Science

Curriculum Leader: Mr A Arbiter

Subject Leader(s):
Miss A Fry – Head of KS3 Science (FRYA@sgsce.co.uk)
Mr A Arbiter – Head of Science (ARBITERA@sgsce.co.uk)

Fortnightly Lessons:
6 lessons

Homework:
Every 6 lessons (15-30 minutes)

Year 7 Topics:
Working safely, Particle model, Solutions, Acids & alkalis, Simple chemical reactions, Cells, Skeletal & muscular system, Reproduction, Electrical Circuits, Magnets & electromagnets, Forces & their effects, Solar system & beyond, Environment & feeding relationships, Genetics & evolution

Year 8 Topics:
Rocks & weathering, Energy & Heating and cooling, Respiration, Food & Digestion, Atoms, elements, mixtures & compounds, Reactions of metals & metal compounds, patterns of reactivity, Waves & light, Sound & hearing, Pressure & moments, Health, Plants & photosynthesis, Energy resources

Useful Resources:
BBC Bitesize

KS3 Science Club:
From term 3 onwards, Saint George’s C of E School will offer an afterschool science club for interested KS3 students. More details to follow, but please feel free to contact Miss Fry if you have any questions. Science Club will run every Tuesday Week A on a 2-week rota.

Subject

 

GCSE Science A AQA
Key contact

Mr A Taylor – Head of Science

Mr A Arbiter – Head of KS4/5 Intervention in Science

Email

taylora@saintgeorgescofe.kent.sch.uk

arbitera@saintgeorgescofe.kent.sch.uk

Exam Board

 

AQA SCIENCE A (4405).

The website for the exam board is:

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/science-a-4405

Coursework

 

25% of the final grade is ISA controlled assessment. Students plan and carry out an investigation.  They must then present their results and produce a graph along with written analysis of their results.  They complete two written examination papers as part of this process. It is crucial they attend all lessons during the controlled assessment period.

Exams

 

Three written exams (Biology, Chemistry, Physics), 1 hour each, are completed at the end of year 11 worth 75% of their GCSE.

 

The remaining 25% comes from ISA coursework.  This will be completed during the course in lesson time.

 

Certain students will progress on to the Additional Science qualification, depending on progress made during Science A.

 

 

Units of work to be covered

in Science A

Biology  (B1) Chemistry (C1) Physics (P1)

 

1.    Keeping Healthy

2.    Nerves & Hormones

3.    The use & abuse of drugs

4.    Interdependence & adaptation

5.    Energy & Biomass in food chains

6.    Waste Materials from plants & animals

7.    Genetic Variation & Control

8.    Evolution

 

1.       Fundamental ideas in chemistry

2.       Limestone & Building Materials

3.       Metals & their uses

4.       Crude oil & fuels

5.       Other useful substances from crude oil

6.       Plant oils  & their uses

7.       Changes in the Earth & the atmosphere

 

 

1. Heat Transfer

2. Energy & Efficiency

3. Electrical devices

4. Generating electricity

5. Waves & Communication

6. Universe & Big Bang

Revision guides

 

Revision guides, workbooks and practice papers for this AQA GCSE qualification are available from the Science Office. The cost of the package is £12 for the entire set of aforementioned materials.

Help/

Support

First call for help and support is the Science teacher.  There is additional support in the form of a weekly Science “drop in” club every Thursday at 3.10pm in V1. Class teachers will run afterschool revision sessions on Thursdays Week B, by invitation, for targeted students in year 11. Students not involved in other subject revision/catch-up could ask to attend these sessions.

Useful websites to aid revision

 

 

BBC bite size mp3 audio clips (free download) – superb for all audio learning style champions!

·         http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/audio/science/

Cool Skoool revision website:

·         http://lgfl.skoool.co.uk/keystage4.aspx?id=314

Fun revision interactive flash>

·         http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/games/rurevising/index.shtml

AQA Past Papers and Mark Schemes

·         http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/science-a-4405/past-papers-and-mark-schemes

Subject GCSE ADDITIONAL SCIENCE
Key contact

Mr A Taylor – Head of Science

Mr A Arbiter – Head of KS4/5 Intervention in Science

Email

taylora@saintgeorgescofe.kent.sch.uk

arbitera@saintgeorgescofe.kent.sch.uk

Exam Board

AQA ADDITIONAL SCIENCE (4408)

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/additional-science-4408

Controlled assessments 25% of the final grade is ISA controlled assessment. Students plan and carry out an investigation.  They must then present their results and produce a graph along with written analysis of their results.  They complete two written examination papers as part of this process. It is crucial they attend all lessons during the controlled assessment period.

Exams

 

Three written exams (Biology, Chemistry, Physics), 1 hour each, are completed at the end of year 11 worth 75% of their GCSE.

 

The remaining 25% comes from ISA coursework.  This will be completed during the course in lesson time.

 

At the end of year 11, students who have studied both Science A and Additional Science will be expected to sit 6 exams in total.

B2 TOPICS C2 TOPICS P2 TOPICS

1.    Cells & cell structure

2.    Plants: obtaining food and growth

3.    Communities of organisms

4.    Proteins & their functions

5.    Energy from respiration

6.    Patterns of inheritance

7.    Organisms changing through time

1.    Atoms, elements & compounds

2.    Structures & Bonding

3.    Quantitative chemistry

4.    Rates of chemical reactions

5.    Energy from chemical reactions

6.    Acids & alkalis, making salts

7.    Electrolysis

1.    Forces & motion

2.    Forces & kinetic energy

3.    Electrical circuits

4.    Electrical safety

5.    Atoms & radiation

6.    Nuclear fission

7.    Nuclear fusion

Revision guides Revision guides, workbooks and practice papers for this AQA GCSE qualification are available from the Science Office. The cost of the package is £12 for the entire set of aforementioned materials.

 

Revision class

 

First call for help and support is the Science teacher.  There is additional support in the form of a weekly Science “drop in” club every Thursday at 3.10pm in V1. Class teachers will run afterschool revision sessions on Thursdays Week B, by invitation, for targeted students in year 11. Students not involved in other subject revision/catch-up could ask to attend these sessions.
Key areas for revision

BBC bite size mp3 audio clips (free download) – superb for all audio learning style champions!

·         http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/audio/science/

Cool Skoool revision website:

·         http://lgfl.skoool.co.uk/keystage4.aspx?id=314

Fun revision interactive flash>

·         http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/games/rurevising/index.shtml

AQA Past Papers and Mark Schemes

·         http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/science-a-4405/past-papers-and-mark-schemes

·         http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/additional-science-4408/past-papers-and-mark-schemes

Subject

 

GCSE SEPARATE SCIENCES
Key contact

Mr A Taylor – Head of Science

Mr A Arbiter – Head of KS4/5 Intervention in Science

Email

taylora@saintgeorgescofe.kent.sch.uk

arbitera@saintgeorgescofe.kent.sch.uk

Exam Board

AQA GCSE BIOLOGY, CHEMISTRY & PHYSICS (4401, 4402, 4403).

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/biology-4401

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/chemistry-4402

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/physics-4403

 

 

Coursework

 

25% for each GCSE comes from coursework (ISAs) that the students complete during lesson time in years 10 & 11.  Students plan and carry out an investigation.  They must then present their results and produce a graph along with written analysis of their results.  They complete two written examination papers as part of this process. It is crucial they attend all lessons during the controlled assessment period.

 

In total, students will do 3 ISAs, one for each subject will be submitted.

Exams This course will earn the student 3 separate GCSE qualifications. 3, 1 hour exams are sat for each subject at the end of year 11.
Units of work to be covered
B3 TOPICS C3TOPICS P3 TOPICS

1.       Movement in & out of cells

2.       Transport systems in plants and animals

3.       Homeostasis

4.       Humans & their environment

1.    The periodic table

2.    Water

3.    Calculating and explaining energy change

4.    Further analysis & quantitative chemistry

5.    The production of ammonia

6.    Alcohols, carboxylic acids and esters

1.    Medical applications of physics

2.    Using physics to make things work

3.    Keeping things moving

Once students have covered the Science A and Additional Science components, the following extension topics will be studied.

 

Revision guides Revision guides & workbooks for each subject in this AQA GCSE qualification are available from the Science Office. The cost of the package is £20 for the entire set, which covers material studied from year 9 onwards. Practice papers are available to order, for year 11 only, from the Science Office.

Help/

Support

First call for help and support is the Science teacher.  There is additional support in the form of a weekly Science “drop in” club every Thursday at 3.10pm in V1. Class teachers will run afterschool revision sessions on Thursdays Week B, by invitation, for targeted students in year 11. Students not involved in other subject revision/catch-up could ask to attend these sessions.

Key areas for revision

 

AQA Past Papers

·         http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/biology-4401/past-papers-and-mark-schemes

·         http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/chemistry-4402/past-papers-and-mark-schemes

·         http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/physics-4403/past-papers-and-mark-schemes

Short audio clips for revision from BBC website at:

·         http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/audio/science/

Revision exercises as flash games at:

·         http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/science/aqa/

Cool revision for Science

·         http://kent.skoool.co.uk/keystage4.aspx?id=314

Interesting revision question / answers

·         http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/games/rurevising/index.shtml

Subject OCR CAMBRIDGE NATIONALS IN SCIENCE
Exam Board

OCR CAMBRIDGE NATIONALS SCIENCE LEVEL 2 (J815)

http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/cambridge-nationals-science-level-1-2-j815/

Coursework/

Controlled assessments

Unit 1 comprises 50% of the qualification. It is internally marked, externally moderated coursework. There are 9 assignments to be submitted for this unit.

 

Unit 2 comprises 25% of the qualification. It is a 1 hour written exam, covering 6 additional topics under the focus of How Scientific Ideas Have Developed.

 

Unit 3 comprises 25% of the qualification. It is a controlled practical investigation. Students design & carry out an experiment, collect and analyse their results. This report is submitted for internal marking & external moderation.

Exam 1 hour exam covering “How Scientific Ideas Have Developed”. There will be an opportunity to sit the exam in January and resit in June.
Units of work to be covered
UNIT TITLE
1 How Scientific Ideas Have an Impact on Our Lives
2 How Scientific Ideas Have Developed
3 How Scientists Test Their Ideas

Revision guides

 

An electronic revision guide will be provided to students to aid in their preparation for the 3 components of this course.

 

A sample copy can be found here:

http://fissh.net/resource/view/527774f34b455

 

Revision class

 

First call for help and support is the Science teacher.  There is additional support in the form of a weekly Science “drop in” club every Thursday at 3.10pm in V1. Class teachers will run afterschool revision sessions on Thursdays Week B, by invitation, for targeted students in year 11. Students not involved in other subject revision/catch-up could ask to attend these sessions.

Useful websites to aid research

 

 

BBC bite size mp3 audio clips (free download) – superb for all audio learning style champions!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/audio/science/

 

Cool Skoool revision website:

http://lgfl.skoool.co.uk/keystage4.aspx?id=314

 

Fun revision interactive flash>

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/games/rurevising/index.shtml

 

SUBJECT INFORMATION FOR COURSE/S TO BE TAUGHT FOR SEPT. 2016

Subject Biology A Level
Contact information Mr A Arbiter
Exam Board AQA
Entry Requirements Grade B in GCSE Science (Triple) or a B in the Biology module of GCSE Additional Science plus Grade 5 in GCSE English & Maths.
   
Extra Information Download Information Sheet
   
   
   

 

SUBJECT INFORMATION FOR COURSE/S TO BE TAUGHT FOR SEPT. 2016

Subject Chemistry A Level
Contact information Mrs G Mullen
Exam Board AQA
Entry Requirements Grade B in GCSE Science (Triple) or a B in the Chemistry module of GCSE Additional Science plus Grade 5 in GCSE English & Maths
 Extra Information chemistry-information-sheet Information Sheet
   
   
   
   

 SUBJECT INFORMATION FOR COURSE/S TO BE TAUGHT FOR SEPT 2016

Subject Physics
Contact Information Mr A Arbiter

Entry Requirements

 

 

Extra Information

Grade B in GCSE Science (Triple)  or a B in the Physics module of GCSE Additional Science plus Grade 5 in GCSE English & Maths

physics-information-sheet Information sheet

 

Revision resources are now available for all current year 9 students under taking the new GCSEs in science. Starting September 2016, revision resources will be highly recommended for all students in science lessons. It is hoped that having these resources will provide additional support for students to independently revise and prepare for assessments & exams.

The materials are written to match the new, more demanding AQA specifications. These resource packs have been prepared by CGP and include:

A revision guide with Biology, Chemistry & Physics topics and a comprehensive workbook with practice questions and access to online resources.

The revision guide only is also available. See below for prices and please complete the form and return it to your science teacher or Mr Arbiter in V1 office with either cash or cheque (payable to St. George’s CE School).  Students may place their order with the science department any time throughout the year however, prices for these revision guides will increase from September 2016, so it is best to purchase now, if possible.

Foundation Revision Pack. Price: £10 (To be published August 2016).
Price to increase to £12 in September 2016.

Foundation Revision Guide Only. Price: £5 (To be published August 2016)
Price to increase to £6 in September 2016.

Higher Revision Pack. Price: £10 (available now)
Price to increase to £12 in September 2016. 

Higher Revision Guide Only. Price: £5 (available now)
Price to increase to £6 in September 2016.

Triple Science
Revision Pack (Includes all topics for triple science students and practice summary questions). Price £17
Price to increase to £18 in September (but pack changes to revision guides only, no practice questions)