Key Stage 3 Science 2016/17 – Mr Nicholson

Year 7:

Topic 1: Desert Island

  • States of Matter
  • Separating Mixtures
  • Pressure

Topic 2: Alien Invasion

  • Forces
  • Cells
  • Organs and Organ Systems

Topic 3: Teen Mag

  • Puberty
  • Microorganisms and Disease

Topic 4: Dragon’s Den

  • Elements, Compounds and Mixtures
  • Periodic Table
  • Reactivity of Metals

 

Year 8

Topic 1: Energy for Life

  • Respiration
  • Diet and Digestion
  • Acids and Alkalis

Topic 2: Forces and Motion

  • Balanced and Unbalanced Forces
  • Speed
  • Pressure
  • Energy Transfers

Topic 3: Waves

  • Sound
  • Light
  • Colour

Topic 4: Earth Science

  • Rocks
  • Ecosystems
  • Earth and Space

 

Year 9

Topic 1: Energy Changes

  • Chemical Reactions
  • Photosynthesis
  • Aerobic and Anaerobic Respiration

Topic 2: Electricity and Magnetism

  • Magnetism
  • Generating Electricity
  • Circuits

Topic 3: Inheritance and Genetics

  • Variation
  • Inheritance
  • Natural Selection and Extinction
  • Biodiversity

 

 

Topics studies at Year 11 2016/17     Head of Department: Mrs Fenwick

OCR GCSE Biology Twenty First Century Science

Biology modules – http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/gcse-twenty-first-century-science-suite-biology-a-j243-from-2012/

B1 – You and your genes

  • Genes and development
  • Inheritance
  • Genetic diseases
  • Testing for genetic diseases and the ethics of this

 

B2 – Keeping Healthy

  • Microorganisms
  • Immunity
  • Vaccinations, antibiotics and their development
  • Heart disease
  • Water balance in the body

 

B3 – Life on Earth

  • Interdependence of organisms
  • Carbon and nitrogen cycle
  • Monitoring environmental change
  • Evolution and natural selection
  • Biodiversity and sustainability

 

B4 – The processes of Life

  • Cell structure
  • Movement in and out of cells
  • Photosynthesis
  • Respiration

 

B5 – Growth and development

  • Stem cells
  • Specialised cells
  • Mitosis and meiosis
  • DNA structure
  • Protein synthesis

 

B6 – Brain and Mind

  • Animal responses
  • The nervous system, neurones and synapses
  • Conditioning
  • Learning
  • Memory

 

B7 – Further Biology

Peak performance

  • Joints, skeletal system, health and fitness
  • The cardiovascular system
  • Homeostasis including thermoregulation and glucose regulation

What can we learn from natural ecosystems?

  • Closed and open loop systems
  • Ecosystem services
  • Bioaccumulation
  • Eutrophication
  • Sustainable living

New technologies

  • The use of microbes in industry
  • Genetic modification
  • Genetic testing
  • Stem cell technologies, biomedical engineering and nanotechnology

 

Chemistry modules http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/gcse-twenty-first-century-science-suite-chemistry-a-j244-from-2012/

C1 – Air Quality

  • Evolution of the atmosphere
  • Fossil fuels
  • Air pollution
  • Reducing pollution

 

C2 – Material Choices

  • Natural and synthetic materials
  • Materials, properties and their uses
  • Crude oil
  • Polymerisation
  • Nanotechnology

 

C3 – Chemicals in our lives

  • Tectonic plates and the Earth’s crust
  • Salt
  • Alkalis
  • Impacts of chemical production
  • Life cycle assessments

 

C4 – Chemical patterns

  • The atom
  • Chemical equations
  • Line spectra
  • The Periodic Table
  • Ionic bonding

 

C5 – Chemicals of the natural environment

  • Covalent bonding
  • Identifying ions
  • Metals from minerals
  • Metals
  • Environmental impacts of mining

 

C6 – Chemical synthesis

  • Acids, bases and salts
  • Synthesising compounds
  • Titrations
  • Energy transfers in reactions
  • Rates of reaction

 

C7 – Further chemistry

  • The chemical industry
  • Energy transfer and bond energies
  • Catalysts and reversible reactions
  • The Haber process
  • Green chemistry
  • Organic chemistry
  • Analytical procedures

 

Physics modules – http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/gcse-twenty-first-century-science-suite-physics-a-j245-from-2012/

P1 – the earth in the universe

  • Objects in the universe/solar system
  • The big bang
  • Measuring distances in astronomy
  • The theory of Continental drift
  • P and S waves

 

P2 – Radiation and life

  • Waves
  • The EM spectrum and its uses
  • Radiation and cells
  • Global warming
  • The greenhouse effect
  • UV and the ozone
  • Digital and analouge

 

P3 – Sustainable Energy

  • Energy, Power and time
  • Efficiency
  • Energy transfer
  • Generating electricity
  • Energy sources

 

P4 – explaining motion

  • Calculating speed and acceleration
  • plotting and interoperating velocity-time and distance- time graphs
  • forces and how they link to motion
  • momentum
  • work done , kinetic energy and gravitational potential energy

 

P5 – electric circuits

  • static electricity
  • current
  • voltage
  • power
  • series and parallel circuits
  • transformers
  • electric motors

 

P6 – radioactive materials

  • nature of radioactivity (alpha, beta, gamma)
  • ionisation
  • structure of the atom
  • uses of radioactive materials
  • risks of radioactive materials
  • nuclear reactors / nuclear power stations / nuclear waste
  • fission and fusion
  • decay equations

 

P7 – studying the universe

 

Naked eye astronomy

  • solar and lunar eclipses
  • explaining the motion of the Earth, Sun, Moon, Stars and planets

 

light, telescopes and images

  • refraction an reflection
  • how a refracting and reflecting telescope work
  • calculating magnification and power of a telescope

 

mapping the universe

  • parallax
  • distances in astronomy
  • hobbles law
  • Cepheid variable stars
  • Curtis Shapley debate

 

The sun, the stars and their surroundings

  • Spectra
  • Absolute zero (kelvin)
  • Ideal gas calculations
  • Nuclear processes
  • The structure of the sun
  • The life cycle of a star
  • Exoplanets

 

The astronomical community

  • Factors effecting choice of location (both astronomical and non-astronomical)
  • Advantages and disadvantages of space telescopes / remote telescopes

Topics studies at Year 10

KS4 Science from Sept. 2016 – AQA Combined Science Trilogy or AQA Triple Science (Chemistry, Physics and Biology)

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/combined-science-trilogy-8464

Physics

Energy

Electricity

Particle model of matter

Atomic structure

Forces

Waves

Magnetism and electromagnetism

 

Biology

Cell biology

Organisation

Infection and response

Bioenergetics

Homeostasis and response

Inheritance, variation and evolution

Ecology

 

Chemistry

Atomic structure and the periodic table

Bonding, structure and properties f matter

Quantitative chemistry

Chemical changes

Energy changes

The rate and extent chemical change

Organic chemistry

Chemical analysis

Chemistry and the atmosphere

Using resources