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Coombes Girls School

Science

 

“We live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology, in which hardly anyone knows anything about science and technology” – Carl Sagan

Science has led to some of the greatest human discoveries and helped, at some point in their lives, every person in the world.  In Science at Coombe we want students to develop both practical and academic skills that will help them, not only in school, but when they leave school too. 

Through learning Scientific knowledge, applying that to real word scenarios as well as analysing and interpreting information across all three Science disciplines (Biology, Chemistry and Physics), students will be ready for the many of challenges they will face in the future.

Throughout their time in Science, students will be taught the value of curiosity, the ability to conduct investigations and the skill to understand how the natural world works.  With a variety of trips and visits, a whole week devoted to the joys of Science amongst many other things, we want to make Science rigorous yet accessible and enjoyable for all.  

meet the department
 

Mr Gibbons – Head of Science

Mr Matthews – 2i/c Science, Head of chemistry

Miss Anastasi – Head of Biology

Mr Smith – Head of Physics

Mr Lopez – Head of KS3 Science

Mrs Malik - Biology

Ms Pettersson - Chemistry

Mrs Addy - Biology

Mrs Sivananthan - Chemistry

Mrs Jones – Biology

Mrs Golkari - Physics

Mrs Johnston - Biology

what to expect in year 7
 

In year 7, students will study all three Sciences.  Each Science is divided into the following topics:

Biology – Cells, Body Systems and Reproduction

Chemistry – Acids and Alkalis, Particles, Elements and Chemical Reactions

Physics – Forces, Sound, Light and Space

Each topic will have a short assessment to determine whether student knowledge is mastered, secured, developing or emerging.  Students will also review their assessments to help them to find out which skills in Science they need to develop.  The assessed skills are listed below:

AO1 – Knowledge and understanding of Scientific concepts

AO2 – Application of Scientific knowledge

AO3 – Analysis and evaluation of Scientific information

AO4 - Mathematical skills and problem solving                                                             

what to expect in year 8
 

In year 8, students will continue to study all three Sciences.  Each Science is divided into the following topics:

Biology – Health and Lifestyle, Ecosystems, Adaptation and Inheritance

Chemistry – The Periodic Table, Separation Techniques, Metal Reactions and The Earth

Physics – Electricity, Magnetism, Energy, Motion and Pressure

Again, each topic will have a short assessment to determine whether student knowledge is mastered, secured, developing or emerging.  Students will also review their assessments to help them to find out which skills in Science they need to develop.  The assessed skills are listed below:

AO1 – Knowledge and understanding of Scientific concepts

AO2 – Application of Scientific knowledge

AO3 – Analysis and evaluation of Scientific information

AO4 - Mathematical skills and problem solving                                      

what to expect in year 9
 

In year 9, students will continue to study all three Sciences.  Each Science is divided into the following topics:

Biology – Genetics, Biotechnology, Vaccines, DNA and Forensic Biology

Chemistry – Nanoscience, Vehicles and Pollution, Atomic structure and Forensic Chemistry

Physics – Modern Technology, Waves, Communication, The history of the Universe, Electromagnetism and Measurements in Physics

Each topic will have a short assessment to determine whether student knowledge is mastered, secured, developing or emerging.  Students will also review their assessments to help them to find out which skills in Science they need to work on.  The assessed skills are listed below:

AO1 – Knowledge and understanding of Scientific concepts

AO2 – Application of Scientific knowledge

AO3 – Analysis and evaluation of Scientific information

AO4 - Mathematical skills and problem solving

In the Summer term, students will be completing projects in all three Sciences on the following topics:

Biology – A Healthy Heart

Chemistry – What is in our food?

Physics – Do aliens exist?

These topics not only prepare them for some of the GCSE curriculum, but also help students to practice valuable independent learning skills by researching and presenting information on these topics. 

why study science at gcse?
 

As a core subject you will have to choose Science, with some students doing Combined Science and others doing Separate Sciences.  More than half of students will be entered for Separate Science. The selection process involves end of KS3 tests in Year 9 before the Easter holidays, target grades and effort during Science from when you start at Coombe.

What does studying Science involve?

At GCSE you will experience in much greater detail some of the content you would have already studied in years 7-9. To do well, you need to have a good knowledge of different Scientific principles and be able to apply them to different real world scenarios.  The ability to analyse Scientific data is also a key skill required in your exams

How will I know if I will be good at it?

Each Science if divided into different topics.  At the end of each topic you will be assessed and be able to assess your strengths and weaknesses within each topic.  Over the course of 2 years this will help to build up a pictures of your strongest and weakest subject areas and you will be able to use this when it comes to the end of year 11.  Science tests many skills, some of which are easier to grasp than others.  It requires a lots of hard work and effort to ensure you reach your potential.

What skills will I develop?

In Science we will be assessing students regularly on the key assessment objectives that examinations in Science require.  These are outlined in the Y7-9 pages above.  As well as these, you will also learn how retrieve and use a variety of Scientific information, demonstrate your reading, writing and numeracy skills, present your knowledge and undertake practical experiments.

Where could this subject lead?

The skills you develop in science can help you in any career you choose in the future.  Those students who enjoy Science and want to study it at A-level and beyond might look forward to a variety of subject specific jobs.

For more information on lots of Science careers, please visit http://www.sciencebuddies.org/science-engineering-careers.

what to expect in year 10 & 11
 

Depending on whether you study Separate Sciences or Combined Science, the amount of content and level of detail you will have to study differs, however all students will complete similar topics.  The topics you will study are listed below:

Biology - Cell biology, Organisation, Infection and response, Bioenergetics, Homeostasis and response, Inheritance, variation and evolution, Ecology

Chemistry - Atomic structure and the periodic table, Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter, Quantitative chemistry, Chemical changes, Energy changes, the rate and extent of chemical change, Organic chemistry, Chemical analysis, Chemistry of the atmosphere, Using resources

Physics – Energy, Electricity, Particle model of matter, Atomic structure, Forces, Waves, Magnetism and electromagnetism

Each Science will have regular required practical’s that the exam board requires students complete.  These could appear in the final exams at the end of year 11.

In year 10 you will study all of the topics listed above.  In year 11, you will revisit and develop your understanding of these topics as well as practice many of the skill required for the exam

Students will have regular graded assessments on each topic so they can continually track their progress and identify areas for development.  Similar to years 7-9, students will also be able to identify which areas of exam assessment they need to develop using our no level statements.  The assessment objectives required by the exam board are listed below:

AO1 – Knowledge and understanding

AO2 – Application of Scientific knowledge

AO3 – Analysis and evaluation of Scientific information

AO4 - Mathematical skills and problem solving

science trips and events
 

trip to cern