The Highcrest Academy

Science

Science at Highcrest

Our intention is to develop a love of Science in all students; an education which brings out the best in all of them and prepares them for success in life.

With this in mind, we aim to adapt the curriculum to suit the needs of every student. This could be from teaching separate sciences in KS3, identifying subject strengths early on, tailoring exam entry at KS4, ensuring students are on the correct route, to career-based option choices at KS5. We aim to encourage curiosity, build confidence and develop a range of practical skills.

Intent

Our knowledge-rich curriculum will inspire students to develop a love for Science. We provide an education which brings out the best in all students and prepares them for success in life. We adapt our curriculum and identify subject strengths early on, tailoring exam entry to ensure students are on the correct route to career-based option choices. We encourage curiosity, build confidence and develop a range of practical skills by including real life applications of the content taught at every opportunity. Our teaching and learning will promote excitement and engagement, awe, wonder and curiosity based around practical investigations in Biology, Chemistry and Physics to allow students to make their own discoveries and draw their own conclusions. We will inspire them to be our next generation of scientists, technologists and engineers on the next step of their journey.

Key Stage 3

Science Club runs after school every Tuesday.

Students will develop their ability to work scientifically and includes laboratory skills.

Students study a balanced science course, covering the following modules:

Year 7

How Science Works:

BIOLOGY: 

CHEMISTRY:           

PHYSICS:                

YEAR 8

BIOLOGY:                   

CHEMISTRY:           

PHYSICS:                   

Key Stage 4

Students start their GCSE courses at the start of Year 9, following either Triple Science (leading to three separate GCSEs in Physics, Chemistry and Biology) or Combined Science (leading to two GCSEs in Science).

A drop-in club is available every lunchtime in Sc5 for any student requiring help.

Useful Revision Links:

Topic Covered

TRIPLE SCIENCE:

AQA BIOLOGY:

www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/biology-8461

Cells and Organisation:

    • Cell structure and Transport;
    • Cell Division;
    • Organisation and The Digestive System;
    • Organising Animals and Plants;

Disease and Bioenergetics:

    • Communicable Diseases (Including Growing Bacteria in the Lab and Preventing Bacterial Growth;
    • Plant Diseases and Plant Defence Responses);
    • Preventing and Treating Disease (Including Making and Uses of Monoclonal Antibodies);
    • Non-Communicable Diseases;
    • Photosynthesis;
    • Respiration;

Biological Responses:

    • The Human Nervous System (Including the Brain and the Eye);
    • Hormonal Coordination (Including Plant Hormones and Responses; Using Plant Hormones);
    • Homeostasis in Action

Genetics and Evolution:

    • Reproduction (Including Fungi, Plants and Parasites; DNA Structure and Protein Synthesis; Gene Expression and Mutation);
    • Variation and Evolution (Including Cloning and Adult Cell Cloning);
    • Genetics and Evolution (Including The History of Genetics; Theories of Evolution and Darwin; Evolution and Speciation);

Ecology:

    • Adaptations, Interdependence and Competition;
    • Organising an Ecosystem (Including Rates of Decomposition);
    • Biodiversity and Ecosystems (Including The Impact of Environmental Change);
    • Trophic Levels and Biomass;
    • Biomass Transfers;
    • Factors affecting Food Security;
    • Making Food Production Efficient and Sustainable

AQA CHEMISTRY:

www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/chemistry-8462

Atoms, Bonding and Moles:

    • Atomic Structure;
    • The Periodic Table (Including The Transition Elements);
    • Structure and Bonding (Including Nanoparticles and Their Applications);
    • Chemical calculations (Including Chemical Yield; Atom Economy; Titrations; Titration Calculations; Volume of Gases);

Chemical Reactions and Energy Changes:

    • Chemical Changes;
    • Electrolysis;
    • Energy Changes (Including Chemical Cells and Batteries; Fuel Cells);

Rates, Equilibrium and Organic Chemistry:

    • Rates and Equilibrium;
    • Crude Oil and Fuels;
    • Organic Reactions;
    • Polymers;

Analysis and The Earth’s Resources:

    • Chemical Analysis (Including Tests for Positive and Negative Ions; Instrumental Analysis);
    • The Earth’s Atmosphere;
    • The Earth’s Resources;
    • Using Our Resources

AQA PHYSICS: 

www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/physics-8463

Energy and Energy Resources:

    • Conservation and Dissipation of Energy;
    • Energy Transfer by Heating (Including Infrared Radiation);
    • Energy Resources;

Particles at Work:

    • Electrical Circuits (Including Electrical Charges and Fields);
    • Electricity in the Home;
    • Molecules and Matter (Including Gas Pressure and Volume);
    • Radioactivity (Including Nuclear Radiation in Medicine; Nuclear Fission and Fusion; Nuclear Issues);

Forces in Action:

    • Forces in Balance (Including Moments at Work; More about Levers and Gears; Moments and Equilibrium);
    • Motion;
    • Forces and Motion (Including Using Conservation of Momentum; Impact Forces; Safety);
    • Forces and Pressure;

Waves, Electromagnetism and Space:

    • Wave Properties (Including Sound Waves; Uses of Ultrasound; Seismic Waves);
    • Electromagnetic Waves;
    • Light;
    • Electromagnetism (Including Electromagnets in Devices; The Generator Effect; The Alternating-Current Generator; Transformers; Transformers in Action);
    • Space;

AQA COMBINED SCIENCE (Trilogy):

www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/combined-science-trilogy-8464

BIOLOGY: 

Cells and Organisation:

    • Cell structure and Transport;
    • Cell Division;
    • Organisation and The Digestive System;
    • Organising Animals and Plants;

Disease and Bioenergetics:

    • Communicable Diseases;
    • Preventing and Treating Disease;
    • Non-Communicable Diseases;
    • Photosynthesis;
    • Respiration;

Biological Responses:

    • The Human Nervous System;
    • Hormonal Coordination;

Genetics and Evolution:

    • Reproduction;
    • Variation and Evolution;
    • Genetics and Evolution;

Ecology:

    • Adaptations,
    • Interdependence and Competition;
    • Organising an Ecosystem;
    • Biodiversity and Ecosystems;

CHEMISTRY: 

Atoms, Bonding and Moles:

    • Atomic Structure;
    • The Periodic Table;
    • Structure and Bonding;
    • Chemical calculations;

Chemical Reactions and Energy Changes:

    • Chemical Changes;
    • Electrolysis;
    • Energy Changes;

Rates, Equilibrium and Organic Chemistry:

    • Rates and Equilibrium;
    • Crude Oil and Fuels;

Analysis and The Earth’s Resources:

    • Chemical Analysis;
    • The Earth’s Atmosphere;
    • The Earth’s Resources;

PHYSICS: 

Energy and Energy Resources:

    • Conservation and Dissipation of Energy;
    • Energy Transfer by Heating;
    • Energy Resources;

Particles at Work:

    • Electrical Circuits;
    • Electricity in the Home;
    • Molecules and Matter;
    • Radioactivity;

Forces in Action:

    • Forces in Balance; Motion; Forces and Motion;

Waves and Electromagnetism:

    • Wave Properties; Electromagnetic Waves; Electromagnetism;

Key Stage 5

External AS Exams are sat at the end of Year 12.

Revision

Kerboodle

https://revisionscience.com/a2-level-level-revision/biology-level-revision

https://revisionscience.com/a2-level-level-revision/chemistry-level-revision

https://revisionscience.com/a2-level-level-revision/physics-level-revision

Three Subjects at AS/A2 Level are offered by the Science Department:

Biology (OCR)

www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/as-a-level-gce-biology-a-h020-h420-from-2015

Content is in six modules:

  • Module 1: Development of practical skills in biology
  • Module 2: Foundations in biology
  • Module 3: Exchange and transport
  • Module 4: Biodiversity, evolution and disease
  • Module 5: Communication, homeostasis and energy
  • Module 6: Genetics, evolution and ecosystems

AS

Module 1-4 will be assessed 

A LEVEL

All Modules assessed. Practical Endorsement required

Chemistry (OCR)

www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/as-a-level-gce-chemistry-a-h032-h432-from-2015

Content is in six modules:

  • Module 1 – Development of practical skills in chemistry
  • Module 2 – Foundations in chemistry
  • Module 3 – Periodic table and energy
  • Module 4 – Core organic chemistry
  • Module 5 – Physical chemistry and transition elements
  • Module 6 – Organic chemistry and analysis

AS

Module 1-4 will be assessed

A LEVEL

All Modules assessed. Practical Endorsement required.

Physics (AQA)

www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/as-and-a-level/physics-7407-7408

Core Content

  • 1 Measurements and their errors
  • 2 Particles and radiation
  • 3 Waves
  • 4 Mechanics and materials
  • 5 Electricity
  • 6 Further mechanics and thermal physics
  • 7 Fields and their consequences
  • 8 Nuclear physics

Options

  • 9 Astrophysics
  • 10 Medical physics
  • 11 Engineering physics
  • 12 Turning points in physics
  • 13 Electronics

AS

Units 1-5 will be assessed 

A LEVEL

All units assessed, including a written practical-based paper. Students will also pick from one of the option topics listed above.

Extra Curricular

Revision

A range of before and after-school revision sessions run to support our Year 11 and A Level students with exam preparation.

Saturday sessions are provided to support Year 11 students

Drop in Session every lunchtime in Sc5.

Literacy in Science

Good literacy skills are becoming increasingly important in Science.

Students are given a range of opportunities to practice and refine their literacy skills, including reading a variety of scientific texts in order to extract information which is needed for a subsequent task, use the correct scientific terminology (key words) in their explanations, and use phonics to help learn how to pronounce new words.

https://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resources/science/AQA-SCIENCE-GCSE-SUBJECT-VOCAB.PDF

https://www.aqa.org.uk/resources/science/gcse/teach/command-words