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Science

Curriculum Intent

Our aim is to provide students with the knowledge of interactions between biological, chemical and physical systems that enables them to explain everyday experiences. Students will gain key skills which will facilitate their investigation of scientific ideas both theoretically and practically, as well as through extra-curricular events, encouraging a healthy curiosity about the nature of the universe.  

Science at Grace Academy will foster an approach that allows our students to recognise the diversity of scientists and promote and ignite aspirations for a career in a scientific field. 

 We endeavour to empower students with the knowledge required to continue questioning the world around them beyond their Grace journey.

This term, we are studying… 

Year

Topic(s)

Why this? Why now?

Year 7

Digestion

Builds upon organisation (Term 1) and introduces acids for the next topic

Acids and Alkalis

Builds upon the role of acid from digestion, develops practical skills from Separating Mixtures (Term 2)

Electricity

Builds upon energy where they learned how electricity was generated  (Term 2)

Year 8

Inheritance & Variation

Interleaves key ideas from reproduction and introduces the idea of evolution which is revisited in Year 9 in Earth’s Atmosphere.

Earth’s Structure

An understanding of rock types and the rock cycle provides a basis for Earth’s resources in Year 9 

Year 9

Transition work (Atoms/Ecology)

Front load some key concepts to aid transition into KS4, adding depth to concepts that have already been covered providing more specific vocabulary. 

Year 10

Reactions of Metals and Acids

Introduces key reactions that students need to know. Interleaves chemical equations and links to reactions of group 1 and 7. Links to electrolysis. 

Domestic Electricity

Follows on from the electricity topic

Photosynthesis

Follows on from plant diseases in the previous topic. Links to Ecosystems in Year 11. Links to respiration. 

Particle Model

Recap of particle content. Introduces latent heat, which builds on specific heat capacity. 

 

Respiration

Builds on photosynthesis and circulatory system. Has links to Homeostasis in Year 11. 

Electrolysis

Follows on from electricity and reactions of metals. Interleaves ion formation. 

 

Year 12

Biology - 

Physics - 

(B) We have just completed mass transport in plants and it builds upon this as well as several other AS topics including transport across membranes and cell ultrastructure thus providing revision for AP3 whilst teaching new content. Respiration then links directly to photosynthesis - photophosphorylation being the inverse of the ETC. 

(P) - Gravitational fields, lays the foundation for electrical and magnetic fields in Year 13. 

Qualification information:

Trilogy (Combined Science): https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/combined-science-trilogy-8464

Biology: https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/biology-8461

Chemistry: https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/chemistry-8462

Physics: https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/physics-8463

A-Level Biology: https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/as-and-a-level/biology-7401-7402

A-Level Chemistry: https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/as-and-a-level/chemistry-7404-7405

A-Level Physics: https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/as-and-a-level/physics-7407-7408

BTEC Applied Science: https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/btec-nationals/applied-science-2016.html

Curriculum content:

Attached are the curriculum maps which outline the sequence we use in order to structure our learning. Our science department have gone even further and provided a detailed breakdown and justification of our curriculum approach (both attached). If you would like to support your child's learning, we have attached links to Oak National Academy who provide lessons, activities and resources for commonly taught topics. Please use the curriculum map for this subject before visiting:

https://teachers.thenational.academy/subjects/science/key-stages/key-stage-3

https://teachers.thenational.academy/subjects/combined-science/key-stages/key-stage-4

https://teachers.thenational.academy/subjects/biology/key-stages/key-stage-4

https://teachers.thenational.academy/subjects/chemistry/key-stages/key-stage-4

https://teachers.thenational.academy/subjects/physics/key-stages/key-stage-4

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