Science

The school’s vision is modelled in the Science curriculum, where we believe in inclusive education for all. We believe that all of our students deserve a curriculum that meets their differing needs and enables them to fulfil their unique potential. We want our students to be successful members of our community and to maximise their life opportunities. It is the intention of our curriculum to enable this.

Our curriculum principles are to:

Adapt our curriculum to meet the unique needs of all of our learners.
Stretch and challenge all learners over 5 years, taking into account different starting points.
Develop effective literacy and communication skills – therefore creating learners who are confident and competent readers, writers and speakers.
Embed a range of wider opportunities and experiences for all, to ensure our learners have an educational experience that is rich and varied.
As a result, the Science curriculum will:

Inspire learners to become confident, resilient scientists who develop a love of learning science.
Provide a stimulating environment that integrates discovery and exploration into learning and which takes into account individual needs, strengths and starting points.
Develop successful learners who are able to apply scientific knowledge and understanding correctly to both familiar and unfamiliar contexts in the world.
Enable learners to understand how science fits into society and thereby encourage them to make a positive contribution to their local and wider community.
Enable learners to use a range of mathematical skills that can be applied to the world in which they live.
Enable learners to critically evaluate and refine methodologies, and judge the validity of scientific conclusions that are presented to them in the media.
Enable learners to critically analyse qualitative and quantitative data to draw their own logical, well-evidenced conclusions.
To enable learners to use their knowledge and understanding of science to further their science education beyond Kidsgrove Secondary School and/or to further their career.

 

All courses are underpinned by the concept of “How Science Works” in the real world, encouraging students to discuss future solutions to scientific challenges that face us today.

Year 7   Topic Lessons
Term 1 Introduction to Science  
    Cell Biologist   Living, dead and never been alive
  Cells and cell structure
  Cell shape and size
  Diffusion and cell membrane
  Working together - cells, tissues and organ   systems
  Supplying cells - human circulatory, digestive and gas exchange systems
  Human skeleton and muscles
    Molecular Chemist   Particle model in solids, liquids and gases
  Particles in solutions
  Atoms and molecules
  Symbols and formula
    Biochemist   Photosynthesis
  Cellular respiration
  Enzymes
Term 2   Force Scientist   What do forces do?
  Describing forces
  Balanced and unbalanced
  Friction
  Energy stores and transfers
  Describing speed
  Motion graphs
  Changing motion
  Drag
  Mass and weight
  Stretching springs
  Hidden forces
  Turning forces
    Sound & Light Engineer   Production and transmission of sound
  Characteristics of light
  The 'passive' eye
  Seeing colour
  The ray model of light to explain images
  Refraction and lenses
  Waves on water and ropes
  A wave model of sound
  A wave model of light
Term 3   Acid Scientist   Distinguishing acids and alkalis
  pH scale
  Neutralisation
  Making salts
    Geneticist   Heredity and genetic info
  Structure and function of genome
  Life cycles
  Growing bigger
  Growing older
  Sexual reproduction in humans
  Sexual and asexual reproduction in plants
    Ecologist   Food chains and webs
  Interdependence within ecosystems
  Habitats
  Changing conditions
  Importance and biodiversity
  Human impacts and biodiversity

 

Year 8 Topic Lessons
Term 1    Pharmacist   Introduction
  Substance
  Solutions
  Separating solutions
  Comparing solubility
  Explaining evaporation
 
      Astronomist   Introduction
  Planets and the solar system
  Gravity
  The night sky, stars and galaxies
  Days and seasons
    Molecular Chemist   Introduction
  Particle model in solids, liquids and gases
  Particles in solutions
  Atoms and molecules
  Symbols and formulae
Term 2   Heating Engineer   Introduction
  Temperature
  Heating and cooling
  Thermal conduction
  Thermal store of energy
  Density
  Pressure in liquids
  Convection
    Health Scientist   Introduction
  Good and ill health
  Disease
  Diet
  Exercise and asthma
  Recreational drug use
  Pathogens
  Preventing infection - animals
  Preventing infection - plants
    Periodic Table   Introduction
  Patterns in physical properties of elements
  Atomic model
  Patterns in atomic structure
  Reactivity series
  Patterns in chemical properties of the element
Term 3   Electrician   Introduction
  Making circuits
  Electric currents
  Voltage
  Static electricity
  Resistance
  Current affected by voltage and resistance
  Series and parallel
  Magnetic fields
  Electromagnets
  Generating Electricity
  Paying for electricity
    Evolution   Introduction
  Differences within species
  Changing in species over time - fossil evidence
  Identifying and classifying organisms
  Adaptations
  Competition
  Developing the theory of evolution by natural selection

 

Year 9 Topic Lessons
Term 1   Earth   Global warming
  Carbon cycle
  Climate change
  Extracting metals
  Recycling
 
    Genes   Natural selection
  Charles Darwin
  Extinction
  Preserving biodiversity
  Inheritance
  DNA
  Genetics
  Genetic modification
 
 

  GCSE Content

  Energy & Energy  resources

  Changes in energy stores
  Conservation of energy
  Energy and work
  Gravitational potential energy stores
  Kinetic energy and elastic energy stores
  Energy dissipation
  Energy & efficiency
  Electrical appliances
  Energy & Power
 

  GCSE Content

  Atomic structure

  Atoms
  Chemical equations
  Separating mixtures
  Fractional distillation & paper chromatography
  History of the atom
  Structure of the atom
  Ions, atoms & isotopes
  Electronic structures
 
    Cells & Organisation   The world of the microscope
  Animal & plant cells
  Eukaryotic & prokaryotic cells
  Specialisation in animal cells
  Specialisation in plant cells
  Diffusion
  Osmosis
  Osmosis in plants
  Active transport
  Exchanging materials
 
Term 2   Cell division  
  Cell division
  Growth and differentiation
  Stem cells
  Stem cell dilemmas
 
    GCSE Content

  The Periodic Table

  Development of the Periodic table
  Electronic structures of the Periodic Table
  Group 1-The alkali metals
  Group 7-the halogens
  Explaining trends
    GCSE Content

  Energy transfer by heating

Energy transfer by conduction
Specific heat capacity
Heating and insulating buildings
 
   

  Organisation & the digestive system

  GCSE Content

  Structure & Bonding

  Tissues & organs
  The human digestive system
  The chemistry of food
  Catalysts and enzymes
  Factors affecting enzyme action
  How the digestive system works
  Making digestion efficient
  States of matter
  Atoms into ions
  Ionic bonding
  Giant ionic structures
  Covalent bonding
  Structure of simple molecules
  Giant covalent structures
  Fullerenes and graphene
  Bonding in metals
  Giant metallic structures
   

  GCSE content

  Energy resources

  Energy demands
  Energy from wind and water
  Power from the Sun and Earth
  Energy and the environment
  Big Energy issues
 
   

  GCSE content

  Organising materials and plants

  The blood
  The blood vessels
  The heart
  Helping the heart
  Breathing & gas exchange
  Tissues & organs in plants
  Transport systems in plants
  Evaporation & transpiration
  Factors affecting transpiration
Term 3  

  GCSE Content

  Chemical calculations

  Relative masses and moles
  Equations and calculations
  From masses to balanced equations
  Expressing concentrations
 
   

  GCSE content

  Electric circuits

  Current & charge
  Potential difference and resistance
  Component characteristics
  Series circuits
  Parallel circuits
 
 

 

  GCSE content

 Communicable diseases

  Health & disease
  Pathogens & disease
  Preventing infections
  Viral diseases
  Bacterial diseases
  Diseases caused by fungi & protists
  Human defence responses
 
 

  GCSE content

  Chemical changes

  The reactivity series
  Displacement reactions
  Extracting metals
  Salts from metals
  Salts from insoluble bases
  Making more salts
  Neutralisation & the pH scale
  Strong & weak acids
 
 

 

  GCSE content

  Electricity in the home

  Alternating current
  Cables and plugs
  Electrical power and potential difference
  Electrical currents and energy transfer
  Appliances and efficiency