides them with a strong foundation for the Key Stage 4 science curriculum. 

 

Topics

Topics covered in year 7 and 8 are:

Year 7 Topic

Year 8 Topics

Introduction to Science

Food and Nutrition

Cells, Tissues and Organs

Light

Reproduction

Combustion

The Particle Model

Breathing and Respiration

Acids and Alkalis

Energy Transfers

Energy

The Periodic Table

Sound

Plant Reproduction

Ecosystems

Current Electricity

Muscles and Bones

Metals and their Uses

Mixtures and Separation

Rocks

Atoms, Elements and Molecules

Earth and Space

Forces

 

 

Core Practical lessons

Pupils will complete various core practicals related to each of the sciences. This allows them to develop their practical skills and data handling. In order to support pupils they are provided with a lab book in year 7 which is used up until year 8.

 

Year 7 Core Practicals:

 - Using Microscopes

 - Investigating Variation

 - Yeast Respiration

 - Testing Indigestion Remedies

 - Separating Mixtures

 - Investigating Speed

 

Year 8 Core Practicals:

 - Investigating Photosynthesis

 - Investigating Chemical Reactions

 - Energy Reactions

 - Voltage, Current and Resistance

 - Investigating Insulation

 - Investigating Electromagnets

 

 

Checklists

Pupils are provided with a checklist at the start of each topic and are encouraged to use this throughout the topic and when revising for assessments.

(Click on a topic in the table above to view that topic's checklist)

 

Assessments

A 35 minute assessments will take place at the end of each topic within lessons. Pupils should consolidate their work using the checklist and expect to be assessed on any of the criteria listed. 

A 50 minute end of year exam takes place towards the end of the year whereby pupils are assessed on all topics covered during the year by then.

These results are recorded on Go4Schools and are available for pupils and parents to view. 

 

Expectations

Pupils are expected to complete all classwork and homework within exercise books provided in a neat and legible manner and within the time provided. Science lessons missed due to illness or other reasons should always be caught up on in order to prevent gaps in knowledge. This can be done by encouraging pupils to see their class teacher to collect any work missed.

 

Resources

Pupils have log-ins to two online resources SAM Learning and Pearson Active Learn. They can log in, complete various tasks, check their progress and monitor this over time. Their class teacher is also able to set work for them and check their progress. Pupils should be encouraged to complete two tasks every week to consolidate their learning and practice their application of knowledge. 

Pupils are also encouraged to see their class teacher outside of lessons if they are struggling with any content or scientific concepts. 

 

Year 9

In Year 9, students begin learning key concepts of all three subjects. This enables them to have more time to adapt to the challenges of the new 9-1 course, and make an informed decision about continuing to Separate or Combined Sciences in Year 10.

 

Topics taught in year 9:

(Click on a topic to view that topic's checklist)

Science

Topic

Assessments

Biology

CB1 Key Concepts in Biology

CB2 Cells and Control

An end of topic assessments take place after every topic and is recorded on Go4Schools.

Chemistry

CC1 States of Matter & CC2 Methods of separating and purifying substances

CC3 Atomic Structure & CC4 The Periodic Table

CC5 Ionic Bonding

CC6 Covalent Bonding & CC7 Types of Substances

Physics

CP1 Motion

CP2 Forces and Motion

CP3 Conservation of Energy

CP4 Waves

CP5 Light and the Electromagnetic Spectrum

 

From the start of Year 10, students can follow two routes:

- Separate Science students will achieve three GCSEs in Physics, Chemistry and Biology. 

- Combined science students will achieve two GCSEs which reflect their attainment across topics from all three Sciences.

 

Year 10&11 Combined Science

 

The exam board is Edexcel for all courses and the GCSEs are awarded under the new 9-1 grading system. All assessment at GCSE is by examination at the end of Year 11. There is no coursework. 

 

At the end of year 11 combined science pupils will sit six exam papers, two for each science. Below lists further information about the exams (Papers 1 to 6):

  • First assessment: May/June (at the end of year 11).
  • The assessment is 1 hour and 10 minutes.
  • The assessment is out of 60 marks.
  • The assessment consists of six questions.
  • Students must answer all questions.
  • The paper will include multiple-choice, short answer questions, calculations and extended open-response questions.
  • Calculators may be used in the examination.
  • Available at foundation tier and higher tier.
  • Students must complete all assessments for this qualification in the same tier.
  • The foundation tier paper will target grades 1–5.
  • The higher tier paper will target grades 4–9.
  • 16 marks of the paper will be overlap questions that appear in both the foundation and higher tier papers. 

 

Year 10 Combined Science 

Science

Topic

Assessments

Biology

CB3 Genetics

CB4 Natural Selection and Genetic Engineering

CB5 Health and Disease and Development of Medicine

CB6 Plants and Photosynthesis

An end of topic assessments take place after every topic and is recorded on Go4Schools.

Chemistry

CC9 Calculations involving masses

CC8 Acids and Alkalis

CC10 Electrolytic Processes

CC11 Obtaining and using metals & CC12 Reversible reactions and equilibria

CC13 Groups in the Periodic Table

Physics

CP4 Waves

CP5 Light and the Electromagnetic Spectrum

CP6 Radioactivity

CP7 Energy – forces doing Work

CP8 Forces and their Effects

CP9 Electricity and Circuits

 

Year 11 Combined Science 

Science

Topic

Assessments

Biology

CB9 Ecosystems and Material Cycles

CB7 Animal control/Coordination and Homeostasis

CB8 Exchange and Transport in Animals

An end of topic assessments take place after every topic and is recorded on Go4Schools.

Chemistry

CC13 Groups in the Periodic Table

CC14 Rates of reaction & CC15 Heat energy changes in chemical reactions

CC16 Fuels

CC17 Earth and atmospheric science

Physics

CP9 Electricity and Circuits

CP10 Magnetism and the motor effect

CP11 Electromagnetic induction

CP12 Particle Model

CP13 Forces and Matter

 

Practical Lessons

Pupils will complete various core practicals related to each of the sciences. This allows them to develop their practical skills and data handling. In order to support pupils they are provided with a lab book in year 9 which is used up until year 11. Practical skills are assessed in the written examinations at the end of the course and can be up to 30% of the paper.

 

Resources

There are various resources available to support pupils:

Pearson Active Learn - a digital learning environment that provides students with an online version of the textbooks and access to interactive online tasks (pupils should have their own log in to access this)

Revision guides and workbooks - available to buy at a reduce rate from the school shop 

SAM Learning - a digital learning environment which provides pupils with various online tasks that can be marked instantly and fed back to both pupil and teacher (pupils should have their own log in to access this)

Teachers - students can come and see their teacher outside of lesson time with any queries or questions. 

 

Extra-curricular opportunities

 

The Science department offers a wide range of extra-curricular activities including Science club, trips, workshops, lectures and challenge activities including the Royal Society of Chemistry Olympiad for Sixth Formers and Royal Society of Biology Challenge in Year 10.