Lubavitch Senior Girls' School

 

Science

Head of Science: Mrs Andreas

“Equipped with our five senses, we explore the Universe around and call the adventure Science”  Edwin Hubble.

 

 

Science Vision

 To provide a science curriculum that wants to instil a sense of wonder, intellectual challenge and encourage pupils to be curious and inquisitive about their environment. We ensure that pupils have the confidence to engage with science in their everyday lives, become learners who have a thirst for knowledge and have the creativity to become the Scientists of tomorrow.

All students will have the opportunity to:

  1. Develop and obtain a secure mastery of key science concepts and develop scientific skills.
  2. Experience a wide range of science activities with access to resources, ideas and questions which science brings to our lives.

The curriculum objectives are to provide:

1. The highest quality of teaching, where pupils will experience a wide range of motivating and challenging, learning opportunities.

2. The Teacher expertise to identify barriers to learning and plan ways to overcome these.

3. The opportunity for all pupils to achieve and succeed in Science whatever their individual circumstances.

4. A focus on the development of skills in:

  • Investigation, observing, measuring, recording, predicting, communicating, interpreting and evaluating
  • Improvement of use of scientific literacy
  • Becoming effective communicators of scientific ideas, facts and data.
  • To give confidence to build on their maths skills.

 

Key stage 3 Curriculum Intent

We follow the National Curriculum programme of study for key stage 3, which has been personalised for our use.

The KS3 curriculum builds a solid foundation of skills and knowledge to secure success at GCSE.

 For example, we want our students to know  that ‘understanding’ means having the knowledge  concepts and skills and applying them to  different situations.

 

We will achieve this by:

  • Promoting the enjoyment and enthusiasm for learning by demonstrating the ability to design an investigation, take measurement, present data and identify pattern and relationships.
  • Promoting confidence and competence with the recall of scientific facts and provide support so students can apply scientific ideas.
  • Developing the ability to solve problems through decision-making and reasoning in a range of contexts. For example, writing out advantages and disadvantages of using fossil fuels over renewable resources like wind power.
  • Developing a practical understanding of the ways in which information is gathered and presented. For example, looking at how data from an experiment is gathered and then presented via graphical representation.

Key stage 3 Curriculum

 

Key ideas

Year 7

Year 8

Term 1

 

Biology

 

Chemistry

 

Physics

Introductory: safety, variables, naming of apparatus.

 Organisms- cells digestion & movement

 

 Reactions: Acid and Alkalis

 

Forces- contact,  gravity

 

Scientific skills- variables, graphical and  mathematical

 

Ecosystems: plant reproduction & photosynthesis

Metal and reactivity.

 

Waves : -Sound & light wave effects

Term 2

Biology

 

Chemistry

 

 

Physics

 Interdependence

 

Particle model & separation of mixtures                   

 

electrical circuits- voltage and current, safety of plug

Organisms: breathing and respiration

 

Earth structure &  resources

 

Energy transfers, work done, heating and cooling-

Term 3

Biology

 Chemistry

 

 

 

Physics

 Variation types and effects

 

 Types of reactions, elements & periodic table

 

 

Universe- solar system

Genes and Inheritance.

 

Climate

 

 

Current, voltage and resistance, Magnetism and electromagnetism

 

Forces- contact and pressure

 

 

 

 

Key Stage 4 Curriculum intent

The KS4 curriculum is taught over three years. Our curriculum builds on the solid foundation laid down at KS3. The Ofqual objectives are incorporated to ensure all students are competent in recalling and applying knowledge of key scientific ideas, techniques and procedures.

 We follow the AQA Combined Science Trilogy Syllabus. To meet the needs of all students we dual teach the Entry level Certificate Science so all students gain a recognised qualification by the end of their time here.

Topics learnt are:

 

 

Knowledge

 

Year 1

 

Year 2

 

Year 3

Term 1

Biology

 

Chemistry

 

Physics

Cell biology

 

 

 

 

 

Organisation

 

Bonding & Structure

 

 

Electricity

Homeostasis & response  

 

The rate and extent of chemical change              

 

Forces

Term 2

Biology

 

Chemistry

 

 

Physics

 

 

Atomic structure and periodic table

Infection and response  

 Bioenergetics

Quantitative chemistry, Chemical changes      

.

Inheritance, variation & evolution  

 

Organic chemistry/

Chemical analysis

 

Waves   

Term 3

Biology

 

 

Chemistry

 

 

 

 

Physics

 

 

 

 

 

 

Energy

Physics 3 Particle model of matter  

 

Energy changes.

 

 

Atomic structure

 

Ecology

 

 

Chemistry of the atmosphere, Using earth’s resources.

 

Magnetism and electromagnetism

In the course. 21 required practical’s are covered where 15% of the GCSE exams will draw on the knowledge and understanding of them.

 

Exam information 2020

 

Dates

Paper 1

 Topics covered

Paper 2

Topics covered

12th May 2020

Biology

·         Cell biology

·         Organisation

·         Infection and response

·         Bioenergetics

 

 

14th May 2020

Chemistry

·         Atomic structure

·         Bonding, structure and properties

·         Quantitative chemistry

·         Chemical changes

·         Energy changes

 

 

20th  May 2020

Physics

·         Energy

·         Electricity

·         Particle model of matter

·         Atomic structure

 

 

7th June 2020

 

 

Biology

·         Homeostasis & response

·         Inheritance, variation & response

·         Ecology

10th  June 2020

 

 

Chemistry

·         The rate and extent of chemical change

·         Organic chemistry

·         Chemical analysis

·         Chemistry of the atmosphere

12th  June 2020

 

 

Physics

·         Forces

·         Waves

·         Magnetism and electromagnetism

 

 

Science Curriculum progression map

Key ideas

Y7

Y8

Y9

Y10

Y11

Organisms

Introductory: Organisms- cells digestion & movement

Organisms: breathing and respiration

GCSE cell biology

Organisation

Homeostasis & response

Reactions

 

 

 

 

 

 

Energy

 

 

 

Reactions: Acid and Alkalis

 

 

 


Energy transfer and work

Types of Reactions  Periodic table and metal reactivity

Energy costs heating and cooling

Atomic structure & periodic table

 

Energy

Bonding and structure

 

 

 

 

Chemical  & energy changes

Rate and extent of chemical change

 

Chemistry of the atmosphere

Forces

 

 

gravity, contact

speed and pressure

 

 

Forces

Matter

 particle model and separation of mixtures

 types of reactions conservation of mass

GCSE: particle model of matter

Quantitative chemistry

Organic chemistry/ Chemical analysis

Electromagnets

Circuits voltage and current

Electrical safety

resistance, electromagnets

 

electricity

Magnetism and electromagnetism

Ecosystem

interdependence

Plant reproduction & photosynthesis

Plant transport

Bioenergetics

Ecology

Earth

Universe

Earths structure & earth’s resources & climate

 

Atomic structure

Using resources

Genes

Genes- variation

inheritance

 

 

Inheritance, variation and evolution

Waves

 

 

Waves  sound & light

Wave effects & properties

 

 

waves

 

Science results

 

2018

2019

2018

2019

GCSE Analysis Grade

4-9

4-9 

7-9 

7-9 

Our centre

83%

82%

9%

18%

Similar centres

53%

54%

5%

6%

All AQA centres

55%

56%

8%

8%

National data (JCQ- 16 year olds)

 

55.6%

 

7.7%

 

Compare school performance published February 2020.

Science value added (0.67) was significantly above the national average and in the highest 20% of all schools in 2019.

The percentage achieving grade 4+ in science (83%) was in the highest 20% of all schools in 2019 as well as in 2018.