This subject is part of the Faculty of Science and PE

Our Head of Faculty is

Mr D Bell – dbell@tcat.school

Our subject teachers and email addresses are

Mr M. Langley - Director of STEM - mlangley@tcat.school 

Mrs M. Ali - mali@tcat.school

Mr S. Day - Assistant Head Teacher - sday@tcat.school

Mrs G. Deeks - gdeeks@tcat.school

Mrs H. Byrne - hbyrne@tcat.school

 

Our subject intent

Is to build upon and deepen pupils knowledge in a range of scientific ideas in the subject disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics, to provide pupils with the foundations for understanding the natural world and to enhance their lives in an increasingly technological society.

Pupils should understand that science is about working objectively, modifying explanations to take account of new evidence and ideas and subjecting results to peer review. Pupils should decide on the appropriate type of scientific enquiry to undertake to answer their own questions and develop a deeper understanding of factors to be considered when collecting, recording and processing data. They should evaluate their results and identify further questions arising from them.

Curriculum Subject Offer

Year 7 Science

Subject intent

In year 7 students build upon the knowledge they have gained at KS1 and 2 to develop a deeper understanding of the world around them and they begin to identify links between the 3 separate disciplines.

Topic Breakdown

  Half term 1

Half term 2

Autumn

Introduction to Science

 

Cells, tissues, organs and systems

Mixtures and separation

Sexual reproduction

 

Energy

Spring

Acids and alkalis

 

Current electricity

Muscles and bones

 

The Particle model

Summer

Ecosystems

 

Forces

Atoms, elements and compounds

 

Sound

You will be assessed at the end of each topic with a waterfall assessment and at the end of the year with a 1-hour year assessment.

Science full Scheme of Work - Year 7

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Year 8 Science

Subject intent

In year 7 you learnt about the basics of Science in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

In year 8 pupils will continue to build upon the knowledge they have gained at KS1, 2 and year 7 to develop a deeper understanding of the world around them and they begin to identify links between the 3 separate disciplines.

Topic Breakdown

 

Half term 1

Half term 2

Autumn

Food and nutrition

 

Combustion

Plants and reproduction

Fluids

Plants and reproduction

 

Fluids

Light

The Periodic Table

Spring

Light

 

The Periodic Table

Breathing and respiration

Metals and their uses

Breathing and respiration

 

Metals and their uses

Energy transfers

Earth and Space

Summer

Unicellular organisms

 

Making materials

Forces and motion

Genetics and evolution

 

Force fields and electromagnets

Plant growth

Reactivity

You will be assessed at the end of each unit as in year 7 with waterfall assessment and a final 1 hour end of year exam.

Science full Scheme of Work - Year 8

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Year 9 Science

Subject intent

In year 8 you learnt about and consolidated their learning from KS2 and year 7. They revisited topics from year 7 and added more knowledge in the spirally curriculum.

During year 9 pupils consolidate their prior learning and apply their knowledge to an independent project, through the nationally recognised CREST Awards, before transitioning into more advanced study at GCSE level.

Topic Breakdown

 

Half term 1

Half term 2

Autumn

CREST award

 

Physics revision

Biology revision

 

Physics revision

Spring

Biology transition

 

Chemistry revision

B1 – Key concepts in Biology

 

Chemistry transition

Summer

B1

 

C1/2

B2

 

P1/2

You will be assessed the same as in year 7 and 8 with a waterfall assessment at the end of each topic. Before GCSE content begins you will have an end of KS3 exam where you will be assessed on content from year 7, 8 and 9. Once GCSE content begins you will again be assessed per topic.

Science full Scheme of Work - Year 9

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Year 10 Science

Subject intent

Throughout KS4 students continue to deepen their knowledge and understanding in each of the subject disciplines, with the majority of students following the Edexcel GCSE Combined Science specification. For some students it is more appropriate for them to explore each of the disciplines in more detail, studying towards separate GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. This can provide the platform for more advanced studies, establishing the basis for a wide range of careers. Students also have the option to study Animal Care as one of their option subjects. 

Overview of the GCSE course: 

  Biology  Chemistry  Physics 
Autumn  Topic 1 – Key concepts in biology 

 

Topic 2 – Cells and control 

Topic 1 – Key concepts in chemistry 

 

Topic 2 – States of matter and mixtures 

Topic 1 – Key concepts of physics 

 

Topic 2 – Motion and forces 

Spring  Topic 3 – Genetics 

 

Topic 4– Natural selection and genetic modification 

Topic 3 –Chemical changes 

 

Topic 4 – Extracting metals and equilibria 

Topic 3 – Conservation of energy 

 

Topic 4 – Waves 

Summer  Topic 5 – Health, disease and the development of medicines 

 

Topic 6 – Plant structures and their functions 

Topic 5 – Separate chemistry 1 (Triple science only) 

 

Topic 6 – Groups in the periodic table 

Topic 5 – Light and the electromagnetic spectrum 

 

Topic 6 – Radioactivity 

Topic 7 – Astronomy (Triple science only) 

You will be assessed the same as in KS3 with an end of topic test at the end of each topic. At the end of year 10 you will have a mock paper 1 exam. In year 11 you will have mock GCSE exams and continue with topic assessments. 

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Year 11 Science

Subject intent 

Throughout KS4 students continue to deepen their knowledge and understanding in each of the subject disciplines, with the majority of students following the Edexcel GCSE Combined Science specification. For some students it is more appropriate for them to explore each of the disciplines in more detail, studying towards separate GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. This can provide the platform for more advanced studies, establishing the basis for a wide range of careers. Students also have the option to study Animal Care as one of their option subjects.  

Overview of the GCSE course: 

 

Biology  Chemistry 

Physics 

Autumn 

Topic 6 – Plant structures and their functions 

 

Topic 7 – Animal coordination, control and homeostasis 

Topic 6 – Groups in the periodic table  

 

Topic 7 – Rates of reaction and energy changes 

Topic 8 – Energy – Forces doing work 

 

Topic 9 – Forces and their effects 

Topic 10 – Electricity and circuits 

Topic 11 – Static electricity (Triple science only) 

Spring 

Topic 8 – Exchange and transport in animals 

 

Topic 9 – Ecosystems and material cycles 

 

Topic 8 – Fuels and Earth science 

 

Topic 9 – Separate chemistry 2 (Triple science only) 

 

Topic 12 – Magnetism and the motor effect 

 

Topic 13 – Electromagnetic induction 

Topic 14 – Particle model 

Topic 15 – Forces and matter 

Summer 

Revision and GCSE exams  Revision and GCSE exams  Revision and GCSE exams 

 You will be assessed the same as in KS3 with an end of topic test at the end of each topic. At the end of year 10 you will have a mock paper 1 exam. In year 11 you will have mock GCSE exams and continue with topic assessments. 

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Within each subject we have our own specific personalised marking and feeback policy.

Faculty: Science and PE

 

KS3

KS4

Verbal dialogue

Teachers circulate with purpose, checking pupils’ work, marking if appropriate and collecting information on whole-class strengths, errors, misconceptions, knowledge gaps etc. The teacher adjusts their lesson accordingly.

Starter whole class feedback most lessons to reflect on last lesson and correct mistakes

In PE verbal dialogue as a result of observation is the most used form of feedback

Teachers circulate with purpose, checking pupils’ work, marking if appropriate and collecting information on whole-class strengths, errors, misconceptions, knowledge gaps etc. The teacher adjusts their lesson accordingly.

Starter whole class feedback most lessons to reflect on last lesson and correct mistakes

Self/peer assessment

Written feedback through strengths/targets and annotations. Peer and self-assessment should be completed in blue pen.

Written feedback through strengths/targets and annotations. Peer and self-assessment should be completed in blue pen.

Whole Class Feedback

Whole class feedback given at the start of most lessons usually verbally to address misconceptions from last lesson and share positives.

Whole class feedback given at the start of most lessons usually verbally to address misconceptions from last lesson and share positives.

Written comments

Done using marking strength and target codes on a key piece of work per topic.

Codes are written into books and pupils copy the targets and strengths associated with the codes into their books. They then complete the corresponding action.

Done using marking strength and target codes on a key piece of work per topic. In KS4 this is on 6-mark exam questions.

Codes are written into books and pupils copy the targets and strengths associated with the codes into their books. They then complete the corresponding action.

Pupils will correct answers in blue using a mark scheme

Frequency of feedback

Live feedback and responsive teaching will take place in most lessons where pupils have been asked to complete tasks

Whole-class feedback will take place most lessons.

Peer/self-assessment

Used in most lessons

Written comments will take place once per topic on a key piece of work chosen by the class teacher. Marking codes will be used.

Live feedback and responsive teaching will take place in most lessons where pupils have been asked to complete tasks

Whole-class feedback will take place most lessons.

Peer/self-assessment

Used in most lessons

Written comments will take place once per topic on a key piece of work chosen by the class teacher. Marking codes will be used. 6-mark exam questions

Response to feedback

When directed after marking/whole class feedback, pupils will be expected to make a response in blue pen.

In other instances, pupils will be expected to apply their feedback to a different task under the title DIRT. This would be done in blue pen.

In further instances, pupils may be asked to answer questions posed by the teacher.

Corrections to key word spellings highlighted also to be corrected

When directed after marking/whole class feedback, pupils will be expected to make a response in blue pen.

In other instances, pupils will be expected to apply their feedback to a different task under the title DIRT. This would be done in blue pen.

In further instances, pupils may be asked to answer questions posed by the teacher.

Corrections to key word spellings highlighted also to be corrected

Summative assessment

Waterfall assessments completed at the end of every completed topic. 50% content from topic and 50% from previously taught content.

End of year exams to cover all content covered through the year.

Waterfall assessments completed at the end of every completed topic. 50% content from topic and 50% from previously taught content.

End of year exams to cover all content covered through the year. Mocks for 10 and 11.