Science Curriculum Plans

Year 7 Autumn

What are we learning?
What Knowledge, Understanding and Skills will we gain?
What will excellence look like?
How will these be assessed?

Biology

Organisms

We will learn about the structure and function of living organisms and how they interact.

An excellent piece of extended writing will use four or more scientific terms, will link scientific concepts and explain them fully and will sequence ideas in a logical order.

Excellent graph interpretation will describe the patterns in graphs with different sections, using data from the graph, and explain the shape of a graph by linking scientific theory.

An excellent critique of a method will suggest some further steps or an alternative method and explain how this will enable more precise measurements to be gained.

Extended writing will be assessed through a concept cartoon relating to organisms.

Graph interpretation will be assessed by studying a graph about solubility.

Students will be required to critique a method about measuring force.

A summative test using examination questions will assess learning in all topics.

Chemistry

Matter

We will learn about the particulate nature of matter. 

Physics

Forces

We will learn about motion and forces. We will describe processes using technical terminology accurately and precisely and will build up an extended specialist vocabulary.

Year 7 Spring

What are we learning?
What Knowledge, Understanding and Skills will we gain?
What will excellence look like?
How will these be assessed?

Biology

Ecosystems

We will learn about how living organisms interact.

Excellent application of knowledge will use four or more scientific terms, will link scientific concepts and explain them fully and will sequence ideas in a logical order.

Excellent graph interpretation will describe the patterns in graphs with different sections using data from the graph and explain the shape of a graph by linking scientific theory.

Students will apply their knowledge in unknown contexts, explaining circuits in street lamps and bioaccumulation.

Students will interpret graphs about changes of state.

A summative test using examination questions will assess learning in all topics.

Chemistry

Matter

We will learn about the particulate nature of matter. 

Physics

Electromagnets

We will learn the about electricity. We will describe processes using technical terminology accurately and precisely and will build up an extended specialist vocabulary

Year 7 Summer

What are we learning?
What Knowledge, Understanding and Skills will we gain?
What will excellence look like?
How will these be assessed?

Biology

Genes

We will learn about how genes impact our lives. 

Excellent graph drawing will involve choosing the correct scale for both axes, labelling both axes clearly, plotting all points accurately and drawing the most appropriate line of best fit.

An excellent design of a practical will fully justify the use of all equipment, include a concise hypothesis that is fully justified, explain how valid data will be collected and explain how to minimise all risks.

Excellent extended writing will use four or more scientific terms correctly, link scientific concepts and explain them correctly and sequence ideas in a logical order.

Students will draw graphs of measurements relating to variation.

Students will design a practical to make crystals.

Students will write an extended answer to a question relating to eyes and waves.

A summative test using examination questions will assess learning in all topics.

Chemistry

Reactions

We will learn about the behaviour of chemicals in reactions.  

Physics

Waves

We will learn about how waves transfer energy. We will describe processes using technical terminology accurately and precisely and will build up an extended specialist vocabulary.

 

Year 8 Autumn

What are we learning?
What Knowledge, Understanding and Skills will we gain?
What will excellence look like?
How will these be assessed?

Biology

Organisms

We will learn about material cycles and genetics and evolution. 

An excellent method will include a justification of the equipment being used,  a step by step method that quantifies amounts of substances, explaining how control variables will be monitored, identifying all risks and explaining how to minimise them.

An excellent piece of extended writing will use four or more scientific terms, will link scientific concepts and explain them fully and will sequence ideas in a logical order.

Students will critique a method about the strength of electromagnets. Excellent work will suggest some further steps or an alternative method and explain how this will enable more precise measurements to be gained.

Students will write a method about how to investigate breathing.

Extended writing will be assessed through a concept cartoon relating to exothermic and endothermic reactions.

Students will be required to critique a method about measuring the strength of an electromagnet.

A formative test using examination questions will assess learning in all topics.

Chemistry

Reactions

We will learn about the patterns of chemical reactions. 

Physics

Electromagnets

We will learn about the applications of electromagnetism. We will describe processes using technical terminology accurately and precisely and will build up an extended specialist vocabulary.

Year 8 Spring

What are we learning?
What Knowledge, Understanding and Skills will we gain?
What will excellence look like?
How will these be assessed?

Biology

Genes

We will learn about genetics and evolution. 

An excellent answer to an unknown context will use four or more scientific terms, will link scientific concepts and explain them fully and will sequence ideas in a logical order.

An excellent piece of extended writing will use four or more scientific terms, will link scientific concepts and explain them fully and will sequence ideas in a logical order.

An excellent graph will have the correct scale for both axes, have both axes labelled correctly including the units, have all points plotted accurately and will have the most appropriate line of best fit.

Students will be assessed on a test using past examination questions.

Students will apply their knowledge in an unknown context, explaining natural selection.

Students will complete an open-ended question, explaining their answer to a concept cartoon.

Students will draw graphs about Hooke’s Law.

A summative test using examination questions will assess learning in all topics.

Chemistry

Reactions

We will learn about chemical reactions.

Physics

Forces

We will learn about how forces affect objects.  We will describe processes using technical terminology accurately and precisely and will build up an extended specialist vocabulary.

Year 8 Summer

What are we learning?
What Knowledge, Understanding and Skills will we gain?
What will excellence look like?
How will these be assessed?

Biology

Ecosystems and Energy

We will learn about material cycles and energy. 

Excellent graph interpretation will describe the patterns in different sections of a graph, will suggest how to minimise the impact of anomalies and explain the shape of a graph by linking to scientific theory.

Excellent extended writing will use four or more scientific terms correctly, link scientific concepts and explain them correctly and sequence ideas in a logical order.

Excellent application of knowledge will use more than one scientific principle to explain an unfamiliar and abstract context.

Students will interpret graphs about the limiting factors of photosynthesis and effective insulation.

Students will write an extended answer to a question relating to keeping the carbon cycle in balance.

Students will apply scientific knowledge to work out the properties of unknown elements.

Chemistry

Matter and The Periodic Table

We will learn about matter and the periodic table.

Physics

Energy

We will learn about energy transfer. We will describe processes using technical terminology accurately and precisely and will build up an extended specialist vocabulary.

 

Year 9 Autumn

What are we learning?
What Knowledge, Understanding and Skills will we gain?
What will excellence look like?
How will these be assessed?

Biology

Organisation

Students will explore how structural differences between types of biological cells enable them to perform specific functions within organisms.  They will learn how these cells form systems, such as the circulatory system and digestive system and the impact damage to these systems has on our health.

An excellent method will include a justification of the equipment being used,  a step by step method that quantifies amounts of substances, explaining how control variables will be monitored, identifying all risks and explaining how to minimise them.

An excellent response to an extended, six mark question will include scientific terminology and will link ideas together.

Students will write a method about investigating the effect of pH on amylase.

Students will complete an extended response, six mark question about transport of substances.

A summative test using examination questions will assess learning in this topic.

Chemistry

Atomic structure and the periodic table

 

Students will establish how the periodic table has developed over time and use the modern periodic table as a tool to determine the structure and chemical properties of atoms.

An excellent answer for an extended piece of writing will use four or more scientific terms, will link scientific concepts and explain them fully and will sequence ideas in a logical order.

An excellent response to an extended, six mark question will include scientific terminology and will link ideas together.

Students will complete an open ended question, explaining ‘Does the periodic table matter?’

Students will complete an extended response, six mark question about crystallisation.

A summative test using examination questions will assess learning in this topic. 

Physics

Electricity

Students will explore how electric charge is a fundamental property of matter and learn how the difference in conductors makes it possible to design electric circuits.

An excellent answer for an extended piece of writing will use four or more scientific terms, will link scientific concepts and explain them fully and will sequence ideas in a logical order.

An excellent response to an extended, six mark question will include scientific terminology and will link ideas together.

Students will complete an open ended question, explaining what will happen in an unseen circuit.

Students will complete an extended response, six mark question about resistance.

A summative test using examination questions will assess learning in this topic.

Year 9 Spring

What are we learning?
What Knowledge, Understanding and Skills will we gain?
What will excellence look like?
How will these be assessed?

Biology

Infection and response

Students will learn how pathogens cause infectious disease and explore the function of our immune system.

Excellent graph interpretation will describe the patterns in graphs with different sections using data from the graph and explain the shape of a graph by linking scientific theory. 

An excellent response to an extended, six mark question will include scientific terminology and will link ideas together.

Students will interpret graphs about immunity.

Students will complete an extended response, six mark question about how different types of organism defend themselves against microorganisms.

A summative test using examination questions will assess learning in this topic.

Chemistry

Chemical analysis, Chemical changes

Students will experiment with chemical reactions in a systematic way, organising our results logically, to know how some elements and compounds react with each other and how easily they can be ‘pulled apart’. We will learn about instrumental methods of chemical testing that provides fast and accurate analysis of chemicals.

An excellent critique of a method will suggest some further steps or an alternative method and explain how this will enable more precise measurements to be gained.

An excellent response to an extended, six mark question will include scientific terminology and will link ideas together.

Students will critique a method about chemical analysis techniques.

Students will complete an extended response, six mark question about chemical methods.

A summative test using examination questions will assess learning in these topics.

Physics

Particle model, Atomic structure

Students will explore how the particle model is applied to predict the behaviour of solids, liquids and gases. They will link the properties of ionising radiation with the structure of atoms, nuclear forces and stability. 

An excellent graph will have the correct scale for both axes, have both axes labelled correctly including the units, have all points plotted accurately and will have the most appropriate line of best fit.

An excellent response to an extended, six mark question will include scientific terminology and will link ideas together.

Students will draw graphs about changes of state. 

Students will complete an extended response, six mark question about chemical methods.

Students will recall and apply a range of physics equations.

A summative test using examination questions will assess learning in this topic.

Year 9 Summer

What are we learning?
What Knowledge, Understanding and Skills will we gain?
What will excellence look like?
How will these be assessed?

Biology

Infection and response

Students will learn how pathogens cause infectious disease and explore the function of our immune system.

Excellent graph interpretation will describe the patterns in graphs with different sections using data from the graph and explain the shape of a graph by linking scientific theory.

An excellent response to an extended, six mark question will include scientific terminology and will link ideas together. 

Students will interpret graphs about immunity.

Students will complete an extended response, six mark question about how different types of organism defend themselves against microorganisms.

A summative test using examination questions will assess learning in this topic.

Chemistry

Chemical analysis, Chemical changes

Students will experiment with chemical reactions in a systematic way, organising our results logically, to know how some elements and compounds react with each other and how easily they can be ‘pulled apart’. We will learn about instrumental methods of chemical testing that provides fast and accurate analysis of chemicals.

An excellent critique of a method will suggest some further steps or an alternative method and explain how this will enable more precise measurements to be gained.

An excellent response to an extended, six mark question will include scientific terminology and will link ideas together.

Students will critique a method about chemical analysis techniques.

Students will complete an extended response, six mark question about chemical methods.

A summative test using examination questions will assess learning in this topic.

Physics

Particle model, Atomic structure

Students will explore how the particle model is applied to predict the behaviour of solids, liquids and gases. They will link the properties of ionising radiation with the structure of atoms, nuclear forces and stability.

An excellent graph will have the correct scale for both axes, have both axes labelled correctly including the units, have all points plotted accurately and will have the most appropriate line of best fit.

An excellent response to an extended, six mark question will include scientific terminology and will link ideas together.

Students will draw graphs about changes of state.  

Students will complete an extended response, six mark question about chemical methods.

Students will recall and apply a range of physics equations.

A summative test using examination questions will assess learning in this topic. 

 

Year 10 Autumn

What are we learning?
What Knowledge, Understanding and Skills will we gain?
What will excellence look like?
How will these be assessed?

Biology

Bioenergetics and homeostasis

Students will explore the methods organisms have for producing energy, including photosynthesis, aerobic respiration and anaerobic respiration. They will examine the human control systems for temperature, pH, blood sugar and the menstrual cycle, and how these systems affect the internal environment of the body.

An excellent graph will have the correct scale for both axes, have both axes labelled correctly including the units, have all points plotted accurately and will have the most appropriate line of best fit.

When applying knowledge to an unknown example, students using more than one scientific principle to explain an unfamiliar and abstract context will be producing excellent work.

An excellent response to an extended six mark question will include scientific terminology and will link ideas together.

Students will draw graphs about the rate of photosynthesis.

Students will apply knowledge to an unknown context when learning about the mechanisms of homeostasis.

Students will complete an extended response, six mark question about photosynthesis and blood sugar.

A summative test using examination questions will assess learning in this topic.

Chemistry

Bonding, structure and the properties of matter

We will learn to use theories of structure and bonding to explain the properties of materials and how we can create new materials with desirable properties.

Excellent graph interpretation will describe the patterns in graphs with different sections using data from the graph and explain the shape of a graph by linking scientific theory.

An excellent response to an extended six mark question will include scientific terminology and will link ideas together.

Students will interpret graphs about the change of state of stearic acid.

Students will complete an extended response, six mark question about bonding..

A summative test using examination questions will assess learning in this topic.

Physics

Energy

Students will explore the concept of energy as a key tool for understanding scientific systems, evaluating the use of fossil fuels and the link with global warming.

An excellent method will include a justification of the equipment being used,  a step by step method that quantifies amounts of substances, explaining how control variables will be monitored, identifying all risks and explaining how to minimise them.

An excellent response to an extended six mark question will include scientific terminology and will link ideas together.

Students will write a method about investigating the movement of a pendulum.

Students will complete an extended response, six mark question energy transfers.

Students will recall and apply a range of physics equations.

A summative test using examination questions will assess learning in this topic.

Year 10 Spring

What are we learning?
What Knowledge, Understanding and Skills will we gain?
What will excellence look like?
How will these be assessed?

Biology

Ecology

Students will explore the interactions between plants and animals within ecosystems, looking at the biotic and abiotic factors that influence them, and the human threat to biodiversity.

An excellent critique of a method will suggest some further steps or an alternative method and explain how this will enable more precise measurements to be gained. 

An excellent response to an extended, six mark question will include scientific terminology and will link ideas together.

Students will critique a method about using quadrats.

Students will complete extended response, six mark questions about interdependence.

A summative test using examination questions will assess learning in this topic.

Chemistry

Quantitative chemistry, Energy changes, Organic chemistry

Students will carry out chemical reactions, predicting results and represent the findings using chemical equations. They will investigate the energy changes in chemical reactions and how they can be used in our everyday lives. 

An excellent graph will have the correct scale for both axes, have both axes labelled correctly including the units, have all points plotted accurately and will have the most appropriate line of best fit.

An excellent answer to an open-ended question will use four or more scientific terms, will link scientific concepts and explain them fully and will sequence ideas in a logical order.

Excellent graph interpretation will describe the patterns in graphs with different sections using data from the graph and explain the shape of a graph by linking scientific theory.

An excellent response to an extended, six mark question will include scientific terminology and will link ideas together.

Students will draw graphs about reactions.

Students will complete an open ended question, explaining the link between mass and atoms in reactions.

Students will interpret graphs about the link between carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and temperature. 

Students will complete extended response, six mark questions about mass in reactions, exothermic an endothermic changes and human impacts on the atmosphere.

A summative test using examination questions will assess learning in this topic.

Physics

Waves

Students will learn how waves carry energy from one place to another, can carry information and can be used in modern technologies.

An excellent critique of a method will suggest some further steps or an alternative method and explain how this will enable more precise measurements to be gained.

Students will critique a method about reflection.

Students will complete an extended response, six mark question about waves.

Students will recall and apply a range of physics equations.

A summative test using examination questions will assess learning in these topics.

Year 10 Summer

What are we learning?
What Knowledge, Understanding and Skills will we gain?
What will excellence look like?
How will these be assessed?

Biology

 

     

Chemistry

Chemistry of the atmosphere

Students will gain an understanding of the processes that lead to climate change through global warming.

Excellent graph interpretation will describe the patterns in different sections of a graph, will suggest how to minimise the impact of anomalies and explain the shape of a graph by linking to scientific theory.

Students will interpret graphs relating to global temperature increase and carbon dioxide levels.

Students will complete an extended response, six mark question about climate change.

A summative test using examination questions will assess learning in this topic. 

Physics

Forces

Students will analyse forces when designing machines and instruments, such as fairground rides

Excellent graph interpretation will describe the patterns in different sections of a graph, will suggest how to minimise the impact of anomalies and explain the shape of a graph by linking to scientific theory.

Students will interpret graphs relating to forces and motion.

Students will complete an extended response, six mark question about scalars and vectors.

A summative test using examination questions will assess learning in this topic.

 

Year 11 Autumn

What are we learning?
What Knowledge, Understanding and Skills will we gain?
What will excellence look like?
How will these be assessed?

Biology

Inheritance, variation and evolution

Students will explore genetics, looking at gene inheritance, the positive and negative effects of mutation, and how these concepts influence the evolution of organisms through natural selection. We will look at ethically complex genetic techniques, such as cloning, selective breeding, and genetic engineering.

An excellent answer to an open ended question will use four or more scientific terms, will link scientific concepts and explain them fully and will sequence ideas in a logical order.

An excellent response to an extended six mark question will include scientific terminology and will link ideas together.

Students will complete an open ended question, explaining ‘Should everyone know their DNA profile?’

Students will complete an extended response, six mark question about evolution.

A summative test using examination questions will assess learning in this topic.

Chemistry

The rate and extent of chemical change

Students will explore how variables can be manipulated in order to speed up chemical reactions or slow them down.  We will establish how to maximise the yield of a desired product in reactions that are reversible and relate these to the work of chemical engineers.

An excellent answer to an open ended question will use four or more scientific terms, will link scientific concepts and explain them fully and will sequence ideas in a logical order.

An excellent response to an extended six mark question will include scientific terminology and will link ideas together.

Students will complete an open ended question, explaining how to make a firework reaction faster.

Students will complete an extended response, six mark question about rates of reaction.

A summative test using examination questions will assess learning in this topic.

Physics

Magnets and electromagnetism

Students will discover how engineers use a magnet moving in a coil to produce an electric current and how this can produce movement. They will learn how this electromagnetic effect is used in a variety of devices involving control and communications.

An excellent experiment design will fully justify the use of all equipment, construct a concise hypothesis that is fully justified and explain how valid data will be collected.

An excellent response to an extended six mark question will include scientific terminology and will link ideas together.

Students will design their own practical to investigate electromagnets.

Students will complete an extended response, six mark question about magnetism.

Students will recall and apply a range of physics equations.

A summative test using examination questions will assess learning in this topic.

Year 11 Spring

What are we learning?
What Knowledge, Understanding and Skills will we gain?
What will excellence look like?
How will these be assessed?

Biology

Preparation for terminal examinations

Students will begin the final preparations for the terminal examinations.  This will include examination technique, knowledge recall and application, maths skills and extended writing skills.

Excellent work will require students to critically reflect on the areas of knowledge and skills to improve upon. 

Students will be required to describe processes using technical terminology accurately and precisely using an extended specialist vocabulary.

Students will complete assessments on the required practicals, maths skills and extended writing. They will also practise applying the key knowledge and required equations.

Formative tests using past examination questions on each of the skill areas.

Chemistry

Organic chemistry and the chemistry of the atmosphere

The Earth’s atmosphere will teach students about the effects of human actions requiring engineers to develop solutions to reduce human impacts. Students will learn how chemists seek to minimise the use of resources in order to operate sustainably.

Excellent graph interpretation will describe the patterns in graphs with different sections using data from the graph and explain the shape of a graph by linking scientific theory. 

An excellent response to an extended, six mark question will include scientific terminology and will link ideas together.

Students will interpret graphs about the link between carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and temperature. 

Students will complete an extended response, six mark question about organic molecules.

A summative test using examination questions will assess learning in this topic.

Physics

Preparation for terminal examinations

Students will begin the final preparations for the terminal examinations.  This will include examination technique, knowledge recall and application, maths skills and extended writing skills.

Excellent work will require students to critically reflect on the areas of knowledge and skills to improve upon. 

Students will be required to describe processes using technical terminology accurately and precisely using an extended specialist vocabulary.

Formative tests using past examination questions on each of the skill areas.