Science

Welcome to the Science Department!

In Science, we aim to give students a wider appreciation for the relevance of science for others and ourselves in society. We teach students skills that are transferable, such as communication, analysis and evaluation.

The Science curriculum encompasses many issues of relevance to life in the 21st Century. e.g.:

  • Concepts of risk.
  • Specialist vs. “street” vocabulary and language when discussing scientific issues.
  • Moral and Ethical issues raised by scientific and medical advances.
  • Technological advances.
  • Environmental issues and respect for living things.
  • Health and Diet.

Teaching

Key Stage 3

Students are taught Science in Year 7 and 8 by one or more Science teachers.  

In Year 7, students are taught in streamed groups. In Year 8, students are placed in sets. The students in both year groups are following the new National Curriculum for Science as a 2 year Key Stage 3. 

Key Stage 4

Students begin GCSE courses in Year 9. All of our students study at least two Science GCSE courses.  All options have aspects of Biology, Chemistry and Physics and each strand is usually taught by a specialist in that area.  

Subjects offered at KS4:

  • Combined Science: Trilogy
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics

Further information regarding our curriculum is available from:

Mrs K Finch         (Head of Science and Physics)

Miss R Edwards  (Biology)

Dr E Meredith      (Chemistry)

Details of extracurricular activities

We run a Science club and an eco-club that all students are welcome to attend. Some of our students enjoyed growing rocket seeds and met Tim Peake. Many of our students have enjoyed visits to the Big Bang Fair, GCSE Science live and A-level Science live.

Interesting pictures of field work/trips etc.

Year 9 at the Big Bang Fair

 

Year 7 practical work

 

Science club

 

A-level practical

Years 7-9

Introduction

 

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

Year 7

Speed

Gravity

Particle model

Separating mixtures

Cells

Movement

Sound

Light

Interdependence

Acids and alkalis

Energy costs

Metals and non-metals

Energy transfer

variation

voltage and resistance

Current

Plant Reproduction

Human reproduction

Earth structure

Universe

Year 8

Magnetism

Electromagnets

Periodic table

Digestion

 

Contact forces

Work

Wave effects

Chemical energy

Elements

Breathing

Heating and cooling

Wave properties

inheritance

Respiration

Evolution

Types of reaction

Photosynthesis

Pressure

Climate

Earth resources

Year 9

Atomic structure

Energy

Infection and response

Mixtures

Periodic table

Energy

Organisation

Plant tissues and organs and organ systems

Ionic bonding

Electricity

Adaptations

 

Textbooks/other useful resources:       www.kerboodle.com/   AQA KS3 Activate

                                                                                http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/levels/z4kw2hv

                                                                                https://www.samlearning.com/

                                                                                               

GCSE Combined Science

Many of our students study Combined Science. The course is AQA Combined Science: Trilogy.  The course code is 8464.  There are aspects of each Science in each term.  Examinations are at the end of year 11 and take the form of two biology, two chemistry and two physics papers.  Each paper is 1 hour 15 minutes long.  The marks are added together to produce two grades for Combined Science.

 

 

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

Year 10

Bonding

Quantitative chemistry (part)

Energy

Electricity

Cell Biology

Chemical changes

Energy changes

Particle Model

Organisation

The rate and extent of chemical change

Atomic Structure

Bioenergetics

Year 11

Organic chemistry

Chemical

Particle Model

Atomic Structure

Homeostasis and Response

 

Chemistry of the Atmosphere

Using Earth’s resources

Waves

Magnetism and electromagnetism

Inheritance, Variation and Evolution

 

Revision

Ecology

 

 

Detailed specification is available at

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

 

Textbooks used:                                www.kerboodle.com/   AQA GCSE Sciences 9-1 digital textbook

Further reading/resources:        

www.kerboodle.com/   AQA GCSE Sciences 9-1 resources

http://www.my-gcsescience.com/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education

http://www.s-cool.co.uk/gcse

https://phet.colorado.edu/

http://www.physicsclassroom.com/

https://www.samlearning.com/


Separate Science

Two sets in each year group study Separate Science courses. The teaching staff make the decision about which course that students follow at the end of Year 9.  Students who study separate science must study all three Science subjects; there is not the option to study two of the three.    Examinations are at the end of year 11 and take the form of two biology, two chemistry and two physics papers.  Each paper is 1 hour 45 minutes long.  The results are reported as separate grades for Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

 

GCSE Biology

 

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

Year 10

Cell Biology

 

Organisation

Bioenergetics

Year 11

Homeostasis and response

 

Inheritance, Variation and Evolution

Ecology

 

Detailed specification is available at

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

Textbooks used:

www.kerboodle.com/   AQA GCSE Sciences 9-1 digital textbook

 

Further reading/resources:       

www.kerboodle.com/   AQA GCSE Sciences 9-1 resource

http://www.my-gcsescience.com/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education

http://www.s-cool.co.uk/gcse

https://phet.colorado.edu/

https://www.samlearning.com/

 GCSE Chemistry

 

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

Year 10

Bonding

Quantitative chemistry (part)

 

 

Chemical changes

Energy changes

 

The rate and extent of chemical change

Organic chemistry

 

Year 11

Energy changes

The rate and extent of chemical change

Organic chemistry

 

 

Chemical Analysis

Using our resources

 

Revision

 

 

Detailed specification is available at

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

Textbooks used:               www.kerboodle.com/   AQA GCSE Sciences 9-1 digital textbook

 

Further reading/resources:        

www.kerboodle.com/   AQA GCSE Sciences 9-1 resources

http://www.my-gcsescience.com/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education

http://www.s-cool.co.uk/gcse

https://www.samlearning.com/

 

GCSE Physics

 

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

Year 10

Energy

Electricity

 

Particle model

Atomic structure

Year 11

Particle Model

Atomic Structure

 

Waves

Magnetism and Electromagnetism

 

Space Physics

Revision

 

Detailed specification is available at

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

Textbooks used:                               www.kerboodle.com/   AQA GCSE Sciences 9-1 digital textbook

Further reading/resources:        

www.kerboodle.com/   AQA GCSE Sciences 9-1 resources

http://www.my-gcsescience.com/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education

http://www.s-cool.co.uk/gcse

https://phet.colorado.edu/

http://www.physicsclassroom.com/

https://www.samlearning.com/

 

Information needed for St Hilda’s College Website:

A Level Biology

Introduction including full details of specification

 

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

Year 12

Biological molecules Cell Structure and Division

Cell Membranes

Cells and the Immune System

 

Exchange and Transport Systems

DNA, RNA and Protein Synthesis

Diversity and Selection

Diversity and Selection

Year 13

   

 

Detailed specification is available at http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/as-and-a-level/biology-7401-7402

Textbooks used:

CGP A Level Year 1 and 2 (AQA) – provided by the school

CGP Head Start to A Level Biology (Bridging the gap between GCSE and A Level) – available to order (usually £2.50).

Further reading/resources:

https://library.cgpbooks.co.uk/

http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resources/biology/AQA-7401-7402-PHBK.PDF

http://www.bozemanscience.com/biology-main-page

A Level Chemistry

Introduction including full details of specification

 

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

Year 12

Atomic structure

Amount of substance

Introduction to organic chemistry

 

Bonding

Energetics

Kinetics

Alkanes

Halogenoalkanes

Alkenes

Chemical equilibria

Oxidation, reduction and redox equations

Periodicity

Group 2, the alkaline earth metals

Group 7(17), the halogens

Alcohols

Organic analysis

Year 13

Thermodynamics                                  

Rate Equations                                      

Equilibrium constant Kp for homogeneous systems                                                      

Properties of Period 3 elements and their oxides

Optical isomerism                                                    

Aldehydes and ketones                                          

Carboxylic acids and derivatives                        

 

Acids and bases                                      

Electrode potentials and electrochemical cells

Transition metals                              

Reactions of ions in aqueous solution                                                                      

Aromatic chemistry                                                

Amines                                                          

Polymers                                                                    

Amino acids, proteins and DNA                      

Amino acids, proteins and DNA                      

Organic synthesis                                                    

Nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy      

Chromatography                                                      

 

Detailed specification is available at http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/as-and-a-level/chemistry-7404-7405

Textbooks used:               Collins AQA A-level Science – AQA A-level Chemistry Year 1 Student book

Collins AQA A-level Science – AQA A-level Chemistry Year 2 Student book

 

Further reading/resources:         chemrevise.org

chemguide.co.uk

 

A Level Physics

Introduction including full details of specification

 

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

Year 12

Foundations of Physics

Motion

Forces in Action

Charge and Current

Energy, Power and Resistance

Electrical Circuits

 

Work, Energy and Power

Materials

Waves

Laws of Motion and Momentum

Quantum Physics

Year 13

Thermal Physics

Ideal Gases

Circular Motion

Oscillations

Electric and Magnetic Fields

 

Gravitational Fields

Capacitance

Particle Physics

Radioactivity

Nuclear Physics

Medical Imaging

 

Cosmology

Stars

 

 

Detailed specification is available at http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/as-a-level-gce-physics-a-h156-h556-from-2015/

Textbooks used: A-level Physics for OCR: Oxford

Further reading/resources:        

http://www.antonine-education.co.uk/

http://tap.iop.org/

https://phet.colorado.edu/

http://www.practicalphysics.org/

http://www.physicsclassroom.com/

Advanced Physics for You textbook