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  • Head of the Science Department: Mrs Shepherd
  • Email: Nicola.Shepherd@cncs.school

Department vision

We are a team that is committed to ensuring that all pupils regardless of their ability, gender, race or religion have access to a vibrant, exciting and relevant curriculum which contributes to their spiritual, moral and social development with an appreciation and sense of wonder at God’s creation.  Through outstanding teaching and learning we want every student to leave us with the qualifications, skills and attributes to secure a place at a world leading university or a prestigious apprenticeship.

Curriculum in Science

Your child will study a broad and balanced curriculum that covers the necessary content for public examinations but also aims to engage and enthuse.  We follow the suite of AQA courses at key stage four and five.  Our key stage three course aims to embed the key skills and knowledge for success, we maintain a consistent approach with terminology so pupils become familiar them.

Year 7

Term

Topics Covered

Autumn

B1 Cell Biology I

C1 Atomic Structure I

P3 Particle model of matter I

Spring

B2 Organisation I

B3 Infection and response I

C2 Bonding I

C4 Chemical Changes I

P2 Electricity I

Summer

B4 Bioenergetics I

C5 Energy Changes I

P1 Energy I

Year 8

Term

Topics Covered

Autumn

B5 Homeostasis I

B6 Inheritance and evolution I

C8 Chemical analysis I

C7 Organic Chemistry I

P6 Waves I

Spring

B7 Ecology I

C10 Using Resources I

P5 Forces I

Summer

C6 Rates of reaction I

C9 Chemistry of the atmosphere I

P7 Magnets and electromagnets I

P8 Space Physics I

Year 9

Term

Topics Covered

Autumn

C1 Atomic Structure and the periodic table II

C2 Bonding structure and properties of matter II

C4 Chemical changes II

P1 Energy II

P3 Particle model of matter II

Spring

C5 Energy changes II

C6 The rate and extent of chemical reactions II

P4 Atomic Structure II

P6 Waves II

Summer

C8 Chemical analysis II

C10 Using Resources II

P7 Magnetism & electromagnetism II

P8 Space Physics

Year 10

Term

Topics Covered

Autumn

B1 Cell Biology II

B2 Organisation II

B3 Infection and response II

B4 Bioenergetics II

B5 Homoeostasis II

Spring

B5 Homoeostasis II

B6 Inheritance and selection II

B7 Ecology II

Summer

Bespoke revision programme for external assessment

Review and recap of year nine content

Year 11

Term

Topics Covered

Autumn

C7 Organic Chemistry

P5 Forces

Spring

C3 Quantitative Chemistry

P2 Electricity

Summer

Bespoke revision programme for external assessment

All pupils are taught the content to sit three separate Sciences.  In year 11 based on assessment data some pupil may then sit the GCSE Combined Science (two GCSE’s)

Separate Science

Biology

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

Chemistry

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

Physics

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

Combined Science

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

Post 16

The following course are currently offered at post 16

A Level

Biology; AQA

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

Chemistry; AQA

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

Physics; AQA

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

BTEC Level 3 Extended certificate in Applied Science (equivalent to one A Level); Pearson

https://qualifications.pearson.com/content/dam/pdf/BTEC-Nationals/Applied-Science/2016/specification-and-sample-assessments/9781446938157_BTECNat_AppSci_Cert_Spec.pdf

 

Extra-curricular activities

We have an active STEM club that take part in a range of activities such as forensics and cosmetic science.