Science

Here at Sutton School we aim to give pupils the opportunity to access an age appropriate science curriculum. We endeavour to stimulate pupils to develop an understanding of the biological, chemical and physical aspects of our shared world. To this end we use practical work to engage pupils. Science is used to develop literacy, mathematics, ICT and the motor skills of pupils in a variety of stimulating contexts. Through studying controversial topics such as genetics and nuclear fuels we hope to give pupils the skills to express their opinion when faced with moral dilemmas.

Years 7 and 8

Pupils study a range of biology, chemistry and physics topics. The development of practical skills is embedded within these topics. The curriculum prepares pupils for the Entry Level and GCSE courses studied in years 9 to 11. In September 2017 we are planning to use a thematic approach to deliver the science curriculum in lower school. Where appropriate some pupils will embark upon components of their Entry Level AQA course.

Year 7 pupils have studied topics include exploring the processes of life (namely: movement, reproduction, sensitivity, growth, respiration, excretion and nutrition), the building blocks of living things (i.e. cells) and the importance of a healthy lifestyle. In addition a topic entitled Acids and Alkalis has been studied. Pupils will finish the year by studying a module of work called Elements, mixtures and compounds.

Year 8 pupils have studied topics include exploring our senses, reflex actions and the importance of a healthy lifestyle. In addition a topic entitled Acids and Alkalis has been studied. Pupils will finish the year by studying a module of work called Elements, mixtures and compounds.

Years 9, 10 and 11

Pupils develop their study of science whilst working towards Entry Level and / or GCSE qualifications. All pupils aim to complete an Entry Level qualification by the end of Year 11. Some pupils endeavour to achieve an Entry Level and GCSE qualification by the end of Year 11.

Years 9 and 10 

Entry Level topics are studied alongside similar GCSE topics. Year 9 and 10 pupils have embarked upon a new double award science course.

Pupils study a range of biology, chemistry and physics topics. 

The biology topics further develop pupils’ knowledge of cells and the processes of life, in particular, respiration and photosynthesis. Furthermore pupils will study the nervous and hormonal systems. 

The chemistry topics further develop the ideas of particles, purity and separation techniques. In addition pupils explore atomic structure, the Periodic Table and chemical reactions.  

The physics topics revisit the particle model and the states of matter. Pupils will further develop their understanding of forces (including motion and Newton’s Laws), magnetism and electricity.

Further information:

Year 9 courses:

  • 9.1 are currently following AQA Entry Level Science Component 1 – Biology: Thehuman  body (*See below)
  • 9.2 are currently following AQA Entry Level Science Component 3: Elements, mixtures and compounds (*See below)
  • 9.3 are currently following AQA Entry Level Science Component 3: Elements, mixtures and compounds (*See below)

* Entry Level AQA Science

Year 10 courses:

  • 10.1 are currently following OCR GCSE Combined Science B1: Cell level systems.

For details see: OCR GCSE Combined Science Summary Content

  • 10.2 are currently following Entry Level AQA Science Component 3: Elements, mixtures and compounds.

For details see: Entry Level AQA Science

  • 10.3 are currently following OCR Entry Level Science Modules P3 Attractive Forces and P4 Pushes and Pulls.

For a summary of the OCR Entry Level Science course see: OCR ENTRY LEVEL CERTIFICATE IN SCIENCE

 

OCR Entry Level Science links:

Specification: http://www.ocr.org.uk/Images/80809-specification-accredited.pdf

OCR Entry Level Science website: http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/entry-level-science-r591-from-2011/

 

OCR GCSE Combined Science links:

Summary brochure: http://www.ocr.org.uk/Images/227536-gcse-9-1-gateway-science-suite-summary-brochure.pdf

Specification: http://www.ocr.org.uk/Images/234596-specification-accredited-gcse-gateway-science-suite-combined-science-a-j250.pdf

OCR GCSE Combined Science website: http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/gcse-gateway-science-suite-combined-science-a-j250-from-2016/

 

AQA Entry Level Science website:

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/elc/science-5960

AQA GCSE Combined Science: Synergy website:

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/combined-science-synergy-8465

 

BBC Bitesize Links

BBC Bitesize - Biology

BBC Bitesize - Chemistry

BBC Bitesize - Physics


Year 11

Year 11 pupils will complete their Entry Level and GCSE courses. 

Pupils study a range of biology, chemistry and physics topics.  

The biology topics explore how living things are classified and how they are interdependent. Pupils will study ecosystems, adaptations and Darwin’s Theory of Natural Selection.  

The chemistry topics explore the structure of the Earth including plate tectonics. Pupils go on to study the Earth’s resources including construction materials (e.g. limestone, granite, cement and concrete) and metal ores. Pupils further develop their knowledge of the extraction and use of metals. In addition they will study the components of air. 

The physics topics explore energy resources including fuels and alternative energy resources. Pupils will develop their understanding of the greenhouse effect and global warming. They will study nuclear radiation and nuclear power. In addition pupils will study our place in the universe, SETI (Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence ) and space exploration.

Useful Websites

BBC Bitesize - Biology

BBC Bitesize - Chemistry

BBC Bitesize - Physics


Further Resources

Earth Timeline

The BBC site entitled The Earth is a wonderful site to teach GCSE pupils about the Earth and to inspire younger pupils too. There are short videos with rich visuals that cover all the key points: volcanoes, earthquakes, oceans, the atmosphere and dinosaurs.

Climate Change

This is an attractive website that outlines the climate basics. There are some useful animations with audio. There is a lot of information for pupils aged 14 - 18 years.