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Science Faculty

Science Faculty

"Equipped with his five senses, man explores the universe around him and calls the adventure Science"  Edwin Powell Hubble

Science is all around you, from the air we breathe to the stars in the night sky, from the cars we drive to the mobile phones in our pockets.

Science is a combination of all subjects: maths art, history, geography and so much more, it is a subject of great wonderment, never ending questions, imagination and logic.

Science has something for everyone to enjoy. That is the message we shout at the top of our voices here at West Craven. We strongly believe that everyone can achieve and we will work with you to help you achieve.

Pupils are encouraged to experiment, to question and to never give up. Nothing worth getting has ever been easy. The aim is for our students to become independent, producing work of the highest standards both within the class and at home.

A large number of our students have been very successful and go on to College or University to study a wide variety of Science courses.

The Science Department is part of the Science and Computing Faculty.  The Science Department is made up of six members of staff: 
Head of Faculty: Mrs Jenna Maude
Miss R Grant 
Dr SHudson
Mr G Kenyon
Mr P Livesey
Science Technician - Mrs Susan Winwood

Key Stage 3

Students complete a wide variety of work involving both practical and theory based lessons.

Students are initially taught in form groups and the streamed into ability groups during the first term. The streaming is based upon Key Stage 2 data, an IQ test called CAT’s and end of units exams in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

Students are tested at the end of every unit and changes to sets will be made as appropriate at the end of each term.

All students should ensure that have a pen, pencil, ruler, rubber and calculator to all Science lessons. Students are expected to have their own equipment and it will not always be possible to loan equipment.

Science is split into three main subject areas Biology, Chemistry and Physics. The subjects are taught on a rota basis and as such there may be some overlap between the terms. The table below provides an overview of the topics taught within each year group.

As we are transitioning into a new scheme of learning there will be ongoing changes happening each year until it is fully embedded throughout the year groups.

 

Term 1 (Winter)

Term 2 (Spring) Term 3 (Summer)
Year 7      
  • Introduction to Science Safety
  • Cells
  • Movement
  • Human Reproduction
  • Particles
  • Separating Mixtures
  • Acids and Alkalis
  • Contact Forces
  • Gravity
  • Voltage and Current
  • Human Reproduction
  • Variation and Inheritance
  • Acids and Alkalis 
  • Metals and Non-metals
  • Circuits
  • Energy Costs
  • Interdependence  
  • Plant Reproduction
  • Earth Structure and Rock Types
  • Energy Transfer
  • Sound
  • Maths in Science
Year 8
  • Breathing
  • Digestion
  • Evolution
  • Periodic Table
  • Chemical Energy
  • Speed
  • Pressure
  • Magnets and Electromagnetism
  • Evolution
  • Homeostasis
  • Chemical Energy
  • Types of Reaction
  • Magnets and Electromagnetism
  • Work
  • Respiration
  • Photosynthesis
  • Climate
  • Earth Resources
  • Heating and Cooling
  • Light

Key Stage 4

We are going through a transitional process now with Year11 still completing the programmes of study which will finish this year. Year 9 and 10 pupils have selected their programmes of study and have started the new GCSE qualifications. Pupils are taught by specialist teachers and are on a rotation, there may be some overlap between the topics and the terms in which they are delivered. Pupils will either be studying Science A GCSE and Additional Science GCSE or have taken the Triple Science option of Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

Year11

AQA Triple Science (Biology, Chemistry and Physics – Exams 2017)

Students have an average of 7 lessons per week in Science. Students are given the opportunity to explore concepts, key ideas and scientific principles in depth. These students have access to a wider range of practical activities and develop greater skills in equipment manipulation and data management. This is a fast-paced course with a high level of demand, the course requires repeated consolidation and embedding of concepts.

Triple Science is highly regarded and supports applications to the top Russell Group Universities to study medicine, veterinary studies and pure Science. Triple Science also helps when applying for top jobs such as banking and consultancy.

Students on this course will have a minimum of 1.5 hours of Science homework per week.

Biology

Chemistry

Physics

1.1 Keeping Healthy
1.2 Nerves and Hormones
1.3 The Use and Abuse of Drugs
1.4 Interdependence and Adaption
1.5 Energy and Biomass in Food Chains
1.6 Waste Materials from Plants and Animals
1.7 Genetic Variation and its Control
1.8 Evolution and Control

1.1  The Fundamental Ideas in Chemistry
1.2  Limestone and Building Materials
1.3  Metals and their Uses
1.4  Crude Oil and Fuels
1.5  Other Useful Substances from Crude Oil
1.6  Plant Oils and their Uses
1.7  Changes in the Earth and its Atmosphere

1.1  Energy transfers
1.2  Energy and Efficiency
1.3  The Usefulness of Electrical Appliances
1.4  Methods we use to Generate Electricity
1.5  Waves for communication and Evidence that the Universe is Expanding

2.1 Cells and Simple Cell Transport
2.2 Tissues, Organs and Organ Systems
2.3 Photosynthesis
2.4 Organisms and their Environment
2.5 Proteins their Functions and Uses
2.6 Aerobic and Anaerobic Respiration
2.7 Cell Division and Inheritance
2.8 Speciation

2.1 Structure and Bonding
2.2 How Structure Influences the Properties and Uses of Substances
2.3 Atomic Structure, Analysis and Quantitative Chemistry
2.4 Rates of Reaction
2.5 Exothermic and Endothermic Reactions
2.6 Acids, Bases and Salts
2.7 Electrolysis

 

2.1 Forces and their Effects
2.2 The Kinetic Energy of Objects
2.3 Currents in Electrical Circuits
2.4 Using Mains Electricity Safely and the Power of Electrical Appliances
2.5 Radioactive Decay, Uses and Dangers of the Emissions
2.6 Nuclear Fusion and Nuclear Fusion
 

3.1 Movement of Molecules In and Out of Cells
3.2 Transport Systems in Plants and Animals
3.3 Homeostasis
3.4 Humans and their Environment

3.1 The Periodic Table
3.2 Water
3.3 Calculating and Explaining Energy Change
3.4 Further Analysis and Quantitative Chemistry
3.5 The Production of Ammonia
3.6 Alcohols, Carboxylic Acids and Esters

3.1 Medical Applications of Physics
3.2 Using Physics to Make Things Work
3.3 Keeping Things Moving

Core and Additional Science

Students have specialist teachers for each subject area and students will have either 4 / 5 lessons per week depending upon the timetable slot for that half term. All examinations are terminal and will be taken at the end of Year 11.

AQA Science A (Exams 2017)

This course provides students with a good basic knowledge of science by studying a single unit of Biology, Chemistry and Physics from each of the core sciences. It is an intensive course as the range of content is diverse. Students are required to complete coursework exams and 3 one hour exams at the end of Year 11.

Students will be given a minimum of one hour homework per week.

Topics of Study-

Biology

Chemistry

Physics

1.1  Keeping Healthy
1.2  Nerves and Hormones
1.3  The Use and Abuse of Drugs
1.4  Interdependence and Adaption
1.5  Energy and Biomass in Food Chains
1.6  Waste Materials form Plants and Animals
1.7  Genetic Variation and its Control1.8  Evolution and Control

1.1  The Fundamental Ideas in Chemistry
1.2  Limestone and Building Materials
1.3  Metals and their Uses
1.4  Crude Oil and Fuels
1.5  Other Useful Substances from Crude Oil
1.6  Plant Oils and their Uses
1.7  Changes in the Earth and its Atmosphere

1.1  Energy transfers
1.2  Energy and Efficiency
1.3  The Usefulness of Electrical Appliances
1.4  Methods we use to Generate Electricity
1.5  Waves for communication and Evidence that the Universe is Expanding

AQA Additional Science (Exams 2017)

Builds on Science A by offering students a broad, coherent course of study that adds to their knowledge and understanding of the living, material and physical worlds.  It helps students to understand theoretical concepts alongside developing practical science skills. Students are required to complete coursework exams in class and 3 one hour exams at the end of Year 11.

Students will be given a minimum of one hour homework per week.

Topics of Study-

Biology

Chemistry Physics

2.1 Cells and Simple Cell Transport
2.2 Tissues, Organs and Organ Systems
2.3 Photosynthesis
2.4 Organisms and their Environment
2.5 Proteins their Functions and Uses
2.6 Aerobic and Anaerobic Respiration
2.7 Cell Division and Inheritance
2.8 Speciation

2.1 Structure and Bonding
2.2 How Structure Influences the Properties and Uses of Substances
2.3 Atomic Structure, Analysis and Quantitative Chemistry
2.4 Rates of Reaction
2.5 Exothermic and Endothermic Reactions
2.6 Acids, Bases and Salts
2.7 Electrolysis

2.1 Forces and their Effects
2.2 The Kinetic Energy of Objects
2.3 Currents in Electrical Circuits
2.4 Using Mains Electricity Safely and the Power of Electrical Appliances
2.5 Radioactive Decay, Uses and Dangers of the Emissions
2.6 Nuclear Fusion and Nuclear Fusion

AQA Triple Science – Biology, Chemistry and Physics (Exams 2018)

Students have an average of 6.5 lessons per week in Science. Students are given the opportunity to explore concepts, key ideas and scientific principles in depth. Students must complete a wide range of required practical activities and these will be a large element of the new style of exams. Students studying the separate sciences will be expected to develop the subject knowledge to a higher level and have greater skills in equipment manipulation and data management. This is a fast-paced course with a very high level of demand, the course requires repeated consolidation and embedding of concepts. The new qualifications will first be examined in 2018. Students will sit six 1hr 45min exams, there is no coursework element within the new Science qualifications.

Triple Science is highly regarded and supports applications to the top Russell Group Universities to study medicine, veterinary studies and pure Science. Triple Science also helps when applying for top jobs such as banking and consultancy.

Students on this course will have a minimum of 1.5 hours of Science homework per week.

Topics of Study-

Biology

Chemistry Physics
  • Cell biology
  • Organisation
  • Infection and response
  • Bioenergetics
  • Homeostasis and response
  • Inheritance, variation and evolution  
  • Ecology
  • Key ideas
  • Atomic structure and the periodic table
  • Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter
  • Quantitative chemistry
  • Chemical changes
  • Energy changes
  • The rate and extent of chemical change
  • Organic chemistry
  • Chemical analysis
  • Chemistry of the atmosphere
  • Using resources
  • Energy
  • Electricity
  • Particle model of matter
  • Atomic structure
  • Forces
  • Waves
  • Magnetism and electromagnetism
  • Space physics

GCSE Combined Science: Trilogy (Exams 2018)

This new qualification is similar to the current Core and Additional Science GCSE’s and a double award: equivalent to two GCSE’s. The subject content and practicals are very similar to the separate science GCSE’s however not the subject content is not studied to the same depth and some subjects are not covered.

Topics of Study-

Biology

Chemistry Physics
  • Cell biology
  • Organisation
  • Infection and response
  • Bioenergetics
  • Homeostasis and response
  • Inheritance, variation and evolution
  • Ecology
  • Atomic structure and the periodic table
  • Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter
  • Quantitative chemistry
  • Chemical changes
  • Energy changes
  • The rate and extent of chemical change
  • Organic chemistry
  • Chemical analysis
  • Chemistry of the atmosphere
  • Using resources
  • Energy
  • Electricity
  • Particle model of matter
  • Atomic structure
  • Forces
  • Waves
  • Magnetism and electromagnetism