What is happening in Science?

Key Stage 3 :

All students study science in years 7-9. The course pathway is as follows;

Following the EXPLORING SCIENCE scheme, students will study:

Year 7

Biology: Cells (Tissues and Transplants), sex education (sex and science) , ecology matters, classification.

Chemistry: Acids and alkalis, chemical reactions (bubbles bangs and burning), states of matter (what a waste) , geology (materials from the earth).  

Physics: Energy and sustainable living, electricity, forces and the solar system.

Each topic includes a short assessment. There will also be an end of year exam (in June) assessing the whole year’s work.

After the exam students will study the year 8 Biology topics: Food, respiration (going for gold).   

Year 8

Biology : Microbes (doctors and diseases), Extinction (the way of the Dodo)

Chemistry: Water, elements(materials and recycling), metals (all that glitters), the rock cycle (explaining the earth)

Physics: Heat , forces and transport, light, sound.

Each topic includes a short assessment. There will also be an end of year exam (in June) assessing the whole year’s work.

After the exam students will study the year 9 Biology topics : Inheritance (science and fiction), health (a model career), photosytheisis (on the farm), forensic science (crime scene investigations).   

Year 9

Chemistry: Salts (building for the future), metal reactivity (sculpture park), pollution (cleaning up), advanced materials (flying materials).

Physics: Energy and electricity (buying energy), gravity (satellites and space), speed and forces (record breakers) , pressure (Dam it).   

Each topic includes a short assessment. There will also be an end of year exam (in May).

After the exam students will study year 10 preparation topics.   

Key Stage 4 – GCSE

For those students studying GCSE in year 10 and 11, the course pathway is as follows;

Year 10

Following the EDEXCEL Science syllabus, students will study three units; B1: Influences on life, C1: Chemistry in our world and P1: Universal physics. Each of these units will be assessed by a one hour exam in the summer exam session. Students will also have termly internal exams throughout the year to monitor their progress.

In addition to the three units above, students will also submit a Controlled Assessment piece of coursework, which contributes 25% towards their final GCSE grade.

Students will gain a GCSE in Science at the end of Year 10.

Year 11

Following the EDEXCEL Additional Science syllabus, students will study three units; B2: The components of life, C2: Discovering chemistry and P2: Physics for your future. As in year 10, each of these units will be assessed by a once hour exam in the summer exam session. Again, students will also have termly internal exams throughout the year to monitor their progress.

Similarly to Year 10, students in year 11 will again submit a Controlled Assessment piece of coursework which contributes 25% towards their final GCSE grade

Students will gain a GCSE in Additional Science at the end of year 11.

Triple Science

Students who opt for the Triple Science pathway will follow the EDEXCEL specification for Biology, Chemistry and Physics. In addition to the units contained in GCSE Science and GCSE Additional Science detailed above, students will also study B3: Using Biology, C3: Chemistry in action and P3: Applications of physics.

Due to the new requirement that all examinations are carried out at the end of the course, students studying Triple Science will sit all of their exams in the summer of year 11.

Triple students will be required to submit three controlled assessments (one per subject) each of which contributes 25% towards the final GCSE grade for that subject.

 

Yr11 Triple Science – @Bristol DNA Detectives & Ice Skating

29 students became forensic scientists to compare DNA samples from a crime scene with those from a group of suspects.  Using gel electrophoresis to separate DNA digested with restriction enzymes, every group had an excellent result in seeing distinctive genetic ‘fingerprints’ to distinguish between the samples and so identify the true suspect.

Then it was out into Millennium Square for some ice skating under the planetarium.  A lot was learned about resultant forces, momentum as well as the issues of a low friction environment.  Thanks to all students and staff for making this an event that is sure to become a popular feature of our Triple Science course.IMG_20161209_151327
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Year 11 Marine Biology Field Trip to South Devon

South Devon Marine Biology Field  Trip 2014As part of the Triple Science course, 17 students spent 2 days plunging into rock pools at Wembury and surveying the shores of the River Avon at Bigbury-on-Sea.

Classification was the focus on Saturday morning, with the Wembury Marine Centre leading small groups off to identify echinoderms, molluscs, annelids, chordates and more!

Specimens were then taken back to the Marine Centre and using a digital microscope we saw Bryozoans feeding, star ascidians and blue rayed limpets up close.

Students were then given time to complete 2 surveys

1. Investigating the shape of limpets in relation to wave exposure, by comparing populations of the exposed Wembury rocky shore to the sheltered coastline of the Avon Estuary.

2. Survey the vertical zonation of seaweed (particularly the wracks) and the adaptations each species shows.

Limpet Survey

Limpet Survey

Many thanks to our students, Mr Ford and Mr Dawe for making this trip so successful!

Year 7 Bristol Trip

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7 THYR had a great time at Bristol Zoo today learning about the conservation work the zoo carries out around the world.

7Y went hands on with hissing cockroaches, an Egyptian tortoise and a tenrec (looks a bit like hedgehog, but is more closely related to an elephant!).

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Leah loved the fur seals swimming over her head; Joe thought Jock, the silverback gorilla, was awesome.

7 WEAL go on Monday – hope the weather is good to them too.

Many thanks to Mrs Guild for organising this trip for the Year 7s again.

National Science and Engineering Week 15 – 24 March

To celebrate this national event the science department chose to run a number of events during the school week of 18 -22 March. There were many exciting events for students to attend at lunchtimes including, chemistry shows, physics demonstrations, and a study of pond life, colour chemistry and flame writing. These sessions were really well attended and students had the opportunity to get hands on with many of the experiments.

The small hall was transformed when Year 9 students had the opportunity to visit the Explorer Dome which is an inflatable planetarium and experienced a fantastic journey through space which reinforced many of the topics which we talk about in class.

Year 7 students had a great time attending the Bugfest show and seeing lots of fantastic creepy crawlies including the chance to hold a boa constrictor, hold a tarantula, see a deadly scorpion up close and some staff even overcame their fears to hold giant ‘bird eating’ spiders from Australia.

The department also ran two evenings of ‘Parent and Child’ practical science sessions. This a chance for parents to come into school with their son/daughter and have a go at some fun practical activities and even experience parts of a typical lesson. Parents and students had the opportunity to do a variety of practical work including making their own chemical indicators, extracting DNA and setting their hands on fire! We were thrilled with how popular these sessions were and we are hoping to provide more in the future.

The teachers were supported by a great team of science prefects from different years who worked fantastically throughout the week, so a big thank you from the staff goes out to them.

We are already thinking about events to run next year and we hope that you can come and join us to celebrate next time.