Science at Larches
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.
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.
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.
|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
Structure, bonding and the properties of matter
|Homeostasis and the human nervous system
Hormonal coordination in humans
The rate and extent of chemical change
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.
|Structure, bonding and the properties of matter (cont)
Animal tissues, organs and organ systems
Plant tissues, organs and organ systems
Chemical quantities and calculations
|The development of understanding of genetics/evolution (cont)
Classification of living organisms
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
Bioenergetics – photosynthesis and respiration
Atomic structure and radioactivity
Mr Andy Rogers – KS3/4 Science teacher (subject lead)
Miss Jo Grime – KS3/4 Science teacher
Mrs Natalie Rogers – KS4 Science teacher
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)