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Head of Department: Mrs L Cockburn

Science Teacher: Miss P Cull
Science Teacher: Mr P Evans
Science Teacher: Mrs A Gruber
Science Teacher: Mr J Lacey (Assistant Head)
Science Teacher: Miss C Penhorwood
Science Teacher: Miss A Stephens

HALF TERM 1

YEAR 7: BIOLOGY

 

B1 Cells

B1.1 Plant and Animal Cells

B1.2 Eu and Prokaryotes

B1.3 Specialised Cells

B1.4 Movement of substances

B1.5 Observing Cells

B1.6Practical Assessment: Microscope slide preparation of an Onion Cell

B1.7 Topic Assessment

 

B2 Body systems

B2.1 Cells to organisms

B2.2 Blood and blood vessels

B2.3 The heart and circulation

B2.4 Assessment: Pulse rate and exercise

B2.5 Topic Assessment

 

B3 Interdependence

B3.1 Adapting to Change

B3.2 Competition

B3.3 Food Chains and webs

B3.4 Assessment: Explain fluctuations in predator prey relationships

B3.5 Topic Assessment

HALF TERM 2

B4 Reproduction

B4.1 Adolescence

B4.2 Reproductive systems

B4.3 Menstrual cycle

B4.4 Fertilisation and implantation

B4.5 Pregnancy and Birth

B4.6 Assessment: Relate advice to pregnant women to the transfer of substances to the embryo

B4.7 Topic Assessment

 

YEAR 7: CHEMISTRY

 

C1 Particle Model

C1.1 Particle and states

C1.2 Melting and Freezing

C1.3 Boiling and Evaporation

C1.4 Diffusion

C1.5 Practical Assessment: Heating/Cooling curves

C1.6 Topic Assessment

HALF TERM 3

C2 Separating Mixtures

 

C2.1 Elements, compounds, mixtures

C2.2 Solutions and solubility

C2.3 Filtration and Evaporation

C2.4 Distillation and Chromatography

C2.5 Practical Assessment: Purifying water

C2.6 Topic Assessment

 

C3 Acids and Alkalis

C3.1 Chemical Reactions

C3.2 Acids and Alkalis

C3.3 Indicators (Litmus)

C3.4 Indicators (Universal Indicator)

C3.5 Practical Assessment: Neutralisation

C3.6 Salts and their formation

C3.7 Topic Assessment

HALF TERM 4

C4 Reactions

 

C4.1 Properties of metals

C4.2 Reactions of metals

C4.3 BAS: Identification of gases

C4.4 Topic Assessment

 

 

YEAR 7: PHYSICS

 

P1 Forces

P1.1 Introduction to forces

P1.2 Balanced, unbalanced, resultant forces

P1.3 Speed

P1.4 Distance/ time graphs

P1.5 Assessment: Distance/ time graphs

P1.6 Gravity

P1.7 Topic Assessment

HALF TERM 5

P2 Electromagnets

P2.1 Circuits

P2.2 Series and Parallel (brightness of bulbs)

P2.3 Series and Parallel (Current/Voltage)

P2.4 Resistance

P2.5 Practical Assessment: Resistance in a wire

P2.6 Top Assessment

 

 

P3 Energy

P3.1 Food and Energy

P3.2 Energy Resources

P3.3 Energy and Power

P3.4 Energy and transfers

P3.5 Energy dissipation

P3.6 Practical Assessment: Efficiency of a squash ball

P3.7 Topic Assessment

 

P4 Waves

P4.1 Transverse and Longitudinal

P4.2 Loudness and Pitch

P4.3 Light

P4.4 Practical Assessment: Reflection

P4.5 Refraction

P4.6 Topic Assessment

HALF TERM 6

English Literature: Shakespeare (A Midsummer Night's Dream); English Language Speaking and Listening Presentation based on themes of play; Students will be able to do the following: provide a personal response to show understanding of key messages in poems; analyse writer's use of language, structure and form using relevant key terminology; comment on the impact of the context of the Elizabethan Era; present a well-planned presentation to a small audience using a clear structure and Standard English; respond to questions in details.

Revision.

End of year test and review

Key Content (not assessed):

Movement: the skeletal and muscular system

The human eye and ear

Static electricity

Space

HALF TERM 1

YEAR 8: BIOLOGY

 

B5 Plants

B5.1 Photosynthesis

B5.2 Leaves

B5.3 Roots

B5.4 Plant reproduction

B5.5 BAS: Investigating photosynthesis

B5.6 Hot task AfL

 

B6 Digestion

B6.1 Nutrition – food groups

B6.2 Food tests

B6.3 Bacteria and Enzymes

B6.4 Digestive System

B6.5 BAS: Model Digestive System

B6.6 Hot task AfL

 

B7 Breathing and Respiration

B7.1 Breathing

B7.2 Gas Exchange

B7.3 Aerobic Respiration

B7.4 Anaerobic Respiration

B7.5 Hot task AfL

 

B8 Reproduction

B8.1 DNA

B8.2 Genetics

B8.3 Natural Selection and Darwin

B8.4 BAS: Biodiversity

B8.5 Extinction

B8.6 Hot task AfL

HALF TERM 2

B9 Healthy Living

B9.1 Drugs and Alcohol

B9.2 Smoking

B9.3 Disease - defence

B9.4 Disease - treatment

B9.5 BAS: Effect of antibiotics

B9.6 Hot task AfL

 

 

YEAR 8: CHEMISTRY

 

C5 Elements and the Periodic Table

C5.1 The atom

C5.2 Compounds and Chemical formulae

C5.3 Periodic Table

C5.4 Group 1

C5.5 Group 7

C5.6 BAS: Patterns in periodic table

C5.7 Hot task AfL

HALF TERM 3

C6 Chemical Reactions

 

C6.1 Chemical reactions

C6.2 Physical changes

C6.3 Word equations

C6.4 Conservation of mass

C6.5 BAS: Investigating changes in mass

C6.6 Hot task AfL

C7 Chemical Energy

C7.1 Combustion and hydrocarbons

C7.2 Thermal decomposition

C7.3 BAS: Exo and Endothermic reactions

C7.4 Energy level diagrams

C7.5 Hot task AfL

HALF TERM 4

C8 Earth

C8.1 Atmosphere

C8.2 Global Warming

C8.3 Climate Change

C8.4 Hot task AfL

 

 

YEAR 8: PHYSICS

 

P5 Forces

P5.1 Friction and drag

P5.2 BAS: Friction and drag

P5.3 Squashing and straching

P5.4 Work done

P5.5 Pressure in solids

P5.6 Pressure in liquids and gases

P5.7 Hot task AfL

 

P6 Electromagnets

P6.1 Magnetic materials

P6.2 Induced magnetism

P6.3 BAS: Electromagnets

P6.4 Using electromagnets

P6.5 Hot task AfL

HALF TERM 5

P7 Energy

P7.1 Energy and temperature

S4: I can determine the risks in a scientific investigation and suggest safety precautions

P7.2 Conduction S6: I can construct and interpret data in an appropriate graph

P7.3 Convection

P7.4 Radiation

P7.5 BAS: Radiation

P7.6 Hot task AfL

 

P8 Waves

P8.1 Comparing waves

S1: I can communicate a scientific idea, critique claims and justify opinions

P8.2 Electromagnetic spectrum

S2: I can plan a scientific investigation by identifying the variables

P8.3 BAS: Modelling waves

P8.4 Hot task AfL

HALF TERM 6

Revision, end of year test and review

Key Content (not assessed):

Healthy diets: Deficiency diseases

The structure and composition of the Earth

The rock cycle

HALF TERM 1

Biology, B1- B1.1 Cell Biology

Animal and plants cells, Using a light microscope (RP1), comparing microscopes, calculating magnification, specialised cells, stem cells, Eukaryotes and prokaryotes, Chromosomes, diffusion and exchange surfaces, Osmosis and exchange surfaces(RP2)

 

Chemistry, C1- C1.1 – Atomic Structure and the periodic table

Elements, atoms compounds and mixtures, Atomic structure, electron configuration, the development of atomic theory, the development of the periodic table, separating mixtures, Group 1 metals, Group 7 halogens, Group 0 noble gases

 

Physics, P1- P1.1 Energy

Energy stores, Kinetic energy, Elastic energy, Gravitational energy, Specific Heat Capacity- required practical, Work done and power, Efficiency, Renewable and non-renewable energy

HALF TERM 2

Bioloogy B1-B1.2 Organisation

Principles of organisation in animals and plants, Digestive system, Food tests (RP3) Digestive enzymes and enzyme action(RP4), The circulatory system, Components of blood, Heart disease, Cancer, Plant tissues, active transport

 

Chemistry, C1- C1.2 Bonding, Structure and the properties of matter

Chemical bonds, Ionic substances, ionic bond diagrams, covalent bonding, simple covalent molecules, giant covalent structures, covalent bond diagrams, properties of metals, metallic bonding, states of matter

 

Physics- P1- P1.2 Electricity

Circuit symbols, Current and charge, Potential difference and resistance- required practical, Graphs of current and voltage- required practical, Series and parallel circuits- required practical (Triple only), Mains electricity, Power and energy calculations and The National grid.

HALF TERM 3

Biology, B1- B1.3 Infection and Response

Communicable diseases, virus, bacteria, fungi, Human defence responses, Vaccinations

Drugs, developing drugs, effect of antiseptics and antibiotics on bacterial growth (RP2, Triple only), Monoclonal antibodies (Triple only), Identifying plant diseases, Plant response to diseases.                                                                         Chemistry, C1- C1.3 – Quantitative Chemistry

Relative formula mass, conservation of mass, Moles and using moles to balance equations (higher), concentration of solutions, Calculating percentage yield (triple)

C1.4 - Chemical changes

The reactivity series, extraction of metals, neutralisation and salt production, pH scale, neutralisation, making soluble salts, strong and weak acids (higher), Required practical- titration (triple), Required practical - Electrolysis, extracting metals using electrolysis

Physics, P1- P1.3 Particle matter

Particle model of matter, Density- required practical, Specific heat capacity, Specific latent heat, Pressure, Gas pressure

HALF TERM 4

Completed previous units from last HT, then start

Biology- B1- B1.4 Bioenergetics

Photosynthesis, testing a leaf for starch, Light intensity and photosynthesis (RP5), Limiting factors of photosynthesis, Uses of glucose in plants, Aerobic respiration, Response to exercise, Metabolism

Chemistry, C1- C1.5 Energy changes

Endothermic and exothermic reactions, Reaction profiles, Bond energy calculations (higher)

Physics, P1- P1.4 Atomic structure

The atom model, The History of the development of the atom model, Background radiation, Types of radiation, Half Life (graphs and calculations), radioactive contamination

HALF TERM 5

Completed previous units from last HT, then commence revision

HALF TERM 6

Revision, end of year exam AFL, Scientific skills

HALF TERM 1

Biology, B2- B2.5 Homeostasis and Response

The Human Nervous System – structure and function, Investigation of a factor on the reaction time of humans (RP7), (TRIPLE- the Brain, The Eye), Control of Body Temperature, Human Endocrine System. The control of blood glucose concentration, (Triple- Maintaining water and nitrogen balance in the human body), Hormones in human reproduction, Contraception, The use of hormones to treat infertility, H- Negative Feedback, (Triple-Plant hormones – control and coordination, Use of plant hormones)

Chemistry, C2-  C2.1- The rate and extent of chemical change

Collision theory and activation energy, Factors that affect rates of reaction, Required practical - rates of reaction, Catalysts, Reversible reactions and energy changes, equilibrium (higher)

Physics, P2- P2.1- Forces

Forces, gravity and work, Required practical- Elasticity, Moments (Triple only), Hydraulics (Triple only), Pressure in fluids (Triple only), Speed, acceleration, Distance time graphs, Velocity-time graphs, Resultant force, Newton’s 3 Laws, Required practical- Acceleration, Stopping distance, Momentum (Higher)

HALF TERM 2

Biology, B2- B2.6 Inheritance, Variation, Evolution

Sexual and asexual reproduction, Meiosis, Mitosis, Advantages of asexual and sexual reproduction, DNA and the genome, DNA structure, Genetic Inheritance, Inherited disorders, Sex determination, Variation, Evolution, Selective Breeding, Genetic Engineering, Cloning, Theory of Evolution, Speciation, Understanding of Genetics, Fossils, Extinction, Resistant Bacteria, Classification of living organisms.

Chemsitry, C2- C2.2 Organic chemistry

Crude oil, hydrocarbons and alkanes, Fractional Distillation, Cracking and alkenes, Structure, formulae and reactions of alkenes

C2.3- Chemical analysis

Pure substances, Chromatography, Required practical – Chromatography, Testing for gases complete forces from HT 1

Physics, P2- P2.2 Waves

Transverse and longitudinal, Required practical- Wave speed , Required practical- Reflection (Triple only), Sound and detection (Triple only), Electromagnetic waves, Refraction (Higher), Required practical- Properties of electromagnetic waves

HALF TERM 3

Biology, B2- Complete Inheritance from from HT 2 Chemistry,

C2- C2.4- Chemistry of the atmosphere

The earth’s atmosphere, Greenhouse gases, Global climate change, Reducing the carbon footprint, Atmospheric pollutants and their effects

Physics, P2- P2.2 Waves

Transverse and longitudinal, Required practical- Wave speed , Required practical- Reflection (Triple only), Sound and detection (Triple only), Electromagnetic waves, Refraction (Higher), Required practical- Properties of electromagnetic waves

HALF TERM 4

Biology, B2-  B2.7 Ecology

Adaptations, interdependence and competition, Communities, Abiotic Factors, Biotic Factors, Adaptations, Organisation of an Ecosystem, Levels of organisation, Measuring the population size of a common population (RP9), How materials are cycled, Decomposition, Biodiversity, Waste Management, Land Use, Deforestation, Maintaining Biodiversity

Chemistry, C2- C2.5 – Using the earth’s resources

Finite and renewable resources, lifecycle assessments, Water safe to drink, Desalination, Required practical – distillation of sea water, treating waste water, Extracting metals from ores (higher), Reduce, reuse, recycle

Physics, P2- P2.3- Magnets and electromagnets

Magnets, Electromagnets, Flemings Left Hand Rule, Magnetic flux (Higher), Electric motors (Higher)

HALF TERM 5

Complete all units started in HT4, start revision.

HALF TERM 6

Revision, end of year exam AFL, Scientific skills

HALF TERM 1

REVISING OF UNITS 1s IN PREPARATION FOR NOV MOCKS Biology, B1- B1.1 Cell Biology

Required practical- Using a light microscope

Required practical- Osmosis and exchange surfaces

B1.2 Organisation

Required practical- Food tests

Required practical- Digestive enzymes and enzyme action

B1.3 Infection and Response

Required practical- Culturing bacterial cells

B1.4 Bioenergetics

Required practical- Light intensity and photosynthesis

 

Chemistry, C2- C1.1 Atomic Structure and the Periodic Table

C1.2 Bonding, Structure and the Properties of Matter

C1.3 Quantitative chemistry

C1.4 Chemical changes

Required practical- Making Salts

Required practical- Electrolysis

Required practical- Titration (Triple only)

C1.5 Energy changes

Required practical- Temperature Changes

 

Physics, P1- P1.1: Energy

Required practical- Specific Heat Capacity

Thermal Insulation (Physics only)

P1.2: Electricity

Required practical- Resistance- Part 1: How does the resistance of a wire depend on its length? Part 2: Investigating resistors in series and in parallel.

Required practical- V-I graphs

P1.3: Particle matter

Required practical- Density

P1.4: Atomic structure

HALF TERM 2

NOV MOCKS and AFL Biology, B2-  B2.5 Homeostasis and Response

 

Required practical- Reaction times

B2.6 Inheritance, Variation, Evolution

B2.7 Ecology

Required practical- Sampling techniques

 

Chemistry, C2- C2.1- The rate and extent of chemical change

Required practical - rates of reaction

C2.2 Organic chemistry

C2.3- Chemical analysis

Required practical – Chromatography

Required practical – Identifying ions (Triple only).

C2.4- Chemistry of the atmosphere

C2.5 – Using the earth’s resources

Required practical – Distillation of sea water

 

Physics, P2- P2.5- Forces

Required practical- Elasticity

Required practical- Acceleration

P2.6 Waves

Required practical- Wave speed

Required practical- Reflection (Triple only)

Required practical- Properties of electromagnetic waves

P2.7- Magnets and electromagnets

P2.8- Space (Triple only)

HALF TERM 3

Complete revision units from HT 2, Second set of mocks.

HALF TERM 4

AFL mocks, revision for GCSE exams, all content

HALF TERM 5

Revision for GCSE exams

HALF TERM 6

Revision ahead of exams.

HALF TERM 1

REVISIN OF UNITS 1s IN PREPARATION FOR NOV MOCKS Biology, B1- B1.1 Cell Biology
Required practical- Using a light microscope
Required practical- Osmosis and exchange surfaces B1.2 Organisation
Required practical- Food tests
Required practical- Digestive enzymes and enzyme action
B1.3 Infection and Response
Required practical- Culturing bacterial cells
B1.4 Bioenergetics
Required practical- Light intensity and photosynthesis

Culturing bacterial cells (Triple only)

Monoclonal antibodies (Triple only)

HALF TERM 2

NOV MOCKS and AFL Biology, B2- B2.5 Homeostasis and Response

Required practical- Reaction times
B2.6 Inheritance, Variation, Evolution
B2.7 Ecology
Required practical- Sampling techniques
(Triple- Maintaining water and nitrogen balance in the human body, (Triple-Plant hormones – control and coordination, Use of plant hormones)

HALF TERM 3

HALF TERM 4

HALF TERM 5

HALF TERM 6

HALF TERM 1

Chemistry, C2- C1.1 Atomic Structure and the Periodic Table
C1.2 Bonding, Structure and the Properties of Matter
C1.3 Quantitative chemistry
C1.4 Chemical changes
Required practical- Making Salts
Required practical- Electrolysis
Required practical- Titration (Triple only)
C1.5 Energy changes
Required practical- Temperature Changes

HALF TERM 2

Chemistry, C2- C2.1- The rate and extent of chemical change
Required practical - rates of reaction
C2.2 Organic chemistry
C2.3- Chemical analysis
Required practical – Chromatography
Required practical – Identifying ions (Triple only).
C2.4- Chemistry of the atmosphere
C2.5 – Using the earth’s resources
Required practical – Distillation of sea water

HALF TERM 3

HALF TERM 4

HALF TERM 5

HALF TERM 6

HALF TERM 1

Physics, P1- P1.1: Energy
Required practical- Specific Heat Capacity
Thermal Insulation (Physics only)
P1.2: Electricity
Required practical- Resistance- Part 1: How does the resistance of a wire depend on its length? Part 2: Investigating resistors in series and in parallel.
Required practical- V-I graphs
P1.3: Particle matter
Required practical- Density
P1.4: Atomic structure

HALF TERM 2

Physics, P2- P2.5- Forces
Required practical- Elasticity
Required practical- Acceleration
P2.6 Waves
Required practical- Wave speed
Required practical- Reflection (Triple only)
Required practical- Properties of electromagnetic waves
P2.7- Magnets and electromagnets
P2.8- Space (Triple only)

HALF TERM 3

HALF TERM 4

HALF TERM 5

HALF TERM 6