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Hilbre High School Humanities College

Hilbre High School
Humanities College

Science

The teaching of Science places great emphasis on preparing and developing our learners for their Science careers ahead. We believe it is  important to develop their scientific skills, their curiosity in our fantastic subject as well as the theoretical content. We centre lessons on experimentation, observation and deduction, as it is generally accepted that learning by experience, provides experimental results which, in turn, leads to first-hand knowledge.

Although Science is taught in primary schools, few of the students have laboratory experience when commencing at Hilbre. Students are introduced to experimental methods, which form the basis of their work in Years 7 and 8; we build on each student’s earlier school experiences to extend the breadth and depth of their knowledge, develop their understanding and improve their skills.

The teaching groups in Years 7 and 8 are setted based on ability. However they are dynamic and a learner can change groups that are more suited to them. Students have 6, 1 hour long lessons of science per fortnight, and where possible, all of these lessons are taught by one teacher, as we believe continuity is essential in this early stage of secondary school life.  The Key Stage 3 programme is condensed to two years to allow an early start to Key Stage 4 in Year 9.

In Year 9, all students start the Key Stage 4 Programme of Study. The majority of students will follow the AQA Trilogy Course, however around 1/3 of the Year will take Separate Science as per their option request.

Those studying the Trilogy course cover two components of each Biology, Chemistry and Physics subject throughout the academic year. Year 9 students are set into ability groups and additional groups have allowed the student to teacher ratio to be reduced. They have 6 lessons of Science per fortnight.

Those studying the Separate Science course will begin Paper 1 topics in each of the respective Science. Those following this course have 12 Science lessons a fortnight, therefore by the end of the year will have covered, most if not all of the Paper 1 topics.

Our Year 10s will continue the programme of study from Year 9, and this continues on into Year 11. Year 10s and 11s opting for Separate Science will have 15 science lessons a fortnight. All other students will have 10 lessons a fortnight.

In Years 12 and 13 we offer A Level Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Psychology. We also offer Level 3 BTEC courses which have, over recent years, been very successful. The courses on offer are Level 3 BTEC Applied Science and Level 3 BTEC Animal Management.

We run many trips, visits, and other Science related enrichment activities and will be building on these further in the future. An insight into our trips and visits include annual excursions to CERN for the 6th Form, Big Bang Fair, Science Live Courses, and we have just begun an annual trip to Disneyland Paris for our Separate Science students in Year 9.We also run a weekly Science Club for Key Stage 3 students and have a CREST Award/STEM Club for Key Stage 4 students.


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KEY STAGE 3 Science Curriculum

Year 7

 

Biology:

Chemistry:

Physics:

Term 1

Energy and ecosystems

  • Variation
  • Adaptations
  • Food Chains
  • Pyramids of numbers and Biomass
  • Competition
  • Measuring change

Skills

Evaluation, making predictions

Acids and Alkalis

  • Hazard symbols
  • Acids and Alkalis
  • Neutralisation
  • Carbonates and Acids
  • Hydroxides and Acids
  • Oxides and Acids

Skills

Working safely with chemicals

Light

  • Properties of light
  • Ray Diagrams
  • Reflection
  • Refraction
  • Colours and filters
  • The Eye

Skills

Description, making predictions

Term 2

Life

  • Life Processes
  • Cells
  • Tissues and Organs
  • Microscopes
  • Bacteria
  • Fungi

Skills

Making comparisons, identifying how structure is linked to function

Particles

  • Solids, Liquids and Gases
  • Particles
  • Changes of State
  • Distillation
  • Air Pressure
  • Diffusion

Skills

Evaluation and development of observational skills

Forces

  • Examples of forces
  • Springs
  • Friction
  • Pressure
  • Balanced Forces
     

Skills

Identification and practical development

Term 3

Reproduction

  • Sexual Reproduction in Animals
  • Reproductive Organs
  • Pregnancy
  • Gestation and Birth
  • Growing Up
  • Asexual Reproduction

Skills

Explanation and evaluation

Atomic Structure

  • Atoms, Elements, Compounds and Mixtures
  • Structure of an Atom
  • Atomic and Mass Numbers
  • Chemical Reactions
  • Word and Symbol Equations

Skills

Explanation and construction of equations

Electricity

  • Electrical Current
  • Modelling Circuits
  • Series Circuits
  • Parallel Circuits
  • Changing the Current
  • Electrical Safety

Skills

Practical safety and observational skills

 

KEY STAGE 4 Science Curriculum

 

Year9

Separates Biology

Term 1

  • Plant and Animal Cells (Eukaryotic)
  • Bacterial Cells (Prokaryotic)
  • Microscopes and Magnification
  • Transport in Cells
  • Culturing Microorganisms
  • Cell Division
  • Cells, Tissues and Organs
  • Digestive System and Enzymes

Term 2

  • Circulatory System
  • Health Issues
  • Lifestyle and Disease
  • Cancer
  • Plant Tissues and Organ Systems
  • Communicable and Infectious Diseases

Term 3

  • Immune System and Vaccinations
  • Monoclonal antibodies
  • History and Development of Drugs
  • Plant Disease and Defences
  • Photosynthesis and Respiration
  • Metabolism

Year 10

Term 1

  • Homeostasis
  • The Brain
  • The Eye
  • Nervous Endocrine System
  • Hormones in Human Reproduction
  • Contraception and Infertility
  • Plant Hormones

Term 2

  • Sexual and Asexual Reproduction
  • Meiosis
  • DNA
  • Inheritance and Disorders
  • Variation and Evolution
  • Selective Breeding
  • Genetic Engineering and Cloning
  • Speciation and Extinction

Term 3

  • Classification
  • Adaptations
  • Carbon and Water Cycle

Year 11

Term 1

  • Human Impact on the Environment
  • Food Production

Term 2

  • Revision

Term 3

  • Revision

 

Specification link

http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resources/biology/specifications/AQA-8461-SP-2016.PDF

YEAR 9
Separates Chemistry

Term 1

  • Basic Atomic Structure
  • History of the Atom
  • Size and Mass of Subatomic Particles
  • Relative atomic Mass and Isotopes
  • Electronic Structure
  • Periodic Table
  • History of the Periodic Table
  • Ionic Bonding
  • Covalent Bonding
  • Metallic Bonding
  • New Materials.

Term 2

  • Quantitative Chemistry
  • Reactivity of Metals

Term 3

  • pH Scale
  • Reactions of Acids
  • Neutralisation and Titrations.
  • Electrolysis
  • Exothermic and Endothermic Reactions
  • Fuel Cells

Year 10

Term 1

  • Rates of Reaction
  • Reversible Reactions and Dynamic Equilibrium
  • Crude oil and Fractional Distillation
  • Alkanes, Cracking and Alkenes

Term 2

  • Functional groups
  • Reactions of Alkenes and Alcohols
  • Additional Polymerisation
  • Condensation Polymers
  • Amino Acids and DNA

Term 3

  • Chromatography
  • Identification of common gases
  • Testing for positive and negative ions
  • Advantages of Instrumental Methods
  • History of the atmosphere
  • Pollutants and their effects

Year 11

Term 1

  • Water Treatment
  • Life Cycle Assessments
  • Recycling and ways to Reduce Resources
  • Haber Process

Term 2

  • Revision

Term 3

  • Revision

 

Specification link

http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resources/chemistry/specifications/AQA-8462-SP-2016.PDF

 

Year 9
Separates Physics

Term 1

  • Energy stores
  • Potential energy
  • Kinetic energy
  • Conservation of energy
  • Elastic potential energy
  • Specific heat capacity
  • Power
  • Energy transfers
  • Efficiency
  • Renewable and non-renewable energy

Term 2

  • Circuit symbols
  • Charge and current
  • Current, resistance and potential difference
  • I-V characteristics
  • Series and parallel
  • Mains
  • Power
  • Energy transfers in appliances
  • National Grid
  • Static electricity
  • Electric fields

Term 3

  • Density
  • Changes of state
  • Internal energy
  • Specific latent heat
  • Particle motion
  • Pressure in gases
  • Model of the atom
  • Radioactive decay
  • Nuclear equations
  • Half life
  • Radioactive contamination
  • Background radiation
  • Fission and fusion

Year 10

Term 1

  • Scalar and vector
  • Gravity
  • Resultant forces
  • Work done
  • Forces and elasticity
  • Distance-time graphs
  • Velocity-time graphs
  • Braking distances
  • Acceleration
  • Newton’s laws
  • Momentum
  • Moments
  • Pressure in fluids
  • Atmospheric pressure

Term 2

  • Waves
  • Electromagnetic spectrum
  • Reflection
  • Refraction
  • Sound Waves
  • Lenses
  • Visible light and black body radiation
  • Poles and magnetic fields
  • Motor effect
  • Flemings left hand rule
  • Motors
  • Speakers
  • Transformers

Term 3

  • Solar system
  • Life cycle of a star
  • Satellites and orbits
  • Red shift

Year 11

Term 1

  • Revision Paper 1

Term 2

  • Revision Paper 2

Term 3

  • Revision

 

Specification link

http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resources/physics/specifications/AQA-8463-SP-2016.PDF

 

YEAR 9
Biology Trilogy

Term 1

  • Plant and Animal Cells (Eukaryotic)
  • Bacterial Cells (Prokaryotic)
  • Microscopes and Magnification
  • Transport in Cells
  • Cell Division

Term 2

  • Cells, Tissues and Organs
  • Digestive System and Enzymes
  • Circulatory System
  • Health Issues
  • Lifestyle and Disease
  • Cancer
  • Plant Tissues and Organ Systems

Term 3

  • Communicable and Infectious Diseases
  • Immune System and Vaccinations
  • History and Development of Drugs

Year 10

Term 1

  • Photosynthesis and Respiration
  • Metabolism
  • Homeostasis
  • Nervous Endocrine System
  • Hormones in Human Reproduction
  • Contraception

Term 2

  • Sexual and Asexual Reproduction
  • Meiosis
  • DNA
  • Inheritance and Disorders
  • Variation and Evolution
  • Selective Breeding
  • Genetic Engineering
  • Extinction

Term 3

  • Classification
  • Adaptations
  • Carbon and Water Cycle
  • Human Impact on the Environment

Year 11

Term 1

  • Revision Paper 1

Term 2

  • Revision Paper 2

Term 3

  • Revision

 

Specification link

http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resources/science/specifications/AQA-8464-SP-2016.PDF

 

 

YEAR 9
Chemistry Trilogy

Term 1

  • Basic Atomic Structure
  • History of the Atom
  • Size and Mass of Subatomic Particles
  • Relative atomic Mass and Isotopes
  • Electronic Structure
  • Periodic Table
  • History of the Periodic Table
  • Ionic Bonding

Term 2

  • Covalent Bonding
  • Metallic Bonding
  • New Materials
  • Quantitative Chemistry
  • Reactivity of Metals

Term 3

  • pH Scale
  • Reactions of Acids
  • Neutralisation
  • Electrolysis
  • Exothermic and Endothermic Reactions

Year 10

Term 1

  • Rates of Reaction
  • Crude oil and Fractional Distillation
  • Alkanes, Cracking and Alkenes

Term 2

  • Chromatography
  • Identification of common gases
  • Advantages of Instrumental Methods
  • History of the atmosphere
  • Pollutants and their effects

Term 3

  • Water Treatment
  • Life Cycle Assessments
  • Recycling and ways to Reduce Resources

Year 11

Term 1

  • Revision Paper 1

Term 2

  • Revision Paper 2

Term 3

  • Revision

 

Specification link

http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resources/science/specifications/AQA-8464-SP-2016.PDF

 

Year 9
Physics Trilogy

Term 1

  • Energy stores
  • Potential energy
  • Kinetic energy
  • Conservation of energy
  • Elastic potential energy
  • Specific heat capacity

Term 2

  • Power
  • Energy transfers
  • Efficiency
  • Renewable and non-renewable energy

Term 3

  • Circuit symbols
  • Charge and current
  • Current, resistance and potential difference
  • I-V characteristics
  • Series and parallel
  • Mains
  • Power
  • Energy transfers in appliances
  • National Grid

Year 10

Term 1

  • Density
  • Changes of state
  • Internal energy
  • Specific latent heat
  • Particle motion
  • Model of the atom
  • Radioactive decay
  • Nuclear equations
  • Half life
  • Radioactive contamination

Term 2

  • Scalar and vector
  • Gravity
  • Resultant forces
  • Work done
  • Forces and elasticity
  • Distance-time graphs
  • Velocity-time graphs
  • Braking distances
  • Acceleration
  • Newton’s laws
  • Momentum (higher only)

Term 3

  • Waves
  • Electromagnetic spectrum
  • Visible light and black body radiation
  • Poles and magnetic fields
  • Motor effect

Year 11

Term 1

  • Revision Paper 1

Term 2

  • Revision Paper 2

Term 3

  • Revision

 

Specification link

http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resources/science/specifications/AQA-8464-SP-2016.PDF

 

Year 9
Separates Biology

Term 1

  • Plant and Animal Cells (Eukaryotic)
  • Bacterial Cells (Prokaryotic)
  • Microscopes and Magnification
  • Transport in Cells
  • Culturing Microorganisms
  • Cell Division
  • Cells, Tissues and Organs
  • Digestive System and Enzymes

Term 2

  • Circulatory System
  • Health Issues
  • Lifestyle and Disease
  • Cancer
  • Plant Tissues and Organ Systems
  • Communicable and Infectious Diseases

Term 3

  • Immune System and Vaccinations
  • Monoclonal antibodies
  • History and Development of Drugs
  • Plant Disease and Defences
  • Photosynthesis and Respiration
  • Metabolism

Year 10

Term 1

  • Homeostasis
  • The Brain
  • The Eye
  • Nervous Endocrine System
  • Hormones in Human Reproduction
  • Contraception and Infertility
  • Plant Hormones

Term 2

  • Sexual and Asexual Reproduction
  • Meiosis
  • DNA
  • Inheritance and Disorders
  • Variation and Evolution
  • Selective Breeding
  • Genetic Engineering and Cloning
  • Speciation and Extinction

Term 3

  • Classification
  • Adaptations
  • Carbon and Water Cycle

Year 11

Term 1

  • Human Impact on the Environment
  • Food Production

Term 2

  • Revision

Term 3

  • Revision

 

Specification link

http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resources/biology/specifications/AQA-8461-SP-2016.PDF

Year 9
Separates Chemistry

Term 1

  • Basic Atomic Structure
  • History of the Atom
  • Size and Mass of Subatomic Particles
  • Relative atomic Mass and Isotopes
  • Electronic Structure
  • Periodic Table
  • History of the Periodic Table
  • Ionic Bonding
  • Covalent Bonding
  • Metallic Bonding
  • New Materials.

Term 2

  • Quantitative Chemistry
  • Reactivity of Metals

Term 3

  • pH Scale
  • Reactions of Acids
  • Neutralisation and Titrations.
  • Electrolysis
  • Exothermic and Endothermic Reactions
  • Fuel Cells

Year 10

Term 1

  • Rates of Reaction
  • Reversible Reactions and Dynamic Equilibrium
  • Crude oil and Fractional Distillation
  • Alkanes, Cracking and Alkenes

Term 2

  • Functional groups
  • Reactions of Alkenes and Alcohols
  • Additional Polymerisation
  • Condensation Polymers
  • Amino Acids and DNA

Term 3

  • Chromatography
  • Identification of common gases
  • Testing for positive and negative ions
  • Advantages of Instrumental Methods
  • History of the atmosphere
  • Pollutants and their effects

Year 11

Term 1

  • Water Treatment
  • Life Cycle Assessments
  • Recycling and ways to Reduce Resources
  • Haber Process

Term 2

  • Revision

Term 3

  • Revision

 

Specification link

http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resources/chemistry/specifications/AQA-8462-SP-2016.PDF

 

Year 9
Separates Physics

Term 1

  • Energy stores
  • Potential energy
  • Kinetic energy
  • Conservation of energy
  • Elastic potential energy
  • Specific heat capacity
  • Power
  • Energy transfers
  • Efficiency
  • Renewable and non-renewable energy

Term 2

  • Circuit symbols
  • Charge and current
  • Current, resistance and potential difference
  • I-V characteristics
  • Series and parallel
  • Mains
  • Power
  • Energy transfers in appliances
  • National Grid
  • Static electricity
  • Electric fields

Term 3

  • Density
  • Changes of state
  • Internal energy
  • Specific latent heat
  • Particle motion
  • Pressure in gases
  • Model of the atom
  • Radioactive decay
  • Nuclear equations
  • Half life
  • Radioactive contamination
  • Background radiation
  • Fission and fusion

Year 10

Term 1

  • Scalar and vector
  • Gravity
  • Resultant forces
  • Work done
  • Forces and elasticity
  • Distance-time graphs
  • Velocity-time graphs
  • Braking distances
  • Acceleration
  • Newton’s laws
  • Momentum
  • Moments
  • Pressure in fluids
  • Atmospheric pressure

Term 2

  • Waves
  • Electromagnetic spectrum
  • Reflection
  • Refraction
  • Sound Waves
  • Lenses
  • Visible light and black body radiation
  • Poles and magnetic fields
  • Motor effect
  • Flemings left hand rule
  • Motors
  • Speakers
  • Transformers

Term 3

  • Solar system
  • Life cycle of a star
  • Satellites and orbits
  • Red shift

Year 11

Term 1

  • Revision Paper 1

Term 2

  • Revision Paper 2

Term 3

  • Revision

 

Specification link

http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resources/physics/specifications/AQA-8463-SP-2016.PDF

 

Year 9
Biology Trilogy

Term 1

  • Plant and Animal Cells (Eukaryotic)
  • Bacterial Cells (Prokaryotic)
  • Microscopes and Magnification
  • Transport in Cells
  • Cell Division

Term 2

  • Cells, Tissues and Organs
  • Digestive System and Enzymes
  • Circulatory System
  • Health Issues
  • Lifestyle and Disease
  • Cancer
  • Plant Tissues and Organ Systems

Term 3

  • Communicable and Infectious Diseases
  • Immune System and Vaccinations
  • History and Development of Drugs

Year 10

Term 1

  • Photosynthesis and Respiration
  • Metabolism
  • Homeostasis
  • Nervous Endocrine System
  • Hormones in Human Reproduction
  • Contraception

Term 2

  • Sexual and Asexual Reproduction
  • Meiosis
  • DNA
  • Inheritance and Disorders
  • Variation and Evolution
  • Selective Breeding
  • Genetic Engineering
  • Extinction

Term 3

  • Classification
  • Adaptations
  • Carbon and Water Cycle
  • Human Impact on the Environment

Year 11

Term 1

  • Revision Paper 1

Term 2

  • Revision Paper 2

Term 3

  • Revision

 

Specification link

http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resources/science/specifications/AQA-8464-SP-2016.PDF

 

Year 9
Chemistry Trilogy

Term 1

  • Basic Atomic Structure
  • History of the Atom
  • Size and Mass of Subatomic Particles
  • Relative atomic Mass and Isotopes
  • Electronic Structure
  • Periodic Table
  • History of the Periodic Table
  • Ionic Bonding

Term 2

  • Covalent Bonding
  • Metallic Bonding
  • New Materials
  • Quantitative Chemistry
  • Reactivity of Metals

Term 3

  • pH Scale
  • Reactions of Acids
  • Neutralisation
  • Electrolysis
  • Exothermic and Endothermic Reactions

Year 10

Term 1

  • Rates of Reaction
  • Crude oil and Fractional Distillation
  • Alkanes, Cracking and Alkenes

Term 2

  • Chromatography
  • Identification of common gases
  • Advantages of Instrumental Methods
  • History of the atmosphere
  • Pollutants and their effects

Term 3

  • Water Treatment
  • Life Cycle Assessments
  • Recycling and ways to Reduce Resources

Year 11

Term 1

  • Revision Paper 1

Term 2

  • Revision Paper 2

Term 3

  • Revision

 

Specification link

http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resources/science/specifications/AQA-8464-SP-2016.PDF

 

Year 9
Physics Trilogy

Term 1

  • Energy stores
  • Potential energy
  • Kinetic energy
  • Conservation of energy
  • Elastic potential energy
  • Specific heat capacity

Term 2

  • Power
  • Energy transfers
  • Efficiency
  • Renewable and non-renewable energy

Term 3

  • Circuit symbols
  • Charge and current
  • Current, resistance and potential difference
  • I-V characteristics
  • Series and parallel
  • Mains
  • Power
  • Energy transfers in appliances
  • National Grid

Year 10

Term 1

  • Density
  • Changes of state
  • Internal energy
  • Specific latent heat
  • Particle motion
  • Model of the atom
  • Radioactive decay
  • Nuclear equations
  • Half life
  • Radioactive contamination

Term 2

  • Scalar and vector
  • Gravity
  • Resultant forces
  • Work done
  • Forces and elasticity
  • Distance-time graphs
  • Velocity-time graphs
  • Braking distances
  • Acceleration
  • Newton’s laws
  • Momentum (higher only)

Term 3

  • Waves
  • Electromagnetic spectrum
  • Visible light and black body radiation
  • Poles and magnetic fields
  • Motor effect

Year 11

Term 1

  • Revision Paper 1

Term 2

  • Revision Paper 2

Term 3

  • Revision

 

Specification link

http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resources/science/specifications/AQA-8464-SP-2016.PDF

KS5 SCIENCE

KS 5 BTEC Extended Diploma in Applied Science

Year 12

 

TEACHER 1

TEACHER 2

Teacher 3

Term 1

Assignment 1 part B.

  • Making a standard solution
  • pH titration method and graphical processing.
  • pH and concentration calculations.     
  • Writing formulae and equations.
  • Theory on calculation of relative mass, the mole and concentrations of aqueous solutions.

Assignment 1 Part A

  • Using colorimetry to determine concentration.
  • Graphing and processing of colorimetry results.
  • Interpreting wave graphs
  • Wave types and speed
  • Wave interference and diffraction gratings   
  • Cells and microscopy
  • Prokaryotes
  • Plant cells
  • Specialised animal and plant cells
  • Theory of chromatographic techniques

Term 2

  • Electronic structure of the atom
  • Bonding
  • Intermolecular forces
  • The Periodic table and its’ trends
  • Oxidation and reduction
  • Oxidation reactions of periods 2 and 7
  • Metal reactions

Assignment 2

  • Calibration of thermometers
  • Plotting cooling curves
  • Analysis and interpretation of cooling curves
  • Stationary waves
  • Musical Instruments   

 Assignment 3.

  • Extraction and paper chromatography of plant pigments
  • Thin layer chromatography of plant pigments
  • Paper chromatography of amino acids.

Term 3

Assignment 4

  • Identifying skills development
  • Identifying transferable skills.
  • SWOT analysis. Evaluation of strengths and weakness and areas for development.
  • Calculating reacting masses and gas volumes.
  • Optical fibres
  • Endoscopy
  • Analogue or digital
  • Electromagnetic waves and communication.    
  • Epithilial tissue
  • Blood vessels
  • Nerve tissues and impulses
  • Electroencephalograms
  • Synapses and brain chemicals.

Year 13

Term 1

  • Developing a hypothesis and planning investigations
  • Risk assessments
  • Variables
  • Producing and evaluating methods
  • Practical Investigation of fuels and energy
  • Recording data
  • Processing data
  • Interpretation and analysis of data

Assignment 1

  • Explore the physiology of the digestive system and the use of corrective treatment for nutritional deficiency
  • Structure/function of digestive system
  • Food tests
  • Treatment regimes

Term 2

  • Diffusion of molecules and kinetic theory
  • Practical diffusion investigation        
  • Plant growth and distribution
  • Improving plant growth
  • Practical Investigation of plant growth including sampling techniques
  • Electrical symbols
  • Power equations and electrical usage
  • Practical Investigation of Electrical circuits 
  • Structure of enzymes.
  • Enzymes as catalysts.
  • Practical Investigations of factors affecting enzyme activity.

Assignment 2:

  • The lymphatic system, disorders and associated corrective treatment        

Assignment 3

  • Understanding disorders of the musculoskeletal system and associated corrective treatments

Term 3

  • Display of data
  • Data calculations
  • Statistical testing: Chi squared. T-tests, correlation analysis
  • Using secondary evidence
  • Recap and revision of y12 and y13 through past paper questions
  • Revision and exam technique 

KEY STAGE 5 A Level Chemistry Curriculum

Year 12

 

TEACHER 1

TEACHER 2

Term 1

  • Atomic structure & isotopes
  • Relative mass and equations
  • Electron structure
  • Bonding
  • The Periodic table and periodic trends
  • Ionisation energy
  • The mole and amount of substance
  • Moles, volumes and reacting quantities.
  • Acids, bases and titration
  • Redox reactions

Term 2

  • Shapes of molecules
  • Electronegativity and polarity
  • Intermolecular forces
  • Group 2
  • Group 7
  • Enthalpy Changes
  • Bond enthalpies
  • Hess’ law /enthalpy cycles
  • Reaction rates and Boltzmann distribution
  • Equilibrium and Kc

Term 3

  • Naming organic compounds and formulae.
  • Isomerism
  • Properties and reactions of alkanes
  • Reactions of alkenes
  • Chemistry of haloalkanes
  • Alcohols and their reactions
  • Organic synthesis
  • Infrared spectrometry and mass spectroscopy

Year 13

Term 1

  • The d block elements and formation of complex ions
  • Shapes and stereo isomerism in complex ions
  • Ligand substitution reactions
  • Aromatic Chemistry
  • Chemistry of phenol
  • Rate equations, orders and constants
  • Rate graphs and rate determining step
  • Equilibrium Kc and Kp
  • Bronsted-Lowry acids and the pH scale
  • pH calculation of strong and weak acids, strong bases and buffers.

Term 2

  • carbonyl chemistry and identification of aldehydes & ketones
  • Carboxylic acids and their derivatives
  • Amine chemistry
  • Amino acids amides and chirality
  • Condensation polymers
  • Deriving synthetic routes
  • Born Haber cycles and factors affecting lattice enthalpy.
  • Entropy and free energy calculations and graphs.
  • Redox reactions and titrations.
  • Electrode potentials and storage/fuel cells
  • Chromatography
  • Understanding and interpreting carbon 13 and proton NMR.

Term 3

  • Recap and revision through past paper questions
  • Revision and exam technique 

Year 12 AS Level Biology Curriculum

 

Teacher 1

Teacher 2

Term 1

  • Cells – Cell structure and Transport across cell membranes

Biological Molecules – Biological molecules

Term 2

  • Cells – Cell recognition and the immune system
  • Organisms exchange substances with their environment - Exchange
  • Biological Molecules – Nucleic acids
  • Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms – DNA, genes and protein synthesis

Term 3  

  • Organisms exchange substances with their environment – Mass transport
  • Revision – Revision of year 12 content and practical skills
  • Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms – Genetic diversity and Biodiversity
  • Revision – Revision of year 12 content and practical skill

Year 13 A Level Biology Curriculum

 

Teacher 1

Teacher 2

Term 1

  • Energy transfer in and between organisms – Photosynthesis, respiration and Energy and ecosystems
  • Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems – Inherited change, Populations and evolution

Term 2

  • Organisms respond to changes in their environments – Response to stimuli and Nervous coordination and muscles (some homeostasis)
  • Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems – Populations in ecosystems
  • The control of gene expression – Gene expression

Term 3

  • Organisms respond to changes in their environments – Homeostasis
  • Revision – Revision of year 12/13 content and practical skills
  • The control of gene expression – Recombinant DNA technology
  • Revision – Revision of year 12/13 content and practical skills

AQA specification

https://media.aqa.org.uk/resources/biology/specifications/AQA-7401-7402-SP-2015.PDF

KEY STAGE 5 A Level Physics Curriculum

Year 12

Term 1

MODULE 1

Development of Practical Skills in Physics

  • Practical skills in a written exam
  • Planning
  • Implementation
  • Analysis
  • Evaluation
  • Practical endorsement
  • Practical skills
  • Use of apparatus and techniques

Skills

  • independent thinking, application, research,

MODULE 2

Foundations in Physics

  • Physical quantities
  • S.I.Units
  • Measurements and uncertainties
  • Scalars and Vectors

Skills

  • scientific communication

Term 2

Module 3

Forces and Motion

  • Motion
  • Forces in Action
  • Work, Energy and Power
  • Materials
  • Newton’s Laws of Motion & Momentum               

Skills

  • application of knowledge, analysis, mathematical manipulation

Module 4

Electrons, Waves and Photons

  • Charge and Current
  • Energy, Power and Resistance
  • Electrical Circuits
  • Waves
  • Quantum Physics

Skills

  • develop scientific explanations from theory, mathematical relationships, analysis and interpretation

Year 13

Term 1

Module 5

Newtonian World and Astrophysics

  • Thermal Physics
  • Circular Motion
  • Oscillations
  • Gravitational Fields
  • Astrophysics and Cosmology

Skills

  • investigative, analysis and interpretation, scientific communication to inform decision making, mathematical analysis and manipulation
 

Term 2

Module 6

Particle and Medical Physics

  • Capacitors
  • Electric Fields
  • Electromagnetism
  • Nuclear and Particle Physics
  • Medical Imaging              

Skills

  • evaluation of evidence, benefit-risk analysis, ethical interpretations, mathematical ratios, exponential and logarithmic functions