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Science Curriculum – Montgomery High School 2016-2017

Within Science at Montgomery, students undertake a two year Key Stage 3 (Years 7 and 8), followed by a three year Key Stage 4 program of study (Years 9, 10 and 11). AQA specifications for the appropriate Key Stage 4 courses can be found on the school student portal in the science curriculum folder.

Current Year 11 The current Year 11 follow AQA specifications from 2014. This is the final year of this course and will no longer apply for all other years at the school. Year 11 students are split into two cohorts. Some are studying the three separate sciences, biology, chemistry and physics and will receive three separate grades for each. Others are studying core with additional science that will yield two GCSE grades. Core Science Biology Paper 1 (25%) – studied in Year 10. One hour exam in Year 11 Topics – Keeping healthy, coordination & control, medicine & drugs, adaptations, energy in biomass, variation, reproduction and new technology and evolution Chemistry Paper 1 (25%) – studied in Year 10. One hour exam in Year 11 Topics – Atoms, building materials, metals, crude oil, plant oils and our changing planet. Physics Paper 1 (25%) – studied in Year 10. One hour exam in Year 11 Topics – Energy and efficiency, electrical appliances, the national grid and waves ISA (25%) – Practical controlled assessment carried out in class Additional Science Biology Paper 2 (25%) – studied in Year 10/11. One hour exam in Year 11 Topics – Cells, tissues & organs; organisms in the environment, enzymes, energy from respiration, inheritance in animals and plants and old & new species Chemistry Paper 2 (25%) – studied in Year 10/11. One hour exam in Year 11 Topics – Structure & bonding, calculations, rates and energy, salts and electrolysis. Physics Paper 2 (25%) – studied in Year 10/11. One hour exam in Year 11 Topics – Forces, work, energy, power, momentum, electricity and radioactivity ISA (25%) – Practical controlled assessment carried out in class


Science Curriculum – Montgomery High School 2016-2017

Biology Biology Paper 1 (25%) – studied in Year 10. One hour exam in Year 11 Topics – Keeping healthy, coordination & control, medicine & drugs, adaptations, energy in biomass, variation, reproduction and new technology and evolution Biology Paper 2 (25%) – studied in Year 10/11. One hour exam in Year 11 Topics – Cells, tissues & organs; organisms in the environment, enzymes, energy from respiration, inheritance in animals and plants and old & new species Biology Paper 3 (25%) – studied in Year 11. One hour exam in Year 11 Topics – Exchange of materials, transport, homeostasis, and how humans affect the environment ISA (25%) – Practical controlled assessment carried out in class Chemistry Chemistry Paper 1 (25%) – studied in Year 10. One hour exam in Year 11 Topics – Atoms, building materials, metals, crude oil, plant oils and our changing planet Chemistry Paper 2 (25%) – studied in Year 10/11. One hour exam in Year 11 Topics – Structure & bonding, calculations, rates and energy, salts and electrolysis Chemistry Paper 3 (25%) – studied in Year 11. One hour exam in Year 11 Topics – Periodic table, water, energy calculations, analysis, synthesis and organic chemistry ISA (25%) – Practical controlled assessment carried out in class Physics Physics Paper 1 (25%) – studied in Year 10. One hour exam in Year 11 Topics – Energy transfer and efficiency, electrical appliances, the national grid and waves Physics Paper 2 (25%) – studied in Year 10/11. One hour exam in Year 11 Topics – Motion & forces, work, energy, power, momentum, electricity and radioactivity Physics Paper 3 (25%) – studied in Year 11. One hour exam in Year 11 Topics – Medical applications, using physics to make things work and magnetic fields ISA (25%) – Practical controlled assessment carried out in class Support for students Intervention – Academic Support Tutorials: Subject Physics

Day Tuesday

Chemistry

Wednesday

Biology

Thursday

A/A* Intervention

Friday

Teacher Mr Mathers Mr Thomson Mrs Houlihan Miss Nouraghaeii Mr Mistry Miss Chadwick Dr Hutchinson

Room L3

Time 3-3.45pm

S6/S8

3-3.45pm

S5/S7

3-3.45pm

S3

8-8.40am

24/7 Teacher Access – any question, any topic [all teachers can also be accessed by email]


Science Curriculum – Montgomery High School 2016-2017

To be successful and reach your potential: 1. Make sure at least 4 hours of Science study is completed each week outside the classroom. 2. Ensure all next steps in your Science book are actioned. 3. Annotate/correct all mistakes on mock exams using the AQA mark schemes 4. Ensure that all homework is completed on time 100% [30 minute task set per subject every week] 5. Make a revision tool for each topic using: your book, the specification, and the revision guide that runs alongside the course and has been provided for you. 6. Practice applying knowledge to past questions – use the student drive and the AQA website. 7. Attend support tutorials for exam-question specific help and a review of the content 8. Speak to your teacher about personalised action planning if you are struggling to organise your work and revision. All students have been issued with the appropriate CGP revision guides for either core and additional science or biology, chemistry and physics.

Help parents can help 1. Take an interest – it will really help them to succeed  2. Help generate a revision timetable for study at home that the student can stick to (with PS3/XBOX, Facebook and TV-free times for study!) 3. Help to ensure that the student’s work is well organised with robust notes and revision tools. 4. Test the students on their learning of model answers and definitions 5. Help to ensure that the student attends the appropriate support tutorials. 6. Help to ensure that students are completing a range of past paper questions and engaging with the mark schemes (available on the student drive and on the AQA website) 7. Help to ensure that students are accessing and using their specification. Another strategy that could help your son or daughter’s progress in Science is to acquire the AQA Science A workbooks that accompany the revision guides we have already supplied. These can be purchased for Core and Additional Sciences and the online link is as follows: https://www.cgpbooks.co.uk/Parent/books_gcse_science_aqa_workbooks Exam dates – summer 2017 All exams are one hour in duration. Students undertaking Core and Additional Science will sit the C1, C2, B1, B2, and the P1, P2 exams. Students studying the separate sciences will sit these same six exams plus B3, C3 and P3 (9 exams in total). We hope that these dates allow you to plan accordingly in supporting the school and your child in achieving the best possible outcomes in science.


Science Curriculum – Montgomery High School 2016-2017

Biology 1 (B1) – 16th May 2017 PM Chemistry 1 (C1) – 18th May 2017 AM Physics 1 (P1) – 24th May 2017 PM Biology 2 (B2) – 9th June 2017 AM Biology 3 (B3) – 9th June 2017 AM Chemistry 2 (C2) – 14th June 2017 AM Chemistry 3 (C3) – 14th June 2017 AM Physics 2 (P2) – 16th June 2017 AM Physics 3 (P3) – 16th June 2017 AM

Years 9 and 10 Years 9 and 10 are studying AQA science specifications from 2016 for first examination in 2018. Within the new specification, students will either study the separate sciences, biology, chemistry and physics, leading to three GCSE qualifications (one in each area) or on the combined science trilogy program which is worth two GCSE qualifications. In both combined and separate science, practical skills are assessed through a series of required practicals which will then be tested within the terminal exams in year 11. Specifications are on the school portal but can also be found using the following link: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/new-science-gcse-specifications Specification at a glance AQA Combined Science Trilogy (two GCSE grades) Biology – cell biology, organisation, infection and response, bioenergetics, homeostasis and response, inheritance, variation and evolution and ecology. Chemistry – Atomic structure and the periodic table, bonding, structure and the properties of matter, quantitative chemistry, chemical changes, the rate and extent of chemical change, organic chemistry, chemical analysis, chemistry of the atmosphere and using resources. Physics – Energy, electricity, particle model of matter, atomic structure, forces, waves, magnetism and electromagnetism. How will it be assessed? In terms of exams, the combined trilogy science students will do six 1 hour 15 minute exams (2 x biology, 2 x chemistry and 2 x physics). The separate science students will do six 1 hour 45 minute papers (2 x biology, 2 x chemistry and 2 x physics) which covers more content. The new specification also has an increased maths content across the combined and separate sciences, with 10% of the marks in biology, 20% in chemistry and 30% in physics exams being attributed to mathematical application. Grades awarded with be on the 1-9 numerical levels as opposed to the traditional but now extinct GCSE letter grades.


Science Curriculum – Montgomery High School 2016-2017


Science Curriculum – Montgomery High School 2016-2017


Science Curriculum – Montgomery High School 2016-2017

Biology Separate Science

Chemistry Separate Science


Science Curriculum – Montgomery High School 2016-2017

Physics Separate Science


Science Curriculum – Montgomery High School 2016-2017

Useful learning resources The associated AQA student books can be purchased to support learning using the following links (revision guides for AQA are also available): Combined Science Trilogy http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse-combined-science-trilogy-textbooks-printand-digital Biology http://www.collins.co.uk/product/9780008158750/GCSE+Science+9-1++AQA+GCSE+Biology+9-1+Student+Book Chemistry http://www.collins.co.uk/product/9780008158767/GCSE+Science+9-1++AQA+GCSE+Chemistry+9-1+Student+Book Physics http://www.collins.co.uk/product/9780008158774/GCSE+Science+9-1++AQA+GCSE+Physics+9-1+Student+Book


Science Curriculum – Montgomery High School 2016-2017

Years 7 and 8 Years 7 and 8 undertake a bespoke Key Stage 3 curriculum based around key underlying scientific principles as detailed below. The objective is to prepare students for Year 9 and the start of their GCSE journey with us. Year 7         

Safety and practical Investigations Particle theory and separation Cells, microscopes, muscles and the skeleton Energy Atoms, elements and compounds Speed, distance, time, gravity, weight and forces Reproduction Acids and Alkalis Space

Year 8

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DNA and natural selection Metals, reactivity, exothermic and endothermic reactions and oxidation Energy Photosynthesis, respiration and the heart Acids and alkalis Light and sound Food chains and the environment Moments, levers and pressure

How are students assessed? Students are assessed via their practical skills, worked produced in class, participation in group and class discussions and in formal topic assessments conducted at the end of each topic.

Supportive resources In Key Stage 3, we predominantly use the SMART science learning program designed to support the new curriculum recently put in place. Student books to support learning can be purchased using the following link: http://www.smart-learning.co.uk/smart-science-student-s-book-new-curriculum.html In terms of revising for end of topic assessments, students can also use the BBC bitesize website which is really useful in covering the key learning points needed: http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zng4d2p


Science Curriculum 2016-17