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St Thomas More Catholic Secondary School

St Thomas More
Catholic Secondary School

Science is a captivating subject which at the same time allows people to understand the world they live in and wonder at it.

Our aim is to methodically develop and sustain learners’ curiosity about the world, enjoyment of scientific activity and understanding of how natural phenomena can be explained through linking each topic. The Science education that they receive should equip every pupil equally with opportunities that enable them to take an informed part in decisions and to take appropriate actions that affect their own wellbeing and the wellbeing of others and the environment.

Year 7 

Curriculum Intention:

Topics have been placed in order of difficulty placing the more difficult topics towards the end of the curriculum so students can use and apply the skills they have acquired at the beginning of the course.

There is an equal split of biology chemistry and physics to equally prepare students for those subjects at GCSE, the idea that the variety will keep them engaged with the subject and give them the opportunity to reflect as to which subject areas are their strengths and which subject areas need improvement

Some topics are linked to other initiatives i.e. materials coinciding with the plastic awareness week.

 Year  7  will be going Kidzania ,the intention of this is to instil some passion  towards science Job thereby placing values on their science lesson and why the need to study science

Curriculum Implementation:

Autumn

Spring

Summer

Sept 2nd - Oct 14th

Working scientifically (Introduction to scientific Methodologies)

Jan 6th – 10th Feb

Waves

20th April – 18th May

This term will have chemistry topics (Chemical reactions) the is due to the fact that there more chemistry topics in the KS3 curriculum

Half term

Half term

Half term

Oct 28th – Dec 16th

Forces

24th Feb – 30th March

Energy

1st June – 13th July

This term will have chemistry topics (Chemical reactions) the is due to the fact that there more chemistry topics in the KS3 curriculum

Christmas Holidays

Easter Holidays

Summer Holidays

 

Outcomes:

Students will be able :

To support and consolidate scientific concepts (knowledge and understanding of the various topics).

  • This is done by applying and developing what is known and understood of abstract ideas and models.
  • Through practical work students will make sense of new information and observations, and
  • Provide insights into the development of scientific thinking.

To develop investigative skills. These transferable skills include:

  • Devising and investigating testable questions
  • Identifying and controlling variables
  •  Analysing, interpreting and evaluating data.

To build and master practical skills such as:

  • Using specialist scientific equipment to take measurements
  • Handling and manipulating equipment with confidence and fluency
  • Recognising hazards and planning how to minimise risk.

Employability skills:

  • Remembering and Developing understanding
  • Applying and Analysing
  • Evaluating and Creating

Year 8 

Curriculum Intention:

To support and consolidate scientific concepts (knowledge and understanding of the various topics).

  • This is done by applying and developing what is known and understood of abstract ideas and models.
  • Through practical work students will make sense of new information and observations, and
  • Provide insights into the development of scientific thinking.

To develop investigative skills. These transferable skills include:

  • Devising and investigating testable questions
  • Identifying and controlling variables
  •  Analysing, interpreting and evaluating data.

To build and master practical skills such as:

  • Using specialist scientific equipment to take measurements
  • Handling and manipulating equipment with confidence and fluency
  • Recognising hazards and planning how to minimise risk

Curriculum Implementation:

Autumn

Spring

Summer

Sept 2nd - Oct 14th

This term will have chemistry topics and biology topic (Chemical reactions and photosynthesis respectively) the is due to the fact that there more chemistry topics in the KS3 curriculum

Jan 6th – 10th Feb

Energy

20th April – 18th May

Working Scientifically consolidation year7 and 8 work and to ensure easy access to year 9 content.

 

Science Fair Projects begins

Half term

Half term

Half term

Oct 28th – Dec 16th

Electricity

 

24th Feb – 30th March

Waves

 

1st June – 13th July

Completion of science fair Projects.

Physics topic(Earth)

Christmas Holidays

Easter Holidays

Summer Holidays

 

Outcomes:

Students will be able :

To support and consolidate scientific concepts (knowledge and understanding of the various topics).

  • This is done by applying and developing what is known and understood of abstract ideas and models.
  • Through practical work students will make sense of new information and observations, and
  • Provide insights into the development of scientific thinking.

To develop investigative skills. These transferable skills include:

  • Devising and investigating testable questions
  • Identifying and controlling variables
  •  Analysing, interpreting and evaluating data.

To build and master practical skills such as:

  • Using specialist scientific equipment to take measurements
  • Handling and manipulating equipment with confidence and fluency
  • Recognising hazards and planning how to minimise risk.

Employability skills:

  • Remembering and Developing understanding
  • Applying and Analysing
  • Evaluating and Creating
  • Resilience developed through science fair

Year 9 

Curriculum Intention:

In Year 9 all students follow a course which is specifically designed to: 

  • Form a foundation for GCSE and other courses  
  • Encourage interest in all aspects of scientific study  
  • Develop understanding of scientific ideas  
  • See how science is used in everyday life 

Students spend one term studying the most important aspects of biology, chemistry and physics to a higher level than that taught in years 7 and 8, in order to bridge the gap between key stage 3 and 4.

Curriculum Implementation:

Autumn

Spring

Summer

Sept 2nd - Oct 14th

B1 – Cell Biology

Jan 6th – 10th Feb

C1 – Atomic Structure

C2 – Structure, bonding and matter

20th April – 18th May

P4 – Atomic Structure

Half term

Half term

Half term

Oct 28th – Dec 16th

B2 - Photosynthesis

24th Feb – 30th March

P3 – Particle model of matter

1st June – 13th July

C5 – Energy Changes

C9 – The Atmosphere

Christmas Holidays

Easter Holidays

Summer Holidays

 

Outcomes:

Students will be able :

To support and consolidate scientific concepts (knowledge and understanding of the various topics).

  • This is done by applying and developing what is known and understood of abstract ideas and models.
  • Through practical work we make sense of new information and observations, and
  • Provide insights into the development of scientific thinking.

To develop investigative skills. These transferable skills include:

  • Devising and investigating testable questions
  • Identifying and controlling variables
  •  Analysing, interpreting and evaluating data.

To build and master practical skills such as:

  • Using specialist scientific equipment to take measurements
  • Handling and manipulating equipment with confidence and fluency
  • Recognising hazards and planning how to minimise risk.

Employability skills:

  • Remembering and Developing understanding
  • Applying and Analysing
  • Evaluating and Creating

Year 10 

Curriculum Intention:

All topics for Physics Paper 1 will be completed before the end of Yr10 Mocks allowing a holistic paper to be sat during the mock week and providing a strong, standardised set of data.

This consequently allows targeted intervention to begin in the early part of Yr11.

To support and consolidate scientific concepts (knowledge and understanding of the various topics).

  • This is done by applying and developing what is known and understood of abstract ideas and models.
  • Through practical work students will make sense of new information and observations, and
  • Provide insights into the development of scientific thinking.

To develop investigative skills. These transferable skills include:

  • Devising and investigating testable questions
  • Identifying and controlling variables
  •  Analysing, interpreting and evaluating data.

To build and master practical skills such as:

  • Using specialist scientific equipment to take measurements
  • Handling and manipulating equipment with confidence and fluency

Recognising hazards and planning how to minimise risk.

Paper 2 content are studied in year 11 .

Curriculum Implementation:

Autumn

Spring

Summer

Sept 2nd - Oct 14th

P1 - Energy

Jan 6th – 10th Feb

P4 – Atomic Structure

20th April – 18th May

P5 - Forces

Half term

Half term

Half term

Oct 28th – Dec 16th

P1 - Energy

P4 – Atomic Structure

24th Feb – 30th March

P5 - Forces

1st June – 13th July

P5 - Forces

Christmas Holidays

Easter Holidays

Summer Holidays

 

Outcomes:

To support and consolidate scientific concepts (knowledge and understanding of the various topics).

  • This is done by applying and developing what is known and understood of abstract ideas and models.
  • Through practical work we make sense of new information and observations, and
  • Provide insights into the development of scientific thinking.

To develop investigative skills. These transferable skills include:

  • Devising and investigating testable questions
  • Identifying and controlling variables
  •  Analysing, interpreting and evaluating data.

To build and master practical skills such as:

  • Using specialist scientific equipment to take measurements
  • Handling and manipulating equipment with confidence and fluency
  • Recognising hazards and planning how to minimise risk.

Employability skills:

  • Remembering and Developing understanding
  • Applying and Analysing
  • Evaluating and Creating
  • Independence

Year 11 

Curriculum Intention:

Topics covered in year 11 will be examine GCSE Physics Paper 2 which is building on the knowledge acquired during Yr9&10/Paper 1 lessons.

A topic with required practical’s completed earlier in the year to allow careful revision of these ahead of the exams.

The intention is :

To support and consolidate scientific concepts (knowledge and understanding of the various topics).

  • This is done by applying and developing what is known and understood of abstract ideas and models.
  • Through practical work students will make sense of new information and observations, and
  • Provide insights into the development of scientific thinking.

To develop investigative skills. These transferable skills include:

  • Devising and investigating testable questions
  • Identifying and controlling variables
  •  Analysing, interpreting and evaluating data.

To build and master practical skills such as:

  • Using specialist scientific equipment to take measurements
  • Handling and manipulating equipment with confidence and fluency

Recognising hazards and planning how to minimise risk.

Curriculum Implementation:

Autumn

Spring

Summer

Sept 2nd - Oct 14th

P6 - Waves

Jan 6th – 10th Feb

P7 – Magnetism and electromagnetism

20th April – 18th May

Revision

Half term

Half term

Half term

Oct 28th – Dec 16th

P6 - Waves

24th Feb – 30th March

P8 – Space physics
(Separate science only)

1st June – 13th July

n/a

Christmas Holidays

Easter Holidays

Summer Holidays

 

Outcomes:

Students will be able :

  • To apply and develop what is known and understood of abstract ideas and models.
  • Use practical work to make sense of new information and observations.
  • To provide insights into the development of scientific thinking.
  • To devise and investigate testable questions
  • Identify controlling variables
  •  Analyse, interpret and evaluate data.
  • To use specialist scientific equipment to take measurements

Employability skills

  • Remembering and Developing understanding
  • Applying and Analysing
  • Evaluating and Creating

Year 12 

Curriculum Intention:

We have invested in the OCR (PEARSONS) curriculum plan which:

  • Links past and future steps in the students learning.
  • Pearsons has detailed Teaching plans, Schemes of work, assessments, tests, practicals, resources, texts, challenges.
  • We have put in place with our RAG assessment, strategies for monitoring progress.
  • Intentions are adjusted according to needs identified through assessment.

Curriculum Implementation:

Autumn

Spring

Summer

Sept 2nd - Oct 14th

1.Topic: Development of practical skills in physics

content

Practical skills assessed in a written examination Practical skills assessed in the practical endorsement

2.Topic :Foundations of physics

content

Physical quantities and units, Making measurements and analysing data, Nature of quantities

Jan 6th – 10th Feb

1.Topic:Forces and motion

content

Forces and motion

Motion, Forces in action, Work, energy and power, Materials, Newton’s laws of motion and momentum

20th April – 18th May

1.Topic: Electrons, waves and photons

content

Charge and current, Energy, power and resistance, Electrical circuits, Waves, Quantum physics

Half term

Half term

Half term

Oct 28th – Dec 16th

1.Topic:

content

Forces and motion

Motion, Forces in action, Work, energy and power, Materials, Newton’s laws of motion and momentum

 Revision and Assessment

24th Feb – 30th March

1.Topic: Electrons, waves and photons

content

Charge and current, Energy, power and resistance, Electrical circuits, Waves, Quantum physics                          

Revision and Assessment

1st June – 13th July

1.Topic: Electrons, waves and photons

content

Charge and current, Energy, power and resistance, Electrical circuits, Waves, Quantum physics

Revision and Exams

Christmas Holidays

Easter Holidays

Summer Holidays

 

Outcomes:

Assessments recorded on RAG (dependant on agreed grade boundaries) and updated continuously by teachers, and monitored.

Student progress monitored by teachers of physics using the assessments as evidence for their tracking. 

Professional judgement based on the above assessment data

Employability skills:

  • Remembering and Developing understanding
  • Applying and Analysing
  • Evaluating and Creating

Year 13 

Curriculum Intention:

We have invested in the OCR (PEARSONS) curriculum plan which:

  • Links past and future steps in the students learning.
  • Pearsons has detailed Teaching plans, Schemes of work, assessments, tests, practicals, resources, texts, challenges.
  • We have put in place with our RAG assessment, strategies for monitoring progress.
  • Intentions are adjusted according to needs identified through assessment.

Curriculum Implementation:

Autumn

Spring

Summer

Sept 2nd - Oct 14th

1.Topic:Newtonian world and astrophysics

content

Thermal physics, Circular motion, Astrophysics and cosmology

Jan 6th – 10th Feb

1.Topic: –Particles and medical physics
content

Electric fields, Electromagnetism, Medical imaging, Nuclear and particle physics

20th April – 18th May

1.Topic: –Particles and medical physics
content

Electric fields, Electromagnetism, Medical imaging, Nuclear and particle physics

Half term

Half term

Half term

Oct 28th – Dec 16th

1.Topic:Newtonian world and astrophysics

content

Thermal physics, Circular motion, Astrophysics and cosmology

24th Feb – 30th March

1.Topic: –Particles and medical physics
content

Electric fields, Electromagnetism, Medical imaging, Nuclear and particle physics

1st June – 13th July

 

Christmas Holidays

Easter Holidays

Summer Holidays

 

Outcomes:

Assessments recorded on RAG (dependant on agreed grade boundaries) and updated continuously by teachers, and monitored.

Student progress monitored by teachers of physics using the assessments as evidence for their tracking. 

Professional judgement based on the above assessment data

Employability skills:

  • Remembering and Developing understanding
  • Applying and Analysing
  • Evaluating and Creating