Science Subject Overview

2019/20

Science

The Science Faculty at Fleetwood High School aims to enhance and develop our pupils’ knowledge and skills in Science. Whilst building on the foundation science that was learnt in primary school we aim to develop students investigative and thinking skills in a hope they appreciate and understand the workings of the world we live in. Pupils discover how scientific ideas contribute to technological change which has huge impacts for the future of industry, business and medicine all which contribute to improving the quality of life.

Key Stage 3

At Key Stage three, pupils follow a scheme of work that focuses on the three disciplines in Science; Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

The key stage 3 Science curriculum at Fleetwood High School aims to give students the opportunity to:

  • Research, experiment, discuss and develop arguments
  • Pursue an independent enquiry into an aspect of science of personal interest
  • Use real-life examples as a basis for finding out about science
  • Use creativity and innovation in science, and appreciate their importance in enterprise
  • Recognise the importance of sustainability in scientific and technological developments
  • Explore contemporary and historical scientific developments and how they have been communicated
  • Prepare to specialise in a range of science subjects at key stage 4 and consider career opportunities both within science and in other areas that are provided by science qualifications
  • Consider how knowledge and understanding of science informs personal and collective decisions, including those on substance abuse and sexual health
  • Make links between science and other subjects and areas of the curriculum.

The scheme of work followed at Key Stage 3 will include the following units:

Year 7

  • Cells 
  • Particles       
  • Forces          
  • Body Systems           
  • Elements, Atoms and Compounds   
  • Sound
  • Acids and Alkalis      
  • Space           
  • Reactions     
  • Light 
  • Reproduction

Year 9

  • Health and Lifestyle 
  • Electricity and magnetism  
  • Separation techniques         
  • Ecosystem Processes
  • The Periodic Table
  • The Earth
  • Adaptation and Inheritance
  • Energy
  • Metals and Acids
  • Motion and Pressure
  • Rates of Reaction

Students will be assessed at regular intervals throughout the year by completing an end of unit test and a range of formative assessments for each of the above. This is so we can track and monitor their progress in Science, then provide timely support in order to stretch and challenge students or further develop their knowledge and understanding.

Key Stage 4

There are a variety of courses available at Key Stage 4. They have been carefully chosen to meet the needs of our young people and provide them with the opportunities to gain qualifications they need to access science career pathways and courses post 16.

GCSE Science

In Science we will study the core scientific principles of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. It encourages students to develop their interest and enthusiasm for science and develops a critical approach to scientific enquiry. Pupils will learn the theory behind scientific concepts and also learn practical skills. Investigations play an important role in encouraging pupils to develop independent thinking and problem solving skills.

Each student will study one of two pathways in Science.

  • Combined Science: Trilogy (2 GCSE Qualifications) Six Exams. Each exam will be 1 hour 15 minutes, worth 16.7% of the GCSE
  • Biology, Chemistry and Physics (3 GCSE Qualifications)
    Six Exams. Each exam will be 1 hour 45 minutes. Each paper will be worth 50% of the GCSE for that subject

The table below provides an indication of subject content.

*Extra subject content will be included in the Biology, Chemistry and Physics pathway.

Biology Paper 1

Cell Biology; Organisation; Infection and response; and Bioenergetics.

Biology Paper 2

Homeostasis and response; Inheritance, variation and evolution and Ecology

Chemistry Paper 1

Atomic structure and the periodic table; Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter; Quantitative chemistry; Chemical changes and Energy changes.

Chemistry Paper 2

The rate and extent of chemical change; Organic chemistry; Chemical analysis; Chemistry of the atmosphere and using resources.

Physics Paper 1

Energy; Electricity; Particle model of matter; and  Atomic structure

Physics Paper 2

Forces; Waves; Magnetism and electromagnetism

 

Progression

Science will provide a sound foundation for students intending on taking A Levels in Biology, Chemistry and/or Physics. Qualifications at A Level and Degree level in Science are the cornerstone of many fields of employment. A lot of career pathways are open to people who have qualifications in science. A lot of the jobs available are in high demand, very interesting and generally offer a very good income package. Some of these exciting career pathways include:

  • Medicine
  • Dentistry
  • Forensic science Veterinary Work
  • Teaching
  • Genetics
  • Cosmetic Science
  • Marine Biology
  • Radiography
  • Zoology
  • Pharmacology
  • Chemical Engineering