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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:

The 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.

Curriculum Implementation:

Autumn

Spring

Summer

Sept 2nd - Oct 14th

Working Scientifically(Introduction to scientific Methodologies)

Living Systems

Jan 6th – 10th Feb

This term will have physics and chemistry topics(Waves and Atoms)

20th April – 18th May

This term will have chemistry topics (Chemical reactions) It also allows time for end of year exam revision.

Half term

Half term

Half term

Oct 28th – Dec 16th

Genetics

24th Feb – 30th March

Diet and Health

1st June – 13th July

Science Project liked with Working Scientifically linked to all the 3 science disciplines (Biology, Chemistry and Physics)

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 8 

Curriculum Intention:

Year 8 places an emphasis on the process of scientific enquiry as well as accumulation of knowledge to help bridge the gap between year 8 and GCSE

The course helps the students to:  

  • Develop understanding of scientific ideas 
  • Work out scientific ideas for themselves by using results from investigations 
  • See how science is used in everyday life 
  • Think about how science can be used for benefit of mankind. 

Curriculum Implementation:

Autumn

Spring

Summer

Sept 2nd - Oct 14th

Photosynthesis

Jan 6th – 10th Feb

Ecosystems

20th April – 18th May

Working Scientifically consolidation year 7 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

Reproduction

24th Feb – 30th March

This term will have Physics topic (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 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
  • 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.

Topics build on familiar themes from KS3, introducing more detail and complexity. The topics covered in Yr9 ensure students are ready for the remaining GCSE topics as they move into Year 10 and 11. Many of the skills covered in Yr9 are essential to the understanding of future topics.

Curriculum Implementation:

Autumn

Spring

Summer

Sept 2nd - Oct 14th

B1-Cell Biology linked to Living systems  in year 7 but increase /progression in detail, depth, complexity, independence, pace and deep analytical and evaluation  process

Jan 6th – 10th Feb

This term will have Chemistry topic (Atomic Structure and structure and bonding)

20th April – 18th May

Continues with the physics topic atomic structure.

Revision

Exams

Half term

Half term

Half term

Oct 28th – Dec 16th

B2-Photosynthesis linked to photosynthesis in year8 but increase /progression in detail, depth, complexity, independence, pace and deep analytical and evaluation process.

24th Feb – 30th March

Physics topics Particle Model of matter and Atomic structure which links with Atomic structure in chemistry.

1st June – 13th July

Atmosphere-which is a cross discipline topic

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:

  • Development of numeracy skills e.g. understanding of scales, using formula, interpreting graphs. 
  • Ability to analyse data.
  • Ability to draw conclusions when presented with information from a variety of sources.
  • Links throughout to current affairs that affect a wide range of people (e.g. cancer, radiation)

Year 10 

Curriculum Intention:

All topics for Biology 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.

B8 is then started after the mock exams as the required practical in this section requires students to conduct an investigation outside counting plants so needs to be done during spring/summer.

Curriculum Implementation:

Autumn

Spring

Summer

Sept 2nd - Oct 14th

B3-Movement and changing material which links with diffusion in year 8.It is also a progression B1 and B2 taught in year 9

Jan 6th – 10th Feb

B4-heath Matters

20th April – 18th May

Revision-using learning scientist Strategies

Mocks

B8- Energy in Action inter links physics and chemistry

Half term

Half term

Half term

Oct 28th – Dec 16th

Continuation of B3.

B4-Health Matters progression from KS3  and Yr9 content

24th Feb – 30th March

B8-Ecology  inter links physics and chemistry

1st June – 13th July

B8- Ecology inter links physics and chemistry

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:

  • Development of numeracy skills e.g. understanding of scales, using formula, interpreting graphs. 
  • Ability to analyse data.
  • Ability to draw conclusions when presented with information from a variety of sources.
  • Links throughout to current affairs that affect a wide range of people (e.g. obesity, illness, vaccinations)

Year 11 

Curriculum Intention:

Topic covered off Biology Paper 2 building on the knowledge acquired during Year 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.

Curriculum Implementation:

Autumn

Spring

Summer

Sept 2nd - Oct 14th

B8-Ecology

Jan 6th – 10th Feb

B6-Genetics

20th April – 18th May

Revision

Half term

Half term

Half term

Oct 28th – Dec 16th

B5-Coordination and control 

24th Feb – 30th March

B7-Variation

1st June – 13th July

n/a

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:

  • Development of numeracy skills e.g. understanding of scales, using formula, interpreting graphs. 
  • Ability to analyse data.
  • Ability to draw conclusions when presented with information from a variety of sources.
  • Links throughout to current affairs that affect a wide range of people (e.g. genetics, environmental concerns)

Year 12 

Curriculum Intention:

Topics follow the structure of the exam papers and allow topics to build on repeating themes whilst reviewing prior knowledge from GCSE.

Curriculum Implementation:

Autumn

Spring

Summer

Sept 2nd - Oct 14th

3.1 Biological molecules

3.2 Cells

Jan 6th – 10th Feb

3.1 Biological molecules

3.2 Cells

20th April – 18th May

3.3 Organisms exchange substances with their environment

3.4 Genetic information variation and relationships between organisms

Half term

Half term

Half term

Oct 28th – Dec 16th

3.1 Biological molecules

3.2 Cells

24th Feb – 30th March

3.3 Organisms exchange substances with their environment

3.4 Genetic information variation and relationships between organisms

1st June – 13th July

3.3 Organisms exchange substances with their environment

3.4 Genetic information variation and relationships between organisms

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 13 

Curriculum Intention:

Topics follow the structure of the exam papers and allow topics to build on repeating themes whilst reviewing prior knowledge from AS.

Curriculum Implementation:

Autumn

Spring

Summer

Sept 2nd - Oct 14th

3.5 Energy transfers in and between organisms

Jan 6th – 10th Feb

3.6 Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments

20th April – 18th May

3.7 Genetics, populations evolution and ecosystems

3.8 The Control of Gene Expression

Half term

Half term

Half term

Oct 28th – Dec 16th

3.5 Energy transfers in and between organisms

3.6 Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments

24th Feb – 30th March

3.7 Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems

1st June – 13th July

3.8 The Control of Gene Expression

Christmas Holidays

Easter Holidays

Summer Holidays

 

Outcomes:

Students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of scientific ideas, processes, techniques
  • Apply knowledge and understanding of scientific ideas, processes, techniques and procedures
  • Analyse, interpret and evaluate scientific information, ideas and evidence, including in relation

Employability skills:

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