The study of science fires pupils’ curiosity about phenomena in the world around them and offers opportunities to find explanations. It engages learners at many levels, linking direct practical experience with scientific ideas. Experimentation and modelling are used to develop and evaluate explanations, encouraging critical and creative thought. Pupils learn how knowledge and understanding in science are rooted in evidence. They discover how scientific ideas contribute to technological change – affecting industry, business and medicine and improving quality of life. They trace the development of science worldwide and recognise its cultural significance. They learn to question and discuss issues that may affect their own lives, the directions of societies and the future of the world.
Staffing and Responsibilities
- A Willmott – Science Teacher/Head of Science
- S Bhatti – Teacher of Science/Director of STEM
- S Darling – Teacher of Science/Second in Science
- K Heath – Teacher of Science/KS3 Assistant Manager
- S Spragg – Teacher of Science
- D Cole – Teacher of Science
- J Lawlor – Teacher of Science
- A Shipton – Teacher of Science
- R Dickens – Teacher of Science
- K Wallis – Teacher of Science
Year 7 & 8
Year 7 and 8 pupils undergo a 2-year key stage 3 course that comprises of the following topics:
|Year 7||Year 8|
|Autumn Term||Living Systems||Particles||Forces||Respiration and Photosynthesis||Acids and Alkalis||Energy|
|Spring Term||Diet||Elements and Compounds||Levers, Moments and Pressure||Reproduction||Chemical Reactions||Waves|
|Summer Term||Genetics and Evolution||Electricity and Electromagnetism||Ecosystems||Earth and the Atmosphere/ Materials||Space|
For each topic, pupils will have three forms of assessment:
Maths Skills Assessment
End of Topic Test
All these assessments will be used to calculate an overall grade at the end of each topic.
Our year 9 pupils start studying the AQA GCSE Trilogy course. The topics they will be completing this year are.
|Topic 1||Cell Structure and Transport||Atomic Structure||Energy Conservation and Dissipation|
|Topic 2||Cell Division||Periodic Table||Energy Transfer by Heating|
|Topic 3||Organisation and the Digestive System||Structure and Bonding||Energy Resources|
|Topic 4||Organising Animals and Plants||Chemical Calculations||Electric Circuits|
|Topic 5||Communicable Diseases||Energy Changes||Electricity in the Home|
|Topic 6||Molecules and Matter|
Pupils will complete a test at the end of each topic and be awarded a current end of topic grade.
GCSE Science Courses
From June 2018, all GCSE science students at Perryfields will sit the new-style examinations for the courses introduced in September 2016. Gradings for these examinations will be based on the 9-1 system.
Students opt in Year 9 to study either Combined Science (equivalent to two GCSEs) or Separate Sciences – Biology, Chemistry and Physics (equivalent to three GCSEs). All courses studied are from the AQA suite of science qualifications.
All science students complete a series of practical investigations required by the examination board over their two-year course, keeping a record of this work in a personal folder. Consistent lesson attendance is vital, as knowledge of these investigations is examined in the terminal examinations.
Links to full specifications available on the AQA website ( www.aqa.org.uk)
Combined Science Trilogy (8464)
Science A-levels have changed, with the Government introducing new regulations for subject content and assessment from September 2015. Assessment has changed from modular to linear, with all exams at the end of the course. There is no longer an internal practical assessment contributing marks towards the final A-level grade; instead there is an “endorsement” of students’ practical work, which is recorded by teachers. There is a greater emphasis on practical work than in the past, however, with students completing at least 12 practical activities specified by the examination board across the two-year A-level. Practical skills are now assessed through the written papers and account for 15% of the total assessment.
Year 12 Units
- Unit 1: Biological Molecules
- Unit 2: Cells
- Unit 3: Organisms exchange substances with their environment
- Unit 4: Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms
Year 13 Units
- Unit 5: Energy transfers in and between organisms
- Unit 6: Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments
- Unit 7: Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems
- Unit 8: The control of gene expression
10% of the total A-level marks require the use of higher tier GCSE mathematical skills
For full specification please visit: http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resources/biology/specifications/AQA-7401-7402-SP-2015.PDF
Year 12 Units
- Physical Chemistry – including atomic structure, amount of substance, bonding, energetic, kinetics, chemical equilibria and Le Chatelier’s Principle
- Inorganic Chemistry – including periodicity, Group 2 othe alkaline Earth metals, Group 7 the halogens
- Organic Chemistry – including introduction to organic chemistry, alkanes, halogenoalkanes, alkenes, alcohols, organic analysis
Year 13 Units
- Physical Chemistry – including thermodynamics, rate equations, equilibrium constant for homogenous systems, electrode potentials and electrochemical cells
- Inorganic Chemistry – including properties of Period 3 elements and their oxides, transition metals, reactions of ions in aqueous solution
- Organic Chemistry – including optical isomerism, aldehydes and ketones, carboxylic acids and derivatives, aromatic chemistry, amines, polymers, amino acids, proteins and DNA, organic synthesis, NMR spectroscopy, chromatography
20% of the total A-level marks require the use of higher tier GCSE mathematical skills.
For full specification please visit: http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resources/chemistry/specifications/AQA-7404-7405-SP-2015.PDF
Year 12 Units
- Unit 1: Measurements and their errors – including use of SI units and their prefixes, limitations of physical measurement, estimation of physical quantities
- Unit 2: Particles and radiation – including constituents of the atom, particle interactions, collisions of electrons with atoms
- Unit 3: Waves – including progressive waves, interference, diffraction
- Unit 4: Mechanics and energy – including projectile motion, Newton’s laws of motion
- Unit 5: Electricity – including current/voltage characteristics, circuits, electromotive force and internal resistance
Year 13 Units
- Unit 6: Further mechanics and thermal physics – including periodic motion, thermal energy transfer, molecular kinetic theory model
- Unit 7: Fields – including Newton’s law of gravitation, orbits of planets and satellites, magnetic flux density
- Unit 8: Nuclear physics – including evidence for the nucleus, radioactive decay, nuclear instability
Plus one final optional of study from:-
Astrophysics, Medical physics, Engineering physics, Turning points in physics or Electronics
40% of the total A-level marks require the use of higher tier GCSE mathematical skills.
For full specification please visit: http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resources/physics/specifications/AQA-7407-7408-SP-2015.PDF