Science

Staff

Mr T Wahid - Head of Science
Dr I Saadoune - Head of Physics

Ms S Begum - 2 i/c of Science
Ms A Hutu - Teacher of Science
Mr M Georgiades - Teacher of Science
Mr Y Hafesji - Teacher of Science 
Mr G Persaud - Teacher of Science
Ms Y Huang - Science Technician

Norlington Reads in Science

  

KS3

At Norlington School for Boys KS3 Science students follow the new scheme of work based on the 2014 curriculum, adapted from Smart Science.

 

 

 

 

 

SMART SCIENCE

BIOLOGY

CHEMISTRY

PHYSICS

SKILLS

ASSESSMENT

HOMEWORK

 

Year 7

  • Living systems
  • Diet and health
  • Ecosystems
  • The particulate nature of matter
  • Acids and Alkalis
  • Atoms, Elements and compounds
  •  Energy
  • Health + Safety
  • Using a Bunsen burner
  • Simple investigative skills

Regular diagnostic book marking

1 formative assessment per topic

1 summative assessment every 3 topics

1 piece set each week to either define keywords or complete a worksheet. 

Each homework should take 30 - 45 minutes to complete.

 

Year 8

  • Reproduction and growth
  • Photosynthesis
  • Breathing, respiration and circulation
  • Earth and atmosphere
  • Materials and everyday chemistry
  • Reactions
  • Energy
  • Space
  • Investigative skills

Regular diagnostic book marking

1 formative assessment per topic

1 summative assessment every 3 topics

1 piece set each week to either define keywords or complete a worksheet. 

Each homework should take 30 - 45 minutes to complete.

 

Year 9

Students in year 9 are taught a mini GCSE course for the first 3 cycles (September 2016 – January 2017) adapted from Smart Science key stage 3 and AQA GCSE syllabus. For the last 3 cycles (February 2017 – July 2017) students in 9Sc1, 9Sc2, 9Sc3 and 9Sc4 will be taught the NEW AQA GCSE Combined sciences: Trilogy curriculum and Year 9 triple students are taught separate sciences: Biology, Chemistry and Physics. All students will take their final GCSE exams at the end of year 11. 

 

BIOLOGY

CHEMISTRY

PHYSICS

SKILLS

ASSESSMENT

HOMEWORK

 

Year 9

  • Genetics and Evolution (mini GCSE)
  • Cell biology (NEW AQA GCSE)
  • Organisation (NEW AQA GCSE)
  • Atomic structure and the periodic table (NEW AQA GCSE)

 

  • Bonding,
    structure and properties
    of matter (Triple only)
  • Waves and Light (Mini GCSE)
  • Levers, moments and pressure (mini GCSE)

 

  • Forces and Motion
  • Health + Safety
  • Investigative skills
  • AQA biomimicry unit

Regular diagnostic book marking

1 formative assessment per topic

1 summative assessment every 3 topics

1 piece set each week to either define keywords or complete a worksheet. 

Each homework should take 30 - 45 minutes to complete.

KS4

Science Curriculum

Year 10 follows the 2016 AQA Science specification. 10Sc1, 10Sc2 & 10Sc3 students will gain two GCSEs in Science by the end of Year 11. They will gain the AQA GCSE combined science: Trilogy qualification and will sit 6 exams at the end of year 11 each worth 70 marks lasting for 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Triple science students (10TRP) will gain 3 GCSEs by the end of year 11; GCSE Biology, GCSE Chemistry and GCSE Physics. They will sit 6 exams at the end of year 11 each worth 100 marks lasting for 1 hour and 45 minutes.

 

CONTENT    

 

BIOLOGY

CHEMISTRY

PHYSICS

SKILLS

ASSESSMENT

HOMEWORK

 

Year 10

  • Organising animals and plants (NEW AQA GCSE)

 

  • Communicable diseases (NEW AQA GCSE)

 

 

  • Preventing and treating disease (NEW AQA GCSE)

 

  • Non-communicable diseases (NEW AQA GCSE)

 

 

  • Photosynthesis (NEW AQA GCSE)

 

  • Respiration (NEW AQA GCSE)

 

 

  • Structure and bonding (NEW AQA GCSE)

 

  • Chemical calculations (NEW AQA GCSE)

 

  • Chemical changes (NEW AQA GCSE)
  • Electrolysis (NEW AQA GCSE)
  • Energy changes (NEW AQA GCSE)
  • Rates and equilibrium  (NEW AQA GCSE)

 

 

  • Conservation and dissipation of energy (NEW AQA GCSE)

 

  • Energy transfer by heating (NEW AQA GCSE)

 

  • Energy resources (NEW AQA GCSE)

 

  • Electric circuits (NEW AQA GCSE)

 

  • Electricity in the home (NEW AQA GCSE)

 

  • Molecules and matter (NEW AQA GCSE)

 

 

 

  • Health + Safety
  • Investigative skills
  • Required practical activities

 

Regular diagnostic book marking

1 formative assessment per group of topics

1 summative assessment every 3 topics

 

 

1 piece set each week to either define keywords or complete a worksheet. 

Each homework should take 30 - 45 minutes to complete.

 

Year 11 students 

Option 1: Science A + Additional Science GCSE, students will achieve a total of 2 Science GCSE qualifications.
Option 2: Triple Science (Science A, Additional Science and Further additional science) – this enables students to gain 3 separate Science qualifications.

 

CONTENT

 

 

 

AQA

BIOLOGY

CHEMISTRY

PHYSICS

SKILLS

ASSESSMENT

HOMEWORK

 

Science A

(Taught in year 10)

 

B1.1 Keeping healthy

 

B1.2 Nerves and hormones

 

B1.3 The use and abuse of drugs

 

B1.5 Energy and biomass in food chains

 

B1.6 Waste materials from plants and animals

 

B1.7 Genetic variation and its control

 

B1.8 Evolution

 

 

C1.1 The fundamental ideas in chemistry

 

C1.2 Limestone and building materials

 

C1.3 Metals

 

C1.4 Crude oil and fuels

 

C1.5 Alkenes and polymers

 

C1.6 Plant oils and their uses

 

C1.7 Changes in the Earth and its atmosphere

 

 

P1.1 The transfer of energy by heating

 

P1.2 Energy and efficiency

 

P1.3 Power and electricity

 

P1.4 Generating electricity

 

P1.5 Waves and the Universe

 

 

Controlled Assessment

 

  • Planning
  • Assessing
  • Collect primary and secondary data
  • Analyse and interpret primary and secondary data

 

 

ISA exam written in July (Year 10)

 

B1, C1, P1 mock exams written in June (Year 10)

 

B1, C1, P1 final exams written in June (Year 11)

 

 

1-3 pieces set each week to define keywords, complete a worksheet or practice exam questions.

 

Each homework should take 30 - 45 minutes to complete.

 

 

 

Additional Science

(Taught in year 11)

 

B2.1 Cells

 

B2.2 Tissues, organs and organ systems

 

B2.3 Photosynthesis

 

B2.4 Organisms and their environment

 

B2.5 Proteins - their functions and uses

 

B2.6 Respiration

 

B2.7 Cell division and inheritance

 

B2.8 Speciation

 

 

C2.1 Structure and bonding

 

C2.2 How structure influences the properties and uses of substances.

 

C2.3 Atomic structure, analysis and quantitative chemistry

 

C2.4 Rates of reaction

 

C2.5 Exothermic and endothermic reactions

 

C2.6 Acid, bases and salts

 

C2.7 Electrolysis

 

 

P2.1 Forces and their effects

 

P2.2 Kinetic energy

 

P2.3 Currents in electrical circuits

 

P2.4 Using mains electricity safely and the power of electrical appliances

 

P2.5 What happens when radioactive substance decay, and the uses and dangers of their emissions

 

P2.6 Nuclear fission and nuclear fusion.

 

 

Controlled Assessment

 

  • Planning
  • Assessing
  • Collect primary and secondary data
  • Analyse and interpret primary and secondary data

 

 

ISA exam written in September  (Year 11)

 

B2, C2, P2 final exams written in May (Year 11)

 

 

1-3 pieces set each week to define keywords, complete a worksheet or practice exam questions.

 

Each homework should take 30 - 45 minutes to complete.

 

 

 

Further Additional Science

 

(Taught in year 10 and 11)

 

B3.1 Movement of molecules in and out of cells

 

B3.2 Transport systems in plants and animals

 

B3.3 Homeostasis

 

B3.4 Humans and their environment

 

C3.1 The periodic table

 

C3.2 Water

 

C3.3 Calculating and explaining energy changes

 

C3.4 Further analysis and quantitative chemistry

 

C3.5 The production of ammonia

 

C3.6 Alcohols, carboxylic acids and esters

 

P3.1 Medical applications of Physics

 

P3.2 Using physics to make things work

 

P3.3 Keeping things moving

 

 

 

Controlled Assessment

 

  • Planning
  • Assessing
  • Collect primary and secondary data
  • Analyse and interpret primary and secondary data

 

 

ISA exam written in September  (Year 11)

 

B3, C3, P3 final exams written in May (Year 11)

 

 

1-3 pieces set each week to define keywords, complete a worksheet or practice exam questions.

 

Each homework should take 30 - 45 minutes to complete.

 

Key Stage 5

A-Level Biology

Name of Course:

A-Level Biology

Exam board:

AQA

Entry requirements:

Core Science GCSE Grade B

Additional Science GCSE Grade B

Maths GCSE Grade B

English GCSE Grade B

What is Biology?

Biology is a natural science concerned with the study of life and living organisms, including their structure, function, growth, evolution, distribution, and taxonomy.

Aims of course and details

A-level Biology is a stepping stone to future study. A-Level Biology allows students to develop the skills that they will need to be successful and to support and inspire students, nurture a passion for Biology and lay the groundwork for further study in courses like biological sciences and medicine.

Course Structure

Year 12

A/S – Level

  • 1 Biological molecules
  • 2 Cells
  • 3 Organisms exchange substances with their environment
  • 4 Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms
  • Along with expected practicals

Year 13

Full A-Level

  • 5 Energy transfers in and between organisms
  • 6 Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments
  • 7 Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems
  • 8 The control of gene expression
  • Along with expected practicals

How will it be Assessed?

A/S Level – Assessment: 2x 90 minute exam papers each worth 50% of the qualification.

A Level – Assessment: 2 x 120 minute exams each worth 35% and 1 x 120 minute exam worth 30% of the qualification.

There are also practical examinations that are pass or fail.

Pathways

The course can lead to the study of various Sciences at Degree level which include; Medicine, Physiology, Biological medicine, Biochemistry, Veterinary Medicine and many more.

A level Chemistry


Name of Course:

A-Level Chemistry

Exam board:

OCR

Entry requirements:

Core Science GCSE Grade B

Additional Science GCSE Grade B

Maths GCSE Grade B

English GCSE Grade B

What is Chemistry?

Chemistry is the broken into 3 categories, Organic, Inorganic and physical Chemistry. Chemistry is chiefly concerned with atoms and molecules and their interactions and transformations, for example, the properties of the chemical bonds formed between atoms to create chemical compounds.

Aims of course and details

A-level Chemistry is allows students to develop the skills that they will need to be successful and to support and inspire students, nurture a passion for Chemistry and lay the groundwork for further study in courses like Pharmacology, Forensic science, Biochemistry and Medicine.

Course Structure

Year 12

A/S – Level

  • 1 Development of practical skills in Chemistry
  • 2 Foundations in Chemistry
  • 3 Periodic table and Energy
  • 5 Physical Chemistry and transition elements

Year 13

Full A-Level

  • 1 Development of practical skills in Chemistry
  • 2 Foundations in Chemistry
  • 3 Periodic table and Energy
  • 4 Core Organic Chemistry
  • 5 Physical Chemistry and transition elements
  • 6 Organic chemistry and analysis

How will it be Assessed?

A/S Level – Assessment: 2x 90 minute exam papers each worth 50% of the qualification.

A Level – Assessment: 2 x 135 minute exams each worth 37% and 1 x 90 minute exam worth 26% of the qualification.

There are also non-examinable practical endorsements.

Pathways

The course can lead to the study of various Sciences at Degree level which include; Pharmacology, Pharmacy, Architecture, Forensic science, Biochemistry and Medicine and many more.

A-Level Physics

Name of Course:

A-Level Physics

Exam Board and subject code:

Edexcel

Entry requirements:

Grade B Core Science

Grade B Additional Science

Grade B Maths

Grade B English GCSE

What is Physics?

The branch of science concerned with the nature and properties of matter and energy.

Aims of course and details

A-level Physics is a stepping stone to future study. It develops mathematical and critical thinking skills, which will support students to be successful in physicists and learners.

Course Structure

Year 12

A/S – Level

  • Working as a Physicist
  • Mechanics
  • Electric Circuits
  • Materials
  • Waves and particle nature of light

Year 13

Full A-Level

  • Working as a Physicist
  • Mechanics
  • Electric Circuits
  • Further mechanics
  • Electric and magnetic fields
  • Nuclear and particle physics
  • Materials
    • Waves and particle nature of light
    • Thermodynamics
    • Space
    • Nuclear radiation
    • Gravitational fields
    • Oscillations

How will it be Assessed?

AS Level – 2 x 90 minute exams, worth 50% each of the qualification.

A Level – 2 x 105 minute exams, worth 30% each and 1 x 150 minute exam worth 40% of the qualification, plus a separately assessed practical module, which is “pass” or “fail”.

Pathways

University courses or apprenticeships related to the further study of Physics, Engineering, Optometry, Medicine

Enrichment Opportunities

Science booster classes 3 times a week with KS3 Science teachers - to support students to achieve their expected mark

Science homework club once a week - support with homework or test revision.

Science club - open to students from all years. Students work on a variety of engaging projects and present their findings. Work may lead to students achieving a nationally recognised Crest Award.

Links to Subject Resources

http://www.scibermonkey.org/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks3/science/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/science/aqa/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/science/add_aqa/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/science/triple_aqa/

http://www.my-gcsescience.com/

http://www.youtube.com/user/myGCSEscience

http://www.s-cool.co.uk/gcse

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/science/

Before main summative assessments students will be given a revision checklist. You can support your son by discussing these with him and making sure that he understands the content he will be tested on.

The Science Museum and Natural History Museum have a wide variety of exhibitions that are free to visit and may help to develop your son’s passion for science.

There are a number of inspirational science-related programmes on television, such as Brainiac and other documentaries. These are often available on YouTube as well.

 

GCSE Science Past Exam Papers

Click the link below to access past papers for science A:

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/science-a-4405/past-papers-and-mark-schemes

Click the link below to access past papers for Additional Science:

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/additional-science-4408/past-papers-and-mark-schemes

Click the link below to access past papers for Further Additional Science:

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/further-additional-science-4410/past-papers-and-mark-schemes