Science at Larches     

Rationale:

Science is integral in our society; for many students, this can be difficult to see but we aim to equip them with the skills and knowledge to question the world around them.  Our planet faces significant challenges, not least the impact of climate change, food production, disease and a devastating reduction in biodiversity.  We hope that the students at Larches will become well-informed members of society and be able to think critically for themselves.

Our aims:

At Larches High School in Science, we will enable pupils to:

  • Develop their scientific knowledge and skills of scientific enquiry to help better understand and answer the big scientific questions about the world around them.
  • Confidently solve problems while making informed judgements, in preparation for a happy and successful life in a society influenced by rapid scientific and technological change.
  • Gain an understanding of how scientific ideas have developed, changed historically and how science will lead the way in the future.
  • Use scientific vocabulary effectively, including the use of scientific nomenclature and units and mathematical representations. To allow students to fully understand the complexities of a problem or explain their findings.

Curriculum overview

Key Stage 3

Students in KS3 will follow the National Curriculum for Science over a three year period.  See below for the breakdown of topics covered.  They will have 4 x 45 minute lessons per week.

Key stage 4

Students in KS4 follow the AQA Trilogy GCSE scheme of work, leading to the equivalent of two GCSE grades at the end of Year 11.  Details of the topic areas covered are in the table below.  There are six examination papers in total, two each for Biology, Chemistry and Physics related units.  Required practical tasks are completed over the two year course and these may be tested during the exams.  Students have a total of 5 x 45 minute lessons per week.

Curriculum overview

Year 7 Year 8 Year 9 Year 10 Year 11
Term 1 Intro to investigation – scientific thinking, asking scientific questions

 

Cells – microscopy, plant and animal cells, specialised cells.

 

 

Matter – particle model, SLG, separating

Investigative skills, how to plan and carry out an investigation

 

Space – gravity, mass, weight, the universe, days, night, years, seasons.

 

 

Atoms – comparing elements and compounds. Introduction to the periodic table.

Genetics – variation, evolution and inheritance

 

Waves – light waves, sound waves, properties of waves, wave effects, uses of waves

 

The periodic table, trends in metals, non metals and groups. Chemical symbols of common elements

Cell biology, Cell division, Transport in cells

 

Atomic structure and the periodic table

 

Energy

 

Structure, bonding and the properties of matter

 

 

Homeostasis and the human nervous system

 

Hormonal coordination in humans

 

The rate and extent of chemical change

 

Forces

 

Observing and recording motion

 

Reproduction and variation

 

The development of understanding of genetics/evolution

 

Term 2 Electricity – basics in electrical circuits, charge, current

 

 

 

 

 

 

Earth structure and cycles

 

 

 

 

Movement – skeleton, muscles, gas exchange

 

Energy and electromagnets – electrical circuits, current, charge, potential difference, resistance, electrostatic

 

 

Earth resources – natural and synthetic cycles, extracting metals, recycling.

 

 

Organisms – breathing and digestion, heathy eating, understanding breathing, gas exchange and smoking

 

Energy – stores and systems, using formula, changes in energy power, energy transfers, work done, heating, cooling

 

 

 

 

Renewable/non renewable energy.

 

 

 

 

Digestion, enzymes

Structure, bonding and the properties of matter (cont)

Animal tissues, organs and organ systems

 

Plant tissues, organs and organ systems

 

Electricity

 

Chemical quantities and calculations

 

 

The development of understanding of genetics/evolution (cont)

 

Classification of living organisms

 

Hydrocarbons

 

Chemical analysis

 

Waves and light

 

Term 3 Ecosystems – plant and human reproduction

 

 

Reactions – intro to chemical reactions, metals and reactions in oxygen and water. Acids and alkalis.

 

 

Intro to forces, what are they, how do things work/move

Ecosystems – food chains/webs, ecological balance

 

Reactions – conservation of mass, endothermic and exothermic

 

 

 

Forces – drag, speed, distance and velocity time graphs, balanced and unbalanced.

Ecosystems – respiration, photosynthesis

 

Reactions – energy diagrams, catalysts, exploring combustion, word equations, chemical and physical changes

 

Forces in action – levers and pivots, moments and balance, work done, simple machines

 

Latter half of summer term: Start GCSE Trilogy Science course (Cell biology)

Infection and response

 

Particle model of matter

 

Chemical changes

 

Bioenergetics – photosynthesis and respiration

 

Energy changes

 

Atomic structure and radioactivity

 

 

Staff

Mr Andy Rogers – KS3/4 Science teacher (subject lead)

Miss Jo Grime – KS3/4 Science teacher

Mrs Natalie Rogers – KS4 Science teacher

Useful links

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/examspecs/z8r997h (GCSE Bitesize)

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zng4d2p (KS3 Bitesize)

https://senecalearning.com/en-GB/ (online learning/revision)