Science

Science Overview

Our aims within the Science department is to encourage students to be inquisitive about the world around them and to pursue natural curiosity. We encourage students to be critical thinkers and to develop problem solving skills, using the experience of practical work (scientific enquiry) in the laboratory to aid this for future careers. Students develop their skills and understanding as the world around them becomes increasingly more advanced throughout their education and beyond. They trace the development of Science worldwide and recognise its cultural significance. They learn to question and discuss issues that may affect their own lives, the directions of societies and the future of the world.

From June 2018, all GCSE Science students at Perryfields Academy have been under taking the new-style examinations for the courses introduced in September 2016. The examination board for Science is AQA. The gradings for these examinations will be based on the 9-1 system.

Students opt in Year 9 to study either Combined Science (equivalent to two GCSEs) or Separate Sciences – Biology, Chemistry and Physics (equivalent to three separate GCSEs). Key Stage 3 is 3 years (Year 7-9) and Key Stage 4 is 2 years (between Year 10 and 11). All courses studied are from the AQA suite of Science qualifications.

All Science students complete a series of practical investigations required by the examination board over the course, keeping a record of this work in their books. Consistent lesson attendance is vital, as knowledge of these investigations is examined in the terminal examinations.

The table below shows the Science topics being covered throughout the year and in each year group – it is broken down half termly.  Interspersed throughout the year there will be additional lessons, these are:

 

  • Review and revision lessons
  • Scientific skills development lessons
  • Maths skills development lessons
  • Required practical lessons

Key Stage 3

Year 7

Autumn Spring Summer
  • Intro and skills
  • Ecosystems 1
  • Matter 1
  • Energy 2
  • Organisms 1
  • Matter 1 continued
  • Forces 1
  • Earth 1
  • Genes 1
  • Ecosystems 1 continued
  • Matter 2
  • Reactions 1
  • Waves 1
  • Organisms 1 continued
  • Organisms 2

 

Year 8

Autumn Spring Summer
  • Organisms 1
  • Organisms 2
  • Ecosystems 2
  • Earth 2
  • Earth 1
  • Electromagnets 1
  • Electromagnets 2
  • Waves 2
  • Energy 1
  • Matter 2
  • Forces 2
  • Genes 1
  • Genes 2
  • Reactions 2
  • Reactions 1b

Links to full specifications are available on the AQA website

KS3 Syllabus

Key Stage 4

Year 9

Autumn Spring Summer
  • Adaptations, interdependence and competition
  • Classification
  • Biodiversity
  • Atomic Structure
  • Forces in balance
  • Motion
  • Biodiversity continued
  • Non-communicable diseases
  • Periodic table
  • Chemical analysis
  • Conservation and dissipation of energy
  • Non-communicable diseases continued
  • Communicable disease
  • Preventing and treating disease
  • Crude oil and fuels
  • Earth’s atmosphere
  • Energy sources

Year 10

Trilogy Science curriculum outline

Autumn Spring Summer
  • Cell structure and transport
  • Cell division
  • Cell structure and transport continued
  • The Earth’s resources
  • Rates and equilibrium
  • Electric circuits
  • Electricity at home
  • Energy demands
  • Organisation and the digestive system
  • Organising animals and plants
  • Structure and bonding
  • Chemical changes
  • Electrolysis
  • Radioactivity
  • Molecules and matter
  • Respiration
  • Organising animals and plants
  • Photosynthesis
  • Chemical changes
  • Force and motion

Year 11

Trilogy Science curriculum outline

Autumn Spring Summer
  • Photosynthesis
  • Organising an ecosystem
  • Variation and evolution
  • Genetics and evolution
  • Chemical changes
  • Chemical calculations
  • Energy changes
  • Wave properties
  • Electromagnetic waves
  • Electromagnetism
  • Reproduction
  • Variation and evolution
  • Human nervous system
  • The Earth’s resources
  • Force and motion

 

  • Hormonal control Exam preparation

Year 10

Separate Science curriculum outline

Topic Autumn Spring Summer
Separate Science Biology
  • Cell structure and transport
  • Cell division
  • Cell structure and transport continued
  • Organisation and the digestive system
  • Organising animals and plants
  • Respiration
  • Organising animals and plants
  • Photosynthesis
  • Hormonal coordination in plants
  • Organising an ecosystem
  • Biodiversity and ecosystems continued
  • Variation and evolution
  • Genetics and evolution
Separate Science Chemistry
  • Structure and bonding
  • Chemical changes
  • Electrolysis
  • The Earth’s resources
  • Chemical analysis
  • Chemical calculations
  • Chemical changes
  • Chemical calculations
  • Energy changes
  • Rates and equilibrium
Separate Science Physics
  • Electric circuits
  • Electricity at home
  • Energy demands
  • Radioactivity
  • Molecules and matter
  • Pressure
  • Wave properties
  • Electromagnetic waves

Year 11

Separate Science curriculum outline

Topic Autumn Spring Summer
Separate Science Biology
  •  Genetics and evolution
  •  Reproduction
  •  Variation and evolution
  •  Human nervous system
  • Hormonal control
  • Preventing and treating disease
  • Homeostasis in action
  • Exam prep
  • Exam preparation
Separate Science Chemistry
  • Rates and equilibrium
  • Using our resources
  • The Earth’s resources
  • Crude oil and fuels (revisited)
  • Organic reactions
  • Polymers
  • Using our resources
  • The Earth’s resources
  • Exam prep
  • Exam preparation
Separate Science Physics
  • Wave properties (revisited)
  • Light
  • Electromagnetism
  • Space
  • Forces in balance
  • Force and motion
  • Exam preparation

 

Links to full specifications are available on the AQA website

KS3 Syllabus

Combined Science Trilogy (8464)

Combined Science Synergy (8465)

Separate Science Biology (8461)

Separate Science Chemistry (8462)

Separate Science Physics (8463)

Curriculum Map