Science

The Science Department has 9 laboratories that are all equipped with interactive whiteboards. There are 10 members of the department who all teach their specialism at GCSE and AS/A2. The department has two full time science technicians who provide apparatus for experiments and are also responsible for the ordering and maintenance of equipment.

At KS3 the students follow the QCA scheme of work and they sit examinations Christmas and Summer in order to monitor their progress towards the targets that have been set for them.

KS3 Science Topics

Year 7

  • Cells
  • Environment and Feeding Relationships
  • Reproduction
  • Variation and Classification
  • Acids and Alkalis
  • Getting a reaction
  • Particle model of solids ,Liquids and Gases
  • Solutions
  • Energy Resources
  • Electrical circuits
  • Forces and their effects
  • Ta Solar System and Beyond

Year 8

  • Food and Digestion
  • Respiration
  • Microbes and Disease
  • Ecological Relationships
  • Atoms and Elements
  • Compounds and Mixtures
  • Rocks and Weathering
  • The Rock Cycle and Environmental Chemistry
  • Heating and Cooling
  • Magnets and Electromagnets
  • Light
  • Sound and Hearing

Year 9

  • Inheritance and Selection
  • Fit and Healthy
  • Plants and Photosynthesis
  • Plants for Food
  • Reactions of Metals and metal Compounds
  • Patterns of Reactivity
  • Using Chemistry
  • Energy and Electricity
  • Gravity and Space
  • Speeding Up
  • Pressure and Moments

In addition Y9 will start their GCSE course from February half term.

In Y7 the students are currently taught science in English sets

In Y8 & Y9 the students are taught in science sets and will have a specialist teacher for Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

In Y 10/11 the students have three options available to them for study at KS4.

  • OCR Triple Science,
  • OCR GCSE Science/Additional Science
  • BTEC  Level 2 Applied Science

All KS4 students are given challenging targets and their progress is closely monitored towards achieving these.

The Department offers a range of extra- curricular opportunities which include:-

  • Chester Zoo visit
  • Presentation from Wirral Herpetological Society
  • Science Club
  • Visits to Liverpool University

At AS/A2 the Department offers OCR Human Biology, OCR Chemistry, OCR Physics and BTEC level 3 Applied Science.

The department is proud of its examination results but we always strive to achieve better.

We value every student and believe that Science is an important part of their education, our students are the next generation and the care of the planet is in their hands.

Head Of Department: Mrs Little

Assessment Programmes:

Year 7

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Year 8

 Curriculum contentAssessed work
AutumnBiology – Plants and food
Chemistry – Earth and atmosphere
Physics – Light and heat
Literacy task (extended writing Q)
End of LP exam – multiple choice questions
Practical Activity Group Investigation
SpringBiology - Living
Chemistry – Periodic table
Physics- Sound and magnets
Literacy task (extended writing Q)
End of LP exam – multiple choice questions

Practical Activity Group Investigation
SummerBiology – Environment and variation
Chemistry – Reactions of metals and compounds
Physics – Space, pressure and moments
Literacy task (extended writing Q)
End of LP exam – multiple choice questions
Practical Activity Group Investigation

Final End of Year assessment is a combination of:
• End of Year exam (75%)
Class work - Extended writing Qs and end of LP exam Q’s (25%)

Year 9

 Curriculum contentAssessed work
AutumnBio – Module 1
- The light / electron microscope
- Looking at cells
- Practical: Using a light microscope to observe and record animal and plant cells
- Maths skills: Size and number
- The structure of DNA
- Proteins
Chem – Module 1
- Three states of matter
- Modelling the atom
- Key concept: Sizes if particles and order of magnitude
- Relating charges and masses, Subatomic particles
- Maths skills: Standard form and making estimates
Phys – Module 1
- Key concept: Developing ideas for the structure of the atom
- Density
- Key concept: Particle model and changes of state
- Practical: To investigate the densities of regular and irregular solid objects and liquids
- Changes of state
- Specific heat capacity / latent heat
- Maths skills: Drawing and interpreting graphs
- Practical: Investigating specific heat capacity
- Extended writing questions
- Past exam questions
- Mid module exam
- Practical investigation – developing science skills
SpringBio – Module 1
- Enzymes
- Practical: Investigate the effect of pH on the rate of reaction of amylase enzyme
Cells at work
Living without oxygen
- Enzymes at work
- Practical: Use qualitative reagents to test for a range of carbohydrates, lipids and proteins
Chem – Module 2
- Key concept: Pure substances
- Relative formula mass
- Mixtures /Formulations
- Chromatography
- Practical: Investigate how paper chromatography can be used in forensic science to identify an ink mixture used in a forgery
- Maths skills: Use an appropriate number of significant figures
- Comparing metals and non-metals
- Electron structure
- Chemical bonding
Phys – Module 1 & 2
- Particle motion in gases
- Increasing the pressure of a gas
- Pressure in a fluid
- Atmospheric pressure
- Maths skills: Handling data
- Scalars and vectors
- Speed
- Acceleration /calculations
- Extended writing questions
- Past exam questions
- Practical investigation – Developing science skills
SummerBio – Module 1 & 2
- Photosynthesis / limiting factors
- Practical: Investigate the effect of light intensity n the rate of photosynthesis using an aquatic organism such as pondweed
- Maths skills: Extracting and interpreting information
- Key concept: Diffusion
- Osmosis
- Practical: Investigate the effect of a range of salt or sugar solutions on the mass of plant tissue
Active transport
Chem – Module 2
- Ionic bonding /compounds
- Properties of ionic compounds
- Covalent bonding
- Polymer structures
- Metallic bonding
- Properties of metals and alloys
- Key concept: The outer electrons
- The periodic table
- Diamond /Graphite and fullerenes
- Nanoparticles, their properties and uses
- Maths skills: Using ratios in a mixture, empirical formulae and balanced equations
- Elements and compounds
Phys – Module 2
- Velocity-time graphs
- Maths skills: Making estimates of calculations
- Forces and motion
- Resultant forces
- Forces and acceleration
- Momentum
- Practical: Investigating the acceleration on an object
- Extended writing questions
- Past exam questions
- Practical investigation – Developing science skills
- End of year exam