Science Curriculum Overview

Science Curriculum Overview

 

 

 

 

Autumn 2 -7 weeks

Spring 1 – 6 weeks

Spring 2 – 6 weeks

Summer 1 – 6 weeks

Summer 2 - 7weeks

 

Year 7

Topic

 

Working scientifically

(HSW)

Cells organisation and photosynthesis

Particle theory

Atoms, elements, compounds, and mixtures

Mixing and dissolving

Reproduction

Electricity and magnetism

Ecosystems

Energy

 

Assessment

Mini-assessment consisting of multiple choice and short answer questions assessing  knowledge.

 

Skill investigation on the effect of salt on the boiling point of water

consisting of multiple choice and short answer questions assessing  knowledge.

 

Assessment 1: Assessment booklet where students describe how to use a micropscope and answer levelled questioned. Knowledge of cell structure and microscopy assessed

 

Assessment 2: Exam style questions

Mini-assessment consisting of multiple choice and short answer questions assessing  knowledge.

 

Assessment 1: 'Teach a lesson’ on particle model

 

Assessment 2: Practical assessing knowledge of diffusion and skill of writing prediction/hypothesis

Mini-assessment consisting of multiple choice and short answer questions assessing  knowledge.

 

Assessment 1:

Extended writing on conservation of mass in magnesium oxide experiment assessing knowledge

 

Assessment 2:

Making and evaluating a model of an atom

Mini-assessment consisting of multiple choice and short answer questions assessing  knowledge.

 

Assessment 1: Writing a method for the separation of rock salt

 

Assessment 2:

Assessment booklet to assess knowledge of different types of mixtures, chromatography and distillation

Assessment question:

Describe the journey of the sperm

 

End of unit assessment assessing knowledge.

Assessment question: How does the length of a nichrome wire affect resistance?

 

End of unit assessment assessing knowledge.

Assessment question: Polar bear adaptations.

 

End of unit assessment assessing knowledge.

Assessment question: Evaluate renewable energy resources

 

End of unit assessment assessing knowledge.

 

 

Year 8

 

Topic

 

Food, digestion, and drugs

Heat transfer and energy

Genetics and evolution

Metals and uses

Light

Circulation,

breathing and respiration

Acid and alkalis

Space physics

Acid and alkalis

Space physics

 

 

 

Solar system

Seasons

Earth

Magnetic field

Assessment

 

Mini-assessment consisting of multiple choice and short answer questions assessing  knowledge.

 

Assessment 1: Extended writing assessing knowledge of enzymes and skill of evaluating models

 

Assessment 2: Booklet for the NHS on digestion assessing knowledge across whole topic

Mini-assessment consisting of multiple choice and short answer questions assessing  knowledge.

 

Assessment 1: practical assessing skills of data presentation, analysis and evaluation

 

Assessment 2: exam style questions

Mini-assessment consisting of multiple choice and short answer questions assessing  knowledge.

 

Assessment 1:

To explore and demonstrate variation and inheritance at a genetic level by creating REEBOPS

 

Assessment 2: Exam style questions including extended writing task on natural selection

Mini-assessment consisting of multiple choice and short answer questions assessing  knowledge.

 

Assessment 1: Reactivity of metals practical write up assessing skills and knowledge of reactions of metals with acids

 

Assessment 2: extended writing alloys assessing knowledge

 

Mini-assessment consisting of multiple choice and short answer questions assessing  knowledge.

 

Assessment 1: Assessment booklet assessing knowledge of law of reflection and graph drawing skill

 

Assessment 2: Colour and light project designing different coloured outfits and judging their colour in different lights

 

Mini-assessment consisting of multiple choice and short answer questions assessing  knowledge.

 

Assessment 1: Evaluating the model lung

 

Assessment 2: Multiple choice and short answer questions on whole topic knowledge

 

End of unit assessment

 

6-mark question:

Write a letter to a patient to explain why taking indigestion tablets will be helpful for their condition.

 

End of unit assessment

 

6-mark question:

Compare the changes which results in different seasons.

 

Year 9

Topic

 

Reactivity

Making materials

Cell biology AQA GCSE

Organisation AQA GCSE

Energy AQA GCSE

Electricity AQA GCSE

 

 

 

Assessment

 

Mini-assessment consisting of multiple choice and short answer questions assessing  knowledge.

 

 

Assessment 1: Energy in chemical reactions practical write up assessing skills and knowledge of endothermic and exothermic reactions

 

Assessment 2: Exam style questions assessing whole of topic

Mini-assessment consisting of multiple choice and short answer questions assessing  knowledge.

 

Assessment 1: Testing concrete practical write up

 

Assessment 2: Presentation on an unfamiliar polymer

Assessing:

  • applying content on polymer structure and properties, biomagnification and disposal of materials.
  • Extended explanations and applying and linking ideas in unfamiliar contexts

End of unit assessment

 

6-mark question: Evaluate the benefits and risks, as well as the social and ethical issues concerning the use of stem cells from embryos in medical research and treatments

 

End of unit assessment

 

6-mark question: ‘Solar energy is the best renewable energy’

Use your subject knowledge of renewable energy resources to evaluate this statement.

End of unit assessment

 

6-mark question: Describe an investigation to test the hypothesis ‘The width of the nichrome wire affects resistance’

 

 

 

 

Autumn 1 - 7weeks

Autumn 2 -7weeks

Spring 1 - 6weeks

Spring 2 - 6 weeks

Summer 1 - 6weeks

Summer 2 - 7weeks

Year 10

Topic

 

Atomic structure & periodic table

Atomic structure & radioactivity

Particle model of matter

Bonding and structure

Bonding and structure

Health and  infection

Chemical changes

Energy changes

Electricity

Bioenergetics

Quantitative chem

Assessment

6-mark question: Separation technique writing to instruct

 

6-mark question: Describe the model now used for the structure of an atom.

 

End of unit assessment

6-mark question: Describe the properties of alpha, beta and gamma radiation in terms of penetration through materials, range in air and deflection through a magnetic field'

 

End of unit assessment

6-mark question: One kilogram of a gas has a much larger volume than one kilogram of a solid. Use kinetic theory to explain why.

 

End of unit assessment

6-mark question: Comparing and contrasting the structure and properties of diamond and graphite

 

End of unit assessment

6-mark question: Comparing and contrasting the structure and properties of diamond and graphite

 

End of unit assessment

6-mark question: Describe what an Ebola vaccine must contain and how it could make a person immune to the virus.

 

End of unit assessment

Explain how aluminium can be extracted from its ore by electrolysis and why the carbon anode needs to be continually replaced.

 

End of unit assessment

 

6-mark question:

Reaction profile and bond energies

 

End of unit assessment

End of unit assessment

 

6-mark question: Describe an investigation to test the hypothesis ‘The width of the nichrome wire affects resistance’

6-mark question: Limiting factors

 

End of unit assessment

6-mark question: Use measurements of mass before and after an experiment to explain what has happened to the mass during the experiment and why it has happened

 

End of unit assessment

 

 

 

 

 

Autumn 1 - 7weeks

Autumn 2- 7 weeks

Spring 1- 6 weeks

Spring 2- 6 week

Summer 1- 6 week

Year 11

Topic

 

Rate and extent of chemical reactions

Homeostasis & response

Quantitative chemistry

Forces

Organic chem

 

Inheritance, variation, and evolution

Waves

Chem analysis

Chem of atmosphere

Magnets and electromagnets

Using resources

Ecology

 

Assessment

6-mark question:

Factors affecting rate of reaction and Equilibrium

 

End of unit assessment

6 mark-Write to evaluate the reaction time required practical

 

End of unit assessment

6-mark question: Use measurements of mass before and after an experiment to explain what has happened to the mass during the experiment and why it has happened

 

End of unit assessment

6-mark question:

Compare the motion of runners A and B.

Include data from the figure.

(Graph provided)

 

End of unit assessment

6-mark question: Fractional distillation

 

End of unit assessment

6-mark question:

Evaluating asexual and sexual reproduction

 

End of unit assessment

 

 

6-mark question:

Required practical How is the ripple tank used to determine wavelength, wave speed and frequency

 

End if unit assessment

6-mark question:

Writing to instruct chromatography and gas tests practicals.

 

End of unit assessment

6 mar question:

Explain why the composition of the atmosphere has changed over billions of years. Compare the Earth’s atmosphere to that of Mars and Venus.  

 

End of unit assessment

6 mark:

Describe how the students could test the hypothesis ‘The voltage affects the strength of an electromagnet’ using the equipment

 

End of unit assessment

6-mark question:

Describe the processes of phytomining and bioleaching and evaluate the impacts and benefits of these biological methods of extracting metals

 

End of unit assessment

6-mark question: Evaluating destruction of peat bogs

 

End of unit assessment