“Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.” 

Marie Curie 

 

 

 

 

 

Subject Staff

Name Role Contact
Mrs A Middleton Head of Science Contact
Mr R Sheard Classroom Teacher Contact
Miss F Suleman Classroom Teacher Contact
Mr J Birdsall Classroom Teacher Contact
Mr S Ray Classroom Teacher Contact
Miss E Crewe Science Technician Contact

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Intent:

In Science at Central Lancaster High School our aim is to make science relevant and accessible to all. With this in mind we have developed a curriculum that enables all pupils to access all of the sciences fully. We make science relevant by linking the learning in lessons to a wide variety of every day scenarios and future careers. Our Key Stage 3 curriculum builds on the foundations laid by the primary science curriculum and aims to equip pupils with the skills and knowledge to be successful. We offer both combined science and separate science at higher and foundation tier at GCSE so that pupils can follow the science pathway that is most suited to them.
Science enables pupils to develop their understanding of the world around them so that they can make informed decisions about important issues. To enable them to do this we ensure that we develop their skills in:
 
Demonstrating knowledge and understanding of: 
  • scientific ideas 
  • scientific techniques and procedures
Applying knowledge and understanding of: 
  • scientific ideas 
  • scientific enquiry, techniques and procedures
Analysing information and ideas to:
  • interpret and evaluate 
  • make judgements and draw conclusions 
  • develop and improve experimental procedures
     
As Marie Curie said “Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.” Our goal is to develop our pupils to become the citizens of tomorrow equipped with the skills to critically analyse the world around them and make informed decisions without fear.
 

KS3 Overview of Units:

 
  Term 1 Topics Term 2 Topics Term 3 Topics
Year 7 Introduction to science, ecosystems, energy, particles Cells, forces, elements and compounds, sound Chemical reactions, reproduction, acids and alkalis, solar system.
Year 8 Investigative skills, separation techniques, light, lifestyle. Periodic table, disease, electricity, metals, motion. Inheritance, earth, magnets, bioenergetics.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
*this order will vary slightly as topics are taught on a rota due to availability of resources.
 
Parents / carers can best support pupils by: looking through pupils' books and quizzing them on topics that have been covered previously, discussing scientific stories from the news and in the papers and encouraging pupils to read books and articles related to the sciences.
 

Key Stage 4
 

Qualification type, exam board and syllabus if applicable: AQA GCSE Combined Science Trilogy
Web link to specification: https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/combined-science-trilogy-8464
 
  Term 1 Topics Term 2 Topics Term 3 Topics
Year 9 Biology: Infection and response
Chemistry: Atomic structure
 
Physics: Particle Model
Biology: Organisation
 
Chemistry: Bonding
Physics: Radiation
 
Year 10 Biology: Cells, bioenergetics
Chemistry: chemical changes, energy changes
Physics: energy, electrical circuits
 
Biology: homeostasis
Chemistry: quantitative chemistry, atmospheric chemistry
Physics: electricity in the home, forces in balance
 
Biology: Ecology
Chemistry: Using resources
Physics: Force and motion, magnetism
 
Year 11 Biology: inheritance and evolution
Chemistry: Rates of reaction, organic chemistry
Physics: Waves
 
Biology: Required practical revision
Chemistry: Chemical analysis, required practical revision
Physics: Required practical revision
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Assessment:

 
Paper 1 Biology 1: Cells, organisation, infection and response, bioenergetics 1 hr 15 16.67%
Paper 2 Chemistry 1: Atomic structure, bonding, quantitative chemistry, chemical changes, energy changes 1 hr 15 16.67%
Paper 3

Physics 1: Energy, electricity, particle model, radiation

1 hr 15 16.67%
Paper 4

Biology 2: homeostasis, inheritance and evolution, ecology

1 hr 15 16.67%
Paper 5 Chemistry 2: rate of chemical change, organic chemistry, chemical analysis, chemistry of the atmosphere, using resources 1 hr 15 16.67%
Paper 6

Physics 2: Forces, waves, magnetism

1 hr 15 16.67%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Qualification type, exam board and syllabus: AQA GCSE Separate Sciences
Web link to specifications: 

Biology: https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/biology-8461

Chemistry: https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/chemistry-8462

Physics: https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/physics-8463

 

  Term 1 Topics Term 2 Topics Term 3 Topics
Year 9 Biology: Infection and response
Chemistry: Atomic structure
 
Physics: Particle Model
Biology: Organisation
 
Chemistry: Bonding
Physics: Radiation
 
Year 10 Biology: Cells, bioenergetics
Chemistry: chemical changes, energy changes
Physics: energy, electrical circuits
 
Biology: homeostasis
Chemistry: quantitative chemistry, atmospheric chemistry 
Physics: electricity in the home, forces in balance
 
Biology: Ecology part 1 (adaptations, interdependence, competition)
Chemistry: Using resources part 1 (the Earth’s resources)
Physics: Force and motion
 
Year 11 Biology: ecology part 2(biodiversity)
Chemistry: Rates of reaction, organic chemistry
Physics: Waves, space
 
Biology: inheritance
Chemistry: Chemical analysis, using resources part 2 (using our resources)
Physics: electromagnetism
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Assessment:

Biology:

Paper 1

Biology 1: Cells, organisation, infection and response, bioenergetics

1 hr 45 50%
Paper 2

Biology 2: homeostasis, inheritance and evolution, ecology

   

 

 

 

 

Chemistry:

Paper 1

Chemistry 1: Atomic structure, bonding, quantitative chemistry, chemical changes, energy changes

1 hr 45 50%
Paper 2 Chemistry 2: rate of chemical change, organic chemistry, chemical analysis, chemistry of the atmosphere, using resources 1 hr 45 50%

 

 

 

 

Physics:

Paper 1

Physics 1: Energy, electricity, particle model, radiation

1 hr 45 50%
Paper 2

Physics 2: Forces, waves, electromagnetism, space

1 hr 45 50%

 

 

 

Parents / carers can best support pupils by: looking through their books and quizzing them on past topics, encouraging pupils to regularly revisit previous topics and recap key points, discussing science in the news.

Resource Link
GCSE Pod https://www.gcsepod.com
Seneca Learning https://senecalearning.com
BBC Bitesize https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zrkw2hv
Primrose Kitten https://www.primrosekitten.com/
Free Science Lessons YouTube Channel  https://www.youtube.com/c/freesciencelessons
Doc Brown https://www.docbrown.info/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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