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Science  Core Knowledge            

Yr 7 core knowledge Dec 2019

Year 8 core knowledge booklet Nov 2020

Year 9 core knowledge booklet Dec 2020

KS4 combined science core knowledge Q & As Nov 2019

Sep sciences - Physics CK keywords and spec Nov 2019

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SCIENCE

Key Stage 3

Students study key stage 3 science in years 7, 8 and 9.  Over the three years, students will learn a balanced curriculum of biology, chemistry and physics.  Through each year, students will complete 6 units comprising of different topics such as forces, electricity, and the structure of the atom, chemical reactions, the human body and the environment.  Revision materials for each year are available from the science department, and students will be provided with core questions as well as keywords and definitions for each topic, which will be tested during assessments, and form part of their homework throughout the year.  Assessment will be based on students' performance in class assessment tasks and at the end of year exam.

Schemes of work

The class your child is in will determine the order of topics they’ll be learning in their lessons at Aylsham High School.

Please see the tables below to see which topics your child will be learning in each term.

Year 9 - topics

Biology

Chemistry

Physics

9.1 Genetics

9.2 Health

9.3 Reactivity of Metals

9.4 Fuels

9.5 Generating Electricity

9.6 Applied Forces

Rotation 1- 9ED, 9WF, 9EA, 9WH

Rotation 2- 9EB, 9EC, 9WG, 9WI

 

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Rotation 1

9.5

9.3

9.2

9.1

9.4

9.6

Rotation 2

9.2

9.5

9.3

9.6

9.1

9.4

Year 8 - topics

Biology

Chemistry

Physics

B1 Cells and Body Systems

B2 Respiration

B3 Genetics

B4 Ecosystems

C1 Atoms and The Periodic Table

C2 Particle Theory

C3 Chemical Reactions

C4 Earth Sciences

C5 Particle Theory

P1 Forces

P2 Motion

P3 Energy

P4 Waves

P5 Electricity and Magnetism

P6 Astronomy

Rotation B- 8EA, 8WF, 8EC

Rotation C- 8EB, 8WG, 8WH

Rotation P- 8ED, 8WI, 8WJ

Rotation

Autumn term

Spring term

Summer term

B

B1 C1 P1 B2 C2 P2

B3 C3 P3 C4 P5

B4 P4 C5 P6

C

C1 P1 B1 C2 P2 B2

C3 P3 C4 B3 P4

C5 P6 B4 P5

P

P1 B1 C1 P2 B2 C2

P3 B3 C3 P4 C4

P5 B4 P6 C5

Year 7 - topics

Biology

Chemistry

Physics

B1 Cells and Body Systems

B2 Respiration

B3 Genetics

B4 Ecosystems

C1 Atoms and The Periodic Table

C2 Particle Theory

C3 Chemical Reactions

C4 Earth Sciences

C5 Particle Theory

P1 Forces

P2 Motion

P3 Energy

P4 Waves

P5 Electricity and Magnetism

P6 Astronomy

Rotation B- 7A1, 7B5, 7B4

Rotation C- 7A2, 7B2, 7B6

Rotation P- 7B1, 7B3

Rotation

Autumn term

Spring term

Summer term

B

B1 C1 P1 B2 C2 P2

B3 C3 P3 C4 P5

B4 P4 C5 P6

C

C1 P1 B1 C2 P2 B2

C3 P3 C4 B3 P4

C5 P6 B4 P5

P

P1 B1 C1 P2 B2 C2

P3 B3 C3 P4 C4

P5 B4 P6 C5

Key Stage 4

Edexcel is the exam board for our science GCSE options. You can find out more about what your child needs to learn by reading through the specification, this could also help you guide your child’s revision and learning at home.

For combined science the specification is found here:

https://qualifications.pearson.com/content/dam/pdf/GCSE/Science/2016/Specification/GCSE_CombinedScience_Spec.pdf

For separate science, each subject’s specification is found  as shown below.

Biology:

https://qualifications.pearson.com/content/dam/pdf/GCSE/Science/2016/Specification/GCSE_Biology_Spec.pdf

Chemistry:

https://qualifications.pearson.com/content/dam/pdf/GCSE/Science/2016/Specification/GCSE_Chemistry_Spec.pdf

Physics:

https://qualifications.pearson.com/content/dam/pdf/GCSE/Science/2016/Specification/GCSE_Physics_Spec.pdf

You will also find more information, revision resources, exam past papers and teaching resources on our bit.ly/aylshamscience google page.

Schemes of work

Please see the tables below to see which topics your child will be learning in each term. The topic title and number refers to the topics shown in Edexcel’s specifications. You can find out explicitly what your child needs to learn for each topic and subject by following the links provided above.

Year 10 combined science

 

Autumn

Spring

Summer

Biology

1) Key concepts

2) Cells and control

3) Genetics

4) Natural selection

5) Health

6) Plants

Chemistry

0) Formulae, equations and hazards

1) Atoms

2) States of Matter and mixtures

3) Chemical change

4) Extracting metals and equilibria

Physics

1) Key concepts

4) Waves

2) Forces and motion

5) Light and the EM Spectrum

3) Conservation of energy

10) Electricity

6) Radioactivity

 

Year 11 combined science

 

Autumn

Spring

Biology

9) Ecosystems

7) Homeostasis

5) Health – review

6) Plants

8) Exchange and transport

4) Natural selection

Chemistry

3) Chemical change

4) Extracting metals and equilibria- some review

6) Groups in the periodic table

7) Rates of reaction

8) Fuels and Earth Science

Physics

6) Radioactivity

10) Electricity- some review

14) Particle model- review

15) Forces and matter

12) Magnetism and the Motor Effect

13) Electromagnetic induction

8) Energy- forces doing work

9) Forces and their effects

 

GCSE options and exam information

The science department has several routes through to qualification depending on a student’s interest in science.

There will be a choice of two main routes to science GCSEs, either a two-GCSE combined science or a three-GCSE separate science route (consisting of GCSE biology, GCSE chemistry and GCSE physics).

The first option is to study combined science.  This is a two-GCSE sized (double award) qualification covering the three science disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics.  Students are awarded a grade based on their overall performance across these three disciplines.  Combined science students will sit six exams at the end of the course as shown here -.

Biology 1

Paper 1

1hr 10min

60 marks

Chemistry 1

Paper 2

1hr 10min

60 marks

Physics 1

Paper 3

1hr 10min

60 marks

Biology 2

Paper 4

1hr 10min

60 marks

Chemistry 2

Paper 5

1hr 10min

60 marks

Physics 2

Paper 6

1hr 10min

60 marks

 

There will be two biology exams, two chemistry exams and two physics exams.  All exams are 1 hour 10 minutes, and each exam will cover half of the content for that discipline.

There will be foundation tier and higher tier papers, and students must sit all six exams at the same tier.  Foundation tier is for students who are aiming for grades 1–5, and higher tier is for students who are aiming for grades 4–9.  The science department will give guidance on the appropriate tier of entry.  As it is a double award qualification, students will receive two grades. These grades could be the same number, e.g. 6, 6 or 7, 7.  However, some students may receive a grade with adjacent numbers, e.g. 6, 7.  This will signify a student who is at an intermediate point between the standard required for a 6, 6 grade, and the standard required for a 7, 7 grade.

The second option is to study three separate sciences, which gives three GCSEs: GCSE biology, GCSE chemistry and GCSE physics.  Students are awarded individual grades for each discipline.  Separate science students study all of the content from biology, chemistry and physics disciplines of combined science, but with added extra material in each discipline.  Separate science students also sit six exams at the end of the course.

The biology GCSE combines these 2 papers:

The chemistry GCSE combines these 2 papers:

The physics GCSE combines these 2 papers:

Biology 1

Paper 1

1hr 45min

100 marks

Chemistry 1

Paper 2

1hr 45min

100 marks

Physics 1

Paper 3

1hr 45min

100 marks

Biology 2

Paper 4

1hr 45min

100 marks

Chemistry 2

Paper 5

1hr 45min

100 marks

Physics 2

Paper 6

1hr 45min

100 marks

 

These six exams, at 1 hour 45 minutes, are slightly longer than the combined science exams. Each exam will cover half of the content for that discipline.  There will be foundation tier and higher tier papers.  Foundation tier is for students who are aiming for grades 1–5, and higher tier is for students who are aiming for grades 4–9.  The science department will give guidance on the appropriate tier of entry.  In the separate science pathway, students can choose different tiers for different disciplines.  So, for example, a student may choose to sit physics and chemistry at higher tier and biology at foundation tier.  Students will receive a grade between 1 and 9 for each of biology, chemistry and physics GCSEs.

Separate science is offered as a GCSE option subject and as such is suited to students of all levels of ability.