In year 7 students are introduced to the key concepts in all three scientific disciplines. These topics form the foundations on which the next 5 years of science at Grace Academy are built. As a department we believe that being competent in investigative skills is essential to becoming an outstanding scientist and we have written our curriculum to allow time for students to investigate the ideas within the curriculum. This enables pupils to gather their own evidence for the laws and theories they are being taught.
Chemistry topics covered: atomic structure, reactions of metals and acids, rates of reaction
Biology topics covered: cell biology, principles of organisation and ecosystems
Physics topics covered: introduction to forces, energy, space
In year 8, as in year 7 we will introduce pupils to key concepts from Biology, Chemistry and Physics. students will continue to develop their investigative skills in preparation for the required practical element of the GCSE specification.
Biology topics covered: Organ Systems, Disease, Infection and Response, Photosynthesis and Respiration
Chemistry topics covered: Quantitative Chemistry, Bonding, the Periodic Table, Earth, Atmosphere & Resources
Physics topics covered: Electricity, Magnetism and Waves
In year 9 students will return to some of the key concepts taught in year 7 and 8 and begin to develop their understanding of these. There will be a focus on the application of knowledge. Students will have assessments that include content from all three science disciplines. These assessments are cumulative and by the end of the year students will be assessed on content from the whole year.
Biology topics covered: Cell biology, Inheritance, Variation and Evolution, Bioenergetics
Chemistry topics covered: Atomic Structure, the Periodic Table, States of Matter and Bonding, Energy Changes, Chemical Analysis
Physics topics covered: Forces, Energy, Waves
In year 10 students will complete the content needed for the majority of the GCSE Combined Science course. During this academic year, students will continue to apply their knowledge to contextual examples and examination questions, developing their confidence in preparation for year 11.
Biology topics covered: Organisation and Transport of Substances, Transport in Plants, Infection and Response, Homeostasis and Response
Chemistry topics covered: Quantitative Chemistry, Chemical Changes, the Rate and Extent of Chemical Change, Organic Chemistry
Physics topics covered: Electricity, the Particle Model of Matter, Radioactivity
Year 12 & 13
In year 11 students will have already learnt much of what they will need to know and understand for their GCSE examinations in the summer term. They will complete the combined science content in the first term and will then move onto the separate science content, revising the combined science as they go along. They will spend time consolidating their learning and further develop their understanding of how to respond to GCSE assessment questions.
Biology topics covered: Classification and Ecology
Chemistry topics covered: Chemistry of the Atmosphere, Using Resources
Physics topics covered: Magnetism and Electromagnetism
At Post-16 we offer A-Level courses in Biology, Chemistry and Physics as well as BTEC Applied Science.
The A-Level courses will be assessed by examination at the end of year 13. Students are also assessed on their competency in 5 aspects of practical work, including their ability to follow a method, select and use appropriate equipment, identify and manage risk, record and analyse results and carry out research. All students will be awarded a pass or fail mark for this aspect of the A-Level course. The required practicals will also be assessed during the examinations with a number of the questions based around them.
The BTEC Applied Science course gives students a broad understanding of all three disciplines of science. The course is assessed by examination and coursework. A large part of the coursework in practical based and will give students the skills they need to pursue a wide range of STEM careers.