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Science

Science is the study of the world around us, how it functions and how the world may change. It is a lot more than just a collection of facts and figures, science is the method by which we study our world. We all have ideas about how the world may work or why something may happen, but science allows us to make predictions, design experiments and test those ideas.

Year 7

Learning outcomes

We employ a two-year Key Stage 3 model with common assessment points at the end of each term. We use the whole of Key Stage 3 to build a broad, solid foundation of knowledge and skills upon which a high level of understanding can be built in Key Stage 4. 

Whilst building the key knowledge and understanding of the scientific processes there are two underlying themes within this work.

  1. The use of practical work to ensure that student have a sound grasp of the laboratory skills they will require as they progress in science. These are chiefly, a sound knowledge of laboratory techniques, a working understanding of how risk assessments from a critical part of the safe running of a practical task and the collecting and recording of data in an accurate and clear way.
  2. The development of mathematical skills ready for the Key Stage 4 curriculum; specifically, the ability to manipulate data, calculate averages and plot graphs and charts; the ability to use given formulae to calculate values and the ability to rearrange those formulae to solve for other variables.

Topics taught

  • The particle model
  • Cells and diffusion
  • Reproduction in humans and plants
  • Elements, mixtures and compounds
  • Forces
  • Sound & Light
  • Acids and alkalis
  • Space

Year 8

 

Learning outcomes

This is the second part of our two-year Key Stage 3 course 

Topics taught

  • Breathing and Digestion
  • Inheritance and Evolution
  • The periodic table; metals and non-metals
  • Static electricity, current and voltage
  • Reactivity Series
  • Respiration and photosynthesis
  • Work and simple machines
  • Speed
  • Magnets and electromagnets

Year 9

This year marks the beginning of our three year GCSE science course following the AQA scheme of work. Students follow either the separate science route providing three GCSEs in chemistry, physics and biology or the AQA Trilogy course which provides a thorough understanding of the three sciences and leads to a dual GCSE qualification in science. The AQA Trilogy course provides a solid background in all three scientific areas for students.

Learning outcomes

Year 9 begin the AQA Science (9-1) qualification looking at the early modules from all three separate science qualifications. The teaching, for combined students, is four hours a week with one or two members of staff .

Topics taught

Biology  (8461)

Chemistry (8462)

Physics (8463)

  • Cell biology
  • Transport in Animals and Plants
  • Enzymes and Digestion
  • Atomic structure and the periodic table
  • Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter
  • Quantitative chemistry
  • Energy
  • Electricity
  • Particle model of matter

 

 

 

Year 10

Learning outcomes

All students will complete a set of ‘core practical activities’ which support their learning over time. 

The teaching, for dual award students, is four hours a week with one or two members of staff and our separate science (option block) students receive two hours of specialist teaching in each of the three sciences.

Topics taught

Trilogy (8464)

Biology  (8461)

Chemistry (8462)

Physics (8463)

  • Chemical Calculations - Quantitative Chemistry
  • Communicable Disease
  • Radioactivity
  • Electrolysis
  • Forces
  • Plants and Ecosystems
  • Rates of reaction
  • Forces and Motion
  • Communicable and non-communicable diseases
  • Plants and Ecosystems
  • Key ideas
  • Quantitative chemistry
  • Reactivity or metals and redox chemistry
  • Energy changes
  • The rate and extent of chemical change
  • Organic chemistry
  • Forces and Motion
  • Waves
  • Magnetism and electromagnetism
  • Space physics

 

Year 11

This is the final year of the GCSE science courses at the Hermitage and as such contains the more challenging aspects of the courses. Students continue to either follow the Trilogy course having four hours a week with one or two members of staff or to finish their separate science (option block) course receiving two hours of specialist teaching in each of the three sciences.

Trilogy (8464)

Biology  (8461)

Chemistry (8462)

Physics (8463)

  • The Nervous System
  • Rates of reaction
  • Radiation
  • Electrolysis
  • Hormonal Control
  • Rates of Reaction and Energetics
  • Inheritance and Variation
  • Electricity
  • Hydrocarbon Chemistry and analysis
  • Classification
  • Nervous System
  • Homeostasis and response
  • Inheritance, variation and evolution
  • Classification
  • Chemical changes
  • Energy changes
  • Chemical analysis
  • Chemistry of the atmosphere
  • Using resources
  • Electricity
  • Radiation
  • Power