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Science Curriculum Overview

At The Grangefield Academy we have a belief that Science is best taught within a practical context and endeavour to produce lasting learning experiences to enrich student's understanding

Year 7

Year 7 students are introduced to investigative skills that will prepare them for the rest of their studies at the Academy. The course is designed so students will study each of the three scientific disciplines throughout the year. The units are Cells, Tissues and Organs, Mixtures and Separation, Energy, Sexual Reproduction in Animals, Acids and Alkali, Current and Electricity, Muscles and Bones, The Particle Model, Forces, Ecosystems, Atoms, Elements and Compounds and Sound

Year 8

In Year 8 students will study Light, Diet, Space, Combustion, Respiration, Energy, The Periodic Table, Unicellular Organisms, Fluids, Metals and Uses, Plants and Reproduction, and Rocks. Practical opportunities within these units include studying the nature of light with ray boxes and mirrors, modelling the digestive system and investigating the nature of enzymes. The school grounds are accessed and investigated for the Plants and Reproduction module, and several reactions are conducted within the Metals and Rocks topics.

Year 9

In Year 9, students study What's in a Reaction? Are you fit? How do we stay healthy? Be Reactive, Systems for Survival, How do living things interact, Calculating Forces and Photosynthesis. Students will investigate key areas of physiology within the Fitness modules and will have their first opportunity to perform dissections and will be taught to make anatomical observations. During the summer term students will perform end of KS3 assessments and lessons will be focussed on subject areas requiring development. These will be personalised for individual students wherever possible. Students will be assessed to ensure clear progress is made during in this period and to ensure accuracy of data when selecting the most appropriate KS4 courses for students.

Year 10

At Grangefield Academy we give all students the opportunity to obtain 2 science qualifications, a Core Science and an Additional Science GCSE qualification. Some students may opt to study Triple Science and obtain GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Each Science GCSE has one unit of controlled assessment that will comprise 25% of the total GCSE.

Edexcel GCSE in Science

The units are:

Unit B1: Influence on Life

Topic 1: Classification, variation and inheritance, Topic 2: Responses to a changing environment

Topic 3: Problems of, and solutions to a changing environment

Unit C1: Chemistry in our world

Topic 1: The Earth's sea and atmosphere, Topic 2: Materials from the Earth, Topic 3: Acids, Topic 4: Obtaining and using metals, Topic 5: Fuels

Unit P1: Universal Physics

Topic 1: Visible light and the Solar System, Topic 2: The electromagnetic spectrum, Topic 3: Waves and the Universe, Topic 4: Waves and the Earth, Topic 5: Generation and transmission of electricity, Topic 6: Energy and the future

Year 11

The majority of students will study Edexcel GCSE in Additional Science this year. The units are:

Unit B2: The components of life

Topic 1: The building blocks of cells, Topic 2: Organisms and energy, Topic 3: Common Systems

Unit C2: Discovering chemistry

Topic 1: Atomic structure and the periodic table, Topic 2: Ionic compounds and analysis, Topic 3: Covalent compounds and separation techniques, Topic 4: Groups in the periodic table, Topic 5: Chemical reactions, Topic 6: Quantitative chemistry

Unit P2: Physics for your future

Topic 1: Static and current electricity, Topic 2: Controlling and using electric current, Topic 3: Motion and forces, Topic 4: Momentum, energy, work and power, Topic 5: Nuclear fission and nuclear fusion, Topic 6: Advantages and disadvantages of using radioactive materials

Students opting to study Triple Science will study the following extension units

Unit B3: Using biology

Topic 1: Control systems, Topic 2: Behaviour, Topic 3: Biotechnology

Unit C3: Chemistry in action

Topic 1: Qualitative analysis, Topic 2: Quantitative analysis, Topic 3: Electrolytic processes, Topic 4: Gases, equilibria and ammonia, Topic 5: Organic chemistry

Unit P3: Applications of physics

Topic 1: Radiation in treatment and medicine, Topic 2: X-rays and ECGs, Topic 3: Production, uses and risks of ionising radiation from radioactive sources, Topic 4: Motion of particles, Topic 5: Kinetic theory and gases

All of the GCSE course dovetail with current A-Level specifications, providing an excellent grounding in science should students decide to study the topic at a further education college