The Science Curriculum

Our curriculum aims:

We aim to offer students a broad enriching curriculum that encourages their passion for science to flourish.

By allowing our students to use their natural inquisitiveness to build their scientific understanding and ensure they leave Temple Moor with a deep appreciation of the world around them; where they can eloquently explain scientific ideas and link them to their everyday lives.

Key Stage 3 Curriculum

Year 7: Students begin to lay the foundations for their understanding of science, with simple concepts focussing on the small scale to begin with and building students up to understanding our bodies and simple chemical reactions.

Biology: Cells, organisation, photosynthesis and respiration

Chemistry: Separation, particles and chemical reactions

Physics: Forces, speed, pressure and energy

Year 8: Students know begin to piece their ideas together to think about the bigger picture: how new life is created, grouping together different elements and thinking about how we fit into the cosmos all play a key part within their studies.

Biology: Reproduction, health, genetics and ecosystems

Chemistry: Periodic table, materials and Earth and atmosphere

Physics: Space, electricity and waves

Assessment:

In class formative assessment is at the forefront of understanding where our students have gaps in their knowledge, this takes place in every lesson to ensure our students are supported and challenged to maintain engagement.

Each topic taught will also contain a mid-topic and end of topic assessment which is teacher marked and each student is given feedback, these are returned to frequently to ensure the students development.

CAAs (Common Assessment Activities) are also completed on a half termly basis, where students will be assessed on the skills outlined using key concepts as a context for their answers.

Link to KS3 national curriculum:

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/335174/SECONDARY_national_curriculum_-_Science_220714.pdf

Year 9 Transition to GCSE:

The first term of year 9 is used to offer students the opportunity to bridge the gap between KS3 and KS4 – we focus on the key skills students need to understand to successfully transition to GCSE science. Students will complete a range of practical based skills, analysis of data, debate skills and both maths and literacy in science units to prepare them for their learning at GCSE.

Key Stage 4 Curriculum:

Year 9: Students go back to studying the small scale in much finer detail, they are offered opportunity to recap and cement their prior knowledge and are pushed to apply their understanding to harder concepts.

Biology: Cells and plants

Chemistry: Atoms and bonding

Physics: Energy and the particle model

Year 10: Concepts become more challenging and students are pushed to consider how their biological knowledge links to the world around them. In chemistry, students are challenged to really understand what is happening in specific chemical reactions and models play a vital role in understanding difficult physics concepts.

Biology: Animals, diseases and ecology

Chemistry: Calculations, Chemical change, energy change and organic chemistry

Physics: Radiation, Electricity and Forces

Year 11: In their final year of KS4 students are thinking about all the links that can be made between disciplines, they consider how this all fits together in the world around us and the effects on our world.

Biology: Homeostasis and inheritance

Chemistry: Chemical analysis and atmospheric change

Physics: Waves and magnetism (triple students also study space physics)

Assessment:

A repetitive approach to low stakes testing is used to allow students to regularly demonstrate their understanding through recall, by completing this we are supporting our students in preparing for linear assessment.

AQA GCSE Science Trilogy (6 papers each 70 marks and 1.25 hours) or Separate Sciences (6 papers, each 100 marks and 1.75 hours)

Biology Paper 1: Cell Biology, Organisation, Infection and Response and Bioenergetics

Biology Paper 2: Homeostasis and Response, Inheritance, Variation and Evolution and Ecology

Chemistry Paper 1: Atoms and the Periodic Table, Bonding, Quantitative, Chemical Change and Energy Change.

Chemistry Paper 2: Rate, Organic Chemistry, Chemical Analysis, Atmospheric and Using Resources

Physics Paper 1: Energy, Electricity, Particle Model, Atoms and Radiation.

Physics Paper 2: Forces, Waves and Magnetism (Physics only: Space Physics

Useful Links

National curriculum KS4: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/381380/Science_KS4_PoS_7_November_2014.pdf

Combined Science specification:

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/combined-science-trilogy-8464

Separate sciences specifications:

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/biology-8461

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/chemistry-8462

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/physics-8463

Key Stage 5

We offer all three of the science disciplines at A-level at Temple Moor and are passionate about ensuring our students get the best support to prepare them for their further education.

A-level Biology Curriculum:

Students will focus on ideas around micro-biology and build up to making clear links between how every living thing functions and interacts.

Topics: Biological molecules, cells, organisms exchange substances with their environment, genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms, energy transfers in and between organisms, organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments, genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems, the control of gene expression

Assessment:

Paper 1: Biological Molecules, Cells, Organisms and Exchange, Genetic information, Variation and Relationships 2 hours 91 marks including extended response

Paper 2: Energy Transfers, Response to changes in environment, Genetics, populations and ecosystems, Control of gene expression, 2 hours 91 marks including comprehension

Paper 3: Synoptic 2 hours 78 marks including an essay

Link to specification:

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/as-and-a-level/biology-7401-7402

A-level Chemistry Curriculum:

Students cover the three main disciplines of chemistry, organic – covering the main reactions of carbon based molecules; inorganic – other molecules and how they interact including trends in the periodic table; physical chemistry – the application of techniques and theories of physics to the study of chemical systems.

Topics: Organic – alkanes, halogenoalkanes, alkenes, alcohols, analysis, isomerism, carbonyl compounds, aromatic chemistry, polymers, biochemistry

Inorganic – periodicity, group 2, group 7, properties of Period 3 elements, transition metals, reactions of ions in aqueous solution

Physical – atomic structure, Amount of substance, bonding, energetics, kinetics, equilibrium, redox, thermodynamics, rate, acids and bases, electrode potentials and electrochemical cells

Assessment:

Paper 1: Physical and Inorganic 2 hours 105 marks

Paper 2: Physical and Organic 2 hours 105 marks

Paper 3: Synoptic and Practical skills with multiple choice questions 2 hours 90 marks

Link to specification:

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/as-and-a-level/chemistry-7404-7405

A-level Physics Curriculum:

Students will build the foundations of their physics knowledge by first focussing on the fundamental microscale structures building up to the macroscale in the universe.

Topics: measurements and their errors, particles and radiation, waves, mechanics and materials, electricity, further mechanics and thermal physics, fields and their consequences, nuclear physics

Assessment:

Paper 1: Measurements and Errors, Particles and Radiation, Waves, Mechanics and Electricity 2 hours 85 marks with multiple choice

Paper 2: Mechanics and Thermal Physics, Fields, Nuclear Physics 2 hours 85 marks with multiple choice

Paper 3: Practical skills and data, including chosen extra unit (Astrophysics, Medical Physics, Engineering Physics, Turning Points, Electronics) 2 hours 80 marks

Link to specification:

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/as-and-a-level/physics-7407-7408

Extra-Curricular Activities

Science Club: This offers students opportunity to continue their love of science by researching projects and carrying out investigations, they are able to then present this work to their peers and gain regular feedback, it also allows students to build their confidence within science and take part in fun activities that may not have made it into classroom based activities.

Lego Robotics Club: We offer student to build up their skills within STEM by regularly taking part in the First Lego League, this offers students the opportunity to improve their team work skills by working in small groups to make decisions and learn how to programme, their presentation skills by completing project work for the competition and their problem-solving skills.