Hathershaw College

Science

Science

 

Curriculum Intent

 

  • To deliver a broad, balanced and inclusive curriculum that is challenging yet engaging.
  • To stimulate students’ curiosity about the world around them and how it works.
  • To equip students with the knowledge and understanding of the scientific ideas that will impact on their personal health, development and growth.
  • To develop an awareness of science-related issues that may affect the lives of students, in their contexts and beyond.
  • To encourage scientific inquiry, where students are be able to plan, conduct, analyse and evaluate scientific studies.
  • To develop scientific reasoning that allows students to explain the occurrence of events, analyse its causes and predict its outcomes.
  • To grow cultural capital both within science lessons and through enrichment work by providing students with a range of opportunities, responsibilities and experiences.
  • To improve the levels of literacy and oracy by promoting the development, memory and pronunciation of key scientific terminology.
  • To improve the levels of numeracy at every opportunity, allowing students to make links across mathematics and science.
  • To grow and foster a thirst for knowledge and love for science that ensures that students leave with the best possible grades, which provides them with access to further science-related courses and careers.
  • To promote careers in science and other STEM subjects, which would enable students to make a positive contribution to society

 

Curriculum Overview

HT1 HT2 HT3 HT4 HT5 HT6
Y7

Chemistry

The particle model and properties of different materials. They will also be introduced to the Periodic Table, atoms, elements and compounds. Mixtures are also covered as well as the practical techniques used to separate them.

 

Physics
The different types of contact and non-contact forces are studied, their effects and what is meant by an interaction pair. Students will also learn about the production and speed of sound, comparing this to light and how both are detected by the human body.

 

Biology

Students learn about the basic unit of animals, plants and bacteria and how to use a microscope to observe them.  The variation and adaptations of organisms that allow them to survive in their habitats is studied in this topic also. This is followed by inheritance and reproduction in plants and animals.

 

Y8

Chemistry
The chemical reactions of combustion, decomposition, neutralisation and reactions of metals with oxygen, water and acids are conducted here. This is followed by the structure of the Earth, atmosphere and rock cycle as well as changes to the climate and its effects.

 

Physics
Types of energy and how they are transferred is studied here. Electrical energy is studied in more detail including current, potential difference and resistance. Students will also learn how to calculate their speed and pressure.

 

Biology

Students learn about healthy and unhealthy lifestyles researching into diets, deficiencies, drugs, smoking and alcohol and the impact this has on body systems. The skeletal and respiratory system are studied followed by ecosystems, photosynthesis and different kinds of feeding relationships.

 

 

HT1 HT2 HT3 HT4 HT5 HT6
Y9

Biology

Students build on their knowledge of cells, inheritance and healthy lifestyles to learn about cell division, genetic modification, infectious disease and drug development in this unit.

 

Chemistry
Atomic structure and groups of the periodic table are covered in more depth in this unit. Hydrocarbon fuels and homologous series are to be taught whilst retrieving prior learning on climate change and studying alternative fuels that can be used to generate electricity.  

 

Physics

Newton’s three laws of motion are studied in this unit. Students will be calculating speed, acceleration, momentum, gravitational potential and kinetic energy. The concepts of waves, sound and light are developed further to cover the electromagnetic spectrum.

Students also learn about the different types of radiation, their penetration abilities and ionisation strengths and how they can be dangerous but also useful. 


 

Y10

Biology

The effects of the hormones- insulin, glucagon, thyroxine, adrenalin, oestrogen and progesterone are studied here. 

Knowledge of the cardiovascular system is developed here and the transport methods of different substances will be retrieved.  
Students will learn about the transport systems in plants too as well as interdependence in ecosystems and the abiotic and biotic features that may affect the population sizes of species.

Chemistry

The bonding models: ionic, simple and giant covalent and metallic are studied here as well as the properties of materials that are bonded this way. The process of electrolysis is studied in detail and then applied to the extraction of metals for profit. 

The strength of acids and alkalis and the titration method of obtaining a salt is studied also, alongside solubility rules and precipitation reactions. 

The collision theory is studied as part of factors affecting the rate of chemical reactions as well as heat energy changes and how the position of Equilibria affects the yield of reactions.

Physics

Newton’s three laws of motion are studied in this unit. Students will be calculating speed, acceleration, momentum, gravitational potential and kinetic energy. The concepts of waves, sound and light are developed further to cover the electromagnetic spectrum.

Students also learn about the different types of radiation, their penetration abilities and ionisation strengths and how they can be dangerous but also useful

 

 

Y11

Physics 
The relationship between work and power is studied here, followed by the relationship between current, potential difference and resistance. Students also learn about electromagnetism, transformers and investigate the energy transfers in springs

 

Biology 

Retrieval and consolidation of prior biology

knowledge.   The controlled

production of

hormones by

Negative Feedback

Mechanism and the

Inverse Square Law are taught as new learning.

 

Chemistry 

Retrieval and consolidation of

prior chemistry

knowledge.  Moles, limiting reactants,

REDOX reactions and writing ionic

equations and half
equations are taught as new learning.

 

Physics 

Retrieval and consolidation of prior physics

knowledge.

Students will learn

Fleming’s left-hand rule. They will also practise recalling and rearranging
equations and their units.

 

Combined Science Revision

Class tailored intervention lessons will be delivered in order to prepare students for their upcoming exams, using the following resources:

  • Revision Summary PowerPoints for content recall
  • Exam Alerts from Examiner’s Reports
  • Edexcel Past Exam Papers
  • Modelled- Walking Talking Mock Exams

 

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Curriculum Overview 2021-22

 

Medium Term Plans

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Science SMSC Statement

 

Triple Science

Curriculum overview

 

HT1 HT2 HT3 HT4 HT5 HT6

Y10

Biology

 Exchange and Transport

 

Students will develop their knowledge of the cardiovascular system in this unit and study the role of the heart, blood and blood vessels, in transporting substances around the body.

 

Homeostasis

 

The production and effects of the hormones- insulin, glucagon, thyroxine, adrenalin, oestrogen and progesterone are studied in this unit. In addition to diabetes, students will learn about the structure of the kidneys and what treatment is available to patients with kidney failure.

Plants Structure and Function

 
Students will retrieve previous knowledge on plant cells and adaptations. The rate of photosynthesis will be investigated here as well as the factors that affect the rate of this reaction. In addition to learning about how water, minerals and sugars are transported around the plant, students will learn about the affect and uses of plant hormones.

 

Ecosystems

 

Students will learn about interdependence in ecosystems and the abiotic and biotic features that may affect the population sizes of species. Students will reflect on the impact of human activity on biodiversity and discuss the importance of protecting biodiversity.

 

Retrieval and Consolidation

 
Students will retrieve prior knowledge on different types of cells, including plant, animal, bacterial and stem cells.  Genetics and genetic modification will also be recapped along with communicable and non-communicable disease.

 

Central Nervous System

 

Students will build on their prior knowledge of neurotransmission to study the eye and the brain as well as problems that can affect them.

 

Genetics

 
Following the retrieval of genetics content students will learn about protein synthesis and the work of Gregor Mendel and the principles of inheritance.

 

Evolution

 

Building on their knowledge of evolution, students will learn about the development of Darwin’s theory and the application of genetic modification in agriculture.

 

 

 

Health and Disease

 

Students will extend their knowledge of pathogens to learn about the life cycle of a virus as well as disease that affect plants.

 

Y10 

Physics

Astronomy
Students will develop their knowledge on the Solar system, and will learn how the ideas of the Solar system changed over time. They will learn about Red-shift and how this provides evidence about the expansion of the universe, and compare the Theories for the Origin of the Universe.

Electricity

The relationship between work and power is studied here, followed by the relationship between current, potential difference and resistance.

 

Static Electricity
Students will retrieve previous knowledge about the atom, and use this to look at how an insulator can become charged. Students will explore the dangers and uses of static electricity, and build on their knowledge of electric fields.

 

Magnetism and electromagnetic induction

Students will build on their knowledge of magnets and magnetic fields, and will learn about electromagnetism.

 

Electromagnetic induction

Students will explore the roles of transformers in the national grid, and how transformers work.

Particle Model
Students will retrieve knowledge on the particle model and apply it to density and pressure. Students will learn to carry out calculations involving density, Specific heat capacity and specific latent heat.

 

Forces and matter

Students will learn about elastic and inelastic distortion before investigating the energy transferred in different springs as they are stretched. Students will also investigate how pressure changes in liquids.

 

Retrieval and Consolidation

Retrieval and consolidation of prior physics

knowledge. Students will revisit Forces and Motion, the conservation of energy, Motion of Waves.

 

Retrieval and Consolidation

Retrieval and consolidation of prior physics

knowledge. Students will revisit the topic of light and the electromagnetic spectrum and Radioactivity.

 

Waves

Students will build on their knowledge of waves and explore how the Ear works. They will also learn about Ultrasound and Infrasound.

 

Light and the EM Spectrum

Students will build their knowledge on Light and will investigate the effects of filters and how different shaped lenses refract light. They will explore how radiation emitted is related to temperature.

 

Radioactivity
Students will build on their prior knowledge of the model of the atom, ionisation and the different types of radiation. They will use this knowledge to explore how radiation is used including in medicine. They will also look at the different types of nuclear reactions and the advantages and disadvantages of nuclear power.

 

Curriculum Overview Triple Science 

 

Medium Term Plans