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Science

The intent of the Hassenbrook Science Dept is to develop students understanding of science through the aspects of Learn, Value and Respect.

LEARN. Students acquire knowledge and develop an interest in the science they study to enable them to appreciate learning as an important lifelong skill.

VALUE. Learners will value the role of science in society and their lives. They will learn that any contribution, regardless of ability is possible and it has the potential to have wide impact in the future.

RESPECT. Learners will build respectful relationships of trust, kindness, safety, and support with each other to promote the love of science.

Developing our ability to ask questions, collect information, organize and test our ideas, solve problems, and apply what we learn. Provide a powerful platform for building confidence, developing communication skills, and making sense of the world around us—a world that is increasingly shaped by science and technology.

Students will see themselves as scientists and engineers instead of passively observing other people doing the work of science.

Learners will be passionate about how science contributes to ensuring a longer and healthier life, monitors our health, provides medicine to cure our diseases, alleviates aches and pains, helps us to provide water for our basic needs – including our food, provides energy and makes life more fun, including sports, music, entertainment and the latest communication technology. Learners will no longer think or comment ‘Why are we learning this’.

 

Literacy Focus – DISCIPLINARY LANGUAGE

What do we mean by ‘disciplinary language’?

The term ‘disciplinary language’ refers to the way in which we read, write and talk in a subject. This covers vocabulary specific to a subject, as every subject has its own language.

Within the subject of science, we need to teach students the skills of writing, talking and reading like a scientist. (‘Teachers should develop pupils’ spoken language, reading, writing and vocabulary as integral aspects of the teaching of every subject’ – National curriculum 2014).

Giving students the opportunities to develop these skills in science lessons, through all the Key Stages, will:

• support their understanding of science

• help them develop their scientific literacy

• help them to think like scientists

• encourage them to question and explore the wonders of science.

In assessments, students will need to bring these skills together in order to understand what the question is asking them to do and then to write a precise, logical and well-structured answer

 

Science Curriculum Maps

KS3 (Yr 7&8)

The intention of a schedule is to ensure the foundations of science knowledge and understanding is secured before moving onto the more challenging units of learning. If KS3 is not secured, then KS4 will be about catch up. The intention is to avoid this situation.

Term

Year 7

Year 8

AUTUMN 1

Introduction to Science - Health and Safety - Basic practical skills - measuring techniques and writing up investigations - Candle investigation - Setting up microscope slides

 Metals, Reactions and their Uses

 

Acids and Alkalis

Combustion Reactions

 

Practical Assessment - 7F Investigating indigestion remedies

Practical Assessment - Investigating corrosion

     

AUTUMN 2

Cells, Tissues, Organs and Systems

Energy Stores, Energy Transfers and Efficiency

 

Muscles and Bones

Earth, Space and Beyond

 

Practical Assessment - Investigating the effect of caffeine on heart rate

Practical Assessment - Investigating Energy Loss in Materials

     
     

SPRING 1

Energy Stores and Transfers

Unicellular organisms

 

Electricity and Circuits

Plants, Structure and their Reproduction

 

Practical Assessment - Investigating the Amount of  Energy in Food

Practical Assessment - Investigating Yeast

     

SPRING 2

The Particle Model

The Periodic Table

 

Atoms, Elements and Molecules

Rocks and the Rock Cycle

 

Practical Assessment - Investigating Alka-Seltzer and release of CO2 - surface area

Practical Assessment - Investigating the Reactivity of Metals

     
     

SUMMER 1

Ecosystems and Sampling Methods

Light, Colour and Wave Properties

 

Sexual Reproduction in Animals

Particle Model, Specific Heat Capcity and Specific Latent Heat

 

Practical Assessment - Investigating how Light Intensity affects Photosynthesis

Practical Assessment - Investigating Separation Techniques

     

SUMMER 2

Sound

Food and Nutrition

 

Forces

Breathing and Respiration

 

Practical Assessment - Investigating Terminal Velocity and Cup Cake Cases

Practical Assessment - Investigating the Effect of Temperature on Enzyme Action

 

INVESTIGATION - Investigating Reversible Reactions - Copper Sulphate

INVESTIGATION - Rates of a Reaction - Surface Area of calcium chips

KS3 (Yr 9)

Yr9

Bridging to KS4 Units to Secure Prior KS4

Term

 

AUT 1

Cells and Organisation

AUT 2

Atoms and Bonding

SPR 1

Energy and Electricity

SPR 2

Infection and Response, Respiration and Photosynthesis

SUM 1

Chemical Changes

SUM 2

Particle Model and Atomic Structure

KS4

KS4 follow AQA Triligy Combined Science Route.

Yr10

Yr10

Topics

Term

 

AUT 1

Homeostasis and response

 

Inheritance, variation and evolution

AUT 2

Energy changes

 

The rate and extent of chemical change

SPR 1

Forces

 

Waves

 

Magnetism and electromagnetism

SPR 2

Organic chemistry

 

Chemical analysis

SUM 1

Chemistry of the atmosphere

 

Using resources

SUM 2

Cells and Organisation

 

 

 

Yr11

 Yr11

TOPICS

 

Biology

AUT 1

1. Cell biology

 

2. Organisation

 

3. Infection and response

 

4. Bioenergetics

 

5. Homeostasis and response

 

6. Inheritance, variation and evolution

 

7. Ecology

 

 

 

Chemistry

AUT 2

1. Atomic structure and the periodic table

 

2. Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter

 

3. Quantitative chemistry

 

4. Chemical changes

 

5. Energy changes

 

6. The rate and extent of chemical change

 

7. Organic chemistry

 

8. Chemical analysis

 

9. Chemistry of the atmosphere

 

10. Using resources

 

 

SPR 1

Physics

 

1. Energy

 

2. Electricity

 

3. Particle model of matter

 

4. Atomic structure

 

5. Forces

 

6. Waves

 

7. Magnetism and electromagnetism

Staffing

Ms Y. Lau - Head of Department

Ms S. Baxter - Teacher of Science

Mrs C. Boosey - Teacher of Science/Head of Yr 7

Mr S. Bailey - Teacher of Science

Mr. D Squires - Teacher of Science

Mrs A. Ellis - Teacher of Science/Head of Yr 11

Mrs. L. Taylor - Teacher of Science/Joint Head of PE

 

Co-Curricular Activities

Science runs ‘Gardening Club’ once a week. This club is run by Mr Bailey. Students learn to grow plants, vegetables and recycle materials. It develops their awareness of the environment, making it a better place to live.

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