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Head of Department: Mrs L Cockburn

Science Teacher: Miss H Alderman

Science Teacher: Mr P Evans

Science Teacher: Miss F Ankers

Science Teacher: Mr J Lacey (Assistant Head)

Science Teacher: Mr A Dillon

Science Teacher: Miss A Stephens

Science Teacher:  Mr R Williams

Science Technician: Miss K Cunningham

HALF TERM 1

Biology: Cells

  • Cells are fundamental unit of life 
  • Observe cell structure using light microscope 
  • Single Celled organisms 
  • Cells - Tissues - Organs - Organ systems - Organisms 

 

Chemistry: Particle Theory

  • Properties of Solid, Liquid, Gas 
  • Changes of state
  • Density
  • Water
  • Conservation of mass/matter 

 

Physics: Speed

  • Speed = Distance/Time
  • Distance time graphs
  • Relative motion

HALF TERM 2

Biology: Health (Diet, Exercise, Lifestyle)

  • Diet
  • Unhealthy Diet
  • Skeletal System
  • Biomechanics
  • Smoking
  • Recreational Drugs

 

Chemistry: Separating substances

  • Pure and Impure
  • Mixtures - Dissolving and diffusion
  • Filtration and evaporation
  • Distillation and chromatography

 

Physics: IVR

  • Symbols, simple circuits
  • Current
  • Potential Difference
  • Resistance
  • Resistance of a wire
  • Static

HALF TERM 3

Biology: Reproduction (SRE)

  • Puberty: Physical Changes
  • Puberty: Emotional Changes
  • Menstrual Cycle
  • Fertilisation (Gametes)
  • Gestation and birth
  • Foetal Development

 

Chemistry: Metals and Non-metals

  • Metals and Non-metals
  • Displacement and reactivity (Carbon)
  • Ceramics, Polymers, Composites
  • Catalyst

 

Physics: Energy Cost

  • Food as Fuel
  • Energy Resources
  • Energy - stores and transfers
  • Power
  • Calculating cost or electricity

HALF TERM 4

Biology: Variation

  • Variation within a species
  • Analysing Variation
  • Introduction to genetics
  • DNA

 

Chemistry: Acids/Alkali

  • What are acids and alkali
  • Indicators
  • pH scale
  • Acids + Alkali -> salt + water
  • Acids + metals

 

Physics: Energy Transfer/Work

  • Energy Transfers
  • Conservation of energy
  • Changes in a system, Work done
  • Simple Machines

HALF TERM 5

Biology: Interdependence

  • Ecosystems
  • Interdependence
  • Bioaccumulation

 

Chemistry: Earth and The Universe

  • Composition and structure of Earth
  • Rock Cycle
  • Atmosphere
  • Carbon Cycle
  • Climate change
  • Gravity
  • Stars
  • Planet Earth

 

Physics: Forces and Pressure

  • Introduction to forces
  • Moments
  • Application of forces
  • Hooke's Law
  • Gravity
  • Pressure on solids

HALF TERM 6

Revision of topics, looking at revision techniques.  

End of year test and review/AFL 

End of year practicals and working scientifically skills. 

HALF TERM 1

Biology: Health (Diet, Exercise, Lifestyle)

  • Diet
  • Unhealthy Diets
  • Skeletal System
  • Biomechanics
  • Smoking
  • Recreational Drugs

 

Physics: Energy Costs

  • Food as fuel
  • Energy Resources
  • Energy - Stores and Transfers
  • Power
  • Calculating cost of electricity
  • Simple Machines

HALF TERM 2

Biology: Plants

  • Photosynthesis
  • Leaves - Adaptation of leaves
  • Roots and Stem
  • Plant reproduction
  • Dispersal

 

Chemistry: Earth and The Universe

  • Composition and Structure of the earth
  • Rock Cycle
  • Atmosphere
  • Carbon Cycle
  • Climate Change
  • Gravity
  • Stars
  • Planet Earth

 

Physics: Forces and Pressure

  • Introduction to forces
  • Moments
  • Application of forces
  • Hooke's Law
  • Gravity
  • Pressure on solids
  • Pressure in fluids

HALF TERM 3

Biology: Respiratory System

  • Breathing
  • How do we breathe?
  • Aerobic respiration
  • Anaerobic Respiration

 

Chemistry: Periodic Table

  • Properties of different elements
  • Mendeleev
  • Periods, Groups, Metals and non-metals
  • Predicting patterns

 

Physics: Heating and cooling (Thermodynamics)

  • Thermal equilibrium
  • Conduction
  • Convection
  • Radiation
  • Insulators

HALF TERM 4

Biology: Digestion

  • Digestive System
  • Enzymes
  • Bacteria

 

Chemistry: Chemical Energy

  • Energy Changes in states changes
  • Endo and exothermic reaction

 

Physics: Electromagnets

  • Magnets
  • Magnetic Fields
  • Earths Magnetic Fields
  • Motor Effect

HALF TERM 5

Biology:

Variation

  • Variation within a species
  • Analysing Variation
  • Introduction to genetics
  • DNA

Evolution

  • Darwin and natural selection
  • Speciation and Extinction
  • Biodiversity and gene banks

HALF TERM 6

Revision of topics, looking at revision techniques. 

End of year test and review/AFL 

End of year practicals and working scientifically skills. 

HALF TERM 1

Recovery Curriciulum- Yr 8 Physics 

  • Forces
  • Electromagnets and magnetism
  • Energy
  • Waves

HALF TERM 2

Biology

  • Digestion
  • Enzymes
  • Experiment - Visking tubing model gut 

 

Chemistry

  • Acids and alkalis
  • neutralisation reactions
  • Experiment - Indigestion tablet 

 

Physics

  •  Energy transfers
  • efficiency
  • Ek
  • Ep
  • Experiment - Bouncing balls 

HALF TERM 3

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 

 

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 4

Biology 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, C1.2 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, P1.2 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,  
  • The National grid, 

HALF TERM 5

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  

  • 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, pH scale and salt production,  
  • 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 6

Revision of topics, looking at revision techniques. 

End of year test and review/AFL 

End of year required practicals and working scientifically skills. 

HALF TERM 1

RECOVERY CURRICUCLUM

B1- Infection and response, bioenergetics 

C1-Quantitive Chemistry, Chemistry changes, Energy changes 

P1- Particle matter, Atomic structure 

 

 

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 2

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 3

Continued...

B2- Homeostasis  

C2- Rates of reaction  

P2- Forces

HALF TERM 4

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

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

 

C2- Organic Chemistry, Chemistry analysis  

  • 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 

P2- Forces part 2 continued... 

HALF TERM 5

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  

C2.4- Chemistry of the atmosphere

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

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 6

Revision of topics, looking at revision techniques. 

End of year test and review/AFL  

End of year required practicals and working scientifically skills.

HALF TERM 1

RECOVERY CURRICULUM- 

B2- B2.7 Ecology

  • Adaptations
  • interdependence and competition
  • Communities
  • Abiotic Factors
  • Biotic Factors
  • 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 

 

C2.4 - Chemistry of The Atmosphere, Using Resources 

  • 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 

 

P2.3- Magnets and electromagnets Magnets

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

HALF TERM 2

Revision for GCSE exams 

Interleaving topics 

HW: Set Bi-weekly in each Science 

 

  • B1- Cells, Organisation 
  • C1- Atomic structure, Bonding, Quantitative Chemistry  
  • P1- Energy, Electricity 

HALF TERM 3

Revision for GCSE Exams

  • B1/2- Infection and response, Bioenergetics, Homeostasis 
  • C1/C2- Chemistry changes, Energy changes, Rates of reactions 
  • P1/P2- Particle matter, Atomic structure, Forces 1 

HALF TERM 4

Revision for GCSE exams 

  • B1/2- Homeostasis, Inheritance 
  • C2- Organic chemistry, Chemistry analysis, Chemistry of earths atmospheres 
  • P2- Forces 2, Waves 

HALF TERM 5

Revision for GCSE exams

  • B2- Ecology 
  • C2- Using resources 
  • P2- Electromagnets 

HALF TERM 6

Science GCSE Exams  

AQA Trilogy Combined Science 

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

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