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Science (Key Stage 4)

 

Year 9

What will pupils study this year?

Edexcel Combined Science GCSE

GCSE Combined Science is a ‘double award’, which means that it is worth 2 GCSEs and covers the three sciences of Biology, Physics and Chemistry. Under new changes from the Government, pupils will be awarded a numerical grade from 9-1, with 9 being the highest grade.

All pupils will begin studying GCSE Combined Science at the beginning of Year 9. This is a linear course, which means that pupils will sit six equally-weighted exams at the end of Year 11.

 

 

 Autumn Term

 Biology 

 CB1: Key concepts (microscopes, plant and animal cells, core practical – using microscopes, specialised cells, inside bacteria, enzymes and nutrition, enzyme activity, core practical – pH and enzymes, transporting substances, core practical – osmosis in potato slices)

 CB2: Cells and Control (mitosis, growth in animals, growth in plants, stem cells, the nervous system, neurotransmission speeds) Mid topic Assessment: There will be subject specific end of topic assessments using past paper questions on content covered so far in Biology.

 CB3: Genetics (meiosis, DNA, DNA extraction, alleles, inheritance, gene mutation, variation)

 CB4: Natural Selection and Genetic Modification (evidence for human evolution, Darwin’s theory, classification, breeds and varieties, genes in agriculture and medicine)

 CB5: Health, Disease and the Development of Medicines (health and disease, non-communicable diseases, cardiovascular diseases, pathogens, spreading pathogens, physical and chemical barriers, the immune system, antibiotics)

 Assessment: There will be subject specific end of topic assessments using past paper questions at the end of term. Pupils will continually revisit topics in order to ensure that they remember the content in preparation for their final exams. 

 Spring Term

 Physics

 CP1: Motion (vectors and scalars, distance/time graphs, acceleration, velocity/time graphs)

 CP2: Forces and Motion (resultant forces, Newton’s first law, mass and weight, Newton’s second law, core practical – investigating acceleration, Newton’s third law, momentum, stopping distances, crash hazards)

 CP3: Conservation of Energy (energy stores and transfers, energy efficiency, keeping warm, stored energies, non-renewable resources, renewable resources) Mid topic Assessment: There will be subject specific end of topic assessments using past paper questions on content covered so far in Physics.

 CP4: Waves (describing waves, core practical – investigating waves, wave speeds, refraction)

 CP5: Light and the Electromagnetic Spectrum (electromagnetic waves, core practical – investigating refraction, the electromagnetic spectrum, using the long wavelengths, using the short wavelengths, EM radiation dangers)

 CP6: Radioactivity (atomic models, inside atoms, electrons and orbits, background radiation, types of radiation, radioactive decay, half-life, dangers of radioactivity)

 Assessment: There will be subject specific end of topic assessments using past paper questions at the end of term. Pupils will continually revisit topics in order to ensure that they remember the content in preparation for their final exams.

 Summer Term

 Chemistry

 CC1: States of Matter

 CC2: Methods of Separating and Purifying Substances (mixtures, filtration and crystallisation, paper chromatography, distillation, core practical – investigating inks, drinking water)

 CC3: Atomic Structure (structure of an atom, atomic number and mass number, isotopes)

 CC4: The Periodic Table (elements and the periodic table, atomic number and the periodic table, electronic configurations and the periodic table)

 CC13: Groups in the Periodic Table (group 1, group 7, halogen reactivity, group 0) CC16: Fuels (hydrocarbons in crude oil and natural gas, fractional distillation of crude oil, the alkane homologous series, complete and incomplete combustion, combustible fuels and pollution, breaking down hydrocarbons)

 CC17: Earth and Atmospheric Science (the early atmosphere, the changing atmosphere, the atmosphere today, climate change)

 Assessment: There will be subject specific end of topic assessments using past paper questions at the end of term. Pupils will continually revisit topics in order to ensure that they remember the content in preparation for their final exams

 

Year 10

What will pupils study this year?

Edexcel Core Science GCSE

This is the second year of the GCSE Combined Science course that all pupils began studying at the beginning of Year 9. All pupils will continue studying GCSE Combined Science throughout year 10 and will sit six equally-weighted exams at the end of Year 11.

 

 

 Autumn Term

 Biology 

 CB6: Plant Structures and their Functions (photosynthesis, factors that affect photosynthesis, core practical – light intensity and photosynthesis, absorbing water and mineral ions, transpiration and translocation)

 CB7: Animal Coordination, Control and Homeostasis (hormones, hormonal control of metabolic rate, the menstrual cycle, hormones and the menstrual cycle, control of blood glucose, Type 2 diabetes) Mid topic Assessment: There will be subject specific end of topic assessments using past paper questions on content covered so far in Biology.

 CB8: Exchange and Transport in Animals (efficient transport and exchange, the circulatory system, the heart, cellular respiration, core practical – respiration rates)

 CB9: Ecosystems and Material Cycles (ecosystems, abiotic factors and communities, core practical – quadrats and transects, biotic factors and communities, parasitism and mutualism, biodiversity and humans, preserving biodiversity, the water cycle, the carbon cycle, the nitrogen cycle)

 Assessment: There will be subject specific end of topic assessments using past paper questions at the end of term. Pupils will continually revisit topics in order to ensure that they remember the content in preparation for their final exams. 

 Spring Term

 Physics

 CP7: Energy- Forces Doing Work (work and power)

 CP8: Forces and their Effects (objects affecting each other, vector diagram)

 CP9: Electricity and Circuits (electric circuits, current and potential difference, current, charge and energy, resistance, core practical – investigating resistance, transferring energy, power, electrical safety) Mid topic Assessment: There will be subject specific end of topic assessments using past paper questions on content covered so far in Physics.

 CP10: Magnetism and Motor Effect (magnets and magnetic fields, electromagnetism, magnetic forces)

 CP11: Electromagnetic Induction (transformers, transformers and energy)

 CP12: Particle Model (particles and density, core practical – investigating densities, energy and changes of state, core practical – investigating water, energy calculations, gas temperature and pressure)

 CP13: Forces and Matter (bending and stretching, extension and energy transfers, core practical – investigating springs)

 Assessment: There will be subject specific end of topic assessments using past paper questions at the end of term. Pupils will continually revisit topics in order to ensure that they remember the content in preparation for their final exams.

 Summer Term

 Chemistry

 CC5: Ionic Bonding (ionic bonds, ionic lattices, properties of ionic compounds)

 CC6: Covalent Bonding

 CC7: Types of Substance (molecular compounds, allotropes of carbon, properties of metals, bonding models)

 CC10: Electrolytic Processes (electrolysis, core practical – electrolysis of copper sulphate solution, products from electrolysis)

 CC11: Obtaining and Using Metals (reactivity, ores, oxidation and reduction, life cycle assessment and recycling)

 CC12: Reversible Reactions and Equilibria (dynamic equilibrium) Mid topic Assessment: There will be subject specific end of topic assessments using past paper questions on content covered so far in Chemistry.

 CC8: Acids and Alkalis (acids, alkalis and indicators, bases and salts, core practical – preparing copper sulphate, alkalis and balancing equations, core practical – investigating neutralisation, reactions of metals and carbonates, solubility)

 CC9: Calculations Involving Masses (masses and empirical formula, conservation of mass, moles)

 CC14: Rates of Reaction (rates of reaction, factors affecting reaction rate, core practical – investigating reaction rates, catalysts and activation energy)

 CC15: Heat Energy Changes in Chemical Reactions (exothermic and endothermic reactions, energy changes in reactions)

 Assessment: There will be subject specific end of topic assessments using past paper questions at the end of term. Pupils will continually revisit topics in order to ensure that they remember the content in preparation for their final exams.

 

Year 11

What will pupils study this year?

Edexcel Additional Science GCSE

This is the final year of the GCSE Combined Science course that all pupils began studying at the beginning of Year 9. Pupils will sit six equally-weighted exams at the end of this year. There are two Chemistry, two Biology and two Physics exams. Question papers will be targeted at either foundation or higher tier. A foundation tier will enable pupils to gain grades 1-5 and higher tier includes grades 4-9. Knowledge and understanding of core practical work as well as investigative skills will be tested in the exams (15% of marks).

All pupils will complete a series of continual revision cycles of biology, chemistry and physics throughout year 11 in preparation for their externally assessed exams in the summer.

Year 11 will consist of revision of the below topics which were studied in Year 9 and 10

 

 

 Autumn Term

 Biology

 CB1: Key concepts

 CB2: Cells and Control

 CB3: Genetics

 CB4: Natural Selection and Genetic Modification

 CB5: Health, Disease and the Development of Medicines

 CB6: Plant Structures and their Functions

 CB7: Animal Coordination, Control and Homeostasis

 CB8: Exchange and Transport in Animals

 CB9: Ecosystems and Material Cycles

 Spring Term

 Chemistry

 CC1: States of Matter

 CC2: Methods of Separating and Purifying Substances

 CC3: Atomic Structure

 CC4: The Periodic Table

 CC5: Ionic Bonding

 CC6: Covalent Bonding

 CC7: Types of Substance

 CC8: Acids and Alkalis

 CC9: Calculations Involving Masses

 CC10: Electrolytic Processes

 CC11: Obtaining and Using Metals

 CC12: Reversible Reactions and Equilibria

 CC13: Groups in the Periodic Table

 CC14: Rates of Reaction

 CC15: Heat Energy Changes in Chemical Reactions

 CC16: Fuels

 CC17: Earth and Atmospheric Science

 Summer Term

 Physics

 CP1: Motion

 CP2: Forces and Motion

 CP3: Conservation of Energy

 CP4: Waves

 CP5: Light and the Electromagnetic Spectrum

 CP6: Radioactivity

 CP7: Energy- Forces Doing Work

 CP8: Forces and their Effects

 CP9: Electricity and Circuits

 CP10: Magnetism and Motor Effect

 CP11: Electromagnetic Induction

 CP12: Particle Model

 CP13: Forces and Matter

 Assessment: There will be subject specific assessments using past paper questions at the end of each revision cycle. Pupils will continually revisit topics in order to ensure that they remember the content in preparation for their final exams.