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About the subject
Science is a subject that allows pupils explore the world in which they live. Through Biology, Chemistry and Physics, everyday phenomena that promote question and intrigue are explored and explained. Science is not just about what is taught; Science as a subject has the ability to shape the way people think. To use evidence in backing up an argument, by carrying out experiments to conclude a question and by practically investigating their environment, pupils will gain an appreciation for life as a scientist. As a specialist Science school, Robert Clack prides itself on delivering a challenging and engaging science curriculum. Through year 7 and 8, students are taught the basics of science and taught in a manner which enables them to structure responses at a GCSE level from year 9. Pupils complete their GCSE and are introduced to the branches of science through A Level study. Biology, Chemistry and Physics all have the ability to unlock exciting university courses and lead onto the chosen careers.
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Year 7 Overview
Year 7 are introduced to the basic principles of Science, exploring a range of different aspects. These topics investigate:
1) Basic Principles: presentation of data and scientific methods.
2) Acids and Alkalis: what are they and how are they used. What are the safety aspects or implications of using acids.
3) Cells and Reproduction: exploring the basic unit of life, how are plants and animals different. How do animals and plants reproduce and exploring sexual reproduction in humans.
4) Basic Principles in Physics and Chemistry: pupils investigate separation techniques, states of matter and movement of particles.
5) Space Rocks and Earth – an introduction to the solar system and other celestial bodies, who the earth was formed and how rocks can be changed within the topic of Geology.
6) Energy and Electricity – investigating the different forms of energy, how humans generate electricity and its movement in circuits.
7) Interdependence, Evolution and Genetics – a foundation in core theories and practices in Biology, pupils explore Darwin and Lamark, how species evolve in terms of survival of the fittest and how genetics play a huge role in this.
Year 8 Overview
Year 8 builds upon the basic principles explored in Year 7 and starts to prepare students with the skills and practices for year 9, the start of their GCSE Program of Study.
The topics explored are:
1) Particles and reactions – A fundamental exploration of elements, mixtures and compounds, the structure of the atom and how chemical reactions are used to change elements into compounds. Pupils also explore the periodic table and some of the characteristic reactions needed throughout GCSE.
2) Organ Systems – A detailed look at the many organ systems in the body, investigating how and why they work.
3) Forces and Motion – Exploration of the basic principles in physics with respect to motion and how the forces affect motion. Pupils use graphical methods to present data and investigate phenomenon such as fiction and balanced forces.
4) Life Processes and Being Healthy – linking structure to function, Life processes details how organ systems work and their use within the body. Exploring the positive and negative health effects that happen to the body, this topic is useful to pupils who are living in a health conscious society.
5) Waves – pupils explore the electromagnetic spectrum, what waves are used for and their characteristic properties. Light and sound waves are investigated, outlining how they can be used and manipulated.
6) Carbon Chemistry – pupils are introduced to the concepts of organic chemistry, exploring pollution, crude oil, polymers and monomers.
Year 9 Overview
In year 9 students embark upon their journey towards their GCSEs, when they start learning topics from the OCR 21st Century Science course.
Students follow a range of units within Biology, Chemistry and Physics which develop the following:
• Scientific literacy – understanding scientific issues in the media and how they are presented.
• An understanding of how scientists and the scientific community work.
• An appreciation of ethical dilemmas and areas of controversy in Science.
• An understanding of key areas within the three Sciences.
Year 10 Overview
Year 10 students will continue with their work from Year 9 studying further units in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
Our most academically able students will study for Separate Science in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. The Separate Sciences GCSEs are designed to build upon the skills and content required at GCSE level, but also stretch and challenge students by bridging the gap to their A-Level qualifications.
The remainder in the year group will study for a Combined Science GCSE where they achieve a double GCSE grade at the end of Year 11.
Year 11 Overview
WYear 11 students will continue with their work from Years 9 and 10 studying the remaining units in Biology, Chemistry and Physics before revising for their GCSE exams at the end of the year.
Exam board used for GCSE
The exam board that we use for GCSE Science is OCR Twenty First Century.