Science

Science surrounds us. It is everywhere in our daily lives – all day, every day!

From an early age, we interact with our environment, asking questions and seeking answers. This question-and-answer process lies at the heart of knowing and doing science. It is a way of knowing and thinking about the natural and physical components of the world in which we live.

We make science-based choices every day. Science is involved when we choose what to eat, or choose products with the least impact on the environment or make informed decisions about our health care. Science is the foundation of an innovative culture and at the core of significant political decisions. Understanding science is crucial for everyone so we can be informed and active in our country’s future.

At Standish Community High School, we have a science curriculum that aims to:

  • Give young people a love of science.
  • Stimulate curiosity.
  • Encourage young people to ask questions.
  • Give an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the main scientific concepts.
  • Develop practical and experimental skills.
  • Enable students to find the answers for themselves.
  • Treat information in a critical way.
  • Make student think creatively to suggest their own explanations.

We believe that the best way for your child to learn science is to be taught by excellent teachers who have a deep understanding of and a passion for the subject they teach. From the very start of Year 7, students have separate biology, chemistry and physics lessons taught by subject specialist teachers.

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Year 7

Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term
Biology Cells Digestion Skeletal and muscle systems
Chemistry Atoms, elements, mixtures and compounds Nature of matter, acids and alkalis Pure and impure substances
Physics Particle model and physical changes Space physics Light, sound and energy

Year 8

Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term
Biology Breathing and respiration DNA Food webs and photosynthesis
Chemistry Atoms and the periodic table and materials The Earth Chemical reactions
Physics Energy, magnetism and static Light and sound Current electricity and motion

Year 9

GCSE Science is taught over a 3 year period. Students will begin their studies for AQA 9-to-1 GCSE Science from the beginning of Year 9. All students will be taught biology, chemistry and physics.

Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term
Biology Cell biology Organisation Organisation cont.
Chemistry Atomic structure Bonding Bonding cont.
Physics Magnetism and electromagnetism Particle model of matter Particle model of matter cont.

Year 10

Students will begin their studies for AQA 9-to-1 GCSE Science. All students will be taught biology, chemistry and physics.

Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term
Biology Cell biology, Organisation, Infection and response Bioenergetics, Ecology Ecology cont.
Chemistry Bonding, Chemical changes Energy changes, Quantitative chemistry, Atmosphere Rates
Physics Magnetism and electromagnetism, Atomic structure Electricity, Energy Waves

Both Years 9 and 10 are doing the following AQA specifications:

Year 11

Core and Additional Science

These courses are all part of the OCR Twenty First Century Science suite.

Year 11 Additional Science is made up of 9 modules: 3 Biology, 3 Chemistry and 3 Physics. Each module will take about 12 lessons to teach. The taught modules are:

Biology Chemistry Physics
B4 Processes of Life C4 Chemical Patterns P4 Explaining Motion
B5 Growth and Development C5 Chemicals around us P5 Electric Circuits
B6 Brain and Mind C6 Chemical Synthesis P6 Radioactive Materials

There are 3 exams each worth 25% of the total marks and 1 controlled assessment worth 25% of the total marks. The controlled assessment will take place at the end of Year 10.

The exams in 2017 will take place in the Sports Hall on the following (provisional, subject to change) dates:

Core (Year 10 Content)
Code Units Tested Date Length
A161 B1, B2, B3 16th May 2017 1 hour
A171 C1, C2, C3 18th May 2017 1 hour
A181 P1, P2, P3 24th May 2017 1 hour

 

Additional (Year 11 Content)
Code Units Tested Date Length
A162 B4, B5, B6 9th June 2017 1 hour
A172 C4, C5, C6 14th June 2017 1 hour
A182 P4, P5, P6 16th June 2017 1 hour

Both Core and Additional Science can be studied at two levels:

  • Higher A* – D
  • Foundation C – G

Decisions about the most appropriate level of entry will be made in February in preparation for the summer examinations.

Triple Science

These courses are all part of the OCR 21st Century Science suite.

This is the second year of the triple science course in which the students opted to study Biology, Chemistry and Physics as separate GCSEs. Students will be taught in one group and will have specialist Biology, Chemistry and Physics teachers.

Each of the three courses follows an identical pattern and is made up of 7 modules.

Biology Chemistry Physics
B1 You and Your Genes C1 Air Quality P1 The Earth in the Universe
B2 Keeping Healthy C2 Material Choices P2 Radiation and Life
B3 Life on Earth C3 Chemicals in Our Lives P3 Sustainable Energy
B4 The Processes of Life C4 Chemical Patterns P4 Explaining Motion
B5 Growth and Development C5 Chemicals of the Natural Environment P5 Electric Circuits
B6 Brain and Mind C6 Chemical Synthesis P6 Radioactive Materials
B7 Further Biology C7 Further Chemistry P7 Further Physics

Summary of Exams and Coursework

Biology

Code Units Tested Date Length % of Final Marks
A161 B1, B2, B3 16th May 2017 1 hour 25
A162 B4, B5, B6 9th June 2017 1 hour 25
A163 B7 19th June 2017 1 hour 25

Chemistry

Code Units Tested Date Length % of Final Marks
A171 C1, C2, C3 18th May 2017 1 hour 25
A172 C4, C5, C6 14th June 2017 1 hour 25
A173 C7 21st June 2017 1 hour 25

Physics

Code Units Tested Date Length % of Final Marks
A181 P1, P2, P3 24th May 2017 1 hour 25
A182 P4, P5, P6 16th June 2017 1 hour 25
A183 P7 23rd June 2017 1 hour 25

Each subject also has 1 controlled assessment worth 25% of the total marks. The controlled assessment is a practical investigation that will take place at the most relevant time during the course.

All subjects can be studied at two levels:

  • Higher A* – D
  • Foundation C – G

You can find copies of the full specifications on the OCR website:

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