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Science

The study of Science offers individuals the ability to access a wealth of knowledge and understanding of how and why things work the way they do. It is able to explain the mechanics and reasons behind the things that happen around us, from the complex systems within our bodies to the unknown and unseen complexities in the universe. Science is a subject, which is relevant to all aspects of our lives and allows us to make well-informed decisions in our lives and pursue new interests.

Why study Science?

Science is a core subject, which helps us understand the world and its many wonders.

Qualifications in Science provide endless opportunities in a wide range of fields. All universities and colleges are more likely to consider students with good grades at Science GCSE since the skills and knowledge acquired are valuable in a variety of careers.

The possibilities in Science are endless, especially considering the fact that modern Science and technology are rapidly changing and developing. We will be preparing our students at Starbank to become future Science leaders and innovators.

How would I learn?

Being one of the core subjects, all students will be undertaking a Science GCSE. They will be completing units in Chemistry, Biology and Physics from the Edexcel schemes from year 9 through to year 11. Exceptional students will be offered separate Sciences from year 9 onwards.

Students will be developing their knowledge and understanding of scientific ideas. They will interpret, evaluate, make judgements and draw conclusions on a range of experimental procedures while developing their own skills and techniques.

Science Curriculum Map

Year 7

Autumn 1
7A Cells, tissues and organs
7E Mixtures and separation
7F Acids and alkalis
Autumn 2
7B Sexual reproduction
7I Energy
7J Current electricity
Spring 1
7C Muscles and bones
7G The particle model
Spring 2
7K Forces
7D Ecosystems, variation and food chains
Summer 1
7H Atoms, elements and compounds
7L Sound
Summer 2
8A Food and nutrition
8E Combustion
8I Fluids

Year 8

Autumn 1
8B plants and reproduction
8F The periodic table
8J Light
Autumn 2
8C Breathing and respiration
8G Metals and their uses
8K Energy transfer
Spring 1
8D Unicellular organisms
8L Earth and space
8H Rocks
Spring 2
9E Making materials
9F Reactivity
Summer 1
9I Forces and motion
9J Force fields and electromagnets
9A Genetics and evolution
Summer 2
9A Genetics and evolution
9B plant growth
Required practicals

Year 9

Autumn 1
B1 Key Concepts
C1 States of matter
C2 Methods of separating
Autumn 2
P1 Motion
B2 Cells and control
C3 Atomic structure
Spring 1
C4 Periodic table
P2 Forces and motion
B3 Genetics
Spring 2
B3 Genetics
C5&6 Ionic and covalent bonding
C7 Types of substance
Summer 1
P3 Conservation of energy
B4 Natural selection and genetic modification
Summer 2
B4 Natural selection and genetic modification
P4 Waves
P5 EM Spectrum

Year 9
Triple

Autumn 1
B1 Key Concepts
C1 States of matter
C2 Methods of separating
P1 Motion
Autumn 2
B1 Key concepts
B2 Cells and control
C3 Atomic structure
C4 Periodic table
C5 Ionic bonding
P2 Forces and motion
Spring 1
B2 Cells and control
C6 Covalent bonding
C7 Types of substances
P3 Conservation of energy
Spring 2
B3 Genetics
C8 Acids and alkalis
P4 Waves
Summer 1
B4 natural selection and genetic modification
C9 Calculations involving masses
C10 Electrolytic processes
P5 Light and EM spectrum
Summer 2
B4 Natural selection and genetic modification
C11 Obtaining and using metals
P5 Light and EM spectrum

Year 10

Autumn 1
C8 Acids and alkalis
C9 Calculations involving masses
B5 Health and disease
Autumn 2
B5 Health and disease
P6 Radioactivity
P7 Energy
P8 Forces
Spring 1
C10 Electrolytic processes
C11 Metals
C12 Reversible reactions
B6 Plants
Spring 2
B7 Homeostasis
P12 Particle model
Summer 1
P9 Electricity and circuits
C13 Groups in the periodic table
Summer 2
C14 Rates of reaction
B9 Ecosystems and material cycles

Year 10
Triple

Autumn 1
B5 Health and disease
C12 Reversible reactions and equilibria
C13 Transition metals, alloys and corrosion
P6 radioactivity
Autumn 2
B5 Health and disease
C14 Quantitative analysis
C15 Dynamic equilibria
C16 Chemical cells and fuel cells
P7 Astronomy
Spring 1
B6 Plants
C17 Groups in the periodic table
C18 Rates of reaction
P8 Energy
P9 Forces
Spring 2
B7 Homeostasis
C18 Rates of reaction
C19 Heat changes in chemical reactions
P10 Electricity and circuits
Summer 1
B7 Homeostasis
B8 Exchange and transport in animals
C20 Fuels
P11 Static electricity
Summer 2
B8 Exchange and transport in animals
C21 Earth and atmospheric science
P12 Magnetism and the motor effect

Year 11

Autumn 1
B8 Exchange and transport in animals
P10 Magnetism and the motor effect
P11 Electromagnetic induction
Autumn 2
P13 Forces and matter
C15 Heat energy changes
C16 Fuels
C17 Earth and atmosphere
Spring 1
GCSE preparation
Spring 2
GCSE preparation
Summer 1
GCSE preparation
Summer 2
Examinations

Year 11
Triple

Autumn 1
B9 Ecosystems and material cycles
C22 Hydrocarbons
C23 Alcohols and carboxylic acids
P13 Electromagnetic induction
P14 particle model
Autumn 2
B9 Ecosystems and material cycles
C24 Polymers
C25 Qualitative analysis
C26 Nanoparticles
P14 Particle model
P15 Forces and matter
Spring 1
GCSE preparation
Spring 2
GCSE preparation
Summer 1
GCSE preparation
Summer 2
Examinations

Key Subject Facts

Exam Board:

Eduqas

Course Makeup:

  • Exam 100% 100%

Exam Structure:

  • 6 papers

  • Paper 1 and 2 Biology

  • Paper 1 and 2 Chemistry

  • Paper 1 and 2 Physics

Useful Website Links:

Bitesize (Science) – https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/subjects/zp266yc – Website to support with consolidating knowledge for all KS4 Science.

Seneca – https://www.senecalearning.com/ – Access to Science homework and set assignments from staff. 

Recommended Revision Guides:

My Revision Notes: OCR GCSE (9-1) PE 2nd Edition
Name:

New Grade 9-1 GCSE Combined Science: AQA Revision Guide

Author:
CGP Books
Available from School Office:

Contact Science Department

Please use the form below to contact the Science department or alternatively please email science_info@starbank.staracademies.org

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